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Top Ten Outside Toys Trends for 2018

If you are a parent then you are likely to know that summertime can be a difficult time. Parents of children under the age of twelve are constantly dealing with children who are bored. There are only so many activities a child can do inside. That is why it is important for children to play outside during the summer.

Playing outside in the summertime is fun, but many children can easily become bored without a few outdoor summer toys. If you are the parent of a child who is younger than twelve, you have a number of options when it comes to buying outdoor toys. Below is a list and small summary of ten of the most popular outside toys for children under the age of twelve.

(1) Sand and Water Activity Tables

Sand and water activity tables are tables that allow children to play in the sand or in the water almost at the same time. Most tables are divided into two sections. A large number of companies make sand and water activity tables; therefore, you can purchase a wide variety of different table designs. Most sand and water tables are designed for children aged three and up.

Sand & Water 4 in 1 with loads of great accessories and 2 stools

(2) Outdoor Water Sprinklers

For years now, outdoor water sprinklers have been how many children without pool access have stayed cool during the summertime. Outdoor water sprinklers come in all different styles. Traditional sprinkler systems can be purchased; however, large beach balls, plastic animals, and other popular cartoon characters can be used as a sprinkler system. All outdoor water sprinklers require water hookup through a garden hose.

Water Sprinkler by ELC

(3) Water Guns

Similar to the above mentioned water sprinklers, water guns are a fun way for children without a pool to stay cool. Water guns come in all different shapes, sizes, and styles. You can purchase a water gun that fits into the palm or your hand or you can get one that is so big it is about waist tall. Large water guns tend to have more force when it comes to dispensing the water. This means that most large water guns are not safe for children under the age of five.

Nerf Super Soaker Freezefire Blaster

(4) Slip and Slide Water Toys

Slip and slides are known as small water slides. They have been a popular outdoor summer toy for children under the age of twelve for years now. Slip and slides work best on a hill, but with running water a child can have fun even on a flat surface. Many slip and slides are sold with a sprinkler system or a miniature wading pool for extra fun.

Wham-O Slip and Slide Double Wave Rider With Boogies

(5) Inflatable Water Slides

Until recently, the above mentioned slip and slide water toys were the only water slides designed for home use without a pool. Now large water slides are being sold online and in department stores across the country. These slides are inflatable and they can go as high as ten feet in the air. They come with a miniature pool at the bottom. Due to their large size, most water slides are designed for children over the age of four or five.

Intex – Water Games Centre with Slide

(6) Sandboxes

Currently, sandboxes sit in millions of backyards all across the country. When filled with sand, sandboxes offer hours of fun for the whole family. Sandboxes can come in a traditional box size or they can come as large plastic animals. Large plastic turtles and crabs are most popular with children under the age of five.

KidKraft Pirate Sandbox

(7) Teeter Totters

Many parents and children mistakenly believe that teeter totters are only meant for the park. The truth is that there are a large number of teeter totters that are designed for backyards of all sizes. Large teeter topters can often be hooked into the ground; therefore, making it safe for older children or adults to use. Smaller teeter totters that are transportable and designed for children under the age of 10 can also be purchased.

Little Tikes Whale Teeter Totter

(8) Grill and Grill Accessories

Toy grills are becoming one of the most popular outdoor toys to hit the market. A large number of companies make these grills; therefore, there is a large selection of different styles at most retail stores. The grills can come in all different sizes with talking pieces, plastic food, and other grill accessories. These toy grills allow children to feel like a grownup while they cook right alongside their parents.

Little Tikes Sizzle and Serve Grill

(9) Children’s Wheelbarrow and Garden Accessories

A children’s wheelbarrow can be used for a number of fun outdoor activities. Children can use a wheelbarrow to move their toys or help their parents in the garden. Most wheelbarrows can be purchased with additional garden accessories for extra fun. Children’s wheelbarrows come in all different shapes and sizes; therefore, children of all ages can have fun with this great outdoor toy.

Pull Along Wagon Kids Wheelbarrow and Gardening Tools Playset 

(10) Bubbles

Bubbles have always been considered fun outside toys, but the creation of additional bubble toys have made them even more fun. In addition to traditional bubbles, there are now bubble-making machines. These machines can often produce hundred of bubbles in just a few minutes. There are also machines that can be used to create huge bubbles. In addition to bubble-making machines, there are also other bubble accessories that can create unique bubble shapes and much more.

