Being outdoors is an essential part of kids’ development. Outdoor environments such as parks and back gardens are ideal places for play, whether it’s through team sports, play apparatus or other equipment, such as vehicles suitable for children. Outdoor play encourages fitness in children, as well as helping them to socialize and to play fairly with others. It also gives them an appreciation of nature and, just as importantly, is fun.
Wheeled toys give kids a sense of independence – limited as it may be – and moving around at high speeds is particularly enjoyable for children. Wheeled toys include scooters, mini toy cars and tricycles, all of which are suitable for ages of around four and upwards, while older children will want to get on a bike and travel further afield. Wheeled toys may be operated simply using the feet, while expensive options include battery-powered miniature cars.
In a similar fashion, go-karts are wheeled vehicles that are designed to let kids have a blast while staying safe. Companies that produce go-karts for youngsters, such as Berg, include safety harnesses and similar features to keep young ones protected while they’re at play. When using Berg go-karts for mobility, children as young as three can enjoy the freedom of a wheeled toy, while older kids, up to eight years old, can enjoy the freedom a go-kart provides.
Creativity and Water
On a more basic note, even mundane objects can be used in an outdoor setting to fire the imagination and provide game opportunities. For example a tire could be tied to a tree to make a swing, or if you have large, spare cardboard boxes, challenge youngsters to get creative and provide paints and other decorations for children to customize these boxes with. These ideas do need adequate resources, but are suitable for most ages.
For summer days, water toys can provide a lot of fun and help kids stay cool. Water toys at a basic level can include buckets of water and paddling pools, while at the slightly more costly end of the range, water pistols are a great buy. Water pistols may irritate the adults slightly though and do cause a certain competitiveness to come into play. Meanwhile, water slides and pools are perfect for cooling off, but do require more space and potentially time to initially set up.
Swings and Jumping
Another option in a similar mold – and again one that requires a fair amount of outdoor space – is a trampoline. Trampolines offer play opportunities for a few children at once, though adults should supervise especially young kids. Children who are a little older may enjoy learning techniques and perhaps even take up the trampoline as a hobby.
For homeowners who want to provide something more substantial – and possibly a bit safer – than a tire swing, a manufactured swing with a frame can sit well at the end of a garden. Two or more swings can stop youngsters squabbling over the apparatus for a turn. It’s worth noting that even well-manufactured swings will need setting up properly to avoid health risks and children should be taught to be careful around this toy. Swings may be inappropriate for kids of below five or six to use unsupervised.