The Internet, computers, gaming systems and all the movies and TV available at your finger tips; all entertaining things for kids, but none of these things promote them moving their bodies. When it comes to buying your kids a Christmas gift, maybe think more in the direction of movement. Get your kids a gift that is fun, entertaining and will get them off the couch.
Kristi Loyola, who writes a blog called Phoenix Mommy , says there are plenty of active toys out there that won’t break the bank.
Lightning Bolt Plus
The Lightning Bolt baseball pitching machine forces hitters to intently focus on making contact with the included soft micro balls. Lightweight and portable, players can take practice inside or out to improve their visual acuity and hand-eye coordination. The battery-operated machine holds up to 50 balls at a time, and automatically pitches every 5 seconds at 30 mph with realistic flight up to 25 feet. No assembly required. $49.99
A neoprene glove fits over any standard size soccer ball connecting it through an elastic (extends to 18 ft.) cable to a neoprene belt worn by the player, allowing each kick or throw of the ball to bring the ball springing back to the player at game speed. $12.99
SKLZ Pro Mini Hoop
A foam padding cushion that door mounts, and the spring-action, break-away rim allows for hours of slam-dunking. The miniature basketball measures 5-in in diameter, while the hoop measures 9-in. $29.99 ($39.99 for XL version)
Combines the best elements of tennis, badminton and racquetball $39.99
This is a baseball hitting tee for kids ages 3-6 that functions like a tetherball pole, with the ball wrapping around and then bringing the ball back for them to hit. $29.99
These are a few ideas to get your kids off the couch, so think movement and entertainment this holiday season.
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