Our Most Popular Outdoor Toys

Getting to play outside allows children to strengthen their muscles, soak up Vitamin D, build their confidence and explore the world around them. To make the most of fun under the sun, here are our Tot-approved toy picks for outdoor play.

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When kids get to play outside, their imaginations can soar, their minds can grow and their little bodies can figure out how to move and groove.

Particularly great for supporting the development of gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination, outdoor play can also give parents some peace of mind. Being trapped in a confined space isn’t fun for anyone. Getting out and about helps kids (and parents) build endorphins, which makes everyone happier, healthier and ready for a good night’s sleep.

In this article, we’ll go over:

  • The benefits of outdoor play
  • What to look for when shopping for outdoor toys
  • Our favorite outdoor toy picks

Scroll down to learn more.

 

The Benefits of Outdoor Play

  • Safe sun exposure allows children to develop natural circadian rhythms.
  • Being outside encourages an active and healthy lifestyle.
  • Outdoor play means less screen time.
  • Being outside gives children a direct way to feel connected to nature.
  • Outdoor play stimulates sensory learning and gross motor development.

 

What to look for when shopping for outdoor toys

When shopping for outdoor toys, we look for things that grow with our children. Toys like balance bikes, scooters and transformable wagons allow children to master their sense of balance, gain control of their arms and legs, and zoom into life. Since kids sprout like little beans, having adjustable seats, handle bars and wheels is a must!

We also love toys that let kids engage with the earth. Mini gardening tools or a science kit spark a sense of wonder and enable kids to question why and how things grow, discover cause and effect, and gain a sense of appreciation for how magical our world can be.

Because both creative and artistic play are wonderful for cognitive and social-emotional development, we also search for items like non-toxic chalk and playhouses. Both of these activities can be fun on their own or with the company of friends.

The following toys encourage your child to get active and interested in the outside world:

  • giant block set
  • play tent
  • scooter
  • swing
  • sidewalk chalk
  • balance bike
  • yoga memory card game
  • explorer’s case
  • veggie garden kit
  • mini golf set
  • wooden swing
  • wagon

Scroll down to discover and shop our favorite outdoor toys:

 

Guidecraft Outdoor Hollow Blocks

 

Guidecraft Outdoor Wooden Hollow Blocks

 

$999.95

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Babai Play Tent Beige

Babai Play Tent

 

$129.99

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Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 1 - Ash

 

Scoot & Ride Highway 1

 

$120

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Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 3 - Rose

 

Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 3

 

$99

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Lily & River Birch Climber White Ladder

 

Lily & River Birch Wood Climber

 

Ranging from $350 to $533.95

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Plum Wooden Teepee Hideaway

 

Plum Wooden Teepee Hideaway

 

$349

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Twee Macaron Sidewalk Chalk

 

Twee Macaron Sidewalk Chalk

 

$45

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Banwood Bikes First Go! Balance Bike

 

$189

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Banwood Bike Classic Helmet in Green

 

Banwood Bikes Classic Helmet

 

$49

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Mindful Co and Kids Yoga Memory Cards

 

Mindful & Co. Yoga Memory Card Game

 

$34.50

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Moulin Roty Explorer Set

 

Moulin Roty Explorer’s Case

 

$65

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Gardenuity Taco Toppings Garden

 

$78

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Gardenuity My First Garden Set

 

Gardenuity My First Garden

 

$98

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Plan Toys Mini Golf Set

 

PlanToys Mini Golf Set

 

$40

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Babai Swing Black

 

Babai Swing

 

Ranging from $36.99 to $39.99

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Wishbone Wagon

 

Wishbone Wagon

 

$399.99

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