7 Must-Have Outdoor Toys

by Claire Minnaar


The other day, I discussed the Mysmartkid/Myslimkind early childhood education programme and the Smartbox concept and how it can assist / support your child in meeting their milestones.

I often say knowledge is power, so I thought it would be fun to put some ideas together that you could do at home with your kids that are not only fun, but really affordable and a great way to work on co-ordination and have some one-on-one fun with your kids.

Toys are getting more and more expensive by the day, and at the rate that kids get bored these days, it’s time for an intervention! In today’s post, we go back to those “old but gold” toys and games that used to keep our generation entertained for hours back in the day. Not only are these must-haves for every child, they’re simple, budget-friendly and suitable for both boys and girls:

  1. Chalk: It’s cheap to buy and easy to clean! What’s more, kids can use it to draw on the paving or on the carpet without causing damage – and it’s ideal for games like hopscotch!
  2. Sandbox: All you need is a hole in the ground, some waterproof plastic to line the hole and sand. No matter where you live, there’s always an easy and affordable way to get your hands on some sand – whether at the beach or through a building company.
  3. Obstacle Course: Build a nifty course using existing elements like trees, swings and benches as part of the obstacles.
  4. Bean Bag Toss: You don’t need to be a seamstress to make a beanbag (I’ll have an easy step-by-step up later this week). Sew a couple of beanbags and decorate coffee tins with a lick of paint and some numbers that indicate the score.
  5. Scavenger Hunt: Hide surprises in the house or garden, and write little clues to get them going!
  6. A LONG Skipping Rope: This one  calls for group play. You don’t need a fancy rope – a long length of industrial rope can work just as well.
  7. Marbles: Hubby will be the first to jump on board with this one! Marbles provide hours of entertainment and are available at most stores for next to nothing. Just make sure your child is old enough so it doesn’t pose a choking hazard.

These are only 7 outdoor activities you can do at home, but there are loads more. Go check out the Mysmartkid / Myslimkind website for more information on developmental toys – both indoor and outdoor. They have a whole team of experts that will help advise you on the best ways to help your children reach their developmental milestones through play.

Original images and their credits available on Pinterest

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