Simple, Fun Basketball System Games for Kids

4/22/17 7:00 AM / by Swingset & Toy Warehouse posted in outdoor games, basketball hoops, outdoor activities, creative ideas

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As we write this, we’re in the midst of March Madness and the end of the college basketball season.

But for the potential NCAA stars of tomorrow, or kids who just like shooting baskets at the family basketball hoops in their driveways, the season is just getting underway.

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We have several months of warm weather to look forward to, which makes this the perfect time to put together this sequel to last year’s list of basketball games for kids.

Here are five basketball games for children of all skill levels. Give them a try when the outdoor play season kicks into high gear.

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Swing Set Activities

4/15/17 3:00 PM / by Swingset & Toy Warehouse posted in outdoor games, backyard fun, outdoor activities, creative ideas, Parenting tips

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There's more to outdoor play on your swing set than just swinging back and forth.

Spend enough time reading parenting blogs – the way we do – and you'll see that there are a lot of fun, developmental activities for kids that involve swing sets.

Whether you’re a fan of vinyl or wooden swing sets, there's something on this list from The Inspired Treehouse to help your child grow and have fun.

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Kids Who Play Outside Excel - Learn Why

4/8/17 1:28 PM / by Swingset & Toy Warehouse posted in outdoor games, backyard fun, outdoor activities, creative ideas, healthy choices, Parenting tips

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Returning to NatureYour children are home from school. They’re out on the wooden swing set in your backyard, or engaged in some sort of outdoor play.

The school day may be done, but in a way, they’re still in the classroom. That’s because spending time outdoors helps them learn and grow.

“Green environments are an essential component of a healthy human habitat,”: says Dr. Frances Ming Kuo, an internationally-recognized expert in the relationship between nature and human health.

She uses the term “Vitamin G” (as in “green”) to illustrate how important it is to spend time outdoors. Just like vitamins A or D (which you also get from spending time outside), being in nature is something we need in regular doses.

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Motivating Unmotivated Kids: Outdoor Literacy Ideas

4/1/17 11:09 AM / by Swingset & Toy Warehouse posted in outdoor games, backyard fun, family-fun, outdoor activities, Education, creative ideas, Parenting tips

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Motivating Unmotivated Kids

Reading is fundamental.

It's an idea that's so important that there's a non-profit – RIF – based on those three words.

And for some kids, reading is not only fundamental, it's also fun. They're happy to spend a few hours getting lost in the worlds of Harry Potter or Harriet the Spy. Some of them read these books and go on to create stories of their own.

But for other kids, reading is a chore. But there are ways to motivate your child to read while they're still young, including making it part of their regular outdoor play time.

We turned to the British website Nurture Store, the parenting blog Childhood 101 and Growing Book by Book, an online guide for encouraging literacy, to get some ideas for outdoor games designed to get kids interested in reading and writing.

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