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Cool and Fun Backyard and Outdoor Summer Toys for Toddlers and Kids

Updated on June 18, 2014

Cool Outdoor Toys

Fun outdoor toys for toddlers and kids including sandboxes, kiddie pools, sports equipment, climbing structures, swing sets, toys and more.

There are so many summer water toys and other toys and games to keep kids busy during the summer months, not to mention some amusing family activities.

Having four kids, I have always relied on having some of these for the summer. These are a great way to keep kids amused and to spend some quality family time together.

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Sand Pit

Step2 787800 Naturally Playful Sand & Water Center
Step2 787800 Naturally Playful Sand & Water Center

Fill one side with sand and the other side with water for lots of outdoor fun. Sand will keep clean as this comes with a cover. It also comes with some toys as well so kids can play with it right away. The umbrella will help to shade them from the sun.

 

Kids Climbing Structure

ECR4Kids Peek-A-Boo Caterpillar Climbing Play Structure
ECR4Kids Peek-A-Boo Caterpillar Climbing Play Structure

Got any climbers? Kids can climb over or crawl through this colorful caterpillar. It's easy to assemble and can easily be moved indoors when the weather gets cold.

 

Water Sprinkler

SW Express Geyser Blast Sprinkler (Discontinued by manufacturer)
SW Express Geyser Blast Sprinkler (Discontinued by manufacturer)

Simply attach your garden hose for all sorts of crazy water play. You'll be sure to hear a lot of shrieks and giggles. Even adults can have some chuckles with this.

 

Mower Toy

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

Kids can "help" to mow the lawn with this interactive lawn mower. The gas can is removable and children will hear different sounds depending on what they do.

 

Slip N Slide

Wham-o Slip N Slide Hydroplane Double With 2 Slide Boogies
Wham-o Slip N Slide Hydroplane Double With 2 Slide Boogies

Kids will be amused while cooling down on a hot summer day with this double Wham-o Slip N Slide. It comes with 2 boogies for lots of watery fun.

 

Soccer Set

Fisher-Price Super Sounds Soccer
Fisher-Price Super Sounds Soccer

Here's an entertaining way for children to get in some exercise. Younger kids can kick the ball into the netted area, while older kids can try to hit the target. In each case, sounds will be heard to the delight of the kids.

 

Basketball Set

Fisher-Price I Can Play Basketball
Fisher-Price I Can Play Basketball

What's wonderful about this is that it adjusts to 4 different sizes, so as kids grow, you can make it taller. It comes with the kids sized ball featured here.

 

Rocket Kit

The Original Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow, 4 Rockets
The Original Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow, 4 Rockets

Children will have fun stomping on the launch pad and watching their rockets blast off. Parents will love that no batteries are needed. These rockets run off air. Comes with 4 rockets.

 

Kid's Pools

Kiddie Pool
Kiddie Pool

If the weather gets pretty warm where you live, I recommend some kind of a pool for the kids. You can keep it simple with just a kids size pool or get one for the whole family to enjoy. If your kids are old enough, I would recommend a family pool. Not only do you get to cool off as well, it's easier to play with them if you're in the water.

Here's a selection for you to check out.

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Intex Whale Spray Pool, 82" X 62" X 39", for Ages 2+
Intex Whale Spray Pool, 82" X 62" X 39", for Ages 2+

This adorable whale pool comes with a sprayer for some extra added amusement. It also comes with 2 games.

 
Intex Rainbow Ring Inflatable Play Center, 117" X 76" X 53", for Ages 2+
Intex Rainbow Ring Inflatable Play Center, 117" X 76" X 53", for Ages 2+

Children can play ring toss, slide down the slide and splash around for some summer fun. Recommended for kids from 36 months to 7 years of age.

 
Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool, 120" X 72" X 22", for Ages 6+
Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool, 120" X 72" X 22", for Ages 6+

The whole family can get in on the fun with this family pool. It holds 264 gallons and has a drain plug.

 

Kids Cottage

Step2  Neat & Tidy Cottage
Step2  Neat & Tidy Cottage

Children can pretend they have their own house with this creative cottage. It features a play burner, faucet, kitchen table and two seats. Think of all of the imaginative play that can be had.

 

Sports Set

ALEX Toys Active Play Gigantic 3 in 1 Net Set with Oversized Accessories
ALEX Toys Active Play Gigantic 3 in 1 Net Set with Oversized Accessories

Look at all of the enjoyment this set would bring. Children can play volleyball, try out their badminton skills and learn to play tennis with this set.

 

Climber Play Center

Lifetime Geometric Dome Climber Play Center, Earthtone
Lifetime Geometric Dome Climber Play Center, Earthtone

Several kids can climb on this at the same time. It's made for children 3-10 years of age. Children can perfect their rock climbing skills with this.

 

T-Ball Set

Little Tikes TotSports T-Ball Set, Red
Little Tikes TotSports T-Ball Set, Red

Comes with 2 balls and the height is adjustable. It's a great way to start learning batting skills in a safe way.

 

Sidewalk Chalk

Crayola 48 Count Sidewalk Chalk (51-2048)
Crayola 48 Count Sidewalk Chalk (51-2048)

There are so many things kids can do with these. They can create pieces of art, play games like Tic Tac Toe, draw the outline for 2 square, create a hopscotch pattern and more.

 

Poll Time!

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Beanbag Toss Game

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Verdie Chameleon Double-Sided Bean Bag Toss Game With 8 Bean Bags
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Verdie Chameleon Double-Sided Bean Bag Toss Game With 8 Bean Bags

The whole family can get in on the fun with this beanbag toss game. It's double sided with two different versions of play. Included are 8 beanbags.

 

Water Table

American Plastic Toy Water Wheel Play Table
American Plastic Toy Water Wheel Play Table

This is easy to assemble and comes with two sail boats and a pitcher. Water play is great on hot days.

 

Kitchen Play Set

Little Tikes Get Out n' Grill Kitchen Set
Little Tikes Get Out n' Grill Kitchen Set

Let kids have their own grilling fun with this barbecue set. They'll hear clicking sounds when they move the dials and can store the toys that come with it inside the cupboard.

 

Swing Sets

Flexible Flyer "Triple Fun"  Swing Set
Flexible Flyer "Triple Fun" Swing Set

Kids will have endless fun with a swing set and this set has plenty to keep them busy. This is a great choice for a family on a budget. Recommended ages for this is 2-10 years of age.

 

What's your favorite backyard toy?

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    • asereht1970 profile image

      asereht1970 3 years ago

      The kid's pool is always a favorite especially during summer. Great selection of toys.

    • brianvallois lm profile image

      brianvallois lm 3 years ago

      Cool products wish i was a kid again :)

    • Rhonda Lytle profile image

      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Kids will love these. I want that ship/sand box myself. Too cute!

    • takkhisa profile image

      Takkhis 3 years ago

      Summer time means fun time especially for kids! Kids like all the ideas you have shared in this lens.

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      Andromachi 3 years ago

      Yes, I am the first to like and comment. I really enjoyed your lens as I have two small children as well. I loved your ideas and I will implement some of them soon. Weather is still flactuating here in Greece. Yesterday in the evening we wore jackets again because it was so cold. Today is raining.