If you are getting concerned that your children are not getting the exercise that they need because of all the attention that they are giving to tech gadgets, e.g. smartphones and tablets… you are definitely not alone on this. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple and affordable toys which have been created to help get your kids up and moving and here’s a list of fun toys that will help to encourage your kids to exercise so it’s definitely worth checking out!
#1 – Jump Rope
A simple length of rope is all that is needed for your child to benefit from the cardio and total body physical rewards that jumping rope delivers. Your kids can participate from intricate games of Double Dutch involving 2 long jump ropes swinging in opposite directions, to simple and fun solitary sessions, an inexpensive jump rope (like the one that is recommended here which you can get and have two or more kids to play at the same time) can provide your children with the important exercise that their rapidly growing bodies require.
#2 – Water Pistol
This toy category delivers plenty of variety. You can buy inexpensive, small water pistols in bundled packages for a very small investment. And of course, super soakers (like the recommended one here) and water blasters are available which hold several pints of water and pack with other features. Water pistol play is fun for everyone, adults and children alike. And when someone points a water pistol in your child’s direction, they are sure to start running, delivering the exercise you are looking for while they are simply having fun.
#3 – A Ball
Big or small, air filled or solid, balls can be used to play a game of catch. You can also set up an indoor bowling alley down your hallway when the weather looks bad outside or you can simply get a hover ball that allows you to turn any floor into an air hockey/soccer surface and it works indoors or out on any surface. For outdoor play, you can challenge your child to see how far they can throw a ball, and a larger ball can be used as the centerpiece for a game of kickball. Inexpensive and extremely versatile, a simple ball generates much-needed physical rewards while your child has fun playing a game.
#4 – Frisbee / Flying Disc
Frisbee is the brand name of the most iconic and popular flying disc of all time. Whether tossing a flying disc back and forth with your children, or playing an intense game of disc golf, these simple airborne toys are great for providing exercise (in the form of throwing, chasing and jumping) for your children and yourself.
#5 – Hula Hoop
Like all of the toys above, a simple hula hoop or large ring makes for a challenging toy. Named after the Hawaiian Hula dance that requires gyrating hip motions, a hula hoop can be used indoors and out. Do not be surprised if your children can outperform you, since kids are a lot more limber than adults.