Termichy Automatic Bubble Machine with High Output, Battery Powered Bubble Blower for Indoor/Outdoor Use

All of the toys mentioned above are the top ten most popular outside toys for children under the age of twelve. The good news is that almost all of these toys are reasonably priced and great for backyards of just about any size. Why let your child suffer through a boring summer when a large number of fun outdoor toys are all within your reach?

Source by Cathy Franklin

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Electronic Toy Pet – They Do not Eat & They Do not Bite Or Scratch – Are They the Perfect Pet?

An electronic toy pet may be able to fill a part of your little boy or girl’s heart. What little boy or little girl does not want a kitten or puppy or even a monkey? Yet, many parents may have a problem fulfilling this special request. There may be allergies or space problems; or they may not be allowed to have pets in their rental home.
An electronic toy can help to a degree. It is not the “real” thing, yet it could help fill a desire.

There are plenty of these toys available online. There are electronic kittens, puppies, cats, hamsters, even ponies! Their prices are not too high either if you take into consideration that you will not have to pay to feed them or take them to the vet. Yet, do be warned, many of these toys have tons of accessories, so that can be a bit expensive. On the positive side, the accessories can be offered as a bonus for good behaviour, etc.

One of the most popular electronic toys online this year is the Zhu Zhu pet hamster. If you have ever had a real hamster, then you know these particular creatures can be a bit “delicate.” In other words, they may not have a very long lifespan. The ZhuZhu pet hamster does not have that problem (unless it gets stomped on, ouch). These electronic toy pet hamsters also have a huge selection of accessories that make playing with them a lot of fun.

Zhu Zhu Pets – “Mr Squiggles” 


Other popular electronic toy pets come from the FurReal Friends by Hasbro. They have a selection of lifelike cats, kittens, puppies, tiny dogs, a panda, even a chimp. These cuddly toys move and make sounds just like the real animal. Some people even mistake them for real animals.

Furreal Chatty Charlie Barkin Beagle

Cute electronic toy pets can teach your children how to take care of a real pet someday. This is especially helpful for parents of very small children who may wish to add a puppy, kitten or other small animals to their family. Yet, they hesitate because they may feel their child or children may hurt the tiny animal. With an electronic toy pet, the parents can show their children how to hold the electronic pets properly and even monitor their behaviour. Once they see their children have learned what not to do, they may feel they can add a small animal to their family.

You can even get robotic style pets too

Zoomer Meowzies, Arista, Interactive Kitten with Lights, Sounds and Sensors, by Spin Master

If your child or children are asking for a pet, yet it is not a feasible option for the family at this time, then you may wish to consider purchasing an electronic toy pet. Remember, they do not eat, will not bite or scratch or make a mess. They are actually the perfect pet.

 

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Outdoor Toys For Spring – Summer

How do you entertain your children in the garden and out doors?

Aquaplay Canal system toys are a great water toy that allows imaginative play and fun for children. They are educational by teaching kids about how water flows with locks, harbours, pumps and gates. Aquaplay also provides many accessories and larger playsets for schools and nurseries.

Aquaplay Mountain Lake

Outdoor toys for garden fun and creative play for children. Trampolines are a fun experience for all the family and they are built to last for years, require no maintenance, are easy to put together or take down. Trampolines are a great way of encouraging exercise outdoors for children of all ages and help to improve balance, coordination, stamina and strength.
Trampoline enclosures and safety nets are also available for all circular trampolines together with other trampoline accessories.

We R Sports Trampoline With Safety Net Enclosure Ladder Rain Cover
Available sizes – 6ft, 8ft, 10ft, 12ft, 14ft, and 16ft

Other outdoor toys available are Climbing frames in wood or steel, free standing slides for your garden, swing sets from single to double giant swings, childrens play houses, Garden Toys from swimming pools, see saws to garden slides and outdoor games sets that offer great fun for your kids. We also have available various shape sandpits made from plastic or wood from sand and water tables to larger roof sandpits.

Parents and nurseries want to provide safety for their kids and before buying outdoor toys it is worth considering the environment you will be using. Playground safety surfaces are available from specialist outlets where you can install a range of surfaces from play bark, lawn and grass mats, play tiles or wetpour.

