125 Best Kids Outdoor Toys for Active Play That Lasts
Keeping the kids entertained with outdoor toys can be a challenge, so we have rounded up the best activities and games we could find to keep kiddos engaged, amused, and cool as a cucumber in the great outdoors. From watery wonders to a roundup of ride-ones, there is something for everyone!
For kids who love to ring the changes, and parents who want to keep them safe outdoors, these super cute Pogginz Dragon accessories attach easily with Velcro to any helmet, meaning style (and fun) conscious kiddos can swap and change their look to suit their mood.
Combine water with darts for this double whammy of a blaster from Nerf. Wetter is definitely better when you catch your opponent by surprise with a soaking of water, followed by a strategically aimed dart to finish them off! Double the fun in one toy.
This is a scooter for the girl who wants to get places, in style and fast! This pretty in pink scaled down model of a classic European scooter runs at speeds of up to 15mph, and comes with handlebar streamers for little ladies who want to glam their ride.
Have some good old fashioned outdoor fun with a Frisbee game with a difference. Set up the goal between the players, and take turns seeing who can get their disc in the designated slots. Perfect for the park, the poolside or anywhere there are people who like to have fun.
Toys are always good value when they combine fun with learning, and these geodes from National Geographic tick both boxes. The kit contains 10 real geodes, ready to be cracked open, revealing the treasure they have hidden inside. An ideal learning activity for outdoor discovery. Just add kids, and a hammer!
Kids’ outdoor toys don’t come much more classic than this! For hours of fun and exercise, simply set up the goal and take turns (or do it alone) shooting a ball into the back of the net. Weather resistant, this goal can be used in all weathers to get your prospective soccer star off to a flying start.
Kids will LOVE this bouncy castle, for both indoors (if you have the room) and outdoors use. Strong and sturdy, the sides are high enough to keep the little ones in, and it inflates within 2 minutes, meaning no waiting around, because when they want to bounce, they want to bounce NOW!
Almost every kid has had, or at least played on, a Cozy Coupe, and for good reason. The perfect kids’ outdoor toy, little ones can either be pushed, or remove the floor and scoot themselves along, Flintstone-style. New features include parent’s handle, and drinks holders in the rear, because having fun is thirsty work!
Little ones will be skipping for joy with a traditional jump rope. The 7 foot long rope can be adjusted, and is made from recycled material, as are the handles, meaning it is environmentally friendly as well as a lot of fun. Perfect for kids to burn off some of that excess energy.
All of the fun of the fair without the crowds! Always a favorite with kids, outdoor toys don’t get much more nostalgic than hook a duck! Just inflate the pool, add water, and set about trying to nab one of those devious ducks before they dodge the rod.
Balancing fun, exercise, and coordination comes easy with this awesome kit for learning the basics of baseline walking. Attach the line to two trees, using the tree protectors provided, pull the line tight with the ratchet, and away you go. Fab fun in the great outdoors.
Let the sparks fly with this fantastic toy for kids who like to roll with it. This tricycle is not just for getting about in, it’s great for performing tricks such as 360 degree turns, and comes with a special feature which sends the sparks flying. Definitely one for kids on the glow.
Touch down with this fantastic flag football set – the perfect way to get adults and kids outdoors and running around. Set comes with 10 flag belts, meaning up to 10 of you can get out there, exercise, and have fun. Just add players (and a patch of flat ground).
For soccer stars of the future, this big net will get them used to the game when they’re small. The oversized goal is accompanied by a real size 3 soccer ball, so they get used to the size and weight without the frustration of not hitting the back of the net.
The fun doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down! This glow in the dark version of Capture the Flag brings an old toy bang up to date. Using futuristic lights, it can be played indoors or outdoors after dark, and is suitable for kids and adults alike.
When it comes to buying gifts for kids, outdoor toys that involve water are the best! This filler/soaker will simultaneously fill and seal a whole bunch of balloons, ready to throw! And when you’re done throwing, take aim and fire with the powerful jet of water that comes from the soaker!
Soccer balls – once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all, right? Not so with this eye-catching ball from Adidas. High durability means it will last a long time thanks to the strong stitching, and as it arrives fully inflated kids can play with their new toy as soon as they rip the wrapping off!
Get your water baby off to a swimming start with a flotation device with a difference. As your little one gets used to the water, she can play with the rattles, rings, and other toys attached, and the detachable canopy will keep her safely in the shade when it’s sunny.
Kids have an abundance of energy, so help them channel it into a kid-powered PlasmaCar! With no batteries required, this ‘car’ runs on elect-kid-ity alone (with a little help from gravity). Just sit in, grab the wheel, and wiggle your way to speeds of up to 6mph!
Kids will be full of e-motion when they see this superb toy waiting for them on Christmas morning! Not quite a go-kart, not quite a bike, this hybrid ride-on features a unique leg movement propulsion, ensuring smooth gliding riding, and as it comes with extensions, it will grow with your child.
