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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Outdoor Toys Made in America

tricycle-made-in-americaSummer time is finally here and time to get those outdoor toys out! When my kids were growing up their favorite outdoor toys were their tricycles and bicycles. They would ride around the neighborhood for hours just stopping long enough to get a Popsicle or a drink. Riding bicycles is great exercise for kids and FUN! There are a lot of benefits to writing a bicycle it helps develop strength, balance and overall fitness.

Bicycles aren’t the only fun outdoor toy there are so many different games and toys. Fling-A-Ring is a great backyard game for kids and adults. Fling-A-Ring is a cross between horseshoes (except light and safe), disc golf (without needing a course), and the good old fashion “Jarts” (minus the sharp points and lawsuits).

Research shows children should be actively playing at least 60 minutes a day. Spending time outdoors raises levels of Vitamin D which helps protect children from future bone problems, heart disease and other problems. Outdoor play lowers a child’s within minutes of seeing green spaces. I thought that was really interesting I know at least 4 of my grandchildren’s favorite color is green. The average American child spends 44 hours per week (more than 6 hours a day!) staring at some kind of electronic screen. That’s just crazy!

We need to get our kids and grand-kids out playing, using their imagination instead of being dependent on TV, Video games, IPads and so on!

fling-a-ring

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