The 15 Best Outdoor Toys for Keeping Toddlers Busy Playing Outside
With warmer weather and more hours of daylight on the horizon, now is the time to start thinking about outdoor play for your kids. After being cooped up more than ever during the pandemic, getting outside will be a breath of fresh air (literally). Playing outside is vital to a child's development. Being exposed to nature and some much-needed vitamin D helps them stay healthy while sparking their imagination and encouraging creativity.
While it can be challenging to drag your kids away from the television and their tablets, luckily there are plenty of outdoor toys available to get them moving and forgoing their screens, at least for a bit. The best combo? A toy that's durable enough to withstand the elements (plus whatever your kids put them through) and fun to play with for more than five minutes. We found several child- and parent-approved options that fit the bill.
These are the 15 best outdoor toys in 2021:
- Best Play Tent: Clubhouse Play Tent for Kids
- Best Playhouse: Step2 Neat & Tidy II Playhouse
- Best Slide: Lazy Buddy Freestanding Kid Slide
- Best Bubbles: Lydaz Bubble Mower
- Best Water Slide: Intex Jungle Adventure Inflatable Play Center
- Best Bounce House: Little Tikes Jump' n Slide Bouncer
- Best Pool: Splash Pad Sprinkler for Toddlers
- Best Kite: Hengda Kite 3-Pack
- Best Swing Set: Trekassy Swing Set
- Best Bike: Schwinn Koen Bike
- Best Sandbox: Little Tikes Dirt Diggers Excavator Sandbox for Kids
- Best Climbing Toy: Eezy Peezy Monkey Bars Climbing Tower
- Best Water Table: Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship
- Best Scooter: Kid Trax CAT Toddler Kick Scooter
- Best Sidewalk Chalk: Chalk City Sidewalk Chalk, 20 Count
All of the options on this list come highly reviewed on Amazon and run the gamut from affordable play tents to splurge-worthy swing sets. We've also included imaginative toys that'll inspire your little ones to create, and of course, water toys for when they need to cool down.
From playhouses and waterslides to scooters and sandboxes, these are the best outdoor toys for toddlers and preschoolers to take the fun outside during the warmer months.
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