12 Top Toys for Active Play

Active Play is one of the best ways you can help encourage and promote both your child’s cognitive and physical development. In this article, we look at our 12 top toy picks and how they can do double time providing fun and functionality.

Active play toys

When a child is moving and grooving, their little bones, muscles and tendons are strengthening. What you might not realize is that their brain is also getting a workout. Active play is any sort of play that enables kids (or babies) to get their heart rate up. Through physical activity, a child’s mind is able to start forming connections with their body. This encourages hand-eye coordination, honing gross motor skills and ultimately builds confidence.

Below are our 12 top toy picks for active play. From a ride on car that will get your toddler’s thighs burning to a dodge ball tag game you’re going to want at your child’s next birthday party, each toy offers more than just fun – they offer the opportunity for your little one to play, learn and grow!


Poppie Toys Poppie Horse

Poppie Toys Rocking Horse 

Inspired by mid-century modern European design, your tot will imagine riding across the prairie, have untold adventures and befriend unicorns on the Poppie Horse.


Jupiduu Slide

Jupiduu Slide 

Ideal from 18 months to 5 years of age, the Jupiduu slide is a minimalist toy that delivers maximum fun.


Banwood Bikes First Go! Balance Bike


Banwood Bikes First Go! Balance Bike in Chrome 

The perfect introduction for your little one to the wonders of cycling, The First Go! Balance Bike gives them the freedom to play and explore their natural motor skills until they are ready for the transition to pedals.


Micro Kickboard Mini Deluxe Scooter

Micro Kickboard Mini Deluxe Scooter 

The Micro Kickboard Mini Deluxe Scooter has an adjustable handlebar, wide and sturdy deck and a three-wheel design that makes it perfect for tots who still need to work on their coordination.


Plan Toys Mini Golf Set 


The Plan Toys Golf Set is a fantastic option for older kids who are developing stronger hand-eye coordination. Made of rubber wood, it’s completely non-toxic and eco-friendly.


Wooden Wagon Skipping Rope

The Wooden Wagon Skipping Rope in Natural 

Skipping Rope gets your heart pumping and your muscles moving. The Wooden Wagon Skipping Rope is ideal from 3 years of age is made using FSC certified wood and child safe rope.


Baghera My Great Wagon

Baghera Great Wagon Red 

Wagons are great because you can push, pull, ride (and store!) The Baghera My Great Wagon is especially great because it’s made of metal and has rubber mounted tires that offer a quiet ride.


Tender Leaf Toys Running Rabbit Ride On

Tender Leaf Running Rabbit Ride On

Made with child-safe materials, the Tender Leaf Toys Running Rabbit Ride On is a ride on car that’s perfect for use from 18 months.


Hape Beetle Walker

Hape Beetle Walker Blue 

The Hape Beetle Walker gets little ones up and on the move. Suitable from 10 months of age, it offers balance and support for unsteady feet.


Diggin Dodge Tag Game

Diggin Dodge Tag Game 

Make backyard play even more fun with the Diggin Dodge Tag Game. A good option for older kids, it helps with hand-eye coordination and gets kids running, dodging, aiming and laughing in minutes.


Adventure Parks Classic Disc Swing

Adventure Parks Classic Disc Swing 

Not only will the Adventure Parks Classic Disc Swing look whimsical hanging from a tree in your backyard, it will provide years of fun for everyone. While swinging can be a high-energy activity, it can also be very calming for kids.