- 21. Banzai Slide ‘N Soak Splash Park, $300, Kohl’s
- 10 of the best outdoor toys
- Here’s our pick of the best outdoor toys, as tested by children, parents and toy experts…
- 1. Suzuka Air, £169 – best for big spaces
- 2. Mclaren P1 Electric Ride On, £299.99 – best for car-crazy kids
- 3. Little Tikes Fun Zone Pop ‘n Splash Surprise, £69.99 – best for water-based fun
- 4. Jumpking UFO Swing, £189 – best for playground fans
- 5. Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Car, £44.99 – best for younger children
- 6. Pro Swingball All Surface, £34.99 – best for burning off energy
- 7. Dr Zigs My First Giant Bubble Kit, £15.95 – best for all ages
- 8. Geologic SoftArchery Archery Set 100, £34.99 – best for learning a new skill
- 9. John Lewis & Partners Garden Wheelbarrows and Tools, £15 – best for budding gardeners
- 10. Brookite Bermuda Bird Kite, £14.99 – best for windy days
- A few characteristics of the best outdoor toys for kids and toddlers
- Top 30 Best Outdoor Toys for Kids & Toddlers 2020
- 1. Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark Play Table
- 2. Intex Crystal Blue Inflatable Pool
- 3. Bubble Thing Big Bubbles Wand and Mix
- 4. Strider – 12 Sport Balance Bike
- 5. Step2 Cascading Cove Sand and Water Table
- 6. Skidee Scooter for Kids with Folding Seat
- 7. Diggin Slimeball Dodgetag
- 8. Skywalker Sports Swivel Teeter Totter
- 9. Cal 7 Complete Skateboard
- 10. Little Tikes TotSports Easy Hit Golf Set
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- 1. Ninja Warrior Obstacle Training Course for Kids
- 2. Slackers Ninjaline Wheel
- 3. Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes
- 4. Ball Pit
- 5. Sand Table, Water Table or Both.
- 6. Outdoor Game Sets
- 7. BattleChip Versus Golf Game
- 8. Original Stand Up Surfing Swing.
- 9. The Big Dig Sandbox Digger Excavator Crane
- 10. Playtime Patio with Canopy Playhouse
- 11. Outdoor Climbing Net for Kids
- 12. American Ninja Warrior Zipline
- 13. Rock Climbing Holds for DIY Rock Wall
- 14. Outdoor Swing N’ Spin
- 15. Pogo Stick
- 16. Eight Station Sports Series Metal Swing Set
- 17. Tetherball Rope and Ball Set
- 18. Bow and Arrow Set Archery Training Toy
- 19. Bounce House
- 20. EzyRoller Ride On Sitting Scooter
- 21. Balance Stepping Stones for Kids
- 22. Giant BIG BUBBLES Wand
- 23. Epic Kicking Darts Game
- 24. Giant Outdoor Connect Four Game
- 25. Glow-In-The-Dark Capture the Flag
- 26. Laser Tag
- 27. Sling Ball
- 28. Trampoline
- 29. Kids Seesaw Swivel Teeter-Totter
- 30. Eezy Peezy Monkey Bars Climbing Tower
- 31. Backyard Splash Pad
- 32. World of Watersports Super Slide
- 33. Inflatable Slide Bouncer with Water Pool, Long Slide & Climbing Wall
- 35. Water Balloon Launcher Slingshot
- 36. Heavy Duty Colorful Inflatable Rolling Wheel
- 38. Roller Coaster Ride On for Toddlers
- 42. Razor Dune Buggy
- 43. Batmobile Pedal Go Kart
- 45. Balance Stilts for Little Kids
- 47. Bump N Bounce Body Bumpers
- 49. Butterfly or Fairy Wings
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21. Banzai Slide ‘N Soak Splash Park, $300, Kohl’s
As the weather gets warmer and backyards begin to thaw, most parents can hardly wait to utter three fantastic words: “Go play outside.”
It’ll be glorious at first. But it won’t be long until kids — who spent the winter cooped up inside, dreaming of sunshine — begin to complain about having nothing to do.
If you’re dreading whiny voices saying, “I’m bored, Mom,” we’ve got your back.
From backyard games to beach toys, we’ve rounded up some of the hottest warm weather toys for kids, with a major hat tip to Toy Insider mom Laurie Schacht who stopped by the show Friday.
With everything from scooters to craft sets, kids will beg to stay outside long after the sun starts to set.
Summer is just around the corner! Whether you plan to hit the pool, the beach, or the city park — there are plenty of new toys that will keep the kiddos busy this summer. Here’s a look at some of our top picks:
1. Step2 Spill & Splash Kids Water Toy Play Table Set, $66, Amazon
Endless summer fun for tots await! This water toy play set even comes with an umbrella to keep cool while having a splashing good time.
2. HABA Tractor Shaped Play Tent, $90, Amazon
Play farm all day! This HABA tractor tent can easily move from the backyard to the playroom. Great for days when mother nature isn’t cooperating.
3. Playmobil Family Beach Day, $22, Amazon
Grab your shovel and pail! Even on rainy days, kids can feel like they are at the beach with this set from Playmobil. Set includes two figures, one baby figure, and a sandy setting with accessories. (Ages 4+)
4. Learning Resources Sand & Water Set, $13, Amazon
Toddlers can use a spinner, wavy dropper, scooper and squeezy bottle to have fun with sand and water — building fine motor skills along the way.
5. Haba Sand Toy Basic Set, $19, Amazon
Whether at the beach or in the sand box, this set is a must!
6. Melissa & Doug Seaside Sidekicks Baking Set, $14, Target
Sand cake, anyone?
7. Playmobil Ice Cream Shop Sand Bucket Play Set, $16, Nordstrom Rack
This set comes with everything your little gal or guy needs to create sand cones. (Ages 2+)
8. YIZI Bubble Machine, $10, Amazon
Bubbles! Parents can sit back and relax while this automatic bubble maker does the work. Batteries required.
9. Educational Insights GeoSafar Underwater Explorer, $15, Amazon
Science toy for the pond, pool, even the tub! This kid-sized boat has a clear, magnified floor that gives mini marine biologists a look beneath the water’s surface. A kid-friendly version of a serious scientific tool! (Ages 3+)
10. Nerf Fortnite Super Soaker Water Blaster, $20, Target
Can’t forget about Fortnite! This water blaster is inspired by the popular video game. Prepare to get soaked. (Ages 6+)
11. Toy Story Slinky Dog Swimming Pool Water Blaster, $15, Swimways
Does your child love the Toy Story movies? If so, check out this slinky dog that sprays water.
12. Barbie Dreamtopia Rainbow Lights Mermaid Doll, $25, Amazon
Even Barbie needs a dip! Watch her mermaid tail glimmer with colorful lights under water.
13. Little Tikes Triple Play Splash T-Ball Set, $25, Amazon
Your slugger can smack the baseball while it’s floating on a stream of water! Now, that’s cool. Also, a favorite of the Toy Insider.
14. SwimWays Toypedo Bandits, $5, Amazon
Let’s go diving! Kids can strengthen their swimming skills with this four-pack of dive toys from SwimWays. Glides underwater up to 20 feet.
15. Water Slide Playset with Exclusive Mermal Magic Hatchimals CollEGGtible, $8, Walmart
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Just add water and let your Hatchimals ride the waterslide and splash around!
16. aGreatLife Huge Rainbow Kite, $11, Amazon
An excuse to get outside on a windy day! Hit the park and watch this kite soar towards the clouds.
17. Aeromax Junior Space Explorer Inflatable Space Shuttle, $24, Amazon
Your little astronaut will feel out of this world in this inflatable space shuttle!
18. SwimWays Huggables Sloth Float, $35, Amazon
Huggables are the all-new oversized and fun pool floats that will “hug” you. Other animals are available. (Ages 5+)
19. Peg Perego John Deere 6V Power Pull Tractor, $180, Target
After a day of swimming, the kids can take turns riding around the lawn in this John Deer tractor. Just like the real thing!
20. Minnie Mouse Hot Rod Coupe Ride-On, $279, Walmart
Beep beep! Look cool taking a ride around the block in this convertible 12-volt ride-on from Kid Trax.
No pool, no problem. Just unfold, inflate and add water!
22. Super Wubble Ball With Pump, $20, Walmart
This tear-resistant ball provides endless hours of playtime. Kick it, whack it, bounce it, throw it, even sit on it! The only limits are your imagination.
