The Best Outdoor Toys for Kids

by Bethany Braun-Silva

The Best Outdoor Toys for Kids
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Getting your kid to play outdoors is not only fun but also beneficial to their health. But it’s also easier said than done. With kids being inundated with electronics these days, it’s hard to get them to enjoy the outdoors and forgo the iPad or video games for even just a few minutes. But our awesome roundup of outdoor toys may be just the ticket. From playsets to swings, even fun water toys, your kid will ditch the couch in favor of some serious fun outside. In fact, you may have trouble getting them back inside the house! Check out these 30 outdoor toys for kids, and let the fun begin.


Best Outdoor Playsets:



Best Outdoor Games:



Best Outdoor Water Toys:



Best Outdoor Sports Toys:



Best Outdoor Playground Toys:



Best Outdoor Tree Swings:



Best Outdoor Playsets:

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Step2 PAW Patrol Lookout Climber Slide Playset


Your kid will be “on a roll” in this run PAW Patrol playset. Modeled after the pup’s lookout, it features a periscope, slide and ladder. It’s safe and sturdy and ready for action so your kids will enjoy hours of fun.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I ordered this for my sons 2nd birthday. I just put it together and I must say that it was worth every dollar. He thinks that it's so cool. The plastic is strong and the colors are vibrant.

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Hearthsong SunRise Climber Activity Center


his climbing dome can hold up to 800 pounds, so feel free to invite the neighbors over for the afternoon. Kids can climb and hang on this sturdy playset, which has cool accessories that can be purchased separately, including a hammock attachment, a spin bar and panels for creating a shaded fort.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
This was a Christmas gift for my grandkids. It is going to stay at my house/yard for them to play with. I like the fact that it had so many features the sun panels, the swing, the sun mat for them to lay on.

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Little Tikes Playground


This playset is like having your very own playground right in your backyard. It features four different play levels, two slides, a crawl-through tunnel and can hold up to eight kids. It’ll keep your kids entertained for hours.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Our kids love to climb, slide on slides, and do things on their own while we are nearby to cheer them on. They LOVE this. I cannot express how much this was money absolutely well spent.

4 of 30 Image Credits: Walmart

Little Tikes Classic Castle


Your little prince or princess will have a blast in this play castle. This medieval creation includes a sliding board, towers, windows and working door to keep kids’ imaginations running wild. Parents and fire-breathing dragons best beware.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I gave this to my grandson a few months ago and he loves it. He can play on it for hours. When his friends come over that's the only thing they want to play with. This thing is tuff and will last for years.

5 of 30 Image Credits: Amazon

Step2 All Around Playtime Patio with Canopy Playhouse


Who wants a burger? This playset is perfect for a summer afternoon outside and includes a kids’ kitchen and grill, a sink with a swivel faucet, and a sand and water play area. Parents will love the canopy that’s included to protect kids on hot, sunny days.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I absolutely LOVE this Playtime Patio. My little one plays with it every time we are outside and can spend hours with the grill and water toys.

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BANZAI Bump n Bounce Body Bumpers


Let your kids channel their best sumo wrestler with these awesome body bumpers that let them knock around and bounce without getting hurt. Even if they fall, they’ll be protected with these durable inflatables. They can really make for an interesting game of tag!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
We bought these for our ten year old's birthday and I am impressed. Three rough and tumble boys plus many other kids and adults have played with these and two months later they are still perfect.

7 of 30 Image Credits: Amazon

Kids Scavenger Hunt


What’s better than a scavenger hunt? Keep kids enjoying their time outside as they search for items listed in the cards included in this fun game. Parents will love not having to write up their own lists of things for kids to find. Children will love that they can play in teams or on their own.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
GREAT game! This game is a perfect combination of both inside and outside playtime.

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Giant Jenga


Giant toys are all the rage lately, and it’s not hard to see why. Giant Jenga starts at 2 feet high and can reach up to 5 feet, which will guarantee some fits of nervous giggles from your kids. Watch them stack the hardwood blocks on top of one another while trying not to tip the tower over. Adults will definitely want to get in on the fun too!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Purchased for my nephew for his birthday. He has not stopped playing with this. Great for indoors as well as outdoors. A game also to be played at parties for adults as well.

9 of 30 Image Credits: Amazon

Outdoor Backyard Disc Toss Target Lawn Game


Get ready for some friendly competition with this fun disc-toss game. Opponents throw the flying disc from a distance to pass through one of the slots on the target. The smaller the target’s hole, the bigger the points.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
So much fun. I got this for my 5 year old. And he loves it. It is great fun.

