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In my family we are not athletes. Balance, speed, and physical skill are not our thing. If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen my picture this past weekend of Jack lying on the soccer field covered in blankets, like he was trying to take a nap. That’s the kind of athletes we are.
But I do still think there is a value in learning how to play sports. In learning how to kick a ball correctly or walk on a balance beam or play a sport by the rules. I love toys and activities that help young kids build skills, build confidence and have fun rather than put pressure on them to win. Cause in my opinion the quickest way to get a kid not to want to do something is make them feel like they aren’t good enough.
We recently had a chance to try out the Kick Flipper and what I loved about it is that it’s a toy that is basically designed to teach kids how to skateboard. The Kick Flipper has no wheels but is designed in a way that kids can try out skate boarding tricks and moves with it. I had a skateboard when I was a teen and while I easily mastered how to ride one I never figured out how to do tricks, mostly because I’m clumsy and it’s hard to balance, flip a board and kick it when you are way too worried you are going to fall.
The Kick Flipper takes that level of fear out of the learning process and gives kids a stationary board to practice all their skills on. The Kick Flipper is a great way for kids to practice coordination, balance and learn fun tricks. It’s a great entry toy for any child who might be interested in a board sport (skateboarding or snowboarding).
I tried the Kick Flipper at Sweet Suite and in a few minutes was cruising across the floor, I wasn’t doing any tricks but I got the hang of it. I wanted to see if Jackson would have the same luck as I did. It took him a few minutes and a couple of times watching me do it but then he was set on figuring out how to “walk” with the board and flip it up. Watching him play with the Kick Flipper took me back to my short-lived skateboarding days.
While I don’t know if some day Jack will want a skate board but I do want him to learn skills that if he does decide to try something new he can have some confidence going in. I also love that the Kick Flipper teaches balance something that’s important in all sports. The Kick Flipper is the type of toy that gives kids the confidence to go out and try new things.