Best Outdoor Toys for Toddlers

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 18, 2019
Outdoor toys for toddlers make your kids want to play outside, keeping them engaged and entertained. The best outdoor toys for toddlers provide educational value in addition to quality entertainment. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
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OUR VERDICT
Recommended Age
Material
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Warranty
 
PROS

The dome measures 120" x 120" x 60" in overall dimensions and is able to support up to 600 pounds. It allows several kids to have fun at the same time. The high-density polyethylene (HDPE) climbing grips are ergonomic and comfortable but firm and secure at the same time. 

CONS

It takes some time to put the jungle gym together. 

OUR VERDICT

Lifetime 101301 Geometric Dome Climber Jungle Gym will be able to keep children from 3 to 10 years old engaged and occupied. Providing equal-part entertainment and educational value, the product is the best outdoor toy for toddlers and young children on the list.

detailed parameters
Recommended Age

3 - 10 years

Material

Powder-coated steel

Dimensions

120" x 120" x 60"

Extras

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) climbing grips

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The wide, non-slip steps are as safe and accessible as they come, locking securely into the track to provide equally convenient access from both sides. Including molded-in footrests, handrail, and high back, the coaster car is equipped with every necessary detail for a fun and secure ride.

CONS

The ride-ons don't support more than 50 pounds. 

OUR VERDICT

Step2 711499 will be able to satisfy parents and children alike. The single-rider design will teach your kids the concepts of sharing and patience. It will help them develop physical and motor skills. The riding track can help develop social skills too.

detailed parameters
Recommended Age

2 - 5 years

Material

Plastic

Dimensions

123" x 30.5" x 14.75"

Extras

2 non-slip steps, recessed retainer wheels

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The tent features mesh windows and a hoop on the exterior wall, a square play tent with several entries, a spacious ball pit with another hoop, and two diagonal crawl tunnels. These components can be linked in a number of variations to encourage different activities and make your child’s imagination go wild.

CONS

The balls are not included (1000+ balls recommended). 

OUR VERDICT

The Playz is a kind of home entertainment center that can be used for kid parties, picnics, backyard BBQs, in parks and playgrounds, in the school or simply set in a nursery or living room. It will become a favorite play area of your kiddies and will keep them amused for hours.

detailed parameters
Recommended Age

3+ months

Material

PVC

Dimensions

Square Play Tent: 38" x 38" x 31"

Triangular Play Tent: 43" x 43" x 38"

Ball Pit: 48" x 48" x 32"

2 Tunnels: 44" x 19" (dia.)

Extras

Pop-up design, interchangeable pieces, ground anchor loops, padded steel wire, padded structure, 5 mesh net holes, basketball hoops, zipper carrying case included

Warranty

6 months (6 more months for product registration)

PROS

Toddlers will be able to rearrange these maze pieces to create new waterfalls. The hand-held spinning wheel will let kids create spinning splashes in the faux rain and the side flipper will allow them to flip figures back into the pond. The non-leak drain plug at the pond's bottom allows for easy clean-up and storage. 

CONS

The construction can be unstable when standing onto uneven surfaces. 

OUR VERDICT

Step2 874699 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table is the most interactive and versatile outdoor toy for toddlers on this list. Introducing kids to new textures, temperatures, sights, and sounds, the product offers sensory exploration and STEM learning.

detailed parameters
Recommended Age

18+ months

Material

Plastic

Dimensions

38.8" x 23.7" x 32.1" 

Extras

13-piece accessory kit included (large bucket, 2 cups, rubber duck, 1 frog water squirter, 1 fish water squirter, a strainer, flipper, 2 spinning pieces and 3 maze pieces), molded-in hole for attaching an umbrella

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The plastic slide does an excellent job promoting fitness, balance, and coordination. The 3 non-slip steps make sure the kids don't fall down these steps trying to access the slide. The side handrails are there to make the ride as safe as it can be. The steps remove without tools. The handrails snap into place. 

CONS

A little steep for the little ones.

OUR VERDICT

Little Tikes 624605M First Slide is that classic toy that no child should grow without. The product is affordable. The slide is practical and convenient for parents and fun for toddlers. The plastic is surprisingly durable and weather-resistant.

detailed parameters
Recommended Age

18 months - 6 years

Material

Plastic

Dimensions

23" x 18" x 39"

Extras

3 non-slip steps, safety side rails

Warranty

1 year

Lifetime 101301

Real Rock Climbing Made Safe

Lifetime 101301 isn't necessarily a product for toddlers. The recommended age range goes from 3- to 10-year olds.

