Getting a group of children together for a party doesn’t sound like something for which you need to plan “activity.” Get a bunch of kids together and activity usually happens. Usually followed by a few aspirin and perhaps a glass or seven of wine. For the mommies, not the kids. The kids get grape juice. Unless you want them to take a nap, in which case it’s a shot of bourbon in their grape juice. Or is that for teething? Maybe I need to re-read that chapter of Parenting for Dummies.
So part of the challenge then is how to direct all that energy. The new LeapBand from LeapFrog is a great tool to help accomplish that. I hosted a “Fit Made Fun” MommyParty and it would be an understatement to say that the kids all wanted their own. Fortunately there were plenty of tips for how to structure the activities.
The LeapBand is not a pedometer for kids to use by crazy parents. Not that I am pointing fingers or anything but my sister was extremely disappointed by this! It’s a fun tool to help kids be active. You start off with a fun mascot/pet on the LeapBand. As your child performs activities to follow along with the pet they earn Joules. In case you didn’t know, Joules (pronounced like “Jewels”) are the scientific measurement of Energy, a clever little pun that I had to look up because I didn’t know what a Joule was. See, we do learn something new every day! So as they earn Joules, they can earn new pets. It’s like the gamification of…games? Well whatever. All I know is that all the kids couldn’t wait for their turn to wear the LeapBand and direct the group in the activity and earn more Joules.
We served snacks along the way but they were mostly gobbled up by the parents. Hey, it is exhausting to watch your little one exercise! As for the little ones, what better way to wrap up a “Fit Made Fun” party then CLIF Kid ZBars! This organic baked whole grain snack is made with a nutritious blend of carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and fat to help kids maintain their energy so they can keep on zipping and zooming along!
CLIF Kid ZBars are USDA Organic and contain vitamins and minerals that are important for kids’ growth. This product does not contain artificial flavors, synthetic preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup.
A bottle of water, CLIF Kid ZBar, and a thank you for coming as they were on their way! My little one was energized but this mommy needed a nap. It was daddy’s turn to take over!
How do you ensure that staying fit remains fun?
Disclosure: This MommyParty was sponsored by LeapFrog, CLIF Kid, and Mom Select. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own.