Kids are far less active than we were as kids. It seems like each decade our kiddos have more opportunities to stay entertained for longer while sitting in one place (movies, TV shows, video games, iPads, etc.) This is so sad, but it is the culture of the day, and it takes a bit of intentionality + a few good resources to combat the pattern. This year, let’s excite our kids with toys that promote movement.
Let’s get to the fun!
–Fold & Store Snow Scooter–
I haven’t tried this one, but the ad states that it “floats on snow like a surfboard on a wave”. Surely, it depends on the fluffiness of the snow, but it sounds like a pretty fun outing to me! Find a hill, grab your kids and snow gear, and get to it!
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It’s like a Fit Board for kids! The ad claims that it improves core strength & stability, balance, coordination and gross-motor skills. It also looks to be a little tricky, which can definitely keep up some interest. The noise, although a potentially irking for parents, I’m sure that’s one aspect that really gets the kids excited!
Take a look at the video below, and << here >> via Fat Brain Toys.
–Wooden Limbo Game–
Who can hear the music playing with squeals of
excitement in the background? No one? Well, I can! 🙂
I have awesome memories of playing limbo as a kid (and teen… and maybe adult, too!) It takes practice, a little skill, and lots of flexibility. How exciting would it be to get your kiddos into it early so they can enhance their coordination before being made fun of on the playground for being the one kid who can’t hopscotch? 🙂
So, why not just use a broomstick? Totally possible, but my thought is that I’d use this set-up as one an obstacles amidst a kiddo obstacle course. You with me?
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“JUMP! JUMP! E’rybody JUMP! JUMP!”
This looks way fun and also challenging for the small folk, which means they’ll hopefully stay interested for weeks, if not months. Three different songs are played within the game, and there are even different speed settings so you can take it up a notch when your kiddo masters it. Pretty awesome, right?
Curious? Take a look-see below and also check out all of the info via Young Explorers.
OK, this is a given, right? I just had to put it in, because I’ve had so much great use out of it! Not only do my kids and their friends love to jump on it, but I use it for fitness classes at my home. What an awesome way to burn some energy and promote fun in fitness!
<<To get the full description via Jet, click the pic!
Weeeeeeee! Hours of fun on this mini roller for your little one. We have one in my house, and my 4 and 2 -year-olds play with it quite a bit. They tire themselves out by pushing the train back up after each ride. You can even encourage them to “Run! Run! Run it back up!” 🙂 Check out all of the goods by clicking on either picture. Oh, and don’t forget to check Craigslist or your local garage sale pages on Facebook to see if anyone is selling one of these. I’m sure you can get a great deal!
I hope you enjoy these ideas as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you. Let’s encourage movement and gross motor skill development with our kids this Christmas!