September doesn’t seem to be too cold this year, we’ve yet to end summer but I cant stop thinking about spending more time in my garden when the weather becomes a little bit warmer and the kids can be dragged away from their computer games and TVs and out into the fresh air for lots of exercise on their outdoor toys such as the climbing frame abandoned since last summer and trampolines. So seeing as were still in September there is still plenty of time to whip your garden into shape and tidy up those loose ends and buy any major bits such as climbing frames now is the time to check them over for any potential problems or hazard so as your kids are safe when using them.
One of the best bits of outdoor play equipment available to buy has to be the garden trampoline, these can be bought online and are suitable for the whole family and not just kids, the most common sizes available are those between 8 and 14 foot and they all come with safety netting and other trampoline accessories are available, trampolines offer a perfect combination of fun, excitement and exercise for your kids and they encourage core muscle development along with cardio vascular benefits.
Climbing frames offer an adventure in your garden and kids love to use climbing frames as forts, castles and pirate ships, there is no end to a child’s imagination and a climbing frame can help to simulate adventure and fun, they can also be used for simply climbing and learning spatial orientation, motor skills and muscle development. Regardless of what you go for this year when selecting and buying outdoor play equipment, make sure it is of good quality and made to a high standard if youre not confident to erect it yourself then hire a professional.
Engage your child in outdoor play, nature outings, and environmental explorations. Chase and be chased in a game of capture the flag. Use the power of the sun to craft your own shadow prints. Explore the stars on a late night walk. Create a field guide to your neighborhood. Through 52 ideas—some classic and some new—Let’s Go Outside! by Jennifer Ward offers a range of activities perfect for children ages 8 to 12. Whether you’re in the country, the city, or anywhere in between, this book is sure to help you get outside—and run, dance, hike, or camp—with your preteen.