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We’re Kids Too: My Favorite Superhero

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by Matt

When we were little, we believed that having specials powers made someone a superhero. When we were little, we fell in love with all the superheroes such as Batman, Superman, Spiderman and many more. I too idolized these characters when I was little. I could be found watching all of the major Saturday morning superhero cartoon shows before doing chores (of course). I still enjoy those same superheroes to this day, but there is one superhero I never read about in the comic books, never saw on the cartoon television shows or at the box office. For me, that superhero is my Dad.

As a young boy, my father was constantly instilling his super powers in me. I didn’t know what his super powers were at the time, but I have come to notice them over the past few years, especially now that I have started my journey into the workforce. My father exemplified the habit of always giving his all to everything. He also showed me that in order to have the nice things in life, one has to work hard for them. At first, I didn’t buy into these theories. After all, Batman had nice things and he didn’t work too hard for them.

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But as I get older, I recognize that my dad not only spoke of the habits that bring success, he models them. He has proven that hard work and doing your absolute best, like he always encouraged me to do, will help you succeed in life. He has been very successful at his career and has never failed at anything he has tried. My dad has worked extremely hard to support our family and has always been there for me, especially now as I encounter my first time experiences of adulthood. My father is my strength to work hard and my inspiration to succeed. I now know that my father is the superhero I have always wanted to become. All he’s missing is the cape.

About Matt
BioPhotoMatt is a major sports fanatic. Whether it is cheering on the Cleveland Indians or hitting the links at the local golf courses, he can usually be found browsing for new additions to his baseball card collection. He also enjoys traveling and is hoping to visit all 50 of the United States someday. Matt is a Marketing Associate at Step2.

FriDIY: Backyard Obstacle Course

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Are you and your kids ready to splash, run, crawl, jump and shoot? In honor of Backyard Games Week we decided to create an obstacle course at our HQs that you can recreate in your own backyard. This obstacle course is perfect for Memorial Day Weekend because it will keep toddlers and preschoolers busy during barbecues. All you need is seven materials and you’ll be done in six easy steps, so let’s get started.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  1. Write “START” in chalk near your child’s water table.
  2. Place number stickers on the bottom of the water toys that are floating around in the activity table. When your toddlers pick up one of the water toys, ask them to flip it over to find a number. This number will be used at the end of the obstacle course. For this part of the activity, we made the numbers out of colored tape and put them on the bottom of rubber ducks.
  3. Create arrows to lead preschoolers and toddlers to the different parts of the obstacle course. We taped duct tape to the grass to create the arrows (this step is optional).
  4. Push two cattails or chopsticks into the ground parallel to one another 30 to 40 inches apart. Bend the pool noodles slightly and slide each side onto the sticks. Repeat this step until you have a noodle tunnel for kids to crawl through.
  5. With your leftover noodles, make a “ladder” to lie on the ground. Cut a pool noodle into three parts to create the bars and tape them to two longer parallel noodles. Kids can crawl the ladder after exiting the tunnel or they can get up and jump over the bars of the ladder like a game of hopscotch.
  6. Write “FINISH” near the basketball hoop. Remember the toy from the water table with the number on the bottom? Whichever number was on the toy is how many baskets little sports lovers should to try to make to finish the obstacle course.

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This backyard adventure encourages kids to spend time outside and benefits their minds and bodies. We hope you and your family have just as much fun creating this activity as you will have playing with it.

Have you ever created a backyard obstacle course? If so, we would love to hear your ideas and stories!

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

7 Fun Ideas for Backyard Games Week

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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?