With the coronavirus closing down schools and cancelling vacation plans, you might be wondering how you'll possibly keep your children entertained while they're stuck at home over the next few weeks. Though it's probably not a good idea to bring them to a park or the beach right now, that doesn't mean they need to stay cooped up indoors either.
You probably already own plenty of toys for your child to play with inside your home, and of course streaming and online games can take up a huge portion of their free time as well — especially with all the new releases being made available digitally soon, like Trolls World Tour.
However, it'll be important while we're all practicing social distancing and staying at home to ensure that your child gets some fresh air each day as well. Thankfully there are a ton of fantastic toys that can entice them to get outdoors on their own, so we've listed a few of our favorites below.
You can never go wrong with Nerf, and there are options for all ages. Nerf blasters are sold at a wide range of price points so you can pick up something small and inexpensive for your little one to play around with or maybe treat your teen to one of the more expensive, powerful blasters. There are other Nerf toys too, from footballs to frisbees, and even toys for dogs.
Jumbo Sidewalk Chalk
Letting a creative child become bored is like asking for your walls to be covered in crayon. Luckily, this 20-piece set of jumbo sidewalk chalk is pretty affordable and gives them good reason to step outside and draw on something else instead. Kids can use it in a number of ways too, from drawing anything their minds can think up to using it to set up games like hopscotch or foursquare.
KidKraft Wooden Sandbox
Your kids don't have to miss out on playing in the sand and building sandcastles just because it's not a wise time to go to the beach right now. There are a bevy of sandboxes available at Amazon so you can bring the sand to them instead, like the KidKraft Wooden Sandbox. It's normally sold for nearly $150, though it's on sale for just $99.99 currently. This model is a great pick as it's quite large and has built-in seating. It even comes with a mesh cover which protects the sand and keeps the box from turning into a kiddie pool on a rainy day.
Rapid-Fill Water Balloons
This pick is one for all ages, and it's especially a solid choice with social distancing becoming so important this month. Your friends won't get too close when you're looking to throw a water balloon at them, after all. Bunch O Balloons has a 350-pack of Rapid-Fill Water Balloons which won Toy of the Year back in 2018 due to its wild innovation. This set lets you fill and tie 100 water balloons in just 60 seconds to cut down on prep time and increase play time.
Little Tykes Trampoline
Worried about how to contain your child's impressive amount of energy while they're stuck inside? This Little Tykes Trampoline offers the perfect solution with a 3-foot width and a sturdy handle bar. It has a max weight of 55 pounds and a large jumping surface so your kid can hop away to their heart's content.
Every child dreams of having a bounce house in their own backyard, and now might be the perfect time to snag one if you're looking to keep them busy. You can find bounce houses for toddlers, others for slightly older children, and even some on sale today. Plus, unlike the trampoline above, these bounce houses can support a few jumpers at a time.
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