This is a great toy, or game, for both indoor and outdoor use. Two teams of two compete to get to the ball after their opponent has bounced it off the central net, which stands horizontally between them. Quick set up for fast paced action with the whole family.
There’s nothing like a treehouse to provide hours of fun for kids outdoors, but it’s very often out of reach of the smaller children. Give them their very own treehouse that’s firmly on the ground! The steps and slide are the perfect size for little ones, and the ‘house’ itself provides shelter and shade for hours of fun.
Not many toys for kids have endured as long or as well as Tonkas. This bright yellow steel version of the classic Tonka truck with working dump bed relies on good old fashioned child-power and imagination, no flat batteries or recharging = frustration free play.
This is a sweet sweet toy for getting the kids outdoors. Perfect for ‘Sundae’ flying, this ice cream kite will take off even in light winds, meaning almost any day is kite day. With a 30m string you can let your cone soar high above, and its strong construction is just the cherry on the top!
Kids will never get cross in the summer if they have this new spin on an old favorite to play with. This water shooter is designed like a cross bow, taking water play to a whole new level. Swap the water bottle for a larger one for longer playing time, and shoot up to 10m away!
Watch your back with this one, kids! The dual pack of lazer taggers means you can shoot and be shot with not a dart in sight. Hit your target with your lazer and their handset will vibrate, telling them they’re down, while the recoil engages with every shot fired. Great action toy for indoor or outdoor use.
Any child’s face will light up when they see what you’ve ‘gotham’! Batman’s little sidekick can patrol the streets on this neat quad bike at a steady 2 mph, giving them plenty of time to spot any baddies lurking nearby. With cool graphics and rugged wheels, your little superhero will definitely turn heads.
Cooking al-fresco is a great family activity, and now the little chef in the family can join in the fun with their very own outdoor toy barbecue. With opening doors on the oven and fridge, clicking dials, and realistic food included, this is definitely food for the imagination.
Scooters are one of kids’ favorite outdoor toys, because they are light, portable, and can be ridden pretty much anywhere. This Razor A3 is all of the above, and the larger wheels make for a smoother ride, while the folding handle means it’s even easier to carry.
Take down the enemy fast and furiously with the Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm. The barrel rotates and holds up to six darts, and when you slide in into Slam Fire mode it will unleash all six darts in quick succession, leaving your targets nowhere to go but down.
Slam dunk your way to swimming success with this floating basketball game. The perfect kids’ outdoor toy, it adds a whole lot of fun to the pool party as teams compete to see who can score the most hoops. Turns swimming into a whole new ball game.
Serve up this delicious toy for kids who love to play ‘shop’. With a reversible awning and double sided display, would be vendors can dish up ice creams or serve up hot dogs, burgers and pretzels. Integral storage, condiments, and a write-on menu means endless fun for all.
We need to look after our planet, and a recycled garden set gets this off to a flying start. Wherever you are in the great outdoors, this is a toy which will teach young gardeners a valuable lesson about nurturing nature. Includes watering can, rake, and shovel for beach or back yard fun.
This is definitely an outdoor toy, but what a toy it is! A massive 12ft of trampoline, with high sides for safety, and a basketball hoop for slam dunking fun. Fully enclosed springs and tight-weave net ensures complete safety for big and little jumpers alike.
This gorgeous bright red trike with adjustable seating will grow with your child, and is definitely a gift which will ‘move’ them. The ‘quiet ride’ wheels will minimize the noise, while the comfort grip handlebars are gentle on little hands. The covered storage at the rear completes this classic outdoor toy.
Encourage your child to fall in love with nature with a Melissa and Doug watering can. Just the right size for small hands, this pretty watering can will help them to help the natural world, and develop a lifelong respect for plants and flowers. Lightweight and truly gorgeous.
Aim high in your search for kids’ outdoor toys, and choose one which will grow with them, like this adjustable basketball system. Extendable in 6 inch increments to take it from 7.5 to 10ft, it is suitable for all ages and heights. Easily moveable wheeled system and virtually indestructible backboard.
Little hands love big blocks, which makes these Waffle Blocks ideal for both indoor and outdoor play. 18 brightly colored blocks all fit securely together every which way for some weird and wonderful creations and never ending imaginative play. Will they build a castle, a train, or maybe a tiny house for their toys?
Don’t let a bit of rough terrain stand in the way of fun with this awesome battery powered ATV. The ‘Turbo’ feature means young drivers can take it from 2.5 to 5 mph whether they are on smooth, rough, or wet terrain, making it the perfect rugged outdoor toy for kids.
If you can’t bring the toddler to the basketball hoop, bring the basketball hoop to the toddler with this Easy Score Basketball set. Easily adjusts from 2 to 4 ft., and features an oversized rim and three toddler sized basketballs for little hands. A great kids’ outdoor toy to encourage coordination and motor skills.
If you know a child who was born to be wild, this Harley Davidson Tough Trike fits the bill. The large pedals make it easy for wannabe bikers to power their trike, and the tough tires mean it can take on rugged ground. Leather jacket and bandana optional!
