Ahhh, spring – the time of year when parents everywhere begin their hunt for the best outdoor toys to lure their kids from hibernation.
After all, the best outdoor toys for kids keep the little darlings entertained and soaking up that vitamin D for as long as possible!
To that end, here’s our picks of the best classic and new outdoor toys for kids to provide them with fun and adventure all summer long.
Best Outdoor Toys for Kids
- Best Outdoor Toys for Kids
- Best Outdoor Toys for Kids to Get Wet
- Fun Outdoor Games for Kids
- Best Kids Outdoor Toys for Pretend Play
- Best Outdoor Play and Sports Toys for Kids
- More Fun Outdoor Toys for Kids
Best Outdoor Toys for Kids to Get Wet
Hydro Swirl Spinning Sprinkler
Hydro Swirl Spinning SprinklerThe best outdoor toys for kids help them cool off when they don’t have a swimming pool, am I right?
The Hydro Swirl Spinning Sprinkler (dare you to say that three times fast 😀 ) turns a regular garden hose into a fountain of fun!
The center spins and the attached hollow tubes dance around and spray water in all directions to about 15 feet.
You may have to adjust the water pressure a bit to get it just right, but kids love dodging the whirling sprays.
This is a fun backyard water toy for a wide range of ages too. What kid doesn’t love getting wet in the sprinklers?
Nerf Super Soaker SplashMouth
Here’s a few cool features of the SplashMouth:
- Holds up to 20 ounces
- Kids can spray it or go all in and dump it on their opponent
- Fills up by dunking instead of by hose, so saves water
This is brand new on the market, so there aren’t any reviews on Amazon yet, but check out the pop-up video below to see it in action. For the price, it looks worth checking out!
Bunch O Balloons Self Sealing Water Balloons
Oh, the fun I had with water balloons as a kid! The worst part though, was tying the dang things. It took forever and sometimes they’d break and the whole process really cut into the actual nailing of the target (AKA my brother 😀 ). Who, by the way, always got the better of me in our water balloon battles.
The Bunch O Balloons Self Sealing Water Balloons solve that problem! They seal automatically when they get full enough, then they drop off the attached stick. Make sure you have a bucket or something to catch them and you’re all set.
According to the ad, you can fill 100 balloons in 60 seconds. Now THAT’s some fire power! I need to try these out myself and pay a visit to my brother 😉
Duck Pond Matching Game
The game comes with a 3′ x 6′ inflatable pool and 20 plastic ducks with numbers on the bottom. The object is for kids to pick out two ducks with matching numbers and the one who gets the most matches wins.
It’s a fun way to hone number recognition and memory skills in young kids, while getting in some water play.
You might want to check out our post on bathtub toys for toddlers for some more ideas of sturdy water toys kids can play with in this little pool.
Little Tikes Wet & Dry Slide with Slip Mat
Here’s some fun features of this outdoor water toy for preschoolers.
- Hooks to garden hose
- Mat is 10 feet long
- Slide can be used with or without water feature
Overall this toy got good reviews. The biggest complaint was the handles were not sturdy enough. But one reviewer solved that issue by reinforcing each handle with a screw.
Despite that issue, kids love the water slide feature and it’s nice that you have the option of using it without water in cooler weather.
Age: 2-8 years
Wet Head Game
Kids take turns wearing the helmet and spinning the spinner to determine how many pins to pull out of the hat. There are eight pins, but one of them releases a trickle of water down the face of the wearer.
Kids can make up question and answer or trivia contests to accompany the game, which adds to the play appeal. There’s even a free app where you can upload video of the victim getting drenched!
Dunk Hat Game
Kids get three tries to hit one of the targets and soak the victim.
The balls are foam and it comes with goggles, so no worries about bustin’ a kid’s nose.
It’s got great reviews from parents so far and is an entertaining outdoor toy for kids to cool off in the summer!
Fun Outdoor Games for Kids
Wham-O Mini Frisbee Golf
Here’s some features of this popular outdoor kids game.
- Small enough for a patio or even indoors
- Appeals to a wide age range
- Kids can play singles or teams
Frisbee Golf is fun for adults too – many reviewers report they used it in the office as a way to work off stress.
For the price, this is a super versatile active toy for kids and the whole family!
The Squap paddles (more like catchers) have a unique design so that after you catch the ball, you open it up and the material sort of catapults the ball out.
The ball is light, like a ping-pong ball, which enables it to fly out pretty good. It takes a bit of practice at first, but once you get the hang of it, it quickly becomes a family favorite!
it’s great for kids to hone their baseball catching skills and stores really easily too.
