Getting my teens and tweens outside to play is not always as easy as it once was. When they were little it was enough to open the door when they were restless and they would eagerly scamper out to stare at the clouds, dig in the dirt or build fairy houses out of leaves and sticks. Now when I suggest going outside as an antidote to their restlessness I am met with gloomy sighs of “There’s nothing to do”.
It’s not that they are being difficult, they genuinely struggle to come up with things to do outside now that imagining a plot for why the faeries need new houses or the knights must go off on a quest does not come quite so easily. They need a purpose for being outside. I have found that investing in outside toys is just as important for my teens as it is for my four year old!
Here are 10 toys that give teens and tweens something to do out side, alone or with friends!
Outdoor Toys for Teens and Tweens:
You’re never to old for a comfortable swing; this swing is almost 40 inches in diameter and holds up to 600 lbs. It is the perfect spot to spend some quiet time alone or to literally hang out with friends.
Pogo sticks are a classic for a reason…teens and tweens don’t seem to be able to resist them! Flybar has been making pogo sticks almost since their invention, early in the last century, and they have brought all that experience to bare on this Master Pogo stick designed for kids between 80 and 160 lbs. If your teen or tween is on the lighter side try the Flybar Maverick designed for kids 40 to 80 lbs.
If you are not familiar with slack lines they are a rope like balancing surface much like a tight rope only close to the ground. They are usually strung between two trees for poles and can provide hours of challenging fun. The Goodtimes Beginner Slackline it can hold up to 330 lbs, the 48 inch long 2 inch wide slack line comes with a safety ratchet, set up guide and storage box, every thing you need to get started. Got a kid who’s already into slack lining check out this Slackers NinjaLine 36′ Intro Kit.
Stomp rockets continue to hold their appeal with my teens, and now they can do them after dark (which makes everything cooler)! This set comes with a launcher and 4 foam tipped, light up rockets, plus an extra set of light up rockets. Each rocket has a switch to turn on the LED light which is bright enough to double as a flash-light so you don’t have to worry about loosing your rockets after dark because the light has gone out.
While I might wish they had called this kit something else (although the name is probably makes it that much more appealing that much more to my teens) this is an inspiring kit that will help teens and tweens see sidewalk chalk as more than just kid stuff. The kit includes 6 packs of washable chalk paint in 3 colors, 3 paint cups, 7 reusable stencils, a paint brush, mask and stir stick.
Got a teen or tween who is looking for a new challenge? This chrome unicycle is an amazon best seller and comes in red, blue, black, or yellow. It includes a quality tire and aluminum rim. Available in 16″, 20″, or 24″ inches it perfect for the teen or tween looking for challenge. Consider picking up this book on getting started.
This Bounty Hunter Metal Detector is sure to motivate teens and tweens to spend hours outside looking for buried treasures. It’s length is adjustable making it adaptable for a range of heights and will grow with your teen. It has several modes of operation and can find objects as little as the size of a coin at up to 8 inches. The search coil is water proof and can even be used to detect items in shallow water.
Play With a Friend
This fast paced, energetic game requires 2 teams of 2 to 3 players. Each team tries to bounce the ball of the net in the center and the other team must return the volley. It assembles and disassembles for storage and travel. This is a game that will burn some serious energy and appeal to a wide range of ages, perfect for back yard parties or just hanging out at the park with friends, one reviewer said their kids were even playing it in the in the basement until the weather was more cooperative!
This Frisbee based game for two teams of two is easy to play, with 2 collapsible goals shaped like cans. It’s portable and setts up in seconds. Two people pair up to try to get the Frisbee into the goals one person throws and the other can deflect the Frisbee to help score.
Let the water balloon wars begin with this three person balloon sling shot that can launch water balloons up to 300 yards. Perfect for a trio of teens armed with water balloons; use it for target practice, war, or to reinvigorate a games like Capture the flag and dodge ball. It can also be used with splash balls as a non consumable option or for games like dodge ball where you want to return fire!
Outdoor play is a great way to encourage physical activity and these are the type of toys and games that motivate kids to get outside and play.