Tag Archive | sporty kids

Play as Active Jazz…Riffing on Movement with Zamzee and the Play Lab

By Cameron Yick

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My name is Cameron, and I’m a senior in high school. I consider myself an active individual, as I’ve tried many sports through the years (soccer, lacrosse, and even skating!). My motivation stems from genuine enjoyment of physical activity, and I’m always looking for ways to help other people find that joy as well. Last spring, I researched the various “gamification” and “fitness logger” devices, most of which appeared to be targeted at adults. Zamzee was the first solution that appeared to target children. I wondered whether it would be motivating to teenagers too. Here’s what I’ve learned after using a meter for the past few months.

1.     Encourages physical activity

The benefits of increased physical activity cannot be overstated. Most people already know they need to move more, and yet have difficulty overcoming the inertia of being sedentary in school. Zamzee might be just the “kick” you need to start a new habit. Who doesn’t like getting recognition for their work (or play)?

I obtained a Zamzee meter at the same time a classmate who shared the meter with his sibling. He was blown away at her reaction the first evening with the meter. “It was like she ate a whole pack of Skittles candy!” She was running up and down the stairs with glee, re-plugging in the meter periodically to see how many points had been accumulated.

Although I don’t always plug the meter in daily, the meter stores data for up to a week so I can catch up on the weekends. However, the daily login bonuses give me incentive to plug in the meter every day during vacation periods. Continue reading

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Getting My Kids Active (Adventure #4: Tennis)

By Andrew Kardon from Mommy’s Busy… Go Ask Daddy

My kids have never liked sports. Over the years, we’ve tried a few like T-ball, basketball and soccer. The outcome is always the same: sooner or later, the boys want to give up. Which puts my wife and me in a difficult position. We want our kids to be active (playing Nintendo Wii doesn’t really count). But how can we convince our kids to stay in the game?

This year we decided to sign the boys up for weekly tennis lessons at a local club. It was actually just going to be the two of them, along with two of their friends. One instructor to four kids. It sounded like a great opportunity. Except nothing ever goes according to plan.

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10 Lessons on How to Stay Active as a Family

If your New Year’s resolution is to get your family active, take a step back before you attempt to go 100 mph forward and read the 10 most important things we learned in 2012 about moving as a family.

1.  Physical activity is more important than weight loss. Being active improves both your physical and mental health, and how your body feels is more important than how your body looks. Especially when you’re a kid.

2.  Finishing first is not the most important part of running a race. So when your video-game-loving kindergartner wants to run a one-mile race, make sure you believe in him. He’s going to finish.

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3.  Moving doesn’t have to be serious. You can get a healthy dose of exercise while having fun playing games like ant hospital and toilet tag. Yep, those are real games. Seriously. Continue reading

How (NOT) to Help Your Kid Train for a One-Mile Running Race

By Andrew Kardon from Mommy’s Busy… Go Ask Daddy!

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I hate running. I really do. My wife, however, loves it. She doesn’t seem to mind that crazy awful feeling that your lungs are about to pop like a balloon. She’s run a few 5Ks and even a half marathon. I love rooting her on and think it’s great inspiration for our kids.

My five year old, Ryan, is a typical boy who loves video games, action figures, and imaginative play. He’ll toss a football with me in the backyard for a good 10 minutes, but then he’s done. If things ever get too tough, he just gives up and moves on.

So when my wife signed up for a local 5K to benefit our neighborhood schools, she mentioned that there’s also a kids’ one mile race. Ryan said he wanted to sign up. Yeah, I think I fractured a tooth when my jaw hit the floor.

Knowing full well that Ryan’s one of those kids that will change his mind more times than a teenage girl changes her outfits, I didn’t expect him to follow through. We asked him multiple times, though, and he insisted he wanted to do it, so we signed him up.

About a month before the race, we figured Ryan should practice running to build up some stamina. So Ryan ran to the end of our street, stopping once or twice on the way. That was maybe 1/8th of a mile.

He was out of breath. He was winded. He was exhausted. But he still insisted that he could run the race. Continue reading

Gift Ideas for Sporty Kids and Superheroes

Need some good gift ideas for the nieces, nephews, cousins and kids in your life? Look no farther – Zamzee has you covered with this holiday gift guide for sporty kids and superheroes.

Superhero Cape

The first accessory any sporty kid or superhero needs is a superhero cape. We’re pretty into this personalized superhero cape from Pipe and Bean on Etsy – you can pick your fav color and stamp it with your own letter. But if you’re looking for something else, like a superhero cape for your dog, just search “superhero cape” on Etsy and you’ll come up with plenty of options.

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Minor League Baseball Tickets

There’s no reason to drop big bucks on Major League Baseball tickets when you can check out minor league games for a fraction of the price. The kids will get a kick out of being able to say they saw players before they were famous. You’ll be glad you still have coins to jingle in your wallet at the end of the day. And everyone will learn an important lesson: that you don’t have to be the best-of-the-best to have fun and get moving.

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A Pirate Fathom

Can you fathom the length of a fathom? Pirates need proper equipment before setting sail on the salty seas. This fathom is perfect for measuring things that are a fathom away, and that’s where the adventure usually begins. Where does the adventure end? No scallywag knows the answer to that question, so you best check out the rest of the 826 Valencia Pirate Supply Store to be prepared for anything.

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Halloween Costume Ideas for Sporty Kids and Superheroes

This year for Halloween we’ve created a list of our favorite sporty characters and superheroes from books, movies and real-life. Halloween is only 20 days away, which means now is the time to get serious about your costume. But who should you be, and how do you create the perfect outfit? Take some inspiration from the list below, and make sure you wear your Zamzee on Halloween night so you can rack up major Pointz while trick or treating!

1.    Princess Merida from Brave

Princess Merida can ride a horse faster and shoot an arrow straighter than any prince who might dare to claim her hand. To dress up as Merida you’ll have to ditch the glass slippers for a pair of sturdy boots, which only means you’ll be able to walk to that many more houses on Halloween night.

If you’re feeling crafty, take inspiration from this great Sew Can Do tutorial on how to make a Princess Merida costume. If you’re not quite ready to whip out that sewing machine, you can do a mighty fine job covering the basics with a blue dress, red wig, and toy bow and arrow.

Princess Merida costume from Sew Can Do (http://ow.ly/eptIO)

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