• 5 OUTDOOR GAMES FOR THE FAMILY
  • This entry was posted in Toys on December 18, 2015

  • Playing outside is a great way to help your kids have fun and stay fit. There are many benefits to outdoor play, including exercise, socialization and strengthening muscles. Have your kids enjoy the fall weather and unplug indoor games and TV and send them outside for some fun and a little fitness. Here are a few outdoor games the whole family will enjoy!

    1. Bean Bag Toss or cornhole is a perfect outdoor game that the whole family can enjoy. It takes a balance of luck and skill to get the hang of, but once you get the form down it’s everyones favorite game. The game is played with two sets of wooden boards set 27 feet apart (or closer if you are playing with younger children). There are dozens of beanbag toss games available made for all ages and skill levels.

    2. Outdoor Chess with a giant chess set with spaces big enough to stand in, chess teaches kids motor skills, strategy, creativity and how to play by the rules. This game is played on a life-size black-and-white checkerboard with large resin chess pieces. Each player moves the one- to two-foot-tall pieces in this classic strategy board game. Each piece has a specific rule for how it can be moved. The game is over when the opponent’s king becomes trapped on the board, known as a checkmate. Outdoor chess can be played by two players or by several kids divided into two teams. KETTLER giant chess sets are made of resin is about ten feet square and can be weighted down with gravel if needed.

    3. Table Tennis is a great way to create a little friendly competition. Two or four players are needed for a game. Table tennis tables can be designed for indoor or outdoor use. Models with a true play-back feature can be set up for children to practice or play by themselves. Table tennis is a popular after-school activity for a range of ages.

    4. Bocce is a classic outdoor game, it can be played in the grass or even on the beach. Standard bocce balls weigh about 2 pounds, which can be heavy for younger kids. Some variations of bocce are available with more kid-friendly with lighter weight balls and plastic rings. Bocce is a fun challenge for all ages and a simple outdoor game to get the hang of.

    5. Hide and Seek can be enjoyed indoors and out, with two or more players. It can even be played with Mom, Dad or the babysitter. One person, often designated as “It,” closes their eyes and counts to 20 while the others hide within the boundaries. After announcing “Ready or not, here I come,” It looks for all of the other players. The first one who is found becomes It in the next round. There are many variations on the game, and the rules should be agreed upon before it begins.

     




  • WHY FOOT TO FLOOR TOYS ARE GREAT FOR TODDLERS
  • This entry was posted in Toys on December 18, 2015

  • A lot is happening between the ages of 12 and 36 months. It’s a special time of discovery and development. Children are developing their gross motor skills, building muscles, discovering balance, and becoming more sure-footed as they take their first steps. At KETTLER we have several toys for your toddler, whether they want to push, scoot, or dig. Foot to floor toys make toddling fun and helps with balance and motor skill coordination. Your child sits or stands over the seat, holds on to the stationary handles and zooms around.

    Uber Zoomer

    - Wide handgrips
    - Contoured textured saddle for added comfort and grip
    - Extended front wheelbase to help prevent tipping
    - 4 swiveling smooth rolling wheels with non-marking rubber tread
    - Deep seating wheel covers for added safety
    - Foot rest tabs for added play
    - Thick molded resin body with interior reinforcement for a solid durable base
    - Lightweight body for easy maneuver and transport

    My Activity Ride-On

    - Wide sturdy resin body
    - Rear stabilizer to help prevent tipping
    - Squeaker horn
    - Limited steering
    - Removable blow-molded resin push handle
    - Under seat storage area
    - Unique Play Features include: Colorful turn wheel pattern, Removable play phone, Educational turn clock, flip pages, Slide window, Turn Key, Gear shifter, Tumble roller and Turn dial

    Baby Farm Trac

    - Front wheel steering
    - Working horn
    - Durable resin construction
    - Detachable hauling trailer
    - Shovel and rake included

    Baby Princess Trac

    - Front wheel steering
    - Working horn
    - Durable resin construction
    - Detachable hauling trailer
    - Shovel and rake included

    You can count on KETTLER for the best quality, design, and value in ride on products. Our foot to floor toys are ideal for toddlers who are developing their muscles and coordination. By the time kids reach the age of 3 or 4 they’re ready to graduate to some of the more advanced toys and play equipment. Take a look at what other KETTLER toys are available for your little ones.




  • REMINDERS FOR YOUR LITTLE ONES TO STAY HEALTHY AT SCHOOL & AT PLAY
  • This entry was posted in Toys on December 18, 2015

  • The lifestyle habits learned and developed during childhood often become lifelong habits. This is why instilling healthy habits and safe behavior for your little ones from an early age is so important. The sooner you begin reminding them of what is healthy and safe in their everyday routine, they will naturally recognize right from wrong, safe from unsafe, and healthy from unhealthy. You teach them these lessons and trust them to make the right choices when playing with friends and when they are at school.

    Staying Healthy

    - Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once.
    - Make healthy food choices. Have a fruit or vegetable with every meal and choose healthy snack options.
    - Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after every meal, after using the restroom, after recess, and more often when you are sick or getting a cold.
    - Drink plenty of liquids. Stay hydrated with water throughout the day especially when playing.
    - Get active. At least 30 minutes of exercise and fresh air every day.