23. Gazillion Bubble Cycle Bubble Toy, $15, Amazon
Fill your summer with bubbles with the Bubble Cycle! Light-weight and easy to push, it can be used pretty much anywhere, and the no-leak bubble chamber means no lost bubble solution. It includes an 8-ounce bottle of the brand’s bubble solution, giving you a great start.
24. Minnie Light and Sound Bubble Wand, $8, Walmart
Light up those summer nights with this bubble wand. With battery-operated lights, sounds and continuous bubbles, the fun never has to stop. It comes with a beginner 4-ounce bottle of bubble solution.
25. Bestway Sea Life Inflatable Play Center, $46, Amazon
Take a beach trip in your backyard with this inflatable play center. Including a slide, toys, and games, there’s plenty to do. The built-in water sprayer can be easily attached to a garden house, and an inflatable cushion on the pool floor provides extra comfort.
26. SwimWays Blow Up Blaster, $17, Amazon
Prepare for the ultimate water fight with these blow up blasters! Inflatable up to 2 feet long, these toys are easy to carry and operate. When used in the pool, their unique design allows for endless water supply, meaning the fun never has to end!
27. NERF Fortnite RI Super Soaker Water Blaster, $18, Amazon
These replica water blasters bring video-game fun into the real world. With a huge tank that holds 9.3 ounces of water and an easy-to-operate refill system, the water fights can go on for hours.
28. H2OGO POP Llama Ride-On Pool Float, $50, Amazon
This bold, supersized pool float is sure to catch every eye. Three air chambers leave it consistently balanced (and help it inflate faster!) and the heavy-duty handgrips mean you’ll never have trouble climbing aboard.
29. H20GO POP Rhino Ride-On Pool Float, $40, Amazon
This colorful, eye-popping float is covered in endless patterns and colors. With a built-in seat, it’s easy to lounge on, and the six air chambers give it perfect balance on the water.
30. Tiny Pong Table Tennis Electronic Handheld Game, $20, Amazon
Bring the action of a pingpong game into the palm of your hand with this tiny court! Start off slow with “Beginner” mode, and then kick it up a notch into “Expert” level. With lights and sounds, it’s sure to keep players engaged for hours.
31. Giant Games Giant Kick Croquet, $25, Dick’s Sporting Goods
Kids will have a ball with this jumbo-sized croquet set! Guide a giant, blow-up ball through the seven-wicket course. Make it as hard or as simple as you’d like, and let the game begin!
32. Rollplay 12 Volt Nighthawk Ride On Toy, $150, Amazon
Reaching speeds of six miles per hour, this fun ride gives kids the speed boost they’re craving, while giving parents peace of mind. The speed is easily controlled with accelerator and brake pedals, and side hand grips keep small fingers safe. A rear safety flag means you’ll always be able to easily spot them, and the easy charge means the fun almost never has to stop.
33. Rollors Outdoor Game, $50, Amazon
This wooden game can be played on any flat surface — from the backyard to the beach — and family members of all ages can get in on the fun. Players take turns rolling wooden disks toward goal posts and score points based on where the disks land.
- 13. Stephen Joseph Beach Tote With Sand Toys, $21, Amazon
Available in a variety of characters from pirate alligators to pink flamingos, these adorable totes come with a set of sand toys and provide plenty of room for additional beach necessities like sunscreen or snacks.
- 14. Mandala Paint Your Own Rock Art, $5 (usually $8), Amazon
Inspire some warm weather creativity by sending kids outside to paint with this mandala rock painting set. The box includes everything kids need to paint rocks: paint brushes, acrylic and puffy paint and 2 pounds of smooth rocks.
- 15. RazorX Cruiser Electric Skateboard, $149 (usually $180), Amazon
This electric skateboard from Razor is a great way for kids to zip around the neighborhood on sunny days. Controlled with a handheld remote, the board travels up to 10 miles per hour and runs for approximately 40 minutes with each recharge of the lithium-ion battery.
- 16. Aerobie 10′ Sprint Ring, $7 (usually $11), Amazon
An Aerobie Pro flying ring was once used to set a Guinness World Record for the farthest throw. Whether your kids are playing a backyard game of catch or trying to beat the 1,333-foot record themselves, this colorful disc makes a fun outdoor toy.
- 17. SwimWays Star Wars Bocce Ball, $71, Amazon
Not only does this bocce ball set come with beautiful, laser-etched balls featuring “Star Wars” characters, but the game also comes in a carrying case that makes it easy to transport to barbecues or picnics in the park.
- 18. SwimWays Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy, $19 (usually $30), Amazon
Your smallest family members can get in on the outdoor fun with this SwimWays baby float that comes with a sun canopy to keep baby’s skin from catching too many rays.
- 19. Fin Fun Mermaid Tail, $70+, Amazon
Warm weather makes us all want to be mermaids. These mermaid tails with swim fins are perfect additions to summer playtime. And tails and fins come in adult sizes, too, in case Mom wants to get in on the fun.
- 20. Coop Sport Scatter Dodgeball, $18, Amazon
A new twist on the classic game of dodgeball, this game set by Coop accommodates up to six players and involves collecting hit players’ colored wristbands in order to win.
- 21. Creative Roots Paint Your Own Unicorn Set, $13, Amazon
Who needs a fairy garden when you can make a unicorn pasture? Send your kids outside to paint their very own resin unicorn, then let them create their own garden space for their colorful friend to rest in.
- 22. SwimWays Eaten Alive Shark Pool Float, $22, Amazon
Shark attack! With these SwimWays Eaten Alive pool floats — available in shark oralligator styles — kids can float on their choice of water predator. The float is large enough for parents, too, and has a drink holder for those long afternoons watching kids splash around.
- 23. RampShot Game Set, $58, Amazon
This four-player outdoor game features plastic ramps and racquetball-sized balls that can easily be taken on the beach or in the grass. Players toss balls toward their opponents’ ramp, and points are awarded based on whether the balls are caught by the opposing team or make it into the net.
- 24. Razor Turbo Jetts Electric Heel Wheels, $74 (usually $130), Amazon
What travels 10 miles per hour on the heels of its feet? Your kid when he tries these turbo heel jets from Razor. The rechargeable heel wheels get 30 minutes of continuous use per charge and fit the feet of kids ages 9 to adult — meaning dad can try his luck on the battery-powered wheels as well.
- 25. Fin Fun Shark Fin, $30, Amazon
Little brothers who are jealous of sister’s mermaid fin can try their luck as a shark with this Fin Fun Shark Fin. The fin is worn like a backpack with a waist strap to hold it in place, and can turn any little one into a pool predator.
- 26. Glove-A-Bubble, $10 (4-Pack), Amazon
Elephants, lions and bunnies — oh, my! These animal-themed gloves hold bubble solution and make lots of bubbles when kids wave their hands.
- 27. Playmobil Sand Excavator Building Set, $12, Amazon
This Playmobil sand toy is a cool addition to your backyard sandbox or beach vacation. Removable parts on the toy turn into sand toys like shovels and castle molds, making the truck a multitasking toy.
- 28. Watermelon Smash Game, $8 (usually $20), Target
This messy game comes with a spinner that tells each player the number of times they should press the water-filled watermelon on their heads. The unlucky player who triggers watermelon to crack open gets soaked! An indoor version of the game — with plastic watermelon seeds — can also be played.
- 29. Playmobil Aquarium Building Set, $49 (usually $60), Amazon
This aquarium set by Playmobil is perfect for building outside on a warm day. Why? Because the tank can be filled with water once assembled, allowing kids to splash — and get messy — with seals, dolphins and fish as they play.
- 30. BuddyPhones Wireless Bluetooth Headphones for Kids, $55, Amazon
These headphones from BuddyPhones can be wireless or wired, and hold a single battery charge for 10 days. But what really makes them a great outdoor option is they’re waterproof, ensuring that whatever warm weather activity your child engages in, they won’t get water damaged.
- 31. Grand Trunk Junior Parachute Nylon Hammock, $45, Amazon
Because relaxing outdoors can be as much fun as playing, this kid-sized Grand Trunk junior hammock is the perfect place for your kid to curl up with a book or hide out with a favorite toy. And, if a family-sized hammock is what you need, Grand Trunk makes those as well.
- 32. Razor Spark Scooter, $59, Amazon
This cool take on the traditional Razor scooter makes sparks fly when your child steps on the rear flint pad; it also has light-up wheels for nighttime visibility.
