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    30 Toys That'll Help Keep Your Kids Busy Outside

    From oversized bubbles to water tables to swings to play mats, you and your kiddo are going to be more than ready to have some fun in the sun.

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    1. A Razor scooter that'll remind you of your own childhood as you watch your kiddo scoot around for hours.

    Razor Scooter, Heather Braga / BuzzFeed

    I recently received a sample of the Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter and have been smiling ever since — seriously. I'm very accident-prone so pretty much everyone in my life begged me not to get on this bad boy, but I was determined to relive the fun I've my childhood. Mission accomplished — it's SO fun. The bigger wheels make for a smooth ride and, honestly, it was quite a workout! I'd suggested snagging the Just don't forget to get your little one a helmet!

    Get it from Target for $99.99 (available in four styles).

    2. Or a 4-in-1 convertible scooter your baby can use from 15 months to 6 years as it'll transform from a toy they can sit on and be pushed to one they'll learn to maneuver all on their own. I'm not crying, you're crying.


    I got one of these for a friend's kiddo and even though she's only 12 months she's easily pushing herself around the house on it! She looks freakin' adorable while doing so and I love that this toy feels more like an investment than something they'll grow out of.

    Promising review: "LOVE THIS SCOOTER!!!!! We ordered this for my 9-month-old daughter for Christmas intending to use this summer. She is now 15 months and we got the scooter out just this week, she LOVES it! :) So worth the money! I do recommend getting a helmet for babe as they can fall off, especially if they don't hold on well or have good balance." —Glenna

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in three colors).

    3. A dinosaur-inspired sand and water play table, because it's never too soon to start trying to convince your mini-me to become a prestigious paleontologist (or at least to appreciate Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park).

    two toddlers playing with the table which is filled half with water and half with sand

    Perfect for kiddos aged 24 months to 5 years, this is a great toy for families of multiples as it has a separate space for each little one to play in.

    Promising review: "Fun water/sand table with cute plastic dinosaurs to play with. It is lightweight and a great size for moving convenience and storage. It has a cover for part of the table to cover the sand. Although you can also just put water in both sections if you don't want sand. It also has a plug to drain the water." —Theodore R. Boecker

    Get it from Amazon for $73.05.

    4. An inflatable Toy Story-inspired ball pit for the kiddo who absolutely idolizes the Little Green Men from the classic Pixar flicks (and for the parent who always wished they could go to Pizza Planet).

    a rocket shaped ball pit with green balls in the middle

    Promising review: "I’m a huge fan of toy story so this was a no brainer for my 7-month-old. And he already loves it! Definitely recommend ordering more balls though 100 just isn’t enough." —JustJenn

    Get it from shopDisney for $49.99.

    5. Charming pastel stacking rings that'll entice your tyke with their fun colors and keep 'em busy while you both kick back and relax on your patio.

    the wooden stacking toy
    Crate and Barrel

    This take on the classic toy is made of natural beechwood, so it's super safe for your little one. The rings were also designed for small hands — perfect for any kiddo who tends to get frustrated easily.

    Get them from Crate and Barrel for $23.20.

    6. Fisher-Price's Laugh and Learn My Smart Purse, to prevent your little one from digging through *your* purse during your outdoor picnic and teach them about numbers, colors, and more at the same time.

    a baby playing with the keys and assorted toys with the purse

    Promising review: "I bought this specifically for a trip which involved a 9-month-old taking a long plane ride to Alaska and a round trip drive from Fairbanks to Seward and back. We chose it because it was compact and light and had sounds and light triggered by the baby's actions. Our strategy was successful and the toy continues to entertain. The toy didn't impress me at first glance. Babies will play for a while with any bag, putting things in and taking them out. This purse is truly several steps above that. Something about the weight of the plastic top of the purse and magnetic closure makes it more fun to open and close. The sounds and adorable heart-shaped light prevented the baby from getting bored and needing another toy." —Anonymous

    Get it from Target for $26.99.

    7. Waterproof playing cards, so you can teach your kid to play "Solitaire" outside without worrying about the cars being splashed — maybe you'll both be able to enjoy some me-time.

    a deck of the somewhat see through plastic playing cards

    Promising review: "These playing cards are a HIT. I take them out with me for social events and when visiting people, even to the beach. We just play and play. So you can get them wet and they won't soggy up and tear it just become a little hard to shuffle. It is so cool that they look like you can see right straight through them but you can't." —Tabitha

    Get them from Amazon for $7.42.

    8. An activity center where your baby will be able to swivel and discover a new toy to keep their interest as soon as they get bored with whichever one they were already playing with.


