When the weather is nice, there’s nothing better than sending your toddlers outside and transforming your backyard into an awesome play space. I know my little guy loves playing outside in the backyard, front yard, or on the sidewalks of our neighborhood. Toddlers need some time outdoors to release that extra energy now that they are more mobile.

You want toys that are fun, safe, durable so your kids will make memories outdoors just as you did. Toddlers aren’t quite ready for the big kid toys yet, and they’ve outgrown the baby stuff. So you have to get the “in-between” toys. Nowadays, outdoor play equipment goes beyond the playset. There are water tables, castles, pirate ships, game board sets, and so much more! With so many items on the market, I decided to narrow it down for you.

Here are the best outdoor play toys for toddlers

best outdoor play toys for toddlers
Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark Play Table

We have this water play table and our toddler loves it. He especially loves the center tube slide thing, when he gets to pour water or little round toys and watch them slide down.

Fisher-Price Bubble Mower

You can’t go wrong with bubbles. Help your toddler improve their balance by making them walk more. They’ll be more motivated when they see all of the bubbles with this bubble mower.

Little Tikes First Slide, Red/Blue

One of the most affordable slides for toddlers. It’s just the right height for them to get up on their own and slide down. When there’s inclement weather, we just bring this slide inside to use indoors (it’s light enough).

Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Tough Trike

Your toddler will be the talk of the town when he or she rides around on this trike. It gets them ready for bike riding, even if they can’t quite reach the pedals yet. What I love about this trike is that it is super durable.

Little Tikes TotSports T-Ball Set, Primary Colors

Another staple in the backyard. We love how this set is small enough to fit anywhere. Of course, dad was the one to get this t-ball set for our toddler.

Step2 Naturally Playful Lookout Treehouse

Let your toddlers have a treehouse without actually needing a tree. I’ve found that toddlers love their own little space and the love climbing. It makes them feel like big people. This slide set is the perfect height for smaller toddlers (actually, the big ones hop on there as well).

Toysmith Pro-Ball Set

This set is just a miniature version of sports balls for your toddler. If you’re hoping that they get into sports, this is an affordable and appropriately-sized set for them to start learning the equipment.

Little Tikes Easy Store Junior Picnic Table with Umbrella, Blue/Green

This picnic table is perfect for toddlers to do some coloring or arts and crafts. When they’re done playing, you can also use it to serve food so they can have their very own kid table.

Step 2 Up & Down Roller Coaster

Our neighbors have this toy and boy is it a winner! Beware, your toddler will want to ride this coaster again and again and again and again.

Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set

Another gift from dear old dad. (Can you sense a theme here?) What I love about this basketball hoop is that you can weigh it down if your kids are rough. You can also adjust the height so this outdoor toy will last you a few years.

Little Tikes 3′ Trampoline

You know what toddlers like to do? They like to jump. They like to jump a lot. This toddler-sized trampoline will help keep them safe and keep them jumping in one area.

Gazillion Bubble Hurricane Machine

Bubbles!!! No kidding, this thing churns out a gazillion bubbles. You just set it on the floor and watch the kids go wild. Your backyard will be filled and I mean FILLED with bubbles.

We seriously own half the items on this list. Some we bought, others were gifts. The other half of the toys, we know someone that owns it and they are nice enough to share. What are your favorites?


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