Easy Fitness Activities for Kids

Fast Clap

Fast clap is an easy fitness activity for kids that develops dexterity and quick reflexes. How fast can your kids clap their hands? It's not as easy as you think.

What You'll Need:

  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Stopwatch or clock

We often clap our hands together to express our approval -- to say we loved a musical show, to praise our favorite football players, to say we agree with something we've just heard.

But how fast can you clap your hands? And how do those numbers change with the position of your arms? Write down your numbers to find out.How to Play Fast Clap:

Step 1: Clap your hands in the usual position, right in front of your body, for 30 seconds. How many claps did you manage to make?

Step 2: Now do the same with your hands over your head. Now do the same with your hands behind your back. What muscles did you use when you clapped over your head that you didn't use clapping in front of you or clapping behind your back?

Ten-penny pickup helps kids develop dexterity and have fun at the same time. Get directions for ten-penny pickup on the next page.

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