Our testers were thrilled with the soft, light-weight, Wubble Bubble ball that inflates to an amazing 3-foot size and still has some give. Fun to bounce, catch, toss, and and kick. You inflate it with a pump that comes with the ball, but you will need 4 D size batteries to make the pump work. It also comes with warnings about keeping it away from pets and branches. It claims to have a lifetime replacement guarantee, but we didn't read the fine print on that. If you have a crowd and a big enough yard and not a lot of very little kids, we'd say this will be a star attraction for getting the gang up and moving. You can deflate it when you are finished playing and use it on another day. Comes in multiple see-thru colors.
Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
Hands down, our favorite bubble kit. Period. For any age group (including grown-ups), this kit will be a hit. Amazingly large bubbles are created with the soft rope that is attached to two large plastic sticks. Combined with their special "sauce" of bubbles, you'll have super large bubbles to make and chase.
Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
This is not your mother's beach ball--not yours either. I's a big 20" red, white and blue ball that glows from a strong LED, flashes streaks of red, blue, and green whenever it is tossed, caught or bounced. Fun for swim parties after sunset or a game of catch or beach ball volleyball. You get two balls with batteries and impact-activated LEDs inside. Marked 3 & up, but really this is a ball that will be enjoyed by older kids, teens and even adults. You'll find this on hearthsong.com.
Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2014.
Basic gear for active play! This adjustable hoop (from 4 to 6feet) makes this a great choice for preschoolers and early school aged kids interested in learning how to shoot some hoops! Light enough to make this a choice for inside or outside play.
Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
A fun way to gain flexibility, strength, and improve posture while introducing kids to Yoga poses. Game can be played solo or with others. Players take turns hitting the spinner and choose a card of the same color shown on the spinner. Now, try to hold the pose for 10 seconds without laughing or falling down! The object is to be first to collect one card of each color. Perfect for sleepover, playdates, or family fun. Our test family Mom wrote that her whole family enjoyed this one...."We were laughing and having fun and the boys said the stretching felt good after soccer. I appreciate that the game doesn't assume you know yoga poses and the illustrations are quite clear (although it does help to be familiar with the poses to help the kids do them). The graphics are clean and very cute and you know I always like a game that is self contained (the cards are stored in the spinner itself) - always good for keeping up with all of the cards and for using in different rooms or places. I like that it is very active and teaches everyone something new as well. We give it a thumbs up! I can also see a big use for this in more of a classroom or group setting (such as a break from fine motor skills - at our school the kids take 'brain breaks' and do something more physical.)"
Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
For those who love Bop It and Tetris -- this is a dream come true. Unlike the Tetris game you may play on a screen, this puts Tetris in a new and bigger format. You have to slide, spin or slam to get the shapes to fall where you want them to. You can play solo or play it by passing it around with friends. 3 "AA" batteries required. 8 & up.
Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
A multi-generational game for family fun. With younger players use a soft beach ball that is easier to hit. Use it at the beach or in the backyard. This is mid-priced volleyball set that includes poles, spikes, net, a hand pump, and a soft spike ball. Stores in a convenient carrying case that is easy to take along. Available at Target. All ages.
Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
Three fabric covered balls to learn to juggle with. It comes with a poster that starts you out with juggling one ball, then two and finally, lot of luck--three! A fun choice for active play that challenges dexterity and eye hand in a BIG-G-G way!
8 & up
Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2013.
Three fabric covered balls to learn to juggle with. It comes with a poster that starts you out with juggling one ball, then two and finally, lot of luck-- try three! A fun choice for active play that challenges dexterity and eye hand in a BIG-G-G way!
Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2013.
How about a family tournament for your own home grown Olympics? Play badminton or volleyball with this set; a surefire crowd pleaser for backyard summer fun, especially if you have a multi-generational crowd. This set includes the net (poles), 4 racquets, 2 birdies, a volleyball, pump, rules (always good!) and it all zips up into a carrying case. There are pricier sets that may be sturdier, but for a short season of fun, this will probably be quite sufficient. We reviewed this Franklin set from Target. All Ages.
Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2012.
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