Now that school’s out (or close to out) for the summer, it’s time to come up with ways to keep the little ones’ entertained for hours a day. We prefer them to spend most of the day outside, where they can run, jump, and burn off endless amounts of energy. And BONUS – less mess in the house!
Next up in our Summer Guide, we’ve rounded up 25 of the best outdoor toys.
1 | AUTOMATIC BUBBLE MACHINE ($19.99)
Simply pour the bubble solution into the machine’s reservoir and push the button for a whopping 500 bubbles per minute! Hours of summer fun! It does require 4 AA batteries, and it does run out of solution quickly so stock up. (We suggest the Gazillion Bubbles 2 Liter Solution.) Buy it here.
2 | MICRO MINI ORIGINAL KICK SCOOTER ($79.99)
With 3 wheels and a low-to-the-ground deck to add stability, the Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter will be a favorite all summer long. Featuring a unique lean-to-steer design, your child will use their body weight to lean right or left, learning how to lean into a turn. Choose from 8 different scooter colors, there is a Micro Mini for everyone! Recommended for ages 2 – 5. Buy it here.
3 | LITTLE TIKES INFANT SWING ($26.99)
It’s pretty much guaranteed the Little Tikes Infant Swing is going to be a summer favorite! We love this one because it’s affordable and grows with your child – the easy-in hinged T-bar secures younger toddlers, but once no longer needed it conveniently stores out of the way. Buy it here.
4 | CRITICAL CYCLES CUB NO-PEDAL BALANCE BIKE ($59.99)
The ultimate beginner’s bike, the Critical Cycle Cub Balance Bike doesn’t have pedals. Say what? A bike with no pedals? New riders move the bike forward with their feet – and where there are no pedals, there are fewer scratches, minimal speed, fewer falls, and better balance. This balance bike fits children from 20 months to 5 years old with adjustable seat posts and handlebars. Buy it here.
5 | MOLUK BILIBO ($29.99)
The Moluk Bilibo has a unique shape that engages the imagination! Is it a sled, a seat, a stepping stone, or a helmet? It can be anything your child wants it to be! Made of nontoxic and shatterproof polyethylene, so it will last for years! Buy it here.
6 | JUST JUMP IT STEPPERS ($12.49)
What child doesn’t love walking on stilts? Just step onto the platform, pull the rope tight and off you go! These can be used inside as well! Buy them here.
7 | STEP2 RAIN SHOWERS SPLASH POND WATER TABLE ($69.99)
Bursting with activities, this large water table features a spacious design that allows for multiple children to play together. Use the large bucket to pour water into the top to create a rain shower, launch the frog to the top of the water table, or rearrange the maze pieces to create new waterfalls. Buy it here.
8 | MONKEY BARS CLIMBING TOWER ($189.99)
Do you have a child that closely resembles a spider monkey on caffeine? Then this Monkey Bars Climbing Tower is for you! Made of quality plastic, this durable but lightweight climbing tower will give your 3 to 6-year-old hours of opportunity to monkey around outside. Buy it here.
9 | LITTLE TIKES GAS ‘N GO MOWER ($24.99)
As your kid pushes the Little Tikes Gas ‘n Go Mower, the beads pop pop pop! Turn the key and pull the cord to hear engine sounds just like a real mower. And your little one doesn’t need to worry about running out of fuel – the included gas can fill it back up anytime! Buy it here.
10 | BIG DIG RIDE-ON WORKING CRANE ($49.99)
Dual hand controls and a seat that swivels 360 degrees, the Big Dig Crane will make any kiddo feel like a real construction worker. Dig, scoop, lift, and dump for hours of fun. Buy it here.
11 | LITTLE TIKES COZY COUPE ($58.99)
Nostalgia at its best, the beloved Little Tikes Coupe from the 80’s is still a childhood staple. This updated 30th Anniversary Edition comes with a removable floorboard and a handle on the back for push rides, so both you and your toddler can enjoy the coupe together this summer season. Buy it here.
12 | STEP2 UP & DOWN ROLLER COASTER ($119.99)
Bring Six Flags to your backyard! The Step2 Up and Down Roller Coaster is a 10-foot long roller coaster ride on a track, with a riding car that has a high back, handrail, and footrests for a safe trip every time. Ideal for any thrill-seeking 2 to 5-year-old. Buy it here.