Source by Rob Brand

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Puzzles – Best Educational Toddler Toys

Choosing the right and proper things or toys for your kids is kind of a hard decision. You need to put a lot of research as well as thinking whatever what you are going to choose benefits and helps your child satisfy your needs. Well, if you want your child to have fun as much as you want him to grow more in a better and prosperous way, then you have to consider buying the best educational toddler toys for kids as well as challenging puzzles.

Best educational toddler toys will help your children grow further more into a prosperous one. Best educational toddler toys are very wonderful and colorful while others may seem simple. If I were to choose the best educational toddler toys for my kids, I might as well choose the colorful ones for them might entertain and give fun to your kids while they play with it.

Puzzles are also useful. You could entertain your kids while giving them challenging yet fun and not boring puzzles. What I did back way before was I gave my kids a Mickey Mouse puzzle .. I missed those times when they were young. Oh, yes. Anyways, puzzles can also be the best educational toddler toys. Puzzles bring fun and excitement.

Ravensburger Paw Patrol
4 in a Box Jigsaw Puzzles – 12, 16, 20 and 24 Pieces

An example of a best educational toys are puzzles. As a parent, you have to teach your kids how to think mentally. By doing so, they will learn how to think and act like a teenager. One thing to convince them to do so and take on the challenge is you give them something after they have solved the puzzle. You should be not so strict and also understand that they are just kids. Well, that is what I did and it turned out pretty fine. I did not even expect them to learn so quickly.

There are lots of things your kids could attain fun, excitement, and knowledge. One way is to provide them the things needed for them to grow in something you want them to. If you are a parent and you think your kid desires some fun and excitement, then do not ever think twice, buy them the stuffs that would help them acquire happiness; best educational toys such as puzzle. Either way, it is not only of the fun they could get but also from the love of the parents.

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Lego Space Sets Past and Present

First introduced in 1978, Lego space sets featured spaceships and astronauts. It is also one of the largest and most expansive toy sets that Lego has produced. It has about 200 individual sets, which when connected formed one big outer space set.

The first of the Lego space sets that were produced were considered to be a great leap forward in terms of design. It has since become one of the most loved and cherished Lego products putting it up the same pedestal as the Lego train sets, pirates Lego themed sets and the medieval castle sets. In comparison to the former space set releases which included the Rocket Base, Space Rocket and the Moon Landing sets, the newer and better themed Space and Mars showed new building techniques as well as Lego parts that were previously unseen. Even though the traditional Lego bricks were still present in these new sets, they also had some finer details, which enabled more multi-purpose space vehicles and smoother looking battleships.

In the early space sets there were certain oddities such as the use of a steering wheel to drive the spacecraft and even though it lacks any on board pilot protection except that of the space suit, it was still enough to spark the imaginations of kids back then. From battleships and the basic 4 wheeled vehicles, the theme further developed and was often said to be following the trends of science fiction movies that prevalent at that time. As their development continued, the vehicle designs became more advanced as well.

The addition of Lego minifigures, robots, space bases, buggies, as well as, larger battleships soon followed. These early sets, though sometimes rather humble when compared to today's standards, were some of the most modern among other sci-fi inspired toys during that time. They were simple yet very charming toys that kids adored. Occasionally, gray became a major color for this theme which well fitted to its very futuristic and utilitarian theme. There were also more building base plate type Lego parts, in that color, that were being made. More often than not, these gray parts were paired with green, which can be seen in the space ships windows. Other dominant colors also included yellow and blue.

The most recent of space Lego sets would be Life on Mars, which included interaction between the human Lego minifigs and the Martian ones. It shows a very peaceful co-existence between both races and was released during a time when there was much interest and curiosity surrounding the red planet and the possibility of other beings living on it. The new set incorporated what was thought to be very reminiscent of a Martian landscape, so the sand that was colored in green, red and purple.

Although not as colorful as the previous sets, it did feature a first, which is the transparent brown windows for the battleship. Following the release of Life on Mars, 2007 saw the debut of Mars Mission, which is the second installment in the series of Mars related sets. Unlike the early ones where the humans and extra terrestrials exist peacefully, these sets saw them being pitted against each other which was what the children did with the first set anyway. Up to date Lego space sets are sure to be released in keeping with the advances in today's space technology.



