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Do-It-Yourself Kids' Fitness Equipment

Use recyclables and household items to make your own kids' fitness equipment.


Updated October 25, 2012

You don't have to be a celebrity or a millionaire to fill your playroom with kids' fitness equipment. Versatile, everyday toys like balls, hula hoops, and jump ropes are inexpensive, but you can also stock a kiddie workout area without spending a dime. Try repurposing and recycling everyday household items to turn them into free kids' fitness equipment (that you just might want to play with too).
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No fancy fabric necessary for a kid-pleasing parachuteBed Sheet ParachuteGive little kids a right-sized bat made from a 2-liter soda bottleSoda Bottle Baseball BatSet them up and knock them down for an easy indoor or outdoor bowling gameRecycled Bottle BowlingReuse empty water bottles for a junior weight-training workoutWater Bottle Hand Weights
Build little muscles by raiding your pantrySoup Can Hand WeightsA big scoop made from a recycled detergent jug keeps her on her toesDetergent Jug CatchReach up, down, and all around for fun fitnessDetergent Jug ScoopChallenge kids to walk a line created with painters' tapeBalance Beam
Get a gang of kids going with a simple line of tapeBalance Beam as a Group GameJump, twist, and reach with simple shapes taped to the floorTape TargetsTwist and turn with tape targetsHomemade Stretching GameKids can get their kicks in pairs or solo with this easy homemade goalIndoor Soccer Goal
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