Bat and Ball Game For Kids

I played baseball for many, many years and I really enjoyed it. My brother played and my dad played too when he was a kid.

We learned about hard work, teamwork and stayed fit doing it. There’s lots of running, strength training and mental exercise as well. Just like most sports, the game of baseball uses just about every muscle.

Introducing a child to baseball is an American tradition. What better way to help develop their sporting abilities than with a tee ball set?

A set like this can be purchased at a sports store or a convenience store for very little money. You can play in your yard or at a local ball field.

Here’s What I Tried With My Kids

I took one of the fun kids exercise activities from module one of my program, “Fun Exercises For Kids” and tried it out.

It’s called, “Bat and Ball” and even though it’s in the five year old section it can be used for any age group.

This bat and ball game improves hand-eye coordination and I’ve seen it improve confidence.

Teach them the proper way to hold a bat and swing at the ball. This exercise will strengthen muscles. Set up some “bases” in the backyard so they can run to them once they hit the ball.

I’d love to have some of those lay down bases and I will some day if my kids start loving baseball more but I’ve even used small boxes as bases including one for home plate.

We’ve played for as little as 15 or 20 minutes and they get great exercise.

I pitch underhand to my small kids and they smack the ball. They then love to run the bases.

Just imagine them doing that 20 times! That’s a lot of fun and fitness!

What Did My Kids Think About This Game?

My daughter has a total blast playing this game. She loves accomplishing the goal of hitting the ball and running the bases. I believe it really does improve her confidence.

She gets better each time we hit the ball together. I’m just super excited that she loves to be active and is willing to try any of the fitness games I present to her.

In the end I think baseball is a great sport because it exercises every part of the body.

Just look at the picture! I told her to give me her serious face!

Homemade Ring Toss Game

his homemade ring toss game is from the five year old section of the Fun Exercises For Kids module. We have tried it with our five year old and she really had fun with it.

Our three year old also tried the game and had fun with it. A few days after we tried it at home we went to a carnival of sorts and they had a similar ring toss game for prizes.

They both did a really great job! They actually had confidence going in and that makes me feel really good.

This activity improves:

  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Creativity

Instructions

Here’s an exercise for kids who love making crafts. First you need an empty bottle or milk jug. Have your child decorate it with paints or construction paper. Allow them to spend as much time as they want decorating.

If your child isn’t into crafts so much at this point then you can skip the decorating part.

When they are finished, put some rocks or water in the containers to keep it grounded. Otherwise the rings will knock them over and it will become frustrating.

Make some rings with old wire hangers by untwisting the tops and shaping the hangers into circles. Take the bottle
and rings outside and then let them practice tossing the rings onto the bottle.

Their skill should determine how far away they stand from the bottle. Let them keep trying until they either get all the
rings around the bottle or they get tired of the game.

The great thing about this game is that once you’ve made everything, you can keep everything and play it another day.

Our Real Time Results

The results are in! My five and three year old really enjoyed playing this game. We played it outside as you can see from the picture above.

I had this game structured to where I gave my daughter goals. I challenged her to toss all three rings successfully at least five times.

It’s a great way to get a little exercise and work on their coordination skills. We had a few laughs too!

Blue EZ Steppers Perfect For Balance and Coordination

There is some kids exercise equipment available that is really good. There is some that is really bad and I won’t mention the bad one’s on this blog.

There are others like these blue EZ steppers that are so good I can’t wait to get me a pair!

This concept seems to simple and you can probably imagine your grandparents rigging something like this together to have fun around the house in their day.

That’s usually the key.

When kids exercise equals fun then it’s not really exercise for a child. That’s my number one reason for recommending these.

Read How Simple the EZ Steppers Are To Use

  • Just step on the platform
  • Pull the ropes up tight and begin to walk around
  • Have fun!

The official description is, “Durable 4 inch rise plastic platforms and adjustable rope hand cords.”

Sounds easy to make yourself right? Not so much. The first thing that comes to my mind is trying to rig up this toy with colored plastic drinking cups. Major fail!

How Do These Help My Kids With Exercise and Health?

Your children will have major fun while at the same time improving their balance and coordination with these easy-to-use kids stilts.

I also believe it will improve strength in their arm, leg and mid-section muscles.

If you do it for several minutes at a time it can also improve cardiovascular endurance.

Blue is the most popular color for these steppers but you can also get them in red, green, raspberry, purple and yellow.

My kids like to stand on my feet and hold on while I walk around. These EZ Steppers are basically the same thing except they are the one’s who have to do all the work and not daddy!

What Others Are Saying

Some people have made comments saying that wherever their kids take this exercise toy all the other children want to try them out. It’s that popular!

