COMMENTARY: These Outdoor Toys Put a New Spin on Keeping Kids Active

Backyard Sports Mega Morph Super Hoop, from Day 6

Fresh air, sunlight, and exercise are all wonderful things. Unfortunately, many kids just aren’t getting enough of them. At the recent North American International Toy Fair, I encountered numerous toy makers who are trying to address this problem by developing new outdoor toys that encourage kids to get off the couch for some outdoor physical activity. Many feature novel tweaks to familiar play patterns, and the sheer breadth of items on-hand was impressive. Most surprisingly, not all of them try to pry kids away from their mobile devices or video screens.
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Marky Sparky Toys Launches Newest Game: Mumbly’s

Marky Sparky, a leading specialty toy and gift company, is launching a new game: Mumbly’s–Games of Skill, Precision, Braggadocio, and Bravado.

Mumbly’s combines Pitching Pennies with Darts, while adding the collectibility of Pogs. Each set contains three designed funky/cool magnetic game characters. The rules are simple. Like all schoolyard games from the past, rules are meant to be broken. House Rules are what Mumbly’s are all about.

For more info, visit markysparkytoys.com, facebook.com/markysparkytoys, or call (800) 781-8110.