Stomp Rocket Jr, Glow
They just stomp the blast pad and the rocket flies 100 feet into the air! What’s not to love? And they’ve added the fun glow-in-the-dark feature for some cool nighttime effects.
100 feet is a long way. I’m pretty sure you’re going to need a pack of Glow Rocket Refills to go with this one.
Kids are also loving these top-selling Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes!
Lightspeed Portable Cornhole, Ladderball and Skeeball Set
The Lightspeed Cornhole, Ladderball and Skeeball All-In-One Set is exactly that – three fun games in one portable package!
Here’s a few reasons why this one makes our list of best outdoor toys for kids.
- Super easy assembly and take-down
- Everything stores in an easy-carry case
- Nice indoor activity in bad weather
- Appeals to wide age range
The pictured bolas that are used with the Ladderball game, fold up into bags and also serve as the bean bags. So, you probably want to buy another set of bean bags so that two games can be going at once.
This is a great little family game set to play with in the backyard, on picnics, at the beach or any outdoor destination.
Elite Ring Toss Game
Elite Ring Toss GameThe old classic games make the best outdoor toys for kids because they’ve stood the test of time and are forever favorites.
A good old-fashioned Ring Toss Game is a great backyard toy for a variety of ages.
This one packs away nicely in a carry bag, is very sturdy and has impressive reviews!
Oh, and it comes with a lifetime warranty!
Flickin’ Chicken Game
It may not qualify as a “classic”, but the Flickin’ Chicken game has actually been around for about 10 years. It became so popular, it was even nominated for the coveted “Toy Of The Year” award in 2011!
So, how the heck do you play a game with rubber chickens? You throw the target, then players take turns throwing the chickens to hit the target. Wherever the bouncy chicken lands is where the player has to stand for his next throw.
Think miniature golf with chickens.
Despite the weirdness of it, this projectile poultry game has great reviews and is just an all-round silly, fun outdoor game for kids and family!
Best Kids Outdoor Toys for Pretend Play
Step2 All Around Playtime Patio
Step2 All Around Playtime PatioI adored playhouses as a kid, so for me, a playhouse is one of the best outdoor toys ever! The Step2 All Around Playtime Patio Playhouse is great for outdoor play because of its open, airy design and multiple playstations.
Here’s some more really nice features of this outdoor kids toy.
- Includes sand and water play area
- Cute grilling area for pretend play
- Nice, wide entryway
- Lots of room for multiple kids to play
- Measures about 46″ square
The other thing I love about this outdoor playhouse is the variety of ways kids can play with it. The snack area can be a lemonade stand, restaurant counter, Play-Doh creation area – the possibilities are endless.
The set includes a few play dishes and sand toys, but could use some play food for the grill. This Little Tikes Barbeque Grill Set would be perfect.
Check out the reviews from parents – it’s a backyard favorite!
Little Tikes Cook ‘N Play Outdoor Barbeque
It includes a grill, oven, sink, prep area and storage shelves. There are a some pans, dishes, tongs and play hamburger and hot dog, but it could use some more accessoriess for the size of it. I really like this Learning Resources Cookout set to go with it.
Although kids up to age 7 would have a ball with this, the counter height is only about 19 inches. So it’s sized for preschoolers and toddlers.
Despite a few size complaints, this fun outdoor toy for preschoolers got a great rating from parents overall and is priced well for everything you get!
Best Outdoor Play and Sports Toys for Kids
Grow’n Up Heracles Seesaw
Grow’n Up Heracles SeesawMost kids will agree that a seesaw is a super fun outdoor toy! The Grow’n Up Heracles Seesaw not only goes up and down, but it spins around too, so kids can get those little leg muscles a workout.
The reviews on this are pretty impressive! Except for the seats, it’s made of metal so it’s very sturdy. Each seat holds up to 99 pounds.
It’s a great price for the quality and would be a fantastic addition to your backyard play area for the kiddies!
Sorbus Spinner Swing
Sorbus Spinner SwingThe Sorbus Spinner Swing is another highly-rated outdoor toy for kids. It attaches to a tree or swing set and the kidlets can pile on and swirl and twirl and swing to their heart’s content.
It holds up to 220 pounds, so adults can use it too. This is just the swing, but you will need a hanging straps kit like this one to attach it to a tree branch or play equipment.
A tree swing is a super fun way to kick off the summer!
Lifetime Geometric Dome Climber Play Center
Here’s some features that put it on our list as one of the best outdoor toys for kids.
