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What makes a good outdoor play area for the children?

Every parent wants their children to develop into wonderful young adults.  Therefore outdoor play should be something factored into this development as it is surprisingly one thing that can have real benefit to children of all ages.

Outdoor play allows children to enjoy fresh air, the natural environment of the garden and engage with real things rather than fictional characters on a games console.

A recent study claimed that children who are involved in lots of activities of a physical nature outdoors tend to be more energetic and enthusiastic at home. So the age old vision of kids watching TV doing nothing, can actually be avoided!

It is also claimed that children who have a more active childhood are more likely to enjoy outdoor activities as adults. This means that putting an investment into their outdoor play now will really benefit them for years and years to come.  Hopefully it will also mean their children are likely to be more active through the positive experiences of their childhood.

So in encouraging outdoor play – we thought we would feature the top products here at Wicken Toys that will inspire creativity, play and give your kids valuable energy for life!

Physical Play

Physical play and children can be achieved with things like climbing frames and swings. This is obviously good for toddlers and young children alike (oh and the odd adult usually!

Here we have the Playtime Andover Wooden Tower with Free Accessories.

This fantastic children’s climbing frame offers so much scope for play. It features a tower (for prince and princesses), a rock wall to really get the energies going and a clubhouse window for creative play.


Constructive play-time

This kind of play is particularly great for younger children of pre-school age and usually involves sand, water and wheeled toys. This puts your younger children in control of their own ideas and imaginations so it’s particularly good for developing decision making skills.

The Kettler Speedy Balance Bike is a fantastic way to get your children used to cycling. It’s great for their co-ordination and as our introduction to this suggests, means they can be in control and learn about responsibility.


Role playing

This has been a favourite for children for years (probably before any of us can even remember). So it’s not surprising that it counts as being one of the most favoured types of play for children.

Good role playing can be gained from playhouses, forts, tree houses and in fact, anywhere a child or children get to use their imagination and literally ‘play it out’.  If you are keen to get your kids socially aware then this type of outdoor toy choice is excellent for helping them learn through fun.

So whether they are playing shops, hospital, vets or a King, you can be totally certain that an outdoor fort will inspire them to live their imaginations out.

A particular favourite for this is our All Out Play Climbing Den.  It has all the required ingredients for imaginative play and your children will love it.

It is perfect as a tree house or swamp hut and will allow your children to enjoy the physical requirements of climbing or they can get friends over and use it as a den. They can crawl and swing too!

If you want to help your kids to develop skills through outdoor play see our other categories and enjoy a Wickens Toy today.

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