Outdoor Play Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers

What are the best outdoor play toys for your toddlers and preschoolers? The ones that keep them entertained and away from the TV. Based on my experience with my 2 and 4 year old I like to choose toys that will not only get them outdoors to have fun but will also encourage their fine and gross-motor and social skills.

Choose outdoor toys that will not break your budget and your children can use somewhat independently, so that you can enjoy a sip of cold lemonade, a cup of coffee or step inside to check on your dinner.

Sand/Water Tables are great for summer time

Outdoor Water/Sand Play Activity Tables

Kids are always attracted to water and splashing, which makes water tables or water and sand tables such an entertaining activity.

You can choose activity tables with or without an umbrella. A lot of the Outdoor Water/Sand activity tables come with little toys for splashing, cute squeezable toys, buckets and sand shapes.

Sand and water means that there will be mud, and kids hands will get messy, the good news is that they will play happily, boys will fill up their dumb trucks, girls will be cooking water and sand soup, and you might even sit and enjoy a glass of iced tea. I love our water/sand table, this was money well spent.

Junior Outdoor Gyms and Playhouses

Climbing is irresistible for children. Junior Gyms and Playhouses can be used indoors and out.

Don't break your budget buying a thousand dollars playground equipment. Watch out for garage sales for small junior gym, if you can't find one, Step2 All Star Sports Climber from Amazon is my favorite, you can always resell it once your child outgrows it.

We own the pink Step2 playhouse which we keep in the toy room, my kids love it. I meant for this to be an outdoor toy, but my children played with it all the time so I ended up putting it in the toy room.

Step2 Naturally Playful Folding Slide can also be used inside for the colder months.

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Step2  All Star Sports Climber
Step2 All Star Sports Climber

This is one of the best for the money and it comes highly recommended for its quality on Amazon

 
Step2  Naturally Playful Big Folding Slide
Step2 Naturally Playful Big Folding Slide

We have this one and we love it, I move the slide in our play room for the winter months.

 

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Outdoor Play Sprinklers

Nothing gets a kid moving faster than a fountain of water on a hot day.

When choosing an outdoor sprinkler toy, you need to consider children's age, gentle splashing will be OK for the little ones, and some serious jet stream will be fun for the older ones.

My 4 year old one loves the Wave Rider Slide, I prefer it to the inflatable pool as I can water my flowers without constantly watching him. This toy is also very low maintenance.

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