Our Favorite Backyard Water Toys for Preschoolers

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Summertime is here, which means every parent is brainstorming ways to keep their little ones cool and happy while playing in the sun.

For most young kids, that means water play. Water is a magnet for young kids, and many fun toys are out there to keep them entertained all summer long!

Below is a round-up of our favorite water toys for toddlers and preschoolers. Of course, we included a variety of water tables which seem to be the top choice of most kids this age. But you’ll also find many other water toys they are sure to love.

As a bonus, while these toys will keep your little ones occupied for a good amount of time, they are also great for sensory play, fine motor development, and learning cause and effect.

collage of water toys on a light blue background

Water Tables

pirate ship themed water table

Pirate Ship Table

Ahoy matey! Grab the lads and lassies aboard the Little Tikes Treasure Trove Water Table!

Kids can set sail and play with the seven unique activity features such as a water cannon, lowering anchor, and steering wheel.


3 kids playing at the step2 sand and water table with umbrella

Cascading Cove Sand & Water Table

Stimulate the senses with this 2-in-1 sand and water table! Includes a lid that doubles as a roadway play surface, an umbrella for sun protection, and an accessory set.


little tikes blooming flower water table with accessories

Magic Flower Water Table

Fill the watering can, pour the water, and watch the flower bloom and grow! Your little gardener is bound to be enthralled with the magic of the flower and its froggy friends.

Featuring 4 platforms filled with play, it’s also big enough for multiple kids can to tend the flora and fauna all at once!


Step2 Waterpark Wonders Two-Tier Water Table | Kids Water Table,Blue

Waterpark Wonders Table

Splish, splash, and vacation to the Step2 Waterpark Wonders Water Table! Replicating a real waterpark, it features, slides, rides, and sprinklers! Hook up a garden hose and make it rain for even more waterworks!


Best Choice Products Kids 3-in-1 Sand & Water Activity Table, Wood Outdoor Convertible Picnic Table w/ Umbrella, 2 Play Boxes, Removable Top - Green

3-in-1 Sand & Water Activity Table

This is no ordinary picnic table! Remove the middle piece and voíla! Underneath are activity bins to transform this durable, wooden picnic table into a sand or water table.


three kids playing with the simplay3 rushing river falls water table

Rushing River Falls Table

Let the river flow free with this extendable water play table! Fill it up and see the cause and effect action, or attach a hose for a continual cascading stream of fun.


Step2 Ball Buddies Adventure Center Water Table | Water & Activity Play Table for Toddlers

Ball Buddies Adventure Center

Have a ball of an adventure with the Step2 Ball Buddies Water Table! This two-tier table features a lazy river, roadways, bridges, and more for the buddies to explore.

With multiple stations of play, it is perfect for trios of toddlers to interact and play alongside each other.


Step2 STEM Discovery Ball and Water Activity Table for toddlers

STEM Discovery Ball And Water table

Science becomes splashing fun with this STEM water table! Featuring a pulley system, your future scientist will learn the basics of force, gravity, motion, and movement as the balls race down the ramp.


Little Tikes® 3-in-1 Splash 'n Grow Outdoor Water Play Table with Accessories and Splash Pad for Kids, Children, Boys & Girls 3+ Years

3-in-1 Splash ‘n Grow Outdoor Table

There is no one way to play! Especially with the multifunctional Little Tikes 3-in-1 Splash ‘n Grow Water Table! This double-decker water table sits center stage on a splash pad.

Plus, the legs are adjustable so as your child sprouts, it does, too!


Step2 Car Wash Splash Center, Kids Outdoor Water Table Toy, Pretend Play Car Wash Toy, Blue/Orange

Car Wash Splash Center

Your kid is sure to have a splashing sensation working at the car wash! It has fun features like a steering wheel that turns to wipe the windshield squeaky clean, and a gas tank to “fill ‘er up!”


Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table | Kids Water Play Table with 13-Pc Accessory Set

Rain Showers Splash Pond Table

The rain showers of this best-selling table may not bring flowers, but it sure brings smiles and a water works of fun!

So grab the gang and splish, splash, play with the water maze, or give the rubber ducky a bath! With this spacious table, there is room for multiple kids to practice playing together.


Simplay3 Big River and Roads Water Play Table

Big River and Roads Table

Traverse the roads and ride the rivers with the Simplay3 Big River and Roads Water Table! With so many ways to travel, you will need someone to direct the traffic.


