Distance learning means a disruption of the routines of gym class and daily recess. You can keep your kiddos busy (and burning off all that energy) at home with these exercise-focused products.
At school, kids (especially the little ones) are more likely to run around and be active, whether it’s during gym class, recess, or just during free time in the classroom. They socialize and blow off some steam, rather than just sitting in front of a computer.
Things are a bit different with virtual learning, though. There are no other kids to play with, and recess and gym class might be hard to replicate. Unfortunately, they’re mostly just staring at a screen.
To ensure your kids stay active, consider investing in a few of the products below that will help you do just that!
Melissa and Doug Giddy Buggy Tunnel
Melissa and Doug make really amazing, educational, and fun toys for kids that families everywhere love. One of their cutest products is the Giddy Buggy Crawl-Through Tunnel.
Shaped like a large caterpillar, it’s exactly the kind of silly toy kids love. They can crawl through, hide, or run around and crawl through again and again. Made of a durable, lightweight material, it’s easy to move and play with inside or out.
Little Tikes Trampoline
What depletes a child’s energy more than a trampoline? While a large one outside without a protective barrier isn’t a safe option for little ones, this Little Tikes Three-Foot Trampoline is perfect.
The best thing about it is the large handle kids can hold onto as they jump. It keeps them steady, so they’re less likely to fall over. Even if they do, it’s not too high off the ground, so they’re less likely to get hurt. It’s also ideal for indoor use.
The Moluk Bilibo looks like a relatively pointless toy (or an upside-down helmet). But, actually, it’s super-versatile and introduces a world of fun to little kids.
The shell shape makes a perfect seat for kids, and it’s really intriguing for their curious little minds. They can use it in the pool, sit in it, or just kind of roll around on it. They can put it on the floor and step on it or pretend they’re a turtle. It’s the kind of toy that encourages kids to get creative.
Jogotoll Musical Piano Mat
Music and something kids can stomp around on? That’s the best match! The Jogotoll Musical Piano Mat is awesome for little babies, toddlers, or even older kids. It’s a musical piano mat with 10 keys, a bunch of songs, and eight other instrument, recording, and playback options.
Kids can create their own music with their hands and feet, whether they’re crawling, tentatively walking, stomping, or dancing. It’s really fun for them, and a good way to encourage musicianship and improve coordination skills.
Jogotoll Musical Piano Mat Toy, Kids 58.2'' X 23.6''Anti-Skid Piano Keyboard Play Mat Portable Early Educational Toys, 8 Selectable Instruments Build-in Speaker & Recording for Toddlers Boys Girls
Let them make their own music.
Trideer Kids Hopper Ball
The Trideer Kids Hopper Ball has a bunch of different uses and can really help kids burn off some energy. If they sit on it and use it as a hopping ball, they can jump up and down all over the house. The handle gives them some stability so they won’t fall off and hurt themselves.
It can also be turned upside down and used as a chair. This is really great for fidgety kids who move around a lot because it helps them kind of bounce as they do. It’s available in small or medium.
Trideer Kids Hopper Ball Multi-Function, Jump Ball, Bouncy Ball with Handles, Balance Ball and Ball Chair for Children Age 3-12, Air Pump Included (Royal Blue, S)
Let them jump around all day.
Little Dove Wooden Balance Board
The Little Dove Wooden Balance Board looks simple and boring, but it can provide hours of fun and entertainment for a bored, cooped-up child. It can be used as a balancing board, slide, seesaw, tunnel, boat, rocker, table, stepping stone, racetrack, lounge chair, fitness equipment, or anything else your kid wants it to be.
It’s meant to encourage creative play. It also stimulates the vestibular system and supports muscles needed for correct posture and a sense of balance. If you’re over the loud, colorful toys that end up scattered everywhere, this simple wooden board will be a refreshing change.
little dove Wooden Balance Board with Playmat Wobble Board & Race Track Mat Preschool Toys Early Learning Kid Yoga Curvy Board - Rocker Board Kid Size Natural Wood with Coloring Cloth
Lets kids get creative while improving their balance.
Kidoozie Foam Pogo Jumper
The Kidoozie Foam Pogo Jumper is a fun way for kids to get physical, whether they’re inside or out. Not only does it get kids literally jumping around, but it also improves hand-eye coordination and dexterity. All that jumping strengthens their little core muscles, too.
This one can accommodate kids of all sizes up to 250 pounds, so they’ll be able to use it for a long time. It does have a squeaker in the base, which might be annoying to you, but is definitely more exciting for a kid.
Kidoozie Foam Pogo Jumper – Indoor & Outdoor Play – Encourages an Active Lifestyle – Makes Squeaky Sounds, 250 Pound Capacity - Ages 4+, Multi
Time to pogo!
Medog Fly Bike
If your child is too young to learn how to ride a bike, this one by Medog is ideal. It’s meant to be the safest first ride for kids 12 months and up. It helps them develop good balance, pushing, and steering skills. The three wheels also provide lots of stability for a safe ride.
Even better, they can ride it inside—the wheels are smooth, quiet, scratch-free rubber. You can fold it up for easy storage, and it’s also lightweight, so you can take it anywhere.
Walker Ride On Fly Bike Scooter Bug Walking Buddy - Non Scratch Wheels - No Setup Required - No Assembly Required - IT Under CPC of CPSIA (Blue)
Perfect to teach toddlers how to ride.
Edx Education Step-a-Logs
Another simple toy that can work wonders is the Edx Education Step-a-Logs. It’s essentially a set of small balance beams kids can walk on to improve balance, proper movement, and coordination. They can use them inside or out.
They’re also great for creative play because there’s so much kids can do with them. They’re connected with rope, so they can be moved closer together or farther apart. Your kids can even use them to create an obstacle course. They’re also stackable for easy storage.