- 33. Zing Metaltek Ball, $11, Amazon
This unique high-bounce ball comes in an assortment of metallic colors, making it a hit with kids of all ages.
- 34. Springfree Trampoline, $1,745, Amazon
Springfree trampolines were invented by a dad who wanted to protect his toddler from spring-related injuries while she played on her trampoline. The trampolines are available in several shapes and sizes, making it simple for parents to find a model that fits their backyard space perfectly.
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10 of the best outdoor toys
From electric mini sports cars and go karts to water-based games and archery sets, there are all sorts of toys to keep your youngsters occupied outside. Little ones will love large ride-on cars that they can clamber over or instantly engaging toys such as bubble-makers or sprinklers, while older children may prefer skill-based games such as archery or kite-flying.
Either way, there are all sorts of opportunities for learning, development and entertainment right outside our doorsteps.
Here’s our pick of the best outdoor toys, as tested by children, parents and toy experts…
1. Suzuka Air, £169 – best for big spaces
Awards: MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019 Best Outdoor Toy – Gold
What is it: A high performance peddle go-kart which looks uber cool and has a height adjustable seat and handbrake.
Why we love it: Your kids will love whizzing around outside on this super stylish go kart from Kettler. It’s strong, robust and has plenty of brilliant design features including an adjustable seat, freewheel facility and pneumatic tyres.
MFM tester Karen, mum to Khail, 5, says: “The Suzuka Air is a well-made toy – it’s very sturdy and was so easy to assemble. The features are great too – the adjusting seat is very practical and means my son will be able to play with it as he grows. It looks durable and the tyres are perfect to grip on any ground, including grass and concrete. The fact that this toy has scratch resistant polyester coating means that if it’s looked after it could last well too.”
It is expensive (at £130 more than the Swingball and archery kit mentioned in this list, for example), but the fact it can last for years means it would work out as good value for money. Just bear in mind that it’s not something that’s easily transportable – if you’re looking for something to take away on holiday with you, you may prefer something like a kite or bubble maker.
Available from: Kettler and Jackson Leisure
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2. Mclaren P1 Electric Ride On, £299.99 – best for car-crazy kids
Age: 3-7 years
Awards: MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019 Best Outdoor Toy – Silver
What is it: A seriously impressive electric ride-on sports car, modelled on a McLaren sports car. It features a 6V rechargeable battery and a top speed of 3.8kph, as well as working headlights, adjustable seat belt, horn, upward-tilting doors and the ability to connect to an MP3 player to play music.
Why we love it: Car-obsessed children (and their parents!) will go mad for this sports car, which has some pretty amazing features.
Striking in its bright orange colour, it has fun upward-lifting doors, just like a real Mclaren, as well as a foot-operated pedal and 3 gears.
MFM tester Jonquil, mum to Benjamin, 4, says: “This is a lovely piece of kit and totally dazzling in its appearance and technical features! There is very little more that you’d expect it to do and there it has some delightful features. In addition to the wow factor of being able to drive a car around with music playing, this toy is teaching Benjamin some seriously sophisticated spatial awareness.”
At £300, this really isn’t cheap (the Suzuka Air Go Kart is nearly half this price) and it is quite big to store. However, if you’ve got the space for it and the money to spend, your kids will love it.
Available from: Rideon Toys 4 u and The Model Hut
3. Little Tikes Fun Zone Pop ‘n Splash Surprise, £69.99 – best for water-based fun
Awards: MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019 Best Outdoor Toy – Bronze
What is it: A fun-packed game perfect for outside fun. Turn the spinning wheel and then follow the instructions by either stepping on the stomp pad, using the hand pump or turning the crank to raise the water level and launch the balls out the top.
Why we love it: This delightful game is bursting with surprises and kids will love the sense of anticipation it brings.
MFM tester Leona, mum to Hugo-Blaze, 3, says: “This was much bigger than expected and felt like a real sturdy purchase. It’s a great toy and the sprinkle aspect of this is really good – the water went so far and all involved had to get wet! We really did love this!”
It’s a bit tricky and time-consuming to put together – unlike something like the Little Tikes Coupe Car or John Lewis Wheelbarrow – but it’s well worth it for the excitement it brings.
Available from: Little Tikes, John Lewis and Amazon
4. Jumpking UFO Swing, £189 – best for playground fans
What is it: A stylish free-standing swing that moves in all directions and can carry two children at once.
Why we love it: This uber-cool swing allows you to recreate some of the fun of the playground in your very own back garden. It’s great that the swing can move in all directions and rotate 360 degrees and our child testers loved leaning backwards and looking up at the sky while they moved.
The fact it can carry more than one child (up to a weight limit of 45kg) is also a major bonus. MFM tester Brogan, mum to Margarita, 3, and Andreas, 4, says: “Both of my children were super excited to get on the swing together which is a miracle because they’d been fighting over toys all morning! The spent the entire morning on the swing and were amazed by the fact that they could swing in all different directions rather than just backwards and forwards. Also, the fabric on the seat unit is so easy to wipe down after rainfall and the minimal design means it’s simple to keep clean.”
At £189, this isn’t the cheapest outdoor toy (the Little Tikes Fun Zone Pop ‘n Splash Surprise is less than half the cost, for example), but our testers agreed that it’s well worth the price. And, while it’s not exactly small, it’s minimalistic design won’t stand out in a compact garden.
Available from: Jumpking and Wayfair
5. Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Car, £44.99 – best for younger children
Age: 18 months +
What is it: The classic little red car that’s been loved by kids throughout the decades. Features include a working horn, a storage area in the boot, a little petrol cap that can be opened and closed and a removable floorboard.
Why we love it: What’s not to love about this Little Tikes car? Young toddlers will be captivated by the bright colours and smiley face, and will love clambering in and out (and in, and out!) of it.
When they’re old enough, the floorboard can be removed and they can power the car with their feet themselves. It’s good, simple fun and great for small and big gardens alike.
Older kids may be disappointed it doesn’t do more or go faster (which is where the likes of the Suzuka Air go kart and Mclaren car come in) but this won’t be a problem for little ones.
Available from: Smyths, Argos and John Lewis
6. Pro Swingball All Surface, £34.99 – best for burning off energy
What is it: The classic idea of Swingball taken to a new level! This updated version is taller and faster than the original and can pack away into the base for easy storage. Includes two bats and a real tennis ball.
Why we love it: If you’ve got kids that are bursting with excess energy, Swingball is a great way to help them burn off some steam. We love this version which is suitable for all surfaces, and can also be packed away for easy storage and transportability.
Although it’s best played with others, kids can also enjoy the game by themselves. Just be careful of any rogue shots – the bats and ball are quite hard and can hurt if you’re not paying attention! If you do have quite boisterous children, you may prefer a less rigorous game, such as archery or bubble making.
Available from: Argos, Smyths and Amazon
7. Dr Zigs My First Giant Bubble Kit, £15.95 – best for all ages
What is it: A fantastic kit that helps little ones create giant bubbles using eco-friendly bubble mixture and wooden wands made from sustainably sourced materials. Includes 1 bottle of concentrated bubble mix (which makes 1litre of mix in total) and 1 bubble wand with giant bubble rope attached.
Why we love it: Bubbles are a huge hit with kids of all ages, and youngsters will love using these giant wooden wands. We love the ethical credentials of this toy – the wands are made from sustainably sourced wood with 100% natural untreated cotton ropes, and the bubble mix is a biodegradable formula which is phosphate, paraben and palm oil-free.
It’s also really easily transportable, so it’s great to take to the park or away on holiday. It might not be quite as snazzy as the likes of the Mclaren electric car, but it’s simple – and affordable – entertainment.
Available from: BabiPur and Ethical Superstore
8. Geologic SoftArchery Archery Set 100, £34.99 – best for learning a new skill
What is it: A fun archery kit that includes 1 bow, 2 suction cup arrows and a freestanding target.
Why we love it: This sturdy archery kit will be an instant hit with your kids, who will really enjoy practising their skills and trying to hit the target.
We love the fact the target itself can be used as storage box for the bow and arrows and that the whole kit is easily transportable – it would be perfect to take away on a family camping trip.
The bow is also suitable for both right and left-handed archers – which is a major bonus. The only problem is there’s just one bow – and some children may find it hard to share.
Available from: Decathlon
9. John Lewis & Partners Garden Wheelbarrows and Tools, £15 – best for budding gardeners
What is it: A colourful set of gardening tools, including a wheelbarrow, watering can, secateurs, loppers, a dibber, rake and pick-axe.
