Outdoor play for children is good for physical health, self-confidence, and overall development. It helps kids interact and bond with others and acquire skills that will help them later in life. However, today’s kids are slowly swapping outdoor play for a more sedentary lifestyle. Nowadays, most children spend their playtime hooked to screens, which is one of the reasons that pushed Colin Guinn to launch the Gel Blaster.
In his words, “I wanted to get children away from screen time and playing outdoors again.” He explains that even though both are important, many have substituted playtime with video games and TV programs, and children barely have time to go out and bond with others.
As someone who really loves adventure, he has made it his mission to bring back backyard fun through his toy gun, the Gel Blaster. The Gel Blaster contains revolutionary eco-friendly, water infused ammo, which burst on contact and immediately begin to evaporate, causing minimal mess.
According to Colin, while developing Gel Blaster, his aim was to create something that accommodates everyone and doesn’t require much preparation time. “Children tend to lose interest very fast,” says Colin. Therefore, the more time you spend during setup and planning, the less likely they’ll want to join in.
He adds that as he’s someone who has a busy work schedule, sometimes it can be challenging and time-consuming to plan the whole thing. This often ends up with you not taking part in the activity as you are tired or still working, which can affect your child’s development.
Gel Blaster’s setup is quite fast, allowing every family member to jump in, creating timeless memories. Growing up, Colin was active in a number of outdoor activities. At one time, he recalls he and his dad sailed from Corpus Christi to the Caribbean, an experience that helped him bond with his father. Colin is also the winner of The Amazing Race season 31. Together with his life partner Christie Woods, they were contestants on The Amazing Race, coming second in season five and first place in season 31.
When he had his two boys, he wanted to share and create beautiful memories with his family, and although it was not easy getting here, they now have a sport in common as a family. He says before launching the Gel Blaster, he struggled to find a favorable solution for the entire family. With his sons being a few years apart, his younger son is still not ready for the sting of the beefier weapons, and their best option is foam dart toys. However, the older son is too cool for foam darts, making it challenging during playtime. Gel Blaster provided the middle ground, making outdoor play comfortable and enjoyable for all.
Looking into the future, Colin wants to provide more solutions and create more kid toys that will encourage children to play outdoors. He says in the coming years, his dream is to completely redefine fun, developing many more games that will allow the whole family to run into the backyard and play together.