The tween years-all of a sudden, your child is inching closer every day to becoming a full-fledged teenager. They will have their moments of being stuck between acting like the carefree child you've always known, and suddenly transforming into a little adult. They continue to grow and develop physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. Kids ages 12 and up start to explore leadership skills, and their ability to think abstractly and solve problems improves. Though on average tweens and teens spend more than seven hours a day on screens (not including school work), they still love to spend their free time on play-whether that's with organized sports, family games, or creative art activities. Now more than ever, it's so important to keep our kids active and off the screens whenever possible, and HearthSong wants to help! If you're looking for the perfect recreational outdoor activity for your tween (for your whole family, really), we have a wide variety of affordable, easy-to-set-up outdoor active games and activities. Choose from classic games such as soccer, baseball, hopscotch, four-square, badminton, or swingball. Challenge their skills with a Ninja Obstacle Course Kit, zipline, or birdie golf. Can't choose? Select one of our multi-sport all-in-one sports combinations, which combine basketball, baseball, lacrosse, soccer and more into one convenient play structure! For the dog days of summer, entice them to the backyard with an inflatable water slide or sprinkler, or spend the day lounging on one of our customer-favorite platform tree swings or hanging out in a HugglePod or HangOut portable hanging chair. Bounce the day away in an inflatable, wearable, Buddy Bumper Ball (with multiple colors and even a light-up option). When winter hits, donâ€™t stay indoors-bundle up and hit the hills with one of our popular sleds. If you have a creative child under your roof, give them the tools to create with any of our art kits and creative art activities. Offer them a sidewalk, and let them create a beautiful, colorful mural with any of our Chalkscapes products. Invite the neighborhood friends over to Color-Your-Own pillow or plate; Paint-Your-Own Rock Pet, birdfeeder, or butterfly house; or decorate the windows with Window Stencils and chalk markers! Designers will love our Fashion, Home, or Car Design Kits. Make beautiful pottery with the Pottery Wheel. Build creative structures with a customer-favorite Fantasy Fort Building Kit or the ever-popular Connectagons. Don't forget the educational value of play! If your tween is showing interest in gardening, get them started with a Root Viewer or Garden Planter. Entice creatures to your backyard (and observe their habits) with a bat, butterfly, bee, or bird house; or "grow" your own butterflies with the Butterfly Garden Pavilion. We have kits on chemistry, engineering, physics; and who doesn't like to grow their own crystals? Observe the littlest and biggest pieces of nature with a microscope or a telescope, especially suited for young scientists! Build your own robot and engage in STEM activities, learning while having fun. Musicians will love the Student Guitar or ukulele, and wanna-be musicians will be over the moon with a Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone. Family game night? Outfit your basement with Shuffleboard or Curling Zone for some friendly competition. Improve hand-eye coordination with our popular Indoor Golf, table tennis, or tabletop pool. For some one-on-one play, let them giggle out loud while playing Balance Jousting or Scooter Floor Hockey, or dueling it out with a basketball shootout game! Just keep playing-your tween will thank you!