Have you heard of River Stones? I just saw these in a catalog, and I think they are the new and improved polydot! If you have ever been in charge of ordering equipment for youth programs, you know what polydot or polyspots are. You probably have been ordering these for years. If you are looking to add some Bojangles spice to your programming, try the River Stones from “Hey! Play!”. They are on tons of different retailers, and I have seen the packs sold for as low as $49. It is a 6 piece set. Amazon has a 11 piece set for $64.99 (https://www.amazon.com/Gonge-1137385-Riverstones/dp/B000ANIVRG). So what do you do with them once you have them? I have used polydots for many team building games, visual cues for kids, and also for dodgeball games. You can incorporate these stones into almost anything though. I think the game changer is that kids have to learn to balance and coordination. This ultimately provides more of a challenge. They are also safe. My rule of thumb for games is when staff ask me about ideas, I always ask “Is it fun, is it safe?”. If you can answer yes to both, you can move forward. The River Stones have rubber footing underneath and can be used indoors or outdoors. This is not a sponsored post, I just love the idea, and we are going to order these for our programs!
Honorable Mention is the Teeter Popper! I love this balancing toy for kids. https://www.amazon.com/Fat-Brain-Toys-Teeter-Popper/dp/B00KY5HE9Q. This is designed for kids aged 3 to 6 it says. Good for your Kinder/1st graders looking to get some energy out.
Both of these items are COVID safe. You can sanitize and clean. These toys also keep your kids spread out. If you are looking for more fun ideas, check out the Resource Zone on my website. There are COVID games and also just fun ideas to make your program FIRE.