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…Make pool time more fun with this Shark Toss and Catch toy. Catch the foam ball in Sharkey’s mouth to stay in the game, and see if your opponent can do the same. Fade resistant.
Get the kids bouncing on this fantastic pogo stick instead of your bed this Christmas morning! The stick is highly durable as an outdoor toy, yet won’t mark hardwood floors indoors, and you’ll be able to hear them bouncing your way thanks to the adorable squeaker in the base.
This is one for the serious Nerf enthusiasts. With 10 elite darts, a dart clip, MEGA darts, missile, and of course the mahoosive Elite Dart Blaster, it is also a base for other components from the Nerf modulus system, giving the possibility of over 1000 different systems. There will be nowhere to hide!
Little League shouldn’t mean little quality when it comes to their bats. The Easton S50 gives all the style and strength of a full sized bat, but with a light weight swing and a 2 ¼ inch barrel specially designed for younger kids. Great fun whether on the diamond or in the park.
Fresh air is always great for kids, so outdoor toys which combine fun and imagination are always a big hit. This dual table holds 10lbs of sand and 3 gal of water for gloriously messy, splashy fun. The easy drain plug and tie-down cover make it a winner, sands down!
Unleash their inner Ariel or King Trident with these gorgeous mermaid fins. The unbreakable fin means no tearing or shredding, and the unmistakable mermaid motion allows them to swim stronger and faster than before. When it comes to beach or pool loving kids, outdoor toys don’t come much better (or more magical) than this.
Santa himself could probably do with a few of these for when Rudolph and co. gets tired! Saddle up, sit on, and the riding motion propels the pony forward, just like a real horse. The bouncing action needed is great exercise, whether outdoor or in. Just add kid power and imagination.
Little ones grow so fast, so it’s well worth getting them toys which can grow with them. The Micro Mini Deluxe scooter does just that, with handlebars which can adjust from 17” to 25”. Youngsters will quickly learn to steer with their body weight, and the smooth, quiet, ride makes this scooter a pleasure all.
Surf on turf with this innovative deck from Razor. The Ripsurf skateboard utilizes all the movement of a surfboard on dry land, making this a unique experience for anyone who dares to ride. The eye catching design and unusual motion will definitely ‘wipe out’ the competition.
Eau what a great idea! The 4M water rocket kit transforms an ordinary plastic bottle into a high velocity rocket, soaring up to 30ft in the air using the power of air and water (and elbow grease) alone. Take science and space travel outdoors for some out of this world fun.
Once they get their hands on this toy jeep, young ‘Frozen’ fans will never be able to ‘Let it Go’. With the iconic Disney decals, this jeep runs at a cool 2.5mph in both forwards and reverse, and once they’re more experienced you can remove the high speed lock out to take them up to 5 mph.
Give them all the outdoor time they need with a freestanding tower playset for the garden. Its many features include ladder, swings, climbing walls, and wavy slide – with so much to do they won’t have time to get bored, allowing them some much needed fresh air and exercise.
Kids and adults alike will love this RC flying ball. Set the ball in flight, and watch as it hovers in the air before starting its descent, gently moving up and away again when it senses something in its way. Bright and colorful LED lights make it just as much fun in the dark, too.
You’ll need nerves of steel to play this game of water roulette! Fill the helmet with water, strap it on, and spin the spinner to reveal the number of rods to pull out. But be careful, because sooner or later you’re going to get that cold feeling of dread running down your neck!
Like the caped crusader himself, nothing will stand in the way of this Batman All Terrain Vehicle for outdoor adventures. Parents can choose to lock the speed to 2.5 mph, or let them fly at a cool 5 mph, while it negotiates rough ground as easily as smooth grass. Holy ATV, Batman!
When you’ve had e-nerf of the kids playing in the house, send them outdoors with a Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700. With 7 high impact rounds the Apollo comes with an easy load magazine, trigger lock, and firing range of up to 100 ft. Suitable for both left and right handed shooters.
When kids want to play a-round, nothing says fresh air like a game of golf. This first golf set is perfect for little ones to hone their skills both outdoor and in using the putter or the driver included. Comes complete with putting hole, 3 balls, 2 clubs and their very own trolley.
Take the fun and the kids outdoors with volleyball and badminton. Whether on the beach or in the park, both games can be played with this one set which comes complete with everything you will need for either game. Except players. You will need players.
Watch the smile light up your child’s face with this new take on the old ‘space hopper’ toy. Shaped like a horse, little ones can sit on its back and bounce around the house or garden to their heart’s content, while parents can relax, knowing the four legs are providing stability.
Sandcastles are SO last season! Now it’s cupcakes which reign supreme on the beach (or in the sand pit). Kids can make their sun- baked goods by filling the molds with sand, before adding a topper and finishing off with some yummy sand icing. A lovely toy for some delicious outdoor fun.
When it comes to exercise for kids, outdoor toys are just the thing. A simple game of paddle catch and toss will have them running all over the place, trying to ‘snag’ the bean bag ball on the self-stick paddles, and the adjustable hand strap makes it suitable for all ages.
