Summer is here, and along with it comes beautiful (or hot) weather! If you’re a fan of Kaplan Toys on Facebook, you might’ve seen the infographic we posted earlier this week from It’s All Kid’s Play on the benefits of unsupervised outdoor play for your kids. Some of them are:
- Increased concentration and motor activity
- Lower chances of childhood obesity
- Increased feelings of self-worth
- Less symptoms of anxiety, depression, and ADHD
These sound like all good reasons to get kids active and outdoors! But what will they play with? We’ve got a few suggestions for you.
Let’s Take It Outside! Teacher-Created Activities for Outdoor Learning (Item #26123, $15.95 right now on sale!)
This book has over 100 different activities, written for teachers (and parents and caregivers) by teachers, which have been classroom-tested as great outdoor activities! It has activities appropriate for every season that will help your child not only have fun outside, but also learn more while doing so! It is also available in eBook format.
Shapes Bean Bags, (Item #82776, $19.95)
Use these shape bean bags with some of the activities in Let’s Take It Outside! Beanbag toss activities are great for fine motor and gross motor development, as well as for developing eye-hand coordination. They can help your children learn their shapes while they improve important skills for them to have! This also comes with its own set of activities for more beanbag tossing fun!
Many people go to the beach over the summer with their children–keep them occupied with some fun sand toys such as these!
Diggers and Dozers, (Item #61146, $16.95)
These sand scoopers are easy for little hands to grip so they can move, dig and push sand around with ease!
Jumbo Sand Rollers, (set of 5: Item #30498,
$22.95 $19.95 on sale now!)
Kids will have fun creating designs in the sand with this set of 5 easy-grip sand rollers. Use them on the toughest construction job to build roads and patterns around sandcastles, or use them with paint and paper to create unique designs on art projects!
Shimmer Shapes Alphabet, (Item #70911, $69.95)
Encourage your children to spell things out in the sand–if they press down enough, it will leave imprints in the sand! Or they can bury them in the sand for a fun game of discovery and exploration. You can even use the Diggers and Dozers from above! These multisensory letters are filled with colorful, sparkly liquid. Highly tactile, they can be used as stencils, hung on washing lines, or scooped out of water.
Got any favorite summer toys? Let us know in the comments!