Often what is fun is really simple.

gymnastic game - flyingSo simple that all it requires is two willing participants.

My 5 y/o, Rhett, is ALWAYS willing to play our little gymnastic games.

His favorite is flying.   I lay on my back {preferably on a soft grass surface, but often in our living room} and put my feet on his chest.

1, 2, 3 LIFT OFF!

Up he goes in the air.   Holding my hands at first to gain balance and then letting go ever so slowly.

It is fun because I have a close up of his facial expressions.   Every hesitation, bobble and courageous moment is written plainly on his face.

Gymnastic games flying collage We experiment with foot placement and how that affects balance.   Where is the best position to do a full airplane?  

Arms outstretched and legs held high

Chin to the sun

Laughing at the birds

Giggles cause imbalance

Leading to a full collapse

On top of mom

Begging for one more time

No need for me to head to the gym on these days…the quad workout is pretty intense.

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  1. Nevermind the great game and exercise ideas – I love those photos! Such fun 🙂

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  2. Very cute! My son loves this game while tucking a small blanket or tea towel in his shirt, (behind his neck) like a cape referring to himself as “Super Bunny!” from the hit kids show Max and Ruby! Having fun mixed with exercise is great 🙂

  3. My kids love me doing this with them. We pretend to take off. I then ask where they want to go. They usually say Utah (where their grandparents live) Then we hit turbulence and I bounce them all around. they have to buckle their seat belt by holding my feet in a hug with their arms. I get a work out and they laugh and laugh until we finally make a smooth landing.