- Supports 600 lbs, so good for older kids too
- 10 foot diameter
- Easy assembly
- 1 Year warranty
You can buy the Dome Climber in red and blue as well, which looks bright and cheery. There is also the option of buying a canopy that’s made for it and turns it into a cool fort. The canopy is a bit pricey though, in my opinion (although it looks pretty sturdy).
You can get a similar effect either attaching a couple tarps over the top, or get one of those parachute movement toys with handles and throw it over the top. Check out the reviews and you’ll see some pictures from parents who did that and their kids loved it!
Lifetime Youth Basketball Hoop
Adjustable Portable Basketball HoopThis Lifetime Youth Basketball Hoop is currently one of the best-selling items in the sports category. The adjustable height feature makes it easy to grow with your child and it comes with a 5-year warranty, so it should last a good, long time.
The base can be filled with water or sand for better support, but it is nice and portable too. Great for when you have to move the game into the garage in bad weather.
This adjusts up to 7.5 feet, so it’s a perfect starter hoop for older preschoolers on up to about 10 years old, depending on how tall the child is.
Magic Castle Inflatable Bouncer
Blast Zone Magic Castle BouncerAccording to experts, bouncing is “fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!” This Magic Castle Bouncer is another best-selling outdoor toy for kids. This thing can turn your backyard into the envy of the neighborhood!
Here’s the deets on the Blast Zone Magic Castle Bouncer.
- Includes blower
- Inflates in less than two minutes
- Measures 8.5’W x 11’L x 8’H
- Max combined user weight 300 lbs
- Does NOT come with balls (here’s a bag of 200 balls that are highly rated)
I like that the size of this thing isn’t so overwhelming that you can’t use it indoors. It would work great in a basement or playroom in bad weather.
The reviews on it are phenomenal!
More Fun Outdoor Toys for Kids
Step2 Naturally Playful Picnic Table with Umbrella
Picnic Table with UmbrellaA kid-sized table and chairs is a nice addition to your backyard play area. I like the Naturally Playful Picnic Table by Step2 because it supports a total of 300 pounds, so preschoolers and young elementary school kids can use it.
It’s also a bit roomier than others I’ve seen. And the umbrella helps protect the kiddos from sunburn and is also removable.
WowMazing Big Bubble Kit
Some of the best outdoor toys for kids are those that include the whole family. The WowMazing Big Bubble Kit is a really fun toy for all ages!
Using a unique bubble wand made up of two parts, it produces GINORMOUS bubbles that amaze kids and grownups alike. The kit comes with the two-part wand, a powdered bubble solution that you mix with water, and instructions to make the mind-blowingly big bubbles.
It’s easy to use, but you’ll go through the bubble liquid quick, so you might want to buy extra. Many readers buy this Big Bubble Mix to use with it.
Crayola Glitter Sidewalk Chalk
Crayola Glitter Sidewalk ChalkWhat could possibly make coloring on the sidewalk more fun? Why, coloring with glitter, of course!
Crayola Glitter Sidewalk Chalk comes with five vibrant colors that catch the sun’s rays and add that extra sparkle to your kid’s sidewalk masterpieces.
They wash off with water, but be aware that the glitter lasts a bit even after the color is washed off.
Carson Bug Catching Tool and Magnifier
The Carson BugView Quick Release Bug Catcher is one of the best selling outdoor toys for kids right now. It lets kids easily catch a critter for a quick close-up look through the built-in magnifier.
When they’re done looking, kids can safely release the little guy to scurry back to his life. It’s a fun little gadget to use in the yard or on camping trips and gives kids a chance to appreciate the minute details around them.
Adults use it to capture bugs in the house and release them outside, instead of down the toilet bowl. I love toys that are multifunctional!
For either purpose, there’s a lifetime warranty on it.
Age: About 5+
Rocket Copters – The Amazing Slingshot LED Helicopters – As Seen on TVKids love these things! Rocket Copters launch straight up into the air, then hover like a helicopter and come in for a pretty soft landing. The best part is, they light up!
They come 6 to a pack, with 3 launchers, and they’re reusable. Older kids and adults can launch them up to 120 feet in the air!
Younger kids probably don’t have the muscle to pull back that far on the launcher, but with supervision they’ll have fun with these too.
They’re an entertaining way for the whole family to spend a summer evening. There’s lots of tips on how to get the most of them in the reviews, so check those out.
Age: 8+ (younger with supervision)
I hope our list of the best outdoor toys for kids helps you find something to make your child’s summer a little more fun!
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