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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?

 

Spring into Play With Step2’s New 2014 Toys

Products provide hours of creative outdoor fun all season long

STREETSBORO, Ohio – February 12, 2014 – Spring is in the air and the Step2 Company is delivering new products that will make little ones eager to play outside. From new water and sand tables to climbers and light-up basketball sets, Step2’s new spring line is designed to enrich imaginations and expand creativity.

“Since day one, our mission has been to develop safe, top-notch products that allow children to explore, discover, create, pretend and build greater social skills.  Our new products stay true to this mission,” explains Jerry McDermott, Step2’s chief marketing officer. “Step2 toys are focused on helping kids develop what they need to be healthy and happy contributors to our world.”

With features that encourage simple play and complex learning, Step2’s newest spring products nurture the mind, body and heart of children. Water and sand tables offer updated features for open water play that stimulate the senses and encourage imaginative play. Step2®’s newest climbers, playhouses and light-it-up basketball sets promote physical activity and multi-kid play!

Step2 is turning up the fun and helping children build social and motor skills with these new toys that create enjoyable play experiences for everyone.

  • Wild Whirlpool Water Table™: Imagine the adventures children will encounter with this water table.  The power of the spinning wheel creates a water vortex that takes children to a wet and wild world that includes sea creatures and a boat. (MSRP $39.99)
  • Water Works Water Table™: Children will watch and explore the workings of chain reactions while having fun with the Water Works Water Table™. Water pours through the center funnel and filters into various outlets allowing children to use the accessories to carve new paths for the water. (MSRP $39.99; Target Exclusive)
  • Duck Pond Water Table™: This playful water table will turn your backyard into a day at the park. Children will laugh in delight as they take turns sending the ducks down the slide and launching the frog into the pond! (MSRP $34.99)
  • High Seas Adventure Sand & Water Table with Umbrella™: Imaginations will run wild as children take on a high-seas sailing adventure with this new sand and water table. Kids will take turns powering the water-propelled ship while sending the pirate figures off the plank! (MSRP $69.99)
  • Sand Castle Play Table™: Build sand castles right in your backyard with this play table. The elevated sand table provides hours of creative fun all season long allowing children to develop fine motor skills to dig, build and knock down their sand creations! (MSRP $39.99; Target Exclusive)

With spring ushering in warm weather, climbers and playhouses are sure to be provide an environment that encourages physical activity while inspiring imaginative play!

  • The Alpine Ridge Climber and Slide™ (MSRP $299.99; Toys“R”Us Exclusive) is the perfect climber for active kids who enjoy climbing wall adventures. The five climbing walls complete with grips, holes and steps to assist your climber will promote coordination, balance and strength during active play!
  • Meanwhile, children will be in awe as they roll the colorful balls through the zig-zag maze into the ball pit on the Play Ball Fun Climber™ (MSRP $99.99). The Great Outdoors Playhouse™ (MSRP $199.99; Toys“R”Us Exclusive)features a large open floor plan for all-around play. Complete with working water pump and paddle wheel, grill, mail slot, bird house and flower box, this playhouse will have your kids eager to move in!

Additionally, Step2 is introducing two new basketball sets.  Kids will want to show off their skills in front of mom and dad as they elevate their game and take it to the hoop with the Light-It-Up Junior Basketball Set™ (MSRP $49.99) and Light-It-Up Pro Basketball Set™ (MSRP $59.99) available at Toys“R”Usstores and online. Featuring a large backboard, electronic light-up rainbow rim with sound, real woven net and expandable rim and pole, these basketball sets support gross motor skill development and are designed to grow with your child.

Made in America and backed by a three-year warranty, the new spring products are available for purchase at Step2.com and select retailers including Target, Walmart and Toys”R”Us. For more information, visit www.Step2.com.