Obesity is a real problem in America today, therefore, as a parent instead of video games and other toys that your child will mainly use sitting; consider using some tricks. The best trick would be to get a toy that the child will love, at the same time ensure that your child gets some exercise. The same idea goes in picking holiday and weekend activities.
Nearly one-third of children are overweight or obese, and inactivity is one of the main causes. To find toys that get kids moving, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute reviewed many of this year’s new active toys and had children ages 6 to 14 play with and evaluate them.
Obesity is a result of inactivity, most children hate any form of exercise, therefore, and as a parent, some of the following toys will ensure that your kids exercise as they play;
- Jakks Pacific UltiMotion Swing Zone Sports
A plug-and-play video game, Swing Zone Sports will have your little champion bowling strikes, hitting holes in one, and facing opponents on the tennis court in no time flat. Other sports challenges include baseball and football. Ages 5 and up.
- Fundex Whoops
A whoop is a giggle-inducing game of balance and coordination. Kids lay out the stones on the ground and stand on one while trying to reach and pick up other stones around them. Fall off and — whoops! — Your turn is over. With five variations on the game, it is a surefire boredom buster
- Diggin Jet Blaster
The yellow mini football has a rubber “nose” and a tail that helps even a gridiron newbie throw a perfect spiral. Kids quickly got into a pickup game of catch and rated the Jet Blaster highly for activity level. The bright color also made it easy to find when overthrown into the bushes
- Hasbro Twister Hopscotch
This game takes hopscotch off the squares, with kids setting up rings in any pattern on the ground. Then, they spin the spinner to see which spot to hop to next. Can be played indoors or out, but a nice large floor space gives room to spread out.
- Wild Planet Hyper Jump
This sneaky game gets kids moving — and doing math! The inner disk calls out numbers and commands, and kids use their feet or hands to tag the numbered, colored targets — the faster, the better. It can be played alone or in teams, and has multiple difficulty levels, from basic number and color recognition to memory drills to simple mathematic equations. It all adds up to fun!
- Saturnian Sports Fun Gripper Toys
Saturnian offers an entire line of sporting equipment with a textured mesh covering that makes the balls, flying disks, and other equipment easier to grasp. The kids liked the way they felt and looked, with the lacrosse set scoring the most points. Ages 7 and up.
Apart from using toys such as the Diggin Jet Blaster, you can also choose weekend activities that would ensure exercise such as; swimming, football, running, and walks. It can also involve picnics with healthy yet fun foods for the entire family.
- Walk and a picnic
Another one for the entire family, why not take in the fresh air and go for a walk. Not only does this get you moving, but team it up with a picnic and you have got yourself a day out! For your picnic, why not experiment with some easy and healthy recipes,
Because it is a picnic, you need more than just a salad to serve everyone. You need to provide snacks. Sticking with the healthy theme, we suggest that you cut up carrots, cucumber, and pepper into batons; bring a pot of low-fat hummus too for dipping. One picnic favorite is mini sausages – these can often be quite fatty and have a low pork percentage.