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Tag you’re it!

Playing tag is one of those games that define childhood. There is a lot more to it than you may think; it is a very developmentally necessary game for kids.  Here are a few reasons why your kids should play tag that you may not have thought of: It is great exercise! You learn if…

Oversized badminton.

No need for a net with this oversized badminton set and while it can be played with a friend, it can also be played solo! It is very important for kids to learn to play with others but it is also very important to their development for them to learn how to entertain themselves. This…

Exercise outside.

Exercise makes your kids smarter. The more they exercise the better they do academically, the healthier their heart is (now and in the future), and the better their moods will be.  But you may not have realized that their brain function is also increased with exercise. Why is exercise so good for us physically? Because…

Hang a tire swing.

Mom,  every backyard needs a tire swing! This is one of the least expensive, almost free, backyard toys around. You can go to just about any auto repair garage or gas station and they will gladly give you a used tire. Then you go to a home store and purchase some rope (the 5/8 inch…

Play soccer in the back yard.

How many hours have your kids played soccer  barefoot in the back yard in the grass? This is another activity that can be done alone or with a friend and, yes, it involves yet another ball! Soccer is excellent exercise not to mention all the other physical and developmental benefits. The movement required to run…

Plant a garden.

It is not too late to get to work on a garden! Planting a garden is an awesome kid friendly activity. It takes some upfront prep and your boys are perfect for the job. You can do a little research and find many ways to have a successful large or small garden. The point is…