You know how it is when you take your kid out for batting practice. They always want ‘just one more ball’ while your arm has turned to stone! The Ultimate Pitching Machine is lightweight and portable, and can be adjusted for height and speed, providing great practice for the kids, and well-earned rest for your arm!
Swimming pools are a great space for playing outdoors, and are good for so much more than ‘just’ swimming. Inflatable toys are a great idea, like this floating game of tic tac toe, which includes the blow up board, and nine weighted balls, for simple in-pool fun.
Kids will launch themselves at this toy time and time again to see who can send their rocket the farthest. Simply set up the dual launch pad with two rockets, and they and their friends can stomp, stamp, or jump their way into orbit, with heights of up to 200 ft!
What could be cuter than a unicorn? Um, a giant inflatable unicorn to lounge on in the water! This huge cutie can be used on water or land to chill out on. Strong enough to hold up to 400lbs, 2 adults or multiple kids can play on this mystical beast for ultimate outdoor fun in the sun.
Slide your way into wet n wild fun with the inflatable surf n slide play center. The perfect outdoor toy for kids who like to make a splash, simply inflate, attach a water hose, and let them loose, either by themselves or on the wake boards supplied.
Al fresco entertaining has never been this good for kids who like to play at being grown-ups outdoors. This patio set benefits from the cover of a canopy, and includes a pretend grill, sand and water play area, and a snack table where they can sit and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
There’s something about bubbles that makes people happy. Kids young and old love them. But what about bubbles you can eat? This super cute and bubblicious toy blows bubbles which kids can chase, catch, and eat, making it a great idea for outdoor parties, family games, and general yummy fun.
Get little ones used to good old fashioned ten pin bowling with this adorable set from Melissa and Doug. Each of the six pins features a cute animal, while the bowling ball has indents for little fingers. The bright colors and smiley faces will be sure to ‘strike’ a chord with every child who plays with it.
Flying discs are a go-to toy for kids and adults, due to their portability and fun factor, but once the sun goes down the fun usually stops. These discs light up with super bright LED colors, and even if they land in the water they will keep on shining. For outdoor fun, day and night.
This enduring game just got super-sized for fab outdoor fun for all the family. Build a solid tower with the wooden blocks, and then use your skill and steady handedness to remove them one by one, before placing them strategically on the top. But what goes up must come down, so stand back and watch it tumble!
If you’re looking for older kids’ outdoor toys, try them with some target practice. The Zing Air Hunterz Z-Curve Bow fires both suction cup foam arrows and long range screaming whistle arrows which can travel up to 125 feet or more, making it the perfect choice for safe but exciting outdoor fun.
For fast paced fast spraying action, the Aqua Zooka Water Bazooka hits the spot. Just stick the end in water, draw it up, and away you go. The non-slip handles ensure a good grip even when wet, and with a range of up to 60 ft you can even catch your opponent when they’re retreating.
Sandy beach or sand pit, you can’t go wrong with a bucket and spade for outdoor play. The set also comes with a sifter and rake, so your little one can look for shells and other treasures, and build a castle, fortress, or just a big mound of sand to knock down and rebuild again and again.
Practical, long lasting, and suitable for indoor and outdoor use, this picnic table can be used for snacking, drawing, playing, or whatever else their little imaginations can come up with! The stylish umbrella provides shade from the sun, and when it’s not in use the whole thing can be stored flat.
Up the ante with a water balloon slingshot that can fling a water bomb up to 300 yards away! The three person launcher makes this a great choice for team games, with 300 biodegradable balloons which fill and self-seal 30 at a time! A great outdoor toy for all the family – it’s da bomb!
A game of Frisbee always goes down well, but just backwards and forwards can get a little boring. KanJam takes it to another level, by awarding different points for hitting the collapsible bins in certain places, or an instant win for ‘posting’ the disc through the slot.
Bigger is definitely better when it comes to bubbles, and this giant wand sure does make them big! Kids can compete with each other outdoors to see who can make the biggest bubble, and then chase after it as it floats away. A simple but favorite toy – supersized.
Intrepid explorers need lots of equipment, but they also need their hands free to fight off any hidden hazards which get in their way! This Cargo Vest has pockets, rings, zippers and pouches to hold those all essential supplies, like binoculars, flashlight, and – of course – those all-important snacks to help keep their energy up.
For kids who want to dive straight in to the fun, these bendable dive rings are weighted to ensure they sink to the bottom of the pool, ideal for dive training or make-believe mermaid treasure hunting. Great toys that won’t give them a ‘sinking’ feeling when they open them.
Children are naturally fascinated by butterflies, so imagine how interested they would be to watch them grow from caterpillars into the beautiful insects they love? This kit contains everything needed for kids to nurture the five caterpillars supplied, and follow their journey to fully grown butterflies.
Now little gardeners can mow the grass alongside Dad with this Gas n Go Mower. Just pull the cord for realistic engine sounds which sound just like Dad’s, and with the clicking key and moving throttle there will be mow more asking ‘can I have a go?’ on Dad’s real mower.
