Comfortably nestled into the couch or hunkered down in their bedroom, curtains drawn, with the latest in gadgetry or video gaming consoles, your tween may be missing out on some of the best memories to be had in the great outdoors.
Awww, growing up outdoors.
Remember playing badminton on the front lawn? Or playing capture the flag with the other kids in the neighborhood? Even marbles in the school yard? What about lawn darts? Ok that might be a bad example. Together, let’s explore some of today’s best outdoor gifts for your tween to get them outside and having a great time all while getting a natural daily dose of good ol’ vitamin D (which does not stand for d’sun, d’summer, or d’smiles but it certainly could).
A modern take on an old classic, Capture the Flag (CTF) REDUX lights up the night while combining tradition and technology. Your tween and their friends will put down their phones and get outside for a game involving running, hiding, and chasing each other around their neighborhood.
Described as a “must have” activity for groups large and small, this activity features 12 ways to play the game giving a fresh take on the game week after week. CTF provides a perfect summer alternative to laser tag, airsoft, and paintball. As with most games and activities that require the use of batteries, it’s highly recommended to have extra ones on standby to keep the fun going well into the night.
Leaving electronics and batteries behind completely, the Geospace WALKAROO Stilts are a flashback to the days of fairs and circuses, to simpler times. Some of the simple times have stood the test of time, and these stilts are a great outdoor gift for your tween.
Engineered with a lightweight and perfectly balanced design, the S-bend lets the poles sit comfortably for ease of use. The design includes underarm foam and adjustable foam handles for added comfort and safety.
Your tween will need to develop an excellent sense of balance and should expect a few tumbles in the early stages. With starting heights as low at 12 inches, though, the progressive height increase makes success of the stilt walking within reach.
Great fun will be had by everyone who uses this slackline. Test your tween’s balance, stamina, patience, and endurance with this simple concept that will keep them walking a fine line for hours. This package includes an extra training line, a two inch strap line, and the ever important instruction manual to help ensure success.
With easy set up within minutes and simple ratchet tensioning there is minimal downtime when it comes to crossing the trapline. There have been few concerns raised about the durability of the ratchets but with proper care and installation your tween will find themselves having fun while helping strengthen their core muscles. Fun and fitness! How can you go wrong?
This two-on-two game is reminiscent of volleyball and is fun and active game to be enjoyed indoors or outdoors. The limits to where you can play Spikeball is almost unlimited! Combining traditional activities with technology of today, players can download the app to find other nearby players.
The assembly is quick and easy so your tween can get out and get playing within minutes. Featuring an adjustable net the game can be customized to your tween’s preference for the best bounce in the game.
Spikeball includes a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty that will “replace any broken part, free of charge, forever.”
You’ve likely seen the familiar tabletop version of this game, but GoSports take this to new heights. Reaching over five feet in height during active play, the Giant Wooden Toppling Tower is available in natural wood, brown wood stain, grey wood, and the patriotic Stars and Stripes pattern.
Not all outdoor gifts and activities need to revolve around ongoing physical activity. This activity offers a low impact game for every member of the family and includes a variety of game rules making this fun for all. Test your tween’s strategy, creativity, and unshakable nerves during their next outdoor get together.
The best outdoor gifts for your tween are as varied as tweens themselves and are only limited by imagination. Our list of reviewed gifts provided an overview of outdoor gifts that can be enjoyed by tweens in all walks of life. From traditional oversized games to the top of the line drone, there are many ways to keep our tweens healthy, active, and engaged.