You don’t have to go out to exercise!
Indoor Climbing Toys for Kids allow your toddler to exercise indoors.
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There’s growing concern, today, that our children do not get enough exercise. Too much time is spent being entertained by TV, DVDs and computer games.
There an increasing incidence of obesity in young kids and one of the principal causes is the lack of exercise. We grown ups are all too familiar with indoor exercise and every home seems to have some form of home gym equipment. However we seem to associate kids exercise solely with the outdoors.
This is probably something to do with our school days when we were encouraged to take our active play outdoors.
Here you’ll find toys that encourage your toddlers to take part in indoor activities that help their physical development.You’ll discover some tremendous slides, rides and indoor climbing toys for kids.
We’ve also included some toys that are associated with outdoor use that can now be taken inside the home.
Fun physical activity for toddlers
Indoor climbing toys for kids.
Toddlers are naturally active and enjoying using their relatively new found physical abilities.
It seems to me that when you present any youngster with a large object the first thing they want to do with it is to climb up on it. So Mom’s new car, the huge box the refrigerator came in, the pile of timber that just arrived for Dad: all need to be climbed upon first.
For quite a while there has been a good selection of outdoor toys to which we can direct our kids’ yearnings to climb and exercise. Outdoor slides, see saws, swings and climbing frames are examples of these.
..but baby it’s cold outside
However it’s not always possible for our children to play outside.Inclement weather, especially in the wintertime, can keep our kids indoors. Not everyone is fortunate to have a good sized yard or garden to accommodate these toys.
Toddler’s active play should always be supervised so if parents have to stay in the house then the kids need to do so as well. Indoor climbing toys for kids and other indoor active play toys solve this problem. Allowing your children to enjoy physical play no matter what the weather.
Many of these toys can be taken outside too.
Indiana Toddler – the hunt for treasure.
A wonderful way to encourage your toddler in active play at home is an indoor treasure hunt.
“Treasure” can consist of anything from a favorite toy, a small piece of candy or even bars of silver or gold made from wrapping building blocks in foil.
Whilst your toddler waits outside the room, hide the treasure. Make sure the hiding place will require your child to lift light objects and climb over cushions etc.
You will need to adapt the level of difficulty to the age of your child.
You can walk through the treasure hunt procedure with one of your kid’s plush toys explaining to the toy what it needs to do in order to find the treasure.
Whilst looking for the treasure you can help your child locate it by telling them whether they are “hot” (near to it) or “cold“ (far from it). A time deadline emphasised by a ticking clock or metronome adds to the fun.
You can reverse roles and have your toddler hide the treasure which you then have to find. (Hint:– check the hiding places you used, but not straightaway). Some mischievous toddlers quickly learn that by giving Granddad misleading clues they can make him go to the funniest of places.
A friend of mine took his three year old to a party where they played hunt the treasure. Every time the door was opened the children rushed in; in a desperate hurry to find the hidden chocolate bar.
Although my friend’s daughter was obviously enjoying herself very much she wasn’t too successful in finding any treasure. As Dads do, her father tried to give her some helpful tips on strategy.
She patiently explained to him that she much preferred the running in and screaming to searching for chocolate. A lesson for us all I think.
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Points to check
When picking Indoor Toys
What to look for and required features.
You’ll see that most indoor climbing toys for kids and similar toys require assembly. Be careful to follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions as ill assembled toys can be unsafe.
Rules and examples
Most of these toys can also be played with by older children too.
When older siblings use these toys ensure that they do not encourage younger children to take on activities that are unsafe for them.
Set the rules: “Only Suzie can balance on there” etc. Explain to the older kids that they need to set a good example.
Always supervise young children when they are playing with indoor climbing toys for kids.
Always select toys from reputable suppliers that are well designed and constructed from strong durable materials.
Unless you enjoy working under extreme pressure assemble the toy before showing it to your toddler.
Watch the space
Some of these toys can require a large amount of space so check what you have available against the requirements of the toy.
Ensure that there are no dangerous objects near to where you will locate the toy.
They will soon be winning medals.
The youngest person ever to win an Olympic gold medal was USA’s Marjorie Gestring who was not yet fourteen when she won the springboard diving gold at the Berlin Olympics in 1936.
The youngest winner of an Olympic track-and-field gold medal was the USA’s Barbara Pearl Jones who at fifteen was a member of the winning 4×100 metres women’s relay team at the Helsinki games in 1952.
The oldest Olympic gold medal winner was Sweden’s Oscar Swahn who was nearly 65 when he won a shooting medal at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. Oscar was still competing in the Olympics aged 72.
So there are still records out there to be set – even for me!
Don’t forget ride on toys.
Ride on toys provide a great source of physical exercise for toddlers.That’s why we have a whole section about these toys.