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

November 17, 2014
Girl making trapezoid with stretchy band
Credit: 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.

Knotted stretchy bands
Credit: 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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