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Gifts to keep kids moving

December 5, 2009

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Cranium Hullabaloo. Sharpen listening as well as motor skills with the game that comes with pads of different shapes, colors and themes that you scatter around the room. A voice module then calls out instructions (spin to a musical instrument, for example) and tells you to freeze when the round is over. Age 4 and older. $31.50 at Toys “R” Us. www.toysrus.com.

Fisher-Price roller skates. Perfect for beginners because the wheels have a lock that allows only forward motion. Over time and with experience, you can adjust the skate to a free-rolling wheel. Age 2 and older. $25 at Toys “R” Us. www.toysrus.com.

BeamO. Think Frisbee, but on a larger, safe-for-inside scale. This foam hoop is 30 inches in diameter and can be tossed around indoors or out. Age 6 and older. $14-$25. Visit www.beamo.com to find a retailer.

Balance Board. Kids age 6 and older can test their skills on this toy that promotes development of balance by increasing trunk strength and improving posture. $60 at www.backtobasicstoys.com.

RipStik Caster Board. Looks like a skateboard — rides like a surfboard. The two-wheeled board is great for balance and coordination. Age 8 and older. From $49. Visit www.ripstik.com/where-to-buy to find a retailer.

Elefun. A motorized elephant spews butterflies from its trunk while you run around armed with a net to capture them. Promotes social activity, laughter and early cleanup skills. Age 3 and older. $13.90 at Target. www.target.com.

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