Get outdoors this summer and make the most of the sunshine! Going on holiday? Make the long journey easier with our tech-free travel tips. Wherever you planning to go this summer we’ve got a variety of fun toys to encourage your little ones out into the garden, park or beach.
Stay cool with a splash around!
In the heat of the summer, there’s nothing better than cooling down with a splash of water or going for a swim. But if you can’t get to the beach, then bring the sea into the garden with these fun active toys. Just stay out of the firing line if you don’t want to get wet! One of our favourites for this time of year is the Splash Timer Game. You wind it up and then toss it between everyone playing, but beware as it ticks down, you won’t want to be the last one holding it, as it will pop the balloon contained inside and create a big splosh! No batteries required, this game works on good old clock work.
We’ve also got a classic outdoors activity fun that’s exciting and refreshing! Reusable water bombs! The Splash Octopus’s head has a sponge inside, just dunk it in water and throw it! It’s made from silicone and can be taken into the pool or bath. Lots of shrieking and diving for cover with this old school (but new) soaker.
Fill your garden with bubbles!
Make a bubble wonder land with a bottle of Giant Bubble Mix. It makes huge bubbles, with no mixing or washing up liquid required. The bubbles will be bigger than the kids. They’ll be running around marvelling at the rainbow shimmers, or just popping them all!
Don’t just lounge around in the sun this holiday, hop, skip and throw your way to fun!
Young children can toss and throw these Beanbags for safe catching and throwing games. Create your own targets by writing on paper plates or cardboard boxes and award points for who can hit them. We really like this idea of using a ladder and using the gaps between the rungs as throwing targets! There’s also some lots of great ideas for bean bag games here. Our favourite is the tic-tac-toe toss game. Who doesn’t love a competitive game everyone can get involved with, even Grandma can toss some beanbags.
A similar concept is the Comet Lawn Darts, it comes with everything you need to get playing. The darts are not your traditional dart, but soft foam balls, with long material tails. You throw them by grasping the tail and launching them with an upwards throw. These fox tail lawn darts will sail through the air!
Older children can throw some rings down at the park with our Flying Ring Frisbee. Make your own game of frisbee golf, or have a go at Ultimate frisbee if you’ve got enough friends and family on hand. The rules for Ultimate Frisbee are simple, and easy to learn.
If you’re looking for an activity that you won’t have to fish out of a tree, then we’ve got more traditional garden games like Croquet. This is a colourful set, with a mini mallet and cute animal targets. Hit the balls through the hoops to win!
If you want something even simpler, then hop about the garden with this retro Spacehopper. Bouncy silly fun that even comes with it’s own pump! This is a great space hopper for for children aged 6 years and up due to it’s size.