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Outdoor Toys for Toddlers and Kids

Best outdoor toys for toddlers & kids!

Give your kids some high quality outdoor toys to keep them happily busy playing outside. This means you might get to relax for a few mins (don’t laugh) or get some gardening done. In my gardening with kids 101 post I shared with you activities for kids to do while you garden. In this post we’ll talk about the best outdoor toys for kids and toddlers for outdoor fun.

This post will cover:

  • Outdoor toys of both plastic & natural wooden options
  • Garden tools for kids
  • Sporty toys
  • Fun water toys

This post will cover outdoor toys for toddlers to big kids

Fun outdoor toys for toddlers

Toddlers love to copy and play pretend!

A kids pretend play lawn mower keeps them busy as they get to push something around the yard. Outdoor bbq with play food.

Water tables & sandboxes are always a hit!

I love this sea one with parasol and this one is also super fun . It’s helpful to get a sandbox with a cover as it keeps the sand dry and not wet. We have a waterbox sand combination but be prepared to have both sides messy!

Green outdoor kids toys

Play toys

I love green toys as they’re made with recycled plastic. We have the tea set, the toy truck and some bath toys. There are many great kids toy trucks to play outside with. Kids also always love bubbles, bubble makers (so you don’t have to blow the whole time!) or sidewalk chalk.

Bubble machine for outdoor kids playOutdoor Snack time

Toddlers love snacks, and this keeps them busy for a whole *gasp* 15 mins or so. I often give the kids a snack and do some read aloud for our homeschooling or use this time to get some gardening chores done. Kids appreciate outdoor fold out camping chairs (like this pink one or blue). You can also get an outdoor toddler picnic bench set or a waterproof picnic blanket.

Sporty toddlers

Toddlers can practice hand eye coordination with ring toss games. Toddlers will enjoy practicing their basketball skills with this adjustable basketball net. Lawn bowling set that’s super colorful, bean bag toss or outdoor baseball. Older kids might enjoy an outdoor badminton set or volleyball too if you have the space.

Best plastic beach toys for kids

Water play

Kids love to play in water on a hot day. Get your toddler or kids a paddling pool or let them run through this fun sprinkler that sprays in different directions! Toddlers will love this little slide and water mat. If you’re heading to the beach or you have a sandbox, these plastic beach toys don’t snap and break like most do.

Nova Natural offers lots of natural outdoor toys

from wooden swings, lawn mowers, bows and arrows and lots of dress up play. They also offer natural art supplies, large bubble makers and many more natural wooden quality made toys.

Kids gardening tools

Kids love helping out in the garden. For toddlers they can help with larger seeds like beans and peas. Our toddlers all loved sowing seeds, just don’t be surprised if they end up sowing them all over the place! Here’s my list of best seeds & plants to grow with kids.

Good gardening tools can make them feel like good little helpers.

Natural Kids Garden Tools

Imagine Childhood has lots of high quality children’s gardening tools and supplies

Kids garden tools

Kids gardening tool set by clever kid

Kids gardening tools

Kids gardening tools, short handles from Toysmith

Kids gardening tools

Bigger Kids gardening tools from G&F

Kids wheelbarrow and garden tool set

Just For Kids Wheel Barrel and Garden Tool Set

Outdoor Toys for Toddlers and Kids

What is your favorite way to keep kids busy outdoors?


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  1. A water table was one of the best. It would keep them busy for hours! It was also calming for them which helped when they were having a real unsettled day.

    Sarah Collins

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