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Differences Among the Major Construction Toys

There's several major brands of construction toys, and you've probably heard of some of them, such as LEGO, Technic and K'nex.

LEGO
LEGO is by far probably the most popular construction toy, and almost every child has a set of LEGO or has played with it before. What makes LEGO so popular is that it is incredibly easy to build with because it is based on bricks. There are no complex piece designs, and pretty much everything snaps together vertically, which makes it ideal for youngger children. The pieces are often very detailed and the sets have different themes, with everything from castles and jungle explorers to space vehicles. These themes are ideal for spurring a child's creativity.

Technic
In a way, Technic is a more advanced form of LEGO. While LEGO only consists of basic bricks to stack on top of each other, Technic introduces a more mechanically oriented element with rods that can snap into the sides of bricks to allow for rotating structures. Unlike K'nex, Technic was not designed with size in mind, but mechanical detailing. The sets often come with many different sizes of gears, angled pieces and various shapes that allow for mechanically accurate designs.

K'nex
K'nex is the most distinct of these construction toys because it completely eschews the brick design that LEGO and Technic use. Instead of bricks, K'nex uses rods and connectors to allow builders to create different structures with. In addition, the type of plastic used by K'nex is also much softer than that of LEGO and Technic, and allows for bending structures. However, K'nex has also released a Micro-K'nex line with smaller versions of standard K'nex pieces, allowing for smaller models. K'nex is ideal for building very strong and large structures because the pieces are comparatively large and the connections between pieces are also stronger.



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Lego Star Wars Minifigs – Not Just Toys

For those of you who do not know what Lego Star Wars Minifigs are, and I had never heard of them until my 6 year old showed me some, then quite simply they are superb little renditions of the Star Wars characters made from Lego.

Lego Star Wars minifigs come in a huge range of designs and feature all of the main characters from both the Dark Side and the Rebel Alliance. They also cover all 6 of the Star Wars films and several other parts of the Star Wars universe. There are some designs available from the manufacturers, but for me the most remarkable thing about Lego Star Wars minifigs is the huge community that has sprung up dedicated to creating new and unique designs.

Many of these hand built minifigs are lovingly crafted from spare parts and include hand painted faces, metallic bodies and even light up eyes, light sabers and weapons. Some have hats, headpieces and even additional clothing – really amazing! There have also been licensed Lego Star Wars minifigs which have featured unique head sculpts that differ from the traditional cylindrical shape. The first was Jar Jar Binks and Yoda and C-3PO have also made guest appearances.

Other variations of the standard Lego Star Wars minifigs included the light-up lightsaber (LULS) mini-figures. These were released as a part of the more expensive Star Wars Episode III sets in 2005, and look like standard minifigs but contain internal electronics. When the head is pressed down, an LED illuminates the lightsaber blade – how cool is that!

So as you can see Lego Star Wars Minifigs are not just toys, they are true collectors items. This is even truer of the latest addition to the line – a solid gold C3-PO – now that's a toy I would not mind playing with.



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Lego Duplo – Are Legos Toys Only For Older Kids?

Do you have a son that is too young to start building things but at the same time you want him to get acquainted so when he is older he will start building things with Mechano or Lego? Are you scared that he will reach the age that he can play with such things but he will not show any interest by then?

This article will look at ways you can get your child interested at a young age to build stuff and will introduce you to something called Lego Duplo.

As my son has started growing older I have always wanted him to get into the habit of building things. I guess I want to be like all fathers and make sure he becomes the macho type that can fix anything and in actuality build nothing 🙂

I guess there is a part of me that wants to develop him. Get his imaginative juices flowing; I hope you know what I mean.

As times has progressed, it seems that children have started developing at a much faster rate than when we were kids. Having said this I never wanted him to reach an older age and if I saved him a Mechano or Lego set he turn around and tell me that he was not interested.

So I visited the good old net and to my surprise I found that Lego actually made Lego sets for youngger children starting from the age of 1.

The blocks are as colorful as the original Lego except for the fact that they are much bigger in size. But the best part is that your child will be using these blocks through his life as long as he / she is still into Lego. The best part is that these blocks can be used with normal Lego pieces as well, so he is never going to outgrow this toy 🙂

I think it is a great idea that Lego has catered to this age group as youngger children will also get acquainted with Lego at a much younger age.



