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8 Superb Reasons To Buy Kids Toys To Play Outside With!

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Camping fun

Technology has come to play a huge role in our day-to-day lives, and while the internet provides us with an enormous wealth of information, it can also become addicting and overwhelming. For children, technology is a valuable learning tool, but there is nothing that can substitute for experiential learning and social growth, which to this day is still best discovered outside on the playground and with physical toys they can build and play with. Here are just a few reasons why getting your child off-line is a positive thing.

1. Grows their Imagination

When children play with physical toys that they build and create, such as Playmobil, they are not only having fun, they are using their imaginations to create a world in which these toys exist, function and are capable of extraordinary things. Computer games and technology create that world and rob kids from the chance to imagine new possibilities and adventures, which is an important stage of imaginative growth and mental development.

2. Interaction with Friends

Most video games and online games provide a false-sense of comradery, where kids don’t actually see and interact with the friends they are playing with. Getting your child out on the playground or in a sports league will help them to learn important parts of teamwork, sharing, and support.

3. Sensory Development

Playing with toys from a young age can provide babies and toddlers with important experiences for developing their senses, learning about different shapes, textures,colours, sounds and tastes. Just be sure the toys are safe for your child’s age (i.e. not too small to be swallowed).

4. Creates Better Behaviour

Outdoor play breaks provide kids with an opportunity to expel energy, which we know they are full of, and to interact with their peers. Allowing your kids time and space to play and interact with friends will mean they’re less likely to have outbreaks in the classroom.

5. Health

Playing outdoors and with physical toys means that kids are being active and aren’t merely sitting in front of a screen. Physical activity is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

6. Learn About Nature

Kids at Kubota Garden, 2003

One of the best ways to help your child is to bring them outside and teach them about the natural world. This can include fun things like gardening or nature walks, which will give them a better appreciation for the world around them.

7. Reasoning and Logical Thinking

Toys are a great way to develop the reasoning and logic skills of kids, especially ones that involve them building something—whether they must follow specific instructions or not.

8. Family Friendly Fun

Outdoor activities are far more family friendly than technology based games, encouraging positive family interactions. If you want to develop a stronger relationship with your kids, then some quality outdoor time is a great place to start.

These are just a few great reasons why you should ensure that your child gets away from the computer and outside to play with friends and toys.

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Seattle Municipal Archives
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About Great Summer Outdoor Toys for the Kids

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

For summer months, if you thought about the most fun to be had in the garden for children then many people automatically think of the trampoline. The trampoline has become something that could be said as a staple piece of equipment for the garden for many familes as they are incredibly popular.

The fun to be had is incredible with children finding they can play for hours on their new trampoline in the garden with parents happy that their children are playing away from the dangers of the main road and even away from their favourite console game.

As well as the fun factor, the trampoline provides a great way to exercise for children but what is best of all is that they are having so much fun, children do not even realise they are burning calories. With just a simple cut down of sugary food, children can easily slim down from the winter months of being indoors and the way we all eat to much in the winter months.

Another outdoor toy which can be played on with great imagination is the wooden climbing frame. Wooden climbing frames are the most popular as metal climbing frames are usually found within parks in your hometown. Wooden climbing frames can vary greatly in both size and design whilst providing even more activities when parents purchase addons to the basic structure.

A more milder outdoor toy on the fun factor side is the wooden playhouse which can sit in a garden or corner of a garden, blend nicely into the background and provide children with a sheltered place to go and play and still be in the warm and dry. Wooden playhouses can very cheap or extremely expensive depending on the size and design. Sizes can come in such large playhouses that they include an upstairs so two levels for children to play on. Design wise, country cottages right up to cowboy hideouts or just a simple Wendy house design can all be found from many retailers of high quality wooden playhouses.

For the extremely hot weather, the outdoor pool is a must. This does not need to be just a simple paddling pool but can be a pool which can hold any children or adults with either a soft inflatable structure right up to a framed pool which can hold thousands of litres of water.