Isn’t it nice be back outdoors with the kids? We’ve had beautiful weather here this week and we’ve been outside each afternoon right up until dinner time. Everyone is happy and extra tired when bedtime comes. I’ve also noticed that when the go to bed, it’s actually clean inside because they weren’t trashing the place all afternoon. The mess stayed outside. Over the past few weeks I’ve seen conversations in a few different Facebook moms groups about outdoor toys. Then I got an email from one friend and a text from two others – all asking about outdoor toys. So, for everyone else out there looking for ideas for toys to keep the kids busy outside, below are some of our favorites.
First, I’ll say that you don’t have to go crazy with outdoor toys. Just letting little kids explore what’s outside is fun enough. My kids love sticks, dirt, worms and climbing trees. That’s my favorite part of playing outside – there’s always something to entertain kids and plenty to explore.
That being said, we do have some great outdoor toys we enjoy.
1. Swing Set
I always swore I wouldn’t buy a swing set because we lived to close to a playground. Well we got one 3 years ago and it’s worth it’s weight in gold. From swinging on the swings and learning to “pump” to hours of playing in the tree house, the kids have spent hours on the swing set. It also seems to be the place all the kids in our neighborhood congregate. I’ve seen kids on our swing set this week ranging from 17M (Tommy!) to our 12 year old neighbor. We love our swing set so much, we paid someone to move it when we moved across town last summer.
Maggie got a water table for her 1st birthday and still plays with it at 6 years old. From splashing in it at one to setting up her mermaids and animals at 6, it’s such a great toy for kids. We have a few now and all of the kids love them! These are a few good ones:
Again, sand boxes are great for all ages. We have the old school turtle sandbox. Whatever you get, make sure it has a cover so animals don’t use it as their litter box!
We love our little slide. I got it at a yard sale 4 years ago for $5 and it was one great buy! Tommy loves it and the girls use it in the baby pool as a water slide.
I really want to get one of these for the kids. Julie got one for the kids for Christmas and says it’s a hug hit in the yard.
A friend has one and it’s always a huge hit when the kids play at her house. I think this is going to be the big addition to our yard this summer. They make two sizes The Jungle Jumparoo and the Jumparoo Mini Pole.