42 Best Outdoor Toys for Kids to Get Them Outside

Here are the top best backyard outdoor toys for kids. These will keep your little ones entertained and happy on those warm summer days!

best outdoor toys for kids to play outside

Backyards aren’t always on the top of the checklist for single homeowners or renters. At least, it wasn’t for us in the beginning. Who wants to spend their weekend outdoors mowing the lawn when you can instead enjoy Sunday Funday with martini?!?

Our first home was a townhouse with a turf patio area, and the “backyard” was just big enough for a grill and dining table — which is plenty of outdoor space for two.

But then, a baby (in this case, Gwen) comes into the picture. A backyard is now a must-have for outdoor play… and trying to tire your kid!

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day so outdoor play is vital. Thankfully, the number of outdoor toys available are endless and our new house has a little bit (a lot!) more space!

So we decided to feature a round up of the best outdoor toys to get your kids off of the screens and outside.

Best Outdoor Toys for Kids

1 — Kids Picnic and Activity Table

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

A 3-in-1 convertible kids picnic table with a detachable umbrella when you need shade. Your kids can sit and have picnic outside. And then, the table top is also removable and holds two activity bins that can hold water, sand or all their outdoor toys.

2 — Water Table

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

Keep the kids entertained (and cool) with a fun splash pond water table. With so many features like a waterfall and maze-like spinners, this outdoor toy also make for the perfect gift for siblings to share.

3 — Ride On Car with Ramp

Radio Flyer 500 With Ramp, Toddler Ride On Toy, Ages 3-5, Red Kids Ride On Toy

This ride-on car will surely guarantee endless fun. The race car is made for on-track and off track riding. The ramp also features grooves for miniature toy car racing.

However, the best feature is that this toy can be folded up into the base for compact storage and transportation. So it won’t just be sitting out in the sun and rain.

4 — Rainbow Inflatable Pool

Intex Rainbow Ring Inflatable Play Center, 117" X 76" X 53", For Ages 2+

Cool off in a rainbow ring play center that includes a water slide, wading kiddie pool, ring toss game and water sprayer. It’ll be like having your own mini water park in your own backyard!

5 — Fubbles No Spill Bubbles

Fubbles Bubbles No-Spill Big Bubble Bucket in Pink | Bubbles for Toddlers and Kids of All Ages | Includes Fubbles Bubbles Bucket and 3 Bubble Wands, Made in The USA

Bubbles that never spill?!? You’ll avoid lots of tears with this innovative Fubbles Bubbles Bucket. No matter how much it tips over, the bubbles will never spill out. It also features a handle and 3 bubble wands.

6 — Mud Kitchen

Outdoor Kids Mud Kitchen, Wood Play Kitchen with Utensils Water Play Set for Children Backyard Play

Allow some outdoor pretend play with sand and water and cooking time with a mud kitchen. Constructed out of 100% cedar wood, this outdoor toy was built to last.

7 — Outdoor Easel

HearthSong Heavy-Duty Vinyl Inflatable Indoor and Outdoor Easel for Kids with Paints, Sponges, Paintbrush, and Built-in Art Tray, 39"L x 27"W x 50"H

Your budding artist can paint and make a mess on an outdoor easel. The oversized art set includes four paints, four shaped sponges, a paintbrush, and built-in tray. The best part? Simply, spray it down with a garden hose to start the next painting.

8 — Jumbo Connect All Four Game Set

ECR4Kids Jumbo 4-to-Score Giant Game Set,Backyard Games for Kids, Jumbo Connect-All-4 Game Set, Indoor or Outdoor Game,Adult and Family Fun Game, Easy to Transport, 4 Ft Tall-Primary Colors

Take the classic game outside with the jumbo connect all four game set. Not only is it entertaining, but the game promotes hand eye coordination, motor skills and brain boosting. It’s one of the best yard games that even adults can enjoy!

9 — Kids Golf Set

ToyVelt Toddler Golf Set - Kids Golf Clubs with 6 Balls, 4 Golf Sticks, 2 Practice Holes and a Putting Mat - Promotes Physical & Mental Development - Toys for 2 3 4 5 Year Old Boys

Your little one will love to hit the links — or just the backyard with this kids golf set. It’s an outdoor game that they can enjoy alone or with others.

10 — Toy Wagon

Green Toys Wagon, Orange - Pretend Play, Motor Skills, Kids Outdoor Toy Vehicle. No BPA, phthalates, PVC. Dishwasher Safe, Recycled Plastic, Made in USA.