Remember when Heelys used to be big and cumbersome? Not anymore! These Skate Shoe Heelys are lighter, neater, and they look fab. The wheel can be removed from the sole for walking, and is easily inserted for when you’re on a roll, both outdoor and in. Fashionable, lightweight, and awesome.
Grab a pizza the action for fun in the fun with these inflatable pizza slices. Use alone, or tether two or more pieces together to make a floating human pizza pie. Great for kids and adults alike, just add human topping and sunshine for a perfect slice of life.
If you want to kick your gift buying skills into high gear, a pair of stilts is one of the best toys for kids (both big and small) that money can buy. These stilts can be adjusted from 12 to 17 inches off the ground, meaning the height will grow along with their confidence.
Howl’s this for an awesome kids’ outdoor toy? With a long distance tail, the Nerf Aero Howler football will scream into action as you throw it through the air, emitting an eerie howl as it flies, letting everyone around know that the game is on.
Kites are the things memories are made of, so carry on making those precious memories with a huge rainbow kite. The beach, the park, a hilltop…all you need is a slight wind and the great outdoors. This kite is designed to be a breeze for beginners, and is stable, long lasting, and what childhoods are made of.
The whole family can have a ball at the beach or in the pool with a giant beach ball. The iconic design and colors will remind older players of happy times as kids, while younger ones will love the lightweight bounciness and easy throwability. Classic and timeless fun for all.
Don’t be ‘Djubi’ous about trying this new outdoor toy for kids, because this one is a winner. Djubi racquets have deep nets in which to catch the ball, which is launched not by hand power, but by attaching it to the sling-shot device on the racquet, meaning balls can travel faster and farther. Awesome fun.
Get the kids in a spin with this fabulous spinner swing, which can be set up to either swing like a regular one, or swing and spin at the same time! Strong enough to take 2 kids at the same time, it cuts parents’ labor in half as there is only one to push!
The Big Wheel tricycle has always been a firm favorite among kids’ outdoor toys, and its popularity has never faded. The seat is adjustable, meaning many years’ worth of fun can be had as the trike grows with the child, .and the strength and durability keep it going strong.
Kids love to study nature, but sadly catching bugs to observe isn’t easy without hurting them. This BugView provides the perfect answer. Place the clear ‘observatory’ over the bug, and gently slide the floor in place, keeping the insect captive yet unharmed as kids examine it through the 5x magnifying lens before releasing it again.
Kids will really dig this ride-on crane! Improves manual dexterity as kids can use it to dig and dump sand, dirt, and even snow – weather is no deterrent to outdoor play when it’s this much fun! With two handed controls and pivoting seat, this is really a toy then can build on.
Roller boots are both retro and modern, all at the same time. The Fire Star Roller Skates look great, and have smooth rollability, making them a joy to use. The wheels can also be tightened to make them roll a little slower, for those skaters who want to run before they can walk!
This game is so much flippin’ fun! It’s a board game with a difference. In order to move your bottle top up the player board, you have to complete a series of flips with the bottle, and land it to earn a point. Land on a black and you forfeit a turn. Do you have the bottle?
Let your little one join the Young Farmers Association by giving them their very own working tractor. The ultimate in outdoor toys, this tractor drives at up to 4 ½ mph, with an optional parent-controlled speed lock out to keep things nice and slow! Working FM radio will keep them singing along as they work.
Get up close and personal with nature’s little creatures by viewing them through these Bugnoculars. Insects can be safely collected in the container to be observed through the 3x magnification lenses before being released outdoor. The set is waterproof, so kids can have ‘fin’ watching fish and other aquatics, too.
Let the kids explore the world of retail with this adorable Melissa and Doug Lemonade/Grocery stand. Young entrepreneurs can decide their stock, prices, displays and trading hours, as well as practice numeracy skills and social interaction, all under the guise of having fun. Outdoor or in, it’s imaginative play at its best.
Thomas and friends will have another driver to add to the team with this Thomas ride-on engine and track. The 6v battery choo-choos them off at a leisurely 1mph as they gain their confidence on the circular track, before taking them off-track for some free-wheeling fun indoors or outdoors.
When they’re too big for the stroller, but too small to walk far, this Radio Flyer is the solution! With seating for two children, or one plus equipment, precious cargo can be pulled along while under the shade of the canopy while they dine or play in style on the on-board table.
Little explorers need a place to lay their heads, and this set is ideal! Their very own easy set up tent somes with a working lantern, and an axe, knife, hammer and shovel for chopping up their ‘firewood’ and other supplies! A great toy for kids who love to ‘explore’ the outdoors, even when they’re inside.
Little ladies can take a load off wherever they are with a folding butterfly chair. Easy to set up, this lightweight chair means that they can be sitting pretty at the beach, the park, or the soccer pitch, and the handy carrying bag with handle means they can bring it with them whenever they need it.
Connect-4 just went large! Bring out this set at a family gathering, meet up, or party and kids and adults alike can play this classic game whatever the setting. A great outdoor toy to keep the masses amused, or a perfect rainy day activity when they’re stuck indoors.