Why we love it: Budding gardeners will really enjoy following Mum or Dad around the plot, using their own little tools. We love just how much is included in this set and the fact it’s really reasonably priced. You can even buy a lawnmower to go with it for just £10!
The smaller items are really easy to transport, so it’s simple to take to Granny’s for the day if you wish. It might not be quite as exciting or thrilling as some of the other things on this list (such as the Little Tikes Fun Zone Pop ‘n Splash Surprise), but we can guarantee it will keep your little one amused for a good length of time.
Available from: John Lewis
10. Brookite Bermuda Bird Kite, £14.99 – best for windy days
What is it: A bird-shaped single line kite which is easy to fly. Dimensions are 140 x 60cm.
Why we love it: Flying a kite with your family in the park or on the beach is the sort of stuff long-lasting memories are made of and this colourful bird-shaped option is perfect for all the family. The ribbons on the end will flap in the air and kids will love watching the bird swoop with the wind.
We love how easily transportable it is and the fact it will appeal to children (and adults) or all ages.
Of course, the joy of this toy does depend on the weather conditions outside (unlike things like Suzuka Air go kart which can be enjoyed whenever), but we think it’s one of those toys that’s worth making space for in your cupboard.
Available from: Argos, Wonderland Models and OnBuy
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Some of the best outdoor toys for kids and toddlers can offer hours and days of fun in the sun. Spending more time outdoors is a proven way to improve cardiovascular health, bone health and even the vision of kids. It is why it may even be even more important to encourage kids to play outdoors than parents would expect. But for this to happen, kids need to have attractive toys to play with as they will entice time to spend more time outside the house.
A few characteristics of the best outdoor toys for kids and toddlers
All outdoor toys are different. From climbing toys to sports-inspired toys, kids can have their choice of fun solution for the playtime. However, parents need to ensure they are ready to purchase outdoor toys.
Age restrictions apply to all outdoor toys. An inflatable pool has different restrictions compared to a golf set. According to law, the toys need to clarify specifically the age group they are made for. Parents need to respect the indications of the manufacturer for safety purposes.
The installation process of outdoor toys might require assembly. Most toys which require assembly may already come with included tools. Others might need additional tools such as inflatable toys which may require a special inflation pump to install.
There is a learning curve with every toy. Since outdoor toys tend to be larger, kids might take more time to master them properly. However, having fun during the process is the best way to learn. The following outdoor toys combine fun with creative play and are specifically made to be used outside the home.
Top 30 Best Outdoor Toys for Kids & Toddlers 2020
1. Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark Play Table
Why we like it: As one of the most original outdoor toys, the Waterpark Play Table is fun and interactive for one or more kids.
Made from quality materials, the Waterpark Play Table is built to last. But maybe at least as important is its unique design. Recommended for kids 6 and up the waterpark is a top choice for the hot summer days. It allows kids to creatively play with water while learning a few things about what makes water move and how certain objects float on water.
At nearly 12 pounds, it is not too heavy to move from location to location. Of course, due to its nature, is simply advisable to install it in the back yard. It is here that toddlers can develop their put and take skills, hand-eye coordination and even play with other kids. With an included water cup and 5 character balls, kids have all the tools to play with the toy. Of course, parents need to offer a helping hand with the water. Up to 7 gallons of water can be added to the toy for the ultimate playing experience.
All the elements on the waterpark can be interacted with by the kids. Its biggest attraction is the central spiral which allows kids to drop the floating balls and see them go round and round until touching the water. Once the balls reach the water, they can actually be scooped out. But doing this by hand would not be too fun. It is why the toy comes with an added Ferris wheel which is turned and which scoops every ball individually. There is a twin water funnel as well. It is powered by water which is poured into the funnel. Kids have everything needed to make the toy convenient to play with from balls to a pouring cup.
One fun fact about the balls is that they come with a squirting design. Once filled with water, they can be used by kids for a fun water-based shooting game. Of course, all of these elements need to be put together and assembled by parents.
The original water toy impresses with its simple and fun design and its construction is among the best as well.
- Made with quality materials
- Designed as a unique outdoors game
- Can be played by kids in groups
- Comes with squirting balls
- Needs assembly
2. Intex Crystal Blue Inflatable Pool
Why we like it: An inflatable pool is a must-have for all kids. Intex’s design is perfect to escape the summer heat.
The inflatable pool is available in various packs. All packs contain at least one 45in X 10in inflatable pool. They are made with an efficient design to maximize their durability and to help kids enjoy a fun way of escaping the high temperatures of hot summers.
Of course, its large design means the pool can be used for various water games. Adding the kids’ favorite ducks and even using a water slide can be top ideas to add to the fun experience of the little ones. There is plenty of room even to bring friends over for a pool party out in the sun.
Made with vinyl, the pool is easy to clean. Parents can use various cleaning solutions from around the house to make it sparkling clean for the next water fun day. At 6.5” of water depth, it is just the right amount of water to keep the kids entertained. Once playtime is over, parents will need to remove the water from the pool using a larger cup for the most part as the stretchy material might night allow them to easily turn it over. Made for ages 2 and up, the inflatable pool also installs easily. With a bit of blowing power from parents, it is ready for a fun day of games with friends and family coming together.
This efficient inflatable pool is among the most popular outdoor options for kids to use during the hot summer months.
- Made with durable vinyl
- Inflates in minutes
- Can be filled with water or play balls
- Suitable for ages 2 and up
- Ships with an included repair patch
- Might require some time to empty
3. Bubble Thing Big Bubbles Wand and Mix
Why we like it: If there’s a timeless outdoor toy which impresses both kids and adults, a bubbles wand is it.
Even back in 1984, the Bubble Thing was invented to entertain kids. Today, it is still as easy and as fun to use outside of the house. Instead of coming with a compact design fit for the pocket, it comes with a large design which aims to offer the most impressive balloons which will mesmerize kids every time they are seen.
The Bubble Thing only needs warm water, a bucket, and some soap to create its magic. Kids can make the balloons themselves and they can start mastering the art of creating larger and larger balloons. There are a few bubbles which can be created with patience. This includes tunnels, double bubbles, bubbles within bubbles, and even kids in bubbles. Practically, there is no outdoor toy to match it for its fun and affordability, not even mentioning its durability.
The wand itself is small. With a bucket of water, kids can enjoy the bubbles at the back of their house or even in the park. Shortly after making a few balloons on different weather, kids will realize the perfect elements which allow these balloons to impress even further. For example, warm water melts the soap faster which allows kids to create the balloons faster. Colder days with higher humidity might also favor their balloons integrity for a longer period of time. But most importantly, soap balloons can be created on any type of weather when it’s not raining and the concentration needed during the process means kids can relax and forget about their day for a while when with friends or with their families.
Those seeking an affordable and fun outdoor toy can find the Bubble Thing to offer the most versatility both at home and away from home.
- Made with a timeless design
- Can be used with soap and water
- Designed in 1985
- Made with a fabric which absorbs more soap
- Requires a lot of soap and water
4. Strider – 12 Sport Balance Bike
Why we like it: Decades ago and even now, a kids’ bike is maybe the most desired toy across the globe. Strider’s smallest bike is perfect to learn how to ride a bike.
With a simplified design, the bike goes back to basics. It addresses a few of the issues of modern kids’ bikes by making it suitable for all kids. In fact, it can be even used before kids are even able to master their walking. It is why the Strider bike is often used by kids as young as one. In fact, its design is suitable for the ages of 18 months to 5 years. Its versatile design means the bike grows with the kid. It comes with an adjustable handlebar. A height-adjustable saddle has also been added. There are no required tools to make these adjustments. The good news is kids can also be safe on the bike with its padded handlebar.
All parents are impressed by the bike. As it comes with no training wheels, it puts kids directly in the middle of the action. The bike can be used around the house or even while out shopping. Without disturbing kid leashes and with no extra helping wheels, kids can actually keep the pace with adults.
At a weight of just 6.7lbs, the little bike is easy to carry and maneuverable for children. They don’t have to choose heavy bikes which would only put extra pressure on their small muscles. But the bike even comes with durable wheels. There are no possible flats with the foam wheels. With built-in footrests, kids can stand or cycle at their own pace.
But the adjustability of the bike is also impressive. Parents can set the handlebar to a height between 46 and 56cm. The seat height can be adjusted from 28 to 48cm. This also means parents can save money on the bike. Since kids won’t outgrow their bikes too soon, it means they’ll have the ability to choose the design which suits their height as they grow to the age of 5.