This pull along play toy wagon is the perfect transportation for all their prized possessions. 

11 — Sidewalk Chalk

Chalk City Sidewalk Chalk, 20 Count (Basic)

Draw anything you can imagine with these non-toxic jumbo sidewalk chalk. They’re specially formulated to minimize chalk dust.

12 — Toy Rocket Launcher

Toy Rocket Launcher for kids – Shoots Up to 100+ Feet – 8 Colorful Foam Rockets, Stomp Launch Pad - Fun Outdoor Toy for Kids - Boys Birthday Gifts, Kids Toys for Boys and Girls Age 3+ Years Old

Kids will have a blast with this toy rocket launcher that can soar up to 100 feet. Bonus, it’s a toy that doesn’t require batteries. It’s the perfect gift for girls, gift for boys and even a gift for siblings.

13 — Dome Climber Jungle Gym

Lifetime Geometric Dome Climber Play Center, Earthtone

Doesn’t this geometric dome climber bring back memories of elementary school recess?!? Kids can climb, swing and hang off their very own jungle gym.

14 — Non Slip Splash Pad

VISTOP Non-Slip Splash Pad for Kids and Dog, Thicken Sprinkler Pool Summer Outdoor Water Toys - Fun Backyard Fountain Play Mat for Baby Girls Boys Children or Pet Dog (59 inch, Blue&Blue)

Another fun way to cool off is with this non slip splash pad that’s even designed for your dogs to enjoy.

15 — Sandbox with Canopy and Benches

Badger Basket Covered Convertible Cedar Sandbox with Canopy and Bench Seats

Your kids and their friends are sure to have a lot of fun with this convertible cedar sandbox. There are many sandboxes out in the market, but at least this one is pretty and not an eyesore. Its bottomless construction also allows for easier drainage to prevent water from puddling inside the sandbox.

16 — Saucer Tree Swing

PACEARTH 40 Inch Saucer Tree Swing Flying 660lb Weight Capacity 2 Added Hanging Straps Adjustable Multi-Strand Ropes Colorful Safe and Durable Swing Seat for Children

Unlike individual swings, we love that the saucer tree swing allows for multiple kids to swing together.

17 — Micro Kickboard Scooter

Micro Kickboard - Mini Deluxe 3-Wheeled, Lean-to-Steer, Swiss-Designed Micro Scooter for Kids, Ages 2-5 (Ice Blue)

Ride away with the award winning Micro Kickboard Scooter that features an adjustable handle bar and neon flashing wheels. Its 3-wheel structure allows kids to easily master balancing.

18 — Outdoor Tree Climbing Holds

TOPNEW 12 Ninja Tree Climbing Holds for Kids Climber, Adult Climbing Rocks with 6 Ratchet Straps for Outdoor Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course Training

Your little Ninja Warrior will love these outdoor tree climbing holds that encourage children to be active, exercise strength, balance, agility, flexibility and enhance their confidence.

19 — Playground Swing Set and Slide

Creative Playthings Eastport Wooden Swing Set (Made in The USA) for Ages 2 to 8 Years, Includes Kids Climbing Wall, Playground Swings and Slide, 15 x 12 x 10 ft

This playground swing set and slide checks all the boxes. It includes a climbing wall, 2 sling swings, a ring trapeze bar, wave slide, and a play deck with wood roof.

20 — Outdoor Trampoline

AOTOB 12FT Trampoline with Safety Enclosure Net,Outdoor Trampoline with Basketball Hoop, Heavy Duty Jumping Mat and Spring Cover Padding for Kids and Adults, Storage Bag and Ladder

Jumping around on an outdoor trampoline will surely burn off a lot of their energy.

21 — Corn Hole Game Set

GoSports Portable Size Cornhole Game Set with 6 Bean Bags - Great for Indoor & Outdoor Play (Choose Between Classic or Wood Designs)

Adults and kids can play with this corn hole game set that makes for a great yard game.

22 — Game Toss Paddle

Jalunth Ball Catch Set Games Toss Paddle - Beach Toys Back Yard Outdoor Pool Backyard Throw Sticky Set Age 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Years Old Boys Girls Kids Adults Family Outside Easter Gifts Green

This game toss paddle teaches kids how to catch and throw and improve their hand eye coordination. It also comes with a portable case.

