Monday, 2 April 2007

Toys for kids (and grown ups) who love to move

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I'm of the firm opinion that kids don't need a lot of "stuff" to be active and exercise -- a ball for kicking and chasing, some sidewalk chalk (for hopscotch), a parent to teach them how to play tag or soccer or racing games or to take them hiking or bike riding. Kids love to move and it's usually pretty easy to get them going. But if you have doting grandparents or an upcoming birthday to buy for, there are some cool toys out there right now that encourage lots of active play. Here are a few of my favorites:

The Gigaball: This "big yellow ball" (as it is known at our house) is a huge, inflatable ball that kids can crawl in and out of, push and chase, or just clamber all over. This showed up at our house one Christmas and has been an indoor and outdoor hit ever since.

Hop Balls: These classic favorites have been around a long time, but they never really lose their appeal. The best part about them is that they can stay outside all summer, are totally portable, and also can be cleaned up and brought in for indoor play as well.

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