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Many of us, the soundtrack of childhood was filled with laughter and the squeals of delight from hours spent outside playing our favorite games with childhood friends. Games such as hopscotch, hide and seek and red rover created endless entertainment and delightful memories. Bike riding with friends was a chance to set out on an adventure and explore our neighborhood on a warm spring afternoon. In addition to fun-filled days we’ll never forget, these experiences helped us to build and nurture valuable relationships; identify and cope with risky situations; and foster creativity and problem solving skills.
Unfortunately many children today don’t have the opportunity to experience the simple joys or the benefits of outdoor play as we used to. While a recent study showed that 80 percent of children prefer to play outside, most of them spend the majority of time inside on the Internet, playing computer games or watching television. In addition to taking a toll on the social development of youth, lack of outdoor play also threatens the health of today’s children as running and frolicking have been exchanged for hours of more sedentary activities. Rather than spending the afternoon inside, playing video games, why not setup a trampoline in the backyard for a little outdoor fun? They create hours of energetic fun that children of all ages can enjoy, while getting in a healthy dose of exercise. You can even install a safety net for to ensure safe play for younger children.
In addition to investing in toys that encourage outdoor play, it’s important that parents think of ways to get their kids to take their indoor activities outside. For example, if your child enjoys playing with dolls, encourage them to take their dolls outside for the day. Products such as prams and pushchairs are adorable toys for girls and a fantastic way to encourage them to take their dolls outside for an afternoon stroll.
Outdoor play is also a great way to spark your child’s imagination. Toys such as inflatable playhouses are perfect for imaginative play. One of the joys of childhood is using the imagination to create a whole new world. Watch your child turn play tents into spectacular castles and invent stories and games to make the experience even more of a blast.
And guess what? Parents can play too! Outdoor play is also a great way to bond with your child. Head outdoors – your kids will be thrilled and so will you!
Toys Direct -
About the Author:
Having once owned the second largest toyshop in the UK, the owners of Toys Direct to Your Door (http://www.toysdirecttoyourdoor.co.uk/) have been in the toy business for over 40 years.
The toy company stock a wide variety of children’s toys, ranging from popular Playmobil, Baby Annabell and Thomas the Tank Engine toys, Lego and Duplo, train sets and doll houses and lots more.
It seems like almost every week, we hear about how our children are overweight. I’m not sure about you, but I particularly hate the hear word “obese” when describing a child. It may sound like I am on a soapbox, but before we put our children on medication for the rest of their lives, it is our job as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other favored adults to help our children get outside and get active.
Many of us can relate to what it is like to be overweight. I didn’t have too much of a problem until after high school but throughout my adult life I have been going up and down in weight. Currently? My weight is good but it’s an everyday struggle to watch what I eat and make sure I get enough exercise – and I’m almost 50 and I am in control of my body. I’m sure many of you reading this can relate to that comment. Now imagine being 5 and really not in control of yourself. It’s up to your family to make sure you get exercise and eat properly, right?
One thing our children need today is encouragement to get out of the house and play. So as parents, how can we encourage our kids to be active every single day? Signing your kids up for an outdoor team sport such as baseball, soccer, or tennis is a great way if you are able to afford the weekly fees and cost of getting your child started. If this isn’t an option for you, investing in a few outdoor toys will help motivate your children to venture outdoors.
Why outdoor toys? Outdoor toys are helpful in developing many skills during children’s playtime. In addition, outdoor toys are an excellent way for children to enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise at the same time while tending to be durable and easy to clean. Playhouses, climbing frames, trampolines, pedal cars, and swing sets are some of the most popular outdoor toys purchased by families today but don’t forget about classic outdoor games such as hopscotch, tag, kickball and more.
Kids love board games and they will always be classic way for children to learn simple skills like math, color balance and coordination. These toys are available in giant versions which you can take outside, giving more space, fresh air and getting the children out of the house. Some great choices to consider in this category are an outdoor bowling set, soccer set or t-ball set for smaller children and playhouses. Also, many of the toys in this category may be brought in the house during the cooler months and played indoors.
Don’t forget water! What child doesn’t love to play in the water? Kiddie pools are available in many popular character themes such as pirates and dinosaurs, different colors and many with built in activity stations. The pool toys you select will only add to the enjoyment with water guns and canons, kick boards, lifejackets, inflatable water wings, retrieval toys, rafts and loungers, inflatable sharks, tubes, inflatable basketball hoops, seat rings and beach balls to name a few.
Investing in a few outdoor toys will help make outdoor playing time enjoyable for your children – and you too!
Denise Sanger -
About the Author:
Denise Sanger is the owner of http://newcooltoysonline.com which carries a catalog of
. The company prides itself on bringing toys to the market to get and keep children active.
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