A Frisbee that is so much more, the OgoDisk is made from foam so it will float in the pool, while its spandex center meant it is perfect for using in a game of bat n ball with a twist, or used in place of hands in a bouncier game of volleyball.
When kids want the action of a skateboard, but parents want the stability of a scooter, the Micro Maxi is an excellent choice. Once the rider is confident with the T-bar they can upgrade to the joystick steering option for even greater manoeuvrability and skills.
All the world is a canvas, and kids will be able to draw their masterpieces all over the sidewalk with these washable sidewalk chalks from Crayola. The anti-roll shape of the crayons keep them in one place, while the finished artwork can be washed away with just water. Outdoor art made great.
From tiny tots to grown-ups, everyone loves the idea of roller skates. To start them young and build their confidence, these first skates are the ideal outdoor toy and come with three actions – walking (one wheel locked), forward rolling, and finally rolling backwards and forwards for when they’ve found their feet (or wheels).
Outdoor toys can be a bit limited in terms of how many kids can play, which is why this Teeter-Totter Flyer is such an awesome choice! It can accommodate up to seven children at any one time, with the seesaws mimicking the side to side motion of a ‘plane while the ‘pilots’ can use the interactive dashboard and controls.
Toddlers come with an abundance of energy, and it’s not always easy to find ways to burn it off. The Little Tikes trampoline solves that problem! With its large jumping area and wide handle bar for holding on to, this will be a favorite toy for energetic play.
Before a child is ready to pedal a bike, they need to learn to balance. The Strider Balance Bike comes without pedals, so the child learns to ‘walk’ the bike, and as they gain in confidence will naturally lift their feet and freewheel, learning the skills needed for an easy transition to a ‘proper’ bike.
This dump truck is definitely a kid’s toy that won’t cost the earth! Made from recycled milk jugs, the brightly colored dump truck has a working dump bed and rugged wheels, and since it doesn’t contain any metal parts it will stand up to all weather conditions.
This combined boat and helicopter toy is great whether on land, in the air, or on water, and is made from 100% recycled plastic, so is eco-friendly too! Captain Duck and Pilot Bear are always on hand to steer kids into imaginative play, for hours of make believe fun.
Even little princesses need time away from their loyal subjects, and this pop up tent with glow in the dark stars is the ideal hideaway. Whether she needs a reading nook, a secluded dining area, or somewhere to take a royal nap, this cute castle is perfect, for indoor or outdoor use.
Glide into style with these adjustable roller boots which actually grow with your child. The cam-lever fastenings mean no more loose laces, and the liners are fully washable, meaning not only will your child look cool but they will feel fresh, too. Lightweight, sturdy, and very supportive.
One of the best kids’ outdoor toys ever are water bombs, but these little beauties go one better! Just fill ‘em up, throw them, and once they have soaked the enemy simply pick them up and do it all again! Re-usable and self-sealing, these water bombs can be used up to 1000 times each!
If you’re looking for an outdoor toy for several kids, you need look no more. This garden playset has more than enough to keep them all entertained, including a wavy slide, three swings, a gym bar with rings, pole, and monkey bars for even the most energetic of kids.
Water fights are all well and good, but it puts you at a disadvantage when you run out of balloons and have to fill some more. But with the ZURU bunch o balloons refills set, just one hose will fill 30 balloons at once, and as they self-seal they are ready for action in seconds.
The Little Tikes swing is great for both indoor and outdoor fun, and can be hung from almost anywhere. The shoulder straps give an added layer of security to younger babies, and both those and the T-Bar can be stashed away for older toddlers who don’t need them.
Finger rockets are a very cool upgrade on the classic sling shot toy, and these ones come with LED lighting for after-dark play value. Kids (or big kids) can launch the foam rockets by slipping a thumb into the rubber band attached, pulling the rocket back, and firing! Great fun, and they don’t hurt!
Give your little monkeys somewhere they can climb and expend their excess energy when they’re playing outdoors, with the geometric dome climber. Its strong, weather-proof design means it won’t rust, and it can hold up to 600lb in weight, making it perfect for several kids to have fun together.
Ziplines are always good fun, and they can provide hours and hours of fun in the great outdoors. This kit means you can install one in your own garden, and the kids can either sit on the seat provided, or hold on to the grip bar as they literally fly through the air.
The Crayola Rainbow Rake lets little Monets create ‘upstanding’ outdoor art by attaching several colored chalks to the rake and dragging, pushing, scraping or running along, leaving an explosion of colorful chalk creations in their wake. For huge sidewalk art with no kneeling involved (and easy clean-up for Mom).
Now your kiddos can observe nature from a hiding place, thanks to this toy periscope from GeoSafari. With an LED light for nocturnal peeking, and four-directional viewing possibilities, little ones can get up close and personal with critters without getting TOO up close, while the soft goggles mean they can observe in comfort.
