When we think of ourdoor play, most of us feel as if it was “A long time ago in a society far, far away….” that we were actually able to enjoy that!
That’s how it can feel for many older parents and grandparents who did not grow up with video games, cell phones, and MTV. It wasn’t that long ago in terms of galactic time that kids had just three network TV stations to watch and maybe a local channel or two.
Gaming wasn’t a thing, but playing board and card games were. And, for many, being told to “Go outside and play” was a constant refrain from our parents.
And, of course, some things never change.
Go Outside and Play – It’s Spring!
While there is some controversy around the effects of excessive video exposure, whether from movies, games, or simply the Internet in the form of YouTube, Tik Tok, and other platforms, it affects us.
And many parents understand this intuitively. A recent survey, for example, noted that,
“Overall, parents surveyed say gaming often gets in the way of other aspects of their teen’s life, such as family activities and interactions (46%), sleep (44%), homework (34%), friendship with non-gaming peers (33%) and extracurricular activities (31%). ‘Although many parents believe video games can be good for teens, they also report a number of negative impacts of prolonged gaming,’ says Mott Poll co-director and Mott pediatrician Gary Freed, MD, MPH.”
Another source states that, according to a 2021 survey, the average daily time spent playing video games among teens aged between 13 and 18 years old is 55 minutes on video consoles in the United States.
And it’s not just gaming.
The Center for Parenting Education points out that It’s estimated that kids and teens between the ages of 8 to 28 spend about 44.5 hours each week in front of digital screens. In addition, about 23 percent of kids and teens report that they actually feel as if they have addictions to video games, and that breaks down to 31 percent of males and 13 percent of females.
Depending on how you feel about it, one great alternative- or antidote – is to get your kids outdoors to play. And springtime is a great time to do that, especially with some great toys to encourage outdoor play.
Outdoor Play Means Great Outdoor Toys
When it comes to toys for outdoor play, many come to mind, like bubble toys, Nerf guns, jump ropes, and sidewalk chalk.
Others that have become increasingly popular over the recent years include RC toys such as RC cars and RC boats.
And some toys are just made for being played with outdoors.
Like kites, for example. While your four-year-old might want to fly one in the living room, the backyard and the park are the places to be!
At Fundemonium, we have flocks of kites that are sure to appeal to every child’s idea of what’s “cool.”
A unique choice is the beautiful and tiny Butterfly Kite shaped like a real butterfly; this charming kite comes in various colors, just like real butterflies. Other kids will be inspired to fly with their own 23-inch wide dragon or fairy Fantasy Flyer kite, while others will thrill at launching a SkyTails® Sky Delta kite featuring images of their favorite animation characters and spanning three and a half feet across.
When Outdoor Play Means Being on All Fours
Of course, playing outside for many kids means getting “down and dirty” playing in the grass, sandboxes, or just plain, ol’ dirt!
Generations of kids have managed to bring some of the backyard inside with them after spending hours in gritty, outdoor play with their favorite Tonka trucks. And Fundemonium can help carry on that tradition with our great selection of these venerable steel toys.
Choose from the Mighty Steel Dump Truck, the Classic Steel Front Loader, and the Tonka Bulldozer, or, better yet, get one of each and outfit an entire construction crew with these heavy-duty trucks built for hours (and years!) of tough and rugged imaginative outdoor play.
For outdoor builders ages three and up, these vehicles help provide limitless play patterns that encourage little ones to take on new tasks, go on their own rugged adventures, and have hours and hours of tough fun.
Outdoor Play Also Means Games
Outdoor games like Basket Heads from Wicked Big Sports requires four friends or family members to play. One person in each two-person team attaches a basket to his or her head, and then their partner tries to get all four balls into the basket before the other team can
Springtime can get warm. And that’s a great reason for water games!
And a cool blast from the past is the Speed Blast Water Slide from Banzai is reminiscent of the plastic water slide toys many of us played with as kids ourselves, only better! This 16-foot-long slideway of fun is over two feet wide and is made of heavy-duty PVC material. Simply stake it down with the ground stakes and attach it to any water hose.
For many more great outdoor play toys and games, visit our Outdoor Toys department online or come by and see us in person!
Great Outdoor Toys That are Fun and Inspiring
There is no need to search for a “toy store near me” or local game stores for the best source for great outdoor toys. Just make a quick trip to the best toy store in Rohnert Park – Fundemonium!
You’ll discover dozens of intriguing and engaging outdoor toys for spring at Fundemonium.
We carry many great toys and games that will encourage kids to get outdoors and benefit from time away from screens and have tons of fun doing it.
Fundemonium is more than a store – it’s a fun family experience where families and fans of science and technology can meet and explore all the fun ways to enjoy them. And Fundemonium is also a safe and friendly place where adults and children of all ages can enjoy creative fun.
In addition to our great selection of creative and fun toys, we have tons of games, kits, and hobby products for your kids of all ages.
And you can be sure that our friendly and knowledgeable staff makes it their business to help you have fun.
We always do our best to quickly respond to website inquiries about card games (and more!), or you can also find answers to your questions by calling us at (707) 540-0701.
Just give us a call during our business hours if you’d like to speak directly with one of our Fundemoniacs.