We love getting outdoors as much as we can. Especially once the sun is out, we are always out in the garden! Oliver loves getting out and playing in the sunshine, whether it be running round the garden, playing on his slide or playing in his new Cozy Coupe.
Getting outside is so important, but it seems nowadays many children are reluctant to get out and play. Little Tikes recently surveyed 2000 parents with children between the ages of 2 and 16. Their research found that 42% of children used the excuse that it’s too cold outside. Apparently 1 in 10 of us admit to frequently bribing our children to convince them to leave their devices behind and play outside!
Emma Kenny, psychologist and spokesperson for Little Tikes has some great ideas to get your children outside. Her first tip would be to just have fun with them. “Kids absolutely love to spend time with their parents. Whether you create an obstacle course in the garden up and over the slide and around the sandpit, or a simple game of hide and seek, playing together is fantastic for bonding and ensures lots of healthy activity.” Sometimes I think we are so busy as parents trying to keep on top of the housework, we leave our children to play with each other or with their toys. But we forget how much more fun it is to have us engaging in their play. It doesn’t take much or long to join them for a short while.
Another tip of hers, and one of my favourite things to do when I was little “Get them den building! You’re never too old or too young for den building. Aside from building imagination, dexterity and divergent play skills, there is nothing more exciting than having a secret den to play in”. Den building was something my sister and I loved doing. Armed with a pile of old sheets, bamboo canes and some pegs we used to make some great dens! You could supply them with the tools and see how creative they can get with their dens.
Oliver was recently sent a Cozy Coupe to try out. This was always going to be a big hit with him, that boy loves anything with a wheel! The Cozy Coupe is a signature toy from the Little Tikes range. I remember owning one as a child. They were always the one toy that all the children want to play with!
The Cozy Coupe comes in need of assembly. Although it is very easy to assemble and only takes about half an hour. It’s important to note that one part of the assembly does require two people. You will also need a screwdriver and a hammer.
Oliver absolutely loves his Cozy Coupe, now the sun is shining he can cruise around the garden in it all day long! He loves sitting in it steering the wheel and beeping the horn. The ‘ignition’ has a key which clicks as you turn it. I love that the ‘boot’ space is in fact a double cup holder, so Oliver can put his cup in there without it flying about! There’s also a lock on the door. Meaning when your child is in it you can flick the lock across and the door won’t swing open. This is especially handy if they’re being pushed around by an adult. When fitting the lock you can choose to have it permanently locked, permanently unlocked or able to lock and unlock.
There’s also a handle on the back of it meaning as a parent you can easily push your little ones around. As well as a removable floor, so no little feet get caught up if you are pushing them around! I’m sure this function will be well used in years to come once Oliver’s baby brother arrives and they’re out there playing in it together!
I know that this is going to be one of our most loved outdoor toys. The Cozy Coupe retails at £59.99 (RRP) which is well worth the cost for the hours of enjoyment it provides. There isn’t just your classic red and yellow car anymore either, but a whole heap of different designs to choose from too. Police cars, pick up trucks, taxis, fire engines, a fairy or a dinosaur! Head over to the Little Tikes website for more information.
We were kindly sent the Cozy Coupe in return for a review. All words and opinions are my own.