The CDC recommends that children and adolescents ages 6 to 17 years do 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. But what to do if you’re stuck indoors? We’ve got you covered with this list of amazing virtual PE resources that can help you find ways to bust some moves in the great indoors. Below find our top virtual PE streaming videos, apps, and lesson plans.
Virtual PE Streaming and Online Videos
Dancing is one of the easiest ways to get your body moving … and grooving. As kids follow the moves on this YouTube-based dance challenge, they won’t even realize the’’re getting in a great cardio workout. Plus Just Dance features all their fave musical artists.
Stretch, bend and get movin’ with the Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube channel, where you’ll find 10-20 minute guided yoga workouts for preschool to elementary school-aged kids. Kids will love striking poses in outerspace, underwater, on the farm and more! You can also stream episodes on Amazon Prime Video.
The Body Coach is a popular YouTube channel that features free, easy-to-follow, at-home workouts for everyone, including kids. Get fit no matter your fitness level with these active, engaging 5-8 minute videos. Joe Wicks also revealed to his followers that he will be starting online PE lessons during the school closures. The videos will start on Monday and run through till Friday on his YouTube channel. “It’s called PE with Joe. It’s a workout specifically designed for kids because when the schools are closed there is no PE.”
Preschoolers can practice balance and coordination while also practicing everything from colors to numbers to the ABC’s in Coach Josh’s fun workout show, streaming now on Amazon Prime Video.
Get fit with a little monkey business! Moovelee is an animated monkey that leads 4-10 minutes workout videos for kids ages 3-5. With a focus on meditation, yoga, and cardio, Moovelee will get your kids moving.
This 30-minute-long exercise YouTube video is the perfect excuse to get moving along with your kids. HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is a workout that combines intense bursts of exercise and short, active recovery periods. Think marching, jumping jacks and squats. No equipment needed! Just put on a pair of athletic shoes and press play.
Dance to the beat of rated-G versions of popular songs like Thank U, Next, Señorita and Old Town Road.
Take advantage of time spent indoors by honing your soccer skills! Simply soccer’s seven-minute YouTube video shows you how to work on some fancy footwork skills from the comfort of home.
Who wants to be a ninja? Join Abbey Manser on her YouTube channel to learn basic karate skills for kids.
Virtual PE Apps
This app features free 15-, 30-, and 45-minute workouts designed by expert Nike trainers, and will be a great fit for the sport-playing middle or high schooler looking to keep in tip-top shape at home.
The Sworkit Kids app makes it easy to create and tailor workouts that fit your kid’s age, ability, and fitness level. Kids can count on building strength and agility as they’re guided by app through an interval-style workout that mixes targeted exercises with fun challenges, making exercise feel more like a game than a must-do.
As your kids strike each of the thirteen yoga poses and breathing techniques featured in this yoga-focused app, they’ll gain flexibility and strength. They’ll also be more centered and calm thanks to soothing music.
Get up—and get down—with actress, dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen. The Fame star will be offering free classes on Instagram Live throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Follow her on Instagram @therealdebbieallen to find out when the next live video will pop up!
Teachers love to use the Go Noodle Kids app to get kids moving in the classroom. Interactive videos combine movement with mindfulness, helping kids center themselves for learning. The modules are short, making GoNoodle ideal for kids that need a quick energy boost through exercise.
Virtual PE Lesson Plans
Gopher, the go-to source for P.E. teachers, has gathered useful blog articles and two at-home lesson plan options for any parents looking to add education to their home learning curriculum: SPARKhome features free, wellness-focused K-12 PE lesson plans (3 weeks of materials for K-2, 3-6, middle school and high school). Dynamic PE ASAP has free lesson plans with both in-home and backyard activities that will get kids active STAT.
For students Carone Learning offers cFitness Academy, an accredited online school specializing in health and fitness for students.
Looking for movement ideas for the classroom? Sanford fit has hundreds of free resources—like brain breaks, lessons, and videos—to help kids make healthy choices inside and outside of the classroom.
Free PE activity ideas, classroom resources. and physical activity calendars are available for download!
Plus, check out 10 ways to encourage fitness and healthy living in tweens and teens.