How is it May already? This year is running away with me ? it will be the summer holidays before I know it ? and with that in mind, this months review round-up is a showcase of some of the best outdoor toys to enjoy in the summer sunshine!
Bikes and trikes are always a winner no matter what the weather. Newcastle Family Life has a fantastic review of the rather awesome looking Fisher Price Charisma 3-in-1 trike which lasts from 10 months right through to 3 years. Real Mum Reviews really rates the Little Tikes 4-in-1 sports edition trike which is super flexible and can be used as a push along trike for the tiny ones and a more independent pedal trike as your child grows. For the slightly older tots, a balance bike is a great investment, and this Islabikes Rothan balance bike reviewed by Suburban Mum looks like a great choice ? I love the bright colour!
Scooters are another popular choice, for everything from school runs to park days. We adore our Kiddimoto U-Zoom scooter ? not only does it look pretty cool, but the easy lean technology and flashing wheels make it a hit with Max too! Over 40 and a Mum to One has a review of the ever popular Maxi Micro T-Bar foldable scooter from Micro Scooters. I have to say, a foldable scooter is invaluable when you have a toddler who wants you to carry it after a while!
If your little one prefers a different mode of transport, how about these SFR Camden inline skates as reviewed by Renovation Bay-Bee? I used to love skating, it?s such a fun way to get around. Another great option is the Little Tikes Cosy Coupe ? Mummy of 2+1 rates it highly, as do we. It is one of Max?s most played with toys! For the real thrill seekers, you could try the Zoingo Boingo as tried and tested by My Gorgeous Boys ? I quite fancy a go on this myself!
For the long summer afternoons in the garden, a playhouse is always a winner, and I love the look of this BillyOh Mad Dash Bunny playhouse reviewed by Rock and Roll Pussycat ? and I absolutely adore the blue paint job! We have a similar playhouse which we reviewed back in the winter, but it is still loved now ? they are perfect for all seasons!
Rock and Roll Pussycat also has a review of the fabulous looking Little Tikes Anchors Away pirate ship ? I can imagine there would be hours of fun with this one, and it?s so versatile too. You could use it with sand or water, or just as a dry play area. Garden games always offer brilliant family fun, and the Giant Connect 4 set can bring the whole family together ? Mother Geek has a great review of this one which shows that it can be used indoors on a rainy day too. We have always loved using our Giant Connect 4 game outside, and this year Max is just tall enough to reach the top and join in too, although little Eliza might still need some help! Life as Mum has tried out a few outdoor toys, such as a skipping rope and yo-yo, and enjoyed an afternoon of sports too! Bubbles are always a massive hit with kids (and adults), and I really, really want to try this Gazillion 33-in-1 Incredibubble wand that We?re going on an adventure have been trying out ? doesn?t it just look the best fun?! If you have a football lover, the Open Goaaal looks amazing, and solves that issue of balls over fences!
Finally, we have the big garden toys ? the ones that all children love, and the ones that all your neighbours children want a go on too! This Wickey climbing frame reviewed by Free From Farmhouse looks incredible ? I don?t think I would ever get my children off of it! Maybush Studio has a Plum Pyramid climbing frame video review, which is well worth a look if you are considering buying a toy of this sort. The Brick Castle have a fantastic looking Wickey Flip Sand Pit, which seems to have been a real hit with their children. I do love the wooden sand pits like this ? they are at just the right level for children to play. Emmy?s Mummy has a great review of the Hudor Seesaw/roundabout ? it reminds me of those great toys you get in the park! One of the best toys we have in the garden is a trampoline ? every child I have ever met loves a good bounce. Capture by Lucy has a great post about the Asda Sportspower 10ft trampoline, which comes in at under £100, and Mummy is a Gadget Geek has the Asda Direct Jump 10ft trampoline.
A special mention here for the BeBop 16ft water slide, reviewed by Capture by Lucy ? this looks epic, and I definitely want one of those in my garden!
I will be back with another review round-up next month ? this will focus on food and drink, so if you have a relevant post you would like me to consider, please let me know!
About Kate Fever
I am Kate and I blog at Family Fever (http://myfamilyfever.co.uk). My blog is a family, parenting and lifestyle blog, featuring everything from weaning and teething tips to home decoration, recipes and giveaways. I also run the weekly Tried & Tested linky, where people can share their reviews with others in the community – it’s so helpful to read real life reviews of things you are considering buying for yourself. I have 4 children myself, ranging in age from 9 down to 6 months, and I work from home as a blogger and freelance writer. I previously worked as a nursery assistant, and I love being able to bring creative play and activity ideas from that career into my blog life. There are plans for a new career on the horizon, so watch this space!