10 of 30 Image Credits: Amazon

Capture the Flag REDUX


Capture the flag gets a modern twist! This game for 4-20 players can be played during the day or at night, using 25 light-up game pieces. Teams are divided by different color glow-in-the dark bracelets, and each team has a glowing orb that acts as the flag. So much fun, all day (and night) long!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
We ordered this for my son's 14th birthday. All of the kids loved it! We had children from 6 to 14, plus adults, and everyone played. This product came exactly as described and all pieces were functional straight out of the box.

Best Outdoor Water Toys:

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Intex Surf'N Slide Inflatable Play Center


Inflate your very own water slide in your backyard! The shark design is fun for kids and includes two boogie boards they can use to “ride the waves.” Who needs the water park when you have this awesome toy?

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Our 6 and 2 year old gkids think this is the best toy ever! They squeal and laugh out loud the whole time. Sturdy, wide enough they can go down side by side and so cute.

12 of 30 Image Credits: Amazon

Intex Rainbow Ring Inflatable Play Center


With two wading pools, a slide, a ball-roller game, ball-toss game and ring-toss game, this is the ultimate inflatable pool for kids. The colorful play center even has a water sprayer that can attach to a garden hose, for extra fun. It can easily accommodate several children — and be prepared parents, they may never want to leave.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I bought this at the beginning of the summer, used it for months having a blast almost everyday. After they were done using it as a pool we bought several bags of plastic balls and turning it into a ball pit.

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Bunch O Balloons Filler and Soaker


Water balloon fights are made easy and oh so fun with this water balloon filler. Gone are the days of running to the water fountain or sink to fill up your balloons — this soaker can fill 100 balloons in 60 seconds! Pretty impressive, right?

What Reviewers Are Saying:
My kids love water balloon fights and these self sealing balloons are SO EASY to use. We went from hours of filling and tying to sitting and watching the kids fill them in seconds.

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Intex Dinosaur Inflatable Play Center


Rawr! This inflatable water play center is incredible, which include a palm tree water sprayer and a working waterfall. Kids can let their imaginations run wild as they slide down into a wading pool and “feed” a hungry dinosaur. We see many summer days spent playing on this dino-mite toy (sorry, we couldn’t resist)!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Such a great product such a great deal! For less than the cost of a trip to the water park With all the comforts of home and for little ones just as much fun!

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Little Tikes Sandy Lagoon Waterpark


Kids can explore and learn with water with this cool sensory play table. There’s a spot for sand and two slides for toy characters to race down. It even has a dump bucket (like they do in the waterparks), where kids can get the characters or their favorite toys soaking wet.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
What a GREAT water play table! Well made and the cover to divide the sand from water or another substance is a great addition. The two small figure that come along with the toy are also cute additions and by far Im this is the best sensory table I have seen verses others who have them.

Best Outdoor Sports Toys:

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Step2 Kickback Soccer Goal And Pitch Back


Gooaaaal! This multi-use sports center features a 2-in-1 soccer goal and pitch-back where kids can practice their soccer, baseball or hockey skills. The set includes a soccer ball, two hockey sticks, a street hockey puck and one pitch-back ball.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
My boys love this set. We bought two sets so they could play across a field. We wanted it simply to play soccer, but liked that it came with more sports equipment. It was a great purchase for the price. Durable material, as well.

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Little Tikes Totsports Easy Hit Golf Set


Learn to play putt-putt right in your backyard with this golf set for kids. It includes an all-surface putting hole, 2 golf clubs and 3 golf balls and a cart that holds the putter and driver.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
So cute. Just the quality you expect from Little Tikes. There is a bit of assembly required

nothing too crazy. This could easily work for toddlers as well as older children.

18 of 30 Image Credits: Amazon

Step2 Shootin


Play basketball like a pro with this hoop that can be adjusted in height to 48 inches, 60 inches or 72 inches. It features a large backboard with breakaway rim and a real woven net. The base can be filled with sand or water to be weighted down for more stability.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
My 2 kiddos love this hoop!! It is so easy to adjust up and down, and a regular size ball will also fit into the net (although I recommend a smaller ball for young kids!). My husband filled the base with sand, and we can still easily move it in and out of the garage, it does not fall over when kids try to ‘dunk’.

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Kiddie Play Toy Archery Set


This fun archery set includes a target and a stand, but the target can also be attached to a tree or play structure. It comes with 3 arrows with strong suction cups and is safe for your mini Robin Hood, as the bow and arrow is designed as a toy with soft shooting power.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Super easy to for kids to use. Super easy assembly. I needed something safe and easyfor kids and they absolutely loved it.

