7 Must-Have Items for Outdoor Fun


Kids’ summer playtime essentials
School’s out for the summer, but not for much longer. Here are seven outdoor kids’ items for one last hurrah for the season – and then easily store them away for an entire summer’s worth of fun next year.

Your kids will be climbing, crawling, sliding, and bouncing to their heart’s content. The upside for parents? A place for the kids to bounce and jump other than your living room couch. We especially like that this bouncer goes from set up to ready for playtime in mere minutes (it took under 10 minutes for us) – inflatable fun in no time. Another impressive feature – it can just as quickly and easily be folded up into a compact-size nylon bag (included), ready to be tucked away in the garage for future use.
Little Tikes Giant Slide Bouncer, $488 at walmart.ca.

2. Lawn game
Whether at the cottage or in the backyard, this Bocce set is sure to get family and friends of all ages into the popular lawn bowling game.
Bocce set, $130 at canadiantire.ca.

3. Ball fun
This squishy, lightweight ball looks and moves like a bubble, but won’t pop like one. Growing in size to up to three feet in diameter, kids will have a blast kicking and throwing this ball around in an open field or at the park.
Wubble Bubble Ball, $30 at toysrus.ca.

4. Picnic table
A table that’s just the right size for kids where your little one and up to seven of their friends can sit for snack time, barbecues, or crafting fun while outside.
Little Tikes Fold ‘n Store Picnic Table with Market Umbrella, $140 at sears.ca

5. Scooter
This isn’t your traditional scooter – riders move their hips and legs from side to side while hanging onto the three-wheeled Y Fliker to get going and keep moving. With a sleek, lightweight design, this freestyle scooter is perfect for kids to propel themselves along while performing smooth carving and drifting actions.
Yvolution – Y Fliker F3 40″ Scooter, $126 at toysrus.ca.

6. Bubble machine
It’s bubble blowing fun with the switch of a button. Pour the solution into this battery-operated bubble machine and watch as a storm of colourful bubbles are automatically blown out of it.
Funrise Gazillion Bubble Hurricane, $17 at amazon.ca

7. Skipping game
You had fun with it during your childhood, and now it’s your kid’s turn. Put the hoop on one leg and swing the Skip-It while hopping over it. Kids can use the built-in counter to have a fun competition among their friends to keep track of who can get the most skips without stopping.
Hasbro Twister Moves Skip-It, $25 at chapters.indigo.ca

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