Buying presents for a teen is no easy task.
By now most children have outgrow the outdoor play equipment they enjoyed when they were younger.
They may also now start to feel self-conscious about charging around the garden with the wild abandon like they used to.
Never Too Old For Outdoor Fun
But don’t assume your teen is too old for toys. Playing outside provides an important opportunity to unwind from school, and enjoy some fresh air and exercise. The toys you buy now are an invitation to play, permission to continue enjoying fun activities.
You will have more success coaxing your teen into the back garden, if you focus your efforts on activities you can enjoy together.
A trampoline is an ideal piece of play equipment for all ages. It can be difficult to find outdoor toys that serve all of your children well, but a trampoline does the job nicely. You can even have a bounce on it yourself.
Larger trampolines allow for me freedom when bouncing about, allowing your teen to burn off energy without crashing into the sides.
Always choose a trampoline with a purpose-built fitted net.
Tempting as it may be to load a large trampoline with all your children at once, don’t. It’s not that the mat can’t take the wait. Trampoline manufacturers advise one person at a time only as smaller jumpers can get bounced about by bigger jumpers, and any collisions may result in injury.
Used solo, however, a trampoline can be a great way for your teen to get some exercise without having to stray too far away from home.
Adults buy our top-end go-karts, so they certainly are suitable for teens. These are designed to be pedaled fast, by older children and adults. The Berg’s are especially suitable for teens thanks to the Brake Freewheeling System. When you stop pedalling at speed, the pedals stop turning round, so although the go-kart will continue with the momentum, the pedals don’t keep smacking the rider in the back of the legs. Then to slow down, simply put a little backwards pressure on the pedals and the go-kart starts to scrub-off speed.
If you’ve ever considered getting a summer house or gazebo, now would be a good time. Providing a quiet space for your teen to meet friends, out of the house, but not away from your supervision, gives them the independence and freedom they crave, without compromising on safety.
For the summer months, keep an arsenal of water pistols to hand. Nobody ever outgrows water fights.
If you also have younger children, checkout the rest of <a href="http://www.wickentoys.co.uk/blog/tag/matching-toys-to-ages/"January’s series on outdoor toys for all ages.