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Best Outside Toys for Toddlers

Updated on December 9, 2015

Today many toddlers spend most of their time indoors watching TV and listening to music. In my opinion this isn’t healthy for them. They should be outside in the fresh air playing and learning. Having some fun outdoor toys can help get them outside and playing.

In this article we will review some of the best outside toys for toddlers.

Sports toys - outside toys for toddlers

These sport toys are all great for a toddlers coordination. In addition they don't have to play with these toys alone. Their friends or even parents can join in and play with them. 3 of the four sports toys I am recommending are from Little Tikes a well established child toy company.

Basketball set
Ages: 18 months - 5 years
Of all the sports toys, the basketball set is the best value for money. Toddlers never tire of playing with it and it is great for their fitness and athletic growth. More fun than video games, any day.

Just follow the direction that come with it. You fill the base with sand and then it won't tip over easily. My whole family enjoys joining in with this great basketball set. Who knows they might even grow up to be the next Michael Jordan.

Golf set
Ages: 2 - 5 years
This is a simple and sturdy golf set. The rolling cart holds two clubs (a putter and a driver) and three big golf balls.You also get a plastic hole, so they can setup and play anywhere. The whole set is made of durable hard plastic.

T-Ball set
Ages: 3 - 5 years
This is basically an over-sized bat, ball and stand. The size makes it easier for your toddler to place the ball on the stand and hit it. Great deal of fun for toddlers to play with.

Soccer net
Ages: 2 - 5 years
This toy comes with 3 AAA batteries. The net records when someone scores. There is also a movable target, which they can use to improve their accuracy. Great toy for foot eye coordination.

Cheap outside toys for toddlers

It's always wise to save a couple of bucks wherever you can.

SpongeBob bubbles
Ages: 2 years and older
It has 3 wands, a 20 Oz bottle of bubble fluid and a no spill bucket. The bucket helps because they are prone to spilling, at this age.

Fun on wheels

Toddlers love these exciting moving toys.

These are targeted at your older toddler round 2 to 3 years of age. They fold up which makes them easier to travel with. If your child is 4 years or older get the Razor not the Jr. Razor. The wheels on the Jr. one turns slower and from 4 they will want the extra speed. You will need a helmet with this toy as they sometimes try to go down a hill on it and that can be iffy. Razor makes the best scooters on the market.

Ages: 2 - 4 years
These skates fit over a toddlers shoes. The wheels on them turn slowly which is perfect for a first pare of skates and for learning how to skate. Learning to skate does wonders for a toddlers balance.

Ages: 18 months to 5 years
Great trike, doesn't tip over easily and has a bar so you can push them along. There are higher quality trikes available, but this one is both sturdy and safe.

Outside toys for toddlers
Outside toys for toddlers

Simple backyard swing

Ages: 18 months - 3 years
This is a sturdy swing, which provides hours of fun for toddlers. It's made from a high quality hard plastic.

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    • cbris52 profile image


      8 years ago

      My Daughter uses the sand table as well! Really enjoyed reading this hub!

    • OTmommy profile image


      9 years ago from Southern USA

      All of these outdoor activities are great ideas for toddlers. My daughter also enjoyed a sand table. I say a sand table, not a sandbox, because the table is less messy and neighborhood cats are less likely to climb in. I added a plastic shovel and beach toys for her to play with in the sand, and she had a blast! She also enjoyed drawing with (and still does) sidewalk chalk on the driveway. Additionally, my toddler son also enjoys the plastic slide we have outside, even though he needs some help to climb up the attached ladder, he loves going down the slide.


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