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It's painfully hot right now where my family lives, but we try to go outdoors at least a few evenings a week to keep our kids moving. Nothing helps encourage activity more than a toy that's fun to ride, push or play on. Following are some outdoor toy ideas to keep your kids active during the summer.
Radio Flyer Cyclone
Move aside, bicycles. Kids sit on the Radio Flyer Cyclone and give their arms a workout. The 360-degree spinning action, as well as the ability to move forward or backward, makes it especially fun. Both of my kids (5-year old girl; 7-year-old boy) absolutely love zooming up and down the street. Watching them spin in circles makes me a little queasy, but kids don't seem to have the motion sickness issues we adults often develop. One of the kids in our neighborhood is 3 years old and she got the hang of it quickly, and my 7-year-old son enjoys it, so I think the suggested age range is very accurate.
- Ages: 3-7 years old
- Weight capacity: 69 pounds
- Adjusts four full sizes to make them last; options are sizes 2-5; 5-8; Y11-1
- Closure system makes putting them on and taking them off easy
Radio Flyer Ziggle
- Ages: 3-8 years old
- Weight capacity: 81 pounds
Slip 'N Slide
- Ages 5-12
- 15-foot water slide
- Includes two inflatable Slide Boogies for easy sliding
And for you...
Radio Flyer Build-a-Wagon
If you're looking for a way to stay active yourself this summer, hauling the little ones around the neighborhood in a wagon is an option. When I was a kid, I had a shiny red Radio Flyer and while that classic toy was great, the new and improved version that doesn't result in burns on the backs of little legs from hot metal is pretty sweet. In fact, the newer Build-a-Wagon allows you to customize it with 150 different combinations, including options like canopies, umbrellas, speakers, seat pads, storage sets and more.