'Wheeled toys key to getting kids off computers'

The Good Toy Guide echoes other experts' calls for children to play outdoors more.
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The Good Toy Guide is calling on the toy industry to encourage more children to play outside on bikes and ride-ons.

Amanda Gummer from The Good Toy Guide – which evaluates suppliers’ toys for the benefit of both retailers and parents – believes certain wheeled toys are hugely important in getting kids out in the great outdoors.

“Kids need to play outdoors more,” she told ToyNews. “Of course parents should be wary of stranger danger and traffic, but giving children active toys such as bikes and scooters can help them make the most of even small spaces, and encourage them to be outdoors and active more.”

Her calls come following similar comments from the director general of the National Trust, who emphasised the importance of letting kids play in wild spaces. 

In October Play England launched ‘Love Outdoor Play’.

Earlier this year, the BTHA unveiled the latest phase of its ‘Make Time To Play’ campaign, after research with the Institute of Youth Sport at Loughborough University showed that playing is the best physical activity for primary schoolers. 

For The Good Toy Guide’s special look at wheeled toys, click here.

You can contact The Good Toy Guide by calling 01438 831204 or visiting the website http://www.goodtoyguide.com/

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