The Best Outdoor Toys for Toddlers to Enjoy All Spring and Summer Long

by Hilary Braaksma

The Best Outdoor Toys for Toddlers to Enjoy All Spring and Summer Long
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Ready to hit the great outdoors with your toddler (or maybe just your backyard)? Keep your little adventurer growing and learning with some of the best outdoor toys for toddlers you can shop online. Outdoor play is crucial in healthy child development and can help your little one hone everything from fine motor skills to hand-eye coordination. Boost your toddler’s opportunities for imaginative play, exposure to nature, and physical activity level with a range of outdoor toys from retailers like BuyBuyBaby and Wayfair.


Finding quality products that encourage pretend play and are heavy-duty enough to stand up to the elements with durable materials can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve taken the time to research fun, affordable, parent- and kid-approved outdoor toys you can set up in your own backyard. From playhouses and swing sets to ride-on toys and trampolines, we’ve rounded up the best toddler toys to take the fun outside in the upcoming spring and summer months.



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Best Play Tent

Pacific Play Glow in the Dark Firefly Play Tent With Carrying Bag


This adorable mesh play tent for kids is a great way to have an outdoor adventure. Set up the tent and gaze up at the stars while the moon and fireflies decorating the tent glow in the dark.

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Best Outdoor Playhouse

Step2 Great Outdoors Playhouse


A cute little cottage for toddlers is a fun and fuss-free way to get them playing outside. This heavy-duty playhouse for toddlers has engaging and imaginative accessories like a barbeque grill, fireplace, built-in shelves, a play phone, and realistic doorbell that takes four AA batteries.

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Best Wooden Playhouse

Sportspower Solid Wood Playhouse


This quality wooden playhouse for toddlers and little kids has so many charming features. The playhouse has panelized parts to make assembly easy and comes with accessories like a wood table, flower pot holders and a working door. Your little one will have hours of entertaining imaginative play in this outdoor toy.

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Best Slide

Little Tikes Little Baby Bum Wheels on the Bus Climber and Slide


If your toddler loves "Little Baby Bum," he or she will love this climber and slide modeled after the hit preschool learning videos. Your toddler will have tons of fun going down the heavy-duty plastic Little Tikes slide and pretending to drive the bus.

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Best Ride On Toy

Janod Mint Balance Scooter Bike


Toddlers will love riding on this sweet scooter bike and you’ll love watching them build their balance and confidence. The seat can be adjusted to grow with your toddler, and the durable wooden frame is as sturdy as it is stylish.

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Best Outdoor Kitchen Set

Little Tikes Cook 'n Play Outdoor BBQ


Take the fun of a toddler kitchen set to the great outdoors with this adorable play grill set from Little Tikes. The Cook ‘n Play BBQ Grill comes with a play grill and complete barbeque lunch set with plastic hotdogs, burgers, condiments, grilling utensils and more.

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Best Toddler Trampoline

Avenor Heavy Duty 36” Round Trampoline with Handlebar


Introduce your child to the fun of trampolines with this 3-foot toy designed specifically for toddlers. The kid-sized trampoline features a handlebar for stability and is low to the ground so toddlers can get on and off safely.

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Best Kiddie Pool

Step2 Play and Shade Pool


Make playing at the kiddie pool feel like a true day at the beach with this awesome Step2 Play and Shade pool. The plastic pool is big enough for playing and cooling off, but shallow enough that your toddler can enter safely. The pool comes with an umbrella to protect your little one from the sun, and fun water toys that will keep them entertained all afternoon.

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Best Swing Set

Little Tikes Hide and Seek Climber and Swing


This Little Tikes swing set has a sturdy plastic design that includes a toddler swing and slide combo. The swing has a three-point harness to keep toddlers safe and secure, and the structure is low to the ground so it’s easily accessible and safe for little bodies.

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Best Bike

QPlay Balance Bike


Before toddlers are ready for a big kid bike, they should master the art of a toddler balance bike. This QPlay balance bike is stylish, well-built, and sure to keep your toddler engaged in balance and coordination skill building for hours.

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Best Teeter Totter

Dantoy Crocodile Rocker Teeter Totter


Keep two tots entertained at a time with this funky crocodile-shaped teeter totter. This plastic outdoor toy for toddlers helps them develop motor skills and has easy grip handles for a secure ride.

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Best Climbing Toy

Step2 Game Time Sports Climber


This heavy-duty play structure has different levels to climb, doors and portals to crawl through, and a child-friendly design with rounded edges and easy-grip side rails.

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Best Water Table

Step2 Cascading Cove Sand and Water Table


Water tables are such a fun way for toddlers to enjoy cooling off on a hot day without the fuss of setting up a pool. This Step2 water table has an impressive 10-piece accessory set and an umbrella to protect toddlers from the sun while they play.

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Best Scooter

Micro Kickboard Mini 3-in-1 Deluxe Scooter


Engage your toddler in physical activity that helps develop hand-eye-coordination and motor skills with this Micro Kickboard scooter. The three-in-one scooter is designed to grow with your toddler, and can serve as a ride on toy, a push toy, or a little scooter he or she can navigate.

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Best Sidewalk Chalk

Crayola Adventure Colors Sidewalk Chalk


Encourage creativity, fine motor skills, art appreciation and some much-needed time outdoors with this Crayola sidewalk chalk set. The set includes eight “special effects” colors and has a washable formula that can easily be cleaned off the pavement for a new art mural or game of hopscotch.