The Best Outdoor Toys for Toddlers
As a child, I lived for summer days and I love that as a mom I can continue the summer fun with my children. While many days are spent adventuring at the beach and park, we also enjoy good old backyard fun. My kids will happily play with some cups, shovels, and dirt in our garden bed and I LOVE that. However, there is nothing quite like outdoor toys. They are so fun and will wear your children out! Here I’ve rounded up the best outdoor toys for toddlers.
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We have this digger sandbox and it has been hands down one of the best purchases we’ve made. All 3 of my kids adore playing with it! Another great choice is the Step2 Play Sandbox. I am a big fan of sandboxes with lids so when it rains the sand stays dry. It’s also nice if you want a break from the sand (let’s say you have twin toddlers who won’t stop eating it), you can put the cover on and be done with sand play.
Water tables are hands down one of the best outdoor toys for toddlers. Children have endless amounts of fun filling toys with water and dumping them out. We have owned both the Step2 Spill & Splash (pictured below) water table and the Step2 Rain Shower water table. We had the first one before we moved and ended up leaving it behind and I hated the thought of buying the same thing, so we tried a new one. The Step2 Rain Shower water table has a plug to let the water out, while the other one doesn’t. It’s not the end of the world to dump the water out, but it is a nice perk to not have to! I don’t have any pictures of my kids playing with the Step2 Rain Shower water table yet, but it is a ton of fun and has a few more things to do.
We had a pool that someone gave to us at our old house and we didn’t take it with us when we moved. It was one of those hard plastic ones and it was a PAIN. Since it was hard it was difficult to store because it didn’t fold up. I purchased this pool for my kids to use this summer. It is a pretty basic and inexpensive pool. Since we live close to the beach, I plan on spending lots of days at the beach so I didn’t want to invest in a fancy pool. I can always buy one later on this summer if I feel like we want to have more pool days at home.
Toddlers love to have a little watering can and water the plants. Digging in the dirt and ‘helping’ with gardening makes them feel like such big kids. These green toy gardening tools are safe enough for toddlers and we love them.
If you don’t feel like filling up the pool or the water table, a sprinkler can provide endless amounts of fun.
We got Theo a radio flyer trike for his 2nd birthday and now our two-year-old twins, Josie and Margo have them. We love that they have handles so we can take family walks in the summer and the little ones feel like they’re “big kids” on a bicycle. Balance bikes are also very popular, but we have never tried them.
Eating outside is one of our favorite summertime activities. Our kids are too small for our patio table, so I purchased this picnic table for them. It is durable, easy to clean, and folds up flat so we can store it during the winter months. Winning all around!
My kids go crazy for any kind of ride in a car! They love to drive them and also push each other around in them. They are a huge hit!
We have a swingset at our new house, so we left our Little Tikes Slide behind. It is a great toy for toddlers and my kids all loved it!
My kids looooooove our playhouse. We have an old one that was given to us by a neighbor, but it has been perfect. They come up with endless things to do out there. One of their favorites is to throw balls through the windows, run out and get them, and repeat it over and over.
Going to the beach with your toddlers this summer? Check out my post on what to bring to the beach with toddlers.
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