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    21 Outdoor Products Kids Will Love To Play With This Summer

    Water slides, sprinklers, sand toys β€” get ready for some fun in the sun.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A sprinkler mat that easily hooks up to the hose for some refreshing fun. It holds a bit of water at the bottom to also utilize as a shallow pool!,

    It can be connected to any garden hose, but just be sure to adjust the water pressure a bit lower. It's easy to fill and drain and is easily deflatable when it's time to put it away.

    Promising review: "This splash pad is great, just had to connect hose to it, turn up water and enjoy the sprinkler with water pooling in the center for a little toddler/baby wading pool. No blow up necessary and the kids truly enjoyed! A 7-month-old and 4-year-old, they did not want the fun to end...we'll be back at it tomorrow!" β€”Miss Solei

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in a toddler and kid version).

    2. A mini golf set to have fun creating their own personal course. Take turns letting each player place holes around the yard and change it up the game after that so each round is a new experience.


    Set comes with nine holes, four golf balls, and a dry erase scorecard. For even more fun, opt for a set of light-up golf balls for a game that ~glows.~ Also don't forget a set of clubs!

    Promising review: "We tried to set it up in the grass, and that's not really ideal but on a patio or down a hall β€” it's so much better. The silicone molding is so light-weight and the little flag centers are marvelous to make you feel like you are more than a new learner! The set is complete with four foam balls and a score board that you use a dry-erase marker on. GREAT to use only a few of the pieces for a short game for kiddos or the entire set for a more competitive experience." β€”Momakookie

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    3. A UFO pool float because who doesn't want an outta-this-world swimming sesh? It also features a water blaster to ward off any aliens who may be trying to take a dip.


    Promising review: "This is pretty awesome. Grandson loved it as well as his Dad πŸ˜‚ good size for a 5-year-old, the squirter gun laser was a huge hit for him. Lasted two summers so far and still good. Would recommend to others." β€”WitCraft Designs

    Get it from Amazon for $30 (also available in a galactic fighter style).

    4. An outside explorer bug sensory bin to channel their inner entomologist. They'll have fun using the magnifying glasses to examine the insects, and developing their fine motor skills with the colorful molding dough!

    bug sensory kit
    LittleBusyBabe / Etsy

    Kit comes with nontoxic, lavender-scented dough, 10–12 faux bugs, 10–12 disc pieces, 5–10 wooden sticks, two mini magnifying glasses, six-eight fossil pieces, and handful of rocks, and pipe cleaners.Β 

    LittleBusyBabe is a small business with a handful of sensory kits to choose from for imaginative play.Β 

    Promising review: "This kit was great, it arrived quickly and packaged perfectly. Our kids played with it for hours! We will definitely be adding more to our collection!" β€”mike osterhout

    Get the kit from LittleBusyBabe on Etsy for $23.Β 

    5. A giant inflatable hamster ball in case WipeOut is their fave show and they have aspirations to be the next winner. It has 10 transparent windows for better visibility. AND, if no one wants to go inside, they can have fun kicking, pushing, and rolling it around the yard.

    kids playing with giant hamster ball
    Sharper Image

    If one isn't enough, grab two and have a hamster race!Β 

    Get it from Sharper Image for $69.99.Β 

    6. A set of massive bubble wands because when else are they gonna get to "bring it around town" and blow their very own bubble buddy like SpongeBob? They won't believe how big these bubbles get! (TBH, now I want them.), Amazon

    The set also comes with handy instructions on how to make the BIGGEST bubbles ever!

    Promising review: "The wand is awesome, but even MORE awesome is that I just used regular bubble solution (way cheaper, found anywhere) and it worked just as well. Maybe better. Some people in reviews have said that you must use the packets that come with the wand, but I gave it a shot anyway with regular bubbles and it worked just fine, with no noticeable difference." β€”Lauri

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    7. A pop-up tunnel play set for some H2O-free fun. They'll love crawling in and out of the obstacle course of tunnels, and can enjoy it with friends.,

    Promising review: "One thing my kids never tire of are hideouts and tents. I'm always hearing, 'Mom can you build us a tent?' So instead of sticking blankets in drawers and hanging them from bookcases, I ordered this set. They play in them for hours and love them. This play set is great. It has three sections for them to sit and play in and three tunnels." β€”Stephen schuresko

    Get it from Amazon for $69.95.

