303 Tween-Approved Exercises and Active Games

Kimberley Wechsler
Hunter House Publishing (2013)
ISBN 9780897936200
Reviewed by Grayce Richardson (age 10) for Reader Views, 10 years old (07/14)

“303 Tween-Approved Exercises and Active Games” by Kimberley Wechsler contains over 300 exercises for kids and includes everything from stretching and flexibility exercises to strength training and aerobic exercise. I tried to read this book, but it is really written for a parent or teacher. Each exercise started with, "Tell the children." It was an odd way of talking to tweens. Most of these exercises I have already tried in school.  I wished there had been more in the "Games" section because games are fun. 

I'm also surprised that the book didn't suggest kids make their own obstacle courses or something else fun. Instead, it was very functional and had a lot of rules… "do this, don’t do that..." I also think “303 Tween-Approved Exercises and Active Games” by Kimberley Wechsler would have benefitted from the inclusion of technology to further engage kids in fitness. My mom has "Zombie, Run" which she sometimes uses to make her running fun. It's an iPhone app. I might recommend this book to parents. But it's not really written for tweens. While the activities might be approved by tweens, the book was presented in a way that wasn’t as exciting as I think it could have been.  

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