We all know that outside play is an essential ingredient to a healthy and happy childhood. While we would all love to have expansive backyards full of trees, rocks and water for our kids to explore, most of us have simple yards that don’t exactly inspire play. To help fix that we are sharing our top picks for the best minimalist outdoor toys that will encourage your kids to play outside for hours.
Outdoor Toys That Minimalist Families Love
Spending time outdoors is so important for our kids.
Have better sensory skills like balancing and depth perception
Maintain stronger immune systems
And let’s face it, spending all day inside isn’t good for any of us…especially if you are glued to a screen or device.
And while it would be great to live in a world where we could simply shout, “Hey kids, time to play outside!,” most children need a little motivation to get themselves out there.
As a minimal-ish mom people ask me all the time if I buy toys for my kids and my answer is always the same. Of course!
However, we are very intentional with our purchases and carefully select open-ended toys and try to choose toys that encourage outdoor play as much as possible.
When choosing toys you want to look for items that encourage movement and inspire creativity.
You also want the toy to be used in a variety of ways if possible, so that your child’s imagination is in control of exactly how the toy is played with.
So far this strategy has worked extremely well and our kids play outside every day.
Some may feel that purchasing toys for our kids is indulgent or excessive.
However, I honestly view many of these products as an investment in your child’s development and a gateway to help them establish a love of the outdoors and nature.
Do kids need toys in order to play outside?
Absolutely not, but the reality is that many of us live in suburban neighborhoods, apartments or urban housing developments that don’t have expansive backyard, fields or green spaces for kids to experience hours of unstructured play with rocks, mud and sticks.
If you are looking for some simple, old-fashioned toys to get your kids playing outside too, you are going to love this list!
Soak up some vitamin D as you use this fun parachute as a blanket, tent and more. Make the waves of the ocean or a rushing river. A classic toy that will provide tons of smiles and laughs as you create lasting memories in your own backyard.
Lauren Tingley is a formerly stressed out, working teacher-mom of two who tried to "do it all" and ended up losing herself in the process. Determined to find joy in modern motherhood she discovered simplifying was the answer. Now she shares her tips for fun family activities, minimalist homemaking and simple parenting advice on Simply Well Balanced for families looking to create more balance in their homes. Lauren's ideas and advice has been shared by Parents Magazine, Good Housekeeping and Women's First.Read more about me! Or follow me on Pinterest or Instagram
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