I love being active. And so do my kids and husband. It’s always just been a part of our lives. We enjoy being outdoors, trying new things, and hate just sitting around all the time. From simple family walks at the park, to bike rides, to swimming at the pool, we are outside and active. We have found the best ways of being active is to make it fun! That’s why I was excited to partner with LeapFrog and CLIF Kid for their Fit Made Fun, MomSelect MommyParty on Saturday, September 6, 2014! It was a fun way to encourage kids to be active! They provided me with some free products so I could throw an awesome party for my kids with some of their new friends from church.
LeapFrog has made these new active game play watches called LeapBands. My kids have loved playing with them, mostly because its an electronic that is all their own. But, it’s fun for them to collect joules, and take care of their virtual pets. They earn new rewards and pets by being active and taking part of Activity Challenges. The band is a wearable tracker that tracks kids’ every movement; the more they move, the more point they earn and levels they climb.
One of the nice features is that you can set times for the LeapBand to lock, like while your child is at school or sleeping, so that they aren’t making noise and distracting them. It makes bedtime easier when the device automatically shuts itself off.
Too often I forget that my kids use up a lot of energy when they run and play and go, go, go all day long. I think having something like the CLIF Kid Zbar Protein is a smart way to refuel the kiddos. Plus, they have chocolate in them, so what’s not to love? These granola bars are a whole grain protein snack packed with protein. The chocolate mint flavor was a big hit for my kids and their friends.
Fit Made Fun Day
LeapFrog declared that Saturday, September 6, 2014 is Fit Made Fun Day, and set out to break multiple GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® in Santa Monica, California. To celebrate its launch of the LeapBand, which makes fitness fun for kids, people around the country were invited to virtually join in on the record-breaking events happening in California, and we were one of them!
The girls and I sent out invitations to their Sunday school class, and planned some fun, active activities for the day. Since we are new to Texas, only being here about a month and a half now, it was a fun way to break the ice and get to know some people a little better. Although, it sometimes seems weird to throw a non-Birthday party. But, I like any excuse to party.
We started off with a Healthy Habits Scavenger Hunt! I printed off 26 little cards that had healthy foods on them A-Z, some of which I had never heard of! I had hid them in spots around the kitchen and the kids loved it. The winner won a little ribbon, which she was very proud of (though, I think her younger sister might of helped her win).
Then we took the party outback in the hot Texas heat. We used our little red cones, having one child pretend to be a frog on each one. They had to try to tag the people running between them as they did whatever activity the LeapBand told them to do.
We then used the LeapBands for another activity, splitting the group into two smaller groups, each one sporting a LeapBand. They each took turns with the bands, getting an Activity Challenge that they then all had to do, passing the bands, and trying to be the first group to complete 5 challenges, as a Kid Challenge Relay. It ended up being one kid doing the activity for about 30 seconds, and then passing it on.
And being outside, the kids got sidetracked by the complex’s little playground and had fun sliding, swinging, and climbing all over it. As they were still being active, I did not mind one bit! Inside we grabbed some water bottles, getting hydrated and cooling off. All the little girls ran upstairs to check out the playroom for a while, grabbing all the dolls. After they played for a little bit, we brought them back together and took them back outside, but this time to the front of the house where there was more shade and it was cooler.
We then used some of the Fit Made Fun with CLIF Kid’s 60 Minutes of Motion Cards (available at www.clifkid.com beginning September 15, 2014). We used some of motion cards, having all the kids doing things like star jumps, toe touches, and wall sits for 30 seconds.After that we participated in the Fit Made Fun Day Record Breaking Challenges. For 3-5 minutes (it was supposed to be 10, but I knew the 5 and under crowd wouldn’t go for that), we did the same activities that they were doing in California.
The first thing we did was go swimming! You know, in the grass! The kids dived, and swam, and floated, and pinched their noses for about 4 minutes. They even pretended to be sharks.Next up was making grass angels. After they started getting tired of that, I said we should just turn it into a “snowball fight” which really meant that I was soon being chased by a large group of little kids chucking handfuls of grass at me. Ha ha ha. Then we did follow the leader, switching off who the leader was for about 3 minutes. Which was a blast.
And then it was time to eat! I had a spread of yogurt, strawberries, grapes, bananas, and of course these new Clif Kid Z Protein bars.I have to say that I think our party was a big success. And I really do enjoy all the activities. What I love about encouraging kids to be active is that it doesn’t take much of anything. You don’t need gadgets and equipments to be active and play. There are so many great things you can with your kids inside or outdoors.
If you want your child playing outside in the backyard be sure to check out my Top 10 Backyard Activities for 4 Year-Olds post, as well these 4 Tips to Keep Your Kids Active Outdoors. And if you are heading to a park, be sure my tips on how to lengthen your trips to the park!Tell me, what are your favorite ways to encourage kids to be active?
I received free products in order to host the LeapFrog and CLIF Kid sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own.