There's a lot of talk these days about the issue of childhood obesity. Many experts worry that part of the problem is that kids spend too much time sitting, and not enough time in active play. The best way to get kids moving is to give them something fun to do. Put any one of these 7 classic toys under the tree, and kids will be running to the great outdoors to try them out.
1. Scooters. They're so much fun to cruise around on, kids may forget they're getting exercise too. In this category, Razor scooters are the clear brand leader, and come in a variety of price and skill levels. But don't forget the younger set -- Kickboard Mini Kick scooters are geared toward preschoolers and are a great start toward years of scooting.
2. Ride-on toys. Most kids want to start "driving" before they're even old enough to give up their booster seats. For the car-obsessed toddler, the classic Little Tikes Cozy Coupe is a must-have. This sweet little ride is powered via the Flintstone method -- pushing with your feet through a hole in the floor. It has a functional steering wheel, working horn and a door that opens and closes, just like a grownup car.
3. Bikes. A bike is classic kid transportation, but teaching a child to ride without training wheels can be a bit hair-raising for everyone. Enter the balance bike, like the Strider PREbike. These pedal-less wonders help a child acquire the necessary confidence and balance skills to ride a bike at their own pace. And don't forget safety gear, even the youngest riders need it.
4. Wagons. Wagons are a fun way to pull along the youngest member of the family on walks and outings. The Radio Flyer Classic is just that, a classic, something you may have owned when you were younger. It's easy to climb in and out of, so your tot can ride when he's tired, and walk when he's not.
5. Foam discs. The original flying disc was invented by Frisbee, and they're great for adults or older kids, but the hard plastic isn't as suitable for younger children. Instead, set up an easy game of disc golf with a soft touch Dizk by Zume (pictured above). It's something the whole family will enjoy.
6. Bat and ball set. Speaking of classic kid's games, what's more American than getting out in the yard with a ball and bat? Future baseball and softball players alike would love the Franklin Sports Adjust-A-Sport Power Blast Bat & Ball Set. The bat adjusts from 21 inches to 27 inches, so it's suitable for kids of different sizes.
7. Remote-control helicopter. The great thing about the Blade mCX RTF is that it's fun, has a bit of a learning curve to make it challenging, and can be used both indoors and out. Following it on its flight path while maneuvering it around obstacles is a surprisingly good -- and addictive -- workout.