The Best Outdoor Toys for Kids and Toddlers

We’ll be spending plenty of time in our yards this summer, what with many camps either closed or operating at very limited capacity due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. But while fresh air and sunshine are undoubtedly appealing, kids get bored. They get bored fast. They complain incessantly about being bored. And thus, being home calls for the deployment of smart, unique outdoor toys for kids. If you have younger offspring, you also want to stock up on outdoor toys for toddlers. From slides to swings, these picks should do the trick.

The Best Outdoor Toys for Kids

Croquet Set by Baden

Croquet is a weird game that’s weirdly seriously fun to play. You use the 27 inch hardwood mallets to whack the balls. It’s satisfying. It’s perfect for your lawn. And this set is easy to set up, totally portable, and made to last forever.

Buy Now $99.99

Backyard Zipline Kit by HearthSong

Once kids outgrow the backyard swing, upgrade to a zipline. You need two trees that are up to a hundred feet apart. Once you’ve got it strung up, kids can just grab the handles, jump onto the adjustable seat, and get a killer adrenaline rush.

Buy Now $175.00

BLITZBALL Starter Pack

The hexagonal paneled design of the ball makes it easy for young pitchers to throw sliders, curveballs, change-ups, and even knuckleballs. The power bat evens the score, giving hitters the chance to whack Blitzballs up to 200 feet. That’s far. Very far.

Buy Now $27.99

Rosewood Premier 2X4 Cornhole Set by Victory Tailgate

Rustproof hardware, triple-stitched bean bags, and a simple painted stripe make this cornhole set the one that adds to your backyard aesthetic instead of sticking out like a sore thumb. Plus, it’s a hell of a good time.

BUY NOW $200.00

Inflatable Bumper Ball by Ludosport

Summer 2020 is going to be the summer of social distancing, and the Ludosport Zorb Ball is the perfect outdoor toy for it. The clear, almost spherical suit is made of one-millimeter-thick PVC that forms a bouncy barrier between the wearer and the outside world when it’s inflated. Kids slam into each other. They roll across the yard. They burn off steam. It’s a win-win.

Buy Now $116.99

Bocce Ball Game Set by Fredericks and Mae

This gorgeous set comes with everything you need to start a family tradition. There are eight three-inch balls adorned with colorful, almost mod designs; a shiny silver jack that’s easy to spot even in grass that could use a mow, and a bag to keep everything together between rounds.

BUY NOW $140.00

Quickstarter Soccer Goal by SKLZ

Slamming balls into goals is one of the best ways (we speak from experience) of getting rid of excess energy. This six by four-foot option from SKLZ is the right size for average backyards. The goals are easy to set up and break down with steel stakes that will keep it in place no matter how powerful your kid’s kick becomes.

BUY NOW $90.00

Fort Building Kit by Magic Cabin

Forts are an integral part of childhood. And this set takes forts to the next level. The 32 panels are made of corrugated plastic that’s lighter than cardboard, making them easy for kids to handle and safe if they come tumbling down. Carton clips and Velcro tape are included, making it easy to construct and destruct the forts of their dreams.

BUY NOW $90.00

The Backyard Baseball Game by Xtra Fielder

Set up your own sandlot squad at home with four nets placed at each base. A pitch that makes it into the net is called a strike, no ump necessary. And if the fielding team gets the ball into one of the three nets at the bases before the runner tags, the runner is out, no basemen needed.

Buy Now $99.99

The Best Outdoor Toys for Toddlers

Primary Science Metal Detector by Learning Resources

This kids’ metal detector lights up and beeps when metal objects are detected, whether it’s treasures buried in the ground, toys hidden in a sand table, or coins laying beneath a sheet.

Buy Now $19.09

Obstacle Course Game by Hapinest

Turtle shells become a challenging and endlessly fun outdoor obstacle course, as kids hop and jump from one stepping stone to the next. It’s the outdoor version of the eternally beloved indoor game, the floor is lava. The set includes six turtle stepping tones, 24 activity cards, and best of all, it helps kids stay active while working on their gross motor skills.

Buy Now $44.99

Bounce House and Slide by Little Tikes

Turn your yard into an amusement park with this bounce house, which inflates and deflates in minutes. It has a 7 by 7 jumping area, and mesh netting around the walls. The slide is a bonus feature because when is a slide not a bonus? The maximum weight limit is 160 pounds.

Buy Now $329.99

Gardening Kit for Kids by Green Toys

This three-piece set, made entirely of recycled plastic, includes a watering can, a rake, and a shovel. In other words, everything your kid needs to get started in his or her gardening journey.

Buy Now $11.98

Sidewalk Chalk by Twee

Think of this is cheesy sidewalk chalk in the best sense. Instead of hunks of ordinary (translation: boring) chalk, kids use pizza slices to create glittery, multi-colored masterpieces outdoors. These handmade slices feature toppings and glitter crust; everything is non-toxic and biodegradable.

BUY NOW $16.00

Cascading Cove Sand and Water Table by Step2

This is pretty much the most perfect two-sided sand and water table ever made. The removable umbrella provides sun protection. And when kids are done playing, you flip the lid and the set becomes an entirely different play surface. It holds up to 10 pounds of sands and three gallons of water, and has drain plugs when you need to empty it out.

BUY NOW $80.00

Mud Kitchen by Muddy Maker

This very sweet mud kitchen features everything budding chefs need to get started: A plastic container, stencils, hanging rail, a chalk board so they can list the daily menu, a stainless steel baking pot with lid, a saucepan pot with handle, a frying pan, and whisk. Mud, of course, is free.

BUY NOW $150.00

Triple Splash T-Ball Set by Little Tikes

Little sluggers will love hammering homers with this smart set, which features three different set ups based on ability. There’s even a water-based option: You connect a hose, and the water lifts the ball.

Buy Now $40.62

Snug and Secure Backyard Swing by Little Tikes

This basic yet smart swing has adjustable straps and T-bar, both of which are removable when your kid outgrows them. Babies as young as 9 months can swing in it, but so can kids weighing up to 50 pounds, which means it gives you several years of play.

BUY NOW $24.00

John Deere Digger by Kettler

Little farmers can drive this authentic looking play tractor over grass, dirt or pavement as they collect treasures. Steering the digger around obstacles will help kids explore the world around them and develop motor skills. It has a large resin digging shovel that rotates 360 degrees, letting kids either scoop up rocks, or use it indoors to clean up stuffed animals and Legos. It’s 29 inches in height.

BUY NOW $140.00

Mini Golf Set for Kids by PlanToys

Miniature golfers practice their swing, and aim for a hole in one with this clever and handy wood set, which turns any lawn into a golf course. It includes everything a kid needs: Three clubs, two balls, three tracks, and one hole.

BUY NOW $30.00

Whale Spray Inflatable Kiddie Pool by Intex

Every kid needs a kiddie pool that looks like a smiling whale and rains water from its tai. Made of durable, 11-gauge vinyl, the 79 x 77 x 36 pool inflates quickly, is large enough for two children to splash around, and its tail-sprinkler easily connects to a garden hose. It holds 53 gallons of water.

BUY NOW $28.00

Toddler Slide by Jupiduu

This gorgeous wood slide can be used indoors or outside (in dry weather). The sides are molded, so kids feel safe climbing up. The steps are spaced side enough that climbers can secure clamber up before sliding down. The weight limit is 110 pounds.

BUY NOW $300.00

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