Now that Mimitoys has extended its range of outdoor toys in time for a glorious (?) summer ahead, I have had lots of queries about which toys I would recommend most for family outdoor fun. Of course I think that all our range is fabulous - that’s why I picked it! - but I have a few favourites that I’ll share with you here.
From the deservedly popular TP Toys, I have to finally admit that I have caved in and am thinking of getting a TP Star Trampoline with Surround for my 3 older kids. I have held out for years, arguing safety, cost and size concerns, but the health, fitness and fun advantages have finally outweighed any issues I had. The new breed of trampolines like those from TP have sturdy, high surrounds and clever safety features that keep feet safe from springs. Of course, these are only of full benefit when adult supervision is applied liberally and only one person bounces at a time, but that’s not unreasonable! I also have high hopes of a new toned me when I start my own bounce routine…
Of course you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get the kids outside. One of my family’s favourite toys is the Hand Catcherball. At €6.95, it’s probably not going to break the bank but I promise you little kids love it! The TP Garden Games range also offers a nice selection of activities from seesaws to badminton/high jump sets, not to mention the ever popular Football Goal sets.
We have just started stocking one of my favourite outdoor toys: Swingball. I’m sure that it’s not just me who has fond memories of thwacking a tennis ball for hours on end in a sunny corner of the garden. Swingball also manufactures a useful range of junior basketball hoops that are compact and portable. Both swingball and basketball are obviously ideal for the garden, but are equally good for daytrips or holidays by car.
What we really need to have fun outside is, however, some good weather. We haven’t yet managed to find a reliable supplier for that, but when we do, you’ll find it first at Mimitoys!