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Spring is finally here! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the grass is green. It's the perfect time to encourage your children to get OUTSIDE and get active! There are so many fun activities they can do, by themselves or with their friends. And you don't need to spend a lot of money on expensive gadgets or toys. Pop by the dollar store or your local toy store and grab a few cheap supplies. Here are our TOP 5 picks for outdoor fun toys this spring!



Sidewalk chalk

Let the kids take their artwork outside. There are endless possibilities for sidewalk chalk. Hopscotch is the first thing that comes to mind. Everyone loves playing that! Switch up the court and make your own design. Click here for the "official rules" of Hopscotch.

Get creative and start drawing: on the sidewalk, on the driveway, on the parking lot at school, even on the trampoline (make sure mom says it's okay first). Best part is that you don't have to clean up afterwards... just wait for the next rain to come and wipe your pallet clean!!


Skipping ropes

Skipping is fabulous exercise and good fun too! You can skip on your own (how fast can you go or how long can you skip for?) Or find a couple of friends and skip together. Remember all the old skipping songs from your childhood? My favourite was "Had a Little Sportscar"... click here for a bunch of skipping rhymes/songs. Or try learning double-dutch. That takes some skill and practice but it's so rewarding and fun once you can do it!


Balls (tennis balls, soccer balls, basketballs, baseballs, volleyballs)

Kids can spend hours and hours playing ball. Use a baseball to play catch, kick a soccer ball around the backyard, shoot some hoops with a basketball on your school playground or lop some tennis balls against the wall with a racquet (or on a court is you're lucky enough to have one close to where you live).


Go fly a kite!

Kites are amazing but they require a bit of patience, lots of perseverance and of course some wind! It's a huge sense of accomplishment when a child gets their kite airborne for the first time. Look at it go... way up in the sky. Dancing in the breeze!! Just watch out for wires and trees.


Blowing Bubbles

There's something mesmerizing about bubbles! Get some from the dollar store (or better yet, make your own... here's an easy recipe to use) and take them out on a beautiful day. Fill the neighbourhood with bubbles. Floating through the sky, glistening colours in the sun, chase them, pop them, catch them if you can! ENJOY