Check it Out! Products You Can Use: Outdoor Fun
Playing outside provides children with a sense of freedom and the stimulation only a natural environment can provide. But there’s one play product that totally thrives outdoors—balls.
Playing with balls offers boundless opportunities for kids to learn the laws of nature and motion like gravity, trajectory, force and velocity. Children experience so much from engaging in ball games by rolling, bouncing, aiming, throwing, catching, hitting, blocking and balancing these little spheres of fun. Here’s a few or our favorites that can change any backyard, driveway or patio into a ballpark, bowling alley or golf course.
Clearly Sports Bowling, part of the Little Tikes Clearly Sports Collection builds eye-hand coordination, visual tracking skills and strengthens grasp and release abilities. Small balls inside clear pins make great reinforcing sounds when knocked over signaling, it’s a strike!
Clearly Sports Baseball has an extra wide barrel that increases the hitting area and success rate for a young rookie. The twisting and rotating needed to hit the ball helps lengthen and strengthen torso muscles. Colored ball (smartly stored in the clear plastic bat) are brightly colored and easy to spot.
Clearly Sports Golf helps kids refine key fine and gross motor skills. Again the golf balls store nicely in the golf club. Plus fetching the balls after hitting is a great way to encourage more exercise.
Waboba Balls by Waboba, Inc. takes to the water where these babies can bounce and float. Made to play in knee high to waist high water, kids get the added resistance the water provides when moving around to retrieve and toss. The weightlessness of the water can also provide more independence for children with physical disabilities.
Let your kids have a ball this summer while learning new skills, getting fit and enjoying the great outdoors.
Reviewed by Ellen Metrick, Director of Industry Relations & Partnerships, National Lekotek Center, firstname.lastname@example.org For information on Little Tikes products go to www.littletikes.com For information on Waboba Ball and other products appropriate for kids with special needs go to www.ableplay.org. AblePlay is a website sponsored by the National Lekotek Center, an authority on products appropriate for children with special needs at www.lekotek.org. Follow us on Facebook.
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