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paddling pools

  • Children’s paddling pools: the garden accessory for the summer


    Summer is finally starting to appear here in the UK. The arrival of hot weather means that it is time to start planning summer activities ready for the school holidays.

    Aside from a holiday abroad, the ultimate summer accessory for families has got to be inflatable paddling pools. No matter how big or small, these are a brilliant way to make the most of excellent summer weather in a low-cost way.

    In case you have forgotten just how worthwhile splasher and above ground pools are, we thought we better remind you of their many benefits.


    A house with a pool is on the ‘If I won the lottery’ list for many of us, but unfortunately we won’t all be lucky enough to win the jackpot so we have to settle for a cheaper option.

    Inflatable pools for gardens are very inexpensive when compared to the cost of an actual swimming pool and you’ll have just as much fun.


    Our splasher pools are very shallow; some of these only have enough depth for splashing. Although you won’t have to worry about your child’s swimming ability you must still watch them carefully whilst they play in the water; no matter how shallow.

    Easy to setup

    Inflatable pools can become paddling pools in minutes. All you have to do is pump air inside and then push the air out when your children have finished splashing around.


    Paddling pools like our above ground and splasher pools are very convenient items. This is because they come in a range of different sizes and shapes to suit any garden size.

    They are also easy to store as you can quickly and simply fold them back down to their packaging sizes once the air has been pushed out.


    Due to their small and often lightweight storage sizes, paddling pools are very easy to transport. They are even easily portable full of air, as long as there is no water still inside. You can easily move it around the garden wherever you want and carry it to the car.


    Our large above ground pools are very good for exercise. Although they may not be an Olympic-size swimming pool, they are still extremely good for exercises and encouraging interest in sport and physical activity at a young age. Moreover, playing in pools is rather an effortless, but still effective, exercise as the water holds most of your weight. Exercise in water makes physical activity fun for children; this is very important to promote physical development and a healthy lifestyle.

    With the company of an adult (and some armbands) children can play in water and swim from an extremely young age unlike most sports.

  • Wicken Toys looks at playtime for pre-schoolers Part 2


    In our previous blog, we walked you through what sort of outdoor toys were best for your pre-schoolers to help them learn, grow and develop in a safe and fun way. We knew that there was a lot more to look at than we could fit into one blog. So say hello to Part 2!


    What we’re looking at today are the transitionary toys that take pre-schoolers into the beginnings of their childhood and into school itself.


    So to continue...


    Think climbing frames. These are larger and more physically demanding on children. They provide a challenge and get children active. But not all climbing frames have to be dull, plain metal shapes. We like to stock climbing frames with a little extra  va-va-voom!


    Take for instance the Plum Steenbuck... this is a compact play centre that is suitable for young ages and growing minds. This is the first sort of climbing frame you should get for your young children between 18 months and 6 years.


    Once again, we don’t specialise in boringly designed outdoor toys. We believe a climbing frame should not just be a climbing frame. It should be fun and ripe for imaginative play! The Captain Plum Play Centre is shaped like a pirate ship and is perfect for any child who wants to re-enact Pirates of the Caribbean or take on the persona of Captain Jack Sparrow!

    While the weather is still good (fingers crossed) perhaps it is worth investing in the something tailor made for sunshine playtime.


    The Intex Beachball Fun Pool is a paddling pool for children 3+ and it helps to adjust your child to being in the water and seeing it as a fun experience rather than a daunting one. It’s colourful and fits snugly into any garden.


    If you can’t get to the beach this summer, bring the beach to you. Consider getting a paddling pool and most importantly of all a sandpit to get the kids practicing with building those sandcastles! The Plum Octagonal Sandpit comes highly recommended. It’s a generously sized play area that is suitable for children 18 months+.


    For children less inclined to jumping and splashing about, the TP Activity Table is a good option. It’s a multi-purpose table suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. If your child likes to paint and draw, it’s a perfectly sized table! And it will gives the children an area to call their own whenever they feel like getting a little messy with the paints and crayons!


    These are some of our choice outdoor toys for children at that pre-school/slightly older age where they can find plenty to do to keep them busy. For more information on our outdoor toy ranges please browse our site or contact us.

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