These outdoor games for children are designed to get children off the computer, and out into the fresh air. Children’s nature campaigner Richard Louv wrote of a sad day when he asked a child his favourite place. The child replied ‘Indoors – because that’s where all the sockets are’. Obviously we don’t want children falling out of trees, but he did say that doctors say that now rather than broken bones from outdoor falls, they see children with depression and repetitive strain injury, caused from playing computer games.
All toys require adult supervision, see each item for age ranges – and keep small items away from pets. For little explorers, GeoSafari Junior Binoculars (age 3+) are lightweight with a wraparound soft eye section, to block peripheral vision. Don’t let children study insects through a magnifying class, reflected sun rays can harm.
These Woodland Animal Skittles are FSC-certified are decorated with child-friendly paints and fully CE tested for 2 years up (supervised). These bright skittles love nothing more than being toppled over, straightened up and then knocked over again! Little ones can practice counting, when they see the skillets fall and also count how many remain. They can then keep score and play with a friend, which helps to practice patience and taking turns. Also helps dexterity, by carefully standing the animal skittles.
Wooden Garden Boules is a classic European game for children and adults. Find 8 large wooden zig-zag decorated balls and one small yellow ball. The aim is to get the large balls as close to the smaller balls, which encourages concentration and dexterity. Suitable for children over 3 (supervised).
Giant Wooden Dominoes comes with 28 playing pieces with a natural wood finish, decorated with colourful motifs. The aim is to be the first player to get rid of their dominoes in the pile, by placing them next to pieces that display the same motif. Can be played outside or inside for rainy days.
Giant Wooden Four in a Row Game is a family game to get the first of two players to get four of their coloured counters in a row (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) using logic and concentration. Includes beautifully decorated counters with grey and blue zig-zag lines. Age 4 plus.
Personalised Wooden Swing fits to a swing frame or tree with swing hooks. The ropes are adjustable to alter the height, depending on the height of the frame/tree and who is using the swing. Recommended minimum age 3 years plus and maximum weight 75kg. The ropes can be adjusted simply with the included clip, instructions included.
Personalised Wooden Horse Swing is strong and durable, made with naturally finished wood and extra high sides, with a backrest for a secured seat. The horse’s head provides a secure place to hold, whilst the child is swinging. Easily attaches to a tree or existing swing frame. For children age 18 months and over.
Street Chalk includes a selection of 12 colourful chalk with pencil form, so are easy for children to hold. The chalk has tapered points for children over 3. Obviously only use this in a supervised area, and with permission.
Retro Pink Scooter is perfect for children over 1, who are confident walkers. It helps to develop fine motor skills and has multi-directional castors, so good for small spaces. No complicated peddling, just free-flowing movement in all directions. Simply assembly and in many other colours. Adult supervision required. Includes strong plywood and plastic casters with rubberised strip.