ToyNews Parent Blogger Susan Mann delves into the world of outdoor toys.

Let’s get our children into outdoor play

Playing football is the most important activity in my son’s life. He eats, breaths and sleeps football.

My living room door is however not a goal net. Having a sports toy like indoor goals that we have set up in the toy room have been the perfect solution for those rainy days when he is unable to get outside.

Football games keep little, and not so little, football fans entertained from Total Action Football to the classic Subbuteo.

For the younger ones Orchard Toys has a great Football Game, which teaches taking turns and counting. There are even some pro girl dolls out there like Lottie doll which has a great Girls United Football strip.

Topps Match Attax World Stars 2014 are a fun collectable game that gets children interested in swapping and collecting. Stars like Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar are just a few in the high stakes of card swapping.

With the warmer weather starting, it’s time to get ourselves and our children off that sofa and into the great outdoors.

It’s great having slides, swings and climbing frames in our gardens, but we are not all lucky enough to have a garden capable of holding a mini swing park. You can even get an extreme coaster in your back garden.

Why not take it back to basics with bouncy balls trying to reach Mars or being the next Picasso with colourful chalk. It could be fun flying through the air to catch a Frisbee. Let’s not forget the vast range of water guns or could your child be the next Andy Murray with a tennis set? Maybe throw or kick a ball about.

Children love this; I know mine would do this from dawn to dusk. Even better are the ones that make rude noises, they think these are hilarious. Play is easy and fun.

There are loads of outdoor toys that will bring your child endless amounts of fun if they want to be a bit more energetic with goal nets, basketball sets and swing ball that pack away in their own little cases.

I don’t feel children play outside as much as I did as a child of the Eighties, which is a shame. I played elastics, tag, hide and seek, climbed trees, hopscotch, rounders’ and played kerby.

Do our children even know what kerby is? We need to change this.

Let’s go outside this spring, have some fun in the sun with our children and get into outdoor play.

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