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By Step2 on April 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Outdoor Toys
Remember how fun it was to climb trees as a kid, feeling like you were atop the world? Now as mothers, we cringe to even think about our kids at the top of that old oak tree in the back yard. Surely there’s a safe way to let our kids be adventurous and experience that same sense of exhilaration that we experienced.
Climber toys offer kids ages two and older a chance to explore without the danger of extreme heights and weak branches. These sturdy outdoor play area toys are made of durable plastic and are designed with stairs and slides and places to tunnel, among other features. Your child will get plenty of opportunity to be an outdoor explorer with a climber.
Celebrating Earth Day Everyday
Climber and slide toys are also a good way to make your child aware of the environment and to learn to enjoy spending time outdoors. With childhood obesity a growing problem in the United States, finding enjoyable ways to be active are important. As the climbers are designed in earth tones to resemble trees and shrubs, you can also use these toys as a segue to teaching your children about real live trees and how the many ways they help the environment.
By Step2 on November 7th, 2011 | Posted in Hints and Tips
With winter fast approaching, play will be moving indoors before you know it (if it hasn’t already!). One of our customers came up with a great idea for moving her kids’ outdoor toys inside. As a mom of three, all under the age of seven, who lives in Sacramento, California, she is faced with entertaining her children during six winter months of chilly and rainy weather and four months of insufferable hot weather. She has a great yard with many outdoor toys, but they can only be used for about two months.
Feeling that interactive play is important to her kids, she came up with a neat idea for continuing play indoors.
She brought the kids’ sand and water table inside. To protect her home from water damage, and her vacuum from self-destructing, she replaced the sand with dried beans and the water with balls made of plastic. They squealed with delight at having this outdoor toy indoors and played together for hours.
Thinking that she was on to something she brought in a small climber and slide that are each made of plastic and easy to move. With two choices, the kids spend time with one toy and then moved to the other, preventing them from getting bored.
She also has a playhouse for the kids. Figuring that the family room was now more a playroom, she moved the playhouse in as well, after thoroughly cleaning the inside of leaves, webs and spiders.
Looks like she really was on to something as her kids now want to know if their pool can come inside too! She won’t go as far as to bring that inside, but is happy that her kids can now continue playing with some of their favorite outdoor toys inside this winter.
The tornadoes that hit the South this Spring impacted many people, including children. Play areas were destroyed impacting children’s ability to go out, play and just be kids.
In an effort to help the victims of the tornadoes, Step2 teamed up with Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S.) to donate 23 slides. Step2 is proud to partner with this organization, which brings hope and self-esteem to more than 4.5 million children and their families each year by providing new clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books and juvenile products donated by manufacturers and retailers.
The donations are distributed through a network of nearly 1,000 local community social service agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The efforts of K.I.D.S. reach children who are challenged by poverty, homelessness, domestic abuse, low literacy, military family service, major illness, incarcerated family members and disaster survival.
For more information about K.I.D.S., or to find our how you can help, please visit http://www.kidsdonations.org/