20 of 30 Image Credits: Amazon

Mookie Classic Swingball Tetherball Set


This tetherball set is sized down for kids and features an all-surface base and tetherball pole and rackets. Kids can work on their hand-eye coordination while taking part in some friendly competition.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
My kids love this! My kids are 8, 10 and 12 and they've all played with it!

Best Outdoor Playground Toys:

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Slidewhizzer 360 Hercules Seesaw


This fun seesaw for kids can move up, down and around 360 degrees. It has easy, soft-grip handles and can hold a maximum of 75 pounds per seat. Perfect for setting up your very own playground.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Wonderful toy! Bought for a 2 year old and 6 year old and they both love it and can play on it together even through they are different sizes. Bars adjust for weight on each side to allow for difference in sizes.

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Hearthsong Wonder Wave


Kids will be amazed at how this toy works. Simply sit on the side rail and the weight will push the toy around. All kids have to do is hang on. It can hold up to four kids at a time and with a maximum weight of 500 pounds.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
My kids (7 and 9 at the time of purchase) absolutely love this toy. It's kept them outside all summer long!

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Green Toys Jump Rope


A simple jump rope can go a long way (“A My Name Is Alice,” anyone?). We love this one for its ability to be adjusted based on your kid’s height. It’s also eco-friendly because the handles of this jump rope are made with 100% recycled plastic and the rope with US-100% cotton.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
This is a great jump rope for little kids. The rope is soft and durable.

24 of 30 Image Credits: Amazon

Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox


What’s a playground without a sandbox? This turtle sandbox from Little Tikes include a shell-shaped lid for protection when not in use and molded seats on either side that give kids a place to slow down and sit while playing.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I bought this sandbox 6 years ago for my first grandson. It has been by the tree in our yard for 6 years now and we are on our third grandchild. There is not one crack anywhere. Not faded. Looks like it did when we first got it.

25 of 30 Image Credits: Amazon

Ninja Warrior Hanging Obstacle Course for Kids


Get your little monkey swinging with this great obstacle course for kids. They can test out their ninja skills on the slackline that can hold up to 250 pounds. You can customize the rope by making it as hard or as easy as you like by placing the four monkey bars and three gym rings in any order and distance apart.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Really happy with our new ninja line it’s brought so much fun and laughter to the backyard. Quality is great and the kit contains everything needed to get going.

Best Outdoor Tree Swings:

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Spider Web Tree Swing


Kids can sit or stand on this webbed tree swing that can support up to 400 pounds. The extra-large oval frame is made of sturdy steel wrapped in padding and durable braided plastic rope. It comes in diameter sizes of 24 inches, 40 inches or 48 inches.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Overall it's a wonderful swing and I'm glad we decided to get it - the size is perfect and it's very sturdy.

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SkyCurve® Platform Swing


This curved platform swing can fit up to four kids for more fun! They can sit, stand or lie on the mat, which is breathable and will dry quickly if it gets wet. It holds a maximum weight of 400 pounds, so everyone can get in on the action.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Really an awesome swing with a genius design. We love it, our son loves it, & the dog loves it! It has a sturdy build to it, and the material is akin to trampoline fabric, so it should last.

28 of 30 Image Credits: Target

Hey! Play! Wooden Swing


This simple, rustic, adjustable wooden swing is all you need to turn your backyard into a place where you kids will never want to leave. It can be attached to a tree or play structure and won’t break the bank. Grab a glass of lemonade and swing away!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
It’s very pretty actually. I like the old fashioned look of it and it can be stained and protected from damaging weather which I plan to do despite liking its raw wood look.

29 of 30 Image Credits: Amazon

Sorbus Kids Child Pod Swing Chair


This pod swing-chair tent hangs almost anywhere and is easy to move from place to place. It’s very sturdy and works on almost all trees. The chair hammock is great for creating a peaceful place for kids to relax outdoors with a favorite book or toy.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
We bought this as a gift for my 6 year old son's birthday. And he loves it! We hang it from the tree in our front yard and at night we can unclip it and bring it inside thanks to the clip and rope it comes with.

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Jungle Gym Kingdom Climbing Rope With Seat


This swing can be attached to any tree and can be used for sitting or climbing. The rope is gentle and won’t hurt little hands. KIds can work on their strength, balance and coordination while having a blast.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
This is probably the best thing we have ever bought the kids. They all love it and use it, literally, every day. It’s quite popular with the neighborhood kids too.