When the sun is shining there is nothing we like more than getting outdoors and having some fun. We were thrilled to be invited by Toyz World along to their BeBopfun event at Hatton. The Kids had a very important job to....play on bouncy castles!
There were two bouncy castles waiting to be bounced on over in a field and the kids couldn't wait to get stuck in.
There was much fun and laughter to be had!
Toyz World had created a survey asking parents if their children spent more or less time playing outside than they used to when they were kids and more than half of them agreed that it was less. It's a new generation, one ruled by screens and computers where kids are more likely to interact online than they are in the playground.
Does this mean that children are losing their sense of adventure? All you have to do is take your kids outside to play and you will see their imaginations spark up and the adventure appear. I wrote about this recently when I had to persuade my reluctant (and to be fair, not very well) nine year old to come out with us to visit a local outdoor attraction. Once we arrived she forgot about everything and immersed herself into a world of wonder and imagination, at the same time getting some well needed fresh air into her lungs.
When I was a child there was no technology like there is today (no seriously, it was THAT long ago) and I spent most of my time outdoors, even if it was just in the garden with my nose in a book. I like to ensure my children keep a balance. They can have time on the computer, but if the sun shines then they should be playing out too.
ToyzWorld sell some fabulous outdoor toys and their bouncy castles are really great.
The two that my children helped to test out at Hatton were the the BeBop Spin Combo and the BeBop Fortress. Both had great slides which the kids loved and areas you could put balls or water. All the kids just couldn't wait to get bouncing.
The bouncy castles can be purchased from Toyz world and come with a fan to inflate them as well as a carry bag and repair kit. They also have anchor pegs to keep them in place.
At just under £400 each the price is not inflated (sorry, couldn't resist the pun!) but if it did seem expensive you could always pool with neighbours or family members and share.
So, do you agree that children don't spend enough time outdoors these days? What do you do to encourage your children to play out? I bet if you asked them they would love their own bouncy castle, I know mine would!
Disclosure: We were invited to Hatton to try out the bouncy castle for Toys World, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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