Outdoor Toys for 8-10 Year Olds that Can be Shared with Siblings
Summer’s here, and so many of us are carting toys on staycations, and I’ve found some fab ones. I’ll start with this ‘Ball is Back Tennis’ toy that’s changed my life, never mind the kids. It’s time to get outside. *Contains affiliate links
The boomerang effect on this tennis kit was so good, surprisingly good, that we abandoned the kids and had rallies mum versus dad. I’m so impressed, and play it on my own all the time (see video below of my Andy Murray imitation)! Plus it’s so much easier than trying to retrieve and/or find a ball when it’s tied to a piece of string. Ideal for parks and large gardens. Such a bargain, so cheap. Absolutely love this tennis set. It’s my new exercise.
We bought this racket set because the price point was so good. It includes two adult aluminium rackets, two tennis balls and a bag.
And we got a smaller racket set for the kids. Well, we can’t leave them out. Again, two smaller aluminium rackets, two soft balls and a storage bag to let budding tennis players start having fun right away. Great prices. For more kids’ rackets click here.
MASSIVE PADDLING POOL – £35.00 and £22.00
Big kids need big pools so these are the two we’re looking at. I found Chad Valley pools that are 8.5ft long – even I could lie down in it. And the Ocean Lagoon pool is 9ft long. Now, surely that’s big enough?!
I saw my teenage neighbour skipping and it’s such a good workout. She made it look easy. I tried and nearly fainted, plus, after two kids, it’s quite challenging. Now I’m up to 300 skips a session, which really isn’t much but you’ve got to start somewhere. To invest in an Adult Skipping Rope browse here. A great mini aerobic workout.
In terms of kids, it’s a timeless toy. These kids skipping ropes are available in both blue or pink. At £1.49 it’s worth a punt.
I also love a good bubble machine. Big kids suddenly become wee ones again.
We’re placing an order for a beach tent for our staycation adventures. Designed for protection from the sun on the beach, the tents are (as importantly) often wind resistant up to 30 km/hr and fit up to 3 adults.
Bodyboards are so much fun. I’m looking at boards designed for kids from 4 to 8 years old (15 to 25 kg) so they can get used to the waves. The bodyboard has grips, no fins, and for depths to the navel. Top and shorty help avoid irritation.
Slightly different garden or indoor toy. My youngest son, my little baby, declared he wanted to box! He didn’t realise boxing meant hitting other people in the face, he thought you just hit a bag, so his generous nanny bought this punch bag as a gift. The free-standing weighted base is easy to use and move around. Generally, for kids under 160 cm tall, and comes with little boxing gloves.
The Micro Scooter brand is a good investment. With cheap scooters you generally get what you pay for – they aren’t sturdy enough as children develop and adults can’t use them. My son used to scoot to school, then I’d scoot his scooter home. When kids get into primary school, my advice is to buy a two-wheel adult scooter, with large wheels. This means it can easily be adjusted for little ones, but parents can ride them too. We also found them really handy when we were teaching our kids to ride bikes, chasing after them before they fell! The larger wheel works better on uneven pavements in cities – so personally I’d avoid the smaller wheel. But this is the way to travel around town, whatever your age. Plus they can be folded up, unlike the cheaper kids scooters. Browse the full range at micro-scooters.co.uk.
For anyone buying a scooter, don’t forget the helmets 🙂
I hope you have a fab summer. I’d love some recommendations for a good quality slip n slide so drop me a line.