Inside: Outdoor toys for toddlers and preschoolers, ages 2-5, that you can purchase on Amazon
Are you looking for the best outdoor toys to keep your toddler entertained this summer?
Then you have come to the right place because today, I will share a list of outdoor toys for toddlers that have absolute essentials over the past three years of Lennox’s toddlerhood.
I hope you enjoy it, and let me know which outdoor toys YOUR toddler will love or which toddler outdoor toys need to be added to this list in the comments below!
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1. Outdoor Gardening tools
Gardening is so beneficial for kids, so why not start them off young with this adorable set of gardening tools.
Kara Murphy with National.Macaronikid.com gives the following ten examples of the benefits of gardening for children.
- Engages all five senses.
- Encourages healthy eating.
- Enhances fine motor development.
- Gardening is science.
- Teaches responsibility.
- Is a great family activity.
- Helps kids learn to plan and organize.
- Creates environmental stewards.
- Develops math skills.
- Teaches patience.
If you do not own a water table, I recommend getting one right now.. These things are amazing. Your toddler will love playing and splashing in the water, and guess what? It can be used with other elements than just water. You can fill it up with sand, ice, animals, etc.
Out favorite activity at the moment is to fill up the water table with blue water using food coloring. I add a little bit of Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap so make it look like foam in an ocean. Then we add in our aquatic animal figurines.
Check out this Disney in Ice Escape activity we did using the water table!
3. Soccer Goal
Lennox loves soccer thanks to his Papi, who is also obsessed this sport. Together these two have spent never-ending hours kicking balls into this portable soccer goal.
It is the perfect item to collapse and take with you to the beach, on camping trips, etc.
If soccer isn’t your toddler’s sport, below are a few more outdoor, toddler sports toys!
4. T-Ball Set
I’m not going to lie; bubbles have been our jam this summer. I don’t know why but something about trying to blow a perfect, big, bubble sends me back to my childhood. I know they might be messy, and super irritating because most likely your toddler cannot blow his or her own bubbles quite yet, but when I say they have entertained me, I mean Lennox, for hours, I am not kidding!
You can even whip up your own bubble mixture and use these awesome bubble wands to get some ginormous bubbles!
What is more fun than squirting people with water? Once your toddler gets the fine-motor of squirting down, these toys will keep him entertained for quite a while.
Remember these push-your-self cars from when you were a child? I never had my own, but I remember going to preschool and always wanting first dibs! If your toddler is like mine—obsessed with cars— he will love this!
This Lightening McQueen Race Ride On Car was Lennox’s favorite indoor and outdoor car when he was one to two-years-old.
He was always, let me repeat, always, on this car. If he’s not zooming around the house or trying to run over the dogs, he is using this car to follow behind me on my walks or taking it down hills. My little daredevil! See picture below!
Note: don’t leave this toy outside, because it does have batteries.
Does your toddler have an overwhelming amount of energy? What better to get it out then with a trampoline.
I am so excited for Lennox to get a little older and to take him camping. I thought it would be a good idea to practice first, so I plan on doing a backyard camping outing soon Lennox can practice with this little setup!
This tool set is great for developing your toddler’s fine-motor and is a perfect accompaniment for the water table.
15. Toss & Catch set
Sand play is so beneficial for children, and it is an excellent resource for unstructured play.
I love watching Lennox and his preschool friends gather around the sandbox and get creative with loose parts. I’ve seen them making soups, make monster truck ramps, volcanoes, and more!
According to Pathways.org, sand play develops social skills like problem-solving, sharing, and communication.
Sand is a great resource for bilingual children, especially during bilingual playdates or in a bilingual immersion school!
Once your toddler is past the fascination of eating chalk, chalk is a great way to keep your toddler busy outside.
Lennox loves to draw on anything and everything, and as much as my OCD mom brain aches inside, I have to remind myself that it is washable, and can be cleaned up! They are only young once! #letthembelittle!
Check out our Mosaic Chalk Heart activity Lennox and I did last year during quarantine!
Below is a toddler friendly chalk set to keep your toddlers from breaking and eating the chalk!
18. Micro Kickboard
If you don’t have a scooter yet, I highly recommend getting your toddler this Micro Kickboard. It is great for gross motor and it will grow with him, as it holds up to 75 lbs. The wheels even light up for an added bonus!
Tricycles are an excellent outdoor toy for toddlers.
Tricycles are great for gross motor development, balance, and coordination. They also encourage independence and confidence in toddlers.
We have the Radio Flyer Classic tricycle, and Lennox loves it.
19. Skip the training wheels, go with a balance bike.
Lennox has a bike with training wheels that he uses on occasions but prefers the Radio Flyer Classic tricycle.
A couple of weeks ago, we decided to get him a balance bike, and let me tell you; he is OBSESSED.
Within two weeks, he could ride down a hill and not lose his balance.
Rascalrides.com goes into seven benefits of balance bikes here!
I definitely recommend skipping the training wheels and starting with a balance bike.
Make sure you have a helmet for ALL of the ride-on toys to prevent head injuries!
Don’t have access to a pool? No worries. Target has you covered with this awesome inflatable play center for your child. My sister gifted this to Lennox on his second birthday, and boy does he love it.
The animals are not attached, so Lennox also has fun playing with them individually. Just make sure you store it on its side after every use (if you don’t want to deflate it each time) that way your precious grass doesn’t get ruined!
21. Toddler Mower
As I mentioned before, toddlers tend to imitate adults, and what is every adult doing in the summer? Mowing the grass. Lennox loves the mower his mom mom got him. He pretends he’s cutting the grass. He takes it on our walks and does the neighbors a favor by cutting their grass too. Ha!
Well, there you have it! A list of our favorite Amazon outdoor toys to keep our toddler entertained.
Enjoy and let me know in the comments below which toys you think NEED to on this list!