Another interesting fact comes with the fact that Strider doesn’t actually categorize their bikes by age. It uses inseam to offer the perfect fit for happy kids on their bike. Inseam is mainly considered by professional bikers but it is actually what can determine the 12 Sport Bike’s fit for the kids. Parents who are unsure of the inseam can actually measure it at home by themselves. Kids need to be in the shoes and with their back against the wall. A book is then placed between the legs and raised until it reaches the crotch seam of the pants. In this position, the inseam is the total length from the top of the book to the floor. This measurement can also be used to purchase other kids’ bike for the perfect fit.
With a practical design, this adjustable bike grows with the kids, offering a quick learner design with no training wheels required.
- Made with unique versatility
- Based on inseam height adjustability
- Only weighs 3kg
- Suitable for ages as low as 18 months
- Improves strength and coordination
- Bike assembly is required
5. Step2 Cascading Cove Sand and Water Table
Why we like it: Combining sand and water can only lead to creative and fun outdoor toys for kids to play with.
The toy is designed as a 2-in-1 attraction. It comes to offer plenty of creative fun ideas with its sand and water parts. One part of the table holds sand up to 10lbs. The other part of the table holds up to 3gal of water. Of course, this means kids can actually bring their favorite sand and water toys to play with. The design of the toy allows kids to build a sand castle on one side and play with their favorite water boats on the other. Both creations can actually be protected as there is a cover which goes over the table for the off times.
While playing in direct sunlight might not be the best choice for kids with sensitive skin, parents can rest assured the conveniently included umbrella can go a long way from this perspective. There is an included drain plug which kids or parents can use to release the water once their fun has finished. The added table cover can also keep the sand and water clean for a longer period of time and it can even allow the table to be left out when it’s raining.
With a sturdy design, the table can also be moved from location to location by a single person. Of course, the umbrella would need to be removed when moving the table. But the good news is that since kids don’t need to play on the floor, the table can be placed around the yard or even on the deck. The fact that it can also work with multiple sand and water toys can only mean there are extra hours of fun to be had by the little ones.
With a distinct design, the sand and water table offers the best of two worlds. Kids can also add their favorite toys for extra fun on the sand or on water.
- Made with a convenient design
- Ships with an umbrella
- Works with multiple toys suitable for all ages
- Can be the base for group play
- Sand is not included in the pack
6. Skidee Scooter for Kids with Folding Seat
Why we like it: This innovative folding scooter can be a fun way to get kids to spend more time outdoors enjoying the fresh air. It comes with a versatile design which most parents love.
Available in vivid colors for both boys and girls, this innovative scooter comes with an original design. It is actually based on three wheels offering extra stability. It also comes with a folding seat which is a unique characteristic. The seat can offer the little ones a well-deserved break. It would also ensure they actually have the ability to play in their own rhythm and to relax when they feel suited. When they want to ride the scooter more, they can simply fold up the seat.
One of the convenient features of this friendly scooter comes with its adjustable height. Kids can teach to control their balance from an early age and grow with the scooter which can only save parents’ money with future purchases.
Learning a few tricks is possible after a short period. Kids can rely on scooter’s aluminum frame for a durable experience. With a wide standing board, the scooter is suitable for both regular uses and for those who are already experienced and who want to perform tricks more than anything else.
If parents are concerned about the safety of the scooter, they need to know there are a few applicable tricks. The scooter itself comes with a back-wheel brake. But kids should also use a helmet to play on the safe side. Suitable for ages of 2 and up to 14, the scooter is used differently by kids and it is why proper safety is crucial.
Most importantly, the scooter can easily fit on the car or kids can take them with them on the school bus. With its folding aluminum frame, it offers freedom of movement which can motivate all kids to become more active. With a weight of just 7lbs, this should not be too complicated for most kids.
The scooter has the advantages of height adjustability and of the folding design to even make it a top outdoor toy when away from home.
- Suitable for kids between 2 and 14
- Includes a folding seat
- Made with a folding aluminum frame
- Improves balance and strength
- Added lights in the wheels
- Replacement wheels sold separately
7. Diggin Slimeball Dodgetag
Why we like it: This fun game remains a top choice for kids who want to challenge their opponents and improve coordination.
Designed as one of the simple options on the market, the Slimeball Dodgetag is very fun for kids and their friends. There are two vests the opponents need to wear. When these vests are in place, kids can throw the Slimeballs towards the opponent. Of course, they will not stick anywhere else apart from the target of the vest. It is why kids need to develop their aiming skills and coordination skills to actually score points.
The Slimeballs don’t leave any marks on the kids’ clothes, which will see happy parents at the end of the day. But having to wear the vests and having to find the best strategies to win points why avoiding the opponent’s efforts is what makes this game fun.
Supporting two players, the game can be a timeless approach to outdoor fun. It can be played in the yard, in the park or while camping. Of course, the actual Slimeballs are soft. They will not hurt the opponent if they miss their target. But how do kids actually master the game? Playing the game is easy but becoming really good at it is where kids need to put in a bit of extra effort. Dodging the shots of the opponent, hiding behind a tree or simply getting lower towards the ground can all be techniques used both in defense and when trying to score points. Kids can have their own fun outdoors where they can put these strategies into practice.
Of course, there are only two vests which ship with the game. So if kids plan to play with more friends, they would need the extra vests to include everybody in the game. 4 sticky balls are also shipped with the vests. They are durable and easy to clean at the end of the game with a bit of soap and water.
For safety and coordination purposes, the game is mainly recommended to kids ages 6 and up. Of course, it is actually safe since kids can’t hurt themselves with the squeeze balls. For most players, it can actually be an opportunity to practice sprinting outside the house.
With a concept easy to comprehend, the game can be an inspired gift for boys and girls.
- Ships with two target vests
- Includes 4 Slimeballs
- Safe design for kids of various ages
- Requires a lot of running
- Balls need to be thrown harder than expected
8. Skywalker Sports Swivel Teeter Totter
Why we like it: The Teeter Totter comes with a unique 360 design which means its outdoor fun can increase even more.
A Teeter Totter is among the must-have outdoor toys to consider. It is timeless for a good reason. From a simple piece of wood on a rock, this time of toy has been used for hundreds of years. But Skywalker offers it as a modern alternative which is specifically made to offer fun and safety at the same time.
Of course, everybody expects it to go up and down. But the Teeter Totter actually turns round and round with its 360 capacity as well. This tri-directional design means kids can select their own way of playing it, switching things up to maintain motivation and fun levels.
In order to use the toy, kids need to seat on their seats which come with handlebars for safety. With durable steel construction, kids can hop on as often as they want on the Teeter Totter. Even more, it can be left outside all the time as rain won’t damage it. This is why kids can actually hope on even after the rain is gone and as soon as their seats are dry.
With plastic molded seats, there is sufficient comfort for kids to swivel, jump around and balance as long as they want. There are two included stoppers which ensure kids won’t fall from heights in case their feet get too tired. For many parents, it is the perfect Teeter Totter due to its safety, its durable materials and because it can be quickly wiped for a shiny look as often as needed.
With a unique design, the Teeter Totter can be considered for its extra safety rubber stoppers which reduce ground impact.
- Made with rubber safety stoppers
- Based on durable materials
- Allows the main beam to rotate
- Dual side handles for extra stability
- Takes up to 3 minutes to assemble
9. Cal 7 Complete Skateboard
Why we like it: A skateboard is one of the most fun ways kids can spend time playing while out of the house.
Designed with durable pieces and customized with amazing artwork, the Cal 7 skateboard is one of the finest. It is based on a sturdy maple board which makes it flexible but very distinct as well. In fact, its design is based on 7 plies of beautiful maple wood which make it look like a premium skateboard.
The wheels of the board are made to resist as well. With hard PU wheels and ABEC-7 bearings, the board is ready to take kids a few yards down the block or even for miles every day. Depending on the skills, it can offer one of the most reliable options for kids seeking the ultimate freedom.
The top of the board comes with pre-applied grip tape. Parents don’t need to apply the tape themselves and kids can enjoy proper grip which helps keep their feet on the board for longer. But the board is also made with a double kicktail popsicle deck design which allows for all types of tricks to be put into practice. In fact, it suits both amateurs and skilled kids very well.
But the boar is also made to look distinct, as this characteristic is important for kids as well. In fact, each line of the board comes with its unique graphics. Carrying the board through the city or to the nearest park is made with pride as a result. From quirky patterns or eagles to bears, tribal designs and historical figures, there are many unique graphics to consider.
