Sanity Saver: Exercise Cube

Reach up, up, up to the sky…Now reach down, down, down to your toes…

My son has been learning about the importance of keeping active and healthy at school. So when I came across the idea for a physical activity cube, I thought this would be a great way to make exercise into a game.

I suggested a few ideas for activities, and then my six-year-old took it from there. Here are the activities he decided on:

  • Spin in a circle
  • Jump up and down 5 times
  • Run in zig-zags
  • Do 5 jumping jacks
  • Stretch up high
  • Touch your toes

I happened to have a square box that made a perfect giant die, so we started with that as a base. My son drew the activities on paper, and since he wanted it to look like a real die he insisted on adding numbers. This also led to a good discussion about how many sides a cube has. His first guess was four sides, and he was surprised and interested that there were really six.

I helped write the activities and tape the drawings onto the cube. (If you don’t have a box handy, you could create your own out of six pieces of card stock.) And then we were ready to roll!

The boys had a giggly good time stretching, spinning, and MOVING… And of course I had to stretch, spin, and run right alongside them!


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