    Playing Safe

    - Look both ways before crossing the street, or crossing in front of a driveway.
    - Use all playground equipment as it was meant to be played on. No going up the slides or standing on the swings.
    - When riding a bike always wear safety gear and a properly fitted helmet.
    - Wear sneakers for recess and outdoor playtime.
    - Dress appropriately for the playground. Remove necklaces, purses, scarves or clothing with drawstrings that can get caught on equipment and pose a strangulation hazard.
    - No pushing, crowding or shoving.

    Limit the time playing video games and watching TV each day.

    Elementary age children are at an extremely important age mentally, emotionally and physically. Giving them these helpful reminders will ensure they are learning and growing into smart and healthy adolescents.




  • WHY ACTIVE GIFTS ARE GREAT FOR THE HOLIDAYS
  • This entry was posted in Toys on December 17, 2015

  • It’s no secret that active people live healthier - and often longer - lives. Since you want your loved ones to not only stick around for as long as possible, but enjoy and make the most of their lives, active gifts are the ultimate way to show you care.

    There’s an active present appropriate for everyone on your list. Just make sure the gift matches up to their interests and fitness level. An avid runner might love a new pair of sneakers, while someone just getting into fitness might be interested in a step-monitoring device to help them on the journey toward better health.

    From improving wellness, to encouraging fun and adventure, here are a few reasons why you should consider active gifts for your loved ones this season.

    1) They’re fun. Kids love anything that gets them moving, and adults savor the chance to let loose, play, and relax. No need to wait – active gifts are often the first ones put to use on Christmas morning, with outdoor walks and adventures frequently part of holiday family traditions. Table tennis sets, and bikes, scooters, and other toys all make great active gifts.

    2) Active presents send an inspiring message. Regular physical activity can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and even cancer in your loved ones. Encourage them to improve their lives with functional and fun presents that can make a momentous difference in their wellbeing.

    3) Movement makes happiness. Exercise helps us process and handle stress more effectively. Regular movement puts things in perspective, and helps people see the world in a larger scope. Setting and achieving fitness goals creates a confidence that transfers over to many others areas of life – from school, to work, to personal relationships. Give a gift that will guarantee greater life satisfaction.

    4) Activities make memories. Items that involve activities are the best presents, because they give something that’s hard to lose or top – memories. Active gifts give families and friends ways to bond, explore, and grow together in good health.

    5) They’re unique. It’s easy to forget who gave you a mug or a gift card, but you’ll always remember who gave you a fitness gadget or toy you use at least once a week.

    From outdoor games to exercise equipment, help your friends and family reach their optimum levels of health and happiness this holiday season with gifts from KETTLER USA that incite adventure, inspire growth, and foster confidence. It’s no contest: active gifts are the best!




  • 5 KETTLER ITEMS THAT SHOULD BE ON YOUR HOLIDAY LIST
  • This entry was posted in Toys on December 17, 2015

  • The holiday season is finally here! Family time, seasonal beverages, and a spirit of giving accompany this time of year, but unfortunately, so does the stress of hunting down presents for every person on your list.

    Struggling to come up with gift ideas for fitness or fun loving friends? It’s hard to top the gift of good health and wellbeing – and no one offers toys and supplies better for the wellness-minded than KETTLER USA.

    Everyone gifts sweaters, ornaments, treats, and technology items. Take it up a notch with unique gifts from KETTLER USA that cater to fitness and other forms of active fun.

    1. For your friends, an Air Pad - $29

    This high-quality 13-inch diameter air pad will do wonders for leg and core strength, balance, and stability. Stand on it during the workday, or while watching television during the evening. They say sitting is killing us. Counteract the negative effects with this easy to use strength-training gadget that looks like a toy.

    2. For your significant other, the best Foam Roller - $49

    Not solely for massage, foam rollers can also be used for exercise! This durable top-notch foam roller makes the process of incorporating movement into your daily routine (while easing muscle soreness) easier. Get a great workout, and relieve stress and muscle tension with the foam roller’s textured pattern, reaching deeper muscles throughout the body.

    3. For your parents or grandparents, the 2 in 1 Mini Stepper - $149

    Target the lower body with the ideal low impact exercise on this 2 in 1 compact mini stepper. Anti-slip footplates and rubber stoppers ensure safety and security. Plus, the stepper comes with two rubber resistance bands to work the upper body!

    4. For your parents or grandparents, the Basic Plus Lounger - $359

    Good health requires relaxation. Kick back in this cozy lounger, with an adjustable backrest to accommodate multiple sitting positions. Enjoy an evening cocktail with friends, or read a book over a cup of tea. This lounger will meet all unwind and “me time” expectations!

    5. For kids, the Uber-Zoomer - $49

    Need a gift for a special kid in your life? The futuristic-looking uber-zoomer is delightful to look at and fun to play with. Its supportive saddle, wide handgrips, and footrests make it an entertaining and safe choice for children that parents will approve of.

    Active gifts, like those found at KETTLER USA last years and make an impact on your loved ones’ wellbeing. Give your friends and family members a healthy 2016 – with gifts that will help them have fun, relax, or stay on their feet!