The recent holidays have reminded me that finding fun games for preschoolers to do indoors, on a torrentially wet day, can sometimes be a challenge! The Jumping Bean Bag Club provide something different to the usual suggestions of puzzles, crafts, drawing and baking. The aim of the clever people behind The Jumping Bean Bag Club is to get preschool children active from an early age, to help them develop their gross motor skills, co-ordination and balance. So with the rain pouring down outside we opened our Jumping Bean Bag Package. Inside we found a cute bean bag or “Beany”, a DVD, a booklet containing all the rhymes and exercises and a badge. The bean bag was an instant hit and is a clever way of keeping young children interested and focussed on the activity.
The DVD is split into seven sections and you can pick and choose which sections to try so if you don’t have 40 minutes you can skip sections and tailor it to your needs, which I really liked. You can see straight away that the programme is developed by an early years teacher as sections of the DVD correspond to skills in the National Curriculum such as jumping, balancing, bending, stretching and rolling.
All the exercises are simple enough for preschool children although we couldn’t quite get the hang of all of them first time round, but that is great because the DVD is something we can put on again and again to help improve. Many of the exercises involve Beany too, such as balancing him on your head, your ear and your elbows – again all great exercises and great opportunities for us to talk more about the different parts of the body and how they work.
We are particularly into jumping at the moment and so we have repeated that section of the DVD a few times and are beginning to master bunny hops and launching like a rocket!
And when you have done all the exercises you can reward yourself with a cuddle.
Now that the sun has appeared we have taken Beany outside and the exercises on the DVD have inspired more active play:
- throwing and catching Beany;
- pushing Beany down the slide and then running to catch him;
- putting Beany on the floor and working out ways to touch him with your head;
- putting Beany on the floor and running around him as part of an obstacle course;
- throwing Beany into a bucket.
We are really pleased to have discovered The Jumping Bean Bag Club and I am pleased to have something to rely on when the weather turns against us that can keep us active and burn off a bit of toddler energy, as well as improving gross motor skills.
Disclosure: we were sent a Jumping Bean Bag Package for the purposes of this review.