    This toy will also grow with your kiddo! It can be adjusted into a sturdy coloring table once they don't fit in the seat anymore.

    Promising review: "My daughter was 5 months when I purchased this. She loves it. She enjoys it. She spends so much time playing it. She’s entertained. I also love it. The reason why I purchased this for her was because it has a lot great features. This will help her a lot with her motor skills. Visual, sound, etc. it’s just very educational. This will help her not lock her legs as well. Great product! Worth it!" —Opeitxjhoy

    Get it from buybuyBaby for $135.99.

    9. Soft pull-and-go cars that'll help develop your kiddo's motor skills and give you both a chance to practice your *motor* sounds while playing in the walkway. Vroom, vroom!

    a child playing with the soft cars
    Melissa & Doug

    These are plush and can be tossed into the wash after your kiddo inevitably rolls 'em right into the garden.

    Promising review: "Works on hard wood and the carpet so my toddler can play with them anywhere. Love that they are soft so it's easier for him to grip and carry around. They go a decent distance too! Great for playing 'fetch' with the kiddo! LOL" —Amber

    Get four cars from Melissa & Doug for $24.99.

    10. An out of this world play mat that'll encourage your baby to *reach for the stars* and stay busy long enough for you to inhale some fresh air.

    a circle mat covered in different stars and planets in addition to plush play parts

    This stunning mat is made of cotton *and* is machine-washable, so no worries about plopping it right in the middle of your lawn.

    Get it from Anthropologie for $98.

    11. A WubbaNub lovey/pacifier combo you can hand over to your little one as you plop 'em down next to you for an outdoor chill sesh on your favorite blanket. Sounds cozy, right?

    a mom laying on a blanket next to her baby who has a lion plush with a pacifier attached to it
    wubbanub / Via

    I know so many parents who swear by these lil' plushies! They're made with a medical-grade silicone pacifier that's latex-free, BPA-free, PVC-free, and pthalate-free. Ideal for newborns through 6 months.

    Promising review: "We love the Wubbanubs — we’ve got two different animals for each of our boys. They’re easy to clean (we throw them in with the laundry) and the animals help keep the pacifier in the boys’ mouths." —Liz Lima

    Get it frmo Amazon for $16.95 (available in an array of other creatures).

    12. A TouchWords book filled with raised words for hands-on learning will fill your kiddo's *appetite* for sensory activities.

    Amazon, chroniclekidsbooks / Via

    Each page offers a new food for little ones to learn about and touch.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.69.

    13. A shape sorter you can bring to the park to entertain your tyke while you and your partner attempt to chat and snack on cheese sticks (AKA your parenting version of a charcuterie board).

    Melissa & Doug

    Promising review: "My 10-month-old grandson loves this toy. His mom loves it too. I appreciate that it is a take-along toy and it has multiple things going on to keep our little guy happy!" —Christina

    Get it from Melissa & Doug for $19.99.

    14. A classic push toy like the one you probably had when you were a wee little one — a perfect way to bring a dose of nostalgia into your home and joy to your baby.

    a toddler pushing the toy

    Promising review: "Bought this for my twin grandsons (age 2), and they LOVE it. It was in great shape, and the balls pop in all directions. It's pretty sturdy, as the boys have rolled it and thrown it! But, a classic toy that still appeals to kids today!" —Crockett

    Get it from Target for $8.49.

    15. A magical drawing board that'll capture your little one's attention from the moment they lay their tiny eyes on it. They'll be able to make scribbly masterpieces filled with shapes and colors while you catch some sun.

    a wooden board with various stamps and a magnetic pencil

    Promising review: "I got this for my almost 28-month-old son and he loves it. He knows his alphabet and numbers, so he loves to write or place his hand on mine as I write. Of course, he loves the stamps and colorful beads. I take it with me when I need him to do a quiet activity while we're in public. It sure beats the iPad!" —momayor

    Get it from Anthropologie for $72 (available in two styles).

    16. Unicorn-inspired instruments so your tyke can express themselves *musically* ideally at the same time you plan to read the stack of magazines you've accumulated over the last few months.

    a xylophone and tambourine shaped like unicorns
    Pottery Barn Kids

    Get them from Pottery Barn Kids for $18+ (tambourine and xylophone sold separately).

    17. A giant bubble wand that'll leave your kids (and probably your neighbors) wide-eyed and amazed.

    two kids playing with a massive bubble from the wand

    This three-piece set is great of kids of all ages!

