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The Exercise Ball

Posted Feb 20 2009 5:30pm

FRIDAY: Exercise

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         This is my THIRD exercise ball since having children. The ball from this post, probably popped (or got lost) March 23… the day after I posted I will never let the ball out of my site.  They are compelled to play with my exercise balls!   No matter how many other balls we own!  I guess I should consider that a good thing (and never pay full price for one).

Just by the mere fact of owning the oversized ball gets the kids active!  They love throwing it around to each other, sitting on it to bounce, doing somersaults over it.   All you have to do is hand them the ball, and they will find an activity to do with it on their own.

Don’t want to shell out $15-$40 for a ball your child will inevitably pop, the oversized bouncy balls (I’ve seen them for $2.50 at Target) are just as exciting!

Make sure your child has access to fun things like different size and types of balls. 

  • Use a BIG ball for a game of soccer
  • Hit an oversized ball with a baseball bat.
  • Use a large ball to play golf (we got some golf clubs for $1.00 at our local thrift shop).
  • Teach them four square.
  • Use a laundry basket for a basket ball hoop, and shoot a large ball in there.
  • Let them play their video games on it or watch TV to encourage balance and mid section strength!

For a good laugh today, check out Megan’s picture of ladies on a ball!

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