The 8 Best Kids Punching Bags
8. Eco-Bonk Inflatable Bop-bag
- machine washable
- made from recycled plastic
- weight for base is not included
|Rating||3.9 / 5.0|
7. Pure Boxing Tough Guy
- thick vinyl construction
- always returns to upright
- uses water or sand for its base
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
6. Kings Sport Adjustable
- weighted plastic base
- encourages children to exercise
- larger kids could knock it over
|Rating||3.8 / 5.0|
5. Majik Jab and Bob
- realistic sound effects
- four light-up targets
- not for children under six
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
4. Big Time Toys Socker Bopper
- wide base for stability
- can't be knocked down when weighted
- repair patches underperform
|Brand||Big Time Toys|
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
3. Fremont Die NFL Tackle Buddy
- sand weighted for bounce-back action
- stands 40 inches tall
- needs re-inflating every few days
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|
2. Velocity Toys Deluxe Junior
- can be filled with water or sand
- stable 14-inch base
- includes an inflator
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|
1. Century Lil' Dragon Wavemaster
- rounded base for easy relocation
- four height adjustments
- nylon shell over high-impact foam
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|
A Punch Drunk Childhood
When two puppies have a little extra energy to burn, they’re liable to play with one another, and to the untrained eye, two dogs at play can look a lot like two dogs trying to eat one another alive. The line between playing and fighting isn’t blurry in puppies alone; it’s decidedly hard to define in humans, as well.
Violence, for all the negativity associated with it, can — when properly deployed — be a therapeutic means of exercise and self-expression. Young kids learn about team work and develop leadership skills during games of war and laser tag. Romantic types have a tendency to physically pick on their crushes, as they have a palpable desire for physical contact without the knowledge of or desire for more intimate exchanges.
A kids’ punching bag is a great way for them to burn off some of that excess energy in a way that will ultimately benefit them down the line. That’s because the martial arts are among the most consistent and rewarding ways of getting the kind of cardiovascular exercise that can improve and prolong someone’s life. A few weeks with a good punching bag, and you might have a little Daniel Russo on your hands. All you’ll need after that is to find your town’s Mr. Miyagi, and your little fighter will be off to the regional championships.
Even if their interaction with a punching bag doesn’t turn them into the next MMA superstar, it’s a safe way for them to learn the absolute basics of self-defense. Violence isn’t very well tolerated in schools any longer, but that doesn’t mean your kids will be immune to it. Large fights break out often enough, and bullies — despite our efforts to vanquish them — still rule too many schoolyards. While you’d likely want your child to avoid violent conflict at all costs, you also would probably prefer that he or she gets the better of a bully that tries to mess with them.
How To Choose The Perfect Punching Bag
Children’s punching bags all function thanks to a weighted base. In some instances, this weighted base is attached to an otherwise incredibly lightweight and usually inflatable hitting surface. When your kid throws a punch, the unit goes flying toward the floor, which is very satisfying for the youngster. The weighted base, however, immediately causes the unit to bounce back into place, ready for another pop.
Other models are designed to better resemble adult punching targets. These also have weighted bases, but they’re usually attached to rigid plastic pillars that are coated in soft foam. The pillar won’t buckle under the weight of a punch, and its soft exterior makes it more comfortable for whoever throws it. Because they’re interacting with a rigid structure, kids don’t have to wait for the unit to rebound before throwing another punch.
When selecting a punching bag for your kid, it would be useful to know whether or not they might develop a significant interest in boxing or martial arts. If that is the case, then a rigid bag on a base that won’t topple would be ideal. That way, your young one can work on combinations, as well as kicks, with as much realism as possible.
If your child is likely more interested in the opportunity to see the bag slam into the ground with every punch, and they’re either too young to participate seriously in martial training, or it’s just not really their most inspiring hobby, then a simpler inflatable bag would serve you just fine.
The only other thing you might want to think about is the style of a given bag. Some punching bags on the market attempt to approximate the build of a human being, either in their shape or in their graphics. These are good for training, as they can give kids something realistic to aim at. The problem with this style arises for parents that want to keep their kids from throwing punches at actual people. Reinforcing the habit of striking a realistic, albeit pretend, human target might make them too comfortable hitting a fellow classmate in the real world.
Whatever type or style you select, you can augment its design while not-so-subtly indoctrinating your kids into your political belief system with no more than a halfway decent printer and a roll of tape. Simply print a picture of your most reviled political figure and tape it to the punching surface of the bag. Before long, you'll have your very own miniature Manchurian candidate on your hands.
The Plus Side Of Pugilism
Among professional athletes, few maintain the same rigorous personal fitness standards as boxers and martial artists. These fighters combine incredible muscular size and definition with unparalleled cardiovascular endurance. Given the state of health (or lack thereof) in our youth culture these days, especially considering how little exercise our kids get from their playtime, a sport that requires so much power and stamina can be a lifesaver.
Boxing and martial arts also offer an additional personal benefit to their practitioners, and it reveals itself most acutely in situations that could escalate into violence. Time and time again, the most talented and capable martial artists will tell you that their skills give them the confidence to avoid conflict.
When a person who’s insecure about their ability to defend themselves gets into an argument that could turn physical, they stand on the precipice of grave error, and the tiniest push can send them into a world of hurt — in the courts as much as anywhere else. But a practiced and disciplined fighter knows what’s at stake more clearly, and has the capacity to say no to conflict, confident that he or she would have likely won the day. In short, when your kids prove themselves in the ring, they don’t have to prove anything elsewhere.
A final benefit to the pugilistic disciplines is a mental one. Success in these fields requires tremendous concentration and attention to nuance and detail. Practitioners must actively study the smallest changes in their opponents’ behavior and have multiple counters to any given attack at the ready. This kind of critical thinking inevitably bleeds over into a fighter’s studies.