    8. A gardening tool set so they can help you plant that vegetable garden you always dreamed of. These are great for children seven years of age and older, and are made from durable materials so they'll last them a long time.

    aBabyspecialtyshop / Etsy

    Set comes with a rake, spade, hoe, leaf rake, and broom that'll have them turning into the resident gardener in no time. Adult supervision suggested.

    aBabyspecialtyshop offering a slew of baby and kid-geared products.

    Promising review: "The set of child size garden tools were a big hit with my grandkids. They seem sturdy and are the perfect size for my four-year-old granddaughter. They are colorful and encourage kids to play in the dirt! Very happy with this purchase." β€”Lori

    Get the set from aBabyspecialtyshop on Etsy for $35.75.

    9. A 3-in-1 game set if they get bored with an activity super easily. Well β€” not with this sorcery! It's a tennis, badminton, and volleyball set all in one. #ByeByeBoredom

    Two kids playing volleyball
    Hearth Song

    Promising review: "We use this net both indoor and outdoor. It's nice to have a choice between tennis, badminton and volleyball. The kids love it and so do the adults. We had the neighbors over to play the other day. The kids got good exercise and didn't ask for their computer games for hours. That's a win!"β€”Renee

    Get it from Hearth Song for $39.98.

    10. A giant inflatable unicorn for fun backyard play. It sprays water through its horn, for a truly ~magical~ splashing time.

    reviewer image of inflatable unicorn

    It includes four stakes to steady the unicorn's feet to the ground so it stays in place and it hooks up to all common water hoses.Β 

    Promising review: "As advertised. This thing is over 5 feet tall and works great. Highly recommend having an electric air pump on hand to inflate it! Even comes with four spikes to hold the feet to the ground and an adapter so two different size hoses can be attached if needed. It has a good spread on the spray from the unicorn horn and is more like rain than being sprayed with a hose. Makes it suitable for even small children." β€”Lil Blue Ren

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99.Β 

    11. Or this watermelon sprinkler that shoots out of the top and the sides for even MORE water play! Honestly, this is even perfect for pets who can never get enough playtime.

    kids playing with watermelon sprinkler

    Promising review: "Our kids are 11 to 14. We have enjoyed many hours of fun with water toy! Quick and easy to set up." β€”Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.Β 

    12. Water guns for epic fights where they'll learn the valuable lessons of Patches O'Houlihan from Dodgeball, "dodge, dip, duck, dive, and dodge." (Dodging is clearly necessary when water guns are around.)

    reviewer's hand holding the water gun

    The gun has a shooting range up to 35 feet and a clear tank so when it needs a refill, you'll know.Β 

    Promising review: "Great squirt gun. Easy to use. Good water capacity. I bought them for a family cabin vacation and all the kids there loved them!" β€”Kindle Customer

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $24.99.

    13. OR a set of foam water blasters β€” perfect as an in-pool option that's easier and lightweight to swim with.,

    Promising review: "The best. I got this for my son's birthday party. All the kids had a blast. These were a perfect size for them and safe to run and play with. They're built pretty sturdily. These kids are hard on toys so I was very impressed with this product and the distance it shoots is way better then almost every squirt gun I have gotten. This was a great buy at the best price." β€”Some guy that buys stuff

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99.

    14. Shark water squirters that release water with a push or pull of their tails. You won't even have to ask if they're having fun because with these toys, it'll be going *swimmingly.*

    Promising review: "Super fun water squirters for kids! The hot weather has hit and my kids can’t wait to be out and enjoy it. These cute shark squirters are a fun way for them to stay cool. They provide hours of entertainment for them outside! They are easy to fill up and easy to hold. The 'fin' is the handle in which you pull to fill them and push it to exert the streams of water. They can really shoot a good distance β€” nearly 30 feet! It is a great size for my 5-year-old's small hands. While it is compact it also has a large water capacity so she isn’t spending the majority of the time filling it. It is leakproof so you won’t lose any water in that manner either. It is also durable. Great pastel summer colors!" β€”Momma

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99.

    15. A rainbow hand kite that'll have them getting their daily dose of exercise while they run around admiring the blowing colorful ribbons in the wind.

    rainbow hand kites
    BrightLifeToys / Etsy

    BrightLifeToys is a small business specializing in children's toys that promote creative play. They are based in Richmond, VA.Β 

    Promising review: "This is wonderful! My son is almost five and has Autism, he absolutely loved the sensory stimulation! Thank you!" β€”hmatala1978

    Get one from BrightLifeToys on Etsy for $7.Β 

    16. A blow-up water playground in case there's no pool in sight, but you still want the kiddos to have a ~fin-tastic~ time. Watch their face light up with joy as they slide down the inflatable slide through the shark mouth.

    the blow-up slide with has a shark mouth at the top of the slide and a climbing slide on the side with foot rungs for climbing. Both slides have a small sitting area. The two slides are also connected by an open tunnel to crawl through.

