The 20 Best Outdoor Toys for Toddlers

The answers to your toddler's excess energy.

The 20 Best Outdoor Toys for Toddlers
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Virtually every parent can attest to the fact that the average toddler acts like they’ve had five shots of espresso before noon. And short of taking endless trips to the park or paying for expensive classes, there are precious few opportunities to let little ones work out those toddler crazies.

However, with a little outdoor space—be it a spacious backyard or a petite patio—you can easily stem some of that energy with the right outdoor toys. To help you choose the perfect ones, we’ve rounded up the best of the best here.

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1
This climbing tower and slide

metal climbing structure and slide, best outdoor toys for toddlers

$187; buy now at Walmart

You don’t have to spend hours watching them climb a jungle gym at the park—or let your kid go crazy scaling your furniture and doorframes—to channel your toddler’s impulse to climb anything and everything in sight. With this climbing structure and slide, you can give your little ones a great way to get some of that energy out right in your own backyard. .

2
This LED-lit fairy playhouse

pink tent with twinkly lights, best outdoor toys for toddlers


$30; buy now at Amazon

Who says stuffed animal tea parties have to be indoor-only affairs? This adorable outdoor play tent, which comes complete with an adorable set of LED lights, is the perfect spot for some tea al fresco.

3
These stepping stones

little girl walking across foam stepping stone toys, best outdoor toys for toddlers

$63; buy now at Fat Brain Toys

Whether they’re pretending the grass is lava or setting up an obstacle course, these stepping stones are sure to become a fast favorite with your little ones.

4
This bubble mower

bubble mower toy, best outdoor toys for toddlers


$25; buy now at Amazon

A perfect toy for kids getting confident in their walking skills, this bubble mower can make mowing the lawn seem almost fun.

5
This castle-climbing set

castle themed outdoor playset with slide, best outdoor toys for toddlers Walmart

$210; buy now at Walmart

If you have multiple kids or host your fair share of playdates, this castle-inspired climbing structure is great for both cooperative and independent play.

6
This deluxe saucer swing set

two children playing in saucer swing, best outdoor toys for toddlers

$133; buy now at Wayfair

Who says you have to hit the park to play on the swings? With this saucer set, which can handle weight up to 300 pounds, you can have multiple kids swing together—even ones too young to comfortably sit up in a traditional swing.

7
This water table

fishing inspired water table, best outdoor toys for toddlers


$31; buy now at Amazon

Even if bath time is still a hard sell for your little ones, they’re sure to love playing in the water with this water table. Unlike many outdoor water sets, there’s no need for extra toys to make this one fun—it has a fishing game built right in.

8
This caterpillar bowling set

toy bowling pins and red ball, best outdoor toys for toddlers


$14; buy now at Target

Want a game both you and your toddler will love playing together? This caterpillar bowling set certainly fits the bill.

9
This rope swing

blue and red toddler swing, best outdoor toys for toddlers


$27; buy now at Amazon

Even if you don’t have room for a huge swing set, your toddler can still enjoy swinging outdoors with this adjustable swing, which can attach to a tree branch and is rated for children up to 50 pounds.

10
This wooden swing set

wooden swing set with climbing wall and slide, best outdoor toys for toddlers

$680; buy now at Wayfair

Have a little bit more outdoor space to spare? Then splurge on this amazing wooden swing set, which comes complete with three swings, a slide, a climbing wall, and a sandbox.

11
This easy score soccer set

toy soccer net and ball, best outdoor toys for toddlers


$38; buy now at Target

Let your kids channel their inner Lionel Messi with this ball and goal set, perfect for practicing those corner kicks.

12
This construction block building set

plastic outdoor interlocking play blocks, best outdoor toys for toddlers


$80; buy now at Walmart

Duplos are plenty of fun, but if you want to channel your kids’ building impulses outdoors, these oversized blocks are sure to keep them entertained for hours.

13
This high chair seesaw

two children sitting in blue seesaw, best outdoor toys for toddlers


$100$88; buy now at Wayfair

While those towering seesaws of yesteryear are increasingly vanishing from playgrounds due to safety concerns, you can let your kids play on one right at home with this secure and fun high chair-inspired set.

14
This sprinkle and splash pad

three children playing on sprinkler, best outdoor toys for toddlers

$20; buy now at Amazon

Don’t feel like braving the crowds at your local splash pad? This walk-on sprinkler set requires little more than a hose to set up and will provide your kids hours of excitement.

15
This turtle sandbox

green turtle sandbox, best outdoor toys for toddlers


$40; buy now at Target

An outdoor favorite for decades, the Little Tikes turtle sandbox is a nostalgic play set your toddler won’t be able to get enough of.

16
This waterfall wall

two children playing with a waterfall toy, best outdoor toys for toddlers


$40; buy now at Amazon

If your kids love playing with water but you’re not always so enthused with how much of it ends up on your floor, there’s a toy that can help. This Step 2 waterfall wall can satisfy your little ones’ love for pouring and splashing without major cleanup.

17
This adjustable batting tee

adjustable batting tee, best outdoor toys for toddlers


$30; buy now at Target

Channel your toddler’s impulse to hit things into something constructive with this batting tee. This set is also adjustable, making it a great choice for multi-kid families.

18
This climb-and-crawl caterpillar

colorful caterpillar play tube, best outdoor toys for toddlers Walmart

$230; buy now at Walmart

If you don’t love spending hours having your kids climb through your legs and under furniture, there’s a simple solution: invest in this caterpillar tunnel and let them play to their heart’s content.

19
This jungle-themed water play set

 blue kiddie pool with jungle animals, best outdoor toys for toddlers


$70; buy now at DICK’S Sporting Goods

Even if you don’t have the space for the pool, your kids can still enjoy some fun in the water this summer with this adorable animal-themed water play set, complete with a ring toss game and a slide.

20
This bubble blower

green bubble machine, best outdoor toys for toddlers Amazon

$22; buy now at Amazon

The only thing kids love more than bubbles? Tons of bubbles. And that’s just what you’ll get with this bubble blower, which can create hundreds of glistening bubbles in mere seconds.

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