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3 Simple Ways to Keep The Kids Active Indoors

 

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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
  • Blankets
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Tape to create a hopscotch board
  • Tissue boxes
  • Play tunnels
  • Ropes/strings
  • Kid slide
  • Couch cushions

 

How to Get Kids Moving Indoors

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!

 

 
 Download the Full Dance Instructions Here (PDF)

 

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.
 
Cute Bananas Crushie Toys Closeup

 

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.

 

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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!

 

Cute Bananas Toy Hanging Together

 

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).

 

Smiling at the Bananas Toy Crushies Having Fun

 

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.

 

 

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20 Comments

  • Brittany F.

    We’ve had record rainfall this winter and snow in March down here in Kentucky. We feel stuck too. These are great ideas. I will definitely set up an obstacle course for my energetic toddler. I can totally see him enjoying the movement and making a game of it. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

    • Samantha

      Oh, wow Brittany! That explains why my cousin’s children had so many snow days! We had an average winter here, but the windchill was really bad for a few weeks. Western NY gets a lot of snow already!

  • Kesi

    Great indoor activity suggestions! I hate for my boys to be indoors on their tablets, video games, or in front of the TV all day! My boys really enjoy making forts while indoors!

  • Ya

    I like to do arts and crafts with my boys or bake! Anything relaxing and hands-on that we all enjoy doing. My boys also love workbooks so that’s a win-win.

  • Vicky

    Those bananas toys are so much fun. All of my daughters friends are talking about them and collecting them. And it is tough to keep kids busy and entertained indoors, especially with all the rain and bad weather of Spring.

  • Kayla

    Great ways to keep the kids active indoors. These tips are perfect for snow in days, and bad weather days.

    xoxo,

    Kayla | Mommy Blogger | My Motherhood Made Easy

  • Megan

    My little guy loves to dance! It’s been very rainy the past few days here, so we’ve been staying busy inside too. Gettin cozy onthe couch and reading a few books is another thing he loves to do!

  • Tiffany

    These are such good tips! While it’s warming up to be in the 60’s here in Atlanta, we still don’t get outdoors much since I work from home. But these tips are so helpful and I can start doing these with my 19 month old, especially since we try not to give him much screen time.

  • Natalie

    It’s tough keeping those little ones busy but a dance party sounds like lots of fun. That was my favorite thing to do when I worked in childcare…too cold to go our or raining turn on the music!

  • Mila

    These tips are so helpful, I’m Always on the lookout for activities for my kiddos. I loved the obstacles course idea, excited to try it out with my kiddos.

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