There’s a blanket of snow outside, and although my boys clamor to be out in the white fluffy stuff, I know they’ll be right back inside about twenty minutes later. Because, baby it’s cold out there! So I’ve got to come up with ways to overcome indoor boredom this winter! These activity toys help my young boys burn off that extra energy indoors. Plus, I’ve created a FREE Exercise Cubes Printable – just read on!
Overcome indoor boredom with activity toys
Keeping kids fit is mainly a matter of getting their bodies active regularly, and ensuring they eat healthy whole foods. While the latter can be a challenge, the active part doesn’t have to be, with a few well-chosen toys and games!
A smooth ride powered by – your arms! Yes, that’s right, on the Radio Flyer Cyclone you rotate the rear caster wheels by turning the handles, instead of foot pedals. Turn just one side and you spin around up to 360 degrees! Or propel yourself forward or backward. A spinning, grinning and smooth ride that gives opportunities for action and improving coordination.
When I saw all the balance and exercise gear at American Educational Products, I was so intrigued! Brightly colored movement toys that allow kids to learn balance, coordination, motor skills and more.
The Robo-Board looks like some kind of space-aged skateboard! It’s actually a weight transfer activity board that helps kids learn dynamic balance (balance while in motion), and offers proprioceptive stimulation (derived from position and movement of the body).
The Roller with Sand is for younger children to develop balancing skills. The rubber ridges around the roller provides tactile input for bare feet to help with balancing. The sand slows the rolling action, and an adult can help children until they get the hang of it. Try having your child stand on the upturned roller and catch small balls without hopping down – another low-key balance activity! When the Roller is not in use (and you can use it indoors or outdoors!), it doubles as an awesome stool!
Rody Horse Ride-on Toy – $49.95
Our boys have adored their Rody Toy for years now. This inflatable ride-on horse offers exercise, balance, and just pure fun times! The regular Rody holds children up to 100 pounds. There’s also a Rody MAX toy that holds larger kids and adults up to 400 lbs!
The Fitivities Board Game is an awesome indoor boredom buster! Throw down the “board,” which is a sturdy vinyl playing area, and pick a colored die and sneaker. Players advance around the board and complete activities they land on. The exercise options are exciting: shadow boxing, leg circles; you never know what you’re going to get because the spinner can change your direction! Play individually or as a team. Fitivities has the “buzz of a board game, and the perks of a workout!” Get Fitivities game on Amazon!
Want to add a few more challenges to your games and activities? Use activity cones to build a course for riding around or moving through. Place hula hoops on the floor for jumping in and out of. Use a crawl tunnel to create part of an obstacle course with the cones and hula hoops. There’s tons of ways to use these simple activity accessories with kids – just ask the kids to use their imaginations and create a game themselves!
Create an easy game for kids to stay active even when there’s no toys handy. Perfect for traveling! Just print out the pieces and tape together. Then roll the dice. Whatever activity comes up on top of the one cube, the kids do for the number of repetitions on the second cube. Click here to get your free printable Exercise Cubes Game!
Get your kids moving this winter. It’s healthy for their mind, body, and spirit. Whatever activity you choose, it’s easy to beat the indoor boredom blues with these get-kids-moving activity and fitness toys and games!
Thanks to Radio Flyer, American Educational Product, and Fitivities for sending items to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used in this post.