The skateboard is made to a durable standard and it can practically offer years of outdoor fun.
- Made with quality maple wood
- Designed with unique graphics
- Ships with pre-applied grip tape
- Based on aluminum trucks
- Stability can be improved
10. Little Tikes TotSports Easy Hit Golf Set
Why we like it: This miniature golf set can be used in the backyard to offer kids hours of fun with no special effort.
Designed for kids, the golf set is very easy to use. It doesn’t require too much effort to play with which makes it perfect for toddlers. Its main purpose is to offer a fun game. However, it can also offer better coordination and improved balance.
Made from plastic materials, the set is recommended when it comes to durability. Furthermore, parents can easily clean the set with warm water whenever needed. Even the cart can be cleaned in a matter of minutes.
Inside the golf set, kids can find 2 golf clubs and 3 golf balls. Of course, they are made to be shorter and lighter than actual clubs, which means kids can go for a full swing at maximum speed. Even the balls are made larger than regular golf balls to make the learning curve much shorter.
Made with friendly lightweight materials, this golf set can be a good introduction to an internationally-famous sport.
- Made from durable plastic
- Includes two clubs
- Ships in a plastic cart
- Helps develop motor skills
- Might use an extra putter
Do outdoor toys for kids and toddlers need installation?
Most outdoor toys need to be assembled. Even if they are compact in nature such as a skateboard, they might still need to be put together by the parents. The good news is that instructions are shipped with the toys.
Can outdoor toys be left outside?
Many toys can be left outside in the sun or in the rain. However, the toys which can be stored insider are recommended to be actually stored away from the elements to improve their durability.
Are sports-inspired toys right for my child’s age?
Sports-inspired toys are made for various ages. But even some bikes can be used by kids as young as 2 so judging each toy on an individual level is recommended. Age limits are indicated by the manufacturer.
What is the most important feature of an outdoor toy?
As with all toys, safety is the most important. If a toy is safe, kids can proceed to find out the best option to have the most fun with it.
Is there a product warranty issue for outdoor toys?
Many toys come with a manufacturer’s warranty. They can easily be considered even beyond this period. Furthermore, some toys come with an extended warranty.
How to buy the best outdoor toys for kids and toddlers
Buying the next outdoor toys for the kids is exciting. With so many fun options, parents can already visualize the fun their kids can have. However, there are a few general guidelines which can lead to the best outdoor toys for kids and toddlers.
Number of players
The number of players who can interact with a game is crucial. It’s one thing playing alone and totally another thing playing in a group. It is why if there are multiple kids in the family, it is advisable to integrate all of them in an outdoor game to improve communication and bonding. At the same time, some toys are best used individually, such as a toddler’s learner biker.
The age range of a child dictates the type of toys parents can look for. Of course, the lines get blurry in time and toys as toys are made for various ages. However, these indications are important as the toys need to be easy to play with for the kids. Building a sand castle can be among the first experiences for a toddler why a kid older than 6 might be already looking towards going outside and jumping on board for the latest tricks.
Type of activity
The types of activities are impressive for outdoor play time. Kids can build things, they can splash in a mini pool, they can shoot plastic balls, they can cycle or they can even drive a small car. These options are great for most kids as they offer a different playing experience than they usually have inside. It is why parents should avoid purchasing toys which actually can be used inside as kids are already familiar with them. For this reason, it is advisable to make the most of the large open space and allow kids to get extra sun exposure.
All toys eventually end-up in storage during the winter or when not in use. But since some outdoor toys are larger than others, parents need to find the right storage place. Of course, carrying a sand table inside might not be something parents would actually want to do. It is why it’s crucial to find the right storage options ahead of the purchase.
Some toys can only do one thing. Others combine multiple toys. Of course, no option is truly better than the other, rather than actually being just different. It is why the toys need to be made in a way in which they allow for maximum results and plenty of fun. In this case, versatile designs prove to be worth the investment.
However, parents can also consider versatile multi-player designs for their kids as they can even play together. At the same time, versatile tools can also be the focus of a children’s party. It can also be the case that versatile toys keep kids occupied for longer. But this is not to say that a bike needs to be anything more than a bike. It just depends on what parents consider to complete the toy collection with.
Some of the best outdoor toys for kids and toddlers are made to meet increasing safety standards. Since outdoor toys are typically larger, parents need to be careful about their child’s safety from a different perspective. If inside the home, small toy parts are the enemy, outside the hose it’s the actual speed and size of the toys which can create problems for the little ones.
But selecting the right toy might also mean exposing the kid to a few bruises here and there, especially with sports-based toys. This doesn’t mean these toys are not great. Even more, they can teach kids a few things about team spirit, tactics, and coordination. They can also build better physical strength which is crucial as they grow.
Some toys also come with a creative or educational side. It is why they might need to be chosen according to a range of parameters such as locomotor development. Other toys might boost the creative side such as toys which require kids to build something. Climbing toys can be a great addition to a child’s collection as they are not to be used inside the house.
A teeter-totter can be an interesting choice for a long period of time. But as long as kids have a playing partner, most toys can be fun and interesting. However, as kids grow they need different types of toys. It is best for the parents to match one of the above toys with the child’s personality or interests as this is what ultimately makes the product a fun toy to play with.
Best Outdoor Toys for Kids and Toddlers
Outdoor and pool toys are key for summer. That’s because you want your kids off their devices and running and splashing around. What you need is, of course, a solid arsenal of outdoor toys, geared both for toddlers and older kids.
It’s hard to resist the great outdoors with the proper tools (and toys). We’ve rounded up a slew of crucial outdoor toys for kids and outdoor toys for toddlers that make playing in the sun a lot more enjoyable for a kid that loves the fresh air — or just needs a push to get out there.
Get your kids to explore the great outdoors with this sturdy and safe pair of binoculars.
These binoculars are dope. With 8×21 magnification and BAK-4 prisms for enhanced sharpness, they’ll be able to see far and venture farther. The eyepieces are soft as well, so it won’t hurt your child’s eyes.
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Bocce is basically a perfect outdoor concentration game. And these bocce balls are soft rubber, so they’re way safer for kids. The set includes eight balls, weighing just over a pound each, the pallino, and a carry bag.
You can play this bocce ball set on any surface, from grass to concrete to sand. And the rubber balls are basically indestructible.
Toddlers sit and spin around on this twister, which also works with a water hose.
What’s even better than spinning around in dizzying circles? Why, getting wet while doing it! Just add a water hose and aqua sprays out of the twister while kids spin around.
If you can’t go to a theme park, bring the theme park to you with this sturdy 10-foot long roller coaster ride on track.
Made for kids ages two to five, the Step2 Roller Coaster is durable, simple to put together, and lets kids have a blast. They build confidence when they roll up and down the track and push their car up the ramp by themselves. It has a weight limit of 50 pounds, so there’s a limit to how long you can use it.
Perfect for explorers ages three and up, these magnifiers are great for getting up close and personal with leaves, rocks, insects and more.
Put a little science into outdoor exploration. With these extra-large magnifiers, your kid can look at all the bugs, bugs, and more bugs they can see. And we assume anything else they want to look at. Perfect for small hands.
Think of this as an elevated sandbox for your yard. It’s hours of sand-digging good times, and it comes with a lid and elastic tie-downs to keep the sand clean and dry.
It’s an undisputed fact that kids love sand. Now, they can play for hours in this elevated sandbox, which comes with shovels, claw rakes and a bucket. It can hold up to 40 pounds of sand, which is a lot of sand.
Kids can catch, and of course release, critters after observing them in this handy carrier.
With this handy case, intrepid environmentalists and explorers can look closely at leaves and insects, after placing them inside using an easy-open hatch. And set them free, of course.
Kids can stop and smell the flowers with this three-piece gardening kits, perfect for children 18 months and older.
This Green Toys three-piece set is made from recycled plastic milk jugs and includes a gardening can, a rake and a shovel, for aspiring mini gardeners who love nature.
Kids can go on epic adventures, and stay in contact, with these child-friendly walkie talkies that have a two-mile range.
Chshhh. That the sound of your kids and their best friends talking behind your back as they venture into the wild with these kid-friendly walkie-talkies. A nice LED display, call alert notifications, and built-in flashlight all take your camping trip to a whole new level.
This lightweight compass is perfect for kids because it stays luminous for up to an hour after being exposed to light.
