The 10 best outdoor play items

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1 Popitball – £17.99 from firebox.com (pictured on the front of Family Life)

Stick the 12 rubber ‘Popits’ onto this regular-sized football and the aim of the game is to get them all off while keeping the ball off the ground.

2 Pro Swingball Windicator – £39.99 from toysrus.co.uk

With Wimbledon over you might be feeling the urge to dust off your racket. Swingball could be what you’re looking for to get some practice in and this device will also tally up the score for you. It also features a ‘windicator’ on the top which flies off when you win.

3 Djubi – £18.95 from kiteshop.co.uk

Pronounced ‘joo-bee’, this outdoor toy is a huge hit in the US and it’s set to be a big seller here this summer.

Each ball has a small elasticated loop which is stretched back from a hook on the racquet, easily launching it up to 100 feet in the air. The aim is for your opponent to catch the Djubi in the net and ready it for the return journey.

4 Mini Frisbee disc flying set, £6, from Marks & Spencer

Everyone loves playing frisbee and this set includes six of the things in brightly-coloured plastic – perfect for when one flies off and lands in a tree.

5 Aerobie 13 – £6.99 at play.com

This family-friendly flinger has soft rubber around the edges. Better still, this simple 13-inch flying ring can be easily mastered by all ages, and it goes a remarkably long way with little effort.

6 Molkky – £31.99 from firebox.com

This fiendish skittle-based game is from Finland. Numbered skittles must be knocked over, but beware, if you score more than 50 you’ll get points deducted. This finely crafted set comes in a wooden carry case.

7 Boules set, £5.99, from amazon.co.uk

You get eight coloured balls in this set – which comes in a handy carry case with handle – so up to four players can test their skills and see who can get closest to the jack.

8 Zyclone Zing Air – £21.36 at play.com

This unputdownable play-thing sends a disc on long distance flights of up to 100 feet – with a bit of practice. Simply load the launcher with the soft disc, pull back for power, twist and release – and then marvel at the satisfying flight.

9 Butterfly kite, £9.95, from John Lewis

Bold, bright and not hard too hard to master, this World’s Apart kite could be your sunny day salvation. Obviously, you need a little breeze but when it’s up in the air you’ll have lots of fun.

10 Swingball first cricket set, £16, from woolworths.co.uk

Got a budding Alastair Cook? This set can be played anywhere on any surface and everything packs into the base making the game easy to carry and easy to store.