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Monthly Archive: August 2015

Backyard Summer Toys

Some of my favourite Summer memories are of playing outside in the backyard. Now that I have a child of my own, we love to spend my days off from the store having playtime with my son – enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. We spend a lot of time in our yard so it’s important to me that’s it’s a fun place for the whole family.

I’m definitely lucky to have a wealth of items at Springy’s to choose from to make backyard play fun but I wanted to share a few items that that I’ve found make our time especially enjoyable and that we use often:

Toy Nanny

We have some favourite toys that can’t stay outside but my son just loves them so we tote them in and out each day for him to play with. The Toy Nanny makes it super easy to scoop them up and take them wherever we want. You can use this awesome scooper-upper in the yard, camping or even in the living room as a quick way to clean up when company arrives unannounced!

Whether you have a small yard or a big yard a fabric tunnel like the Melissa & Doug Bella Butterfly Tunnel will help your wee one enjoy a bit of adventure right at home. It sets up quickly and folds for convenience. This is a lovely touch to backyard play!

It is honestly just too adorable to watch my little guy pretending to talk on the phone, cook in his little Kid Kraft Kitchen but it is especially adorable when he imitates Daddy mowing the lawn. A classic backyard toy, this Melissa & Doug Toot Turtle Lawn Mower, really empowers my guy to feel like he’s doing a big job. It has storage under its shell, its own gas can and it even makes a motor sound when its cord is pulled!

One of my absolute favourite Summer memories is playing in the sprinkler. Memories of hot Summer days, laugher, screaming with joy and the silly antics we’d perform with the cool refreshing water from the hose! Now, I simply adore watching my son scamper in and out of the spray that comes from this super cute Melissa & Doug Summer Sprinkler. It reminds me of my childhood except this is so much more cute and fun!…

Backyard Swing Sets and Sand Boxes

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love my backyard. It’s a tremendous balancing act being a parent and a business owner and building in quality family time is extremely important to me. My backyard provides us with an oasis that we can retreat to at the end of busy days and spend weekends with friends. In addition to my favourite summer toys that we carry here at Springy’s Tot Shoppe I have some big backyard items  and kids furniture basics to make our yard child friendly, fun for my little guy and his friends, but super practical for us.

The Summer has barely started but we’ve already started making memories with these:

This KidKraft Outdoor Table & Chair Set is just the right size for our little guy and his friends. It’s the perfect place to set him up with colouring pages or crafts and the umbrella keeps the sun from blazing down on him. We like to entertain a lot so it’s also great to have a place for the kids to sit and eat – they love that they have a space that looks just like the big people!

Ok, sandboxes are pretty cool for backyard Summer fun. Kids can dig, build and imagine for hours. Our little guys loves to bring out his cars and trucks and make little construction sites. It’s the best thing to watch him and listen to the fantastic things he dreams up. The KidKraft Sandbox has a built in canopy so he’s safe from the UV rays of the sun while he plays. The other great thing about it is that it comes with a mesh cover that protects it from bad weather.

There is seriously nothing better than the little giggles I hear when I push my son on our Kettler Swing Set. This is truly my favourite piece of backyard furniture for my child. He has grown with it from the baby swing seat and is now using the board swing. The fact that the seats are interchangeable makes it a great long term investment. Kettler products are high quality, German made and are guaranteed to NEVER rust or fade. This swing also comes complete with safety anchors that detach so if we ever move we can just unhook it and move on… not that we plan to!…