THE GREAT OUTDOORS
New-generation scooters, racquetball sets and hybrid pogo sticks – these cool toys for kids are perfect for fun in the sun.
SKATER BOYS AND GIRLS
These retro-looking, colourful plastic skateboards have been around for a while, but only in recent years have they become mainstream cool. Their small frame makes them quite handy to carry around; they’re smooth and turn sharp corners easily too. You and your kids will love this bold, striking neon update for the 22-inch (50cm) model. Available in green, orange and yellow; from 10 years old. Penny Skateboards Fluorescent 22”, $175, from White and Black Trading (www.whiteandblacktrading.com)
This scooter can reach speeds of up to 25kmh but has a handbrake so your kids can stop when they need to. They have to place both feet on the padded footdecks and use only their body weight to move around. The faster they sway their hips from side to side, the faster they’ll go – but they have to learn how to balance properly. The scooter folds down easily for storage, although it’s a tad heavy. Available in green or red; from eight years old. Fliker 3, $189.90, from Toys ‘R’ Us
The Zoingo Boingo Pogo looks like a pogo stick on a ball. But it has an elastic handle, so it can stretch as your child grows taller. Use it on the pavement or on grass, for a softer landing in case of falls. It comes with an inflation pin but you will need your own air pump. Available in green, orange and yellow; from eight years old, not exceeding 80kg. Zoingo Boingo Pogo, $54.90, from World of Sports