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It’s March. I don’t know how your weather is, but it’s still freezing cold with the occasional snow here in NY.
I am so over being stuck indoors this winter. Until then, I will find any fun way to keep my daughter active.
Getting your kids up and moving is important at any age. We live in a world where children as young as 1 can be glued to their tablets, televisions, phones, and more.
Although the AAP now allows for some screen time for toddlers, it’s so important to find ways to keep your child away from technology.
Here are 3 easy ways to do just that.
3 Simple Ways to Keep The Kids Active Indoors
Exercise With Your Kids
Children love modeling after their parents. They look up to you. You are they’re favorite role model.
Put together a simple yoga, Pilates, or even strength training routine that your kids can follow – with the lowest weights possible of course.
Plus, you can get a little workout too!
Create An Obstacle Course
Swallow your anxiety about a messy house for just one day (or week) and put together a house-wide obstacle course.
Here are some ideas to of household items to use:
- Hula hoops
- Pool noodles
- Tape to create a hopscotch board
- Tissue boxes
- Play tunnels
- Kid slide
- Couch cushions
Have A Dance Party
Dancing is a great way to stay active indoors. It helps get the jiggles out and helps your child express themselves. And now is the best time to get started with the Bananas Dance Challenge!
Bananas has put together a social media phenomenon where your child can dance with a Crushie character from their Bananas toys!
Yes, the song will be stuck in your head for hours, but the kids will be up and moving! That is a win for any parent in my book.
The Bananas Dance Challenge is starting to take over social media and is so fun to get your little one involved. Who doesn’t love dancing?! I love getting silly with Leah and having dance parties with her.
Check out the dance below and see for yourself!
Now get dancing!
So Where Does The Bananas Dance Challenge Come From?
The dance comes from a new toy this past Fall called “Bananas.”
What On Earth Is A Crushie?
A Crushie is a small animal character that is included with the Bananas toy. There are different ones to collect. Each has their own name associated with the character.
A Little About The Bananas
Bananas are cute little toys that come in a peelable banana. If that doesn’t sound great enough, the banana smells like a real banana! I used to work in an ice cream shop growing up and the smell reminds me of the banana syrup we made banana milkshakes with. It’s basically identical.
You open the Banana up to find a variety of toys, all packaged up to keep everything in good shape. Each banana contains the following:
- 1 Crushie character
- 2 squeezable little friends
- Gemstone stickers
- Sticker of the character included
- Hanging vine to place your Crushie on
We received a 3-pack of bananas or “Banana’s Bunch,” but they also come in singles. They are available at Amazon, Target, and select Walmart stores.
So What Are Bananas Like?
My daughter is absolutely obsessed with “baby toys.” What exactly are baby toys? No, they’re not toys made for babies. She calls baby toys anything small. That’s why when Cepia LLC reached out to us, I knew this was a toy she needed to try.
Leah thought the banana scent was funny (like hilarious) and even my newborn perked up when I stuck them in front of him.
While opening the Bananas, Leah immediately took the gemstone stickers and started decorating her bananas. I never told her what they were for, but she loved making them her own.
She thinks the squeezable little friends are the Crushie characters’ food. They are a little small to see the detail until you get right up to it (think 6 inches away). From farther away, they do resemble different foods, like grapes and apples.
The Crushies can hang from a vine and be connected to each other. Since there are 24 unique Crushies to collect, just think how long that vine can get!
The banana peel isn’t just for opening the toys, it is reusable. You can close the sides with a tight seal and carry them around anywhere. They even have a key chain holder, so you can place it on your backpack.
In today’s world, it seems like kid toys are always overpriced. I was pleasantly surprised to see these are on par for what I would expect to pay. The single bananas currently sell for $3.99, while the Banana’s Bunch 3-pack sells for $9.99 (price could change at anytime).
The Crushies have not left Leah’s side since opening them. They are even currently sleeping with her in bed during her nap time as I write this. She even shows them to all the visitors that come over to see the baby.
I do recommend this toy for any child who loves animals and loves playing with smaller toys. If you have a child who LOVES anything big, they may be disappointed in the size.