April 7, 2011

Physical Activity Cube

To get a little more physical activity into our days, I made this exercise cube for my kids!
 Here's how I made it:

  • Using white card stock, cut out 6 squares. (Mine are about 6"x6" squares.)
  • Write the activities on each square.
  • Tape the squares together using clear packing tape.
  • Before you tape the last square on, stuff in a few pieces of crumpled newspaper to give it more stability.

Here's what's on it:
  • Spin in a circle.
  • Jump 5 times.
  • Flap your arms like a bird.
  • Hop on one foot.
  • Dance!
  • Run from the front door to the back door.
The boys love it! 

Do you like this idea?

Looking for more activities for your little BOY?


Rose said...

What a fun way to get some exercise and burn off some energy. :-)

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow said...

I love any activity that gets the kids up and moving! You made it simple and very frugal, nothing better than that combination!

I would love it if you link up in our new 'It's Playtime' party today.

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow said...

Hey Linda! Thanks for linking this (and the Car Race game) in our "It's Playtime" party!

I've noticed you have lots of MOVEMENT posts and really encourage that. I LOVE THAT!

I moderate a group (Bodies to Move) over at We Teach and would love for you to join us and share your thoughts and ideas with us.

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

Brimful Curiosities said...

Wow, I'm impressed by all the fantastic ideas on your blog and so many of them are boy friendly. I'm always looking for more ways to creatively interact with my son.

M. Jesus Sousa (Juca) said...

Fun... tastic!

I'll try it with my preschoolers one of these days.

Check it out at http://blogue-folio.blogspot.com

Kiss, Juca

Cricket and Scooter said...

We loved this so much we adapted it for our younger two kids (3 and 1.5). I made an activity one like you and then I made one with pictures of animals for the babies to act out! (I posted it on my facebook page - www.facebook.com/CricketandScooter) I will be back again and again, you have lots of great ideas!!!

Thank you!

~Rachée said...

I used your idea at my library!
Here is the post all about it:
Thanks for the idea!

Casper said...

I made the same thing with a friend for our class. We made each side interchangeable with Velcro-ed on sides that involved the other areas of learning. Like nursery rhymes, movements similar to yours we just made stick figures out of pip-cleaners, shapes, colors and counting with dots. We got one of the best marks in the class.

The Wade's said...

I think I need to make this for myself!! :)

mustangkayla said...

I just discovered your fantastic blog through Pinterest! Love this idea and can't wait to make one for my son!

BoysMom said...

I loved this idea, so I made a block for my boys today - one reader, one non. Here's a link to the pdf if you want to share with your readers. Thanks for the great idea!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is such a great way to get moving. Your cute is genius!

Epic Sports, Inc said...

This is great! You could personalize this cube to allow children with physical disabilities a game that can be fun and keep them active as well! Your blog is full of great ideas. :)

Tami said...

So cute!

I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!

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Kelli said...

Love what you're doing and featured you in an article today. Hope you enjoy! http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/found-on-pinterest-top-5-diy-fitness-ideas

Lorie said...

I think I'm going to make one to take on vacation with us. I may make it a little smaller so it would easily fit in a purse or bag. This would be perfect to use while waiting to be seated for dinner or at rest stops!

Anonymous said...

This will bring awesome for my son who has ADHD

MamaFilipina.ph said...

Encouraging your kid to physically move and be active is very important for you furthermore. Youngsters tend to mimic their oldsters, and if your own health habits are but ideal, your youngsters are probably to imitate. Rather than setting a poor example, let your kid see you partaking in regular exercise. Simply thirty minutes every day is enough to expertise an excellent health boost, and although your kid does not seem to be listening, they are.

emily said...

I just found this on pinterest. I printed up a paper cube and wrote the movement activities on each square and then folded it up.

Then I printed another cube and wrote the numbers 1-6 on each one. I have my child roll both dice and then she has to recognize the number and do the activity that she rolled that many times. Whoa, does that make sense? Anyways, combining learning and moving is always great - thanks!

Colette Stroffolino said...

I have been using a decorated tissue box filled with action activities and call it the "box of silly things". Have the kids take turns reaching in...I like your rolling cube idea even better. So interactive and fun!

Ikem said...

I like the drawings on your cube and I like to have the exact same cube.

Would you mind to make a printer template for me?

amy sue said...

Older kids will so enjoy this cube. But, if you're going to use it with boys over 8, put a floral foam cube (the stiff green ones) in the center for indestructible strength. As a teacher of grades k-5 music, I learned some of those boys don't know their strength...

Anonymous said...

Two quart/liter milk cartons make good cubes, too. In fact, ten 2 liter cartons (one decimeter each) strung together on a long lace make a meter --- great for measuring practice.

Martin Kris said...

This is nice. Very creative way to inspire kids to physical exercising! I really like the physical activity cube idea & looking forward to try it out. Hopefully my kids will love the idea.