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Fit made fun – getting kids in motion!

I recently read an article on The Fun Theory, about how making things fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better. In the Piano Staircase experiment, the goal was to try to get more people to take the stairs over the escalator – which they succeeded to do, 66% more people took the stairs!

piano staircase

I think the same principle applies when we are thinking about kids and fitness. Kids don’t want to run laps (unless they are chasing you around in a fun game of tag), they don’t want to do jumping jacks (unless it is a super cool Simon Says game), and they don’t want to hit the gym (unless of course they see you doing it — and having fun).

The idea is great, but what about reality?

This whole idea of fitness made fun is great, but sometimes we parents aren’t able to give kids all the motivation they need to keep up the fun when it comes to fitness (admit it, busy schedules, homework, and life sometimes cause us to put fitness on the back burner). So when I learned about the new LeapFrog LeapBands, I KNEW it was something we would love.

I received two LeapBands to try out in order to help motivate the fun factor, and some awesome CLIF Kid Zbar Protein samples to help keep up the energy for some pretty active kids. My kids of course loved the LeapBands. My daughter thought it was pretty awesome that you could play all sorts of neat games on the band (which she of course called a watch — what kid doesn’t want a watch?), and also earn Joules by doing the activities it asks you to do.

Side note: As a science geek I think it is pretty cool that the points you earn are called Joules, because a joule (J) is a derived unit of energy after all. It is equal to the energy expended (or work done) in applying a force of one newton through a distance of one meter. Yes, I know… my geeky side is showing, but little details like that peak my interest.  🙂

So what is a LeapBand anyway?

The LeapBand is the cool wearable activity tracker that encourages kids to get active with customizable virtual pet pals. LeapBand tracks kid’s every moment and suggests fun active challenges – and the more they move, the more points they earn to unlock virtual rewards for their pets and get to new levels!

It really tracks everything kids do, like when you are climbing the stairs to give the password to get into the ‘secret’ clubhouse.


Or when you are picking grass to go into your special magic potion.


And then showing the other kids just the right way to mix up those potions.

fitmadefun magicpotion

Exerting a little more energy? That’s exactly what you should do to earn more points!

So the long and short of it is, the LeapBand is a great way to help your kids stay motivated to be active and my kids loved wearing them.

More ideas for staying active!

Want some great ideas to help your kids stay active while using their LeapBands? Check out these awesome printables that you can download for free! Head over to CLIF Kid to get your 60 Minutes of Motion printable (starting Sept. 15) that includes motion cards, activity cards, game cards, snack and hydration cards – just like the ones pictured below!

60 min of motion adventure  60 min of motion nutrition

More info about LeapBand and CLIF Kid protein bars:

The LeapBand includes these awesome features:

  • Parent Controls where you can set School and Quiet Time modes.
  • Rechargeable battery, no batteries needed – play for days.
  • Audio instructions – helps pre-readers to follow challenges.
  • Water resistant – Made for play, splash/sweat-proof.

There are so many cool features to the LeapBand that it is hard to list them all. Some things that my kids really like are playing the games they are instructed to do (which also happens to get them active).

Kids can follow their progress on the energy bar

Parents can set up to 50 challenges to get kids active

Every move earns points to unlock fun, new rewards.




I love that the kids can wear it to school so it still tracks their movement, but they are locked out from playing any games during the specified times that I set.


Keep the energy going!

The CLIF Kid Z bars are an organic baked whole grain snack made with a nutritious blend of carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and fat to maintain kids’ energy….so kids can keep zipping and zooming along!



Don’t forget to like LeapFrog, CLIF Kid, and MommyParties on Facebook for even more fun!

You can follow @LeapFrog on Twitter as well.



Thank you to MommyParties for providing us with the awesome LeapBand and our party goods – we had a blast!



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18 Responses to Fit made fun – getting kids in motion!

  1. Jutta P. September 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

    This looks like so much fun! Would it be appropriate for a 4 yo? I think she would love this as a birthday present!

  2. Barb W. September 18, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    Love the integration of technology with activity! This would be a great motivator, will have to keep in mind for holiday gifts!
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  3. HilLesha September 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    I’ve been thinking about getting something like this for my 8 y/o, in hopes of that he’ll get more active. All he wants to do is read or draw, which is good, but it also helps to stay active, too. 🙂
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  4. Crystal September 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    I know it’s motivating for me to track my movement and exercise. I’m sure kids would equally love to be able to see if they can outdo themselves in movement.
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  5. Tiff @ Babes and Kids September 18, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    I really like that you can lock it. That is one thing that keeps me from getting kids their own electronic devices that they can have at all times. This is a great way to get kids motivated!
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  6. Robin Gagnon September 18, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    I love this. I find my Fitbit gets me to move around more, why not a motivating activity tracker for kids.
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  7. Mama to 5 BLessings September 18, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    My kids have the Leap Bands too. They love them, great way to encourage kids to exercise!

  8. Nina Say September 18, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

    This is a great product because it helps kids be aware of their activities as well as the adults.
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  9. Jenn September 18, 2014 at 8:07 pm #

    What a great idea to get kids motivated about moving. I know these help me so much to stay motivated.
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  10. Jennifer @ Mom Spotted September 18, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    I love it! As adults we all have them! This is another great way to be just like mommy! Maybe now they will leave our “toys” alone.
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  11. Sarah @ Must Have Mom September 18, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

    That’s awesome! I love that this kids involved and excited about getting fit! This is soo important now since soo many children aren’t as active as they should be.

  12. Michelle September 18, 2014 at 11:28 pm #

    We had so much fun with our LeapBands too!
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  13. Kimberly Grabinski September 19, 2014 at 8:05 am #

    I want to get one of these for my daughter, I think she would love it!

  14. Raijean September 19, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    I’ve been hearing good things about this, I’m going to try it for my son.
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  15. katrina g September 19, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    i have to look at getting one, it looks awesome! my daughter would love it.

  16. valmg @ Mom Knows It All September 20, 2014 at 12:19 am #

    Sounds like a fun party! LeapFrog makes some great stuff!

  17. Stefani Tolson September 21, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    This is such a cute product for the kids. I think I might have to get one for my son.
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  18. Liz Mays September 22, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    It must be tons of fun for the kids to see the points increase as they move and play!
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