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Getting kids off the couch, away from the screens and outdoors can be a difficult task. Luckily, RC toys offer a fun and exciting alternative that you and your kids can enjoy together.
RC Cars or Trucks
Traditionally, cars and trucks are what we think of when someone mentions a remote-controlled toy. But things have come a long way in recent years. There is a huge range of different RC cars and toys on the market these days. So which one should you choose, and why?
Buying scale models from leading platforms like the RC Superstore can help you select the best car and truck models for your hobby. You should always buy from credible and established brands because the parts are always an exact match. Good platforms also give you several options in terms of what you are interested in. They stock the hottest and best collections that will be able to live up to and match your expectations.
Consider the factors that will make your child love having their own RC car. Kids love to feel like they are big and bold enough to do what they see mom and dad doing. Even driving a car! They will be thrilled to have the chance to have a car of their very own. RC cars are awesome for kids for another reason, too. It gives them a sense of control. It also helps to develop good hand-eye coordination!
So, when deciding which RC car is going to be the best for your child and you to enjoy outside, I recommend considering a couple of factors. First of all (and I think this is probably the most important), you want to make sure the car is waterproof (or at least weatherproof). Think about where you two will be playing, is the ground hard or soft? Is it wet or marshy? How about the weather, is there snow on the ground at the moment? Whatever the answers to these questions are, make sure you choose an RC car that is appropriate for the terrain.
My little guy’s favorite toy at the moment is his RC fire truck from Rescue Heroes (he loves firemen). He won’t put it down! This model is great because it’s suitable for outdoor use, and it runs perfectly even on grassy ground.
If there’s any place near your house that has a body of water, it’s a super opportunity to take advantage of it and let your kid cruise around with an RC boat. There’s something about having the toy out on the water that always seems to add an extra level of excitement for kids, and I can completely understand why. A lake or a pond would be ideal, and it’s a good excuse to kick your kid’s butt into action and get some fresh air!
If your child wants to start slowly there are many model ship kits available that would be a good introduction to various watercrafts.
If you’ve never heard about kids flying drones before, don’t worry, I swear this is totally safe! RC helicopters and planes have already been on the market for quite a while, so the idea of a flying RC toy isn’t new, but toy drones are a pretty recent development.
They’re an excellent toy for you and your kids to enjoy together outdoors, for a couple of reasons. While there are drones specifically designed to for indoor use, being outdoors gives your child the freedom and space to properly play around with it, without fear of crashing into the ceiling (or into your china cabinet).
If you choose a model that comes with a built-in camera, that’s where the fun will really begin. You two will be able to fly it high and take amazing aerial pictures- of your house, your neighborhood, and whatever beautiful landscape you can find.
What I like to do with my son is to take him out on adventures (usually to the nature reserve near our home- there’s a gorgeous river there) so that he can fly the drone and take some pictures with it. Then, we go home to upload all the images onto the computer so that he can pick his favorite. All of the best ones are stuck up on his bedroom wall- he’s so proud of his work.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.