13 | CRAYOLA SIDEWALK CHALK ($15)
With 64 assorted bright non-toxic colors, this is the largest collection of Crayola Chalk available in one big box. Crayola Washable Chalk washes away easily from sidewalks and streets with water, making cleanup simple and providing a fresh canvas for the next round of art. Is it even summer without sidewalk chalk? Buy it here.
14 | GREEN TOYS JUMP ROPE ($10.99)
The one jump rope for everyone! This Green Toys jump rope is 7 feet long but adjustable to your child’s height, plus the handles are made of 100% recycled plastic and the rope is 100% cotton. Little jumpers can burn energy and help keep the earth green all at the same time. Buy it here.
15 | THE ORIGINAL PLASMACAR ($69.95)
No batteries, gears, or pedals – just prop your feet up on the footrests and turn the steering wheel to get moving! The Original PlasmaCar comes in 9 colors, can be used indoors or out, and rides best on hard, flat surfaces. Ideal for ages 3 years and up. Buy it here.
16 | GONGE RIVERSTONES ($64.99)
Made from brightly colored and durable plastic, the Gonge Riverstones invite your child to balance and jump from top to top. This set of 6 hilltops (in 2 different heights) are made so that they can’t overturn and are hollow, so they easily stack when not in use. Buy them here.
17 | STEP2 NEAT AND TIDY COTTAGE ($159.99)
Your toddler’s new home away from home! With a working doorbell, picturesque flower box, a mailbox, and working shutters and door, this Step2 Neat and Tidy Playhouse is made to charm. Buy it here.
18 | GROW’N UP HERACLES SEESAW ($79.99)
The Heracles Seesaw moves in the traditional up and down motion but with the added ability to also spin in a 360-degree rotation. It safely holds 99 pounds per seat and is ideal for children 3-8 years old. Buy it here.
19 | STEP2 LOOKOUT TREEHOUSE CLIMBER PLAYSET ($149.99)
The Step2 Lookout Treehouse Playset is perfect for young toddlers – with large, easy-to-climb steps, a 19″ high platform, and an easy-to-use 33” slide. It can be used safely indoors or outdoors, and includes a working periscope so toddlers can stay on the lookout. Buy it here.
20 | LITTLE TIKES EASY STORE LARGE SLIDE ($99.99)
Not enough time to head to the park? This Little Tikes plastic slide is perfect for transforming your backyard into a playground. The slide is 5 feet long, which is a great size for young kids. It has an extra wide base for stability so you can be sure the slide won’t wobble, plus it folds up for easy storage during the off-season. Buy it here.
Now you don’t have to visit the beach to have a fun afternoon in the sand! The Step2 Sandbox is about 28” x 42”, holds up to 200lbs of sand (not included), has four molded-in seats on each corner. When it’s not in use, the included cover provides protection from weather and critters alike. Now all you need is some beach toys! Buy it here.
Built to grow with your child, the Little Tikes Perfect Fit Trike is great for ages 9 months up to 5 years. It has a sun canopy for those hot summer afternoons, a footrest to keep little toes safe before they can pedal, a waist bar to keep the youngest riders from steering, a and a 5-point seatbelt. And for parents, there’s a large storage bucket and bottle holder on the push handle. Grow from parents pushing to kids pedaling on their own, with the 4 different trike configurations. Buy it here.
23 | SKYWALKER 60″ TRAMPOLINE ($149.99)
Time to jump, jump, jump! The Skywalker 5 foot wide trampoline is great for ages 3 through 7 (with a 100lb weight capacity). It has a gap-free enclosure to keep little jumpers contained, a 360-degree padded handlebar for help with balance, and stretch bands make for excellent bouncing without any springs to pinch fingers. Buy it here.
24 | SUPER SPINNER SWING ($59.99)
Swing, spin, or do both at once with the Super Spinner Swing! The center hole allows for drainage and the locking safety clips easily connect to a swing set or tree. Holds up to 200 pounds, for ages 3 and up. Buy it here.
25| Little Tikes Cook n Play Outdoor BBQ ($69.99)
Now your little one can fire up the grill and serve their friends just like you! This one has clicking knobs, a working oven door, and a dual grill with lid and side burner. The play food set includs a hamburger, hot dog, and grill utensils. Buy it here.
You can see the rest of our Summer Guides here.
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