Of all the toys we’ve tested this year, the one that gets the most consistent and varied play is a kid-sized exercise ball from First Fitness. Not only is it good fun to roll around the basement, it encourages both of my kids to bounce, stretch and move…all welcome when we’re stuck inside. Bouncing is more than just good fun; it can be extremely calming for kids who have a hard time sitting still. In fact, many adults use exercise balls instead of desk chairs for this very reason. I imagine this 18-inch ball would be a ideal for a fidgety homeworker at a low desk.
I will admit that the first time I saw First Fitness products — exercise equipment for kids — I found the prospect of mini-treadmills and mini-exercise bikes depressing. Since when do we have to compel our kids to move? Why teach kids exercise is something to do rather than something to love? Other First Fitness products are ill-conceived, such as the exercise stretch band — seems a safety hazard given the obvious slingshot potential.
But the fitness ball and the play parachute are good, multi-purpose products that kids can use any number of ways. We’re certainly having a good time around here.
Win it! I’ve got an exercise ball to send to one of you — just answer the following question in the comments. I eagerly await your ideas — we tend to get pretty stir crazy during winter break.
How do you keep your kids active indoors?
I’ll pick a winner at 5pm tomorrow, 12/12. Good luck!