It’s never too early to learn basic directional skills, and this mini compass, with its easy-to-read face, is an ideal way to start. You can hang it from your kid’s parka or sweater, and off he or she goes. Because guess what? Sometimes basics are better than Google Maps.
Sized just right for little hands, this fishing set comes complete with a telescopic fishing rod, a spincast reel, fishing line, fishing tackle and travel bag.
Fishing is a treasured pastime between father and son or daughter or cousin or, honestly, whoever will go out with them. Get them started with this simple little kit that introduces them to the pole, spinning wheel, line, and tackle. You just have to supply the bait.
This fantastic head lamp has four settings: High beam, low beam, red beam and red flashing lights.
Night in the outdoors is either a thrill or a nightmare for a kid (more likely the former). Get them moving after-hours, and see where they are, with this colorful headlamp. All you need are three AAA batteries to power the high beam, low beam, and red flashing feature lights.
At a recent barbecue, we saw two kids forgo devices and spend hours, yes hours, playing this game. It’s a must-have.
There’s never a dull moment outside with a game of cornhole. This kid-sized version includes the necessary two boards and six bean bags. Plus it’s small enough to pack into the car — a good idea between glorious hikes on a camping trip.
The tent has mesh panels to provide ventilation and allow parents to easily supervise their children. It’s big enough to fit three kids, plus toys.
Whether you’re traveling or they just need a trip to the backyard, this tent is perfectly sized for three kids plus their toys. It’s not a headache to set up thanks to its flexible poles and stakes that install in the ground and has multiple entrances for hours of fun outside. It’s 48″ X 48″ X 42″ in size, and folds up handily into its own carry bag.
The sleeping bag weighs only two pounds and is made from a breathable polyester material that keeps kids snug and warm in the outdoors.
Get your little one stoked on camping with one of these colorful, comfy sleeping bags. It’s made from breathable polyester and has a side-zipper for easy access and exit, plus it packs down light in its dedicated carrying case. Great for gazing at the stars.
Let your kids start tearing up some trails with this starter dirt bike.
Is your kid showing an interest in mountain biking? This durable, colorful BMX-slash-dirt bike is the perfect ride to take on their first trails. It has adjustable training wheels to help them start off slowly and a handle bar pad for some extra sweet graphics. Put it together in less than 20 minutes and see your child fly out the door.
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It’s getting harder and harder to motivate kids to get outside these days. With the competing demands of apps, video games and more kids staying inside, it can feel like a huge battle to get the kids to play outdoors.
It’s getting harder and harder to motivate kids to get outside these days. With the competing demands of apps, video games and more kids staying inside, it can feel like a huge battle to get the kids to play outdoors.
But here’s the thing.
Getting the kids outside is imperative to their neurological development.
If you read my post about why kids won’t listen, then you know that in order for kids to listen, focus and learn to sit still for a period of time, they must develop both proprioception and vestibular sense by experiencing many physical challenges during childhood.
Proprioception is what tells you where your body parts are without having to look at them. This is the sense that helps you make sense of gravity. It’s the reason you can switch from the gas pedal to the brake without looking at your feet, or bring popcorn to your mouth without taking your eyes off the movie screen. Without properly developed proprioception, kids can push too hard during tag, fall out their seat at the dinner table, or trip while walking up stairs.
Vestibular sense provides information about where the body is in relation to its surroundings. This is the sense that helps you understand balance, and it connects with all the other senses. Without a strong vestibular sense, kids will have no choice but to fidget, get frustrated, experience more falls and aggression, get too close to people when talking, and struggle with focusing and listening. Because they literally cannot help it.
Outdoor toys for kids are an amazing way to support your kiddos neurological development.
These are some of our favorite outside toys to get the kids BEGGING to go in the backyard and play. They will not want to come in. I promise!
1. Ninja Warrior Obstacle Training Course for Kids
The most versatile and customizable ninja warrior course there is! Enclosed is a unique assortment of the standard accessories, plus new and exciting accessories, including: extra long monkey bar, spinning wheel, climbing ladder, and ninja rings. And this one is cheaper than you’ll find on other sites.
2. Slackers Ninjaline Wheel
Add this to your Ninjaline for an extra challenge. Combines with the outdoor ninjaline above. Includes 10 inch heavy duty nylon rope and safety Delta carabineer.
3. Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes
Run, jump and stomp to launch stunt Planes; 100% kid-powered, no batteries required. Includes three different Planes (Looper, glider and Wildcat) designed by aeronautical engineers to perform a variety of amazing stunts. Looper plane performs giant loops, glider plane soars up to 100 feet and Wildcat plane does all kinds of crazy tricks that the kids love!
4. Ball Pit
This is a bright and vibrant ball pit playhouse obstacle course playset. There’s a cool target wall (3 dart balls included) that makes it fun for the kids to play with. Kids can customize the many different combination maze options, keeping this playset fun and exciting! Works indoors and outdoors.
5. Sand Table, Water Table or Both.
Sand or water tables provide several learning benefits to the developing child. They are primarily used for sensory play, but they can also be used for science projects, and pretend or imaginative play. The best thing about sand and water tables is that they will keep your kids busy for hours learning and having fun!
6. Outdoor Game Sets
There are a ton of options in this category, so I’ll put as many of them here that have held my kids attention. Game sets are a wonderful way to spend family time.
- Franklin Sports Combo Set: Badminton, Volleyball, Flip Toss, Horseshoes, Flying Disc
- Juegoal 54 Pieces Giant Tumble Tower Blocks Game (basically a big outdoor Jenga set)
- Potato Sack Race Set
- Ring Toss Yard Game for Kids
- Cornhole, Ladderball Game and Table Combo Set
- Giant Wooden Playing Dice Set with Bonus Rollzee and Farkle Scoreboard
7. BattleChip Versus Golf Game
This is a new hybrid between golf and cornhole for a really fun outdoor game that kids and adults like! It’s easy to learn and includes rules for several fun games. Also includes Two 3′ x 2′ Wood Framed Targets, Hitting Mat, 16 Foam Balls, Scorecard and Tote Bag. Set is fully portable and can be taken anywhere, which is nice.
8. Original Stand Up Surfing Swing.
Any child or adult can hop on and soar away. There are adjustable handles for any height. Overall, this is great for a little one looking for a calm swing and for big kids looking for excitement.
9. The Big Dig Sandbox Digger Excavator Crane
Great for the beach, backyard or playground. Pretend that you’re on a big construction site with this backyard sandbox excavator. This is a fun sandbox digger that can swivel 360° and has two-handed digging and dumping. Works for all-seasons.
10. Playtime Patio with Canopy Playhouse
This pavilion-style outdoor playhouse design lets kids get ready to host their own backyard party. Perfect for social and interactive play, the working doors open to let kids in and out to play with the included kitchen. Also has sand & water features which can dual-serve as a sand and water table.
11. Outdoor Climbing Net for Kids
This webbing climbing net is high strength polyester for fall protection, lightweight and durable. Works for kids 3 years and up, but it’s also strong enough to hold adults so you can climb right alongside the kids.
12. American Ninja Warrior Zipline
Glide like a Ninja Pro down the ANW Zipline. 50′ or 80′ Galzanized steel cable, turnbuckle secured with safety backup, (200lbs max weight). Set up in the backyard or take it with on your next camping outdoor adventure!
13. Rock Climbing Holds for DIY Rock Wall
Rock climbing is super motivating to kids going outside. Plus, it helps kids to exercise, improve their agility, endurance, flexibility, and strengthen the balance of the body. Use the climbing holds to make your own DIY rock wall at home. Pretty easy!
14. Outdoor Swing N’ Spin
Hang from a two points for your traditional back-and-forth swing or from a single point to spin merry-go-round style. We all know the benefits of being outdoors and then add the therapeutic benefits of swinging; sensory integration, exercise, body awareness and balance skills are snuck into the fun.
15. Pogo Stick
Close your eyes parents! Hahaha. Flybar Maverick Pogo Stick offers a great introduction to pogo stick jumping, the Flybar Maverick junior pogo stick is ideal for the young beginner. The Maverick has a rugged metal frame covered with foam. Also check out this Foam Pogo stick for parents peace of mind 🙂
16. Eight Station Sports Series Metal Swing Set
8 fun activity stations that will keep 9 kids busy at the same time. Includes a 36″ Trampoline, a 32″ Flying saucer, a slide, a glider, a monkey bar, a swing, a basketball hoop and backboard, a soccer goal with net, a basketball, a soccer ball and an air pump.
