3 Summer Finds for Good Times Outside

A Bike, Pop Maker, and Firefly Kit

glide bikes!

Everyone knows the legend of the late-afternoon sun. She rides into town on the back of a warm breeze and sticks around until the last leaf has fallen from the trees.

Three ways to welcome her back.

Glide Bike
Looking more like a big-kid mountain bike than a toddler glider, the new balance bike ($100) gives riders a lower center of gravity, helping them achieve balance sooner — at the tortoise-like pace of one and a half miles per hour. It’s small enough for kidlets to climb on while keeping both feet on the ground; our 3-year-old didn’t take long to figure out how to ride off into the sunset.

zoku quick pop maker!Zoku Quick Pop Maker
The countertop popsicle maker ($50) turns yogurt, lemonade, or fruit into frozen treats in less than ten minutes. Your kids will be mesmerized by the magic of it (no electricity, no buttons, no lights). You’ll be enchanted by the results: an after-dinner snack that’s as natural as the ingredients you put in.

ready set glow firefly kit!Ready, Set … Glow Firefly Kit
Watch their faces light up when they see the activity kit ($29.50), complete with a glow-in-the-dark T-shirt. An unbreakable jar, magnifying glass, and safe catching guidelines teach your budding entomologists everything they need to know about the flashy little buggers.

bikes for kids!Get your little ones moving with push bikes, training wheels, and trikes.

what we’re reading!

let’s explore blog!Let’s Explore
Mother and teacher Amy Anderson’s blog reads like a personalized curriculum for moms in need of a little inspiration. Monthly downloadable idea worksheets, book lists, and kid-friendly recipes keep the ideas flowing when you come up empty.

Photos: Courtesy of Glide Bikes; Courtesy of Zoku Quick Pops; Courtesy of My Perennial; Courtesy of Let’s Explore