Don’t you just love being able to get outdoors in the summer? We’ve definitely been making the most of our garden this year and we also spend a lot of time at our local parks since we walk our dog every day – admittedly I don’t always feel like going, but once we’re there, it’s actually one of my favourite parts of our day.
However, it has got a little tricky recently as Taylor really hates going in her buggy and insists on walking – so walks that used to take us half an hour now take over an hour and a half! I do cut them short sometimes, but then feel bad on the dog! It can also be difficult on days out when toddlers get tired of walking and insist on being carried – we all know how exhausting that can be!
Last Christmas we were bought a Trike by the grandparents which has been great – it means that Taylor can still have fun and feel like she’s in control, without it taking us so long to walk everywhere. There are so many great products available today to make the outdoors more fun for kids of all ages. So here’s a few to get started…
Smart Trike bikes are perfect for toddlers who have grown bored of the buggy and want a more fun way to get around. They can be used for babies and adjust in height as your child grows up until they can ride independently, so you can get a lot of use out of them. As well as being a fun form of transport, they also help your child to improve balance and coordination skills, whilst providing more support than a two wheeled bike – so are perfect for children learning to cycle.
Heelys shoes transform into a pair of stealth skates and open up a world of fun. The shoes have a removable wheel in the heel so can also be used as ordinary shoes. They come in a range of quirky designs and cool colours and are perfect for older children who want to glide around the streets in style. You can also buy separate laces and grafitti wheels to customise your own pair. Pretty cool kids.
Oh the trusted bicycle…still reigns supreme. Last year we bought a child seat that fixes onto the back of the hubby’s bike and we’ve had some great family bike rides so far this summer. But I don’t think there’s anything more self-fulfilling for a child than when they first learn to ride a bike. You can get some brilliant balance bikes today to teach young cyclers, or stabilisers never did any of us any harm.
Scooters and skateboards
Scooters seem to be everywhere right now! I feel a little gutted that the scooter wasn’t really the ‘done thing’ when I was a kid, as they do look like a lot of fun. I’ve also noticed that skate parks are back in a big way. Rather than just being places for sulky teenagers to drink cider and snog each other, they are actually hugely popular and it seems anything goes – bikes, skateboards and scooters. If your kid isn’t into traditional track and field sports, get them to the local skate park…
So…if you don’t mind your kid having a better car than you do, this could be one to think about. From Range Rovers and BMW coupes, to Audi TTs, Minis, quad bikes, tractors and motorbikes, your kid can pretty much have whatever vehicle they desire – depending on how much you want to spend of course! There are a huge range for kids to pedal, or you could consider one of the battery powered ones…I think I’m more a fan of a good old fashioned bike to be honest – why should they get escorted around like royalty when I have to walk?
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