    Promising review: "This product arrived pretty fast and met our expectations. It’s brought my little boy so much happiness during these crazy times. He wants to use it every day! It comes with a blower (score!) and a storage bag. I told myself there was no way I’d get the slide into the bag BUT IT FITS! Thankful for a good product." β€”K. Hugh

    Get it from Amazon for $429.99 (free shipping and returns).

    17. A water balloon set because there's nothing quite like a classic water match in the backyard. Fill a ton of balloons at once for consistent ammo and even the adults can get in on THIS kinda fun., Amazon

    You'll be able to fill 100 at the same time since they're linked together! πŸŽˆπŸ’¦

    Promising review: "This is SO much fun for kids and adults too! I love the fact that it fills up so many balloons at once. It is fantastic not having to bother with tying the balloons! Great invention! The best part is seeing the smiles on my kids' faces and watching them play outside with these!" β€”HappilyEverAfter

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in three packs of 100 balloons each).

    18. A water play table you can feel confident knowing they'll be busy for hours with, while you simultaneously enjoy some outside time on the patio. Got multiple little ones? This will be their new fave outside-time activity.

    three kids playing on the water table

    They'll enjoy watching the water slide through different tiers of the set and it's a great option for multiple kid play. The table includes nine accessory pieces in addition to the water table, two dumping buckets, four toy boats, two water pouring cups, and a hose attachment for easy sync up to your home hose. Adult supervision is required.

    Promising review: "Best toy ever. The grandbabies love it. It was super easy to put together (about five minutes) and easy/light to move around. We are taking this on vacation with us as this is perfect to use at camp to keep the kiddos occupied." β€”Kathleen Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (free shipping).

    19. A weather-resistant sandbox that'll transport them to the beach (even if it's just your grassy yard). Toss in a bunch of toys and they'll be occupied for hours.

    water resistant sand box in yard
    Vandue / Etsy

    The kit includes six round outer wall panels, three semi-circle seats, UV resistant liner and a UV resistant cover with tie downs to keep on top of the sandbox after play is over. It's also perforated in case drainage is necessary (looking at you rain)!

    Vandue is a small business is based in San Diego and specializes in home decor and gifts.Β 

    Get it form Vandue on Etsy for $149.95.Β 

    20. And some aesthetic sand toys they can use in their new sand box or at the beach, because who needs sand castles when you can make a cute lil' turtle? Plus, they're made with food-safe silicone so they won't crack like other plastic toys!

    neutral color kids beach toys
    ShopStardustSociety / Etsy

    Kit includes a dolphin, turtle, starfish, shell, shovel, and carrying bucket! Try to tell me these aren't the cutest beach toys you've ever seen!?Β 

    Sho9pStardustSociety is based in New York, and offer some of the most aesthetically-pleasing kids products I've ever laid eyes on.Β 

    Promising review: "This item is so great! It’s well made, super cute and not having to worry about plastic beach toys cracking is so great!" β€”stephaniegilk

    Get it from ShopStardustSociety on Etsy for $26.09.Β 

    21. A triple lane slip, splash, and slide for those days they're bouncing off the walls and need something to do. This 16-foot slide comes with three racing lanes and a whole lotta fun guaranteed., Amazon

    Slide comes with three body boards and features sprinkler holes on both sides of the slide so it stays wet for easy sliding!

    Promising review: "We usually go on vacation every summer but this year we decided to stay home and vacation here. We invited all our friends for a weekend full of fun things to do for the kids and adults both and this was one of the attractions that that not disappoint! This slip and slide really has been the best bang for our buck. The one lane ones just don't compare and all that I've owned have been made from cheap material that doesn't last through the summer. This one however is great quality and really has held up even with the roughest of kids. This is sixteen feet long and is wide enough for three kids to use at the same time and not bump into each other. The water really makes it slippery and so much fun for the Littles. This should definitely be on top of your list as far as backyard add-ons go, as it keeps kids entertained for hours!" β€”Aimer L'infini

    Get it from Amazon for $46.99.

    Just be prepared for some ambushes from the kids when you're trying to enjoy some sun...


    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.Β 

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