    Promising review: "Beach bubbles make everyone happy! This was so fun to take to the beach and we had a bunch of people stop to take picture. A few little kids were playing trying to catch the bubbles too. Recommend for anyone who likes to have fun and is a child at heart." —Buck and Ashley Pardee

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    18. A ice cream play set, a must-have for families who love to spend their weekends down by the beach. Your kiddo will love pretending to serve up sweet treats to you all day long.

    a child holding an ice cream cone of sand and a bucket

    This toy is great for kids ages 3 and up.

    Promising review: "I cannot tell you how much fun my 4-year-old daughter has with this! We’ve spent countless days at the beach serving up ice cream cones and have not yet become bored with this! It is always the first toy that she grabs from the beach bag after we get settled in. It has also held up very well after so much use." —Butterbean1214

    Get it from Target for $13.99.

    19. Foot rattles that'll be the perfect distraction for any little one who just realized, "OMG, I have feet!"

    a baby reaching for the rattles on their feet

    Promising review: "My baby loves these. I got a second pair. She really discovered her feet and purposefully kicked with these on. They are snug in an area but it prevents from being kicked off. If you stretch it when placing it on it's easy to put on the foot. It's not so tight that circulation is cut off from the ankle, it just needs to really be stretched over baby's chubby feet." —CD

    Get them from Amazon for $5.99 (available in two styles).

    20. A portable projector you can set up in your yard for the ultimate movie night your kids will never forget — good luck convincing them to watch anything other than Frozen.

    a mother and child watching a disney movie using the cinemood in their yard
    cinemood_usa / thehealthymouse / Via

    My husband and I recently tested this out on a wall in our apartment and it was pretty freakin' cool! I love Jessica McDonald's (@thehealthymouse on Instagram) setup for watching Disney movies with her tyke! I can totally see laying out cozy blankets, pillows, and a tent for an outdoor movie night the entire fam will enjoy. This pocket-sized gadget has the capability of streaming Disney+, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube.

    Promising review: "I was so excited when I came across Cinemood, because we had been searching for an alternative for my child’s room. The sleep timer is perfect because she likes to listen to lullabies before bed, and we often read the stories as well. Shadow puppets just blew her mind away, super cool! I enjoy finding new devices I can try, and this one surely did not disappoint. I originally bought it for the kids, but I’ve actually used it for movie nights, our friends are always impressed. I look forward to using it outdoors this spring!" —Elixir Premium Lab

    Get it from Amazon for $349.95.

    21. An inflatable bouncy unicorn for ages 18 months and up that'll encourage tykes to get outside and play pretend — AKA galloping like royalty throughout your yard. I'm kind of jealous, TBH.

    a toddler riding on the unicorn toy

    I gifted this to one of my friends who's been quarantining with their little one and was happy to have *anything else* to keep her entertained. It was a hit! The videos she's sent me of her daughter bouncing along on this toy has had me giggling for days.

    Promising review: "Bought this for my 3-year-old granddaughter. She LOVES it. Her favorite toy by far and good exercise for her. Fun times — it seems sturdy and it was easy to blow up. I like that the cover is washable. Our number one toy!" —Robert Sean Hamilton

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (also available as a horse or a cow).

    22. A splash pad to help keep your kiddos cool and content while playing in the hot summer sun.

    two kids playing in the circular play mat with water shooting out around the edges

    This toy is ideally for kids ages 2–12. It features animals and letters around the mat so little ones can learn while they cool off — win-win!

    Promising review: "If you are thinking about buying this, do it! My 2.5-year-old daughter couldn’t wait to open it up. She loves splash pads and I was excited about getting her one for home. Even the baby could play with it! It created a little pool of water in the middle that they could splash in and the jets of water actually went a lot higher than I expected. Plenty of room for both of them and could probably have a few more toddlers play with it as well. Loved that I did not have to blow anything up. Just hooked the hose up and there it goes. Did have to squeeze it a bit to get the water out but minor inconvenience for how much fun they had with it!" —Kristen

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    23. A Stomp Rocket, capable of launching up to 200 feet, that'll keep your kids busy and remind them to *literally* shoot for the stars.

    a group of kids watching as one of the kids jumps on the stomping portion of the rocket to send it into the air

    The set comes with a stomp launcher and four foam rockets. It's recommended for ages 5+.

    Promising review: "Bought for my 3-year-old nephew but became great outdoor fun for the whole family. 3-year-old loved it and could stomp and jump on the launcher without problem, sending the 'rocket' into the sky about 20 feet. The adults didn't hold back after a few trials and the toy held up to the heavy feet and launched the rockets extremely high, not 200 feet, but more like 75–100. Very fun trying to catch them on their way down too! Soft nerf and lightweight plastic made the toy safe and fun." —Brandy

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    24. A lawn mower your mini-me will love because it'll release bubbles as they push it and they'll get to pretend they're just like whichever lucky parent cuts the lawn every weekend.

    a child pushing the pink and teal blue lawn mower as bubbles rise from it

    This toy is ideal for ages 24 months–6 years.