Little Tikes Frog Pond Water Table

Frog Pond Water Table

Leap on over and get this water table for just $39.99! It may be low in price, but it is leaps and bounds of froggy fun!


Little Tikes® Easy Store™ Outdoor Folding Water Play Table with Accessories for Kids, Children, Boys & Girls 3+ Years

Easy Store Folding Water Table

Calling all our minimalist mamas, this space-saving water table is for your family! It’s got all the fun features of a water table, yet easily folds for convenient storage or travel.


Water Toys

Jasonwell Foldable Dog Pet Bath Pool Collapsible Dog Pet Pool Bathing Tub Kiddie Pool for Dogs Cats and Kids (48inch.D x 11.8inch.H, Grey)

Collapsible Kiddie Pool

Your kids can beat the heat from their backyard with this kiddie pool! With a unique collapsible design, it can be easily folded up and stowed away or transported for a vacay.

Available in multiple sizes.


SplashEZ 3-in-1 Splash Pad, Sprinkler for Kids and Wading Pool for Learning – Children’s Sprinkler Pool, 60’’ Inflatable Water Summer Toys – “Around The World” Outdoor Play Mat for Babies & Toddlers

Around the World Splash Pad

Splash around the countries and continents in this Around the World-themed splash pad! Hook up the hose for hours of play!


Little Tikes 2-in-1 Water Soccer / Football Sports Game with Net, Ball & Pump

2-in-1 Water Soccer Game

Score big points with the Little Tikes 2-in-1 Water Soccer Game! When your kiddo kicks and hits the target, water blasts out the of jet!


Step2 Green Water Bug-shaped Splash Pad

Water Bug Splash Pad

Whether your little one gets sprayed with sprinklers or sits in the shallow pool, they are bound to have a splashing good time! When playtime is over, the flat design makes it easy to store for next time.


Little Tikes blue wet or dry playground slide for toddlers

Wet or Dry Slide

Whee! Whiz down the slide dry inside, or take it outside and transform it into a water slide! Either way, it makes a terrific beginner slide for your tot. Also, it easily folds for seamless storage.


Little Tikes Splash 'n Spray Indoor/Outdoor 2-in-1 Inflatable Bouncer

Splash ‘n Spray Inflatable Bouncer

Jump for joy! This double-duty bouncer does it all. Slide, splash and spray when the heat is rising and the sun is shining, or use it dry inside on rainy days.

No matter what, the bouncing never stops.


2 toddlers playing with the Step2 Waterfall Discovery Wall Water Activity Toy

Waterfall Discovery Water Wall

Let your child’s imagination freely flow as they pour water into the top and watch it run like a river down the maze. It gets bonus points for the double-sided design allowing two kids to play at the same time.


Max Liquidator 6-Pack Water Blaster Set

Water Blaster Set

Watch out! These toys may sneakily appear to be your average water noodles, but they are really water blasters in disguise!

Warning: When in the hands of kids (or parents!) no one is spared from getting soaked!


Little Tikes Fun Zone Dual Twister

Fun Zone Dual Twister

Do the twist! Two little tikes can spin and get a little wet and wild on the Little Tikes Fun Zone Dual Twister!

When there is rain in the forecast, detach the hose and use it dry inside. Regardless, rain won’t be the reason your kiddo stops from spinning!


Step2 Waterpark Arcade | Toddler Outdoor Water Activity Toy

Waterpark Arcade

Bring the fun and games of an arcade to your backyard with the Step2 Waterpark Arcade!

Your toddlers can have fun practicing their fine motor skills by shooting water blasters at the targets. When they hit a bullseye, water releases into the fill-and-spill bucket. We predict this will be a hit!


Hesung Inflatable Play Center, 98'' x 67'' x 32'' Kids Pool with Slide for Garden, Backyard Water Park

Inflatable Pool

Keep cool in this inflatable pool and play center! Splash down the slide, or sit under the donut rainbow arch for some sweet sprinkles of water fun!

Unlike other inflatable pools that easily puncture, this one is durable and made out of 40% thicker material.


Chuchik Outdoor Water Spray Sprinkler for Kids and Toddlers - Backyard Spinning Turtle Sprinkler Toy w/ Wiggle Tubes - Splashing Fun for Summer Days - Sprays Up to 8ft High - Attaches to Garden Hose

Spinning Turtle Sprinkler

Thought turtles were slow? Not this one! This speedy spinning turtle wiggles and blasts water up to 15 feet in all directions and up to 8 feet high!


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