Shape up and get active with the help of a simple homemade fabric band.

Photograph by Dana Gallagher; Idea by Carrie Lundell of

A super-size stretch band will exercise your child's limbs -- and her brain -- as she pulls and twists it into one geometric shape after another. You can make one of these bands in just a few minutes, no sewing required, then your child can use it again and again. Get her going by downloading our card deck of prompts below.

Photograph by Mark Mantegna

To make a band, cut two lengths of stretchy, knit fabric (we used a poly blend) into 4- by 45-inch strips. Snip a 2½-inch slit into the ends of each, then tie them as shown. Join each end of the strips with two knots for a more secure hold.

Originally published in the February 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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