Now, more than ever, in the time of social distancing and quarantine, it’s important to keep our kiddos busy and active…while remaining at home. With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to start thinking about adding one or two outdoor toys to your bag of tricks. Without further ado, I give you…my ultimate outdoor toddler toy list.
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Not everyone has the luxury of having a fenced in yard or plentiful space (indoor or outdoor). These toys are perfect if that is the case!
Bubbles are the quintessential outdoor toddler toy! Perfect for littles and really, not much space is required. I finally caved in and bought this after going through bottles of dollar store bubbles, the long bubble wands, a cheapo bubble machine, and a bubble gun you have to keep pressing. GAH! This machine just blows continuously, allowing you to keep an eye on your kiddos without having to constantly blow bubbles yourself!
What kiddo doesn’t love a kiddie pool? This one is inflatable, so you can deflate it and fold it up for easy storage. My favorite thing about kiddie pools…they aren’t just for water! You can put ball pit balls inside, bath toys, anything! A versatile and relatively inexpensive outdoor toddler toy.
Sidewalk chalk is a must for outdoor fun! I love that these are nontoxic, especially since I caught Peanut LICKING a piece of chalk the other day. Oy!!
We get so much use out of our toddler slide! Truth be told, I drag it down to our basement, up into our living room, into the playroom, AND out to the backyard! It’s so lightweight and easy to tote around. Not a substitute for a giant park slide, of course, but it gets the job done!
Ride On Toys
This is a fan favorite in our household. The floor bottom comes up, so older toddlers can “drive” themselves. (Younger toddlers can ride in style and just get pushed around with the floor bottom intact.)
This little vehicle is perfect for walks around the neighborhood!
This is perfect for the ultimate Frozen fan. Oh how I wish this came in an adult size! Can you even imagine?!
We don’t actually own this toy (yet) but we’ve used it at a friend’s house…and Nugget LOVED it. Peanut is still a little too young (it’s for ages 3-5). Great for balance, gross motor skills, and getting that body MOVING!
Once your kiddo’s feet can reach the ground, this is a great toy for practicing balance and getting those legs moving! (And, of course, a helmet for safety!)
Toys that Inspire Movement
After much hemming and hawing, we finally decided to bite the bullet and get a playground for our backyard. Prior to social distancing and the quarantine, we lived a block away from THREE different parks. We never really had a need for a play set of our own and the kids were younger. Fast forward to now. Mama can’t WAIT for this to arrive in the next few weeks! Seriously. I can’t wait.
As far as big toys go, this is another Big Kahuna. We absolutely LOVE this bounce house! It’s sturdy, easy to set up and take down, and can be used indoor or outdoor (depending on space). For a more in-depth review of this product, head on over to Best Energy Burning Toys for Toddlers.
We ADORE this toy! So entertaining, especially when shared.
Toys Involving Water
If I had the chance to buy a different water table, this is the one I’d go with. I love that it has two levels and comes with a ton of accessories. Don’t get me wrong, I love the one we have (especially since it has an umbrella). But I love the versatility of this one.
This is the most unique and fun outdoor toddler toy we’ve ever received! Definitely do not file this under “space saver”, however! Standing nearly 6 feet tall, it takes up a TON of space…but it’s hilarious, delightful, and so much fun.
This pool is so much fun for littles. The slide isn’t too steep and the ball ramp, shark ring toss, and sprinkler trees add entertainment.
These are lightweight and fun for the kiddos to sit in. We bring these in and out of the house all the time.
I’m actually considering getting a SECOND one of these! We are currently using this inside our house (sans umbrella) because it’s such a great space for the girls to eat, color, work on puzzles and projects, etc. It’s sturdy enough that I can sit on it with them but still light enough that I can drag it outside when I need to. Now that the weather is getting nicer, I might get a second one just for outside.
This is a great outdoor toy. The girls bring in their own additional toys (kitchen supplies, chairs, baby dolls, etc.). I love that there’s a lot of open “windows” for good air flow. Some of these houses can get kind of hot inside! This one is fantastic.
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Hoping you and yours stay safe and active!