Outdoor Play: a Great Way for Kids to get Outside and using Their Imagination©

Written by Valerie Giles

"Summer is a wonderful time of year when children can enjoy lots of fresh air and outdoor play. There is certainly no shortage of excellent activities, toys and accessories to entertain and inspire children of all ages."

Some ofrepparttar favorite activities among kids include; bubbles, inflatable bouncers and play sets, kites and wind spinners, outdoor furniture, playhouses and play tents, pools and water fun, and sandboxes and beach toys.

Bubbles are one of those outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by babies to adults. Blowing bubbles has never had quite so many options to choose from as it does today. There are plastic bubble lawn mowers, bubble catchers, bubble vision glasses, bubble wands, bubble lights, wands for small to super huge bubbles, no spill bubble buckets, monster bubble blowers, bubble blizzards (that blow nonstop bubbles) and bubble blowers available in popular fictional characters and a myriad of colors and styles. Blowing bubbles is an inexpensive way to have hours of outdoor fun.

One ofrepparttar 144435 most exciting types of play for young children involves usingrepparttar 144436 wide variety of inflatable bouncers and play sets onrepparttar 144437 market. Your backyard will berepparttar 144438 center of activity if you set up one of these wonderful toys. Inflatable bouncers can be purchased in several different sizes from large (9 feet by 9 feet by 6 feet high) able to accommodate several children to small bouncers that only hold two children. Deluxe bouncers offer a fun and safe play environment with continuous air flow for safety and puncture resistant heavy gauge vinyl. There is a wide selection of designs such as castles, popular fictional character themes, inflatable fire engines, school buses, climbing walls, inflatable cars, inflatable play centers and playhouses. Several ofrepparttar 144439 inflatable toys come with soft balls included for tossing, kicking and pushing around withinrepparttar 144440 structure.

Kites, wind spinners and windsocks are a wonderful way for you and your child to interact and enjoy a lovely outdoor activity. The beautiful colors, designs and sizes available will surely be remembered for years to come. Kites can be purchased in an endless array of designs to include; airplanes with spinning propellers, helicopters, birds (flamingos and parrots), sharks, dolphins, butterflies, hummingbirds, fish, dragons, cellular box kites, dolphin kites, sailboats, cellular kites, diamond kites, parasail kites and tri-planes to only name a few. Wind spinners and windsocks come in as many designs as dorepparttar 144441 kites, in an assortment of fantastic colors and patterns.

Children can enjoyrepparttar 144442 same comfort that adults do when it comes to outdoor furniture. Whether it be having lunch at their favorite plastic or wooden picnic table or lounging back in their adirondack chair, itís always fun for them to be just like mom or dad. Other adorable pieces of childrenís outdoor furniture can include; playhouses (complete with doorbell and motion detector), patio sets (with umbrella, table and chairs), fabric patio chairs, plastic mushroom tables, play lemonade stands, plastic mailboxes, plastic stone benches and folding armchairs.

Playhouses provide children with hours of imaginative and pretend play. There is nothing more special to a child than having their own little imaginary home to dream and role play in. Playhouses will often be a part of backyard outdoor toys in either plastic or wooden designs with climbers and swings. Some ofrepparttar 144443 plastic playhouses are available with sounds such as doorbells, phones and motion detectors. Plastic playhouses can be purchased in pirate, cottage, log cabin, mushroom house and camper styles.

Purrfectly Simple Cat Mat & Toys

Written by Kara Kelso

Purrfectly Simple Cat Mat & Toys

You've seenrepparttar expensive cat beds in stores and maybe even purchased one or two for your favorite feline. But if they immediately turned their nose away from it, or you are looking for a more cost effective and less bulky bed, read on.

Louella's Goodies recently sent me a cat nip cat mat and 2 toys for my 5 loveable cats. As soon as I sat down to openrepparttar 144428 package, my kids' cat Boo was immediately on my desk to see what was inrepparttar 144429 bag. When I pulled outrepparttar 144430 square mat and put it onrepparttar 144431 floor, he was all over it (and under it too!). After playing on it for a few minutes, Taz came to see what this new thing was. He too spent several minutes rolling around and nibbling onrepparttar 144432 mat.

It's now been about a week since we've hadrepparttar 144433 mat, and whilerepparttar 144434 scent has faded and they don't go quite as crazy, Boo and 2 of our kittens have claimed this mat as their new bed. They absolutely LOVE it.

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