Category Archives: Outdoor Toys

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

Car Wash for Kid’s Riding Toys

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Now that spring is here and the sun is shining, it is time to clean your car. Your little ones can be just like mom and dad by driving their foot-to-floor ride-on cars through the toy car wash with the help of five simple materials and four easy steps. Let’s get started and make your kid’s riding toy shine!

What you’ll need:

  • A large box (we used a box with the following dimensions: 37” H x 27” W 38” D)
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Streamers
  • Markers
  1. Gather your materials*
  2. Design the outside of box with markers or other writing materials of your choice
  3. Cut the roll of streamers and start taping them to the inside middle of the box
  4. Continue to tape the streamers to the inside middle of the box until they cover from side to side

*For illustrative purposes, we placed the scissors in the Easy Turn Coupe. However, we strongly suggest not placing sharp objects in or near your child’s ride-on.

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Kids can now begin driving through their toy car wash to keep their ride-on squeaky clean all year long! After their car is clean, kids can also use their DIY gas can to fill up their tank.
 

Manufacturer’s Note: Please make sure children are the recommended age to play with the product featured in this blog post.

Craft Toy Boat for Water Tables!

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Ahoy matey! We have a special DIY craft that will go great with your kid’s splash-tastic adventures this spring and summer. Thanks to Inner Child Fun, we were inspired to make a toy boat out from materials that you can find around the house.  We put this boat together with just five materials! Let’s get started:

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What you’ll need:

  • Three wine corks
  • Toothpicks
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper (card stock or multipurpose)
  • Markers and/or crayons

toy boat instructions

  1. Cut a triangle out of the corner of the paper to make the flag and have your little one color the flag
  2. Wrap a rubber band twice around the three corkscrews on one side. Repeat on other side.
  3. Cut the rubber bands and tie them together to make the rope for the boat (make it as long or as short as you  would like)
  4. Place the rope underneath the two rubber bands that are currently holding the boat base together and tie the “rope” to the rubber bands
  5. Cut the pointed top of the tooth pick so little ones do not poke themselves with the flag pole during play time
  6. Poke two holes into the flag and slide the toothpick through and place the flag on the middle corkscrew. Now your kids can begin sailing their DIY toy boat!


You and your kids will have a blast making this toy boat. Not only does making this craft encourage kids to get creative by designing their own flag, but once the final product is complete, kids can race their toy boats in their water table, bathtub or pool.

We hope you had as much fun making this FriDIY toy boat as we did!

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Manufacturer’s Note: Please make sure children are the recommended age to play with the product featured in this blog post.

Splash Up Some Love for Saving Tiny Hearts

For almost six years, Step2 has partnered with the Saving Tiny Hearts Society (StHS) to raise money  to fund research  around congenital heart defects (CHD). CHD is the number one birth defect in the United States and the world, and is also the most fatal childhood disease. A child is born with CHD every 15 minutes and 100,000 of them will not survive to celebrate their first birthday.  Thousands more will not make it to adulthood.  Research can change those numbers and that is why we are committed to this cause and have been for such a long time.

Two and a half years ago, the Step2 family was also personally impacted  by CHD.  Tena the Director of Online Marketing has a son named Myles who was born with CHD. In the first seven months of Myles’ life, he underwent three heart surgeries and one heart catheterization. Myles will have one more surgery before he is ready to go off to kindergarten.

Since learning about Myles’ diagnoses during her 20 week ultrasound, StHS has offered Tena and her family hope, support, and information about the importance of CHD research. We appreciate StHS and consider them an extension of our family at Step2.  Saving tiny Hearts has raised $2 million in last nine years for CHD research.  They have no paid employees and $0.98 of every dollar raised is put into research efforts.

Each year, we try to find new and creative ways to raise money for StHS..  In 2014, we will be donating a portion of the sales from each Tropical Island Resort to StHS. Also, the packaging of the product features a very special guest that is near and dear to our hearts – Myles! You can check him out rocking his scar on the packaging of this product along with the StHS logo.  This product is available online or in-store at Walmart.

Saving Tiny Hearts

When you decide to purchase the Tropical Island Resort you will not only be buying a splash-tastic water table for your kiddos, but you’ll also be supporting a cause to save the lives of tiny heart superheroes all over the world.

Find out more information on how you can help support this worthy cause by visiting StHS’s website.