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How to create the ultimate home gym—for your kid

School-aged kids should be getting at least an hour of exercise each day, which can feel impossible to achieve in lockdown. This gear will help them get moving.

How to create the ultimate home gym—for your kid

Photo: Cushy Couch/Facebook

When the pandemic first hit, free weights, tension bands and Peloton bikes quickly became hot commodities—and for good reason. It didn't take a team of experts to prove that keeping active (especially when you're in lockdown) is not only good for your body, but also your mental health. Over the summer, the focus turned to kids with trampolines, bikes and other outdoor gear being cleared off store shelves. But with the long Canadian winter stretching out before parents, it's getting harder to get the kids to go outdoors to be active.

Here, we've rounded up some of our favourite active toys—in a range of different price points—for getting your little one's blood pumping indoors.

$25 and under

Frozen II Bop Bag

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box for kids punching bag Photo: Toys"R"Us

Goofy Foot Light-Up Hoop

different sized coloured hula hoops Photo: Canadian Tire

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Paw Patrol Hopper

paw patrol bouncer Photo: Toys"R"Us

Busa Play tunnel

kids play tunnel Photo: Ikea
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$20, ikea.com

Lustigt tag game with vest and balls

two girls playing tag game Photo: Ikea

$50 and under

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Fantasy Hoppers Inflatable Bouncing Unicorn Pink

unicorn shaped bouncer Photo: Well.ca

$38, well.ca

Printed-design Cotton Rug

rug with hopscotch design Photo: H&M

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$30, hm.com

Plufsig Folding gym mat

pink gym mat for kids Photo: Ikea

VTech Count & Win Sports Center

electronic sports centre Photo: Vtech
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$100 and under

Playskool Sit ‘n Spin Classic Spinning Activity Toy

green spinning toy for toddlers Photo: Amazon

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Little Tikes Pogo-It

Kid on pogo-it ball bouncer Photo: Canadian Tire

Wooden disc swing

young girl on swing in house Photo: Simons

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Hockey sticks (set of 2)

hockey sticks with knit balls Photo: Simons

$100 or more

Little Tikes - Easy Store 3 ft Trampoline

kids trampoline with support bar Photo: Toys"R"Us
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KidBoard Balance Board Classic

How to create the ultimate home gym—for your kid Photo: Kidboard Balance Board

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Deluxe indoor playground

$200, gym1.net

Pikler Triangle

girl sliding down wooden indoor play structure Photo: The Montessori Room/Facebook

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Little Tikes Splash 'n Spray Bouncer indoor/outdoor

indoor bouncy castle Photo: Little Tikes

$380, indigo.ca

Cushy Couch

kid jumping on play furniture Photo: Cushy Couch/Facebook
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This article was originally published on Feb 03, 2021

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