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Does your child move enough during the school year? Do you know how a lack of movement affects him or her? My 8-year old son can’t stand still. I used to joke when he was little that I can’t take a decent picture of him because he wouldn’t stop moving. Last year in the second grade he had problems falling asleep – he would be in bed for a couple of hours just tossing and turning. However, over summer his falling asleep routine shortened to about 10 minutes. It became apparent to me that the lack of movement during the school year is what makes him reckless at night.
Armed with knowledge this year I have come up with a plan that seems to be working this year.
Great School Time Indoor Play Options
- School often take away recess to punish children for misbehaving. If your child has a problem following asleep during the school year, talk to your child’ teacher and explain the situation. They might be able to come with an alternate repercussions plan that will keep your child moving even if they don’t go to the playground. In my school, a physical therapist came up with a circuit exercise my son can do in the classroom.
- Enroll in the after school physical activities. The best activities are free and if your school offers any, consider signing up. If now, the Park District offers some great budget friendly options for school time indoor play.
- Find toys and games that will keep them moving anytime anywhere. I’d like to talk about a couple today.
Great for school time indoor play!
Toysmith Get Outside GO! Bashminton
Get outside and have a ball with the Toysmith Get Outside GO! Play Bashminton! This toy is designed for outdoor play that would work perfectly for anyone with any outdoor space. The set includes two oversized 21-inch rackets and one 4.5-inch birdie ball.
The ball is constructed of soft, durable plastic, and is easily washable. Buy two sets and have fun playing as a family or use one racket for independent practice bouncing the ball.
Bounce! Bounce! Bounce! How many bounces can you make?
Alternate use: If the cold weather caught you outside, play this fun game instead. Who can get a round ball on the racket from point A to point B? You will have to be more careful than fast.
Toysmith Get Outside GO! Spring Ring
Play a variety of games for hours with this catchy, throwing, bouncy, flingy, fun ring set! This spring ring set comes with large springy disks and is ideal for a multitude of outdoor games. We had fun bouncing the ball or water balloons to each other on a hot summer day.
However, it makes a great tossing game any day. While the balls go in crazy directions, it is a great tool to train fast thinking, great for hand eye coordination.
Looking for an extra challenge? Play a balancing game and have a friendly fun competition by balancing the disk on your head while you walk or on your foot.
Turn the music on and have even more fun!
What are your go-to school time indoor play options?
Looking for some inspiration? Check out Toysmith blog for lots of fun ideas!