This is a great outdoor toy every kid will be ‘hoppy’ to receive! The 11 plastic rings can be laid out and held together with the attachments included in a traditional hopscotch pattern, or made into a different pattern entirely to change things up a bit. Also suitable for indoor play.
When the sun’s out, you can’t keep little ones indoors. But you don’t need to worry about protecting them from the sun with this Shady Jump n Slide Bouncer – the trampoline has a canopy that provides shade when they’re bouncing, while the mesh sides will stop them from falling off of the jump mat.
If your little monkeys are always climbing, they won’t be able to get enough of this climbing tower from Eezy Peezy. The interlocking plastic tubes and connectors are strong but also lightweight, so you can move it from the backyard to the playroom if the weather threatens to put a dampener on playtime.
Hot Wheels fans will go crazy for this fast-paced ride-on. Youngsters can push the car up the non-slip ramp before racing down the 14-foot long track to the bottom, bringing the amusement park to the backyard. You’ll get tired just watching the kids climb back up the ramp for another go.
Kids can get on their hands and knees to explore the tunnels and tents of the Hide N Side. Youngsters will have hours of fun crawling through the tunnels to reach the ball pit. And when playtime is over, the tent can be packed away in the storage bag.
Forget Call of Duty, kids can play Call of Warrior with these infrared laser tag blasters. With this pack of 2 blasters, kids can take on their friend in battle, and as each blaster is interchangeable, they can choose their weapon, from a pistol to a rocket.
If your kids are fearless, they won’t be able to wait to try out this zip line – install it in your backyard to bring fun to playtime outdoors. Plus, the sling and main cable are made from galvanized metal used for building aircraft, ensuring a safe ride again and again.
Whether they’re camping or hiking, or just hanging out in the backyard, your little explorer can search for creepy crawlies with this Outdoor Kids kit from Life Origin. With a magnifying glass, tweezers, and a bug collector, youngsters can learn more about the creatures sharing their surroundings.
Kids can bounce in safety on this Mini Bouncer from Skywalker Trampolines. With a no-gap enclosure net to keep kids on the jump mat, as well as a net around the base to stop them from crawling underneath when others are bouncing, you won’t have to worry about them getting hurt while they’re playing together.
Encourage kids to get outdoors with this mini drone. An ideal first model, this remote-controlled helicopter has a HD camera to take photographs and record live video from the skies. And with the WiFi transmission, youngsters can see a live feed of their pictures and videos on their smartphone.
Great for a party or sleepover, bubble soccer has fewer rules than traditional soccer – and it’s more fun too. Kids can put on these 4-foot inflatable balls to take on their friends in the fast-paced game, bumping in to each other without the risk of getting injured.
Darts isn’t just an indoor game – Djubi Dart Ball is a lawn game that both kids and adults will enjoy, which can be set up in the backyard. Each player takes it in turns to fire Djubi balls at the target; the first one to score 500 points wins.
When the temperature heats up, kids can cool down with this Buckets of Fun outdoor waterpark. Easy to assemble without gluing or cutting, youngsters can ride their bikes through the Kiddy Car Wash, or race to beat the Automatic Dump Bucket as it fills up with water.
Kids can have a go at tail whips and fakies on this freestyle stunt scooter from Royal Scooters. Made from a durable aluminum deck and bars, as well as precise chrome steel bearings, kids can race against their friends or show off the stunts they’ve been practicing.
Kids can improve their pitching with this games machine from heytech. Whether baseball or tennis is their sport, set up the pitching machine in the backyard so they can work on their technique – it’ll help to give them confidence when they need to step up during a match.
With 3 stunt planes in this set, 3 times the kid-power is required to launch these Stomp Rockets. Youngsters can line them up in the backyard before sending them in to orbit one by one as they run, jump and stomp… We have lift off!
Throwing-toys (as opposed to throwing toys) are always good fun, and this tutorial shows you how to make your very own bean-bag toss with some wood and fabric. The wooden frame sits on the ground, while the home-made bean bags are thrown from a distance into the holes. You could even cut several holes for differing scores.
Few things are more fun in the sunshine than a slip n slide, and with this tutorial you can build your very own supersized version! With just a roll of plastic and a few bits and pieces you can be wet n wild in your own back yard! A great toy for kids and kids at heart.
Bring the wonder of space travel to your own back yard for an outdoor toy kids will love. A DIY water rocket and launcher could be made as a gift, or all the components could be put in a box and given as a kit to be put together as a project.
Swimming is a great outdoor pastime, and toys for the pool always go down well. Swimming Pool Scrabble is a simple DIY project which will provide hours of in-pool fun, and can be made using only kitchen sponges and permanent markers. A game to strengthen both body and mind.
What could be more refreshing on a hot day than a giant water blob for the kids to sit on, play on, eat on, or slide on? This super easy tutorial shows you exactly how to make one with just a few items, and even how to customize it to suit a theme.
Most kids would love a games room in the house, but most of us don’t have the space to have one. However, this step by step guide shows you how to make a DIY ping pong table which doubles as a chalkboard AND is easy to stash away when not in use.
