By Freddy McCandless
The holiday season is upon us and no doubt you are going to be busy over the next few weeks making plans for the family get together. One thing that needs to be done is getting gifts for the kids. If you are dreading doing this or maybe are stuck for ideas then this article will hopefully shed a bit of light on some toys that the kids will love. It will cover some great Christmas gift idea for kids with a focus on active and outdoor toys.
There is a great emphasis on indoor games and toys these days and certainly plenty of toys can only be used indoors. But with the release of things like the PS3 Move and Xbox 360 Kinect, you might find that kids are getting their exercise and their activity indoors. Most people, especially the older generations, would roll their eyes with this revelation. Well, here are a few ideas to get the kids into the backyard again.
The first thing that is great fun for more than just one kid is the inflatable bouncer. Inflatable bouncers or bouncy castles come in all shapes and sizes. They can appeal to children as young a 3 years up to around 12 years old.
The standard inflatable bouncer will just be a toy that lets kids jump up and down and generally expend that limitless amount of energy that they appear to have. Others have themes, like the Sesame Street bouncer. Others are more than just a toy to jump up and down. They have obstacle courses, slides and things like basket ball hoops.
If you want your children to spend more time outdoors this is great Christmas gift basket for them. What's more, it will be a gift for all the children in the family as they can all use it.
Another toy that kids will get most fun with outdoors is the NERF gun. There is not just one gun but a range of guns (an arsenal you might say). But they all have the same idea behind them. They fire NERF darts, which are like soft dart shaped projectiles.
Boys will probably be most keen on these toys than girls. They will have great fun battling their buddies in pretend NERF wars. The latest NERF gun is the Stampede, which is the first assault style gun that has an automatic firing mode. Other popular blasters include the CS35 blaster which also has an automatic firing mode via a hand held pump action mechanism.
Another toy that kids will love is a scooter. Having a scooter will certainly get them off the couch and outdoors. There are all sorts of scooters to choose from. These include fairly simply designs like the Razor E200 which is just a deck with wheels and a handle bar steering mechanism. Boys will love this type of scooter as it is kind of like a skateboard.
The alternative to the E200 is the Pocket Mod scooter that is also made by Razor. This is a replica of the famous Vespa scooter. It looks like a Vespa but uses an electric motor to power it. This Christmas gift can be plugged into the wall socket at home to recharge the batteries and the scooter is ready to go again. Girls will love this scooter and there are a range of colors to choose from, including the sweet pea pink color.
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