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10 Best Outdoor Toys for 3-Year Old Boys under $20

Updated on July 22, 2016

One of the best parts of summer arriving is realizing that you have a whole new world of entertainment for your toddler!

The season of cabin fever is over and it’s time to get them outside and tuckered out.

There are endless things for your little guy to do outside, but it certainly helps when you can add some fun to the mix...especially without having to spend an arm and a leg.

All of these toys are huge winners in our house and can be found for under $20 (some are way, way less). Nowadays there’s just no reason to spend more!

Bubble Machine

Gazillion Bubbles Hurricane Machine, Colors May Vary
Gazillion Bubbles Hurricane Machine, Colors May Vary

This is my 3-year old son’s absolute favorite outside activity. It’s one of those amazing contraptions that you just wish they had developed when you were a kid. But even as an adult they’re amazing...because you don’t have to be blowing bubbles yourself! Not to mention that the bubble machine shoots out more bubbles than would be humanly possible for even the most amazing parent.

 

Toddler Lawn Mower

Little Tikes Gas 'n Go Mower
Little Tikes Gas 'n Go Mower

Nothing is cuter than watching my son use his lawn mower just like his dad does. And these little lawn mowers aren’t nearly as expensive as you’d think! My son will push his all over the lawn, take out the little gas container to fill up his tank, and turn the key on and off again and again...and again. If your toddler is a fan of bubbles, you can also get little lawn mowers that blow bubbles as they walk!

 

Activity Truck

WOW Lift-it Luke - Construction Vehicle (3 Piece Set)
WOW Lift-it Luke - Construction Vehicle (3 Piece Set)

Trucks and cars are another big winner for little boys, but the absolute best trucks (and the ones that my son spends the most time with) are the trucks that have various moving parts. Diggers, scoopers, doors, trunks, wheels - anything that can move or hold things! My son can spend endless amounts of time filling his trucks with rocks, mulch, grass, even bugs. They’re an easy win and even easier to store (huge bonus!).

 

Toddler Golf Set

Little Golfers Children's Kid's Toy Golf Set w/ 4 Balls, 3 Clubs, 2 Practice Holes, 2 Flags, 2 Tees (Colors May Vary)
Little Golfers Children's Kid's Toy Golf Set w/ 4 Balls, 3 Clubs, 2 Practice Holes, 2 Flags, 2 Tees (Colors May Vary)

Somehow the second my son picked up his golf set, he knew how to use it! There’s no perfect swing of course, but he got the concept - hit the ball with the club! It’s an adorable toy to watch them play with, especially if you’ve got golfers in the family. And why not start them young? Golfing can last into their golden years! ;-)

 

Balls, Balls, and More Balls

I know what you’re thinking - Duh! But I’m telling you, no matter what you buy, it’s hard to beat a ball. My son’s favorite ones are the giant balls that you see at the grocery store or Target that usually cost $2-$3. Soccer balls are also a favorite. But honestly, ANY ball will work! 3-year old boys LOVE balls!

Washable Sidewalk Chalk

Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk, Assorted Colors 12 ea
Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk, Assorted Colors 12 ea

Chalk is the stocking stuffer for the outdoors. It’s one of the easiest toys for toddlers and can be used for so much! Obviously your little guy can draw until the cows come home, but you can also have lots of fun with him by creating a hopscotch or even just writing out letters to learn the alphabet.

 

Gardening Set

G & F Products G & F 10012 JustForKids Kids Garden Tools Set with Tote hand rake shovel trowel
G & F Products G & F 10012 JustForKids Kids Garden Tools Set with Tote hand rake shovel trowel

If you do any gardening at all, then you definitely need to equip your little helper with their own set of tools. Not only will they learn to help you with your own gardening, but their imagination will come up with endless things to scoop up, stick into their watering can, or bury.

 

Toddler Sprinkler

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Splash Patrol Sprinkler Toy
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Splash Patrol Sprinkler Toy

This is an oldie but goodie, except that of course nowadays toddler sprinklers are more souped up than ever! Glowing lights, different kinds of sprays, even sprinklers that have balls bouncing around on them. On a really hot day, a fun sprinkler can be a lifesaver, as well as a cheap and easy alternative to a pool membership!

 

Frisbees

This was a surprise discovery, but it has provided hours and hours of fun! My son loves when we throw the frisbee for him and has a blast trying to throw it himself. Yet another old classic that you may not even need to go out and buy! If you dig down deep enough, you’ve most likely already got one in the garage.

Baby Pool

Intex Lazy Fish Inflatable Baby Pool, 49" X 43" X 28", for Ages 1-3
Intex Lazy Fish Inflatable Baby Pool, 49" X 43" X 28", for Ages 1-3

This is another classic, but sometimes there’s a good reason for the activities that never get old! Baby pools are great because they’re really easy to store and can actually be a really calming activity (it’s basically the fun of a bath without the shampoo!). Like the sprinkler, it’s also great for hot days and a wonderful alternative to a pool membership if you can’t spring for that.

 

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