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Enjoy backyard fun with tips on how to preserve outdoor toys and learn which outdoor toys are perfect for your child.

5 Toys Kids Can Share with Dad

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Nothing says Happy Father’s Day like kids spending quality time with their dad. So why not spend that time playing with toys both kids and dads will love? Here are 5 toys kids can share with dad:

1. Grill: Dads love grilling in the summer and now little ones can imitate him with their toy grill. Kids can work side-by-side with their old man as they sizzle up some treats to make barbeques a success!

Fixin' Fun Outdoor Grill2. Tool Workshop: Dad and the kids can work together to build bird houses and fix up the home with their hammer, drill and workbench. No need to hire a handyman when all of your family members are skilled helpers!

Deluxe Workshop3. Train table: Choo choo, all aboard! Drive trains around the tracks and cars along the city roads with a train and track table. Dad can be the conductor of the train while the kids drive toy cars through the neighborhood.

Deluxe Canyon Train and Track Table

4. Basketball: Does dad love sports? Get active outside and play some b-ball together. Dad can teach little athletes everything he knows about the game of basketball.

Shootin' Hoops Pro Basketball Set

5. Car Bed: Let dad live out his dreams of owning a Corvette®. Dad and the kids can make believe they are cruising around in style in the Corvette® Bed. They can also use the race track on the car bed to mimic their own Indy 500.

Corvette® Toddler to Twin Bed with Lights

What toys do your kids share with their dad? Tell us what toys you think your kids and their dad would have fun playing with together!

7 Fun Ideas for Backyard Games Week

7 fun ideas for backyard games week

Are you ready to celebrate the sun shining and the temperatures rising? So are we! What better way to spend some fun in the sun than by spending a full week dedicated to playing backyard games. Backyard Games Week is the third week of May and encourages families get out and play! In honor of this fun-tastic week, we have chosen seven backyard games your family will love:

hopscotchHopscotch: Do you remember playing hopscotch as a kid? Why not pass the tradition down and teach your kids this classic outdoor game? Toddlers and preschoolers can grab the chalk and design their own hopscotch board in the backyard. Hopscotch helps children develop their gross motor skills, writing skills and social skills as kids take turns hopping along the board.

bean bag tossBeanbag toss: Another classic outdoor game is tossing bean bags. Get the family together, form a circle and start tossing beanbags to one another. You and your little ones can also a beanbag to play hot potato!

water balloonsWater balloons: As the heat waves begin, get outside and cool off with a water balloon fight. Your family will have a blast getting soaked and running around the yard.

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Baseball: This good ol’ American pastime will have everyone in your family singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Before you begin pitching a lightweight ball to your little sports lovers, let them practice with their own t-ball set. Your toddlers and preschoolers will be hitting home runs before you know it!

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Basketball: Shoot some hoops in the backyard and teach your children the rules of basketball. They can practice running, jumping and shooting. It will be a real workout for the whole family to enjoy!

buggy raceBuggy Race: On your marks, get set, GO! Kids can race each other in the driveway with their foot-to-floor buggies. You and your kids can create a start line with chalk and wave a flag as your little racers cross the finish line.buggy race

Scavenger Hunt: Send your kids on a backyard exploration with a challenging scavenger hunt. There are plenty of fun ideas on Pinterest on how to create the perfect list to get little minds and bodies active.

Now that you have a few games to choose from, you’ll have plenty of reasons to spend quality time outside during Backyard Game Week. Will you be trying any of these ideas?

 

5 Tips for Selecting the Perfect Swing Set

tips for selecting the perfect swing set

The sun is shining and the grass is lush and green. Do you know what that means? Spring is finally here and summer is on its way! Toddlers and preschoolers love spending time outside when the weather is nice, so why not give them an incredible outdoor toy? Step2 offers a variety of outdoor play product including swing sets. Choosing a swing set can be a difficult choice, so we’ve developed some tips to help make your decision easier. Here are five tips for selecting the perfect swing set:

  1. Material: Swing sets are made out of different types of materials depending on the manufacturer. Most swing sets are made of wood (redwood, red cedar, yellow cedar, northern white cedar, pine or pressure treated), metal or plastic. Step2 swing sets are made of durable plastic that won’t splinter or warp. Even though our swing sets are made of plastic, the natural design and colors makes them look like they are made of wood.
  2. Size: It’s important to keep in mind how a swing set will look and fit in your backyard. On each swing set’s product page, we list the dimensions to help you visualize the size of the outdoor toy. It’s also important to keep in mind that you will need a 6.5 foot clearance around the entire swing set when assembling (refer to the assembly instructions for further installation details). This information will also help ensure the swing set will be the perfect fit in your backyard!
  3. Key Features: Ask yourself, what features do you want your kid’s swing set to have?
    • Is it durable and sturdy?
    • What is its lifespan and does it have a warranty?
    • How many kids can play on the swing set?
    • What’s the appropriate age range?
    • Can you attach a toddler swing to the set so your kids can grow into it?
  4. Customer Reviews: Whether you are purchasing a swing set online or checking them out in a store, it’s a good idea to see what other people have said about the outdoor toy you’re interested in. Check out the pros and cons in the reviews and also look at how many customers have reviewed the product.
  5. Color scheme: Like we said before, most of our swing sets have a natural colors and designs. Depending on your preference, you may want your swing set to blend well with its surroundings or stand out.

Outdoor play is essential for childhood development and making adventures memorable, which is why picking the best swing set for your little ones is so important.

Do you have any tips you would recommend to families looking for swing sets?