Best Toy For Outdoors? A Flexible Flyer Metal Saucer
I can still remember the Christmas Santa left me my bright blue metal saucer sled. I had fun coasting down our hill, and it went faster than my wooden sled, so life was good. In fact life was awesome the day of the Great Saucer Adventure. It started out like any other Christmas vacation day. Lots of snow, mom shooing me outside with my sled and I rode contentedly on our hill.
Then I got the idea to go faster, and boy, was I racing down the hill, laughing as the wind whipped in my face and snow flew everywhere. Even our husky mix got a ride. But then I decided it would be fun to take a new route, what after all was the worst that could happen? Kids, do not try this at home.
I went faster than ever on my new route and flew around a curve just like I knew I would. Only it didn't occur to me that I wouldn't stop when the hill did. Wheee! I rocketed straight off the hill and caught some serious airtime, I came down with a bump, then unfortunately crashed into a tree. It was actually a lot of fun, and I didn't get hurt, if fact I'd have done it again, opnly there were boys who saw the crash and they felt it was their appointed duty to tell my mom girls shouldn't be flying off hills or crashing metal saucers into trees. Whatever.
My mom actually just laughed since she was a tom boy too, and did crazy things like jumping off of a one story roof with an umbrella to play paratrooper. She didn't mind but my father, doting dad that he was made me hang up my beloved blue sled and go back to much tamer winter sports like building snowmen and snow forts. Ah well.
But provided you keep an eye on them your kids should love a metal sled of their own and the Flexible Flyer had sturdy rope handles for hanging on to. They will get a lot of mileage out of a sled like this and it often runs better on snow than a runner style sled.
Got snow? I took this and the background image in 2010. And yes, that is the infamous hill of doom I went flying off of.