Don’t let bad weather or other barriers to outdoor play keep your kids slumped on the sofa. Try one of these active, indoor toys designed to get children moving, learning, and laughing. These indoor toys are best for kids ages 3 to 8.
One in a series of Wild Planet toys that combine physical play with learning (see also: Hyper Dash and Hyper Blast), this game helps kids learn numbers and pre-math skills while staying on their feet and active. It’s designed for 1 to 4 players.
1-2-3 Stomp from Wild Planet is designed to get kids active while learning number skills. Stomp is designed for kids 3-5 and supports multi-player gameplay.
Working with 1-2-3 Stomp is pretty straightforward. There are four modes of play, that range from basic number sequences to early stage math. There’s also a cooperative mode which is fun to play with friends or a family member.
To get started with any of the games, kids are prompted to stomp on the stomp button. The stomping bit is pretty humorous. The older kids that tested Hyper Blast had no problem smashing the stomp button to play. But for some reason the younger kids who tested out 1-2-3 Stomp had some hesitation about stomping on the game. That didn’t last long though, after a bit of encouragement, they were stomping and laughing every time the digits went blasting through the air.
Once the numbers are lunched, kids have to scurry about to find and replace the correct number in its slot. Depending on the child, this might be a bit of a challenge, as the dexterity required to get some of the numbers back in their clips might pose a problem. Younger kids will likely be working with a parent or older sibling though, so it’s not a huge deal. Just be prepared to help until kids can handle the game on their own.
The only other negative we noted is that the call outs from the speaker can be a bit repetitive since it took younger kids a little while to return the proper number, they often heard the same request several times before they could re-seat the number. This bothered parents more than the kids though, as you might expect.
Otherwise 1-2-3 Stomp is another solid effort from Wild Planet and for $20, provides excellent value for an active learning game. Kids who are learning numbers and ready for early math problems will have a lot of fun launching the numbers, then retrieving them. Parents can feel good about their kids being active and learning, it’s definitely a win for everyone.
- Choking alert.
- Contains small parts.
- Not for children below 3 years
* Original archive link: Best Indoor Toy for Active Play for Young Kids – 1-2-3 Stomp for Wild Planet