Stuff a stocking with this exergame for under $20
Amazon is having their great toy sale again (like they did in the past 2 or 3 Decembers) and there are some wonderful bargains. One of them is Wild Planet Hyper Dash which is only $9.99 as of this writing. I got this for the kids a couple of years ago, and it’s not only fun, it can be quite a workout for the whole family.
Hyper Dash, like DDR, is so simple in theory. Just turn it on and do what the voice tells you. You spread out the 5 colorful numbered targets, on a table, in a room or across a football field – there’s no limit. Then as the voice calls out targets, you hit them with the handle as quickly as you can, and at the end, it calls out your time and determines the fastest player. There are several levels; the easiest level calls out colors (perfect for non-readers) and on the highest level, it calls out equations (“1+2!”) or makes you remember the last target or even the target before that. It’s truly a mind-body workout, and besides teaching kids math and colors while burning off all that excess energy, it’s a teaching opportunity about short-term memory and senior moments and why Mom can remember all the words to “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” but not which target she hit 15 seconds ago.
This is a great example of an exergame that doesn’t require any video screen and can be played outdoors as well as indoors. Normally it costs around $20 but if you can get this Amazon deal before it goes away, hit it (and I’m not being paid to say that).