One parent loves them so much because they remind her of similar childhood toys and even said her kids and their friends compete on them.

Finally, I read one mother’s comments and she said these work the best indoors and that these are super durable.

She was reminded of when she was a child and used coffee cans and strings.

In the video below you’ll see a demonstration by an adult. They are really “EZ” to use and he says it can hold up to 100 pounds.

This guy is more than 100 pounds so you know these are durable.

Have your children ever used this exercise toy before? What do they like most about them?

Exercise For Children Under 5

I’m continuing to put the fun fitness activities from my ebook materials to the test during my child’s homeschool P.E. class that I teach during the week.

Something that has surprised me is that the exercises below and above my child’s age are working great. This is good news! That means I basically have a whole curriculum for P.E.!

What you see pictured is an exercise for children under 5 years old. I say that “officially” but I don’t think age matters. My three year old tried it and I tried it. I won’t disclose my age.

This activity is called “Sweep Ball” and it’s sorta like the game of hockey with several exceptions.

This activity improves: gross motor coordination as well as focus and concentration

For this exercise, you will need a small box, a ball or two and an old broom. We used two brooms, a cardboard box and a tennis ball.

Lay the box on its side so the opening is next to the floor. We actually took this game outside and played on the street.

Give the child a broom and have them stand several feet away from the box. Explain that they are to push the ball with the broom into the box just like scoring a goal in hockey.

Encourage them to take their time, otherwise the ball may roll too fast. Do the exercise several times until they get used to it and are easily able to push the ball into the box.

After a few successful tries, they should be able to pick up speed and push the ball in the box quicker.

This exercise is also good with several children, such as if your child is having a party. It’s a fun game and kids will enjoy competing against each other.

How My Child Liked It

My child really liked this game. I found that the key was for me to participate and help at the same time. I also set a goal. After I showed how to play the game and let her try it herself, I said we needed to score 10 times before we quit.

This really helped and by the time we were at around five goals she was getting really good at the game.

We sweat and got our heart rates up and it took about 15 minutes. Not bad for a fun activity, right?

Is this a game you can try with your child? Sounds fun, right?

Balloon Bounce Game

My daughter is now homeschooled and my wife asked me if I would take on the responsibilities of recreation or P.E. Of course I said yes, but then began to contemplate what I’d actually do.

I then had a “duh” moment! Why don’t I use all the fun kids exercise games I have in my kids exercise and nutrition program!

I never thought of my program as a homeschool P.E. curriculum but I can officially say it’s what we’re using.

I pulled up module #1 which is all about indoor and outdoor activities to get kids of all ages moving. I went to the five-year-old section and landed on page 49.

I would like to share with you this particular balloon bounce game.

Balloon Bouncing

This activity improves: Gross motor coordination, hand-eye coordination, focus and awareness

This exercise requires one or two blown up balloons, and that’s it.

Tell the child that the object of the game is to keep the balloon from touching the floor. In this case the weather was warm so we went outside.

The child is to throw the balloon above their head and hit it into the air each time it comes down. With him, count how many times he hits it before it touches the floor.

Make it challenging by telling him not to use his hands to keep the balloon afloat. Instead, they must use other body parts, such as elbows, knees, head or feet. Congratulate their efforts.

An even more challenging step would be to use two balloons together to do the mentioned activities. Or have them lie on the floor and try to keep the balloons afloat with their feet. Get creative in suggesting how they can keep the balloon in the air.

How Did We Do?

I think it went incredibly well for the first time using it as a homschool P.E. curriculum. It kept my daughter’s interest and she had an absolute blast playing.

I was there with her the whole time and I think she enjoyed that immensely.

First, we tried to hit the balloon in the air 20 times without it touching the ground. It took us a few tries but we did it.

Next, we tried to not use our hands and keep it in the air 10 times. It was a challenge! The wind outside was blowing too so it made it that more challenging.

We also tried keeping two balloons in the air for five times.

I was shocked how winded I was playing this game. My daughter was out of breath too. We played this for maybe 15 minutes.

This game was a total success.

Benefits of Almond Milk

In looking for alternatives to normal dairy milk produced from cows, there are a few options out there. Right now I would like to focus on the benefits of almond milk.

First, we need to take a look at why we’re even looking for alternatives. What happened between the time of my childhood and now that has many people losing confidence in the health of dairy products in general?

I picked out one Spanish-Moroccan scientist study group to sum it all up. They found that in a single glass of milk there are up to 20 pharmaceutical drugs, including pain killers, antibiotics, and growth hormones. They do say they are in such small amounts that we shouldn’t worry about it. Really?

Add to these drugs the use of GMO feed and you’ve got a drink that is just a bit toxic. Is this something we really want our children and us to consume every day?