23 — Bubble Lawn Mower

Lydaz Bubble Lawn Mower for Toddlers, Kids Bubble Blower Maker Machine, Summer Outdoor Push Backyard Toys, Birthday Gifts Easter Basket Stuffers Toys for Preschool Baby Boys Girls

Encourage pretend play with a bubble lawn mower that makes realistic sounds.

24 — T-Ball Set

Little Tikes T-Ball Set, Red, 5 Balls, for Toddlers Ages 18+ Months – Amazon Exclusive

This adjustable t-ball set is a great start to teaching your kids to play baseball, softball or wiffle ball.

25 — Little Gardening Set

Kinderific Gardening Set, Tool Kit, for Toddlers and Kids 2 Years and up, STEM, Includes Tote Bag, Spade, Watering Can, Rake, Fork, Trowel and Glove (Blue)

Gift your littler gardener with their very own gardening set. The set includes a bright canvas tote, large watering can, gardening gloves, rake, shovel and fork. 

26 — Rainbow Outdoor Sprinkler

Splashin'kids Outdoor Rainbow Sprinkler Super Toddler Water Toys for Children Infants Boys Girls and Kids Perfect Outside Inflatable Water Park for Summer Fun Watch Video Slip and Slide Splash pad

Splash around under a rainbow outdoor sprinkler. This gigantic water toy will get them running around all day.

27 — Scoot Around Bike

Hape Scoot Around Ride On Wood Bike | Award Winning Four Wheeled Wooden Push Balance Bike Toy for Toddlers with Rubberized Wheels, Bright Green L: 20.5, W: 12.8, H: 15.1 inch

The Scoot Around Wood Bike is perfect for kids beginning to test their mobility. The push bike will develop their muscles and prep them for the next phase of bicycling.

28 — Bunch O Balloons

Bunch O Balloons Multi-Colored (10 Bunches) by ZURU, 350+ Rapid-Filling Self-Sealing Instant Water Balloons for Outdoor Family, Children Summer Fun - Total (100 Balloons) Colors May Vary

We’re pretty sure a parent had to have invented the Bunch O Balloons because we personally know first hand how tiring it can be to fill up water balloons the traditional way. With Bunch O Balloons, they fill up and tie up themselves in merely 60 seconds.

29 — Wiggle Car Ride Toy

Ambulance Wiggle Car Ride On Toy – No Batteries, Gears or Pedals – Twist, Swivel, Go – Outdoor Ride Ons for Kids 3 Years and Up by Lil’ Rider (Green)

Keep your kids active with the Wiggle Car Ride that requires no gears, batteries, or pedals for a smooth and quiet trek. They just need to twist, wiggle and go so even toddlers can enjoy it.

30 — Kids RainBow Kite

Classic Rainbow Kite for Kids Easy to Fly, Beginners Kids Kite for Family Outdoor Games and Activities, Extremely Easy to Assemble and Soars High in Low Wind Speed - Delta Giant Beach Kites for Adults

Take this rainbow kite to the beach, park or yard. It is pre-build and ready to go and can fly along with the smallest wind.

31 — Critter Cage Bug Catcher

Nature Bound Toys Critter Cage Bug Catcher and Habitat Kit, Insect Netting, and Activity Booklet, Green, for Kids, 8.5" x 5.75" x 8", Indoor and Outdoor Use

Allow them to explore nature’s creatures with a critter cage bug catcher that includes an activity and bug identifying guide. Your kids will be learning and having fun at the same time.

32 — Ride On Excavator Digger

The Big Dig and Roll Big Dig Sandbox Digger Excavator Crane with 360° Rotation with Base, Great for Sand, Dirt and Snow | Steel Outdoor Play | Beach Toy | Yellow | Age 3+

Take your sandbox to the next level with this cool ride on excavator digger. The crane fully extends so they can dig and dump.

33 — Kids Basketball Hoop

Kids Basketball Hoop Adjustable Height 2.9 ft-6.2 ft Toddler Toys Basketball Hoops Indoor Outdoor Play Mini Portable Basketball Goals Outside Toys Backyard Games for Boys Girls Age 3 4 5 6 7 8 Gifts

This portable kids basketball hoop is easy to install and assemble and comes with all the needed accessories for a game of ball. It’s suitable for ages 3-8.

34 — Ball Pit

Birthday Party Activity Idea with a ball pit

We originally purchased this pretty professional grade ball pit for the girls Frozen Birthday party. It’s a great outdoor toy for toddlers to keep them entertained and contained.