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Best Duplo Lego Sets for Young Kids

As you know, Duplo Lego blocks are a big hit with smaller children. Not only are they fun to build with, they're designed to be safe for smaller children. If you are wondering about the best Duplo Lego sets for 2010, you're not alone. The good news is that there are a lot of great building sets to be found.

Best Duplo Lego Sets for Young Kids

Lego Duplo blocks are great fun, especially these sets.

  • Lego Thomas Train Set – This is not new for 2010, but it's still a big hit with smaller children who like Thomas the Train and Duplo blocks.
  • LEGO Toy Story Pizza Planet Truck – Based on the popular Toy Story 3, this building set is a big hit with boys and girls alike. Who's ready for some pizza?
  • LEGO Duplo 5691 Disney Toy Story 3 Limited Edition Space Crane – If you are looking for something extra special, you need to take a look at this limited edition building set. If you see it, get it before it's gone.
  • LEGO Duplo Building Set – 71 Pieces – If you want to introduce your child to Duplo bricks, this is a great way to get them started. It comes in a tub that they can store all 71 pieces in. This makes clean-up a snap.
  • LEGO Large Green Building Plate (15 "X 15") – For small children who are really into Duplo blocks, this is a great way to let their imagination run wild. It gives them plenty of room for their own Duplo creations.
  • LEGO Duplo Learning (5497) – Numbers, letters, learning and fun all rolled into one with this inexpensive Lego Duplo set. This is great for kids learning their numbers or letters.
  • LEGO World People Duplo Set – For some kids, it's all about the little Lego people. This is a great way to get a lot of extra little Duplo people to populate their creations.

There are many other great Lego Duplo building sets out there. It's a good idea to start small until you know for sure that your child is going to like playing with Duplo Lego bricks. Most children do enjoy it, but you never know. Once you find out they do like them, there are many great sets you can get them, no matter what they are into. Even if you do not want to get them something based on a movie, there are many choices available. Lego Duplo bricks are the gift that keeps on giving as the child's collection of bricks grows over the years.



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Choose the Best Kids Toys Online

best kids toys - UK Top Toys

Little kids love to play and entertaining toys are considered as an important element to engage your little ones. Moreover, they also help in developing the cognitive as well as social skills. That is why; parents always want to bring the most appropriate and interesting games for their growing children. Child experts recommend parents to choose the age-appropriate and multi-purpose toys for the kid that help them learn new and interesting things.

With hundreds of options available for the toys for kids, it gets difficult to choose the best toy for children and it turns out to be a mind-boggling activity. These days, many parents prefer to buy kids toys online. Whether you get it online or from the local toy store, choosing the right toys for your child is very important for his or her cognitive and mental growth.With a few simple and easy steps, you would be able to pick the appropriate toys for your little child that too without any difficulty.

Look for the multiuse toys that are durable and simple to play. You can find branded kid’s toys online that won’t demand costly batteries. Add some Barbie dolls, Disney toys, puzzles, brainteasers; wooden blocks in your kid’s toy box. Puzzles and brainteasers help in developing the learning and reasoning ability. Moreover, it’s always good to choose simple yet learning toys to help your child engage in the best way.

Look for the toys that encourage your kid to learn something new. Pick some smart learning toys for kids for the grownup kids, especially above three years. Add scrabble, math table games, and many other toys that help in the mental growth.

Such games also help a child to learn good and knowledgeable things in his or her growing years that really help in the future. What a child learns in the early learning days, he or she never forgets. So, try to engage your child in some productive games, you can get learning kid’s toys online.

Look for the toys that promote problem-solving abilities, they are best for the kids above 6 years. For a young child, you can also opt for games that develop hand-to-eye coordination, muscle development, etc. In addition to this, while buying kid’s toys online, always consider the age of your child.

For toddlers and small children, choose the safe toys, make sure they are made up of good material that won’t harm your child’ health even if he or she takes it in mouth. Usually, small kids have a habit of taking anything in the mouth. Parents have to be little cautions if their child is under three years of age. Just an advice – do not pick toys that come with small pieces as these small pieces could be swallowed by your child.

Source by Sumit Kalyan Sarkar