8 Best Outdoor Toys for Toddlers

Summertime means loads of fun and outdoor activities for you and your little one. Whether you’re planning to hit the beach or just want to keep your kid busy in the backyard while you get some chores done, here’s helping you make it easier.

Check out our list of the 8 best, most practical outdoor toys you can pick for your kid this summer. They can be a great investment, and can keep your little one busy for hours!

If it’s a rainy day, take a look at these indoor activities instead!

Kids Camera

It may not immediately spring to mind when you think “outdoor toys” but getting your little one their first camera could be a great way to get them excited about nature and the outdoors.

Let them choose beautiful things that make them happy and take photographs to remember them. You could even print their photos of things like leaves and shells to create cute little matching card games with them.

Check out some of the best kids cameras here!!

Kiddie Pool

Kiddie pools are an absolute no brainer if you’re looking for some good outdoor toys to pick for your little one. They’re actually a great way for your kid to cool down on a hot summer day and for you to keep him busy for a while. You’ll find many different fancy options to pick from- some having in-built seats and others having a slide. Some others even have a canopy for some sun protection! Just make sure you pick one that is durable and has good reviews.

Best of all, you can turn the pool into a ball pit when you bring it indoors- how cool is that?

Do you have older kids who love extreme sports?! Check out these surf wake boards that teens will love!


One of the most popular outdoor toys with our kids has to be the trampoline! Even our 14 month old loves “bouncing” (her feet never actually leave the ground but it’s pretty adorable).

They are a super fun way to help your kids get some more exercise and keep fit and let’s face it – heaps of fun for adults too!


If you haven’t yet purchased your kid’s first slide, now’s the right time to do it! Get your hands on a good, medium sized, sturdy plastic slide that you can assemble and dismantle easily. You can then set it up anywhere you like- in your yard, at the beach or even at home.

If you’ve got your kiddie pool ready, you can also have its end placed in the kiddie pool for loads of splashing and fun!

Washable Sidewalk Chalk

If you’ve got a little one who’s on the arty side, this one could be really helpful. Pick up a box of washable sidewalk chalks and allow your kid to explore his creative side even when he’s outdoors. Plus, you can also use the chalk to recreate some of your kid’s favourite activities on the ground- sorting, alphabet tracing, shape recognition etc.


Sandboxes and sand tables are again, an excellent summer toy to get your hands on for your little one. They are basically just tables that have a low height (perfect for toddlers) and a space to fill up some sand and other play items. A lot of sand tables also have some additional items like a plastic shovel and bucket, making them a great option to carry along at the beach.

Play Tent

Play tents are always so much fun, and an absolute must have for toddlers. What’s best is that you can use them outdoors as well as indoors- just make sure you pick a good quality version. Set up the tent for him in your backyard or even get him to help! Throw in some of his favourite books and board games and that’s it!

Bubble Blower

There’s really no better way to get your little one outdoors and reduce his screen time than this! Get him a bubble blower! Most of these are available very easily and are pretty reasonably priced as well.

You can really take the fun up a notch with this one by inviting some of your kid’s friends over to your home and in your backyard!

Play Tunnel

Play tunnels are an excellent way to boost your little one’s motor development, and also get him engaged in a bit of physical activity. If you already have this and have been using it indoors, now is the perfect time to get it outdoors in the sun! It can be a good idea to pick the foldable version so that you can easily store it indoors when you’re done.

Why not read my ultimate guide to buying the best scooter for kids and the best balance bike for more fun outdoor activities for your kids! Find more toys for your toddler here.

Sophie Marie

Sophie Marie is passionate about providing the very best for her kids and her family. She spends half of the year living in an isolated community in Far North Queensland so online research and finding the best products is a skill she's perfected over time.
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