According to Dr. Anthony Rao, author of The Way of Boys, the behavior of healthy, active boys is misdiagnosed at an alarming rate. All too often, boys who are simply acting out due to pent up energy are medicated for behavioral disorders.
There are many alternative measures, which include encouraging an active imagination and allowing plenty of time for open-ended play, which is where Learning Express comes into the picture. The latter is especially important. Recent studies have shown that younger kids (under 7) aren’t ready for organized team sports. (That was very surprising to me since most local sports programs start earlier than that.) In fact, restrictive rule-based activities like this can inhibit developmental growth. Instead, boys should have a safe space indoors and outdoors where they can play freely and interact with children outside their age group. Parents should join in too!
Active bodies can sometimes free up emotional frustration as well. Instead of formal sit-down discussions, experts recommend talking over a game of catch. It’s often easier for boys to articulate what they’re feeling if some of their energy is focused on a physical activity.
Whenever possible, ditch the videogames and other sedentary activities. Opt for toys and games that get kids off the couch and moving. Here are just a few products that can really make a difference! (Availability may vary by store.)
Preview these products in our Photo Album: Toys for Active Boys!
The control of a bike with the fun of a scooter. Best feature is that it can be adjusted for all ages. Anyone from 3'3" to 5'5" fits comfortably. I would quite happily ride around on this for hours.
Rush Hour Game
A wonderful sliding-block brainteaser with bumper-to-bumper fun for puzzlers of all ages. A great challenge of concentration and focus for a rainy day.
An adorable way to stay active. This is the kind of toy that no kid wants to give up, even when they outgrow it.
This is one of the best products I’ve ever seen for encouraging open-ended play. There are hundreds of ways to use it. Great for the kid who typically likes the box better than the toy.