Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

The ten best outdoor toys

1. Marks and Spencer
If there's two things kids love playing with outside, it's sand and water. This table has room for both and comes with spinning wheels, waterfalls and scoops.
Price: £39.50, Marksandspencer.com
1. Marks and Spencer
If there's two things kids love playing with outside, it's sand and water. This table has room for both and comes with spinning wheels, waterfalls and scoops.
Price: £39.50, Marksandspencer.com
2. TP
Best Luxury Buy: The TP Challenger Climbing Frame Set with Monkey Bridge doesn't come cheap, but it's got all the bells and whistles - and its modular system with two adjustable heights means it grows with your child.
Price: £622, Johnlewis.co.uk
3. Little Tikes
Best Buy: The classic Cozy Coupe - now in production for more than 30 years - is hands-down the best outdoor toy ever invented for young children. The new GB version is finished in red, white and blue and sports a Union Jack on its roof.
Price: £59.99, Toysrus.co.uk
4. Plum
If you want a high-quality, sturdy activity centre for the young climber, My First PlayCentre - made from premium timber - is the business.
Price: £212.49, Mothercare.com
5. Great Little Trading Company
Why would you settle for a square sandpit, when you can get one which is in the shape of a sailing ship? There's plenty of sitting space for kids to create intricate sand sculptures and the sail helps keep the rain off.
Price: £145, Gltc.co.uk
6. Jump King
This high-quality 10ft trampoline is a steal at £99. The splinter-proof enclosure won't slacken over time and the size means it's suitable for older children, too.
Price: £99, Asda.com
7. Early Learning Centre
Best Budget Buy: We defy any child not to smile on this giant inflatable wheel, which allows children of all ages to walk or crawl along in hamster-style.
Price: £35, Elc.co.uk
8. Worlds Apart
The Pop N Fun play tent, whose designs include Thomas The Tank Engine and Disney Princess, lets children immerse themselves in endless fun outside - or inside, for that matter, in the event of rain.
Price: £39.99, Play.com
9. Hedstrom
Featuring a high-backed, moulded toddler seat and a rounded junior seat with adjustable ropes, this swing is suitable from six months to 10 years - and yet it's still under fifty quid.
Price: £49.99, 24studio.co.uk
10. Little Tikes
The Picnic on the Patio Playhouse is a dream come true for children who love to make believe. It boasts large windows, shutters, sink, stove and built-in picnic table. There's even a doorbell with six different sounds.
Price: £199.99, Argos.co.uk

Whether it’s a pretty playhouse or a sturdy swing, we’ve got the garden gear to keep your children safe, happy and out of your hair.



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