Spring has sprung! The grass is turning green, the patio furniture is calling and I am digging out the flip flops! Time to get the kids outside, and keep them out there, as long as possible!
The excitement of Spring is usually enough to lure the kids outside to explore what’s been hiding under all that snow for months but usually, that spirit fades in time. How can you keep the kids inspired to get outside and play every day?
Keeping kids active is an important part of raising healthy kids, and encouraging them to play outdoors is easier with a few key toys that will motivate and inspire them to be active for hours. No need to spend lots of money, just a few frugal items that will spark their imaginations and encourage free play… and maybe entice others to join in. You can also create one of these Activity Jars with all the great games and ideas for play just in case they need a little nudge to get their creative juices flowing.
This list of the top 10 toys to get kids outside is only the beginning. What would you add to the list?
Top 10 Toys to Get Kids Outside
Any ball. Every ball. Soccer ball, tennis ball, basketball, volleyball, football, bouncy ball, super ball. There is no end of games that can be played – with friends or even on their own – when you have a ball around. For younger or less coordinated kids, a soft mini ball is a great way to get started. We love these fun mini animal balls available in Cookie the Corgi, Sunshine the Unicorn, Madeline the Owl designs and many more.
2. Soft Frisbee
Hard Frisbees can hurt a bit if you don’t catch it the first ten times and can be a bit trickier to throw to an intended target. Try a softer, lighter fabric version or rubber Frisbee for lots of distance and fun with friends. Soft foam Boomerangs are also a great option to teach more advanced throwing skills.
Go fly a kite is still the best advice you can give a kid that says “I’m bored.” They come in all shapes, sizes, and colours; you can even get creative and make your own kite with a little string, plastic bags, and masking tape. Best to try flying on days with a little wind, but you don’t have to tell the kids that right away!
This list includes inexpensive items that encourage play on the front lawn or back yard and keeps kids close to home but there are many more items we could add. Scooters, rollerblades, RipStik, bikes, plasma car and other in-motion toys are fabulous too, of course, they just call for venturing farther away and maybe taking a family trip to the park.
Not only would we encourage all of these toys for the kids, but for you as well! Get your own set of wheels and get out there and get active with the kids. Enjoy the warm weather, sunshine and some belly laughs while getting active as a family. Happy Spring!
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