When it comes to fun ways of being active (and let's be honest, burning off some energy before bedtime), few things beat a children's trampoline. Younger jumpers can start off with mini trampolines, which typically have handy rails for little bouncers to hold on to while they work on their balance. These are usually small and portable, so can be used in the garden when the sun shines or brought indoors for all-weather jumping.
Older children will love a larger outdoor trampoline – more space to hone their leaping skills! You don't actually need a large lawn: choose a 6' model if you're working with a smaller space. 10' kids trampolines give great scope for developing your child's bouncing skills and will comfortably take a grown-up jumper (when the children aren't watching, of course...). Look out for a trampoline with enclosure if you want to keep enthusiastic pets or younger siblings away from the action. If you don't mind a little digging, an in ground trampoline (a jumping mat that fits neatly over a shallow hole) blends tidily into your garden, with no need for safety nets. We have children's trampolines from trusted brands such as Plum. If you want to know more about trampoline safety, read our guide to happy bouncing.
Looking for other ways to bounce? Try that fun retro staple, the hopper (remember those?) for family races around the lawn. As an alternative to a toddler trampoline for younger children, you can even have your very own bouncy castle. These come in a range of designs and sizes, and are perfect for outdoor parties. When everyone's happily tired out, simply deflate the bouncer and stow it away. But what about the winter? How can your busy bouncers burn off that energy when the trampoline's back in the shed? Simple: swap the bouncy toys for a good old-fashioned sledge.