For the summer it can be a task and a half for parents to find things for the children to do to keep them occupied.
There's only so much money and patience parents can have when taking kids on a day out so playing at home is very important to keep them active and not to get bored.
This article talks about 4 great things which can be used to provide kids with hours of activities throughout the summer and also winter when weather allows.
The first is the popular trampoline for the garden which lights up and Childs face when they come home from school to see a fully fledged trampoline in their garden.
The same can be said for kids who go round a friend's house, only to be greeted with the round, netted outdoor toy we all love and know in the garden.
Bouncing on a trampoline is one of those feelings that can only be realised fully if you have played on a trampoline as a child or adult.
The way you are weightless for a split second before coming back down to jump yet again is an amazing feeling.
The added benefit is that it is great exercise for anyone bouncing on a trampoline so a great outdoor toy for any garden in the summer.
Another option is the famous SwingBall game with two players.
This is a game which is just hysterical at times as you need to hit the ball with the bat and not everyone has very good hand to eye coordination.
At times the ball can be known to swing round the pole several times before it is able to be hit by either yourself or whoever you are competing against.
It is important on a safety side to make sure you do not get hit by the ball, but in general a fantastic game which does not need a big garden but does need grass to dig the Swingball pole into the ground securely.
My third choice as a parent has to be the wooden climbing frame which can be more expensive as other ideas but when installed in the garden, will sit there happily for years with hours upon hours of fun to be had.
The wooden climbing frame comes as a basic structure but the activities incorporated into the climbing frame are what gives it its extra edge of fun.
These can include climbing ropes, clatter bridges, slides, lookout towers with the odd sandpit added in at the base of the climbing frame.
The last option and ideal for the very warm months is the outdoor pool but with a difference.
There are a range of outdoor pools from a company called Intex which supply thousands of homes in many countries pools which can fit from 2 to 20 people depending on the size of the pool.
In general though a standard pool holds 2-4 people but the framed and oval pools are absolutely huge and can accommodate family and friends at the same time with gallons of water to swim in.
Whichever outdoor activity you choose for the children throughout the summer months, you won't go far wrong with any of these ideas to keep the kids occupied.