Gifts To Get Your Kids Moving!

Get your kids moving this holiday season with fun toys and games they will be excited to unwrap… and can’t wait to play!

I found several gift ideas that promote fitness in children – some of them in new ways; others just new twists on traditional exercise. The bonus is they can all be played indoors so bad weather won’t be an excuse.

*Hoops to Go, from Back to Basics Toys – A basketball hoop ready to travel to Grandma’s house or wherever you want to take it. Just hang it on the back of a door and you’re set. The game features electronic sounds and a suspended ball return. It comes with two basketballs and folds up in an attached carry bag. (Ages 5+)

*Off-the-Couch Interactive Games, also from Back to Basics Toys – Features 3 interactive sports games. Kids can swing a plastic baseball bat against a pitcher, use a mini tennis racquet to play different opponents, and put on some gloves to trade punches with a boxing champ. The game console plugs into a television and Infrared wireless technology lets the players see all the action on the TV screen. (Ages 5+)

*Kids Gym Treadmill – A mini treadmill designed just for children. The handle bars are covered with foam so it’s easy for kids to hold onto them. The treadmill comes with a meter that measures your little one’s speed, time and distance. (Ages 4-7)

*Cranium Hullabaloo – It’s kind of like Twister meets Simon Says. The game comes with pads that are different shapes and colors with pictures and words on them. A “Hullabaloo” voice tells you what to do, like touch your nose to a circle, hop to a square shape, or put your elbow on a musical instrument – lots of jumping and dancing for all. (Ages 4-10)

*Twister Dance DVD – The classic version of Twister ties you up in knots… the new one really gets you moving. The game adds video dance instruction that encourages kids to learn cool moves to perform on one of four dance mats. Just pop the game into a DVD player and animated characters teach you how to boogie to the beat during 40 dance sessions. (Ages 8-12)

*Fisher Price Smart Cycle – A combination of a stationary bike and an educational arcade game system. Kids pedal and steer to visit places like Math Mountain, Shape Lake, and Letter Creek. The game is designed to teach upper & lowercase letters, number & counting, spelling, and more. It plugs right into your TV and kids have to keep pedaling to keep the games going. (Ages 3-6)

*Dance Dance Revolution – Still popular, this game prompts you to follow directions as you move your feet and dance to hit songs. It is available for most video game consoles, home computers, and as a stand alone that plugs directly into the TV. (Ages 5-99)!!

These toys and games may all come with age recommendations for kids, but I noticed a few that seem like a lot of fun for those of us still kids at heart.

And speaking of ageless, there are also plenty of “classic” exercise gifts like jump ropes, pogo sticks, and my all-time favorite – hoola hoops – you can give your kids this year to get them moving and enjoying it.