By Kristen Ryan
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My son loves his Disney Pixar Cars Skateboard from Bravo Sports. After all, skateboards are great outdoor toys! The 21-inch version is a great first skateboard for kids as young as 6 because the deck is six inches wide and the wheels turn more slowly than other skateboards. This helps them get the hang of skateboarding when they're still small.
Backyard Discovery Playsets are available in many different configurations and price points. The Atlantis model (pictured) is a great middle-of-the-road configuration that accommodates all the kids on the street and doesn't take up the entire back yard. It looks great, too with terrific attention to detail. I particularly like the gabled roof and the playhouse that lets parents see the kids inside.
The clever Razor Sole Skate is small enough to fit in a kid's backpack, so it also fits in a standard school locker. The Sole Skate is designed to ride low to the ground for stability and the wheels stop turning when the rider jumps off, so it's not likely to fly away and hurt another child. It's easy to carry when it's not practical (or legal) to skate and it's really fun to ride.