It can be so hard to separate older children from computer games and the tv screen and with Summer approaching, maybe it’s time to invest in a few outdoor toys that will tempt them outdoors! Last week I wrote a blog on ”Outdoor Toys for Younger Kids‘ so today I want to focus on toys that suit children over the age of eight. Here are ten that I’m happy to recommend and which won’t burst your bank. There is some overlap in toy ideas between this blog and last weeks one.
Juggling isn’t the easiest of skills to learn but our children have lots of time with no school and this could be a good challenge.
This woodwork project for children will give them a sense of pride once they have built it and painted it (paints included). It’s a great way to spark an interest in birds.
This is the type of skipping rope where two people turn the rope and one or more people get to jump in it. It’s great for getting children to play together and to exercise together.
These are outdoor fidget toys. Simply flip the bowl shaped ‘hiphop jump’ inside out and drop it on the ground. Upon landing, it will flip back and in so doing, will catapult into the air. These little toys can shoot high and fast. They will have everyone impressed and wanting a go!
Teach your child how to navigate his/her way through forests or the countryside with a simple but effective compass.
For fun in the evenings, this Adventurer’s Headlight is perfect for camping trips or cycling home in the dark.
Often we give skipping ropes to younger children who can’t manage to coordinate jumping and turning the rope. Older children are more capable to doing this and making up fun jumping tricks and routines.
8. Flower Press
Allow your child to pick some flowers and press them with this retro Flower Press.
Build this little insect hut and watch and wait. Before you know it, it will house ladybirds, solitary bees and other bugs!
These kites are great as they have no poles so they pack away small and they are perfect for a windy day.
As kids get older, their interests get more refined. I know some children just need a football and others need nothing, just friends to chat with. But for those that need something else, I hope this blog has helped spark some ideas and I hope you and your older children get to have lots of fun outdoors this summer. If none of these toys appeal to you, you can find my full range of outdoor toys here.