Children who spend more time outside can burn off extra energy and lead a healthy lifestyle. They can also improve their social skills, as opportunities to talk to other children and make new friends arise. Moreover, exploring the outside world can support children’s imagination and creativity.
Outdoor play is a vital part of child development and has many benefits. Playing outside and using outdoor toys can help children to develop physically by improving coordination, muscle strength and motor skills. Children can also benefit from fresh air and vitamin D in the summer months. Playing outdoors can have a positive impact on both mental and physical health. As children learn new skills, such as throwing and catching a ball or riding a bike, their self-confidence increases. Children who spend more time outside can burn off extra energy and lead a healthy lifestyle. They can also improve their social skills, as opportunities to talk to other children and make new friends arise. Moreover, exploring the outside world can support children’s imagination and creativity.
Outdoor Toys for Physical Development
Children can improve their balance, muscle strength and motor skills with a variety of outdoor toys. Didicar Ride-On is a quirky, self-propelled toy that is fun for children – and adults too! It increases spatial awareness, balance and gross motor skills. Similarly, Teeter Popper Balance Wobble Board is a unique instrument that supports sensory exploration; children can stand, sit, wobble and spin, providing endless fun. For children who are mad about cars, Go Wheelie Steering Wheel nourishes imagination, coordination and muscle control, as children steer their way through obstacles courses and can pretend they are driving.
Outdoor Toys for Garden and Forest
Playing outside is also a wonderful way for children to learn more about the environment and can help children to develop an appreciation for nature. If your child has green fingers, we have a range of gardening tools for little ones to use, such as rakes,shovels and a fully equipped gardening bag. Additionally, why not take a look at this Easy Hold Magnifier and flashlight– perfect for forest school!
Outdoor Toys for Water and Sand
Sandpits and water-based activities can provide hours of enjoyment! Sand moulds can help children learn letters as they play in the sand pit, whilst foldable bucketsare ideal for beach days. Kids will also love these robotic sand grabbers, great for developing hand eye-coordination, observational and fine-motor skills. For water-based play, these submarines and seaplanes made from recycled plastic are brilliant for developing imagination and pretend play. Little learners will also love these bath spouts, which provide an insight into cause and effect to help develop early science skills.
Outdoor Toys for Messy Play
Kids who enjoy getting messy will have a field day with hands-on Smart Doh, a gluten and allergen free dough that sparks creativity and imagination. Alternatively, this Helping Hands set is great for motor skills and enables children to remain engaged with their activity, whilst developing muscles required for writing.
Outdoor Toys for Sensory Play
For sensory play, domed mirrors are fabulous accessories to hang outside, making them an excellent outdoor toy to help children observe and discover the world around them. Moreover, sensory circles encourage children to learn about different textures using their feet and are great for collaborative play.
Outdoor Toys: Games
Learning should be fun and outdoor play provides an opportunity to unite learning and playing! With classic games like giant Connect 4 and jumbo wooden dominoes, children can reap the benefits of joint play whilst improving concentration and reasoning skills. To further develop social and listening skills, Who’s Speaking Who’s Listening is a fun phone set where children must guess who’s talking.
Outdoor Toys: Books
Books are powerful learning tools! Browse our wide range of nature-inspired books here. You can choose from books about animals, habitats and outdoor activities. For example, discover wonderful animal facts with a magical coloured lens in Illuminature, dive Into the Ocean to learn about the habitats of sea creatures or use this helpful pocket-sized companion to learn about 50 things to do before the age of 11¾.
Outdoor Toys for Science
There are plenty of toys that can help improve children’s understanding of the world. Binoculars for kids (otherwise known as kidnoculars) are a fantastic tool to enable children to explore the world around them. Outdoor thermometers support children learning about the weather and are ideal for home use or at school, whilst tape measures allow children to compare their height to objects and people around them.
Outdoor Toys for Literacy
Literacy skills can be nurtured with outdoor toys such as tactile alphabet letters; children can trace the shapes of the letters with their fingers. The rough texture enables children to self-check if they go off track and promotes recognition of the different letters.
Outdoor Toys for Science
Little mathemeticians can learn how to count with bug counters and number dough kits. Lightweight sensory number bean bags are easy to catch and can be used for counting, sorting and understanding number value. Moreover, Target Maths is an engaging outdoor numeracy game where children use addition, subtraction and division, whilst simultaneously improving hand eye coordination skills. Children will forget they are even learning with this fun outdoor game!