I have recently been introduced to a company called GeospacePlay and I have to tell you, I want everything they sell! Just looking at their website brings out the kid in me!! They sent my son their new BOING! Jr Pogo Stick which is specifically made for kids from 40-80 pounds. (the larger versions of BOING! are made for kids 44-86 pounds and 86-160 pounds) The metal spring in the pogo stick is completely encased in a steel housing which means my son can’t accidentally get his fingers pinched in it. It also has rubber handles and little rubber no-slip feet pads so the user doesn’t slip off.
He has been begging for a pogo stick for some time, but to be honest I’ve never even used a pogo stick so I was a little nervous to try and show him how to use one! It made me wish I had one for my size so that I could learn along side with him! You would think just jumping on a stick would be simple but I wasn’t so sure he could do it. I am, however, up for a good challenge and was determined that encouraging my son to do something incredibly active was a good idea and that it would also work on his balancing skills too.
Let me tell you a little about my son. He is 5 years old and is on the academic level of a 2nd grader. However he has always had a delay in his fine motor skills. But let me tell you that doesn’t stop him from being a daredevil who is willing to try just about anything. The more extreme the better! So when we received the BOING! Jr. in the mail my son’s eyes just lit up!! The first day I held him as he stood on the pogo stick so that he could get the feel for it. He was just giggles the entire time he was SO happy. The 2nd day – he was determined to do it all by himself!
After a good 45 minutes he was just EXHAUSTED! But he never fell – not even once.
However he did make plenty of hilarious faces!! We started the pogo stick in the house since right now we have a ton of snow on the ground!
He tried….and tried…. One tip which we figured out right away was NOT to start slowly. If you try slowly climbing up on the pogo stick you WILL fall off! You have to be brave enough to take the initial “jump” up on the stick, just as if you were water skiing. Once you accomplish that initial boost the rest is a lot easier! Using the BOING! Jr. Pogo Stick is an AWESOME coordination activity!
WHOOOO! This is my son’s victory face after just making 4 jumps on the Boing! Jr.! He worked and was practically sweating by the end of the hour but the sense of accomplishment for getting four jumps in a row was awesome for all of us! In fact he was SO excited he wanted me to take a picture of his
SILLY cool face….
LOL – the “coolness” of a 5 year old – it cracks me up. Seriously though I am so proud of him and we LOVE the BOING! Jr. It is extremely sturdy – so don’t worry if your kiddo falls and falls and falls again. This tough pogo stick can take it. My son loves extreme sports and I can just imagine him jumping all over the place on his pogo stick as he gets better at it. If you have a very active child I definitely recommend the BOING Jr! pogo stick! It is something I wish I had learned how to do as a kid! It is the perfect energy outlet for my son and really gives him something challenging to work towards.
If you aren’t familiar with GeospacePlay you MUST check out their site!! From stilts, to rockets, RC toys, water cannons and so much more. It’s just 100% pure FUN! You can purchase the BOING! Jr. on Amazon for under $40. You can also find Geospace on Facebook & Twitter.
Disclosure: I received the above product in order to use and form my own opinions. All opinions are my own.