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I'm settling in for the Moscow winter here, and I'm wondering what I can do to help everyone stay fit, and get their ya-yas out. We swim three times a week, but until the rain stops and the snow arrives (I can't wait for sledding!) my guys are going nutso in the house.<br><br>
They are 5, 3, and 1. I know I should crank the tunes and dance, but for some reason that doesn't seem to do the trick.
 

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Do you have an indoor soft play place near you? I find this is great for ds to run, climb and jump off some energy when its raining. Dancing goes down well in our house and ds loves his little indoor trampoline. We play a game sometimes where each of us has to think of an excersie for us both to do (like jump as far as you can, 10jumps on the spot ect). Failing all else we suit up in waterproofs and wellies and brave the wet outdoors! (ds enjoys this much more than me lol)
 

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We do yoga together. You could also play indoor hopscotch if you have a hallway or an open area. Someone on the web somewhere posted once about putting down masking tape squares on the floor to do hopscotch. You could also turn it into an obstacle course, like a masking tape line with toys nearby that you have to go around. We've done hopscotch on the rug with fabric placemats before. We've also done a bean-bag or ball toss into a bin of some sort.
 

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What about group stuff like karate or dance? Indoor type stuff<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I love the indoor hopscotch idea! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I also second just putting on the raingear and heading outside - at 5, 3 and 1, puddlejumping is likely to be tops on their 'sports' radar screens!
 

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In our city & surrounding cities, most community centers have open gyms during the day. So we try to do that a couple of times per week. We also go for walks during the day.<br><br>
Right now, my kids get most of their exercise from simply running and biking around the neighborhood with their friends. Even in the dead of a MN winter, my kids usually spend some time outside playing with their friends.
 

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Do you have room for a small trampoline inside? My kids always love those. They also do a lot of things that I wish they wouldn't do indoors...handstands, cartwheels, etc. I used to do "marching" around the house with the kids. Twister's always fun. Add music and make stuff up.
 

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Before we moved, we had a small slide & climber in our livingroom. It was <a href="http://www.step2.com/index.cfm?stp2ssid=287AC7E1-1143-E489-2DDE6828FFFB2D41&action=details&category_id=1000&subcategory_id=1002&product_id=1335" target="_blank">like this</a> only without the swing extention.<br><br>
We also got a <a href="http://www.onestepahead.com/jump.jsp?lGen=detail&itemID=377&itemType=PRODUCT&iProductID=377&change=117" target="_blank">doorway swing</a>, but we couldn't use it, because it screws into the door jam, and ours were metal (apparently, "won't mar wood" doesn't mean "won't PUT SCREW HOLES in wood.")<br><br>
We've used masking tape to "draw" a "balance beam" or hop scotch course on the floor. And, I've considered getting a trampoline or inflatable jumping toy for indoor use, as well.
 
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