If you're feeling a bit of cabin fever, it's time to get outside for some fresh air, mama. It's been a long year and with the return of warm weather, time in the backyard is healing for everyone. But we know with summer comes the dreaded "I'm booooored" chorus. That's where we can help. Whether you're looking to entertain toddlers, big kids, or both, there are tons of awesome toys that always hit the mark.
From playhouses to tree swings, we've found 15 of the best outdoor toys to keep your little ones busy in the backyard this summer!
Even the smallest of gardeners need the right tools to get the job done! These wooden + metal gardening tools look (and work) just like the real thing, and are crafted from natural materials and without toxic paints or finishes. Your little one will love getting their hands dirty while also developing their motor skills.
Get the kids outside to create sidewalk drawings (and positive messages for neighbors!). This giant bucket is filled with 50 washable chalk sticks, providing hours of outdoor fun.
Simply put, water beads are just so much fun! These smooth, squishy beads create an awesome tactile experience and are prefect for sensory play in a water table or any type of small container. You can even use them to practice color recognition, sorting, counting and so much more.
Simple, open-ended toys are always on the top of our list. These colorful stepping stones are an engaging addition to outdoor (and indoor!) play, challenging kiddos to jump from one to the next. The non-slip rubber edge helps them stay put on pretty much any surface, but we especially love them for driveway obstacle courses!
Every kid who has ever played with bubbles has likely cried over spilling bubbles. That's why we love the spill-proof (and shareable!) bucket o' bubbles from Fubbles. The oversize re-fillable bucket comes with three wands and enough solution to last you a good long while.
Sensory tables are a staple in any preschool classroom—and can be in your own home, too. They're perfect for stimulating your little one's senses and facilitating play, creativity and exploration. This beautiful table has a built-in sandpit that can hold up to 50 lbs of play sand or nearly 3 gallons of water. Plus, it doubles as a place to paint, color or draw.
Honestly, the thrill of sending things flying into the air never gets old. Parents and kids alike can spend hours launching these soft foam rockets which take to the sky through a stompable pad and hose. Each of the three projectiles feature different shapes, offering STEM lessons among the (controlled) mayhem.
If your kids are going to play outside, they might as well pitch in with the yard work 🤷🏽♀️. This classic wheelbarrow looks just like the real thing—just a lot smaller! Little ones will love filling it up, pushing it around, dumping it out, and then doing it alllll over again and again.
This swing will take you back to simpler times and long, warm summer days spent swinging outside. With more than 1,000 great reviews, this is a bestseller for a reason. It holds up to 600 lbs so multiple kids can hop on (even parents can join in!), and the tree straps are built to be durable.
Snagging an inflatable pool these days can feel a little like getting tickets to a Beyoncé concert. And while we'd really take any that are in stock, we're partial to the super fun options from FunBoy. Measuring 5.5 feet wide and 1.5 feet tall, it's big enough for you and the kiddos (ummm or just you?) to stay cool. (Find more in our inflatable pool round-up!)
Whether you're zipping through city streets or riding up and down your suburban driveway, a good scooter is a must-have for outdoor fun. Our top pick is the genius three-wheeled designs from Micro Kickboard. Not only are they super easy for even the smallest daredevils to master, but they're made to last and hand down. It's a great way for little ones to improve their balance and coordination while also having a blast!
Nothing says summer like a giant inflatable dinosaur sprinkler in your backyard 🤣 This playful sprinkler stands over 6.5 feet high and is the perfect way for kids to cool off during those hot days. (Shh, we won't tell if you want to join in on the fun, too!)
If you're looking for a jumping toy but don't want a full trampoline, this jumper is the perfect solution. It's super bouncy, super safe and really fun! This one is sized perfectly for smaller jumpers, and can handle multiple kiddos at once.
For the littlest ones, it's easy to keep it simple. Take their bath toys and use them in a new way outside. With this tide pool set, there are so many opportunities for fun sensory play, whether it's in a sandbox, a rice sensory bin or just good old fashioned dirt. We especially love that these toys are made from 100% recycled plastic and that they come in their own adorable storage bag that can also be used for play.
This one is spendy for sure, but a sturdy, beautiful playhouse is an investment that will pay off in years of imaginative play for everyone from young toddlers to school-aged kiddos. This one is large enough for several children yet compact enough to work in even tiny backyard spaces. It's made from 100% cedar wood and features several large built-in windows, an attached picnic table and benches, a working door, and even a chalkboard.
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