Giant Jenga is a truly fun outdoor game for all ages, but how about making your own, either for yourself or as a gift? Using 2×4 boards the pieces can be cut and either left plain, or painted to personalize for an occasion or particular person. Long lasting and unique.
For a toy which will really float their boats, here is a DIY tutorial for toys that toddlers will love to play with, either in the bath or outdoors in a paddling pool. Using only a few sponges, craft foam and some straws, you can create a whole fleet of foamy fun boats for little fingers.
These super simple sponge pompoms take only moments to make but will provide hours of wet n wild water games. Definitely a toy to use outdoors, these sponge shapes can be soaked in water and thrown at targets, into buckets, or onto a driveway to make weird and wonderful patterns.
Lawn croquet is brought bang up to date using hula hoops and bouncy balls with this fun idea for outdoor games. By cutting the hoops in half they can be stuck into the grass to make arches, and the balls can be rolled or kicked through them to score points.
Sand pits make for some great imaginative outdoor play, so if you have the room you should definitely think about making your own! This guide shows you how to build one from wood that is safe and secure, and the perfect size for your kids and your garden!
Kids are always fascinated by car washes, so this tutorial is a genius idea for summertime outdoor fun. This ‘toy wash’ is so bright and cheerful that kids will be clamouring to take their toys through time and time again, and keeping cool at the same time.
Handmade toys are always well-received, which is why this DIY version of tic tac toe is so adorable. Rocks can be painted as insects, animals, flowers, or whatever else the recipient likes, and the wooden playing board can be pyrographed or painted to suit for a perfect woodland-esque game.
Washcloths cost next to nothing but they can be turned into great pompoms for this awesome game of Target Toss! Once made, the pompoms can be soaked in water and thrown at chalk targets which have been drawn on the driveway with each target having a score for numeracy practice, or letters for spelling games.
Using only a few sponges and dental floss, these DIY water balls can provide hours of outdoor fun and water play! Simply cut the sponges into strips and tie a bundle together to make a ball shape. Great for playing in the pool or just soaking in water and throwing for target practice.
Cork boats are simple to make using a few household ingredients, and can be used in a pool, the bath, or even raced down a creek. Make the boats yourself as gifts for kids, or put all the components together in a bag or box as a craft activity gift instead.
Kids will never ‘tire’ of this DIY climber, made from reclaimed tires and painted in bright colors. They might look precarious (which will appeal to kids no end) but they are actually securely attached to each other and weighted down with sand for a no-risk outdoor activity.
The old games are still the best, and this DIY version of a ring toss is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. With a little bit of woodworking know how, the wooden ‘pins’ can be attached to the base, ready to catch the homemade rings as they are thrown.
Sometimes babies have to miss out because they are too small to sit in a store bought swing. This homemade version is adorable, and used brightly colored canvas to make a super cozy seat for your little one to enjoy. Can be attached to a tree for outdoor fun, or doorway indoors for cooler weather.
Take one DIY wooden frame, a sheet of clear acrylic, and there you have it – a reusable easel which can be wiped clean and drawn on again, and again, and again. Paper sheets can also be attached, and it makes an awesome score card for family team games in the garden.
Make a huge water blob for the garden for some cool outdoor fun for all the family. Using heavy duty plastic sheeting the sides are sealed using a hair straightener to ensure leak free fun for everyone. You could even add glitter to the water for a giant snow globe effect!
Kids usually run a mile when they see a bar of soap, but this DIY will keep them amused for hours! Make boats from bars of soap, and send them racing on their way down a watery tunnel made from plastic guttering. The longer the tunnel, the more fun they will have.
Marble runs can become a whole different game when you take away the marble and add water to the mix! Kids can learn about how water behaves by watching it as it makes its way down the twists and turns, and it repurposes a game that might just be gathering dust in the loft.
When the weather is hot outside you need a ready supply of activities which will keep the kids amused and cool at the same time. This tutorial is packed full of watery activities using household items such as plastic bags and soda bottles to entertain the kids and stop them from overheating.
If your kids are obsessed with pirates, have a look at this post to help them to put together a treasure map for their pretend play. There might not be treasure buried where X marks the spot, but youngsters can have a go at creating a map that would impress even Long John Silver.
As well as creating these toy boats, kids can go out and race them (which means at least 2 hours when they’re not whining about being bored). Check out this article to see what you’ll need to make the boats, before setting them afloat on the local lake or in the pool in the backyard.
This marble run in the backyard could be mistaken for a piece of modern art; the neighbors will be admiring this colorful backyard ball run attached to your garden fence, which is made from spray-painted plastic guttering. Have a look at this post to find out how to put it together.
Give your kids space to hang out outdoors with this handmade hideaway; the treehouse-style den will become your kids’ sanctuary where they can listen to music, watch movies or just spend time by themselves. Everything you need to be able to build it, including a supply list and prices, can be found in this post.
Old tractor tires make fun outdoor play equipment, just like this tire see-saw. And what’s more, they’re easy to build. Check out this post for photographs of the see-saw in action, then head to the DIY Network to find out how you can make it.