17. Tetherball Rope and Ball Set
Good ‘ole fashioned tetherball. Easily attaches to any pole or tree to create an instant tetherball court. Take the fun with you wherever you go. The rope length is easily adjustable too.
18. Bow and Arrow Set Archery Training Toy
The kids love this one. This bow and arrow archery set is simple designed for starters, best beginner bow for young people, but adults can practice archery as well. Also check out this wooden archery set.
19. Bounce House
This bounce house is ideal for active kids at play time or for a very special event. Small enough to use indoors or as a backyard toy.
20. EzyRoller Ride On Sitting Scooter
All the neighbor kids get very enamoured each time this toy is out on the community basketball court. By far our favorite outdoor toy for kids!! The EzyRoller ride on classic car has a foot bar allowing your child to get this racing machine moving with easy alternating leg movement on the foot bar. Comes with 2 steel extensions to grow with your child.
21. Balance Stepping Stones for Kids
Set of 8 stones combining and optimizing every size from the hilltops and riverstones in a single set for maximum value.
22. Giant BIG BUBBLES Wand
Makes 20 Foot bubbles. The huge 90-inch fabric loop is woven to absorb and release maximum bubble soap. The unique one-stick wand design with slide-control lets you creatively form bubbles of endless shapes and sizes not possible with other wand designs.
23. Epic Kicking Darts Game
Giant 6′ 10″ x 4′ 3″ x 6′ 6″ inflatable dartboard with 4 kick balls that stick to the board.
24. Giant Outdoor Connect Four Game
The four-to-score game set can also help little ones with counting, improved eye-hand coordination, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. The game set assembles quickly and can be easily transported. Designed for kids and adults.
25. Glow-In-The-Dark Capture the Flag
It’s the classic game of stealth, speed and strategy that people have enjoyed for over 90 years – now adapted for today’s generation using glow-in-the-dark lights! It includes battery powered game pieces for jail markers, territory lights, light-up wristbands and glowing crystals that serve as each team’s flag.
26. Laser Tag
These Laser Blasters light up and vibrate while shooting as far as 130ft! Each gun mode comes with a different range of life bars, available shots and booming sounds.
27. Sling Ball
Basically catch with a slingshot toy! A kid’s dream! Includes A Launching Hook, Catching Net And A Comfortable, Ergonomic Handle, 2 Racquets And 2 Balls.
Made of soft, safe play materials with a hook-and-loop breakaway rim to minimize damage to enclosure net and poles; includes 1 foam basketball. Patented enclosure eliminates gaps between the enclosure net and the jumping surface protecting kids from pinch points & openings.
29. Kids Seesaw Swivel Teeter-Totter
The Nova Spinning Seesaw can spin 360 degrees while going up and down! Like a merry-go-around, children can spin around and around or move up and down and side to side in a frog-like motion.
30. Eezy Peezy Monkey Bars Climbing Tower
Ideal size for indoor and outdoor use. Lightweight and easy assembly makes it convenient for unit to be moved easily so your child always has their favorite toy rain or shine.
31. Backyard Splash Pad
Connect the hose and wait for a while, you can see the child’s smile as the water squirts from the water toys. You can adjust the water pressure to determine the direction of the pool spray.
32. World of Watersports Super Slide
Zig-zag spray pattern sprinkler system runs the length of the slide for awesome water coverage for great sliding, connects easily to a water hose. Extra-thick, heavy-duty PVC, more than twice as thick as your typical Slip and Slide that breaks after one use.
33. Inflatable Slide Bouncer with Water Pool, Long Slide & Climbing Wall
Put 1″ ice cubes in water tank , fill up to 800cc water and start to pump pressure. The little nozzle automatically blasts powerful ice-cold water shot as far as 40 Ft.
35. Water Balloon Launcher Slingshot
Both kids and adults can have fun with water balloons cannons. Kids can team up and have a competition.
36. Heavy Duty Colorful Inflatable Rolling Wheel
38. Roller Coaster Ride On for Toddlers
Or try the Radio Flyer Cyclone
42. Razor Dune Buggy
Traveling at speeds up to 9 miles per hour, the classic dune buggy design features a bucket seat and diamond plate floorboards. And with knobby tires and terrain following suspension.
43. Batmobile Pedal Go Kart
Cute wooden toy with carved bear handle wrist rocket. The classic Y-shaped bear slingshot and the free wooden wolf whistle were hand carved from solid wood and hand-painted with utmost care to come up with well-made tools that are a joy to look at and use.
45. Balance Stilts for Little Kids
The E-Z Walk Handle design makes stilt walking simple to learn for younger kids and beginners, just step on, pull up and go! The bottoms have large durable rubber feet for max stability.
47. Bump N Bounce Body Bumpers
Fort is durable, light-weight, easy to assemble and transport, and water-proof. High grade all-season durable vinyl guaranteed to last.
49. Butterfly or Fairy Wings
Spikeball game is an active game for all ages and improves our eye-hand coordination, agility and body shape.
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Active toddlers are happy toddlers and these outdoor play toys for 1, 2 and 3 year olds are the best for encouraging climbing, movement and creative play in your backyard. Here are our picks for the best outdoor toys for toddlers.
If you still need more ideas, you can find more toys that may work for your toddler in our list of the best outdoor toys for 4-5 year olds.
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Choosing outdoor toys for toddlers:
For 1 and 2 year olds I always know they’ll enjoy toys that allow them to have sensory experiences like digging, or playing in water, sand and mud. I look for outdoor toys that support them in learning to use their bodies and develop resilience through climbing and fun obstacles.
Some of the best outdoor toys for 2 year olds can last for years, becoming part of backyard fun long past toddlerhood. The trick is to choose quality, open ended toys (meaning toys that don’t have just one use, but can be imaginatively used for multiple ways to play). The classics like a sandbox, a wagon, and hand trowels for instance are great for toddlers, and continue to be good toys all through childhood.
Our Favorite Outdoor Toys for Toddlers
Sand and Water Table
Toddler love these sturdy little tables. They’re a wonderful addition to a backyard, especially if you only have a small space or a balcony for outdoor play. Sand and water tables keep messy play somewhat contained and give kids a place to enjoy the sensory experience of playing with water and maybe mixing in dirt or sand.
You can find the 2018 Best Sellers for Sand and Water Tables here.
Monkey Bar Tower
This climbing toy for toddlers (the toy is rated for kids ages 2 years – 10 years) is constructed of lightweight plastic tubes that interlock with self locking springs. Parent reviewers say their active kids LOVE this toy for climbing and making forts. It can be used outside on a lawn, or if you bring it indoors, one mom came up with the genius idea of putting a ball pit under the structure which her kids were thrilled with.
Step 2 Lookout Tower with Slide
What I love about this climbing toy with a slide is that toddlers can have fun climbing up and sliding down, but they also can use the deck as a play house, giving it multiple possibilities for play. This slide is recommended for ages 18 months to 5 years. The maximum weight recommendation is only 50 pounds, so smaller kids will do best with it. One reviewer commented that she like that it is light weight enough to easily move for mowing the lawn.
Stride Balance Bike
All of our kids loved their Strider bikes for learning the balance and coordination needed to ride a pedal bike. Striders are small enough for a toddler, and can last through the preschool years (ours made it through three kids).
This durable bouncy toy made our list of top indoor active play toys as well, but it’s been used in backyard just as often. Rodies get kids jumping and bouncing, they encourage pretend play, and best of all, they last. Not only are they durable, they have lasting play power. Our kids have loved their Rody Ponies from age 3 all the way up to age 8.
This is another toy that works indoors and out – five years after receiving a couple Bilibos from Grammy, these funny bowl-like toys are still in use. Currently they’re being used to transport dirt and water in the backyard, but when they’re not outdoors, they’ve also been used for rocking and rolling in when the kids were preschoolers, Barbie bathtubs, to cradles stuffed animals and as stools. These are a truly versatile toy.
Bilibo now also makes a pack of 6 mini Bilibos, which could make a fun and creative addition to a sand and water table.
Many of us can probably look back on our own childhood with fond memories of splashing around in a plastic pool during the summer. My mother-in-law taught my the trick of warming the water by laying a black piece of plastic (a big garbage bag works) over the pool in the sunshine for a little solar heating.
A few more classic outdoor toys for 2 year olds:
- A Bubble Machine – chase those bubbles!
- Tonka Trucks
- Little Shovels and Rakes and a place they can of dig in the dirt.
- Small Slide
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