    Promising review: My daughter loves this toy! It requires no batteries and blows a lot of bubbles out really well. My 3-year-old has had no issues pushing it around, even on grass. It was very easy to assemble and it's holding up." —Kacie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.67

    25. A platform swing that'll help you make the most out of that suuuper old tree in your yard while also giving your child a place to burn off some energy without leaving the confines of your yard.

    A child standing on the second wrung of the colorful rope

    This toy acts as both a swing and a climber thanks to the 4-inch staggered platforms. It's suggested for ages 3+ and has a 150 pound weight limit.

    Promising review: "Love this swing! It is so easy to set up and my kids love it. This swing is so easy to take on and off we even bring it with us for picnics and set it up in trees at the park. It definitely helps if you have kids that are tree-climbing age. Love love love! Would definitely recommend!" —Shoe

    Get it from Amazon for $43.49 (available in four colors).

    26. A 20-piece nature exploration kit, a must-have for the kiddo who is always picking up worms and other creatures.

    two kids playing with the various items that come in the kit

    This kit comes all the items you'll need to teach your child about maps, bird watching, and backyard insects — perfect for kids ages 4–10.

    Promising review: "This is such a fun explorer set. Comes with everything. My sons favorite thing to do is catch bugs so he is so thrilled with the cage, and the magnifying glass! He also has really enjoyed the compass and being able to put all of his belongings in a sack! We love sets like this and find that we need to replace them every year because they get used so well! Soooo worth the small amount of money you pay here on amazon! We love getting our kids off their electronics and outside! It’s amazing." —Always a Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    27. A standard swing set you'll thank your lucky stars for when you see how much time your kids will want to spend outside on it — and it'll save you a trip to the park!

    a swing set with two swings and a trapeze bar in the middle

    Each swing can support 115 pounds and is ideal for ages 3 months to 10 years. You can also purchase a baby swing attachment so little ones can join in on the fun!

    Promising review: "This swing set was easy to assemble and our kids love it! My husband and son had it done in under two hours. The *only* minor complaint I have is the photos featured on the product page are a little misleading. The set is not as large as it appears. For us, this was totally okay, but if you are expecting something very tall, this is not that. We have only had it up for a few days, but my husband and I are both so happy with this purchase and so are our children. We love it so much we are purchasing a second set for when friends come over." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $228.95.

    28. A picnic table complete with an umbrella to ensure your kiddos have an outdoor space to play and snack without getting too much sun exposure.

    three kids eating lunch at a plastic picnic table under an umbrella

    This table holds up to 15 pounds and is great for kids 18 months–4 years of age.

    Promising review: "Yet another great product by Step 2! My almost 2-year-old LOVES this picnic table and the umbrella is wonderful for protecting her during snack time outside while playing. It’s very sturdy, easy to clean and the easiest, tool-free assembly you could imagine. Would definitely purchase again." —K8lynnn

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    29. An outdoor play cottage you might find yourself wanting to hide out in for some peace and quiet while your entire family is home — I wouldn't blame you.

    three kids playing inside a well built wooden play house with a curtain and a full kitchen inside

    This play house is perfect for kids ages 3–10.

    Promising review: "Such a cute little house! We painted the door black, along with all the other brown pieces (to go with our deck). My 3-year-old and her neighbor friend play with it the most, but my 6-and-8 year olds also play in it often! All pieces arrived together and unbroken. Very happy with this purchase!" —Yusun

    Get it from Wayfair for $284.99 (originally $399).

    30. And a backyard race track featuring a 6-foot ramp and a ride-on car you little speed demon will probably want to play with for houuuuurs!

    two kids playing, one is sitting on the radio flyer car gliding down a ramp

    This sweet ride is designed for ages 3–5 years old and up to 50 pounds.

    Promising review: "This toy is amazing! We got it for my 18-month-old and it didn't take long for him to figure it out. My 4- and 5-year-olds also love riding it and it holds up great! It's so easy to pack up (or unpack) and it has wheels and a handle, so it's super easy to move. We brought it outside with no hassle, and it packs up nicely so it fits right in my son's room. It also has a track for small cars (like hot wheels) and my son has just as much fun with that as he does riding it. It was a little tricky to assemble the car, and the directions only have pictures and no words, but once it's put together it's very sturdy and easy to use. Overall I'm beyond happy with this toy and would definitely choose it over other 'roller-coaster' type rides." —Jessica Scolaro

    Get it from Amazon for $89.

    I hope you're having the best summer ever!


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