I was reading one of my favorite MPMK posts the other day, How to Maintain Your Zen When the Kids Have Lost Their Ever-Loving Minds, and I was reminded of how much we used to play with beach balls in the house when the kids were younger.
It was such a simple way to keep the kids active and happy when we were stuck indoors – plus it was super inexpensive and easy to set up (two of my favorite qualities in a kids’ activity).
The idea is so great, I just had to re-visit it, so I sent out the call to our contributor Alli to help me freshen it up a bit and, as usual, she didn’t disappoint.
Today she’s got 10 fabulously fun ways to keep your littles active and happy with our friend the beach ball. Enjoy!
Will this Winter ever end? I am so ready for Spring I can taste it.
Here in Texas, we get a few warm days mixed in with the cold. So I can’t complain too much. But so many of you across the nation have been covered in snow for what seems like months.
Regardless of where you live, or what season it is, there are ALWAYS days that need to be spent inside. And those are the days that tend to drive us crazy as Moms. Am I right?
Enter the beach ball.
Such a simple toy. And the simplest toys are usually the best. Know why?
Because they’re unexpected fun. Beach balls are kind of a novelty when brought indoors so they seem to draw kids in.
They are also a great way to help those kids burn off some energy.
We’ve noticed, though, that after a while even the most enthusiastic kiddos can get bored (or it goes the other way, things get a little out of hand and a lamp or two is sacrificed in the process). But it doesn’t have to be that way – just by adding a little structure and creativity, a once simple toy becomes one big ball of fun.
If you’re stuck inside, grab a beach ball (or any large bouncy ball for that matter) and try any one of these games to not only pass the time, but challenge your kids to get up and get moving.
1. Letter/Color Smash: (Gross Motor Skills, Letter/Color Recognition)
Use colored construction paper to write letters and attach to any wall/door. The older your children are, the more complicated you can make it (using sight words, the answers to math equations, etc.). Read More