35 — Wooden Outdoor Playhouse

wooden outdoor playhouse for the best outdoor toys for kids

Does this outdoor playhouse look familiar? We personally owned this and turned it into a Christmas cottage for the girls. The kids love the working doorbell and chalkboard walls. Instead is a play kitchen for pretend cooking and serving through the counter cafe.

36 — Pogo Jumper Stick

Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper for Kids Fun and Safe Pogo Stick for Toddlers, Durable Foam and Bungee Jumper for Ages 3 and up, Supports up to 250lbs (Pink Princess)

Hours of bouncing fun will be had with this foam pogo stick. Each jump makes a squeaky fun sound. Choose from over 17 different color options.

37 — Reusable Water Balloons

ZUPIIY Reusable Water Balloons, Summer Water Toys, Outdoor Toys, Pool Toys, Self-Sealing Water Bomb for Kids Adults, Silicone Water Ball Easy Quick Fill, Fun Splash Water Bomb Party Supplies(12 PCS)

Don’t like all the wasteful trash that comes with balloon fights? These reusable water balloons are recyclable and self-sealing fill yet break up easily for never-ending environmental friendly playtime. 

38 — Binoculars 

Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars, Binoculars for Toddlers & Kids, Gift for Toddlers Ages 3+

Spark your child’s sense of adventure and exploration with these exciting kid binoculars, providing endless opportunities to discover the world around them through a lens of curiosity and wonder.

39 — Hanging Seat Hammock 

OUTREE Kids Hanging Seat Hammock, Cotton Child Swing Chair for Indoor and Outdoor use (Green and Blue)

This comfortable kid’s hanging seat hammock offers a thrilling yet safe hideout spot for children to swing, relax, and enjoy the great outdoors. We love that it could also be hung indoors in the bedroom or the kids’ playroom.

40 — Jungle JumpaRoo

Jungle JumpaRoo - Trampoline/Bounce House-Like Play Set - Indoor/Outdoor Jungle Gym with Welded Swing bar - Large

It’s a trampoline, bounce house, play set, and jungle gym. It’s a Jungle JumpaRoo! This outdoor toy will surely allow your kids to burn some energy. Even though it’s rust-resistant and weather resistant and can sit outside in your yard, we love that it’s lightweight enough to bring inside.

41 — Rushing River Falls Multi-Level Outdoor Water Play Table

Simplay3 Rushing River Falls Multi-Level Toddler Outdoor Water Play Table, Expandable Splash Table for Kids Ages 1.5+ - Includes 9 Piece Water Toy Accessories, Made in USA

This multi-level river water table is a great choice to keep little ones cool and entertained outdoors. This expandable table features multiple levels and cascading waterfalls, along with nine water toy accessories, for hours of splashy fun. Perfect for toddlers aged 1.5 and up.

42 — Inflatable Body Bumpers

BANZAI: Bump N' Bounce Body Bumpers, A Game of Bumping & Bopping, 2 Bumpers Included in Red & Blue, Fun & Safe Cushion Inflatable Surface, For Ages 4 and up

The Bump N’ Bounce Body Bumpers are the perfect recipe for energetic outdoor fun.These inflatable bumpers come in red and blue, and encourage safe bouncing and bumping for ages 4 and up. A backyard bash or playdate just got a whole lot more exciting!

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  1. I love these ideas! I have 3 kids and just moved to a home with a bigger yard so this is perfect for me right now!

  2. This is such a great post! I just forwarded to my sister in laws that have young kids. And I am keeping it too for when I need birthday ideas!

    1. Yay! So glad to hear! We want to do a list for active indoor toys too just because sometimes it gets too hot or for rainy days!

  3. Hi 🙋‍♀️ just wondering what’s your view on showcasing pictures of minors on your blog. Have you ever shared your thoughts in a blog post? So many celebrities share no pictures of their kids, while bloggers do a ton.. just a honest question! :)

    1. Hi Lisa! We share photos of our daughter Gwen and only have our friend’s kids on the blog if they agree to it. There’s actually a lot of celebs who showcase their kids and lots of bloggers who leave them out. Typically, most bloggers share photos of their kids because they don’t have the paparazzi stalking them and their family. We make sure to post photos of Gwen that she won’t be embarrassed about when she’s older. She also loves the camera and poses for it all the time. We don’t anyone if they do or don’t want to. Everyone has their personal opinions and we totally get both sides. We think if we were a celeb, we might shield them a little. Love this question and never thought to it!