By Hillary Mullen – June 28th 2010
It can be hard to get our kids away from their adored computer games, play station and TV programs and fill them with enthusiasm about a camping trip without all these things. If you feel your kids won’t easily adapt to campground life and won’t know how to play in pure nature, try taking some outdoor toys along to keep them busy.
Here are 4 fun outdoor toys that help your child to play active in the camp:
* Water toys
* Throwing games
* Play tents
Fun outdoor toys #1: Balls
All kinds of outdoor toys that involve balls are usually great fun. Throwing and catching balls helps your kids to improve their coordination, and ball games are very good for playing together. Think of getting outdoor toys like a basketball set, a soccer ball, or simply some colorful balls in various sizes, maybe with pictures of your child’s favorite TV program or video game.
Fun outdoor toys #2: Water toys
Can you remember how much fun it was to chase each other with a water gun? Your kids will enjoy this kind of outdoor toys, too. You can also take a big packet of balloons with and fill these with water to make water bombs. Let your kids have a water battle with these. A blow-up pool with different water toys also works well.
Fun outdoor toys #3: Throwing games
One of the biggest attractions at summer festivals is throwing boards. Get a colourful board to set up, or make one with your kids’ favourite theme. They can practice their throwing skills by throwing little balls or beanbags into the wholes of the board. These outdoor toys are great for “competitions”. If you don’t want to take a heavy board, try a dart board, or Gigatent’s TossIt which is a light net construction with pop-up design.
Fun outdoor toys #4: Play tents
You can surprise your little one with a simple kids dome tent that can be both a place to play and sleep in. Or you can get an outdoor play tent in your child’s favourite theme, e.g. a castle or airplane. If they are easy to set up, you can just fold these outdoor toys up in the evening and take them into your tent for the night. Alternately, you can go for a miniature tent that your child can use to play stories with his action figures or other little toy heroes.
Outdoor toys can do a great job to keep your kids busy and entertained during your camping holiday. This will work even better if they are new, since new things have a tendency of fascinating kids.