Unplugged Fun: Encouraging Outdoor Play and Active Lifestyles

Feb 28, 2024Wooden Toys

A small cute girl playing games on a tablet lying on a sofa with her feet up and gumshoes on
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In this digital age, a time where children spend more hours glued to screens than scaling climbing frames, with 74% of parents with children aged two or below claiming their child spends time watching a TV screen, there is an increasing concern for young children and their wellbeing. As parents, we long to see our little ones ditch the tech and embrace the wonders of the outdoors. But how do we spark their interest and encourage active play away from the likes of tablets and TV’s? Fear not, Beehive Toys is here to help!


In this blog, we explore outdoor play, why it matters and toy options for encouraging your child to spend more time engaging with something other than a screen.


Why Does Outdoor Play Matter?

Beyond the obvious sunshine and fresh air, outdoor play offers a variety of benefits for your child’s development, including:

  • Physical Fitness: From running and jumping to climbing and exploring, outdoor activities strengthen muscles, improve coordination, and keep your child active and healthy.
  • Cognitive Development: Interacting with natural elements stimulates curiosity, enhances problem-solving skills, and fuels the imagination, laying the groundwork for lifelong learning and creativity.
  • Emotional Wellbeing: Studies have shown that exposure to green spaces and fresh air can improve attention, reduce stress, elevate mood and promote overall emotional wellbeing in children.
  • Social Skills: Outdoor play provides invaluable opportunities for social interaction, teamwork and the cultivation of friendships, essential skills that will benefit your child throughout their life.
  • Environmental Awareness: By immersing themselves in nature, children develop a deeper appreciation for the environment and a sense of responsibility towards preserving it for future generations.


At Beehive Toys, we understand the power of outdoor play. That’s why we offer a range of toy’s designed to spark your children’s imagination and get them moving, whilst catering to every age and interest.


For the budding builders, our wooden construction sets provide endless hours of creative exploration that can turn your garden into a wonderland, nurturing creativity and a connection with nature, whilst encouraging teamwork and problem-solving skills.

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Our ride-on cars and bikes let little ones embark on imaginary journeys, fostering storytelling and imaginative play. They encourage safe and active exploration that develops motor skills and confidence.

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We even offer a variety of wooden puzzles and play sets. These brain-teasing challenges will spark your child’s imagination while developing problem-solving skills and hand-eye coordination, perfect for picnics or garden adventures.

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We’re passionate about inspiring active, imaginative play and fostering a love for the outdoors in children. Choosing toys that inspire outdoor play isn’t just about ticking boxes; it’s about investing in your child’s wellbeing and happiness. By fostering a love for nature and an active lifestyle, you’re gifting your child invaluable experiences that will shape their future. So, ditch the screens and head outdoors to watch your child blossom while they discover the joy of exploration and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Let Beehive Toys help your child create a world of wonder, exploration and active fun!