Baby it's cold outside! As my little girl says "Brrrrr!" And so you know, it must be true as she's not even 2! Well, we are in Canada and it is March, which means it's still winter and it's just plain yucky. It's gray and dirty and cold and icy and who in the world would want to go out there? This is definitely the time to stay inside but it's pretty challenging to find ways to make activities fun and energetic and healthy for our kids when all we're longing for are those lazy, hazy days of summer.
But we're not quite there yet - so what do we do? I like to think that I'm a creative person so I make sure that we have a healthy mix of learning, craft time, electronics (munchkin loves my iPad!) and physical activity. We have daily "dance offs!" The music comes on, the tutus come out and off we go till our fancy feet can't take anymore! It's fun and certainly moments that I will never forget. And the good old-fashioned Simon Says is a classic that can literally go on forever. I always find that one combines both physical activity with learning so it's a must-do every day.
Oh and if you've never heard of Dance Star Mickey, you should get yourself to the toy store and check him out. I'll admit he's a bit pricey but, in the end, worth every penny! He even does the moonwalk! The neat thing that he does though is plays Mickey Says with your child, he dances with your child and gives instructions that are received very well, even by my 23 month old who is under the suggested age range. Grandpa couldn't resist getting it for her for Christmas and, until now, she wasn't so sure about but these last few days, Dance Star Mickey is the "it" toy in our household and Mom and Dad don't mind so much because it gets her on her feet and keeps her moving.
Playhouse Disney Canada is also gearing up to get your child on their feet and moving to the beat and they're bringing Mickey Mouse along for all the fun! Did you know that starting on March 5th, 2011 (tomorrow - Yay!) there's a new short series starting on Playhouse Disney Canada and it's called Mickey's Mousekersize! I'm sure by now you're all familiar with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and the Hot Dog Song that I'll even admit to singing in the shower just because it's so catchy. Fun fact - did you know that Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is the very first television series to star Mickey Mouse in computer generated animation. Pretty neat!
In Mickey's Mousekersize, Mickey leads the Clubhouse gang, including Minne, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto in all kinds of fun activities around the clubhouse to get them and our kids moving and staying active! Some of the topics covered will be soccer, golf and jumping rope! There's even going to be some original songs that all of our kids will no doubt be singing along with very shortly! This is going to be so much fun and as a busy Mom - thanks to the folks at Playhouse Disney Canada for developing a short series that makes me feel confident that you're really thinking about our kids and that you care about their health and physical fitness enough to make programming like this available! It's awesome, and on behalf of us Moms and Dads, we sincerely thank you!
So Moms, Dads, Grandparents, everyone with kids in their lives, tune into Playhouse Disney Canada on March 5th to catch Mickey's Mousekersize and don't just enjoy watching your kids from the comfort of your couch - get up on your feet and move along with them! It's sure to be fun for the whole family! Once the series is up and going, you'll also be able to find it on your On Demand channel and if you're a Playhouse Disney Canada subscriber you'll also be able to watch it at Playhouse Disney Online!
Don't forget that you can find Playhouse Disney Canada on Facebook! By following Playhouse Disney Canada on Facebook, you'll be among the first to know about all the new and exciting programming, contests, activities and events happening throughout Canada and in your community!
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