Getting organized is always on the top of my list when a new year rolls around. After the fun chaos of the holidays generally comes the need. There are so many toys to find storage spots for, new books to stash on the shelf and of course, there are toys to find new homes for!
The days of childhood are busy for parents. We have schedules to coordinate, chores to complete, meals to prepare, homework to oversee and then we need to fit in time to spend together as a family for fun and playing! While these days might be busy, they are also fleeting and I feel it is super important to make time for family fun. I am making an effort to embrace these busy days to the fullest, and to savor them for what they are; hectic, a little messy and always beautiful.
With the New Year comes many resolutions to be more active and to get healthier. For me, it seems that I fail in my resolve to work out more often because it is hard to exercise when the little kids are around. They want to use the elliptical, they want to ride the stationary bike, and they want to do it the most when an adult is in the process of using that specific piece of equipment. It is cute, but it makes keeping your heart rate up a challenge!
If you have a similar situation, or if you are simply looking for a way to get the family up and moving, you stopped at the right place! We have so many awesome options for kid-friendly exercise equipment! These are functional and adorable additions to any home gym!
Having a buddy on the treadmill makes time fly, and who is a better buddy than your preschooler? With this nonmotorized treadmill, your little one can get moving safely. The treadmill features a no-tip design and an electronic monitor, to make the experience as much like Mom and Dad's treadmill as possible. The unit offers 3-6-year-olds a safe and low impact workout.
This kid-sized stationary bike is brightly colored, has that same awesome no tip design to keep kids safe while inspiring them to live an active lifestyle. Ideal for preschoolers and kindergarteners, this is one of the best ways I can think of to get the kids moving on a rainy day!
Jumping Rope is a great way to get the wiggles out while getting active. This kit comes with a sturdy jump rope and an instructional dvd, so that kids can learn new ways to jump. From a beginners level to someone skilled enough to compete, this kit will appeal to the kids while teaching them new ways to play and exercise!
My kids can not resist this Air Walker. They are drawn to the colors and the design and they want to use it every day. That is worth buying one! On those days I lack the motivation to get busy, the kids can talk me right into working out with them from their enthusiasm for the Air Walker!
If you want to build muscle, lifting weights is a great way to do that! When you can lift safely with the kids it is even better! This Weight Bench for Kids provides kids a safe way to lift. The design is colorful and cute and the bench has that great no tip design, to encourage kids to get active and to have fun while they are working out.
If working out more is on your list of 2017 goals, these options make it easy to get the little ones involved on your journey to better health and more activity. If you have a favorite piece of exercise equipment for kids, tell me about it so we can keep building our home gym!
Year after year, Legos continue to be a hot gift option for kids of all ages. Not only are they fun to play with; but they also are a great tool for learning that all kids should have access to. You can't go wrong with a gift of bricks, but the challenge is deciding exactly what Lego themed things to purchase. Lucky for you, I have ideas, straight from the Blue Digger shop. From personalized trays to tables to build on, we have the gifts your Lego fanatics are going to love!
It started on Thanksgiving day; my kindergartner asked me what number the day was, which is his way of asking for the date. With a cocked brow he listened to my reply of "November 24th," and he informed me that, "I happen to know Christmas Eve is on December 24th..." With that, our countdown to Christmas began.
Several times a day, the kids ask me if it is almost Christmas, how many more days they have to wait and in the words of my 3-year-old, "When are we going to Christmas Mommy?" To make the countdown and subsequent wait a little easier on them, I found 4 ways to Countdown to Christmas. If your kids are as excited as mine are, you too might want to turn to one of these ideas.
This printable advent wreath is a colorful way to count down the days. This makes for a lovely decorative addition to your house and it doesn't have any bells of whistles of gadgets, trinkets or candy. In my book that is a winning combination for building anticipation!
Counting down the days until Christmas is fun for the kids, but this idea takes it to a new level and introduces the idea of spreading holiday cheer by completing random acts of kindness for others. These ideas are as simple as paying for someone;s drink in line at a shop or singing a carol for your neighbors, but it gets kids excited not only for Santa, and for serving others.
My favorite idea for counting down the days until Christmas is a reverse advent calendar. Every day in the month of December collect an item to donate to a food pantry or shelter and place them in a box. Toothbrushes, toilet paper, non-perishable goods and personal care items are ideal, and this will help your kids understand the concept of taking care of those less fortunate. Be sure to donate the box of goodies in time to get them to needy families before Christmas!
I love this idea because it adds a lovely touch to your tree. Place special ornaments in numbered boxes, each day you add an ornament to your tree for a one of a kind advent calendar.
How does your family count down the days til Christmas? Leave a comment to share your ideas!