After all the time spent indoors playing with video games and watching television, nothing compares with getting a child outdoors to play. This has become a concern for many parents since electronic games have practically absorbed our kids. Getting kids outdoors to play is good for their physical as well as their mental health. One effective way parents can encourage their children to play outdoors is by providing them with toys are equipment that are made for the outdoors. Here are a few examples.


When shopping for outdoor toys, parents should keep in mind which toys are suitable for young children. If you have a back yard, you may consider a wooden crafted activity gym that comes with a slide, a crawl through space made of tubes, and even bridges surrounded with net These activity gyms will provide children with hours of fun. It can also help develop their imagination as well as encourage them to become more adventurous.

Bicycles have always been a popular outdoor toy that children can enjoy, And since we are talking about younger children and toddlers, you can purchase a tricycle or a bike with training wheels.

Older Children

One great outdoor toy for any child is a trampoline. Trampolines come in a number of different shapes and sizes, which is very helpful for families that are larger or for families that do not have that much space in their back yard. Trampolines will normally last for many years if they are taken care of properly. This also makes it a good value in an outdoor toy.

Another outdoor toy for older children is a remote control airplane. I know it doesn’t seem like a child will get much exercise while watching the airplane fly. However, if you take into account that the child may have to go to a park or area where their is an open space, he or she will get exercise just by walking to and from that place. At the very least you have gotten the child away from the television or computer games for a couple of hours.

Finally, I have never seen a parent go wrong with a football. A football can bring a group of children together to play for hours. Footballs come in different f sizes and are made of a variety of materials, which can be helpful to younger children who would prefer a soft football rather than a hard football

If your child is not into highly competitive sports, there is always a frisbee or you can try a badminton game. Either way there are plenty of options when it comes to outdoor play for children.

Source by Victor Epand