Outdoor play offers a whole new level of learning for children. Not only does it introduce them to new sensory experiences, it’s great for us parents, too. You don’t have to worry about cleaning up. We all know how long it can take to tidy up toy rooms.
Being outdoors gives children more room to explore their gross motor movement, in the setting of natural sounds, sights, textures and smells. You can have fun creating your own games like treasure hunts, building castles in a sandbox, painting rocks with watercolours, hunting’ for dinosaur bones or riding bikes around the perimeter of the house. Or, you can let them do their thing with the help of a few outdoor play toys.
If you’re looking for some inspiration for kid’s outdoor toys and games, here’s five.
Get your little sunshine’s playing outside,
(just don’t forget to slip, slop, slap).
Grab your favourite book and enjoy watching your little kiddies play in the sun with these toys.
If you’ve got a sandpit, lucky you. Kids never get sick of playing in them. You just have to watch them to make sure most of the sand stays inside the pit. Does your boy love all things trucks, cars, and diggers? Let their imagination run wild with a 360-degree revolving digger.
They’ve probably seen you do the gardening. Next time, let them join in with you. It’s a great way to teach your kids the importance of living a healthy, self-sufficient lifestyle, as well as caring for the environment. Choose a set with a watering can, rake and shovel.
While your curious kids are playing in the garden, give them a wooden magnifying glass to go bug-spotting. They’ll love learning about insects and flowers. You can make a fun game out of it, playing detective. Pretend play is one of the best ways to teach your children the moral development skill of empathy.
As your toddler is getting ready to walk this push-along wagon, and its load of blocks, encourages movement. With 36 assorted shape blocks, it also acts as a teaching aid, as they develop their cognitive skills putting the blocks in and out.
Help your child’s hand-eye coordination skills with a fun game of bowling. Great for both the indoors and outdoors, these wooden skittles also help develop fun motor skills, social confidence, and learning to take turns.
Watch your kids have fun for hours outside with these toys. Find more ideas in our online store.