Top Outdoor Toys For Summer 2016

Is it just me or is summer starting later and finishing earlier every year?! I’m trying not to get depressed by the late start and am focusing on the dates of the summer holidays set by the school, this means we still have almost 2 weeks for the climate to get its act together… So, in preparation for a glorious season and time spent in the garden, here are my top outdoor toys – all tried and tested by my 3 very active children!

Swingball First Basketball Set, Amazon, £22

Amazon have a huge range of competitively priced outdoor toys for all ages. Swingball was always a favourite of mine growing up – and now they have a basket ball set which is keeping all 3 of my kids entertained. There are 3 height options making it suitable for all ages and is even harmless enough to keep in the kitchen when outdoor play isn’t an option!

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Plum 7FT Junior Trampoline, £199.99

This is the perfect first trampoline for little ones up to the age of 10. The Junior Jumper uses Springsafe technology and has a lower height frame for safety whilst their confidence for jumping grows. This is available in pink and blue.

 

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Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox, £39.99

This is the perfect little sand pit for your little ones, it has a roof! So no more soggy sand on the inevitable rainy days. This is just big enough for all 3 of them to get involved, the littlest one can enjoy the full sand experience whilst the older ones sit on the flippers to play. It’s light enough to move around the garden to stay in the shade for endless hours of safe play and can be easily stored away during the colder months. Suitable from 12 months. 631566e3_sea_turtle_sandbox_5_.jpg

Maxi Micro Scooter, £109.95

The Maxi scooter is suitable from age 6 up to 12 and is by far the best scooter in terms of manoeuvrability thanks to its lean and steer technology.  Made from lightweight aluminium (so not the end of the world when they decide 5 mins into the journey that they no longer want to scoot and would rather you carry it!) and has an adjustable handle bar to suit the child.

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Kids Range Rover Electric Battery Ride On, Outdoor toys, £199.99 SALE PRICE

Wow. The ultimate outdoor toy has to be this mini Range Rover… Scarlett (aged 5) takes her friends around the garden in this fabulous electric car. She has quickly mastered the controls using the gear stick and pedal to stop, start and reverse, but for our younger children there is the option of a parental control to operate the cars movement. It even has a push button start that sounds like a realistic engine starting up and an MP3 player to listen to her favourite Taylor Swift songs as she cruises! With chrome effect alloys and working lights – this really is every child’s dream toy!

By the way, Outdoor Toys have a huge range of electrical Ride Ons if an Audi or BMW is more your thing 😉

 

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TP Forest Double Multiplay, £299.99

Made from FSC® certified timber, this fun compact activity frame has two adjustable single swing seats and a wavy slide. The overall footprint is smaller than others I have tried so takes up far less space in our garden. Suitable for children aged between 3 and 10 but by switching one of the swings with the new QuadPod 4 in 1 swing designed for much younger toddlers, this is perfect for our whole family.

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GLTC Red Star Wigwam, £85

This gorgeous play tent has the added benefit of being easily put up, moved around or stored away but what I love most is that it has a fitted mat which stops it from closing in or  falling down. It’s currently set up in the bedroom (both girls slept in it for the first 3 nights!) but is also the perfect den for their picnics and play time in the garden.

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Well that’s the kids sorted, now to research a luxury sun lounger 🙂

Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2016

Whilst you can’t go wrong with a pair of socks and a bar of whole nut, if you fancy something a little different this Father’s Day – check out some of my ideas below!

Amazon Fire TV Stick, £34.99

There is nothing quite like getting stuck in to a good box set. Settling in to an episode of House of Cards once the kids are in bed is our new ‘going out’! With this little gizmo, you have access to over 50,000 popular movies and TV shows available to buy or rent as well as over 4,200 channels, apps and games. And if dad has Amazon Prime, he has unlimited access to Prime Video – a catalogue of over 15,000 shows and movies available on-demand. This is a very big gift in a very dinky package! 

 

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Pacapod Prescott Changing Bag, £115

A favourite with the celebrity Daddies, the Prescott satchel has been spotted on Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Hemsworth. This gift is sure to be a hit for a stylish ‘hands on’ dad this Father’s Day. As with all of the Pacapod bags, it hits all the practical baby boxes without sacrificing on style and even has a hidden padded laptop section so is also great for commutes or off duty days out.

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Go Ape Experience from £33

I have heard such great things about the Go Ape experience, it just sounds perfect for families or couples – I have actually booked for Paul and I to do this for our day date next month! Children as young as six can monkey around on Tree Top Junior, while older children can fly through the sky on a zip wire, race through the forest on a Segway or swing through the trees like Tarzan on the Tree Top Adventure. What a great Father’s Day out – it certainly beats staying indoors all morning slaving over his favourite lunch!  

There are 29 Go Ape adventures around the country – find your nearest course here! 

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RE9 Advanced For Men Set from £24

This is the ultimate in Mens skincare. Only launched in April it is already a best seller and has had unbelievable press coverage. The anti-ageing results are visible within 4 weeks (usually much, much sooner) but the smooth experience of using the products will be enjoyed immediately! As with the entire Arbonne range, the products are vegan friendly and totally botanical. If the Dad in your life takes care of his skin – this is the gift for him!

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Red Letter Day, Indoor Sky Diving Experience, £100

I recently did this with my husband and 4 year old daughter, it was AWESOME! Such a fun afternoon out as a family. You’ll be given full training on how to compose yourself and what to expect ahead of the flight, and will have the support (and peace of mind!) of a flying expert in the wind tunnel with you. If heights aren’t your thing, this is a great way to experience the sensation of sky diving. This gift will certainly have the wow factor this Father’s Day! Check out the full range of experiences on offer at Red Letter Day here.

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