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Encourage some Outdoor Play with these Retro Toys

With the weather improving, it’s time to encourage our children to go outdoors again and with very little investiment, you can have them playing the way you did, when you were a child. How many of the toys below spark memories of your childhood?

A Kite – €8

Miniature Pocket Kite
Pocket Kites available in 3 colours

I remember flying kites as a child. I even remember attempting to make a kite with sticks and a brown paper bag! The pocket kites that I stock are one of my best selling toys. They don’t have poles, so they aren’t easily broken and they are nice and small/light making them easy to bring on days out to the beach or park. They come in little draw-string storage bags.

A Bag with Gardening Tools – €24.50

Gardening bag and tools
Gardening bag and tools

This heavy duty child’s gardening bag comes with 6 wooden/metal gardening tools and a plastic watering can that doubles as a spray bottle for watering the plants/vegetable your child grows.

Chalks – from €2.25

Sidewalk Chalk for Streets and Pavements
Sidewalk Chalk for Streets and Pavements

Chunky chalks are great for creative kids, no matter what age. I stock a box that has 15 Street Chalks for €4.75 and a smaller box of 6 Sidewalk Chalks for €2.25

Small Box of Street Chalks
Small Box of Street Chalks

A Return-Ball – €3.99

Game Time Return Ball
Game Time Return Ball

“Game Time” return balls are tennis balls that have an elastic thread attached to them. The other end of the thread is attached to a wrist band. The aim is that instead of having to have a second person to catch the ball and throw it back, the elastic does the job and your child can learn to throw and catch on their own.

Skipping Ropes starting from €3.99

Whether you are looking for a one person skipping rope, a longer version for several kids to play together with, or a French skipping rope, you’ll find them on my website. I have 3 types of single wooden handle skipping ropes. The first is with a plain wooden handle but with various coloured ropes to choose from, the second has pink handles with flowers on it and the third have handles designed like bees.

Selection of Skipping Ropes available on www.toysandgames.ie

A Flying Ring – €1.99

Flying Rings frisbee
Flying Rings Frisbee

You can’t go wrong with one of these flying rings. Again, they are perfect for bringing on a day trip to the beach or a park.

A Compass – €2.60

Metal Adventurer's Compass
Metal Adventurer’s Compass

Teach your child how to navigate with one of these cool little compasses.

A Magnifying Glass or Bug Viewer – starting from €3

A Magnifying Glass or Bug Viewer

These little toys will help your child see small details on plants and insects.

A Torch – starting from €2.50

Different Torches available on www.toysandgames.ie

Whether it’s a LED headlight, an animal print wind up torch that doesn’t need batteries, or a little LED keyring torch – I have something to suit most kids who like going exploring.

A Flower Press – €9

mini retro flower press
Mini Retro Wooden Flower Press

Press your own flowers and then make some pictures and cards with them. These flower presses make lovely gifts.

Well, how many did you have as a child? I had 3 but would have loved at least six of them!

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