What Milk Do We Drink Then?

Many parents don’t know what the alternatives are to “normal” milk and there is much fear-mongering about dairy being the absolute only source of vitamin D and calcium for our children. This is absolutely ludicrous.

Here are a few options to consider:

  • Organic milk – This usually comes GMO-free, no hormones or antibiotics, grass fed and mostly free-range. It will be a little more expensive, but it’s worth it for your health if you want to go this route.
  • Raw milk – I don’t have enough personal experience with this, but research shows that when it comes from cows with no hormones and antibiotics, it’s super healthy for you. Especially since it’s not pasteurized, which is a process that destroys the proteins, healthy bacteria and even destroys many of the vitamins. I would urge safety when researching this. The FDA doesn’t like it, but I’ll let you research why.
  • Almond milk – This is what we use for our family as an alternative.

Benefits of Almond Milk

We use this in our home because we’d prefer not to consume drugs in our dairy. I would like to list for you the benefits of almonds and the milk.

  • Great source of healthy fats
  • They are packed with antioxidants
  • High in fiber
  • Helps lower cholesterol
  • Aspartame-free
  • Non-GMO
  • Free of dairy, soy, gluten, lactose and MSG
  • 45% calcium, 25% vitamin D, 50% vitamin B12 per cup
  • No artificial flavors
  • No high-fructose corn syrup

Compared to the statistics the USDA released regarding a typical glass of 1% dairy milk, the almond alternative has 50% more calcium. Isn’t that amazing?

Our children really like drinking it and using it in cereals. It just makes sense to us to use this as an alternative to dairy for better health.

After reading some of these benefits, what do you think about trying almond milk in the near future?

60 Day Juice Fast

First of all, I’ve been juicing as a part of my normal diet for a long time. I’ve studied health and came across juicing through watching documentaries and reading books.

We can talk about the benefits later though.

The longest I’ve personally done a juice fast is two days. I used it as a detox and reboot. It worked.

My Brothers Story

The main reason why I’m writing about this, though, is because my brother recently started a 60 day juice fast.

My wife and I watched the movie, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and it was truly inspiring. One of the real-life examples in the movie was a truck driver just like my brother.

We sent him the link to the movie and he completely ignored us and never watched it.

Months later he had a life changing event. For his privacy I’ll keep mum on it, but it truly shifted his thinking.

This event made him take inventory of himself spiritually and physically and he wasn’t happy with what he saw. He desired a change.

He then watched the movie. Not once, not twice, but three times!

He had an immediate connection with the truck driver in the story and that’s when he contacted me and decided to do a 30 day juice fast. Then he changed his mind to follow the documentary which was a full 60 days of nothing but juice!

Why does he want to do this? You need to watch the documentary yourself to see a real life example of what I’m talking about.

My brother might not want me to share this, but I don’t care. At the time he started this new adventure he weighed around 380 pounds. His ankles and feet are swollen and he’s taking highly expensive blood pressure medicine.

Here Come The Skeptics

As with anyone who tries something healthy, the skeptics go out of their way to crush your spirit and make you feel bad without any research or experience.

They make critical comments such as:

“Better not do anything without doctor approval!”

Really dude? I actually don’t know anyone whose attempted a dramatic health change without the guidance of their doctor.

“I told you it was gonna be hard!”

Really? That came right from a family member.

“I sure hope you can juice a steak or hamburger!”

Another family member threw that one out.

A Little Support Goes a Long Way

Whether you’re the one wanting to get healthy or you know someone who is, a little support goes a long way.

When we’re trying to get healthy we’re already fighting bad thoughts and possibly self esteem issues.

Encouragement is needed and here are some ways to help others in a situation like this:

  • Help the person grocery shop for their fruits and veggies
  • Check up on them once a day to see how they’re doing
  • Encourage them and tell them how great they are doing
  • Offer to go on walks with the person
  • Eat healthy with them

What About Kids?

As far as a diet like this, it’s not appropriate for children. But that doesn’t mean children can’t be involved.

Children can definitely join in the fun and have some tasty juices along with the adult. Here is a great recipe.

Grape/Apple Juice
Prep Time: Around 10 minutes
– ½ cup grapes (red or green)
– 1 apple
– 1 celery stick

Simple and tasty. That is considered one serving so if you have two children just double the amount.

It’s much healthier than any juice you can buy at the store.

One great thing about having the children involved is that they can see the adult (whether it’s a parent, relative or friend) making healthy choices and it really is inspiring for them.

If my brother can do a juice fast like this, anyone can. I don’t know if he realizes this yet but he’s about to become inspirational for people out there as he’s making positive decisions.

You can do the same if you want. For more specific information about the documentary I mentioned earlier, make one easy click below.