The dome measures 120" x 120" x 60" in overall dimensions and is able to support up to 600 pounds. Needless to say, these dimensions and the model's weight capacity allow several kids to have fun at the same time. Plus, the jungle gym helps kids develop muscles and coordination.

The strong, interactive design incorporates high-density polyethylene (HDPE) climbing grips. These grips are ergonomic and comfortable but firm and secure at the same time. The heavy-duty powder-coated steel construction is as tough and durable as they come. It is weather- and rust-resistant. The powder-coated steel isn't susceptible to corrosion. It will not fade nor bend with time.

As far as we're concerned, the only issue with this product is that it will take time and effort to put the jungle gym together. Make sure that it is assembled with a 6-foot safety zone radius. Otherwise, the dome might lead to seldom serious but easily preventable injuries.

Bottom line, Lifetime 101301 Geometric Dome Climber Jungle Gym will be able to keep children from 3 to 10 years old engaged and occupied. Providing equal-part entertainment and educational value, the product is the best outdoor toy for toddlers and young children on the list.

Review of Lifetime 101301 Geometric Dome Climber Jungle Gym

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Step2 711499

One-Way Roller Coaster

Step2 711499 is almost too engaging for 2-year olds and engaging enough for children between 3 and 5 years old. It likely won't be able to entertain kids beyond that age group because the ride-ons don't support more than 50 pounds.

On the bright side, the model's wide, non-slip stairs allow kids easy platform access, where the set's coaster car sits in recessed wells for stability. These 2 non-slip steps are as safe and accessible as they come, locking securely into the 3-piece riding track to provide equally convenient access from both sides.

Considering the age bracket, that coaster car is no joke too. Including molded-in footrests, handrail, and high back, the car is equipped with every necessary detail for a fun and secure ride.

You, the adult customer, will likely enjoy the toy too. First, the riding track measures 123" x 30.5" x 14.75" in overall dimensions, so you won't have to sacrifice too much precious space. Second, you can assemble the track by snapping the parts together. You won't require any additional tools to set it all up. It will not take you more than 5-10 minutes.

In short, Step2 711499 will be able to satisfy parents and children alike. The single-rider design will teach your kids the concepts of sharing and patience. It will help them develop physical and motor skills. The riding track can help develop social skills too.

Review of Step2 711499 Roller Coaster Ride On

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Playz 5pc

A Home Entertainment Center

If you want to give your little one a present a tiny tot will rave about, you’ll score the hit with a ball pit with a tunnel from Playz. Actually, it’s much more than a plain pool with plastic balls in it. The package includes as many as 5 component parts that can be either used independently or connected into a pretty large entire construction. Thus, there is a teepee tent with numerous mesh windows and a hoop on the exterior wall, a square play tent with several entries, a spacious ball pit with another hoop, and two diagonal crawl tunnels.

These components can be linked in a number of variations to encourage different activities and make your child’s imagination go wild. Besides, such modular construction can be adapted to let kiddies of different ages play together. Anything, from simple peekaboo games for infants to hide-and-seek for toddlers to basketball for the older ones, is possible with the Playz.

With the functionality beyond all praise, let’s come down to the design of this mini amusement park. All pieces are made of soft and strong polyester fabric that is wear-proof and can be easily cleaned when stained. Each element separately is supported by metal rods bringing the whole construction into shape and making it durable and sturdy.

It’s worth saying that the assembly won’t take you much time. The elements will pop up once you unpack them and you will need just to link them together. Moreover, a padded structure and anchor loops make this model suitable for the use outdoors even on a windy weather. Though the balls are not included in the set, with a total capacity of 1000 balls, you are free to add as many as you want.

All in all, the Playz is a kind of home entertainment center that can be used for kid parties, picnics, backyard BBQs, in parks and playgrounds, in the school or simply set in a nursery or living room. It will become a favorite play area of your kiddies and will keep them amused for hours.

Review of Playz 5pc Kids Playhouse Jungle Gym w/ Pop Up Tents, Tunnels, and ball Pit

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Step2 874699

New Experiences

Your little one(s) will fall in love with Step2 874699 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table. The water table works wonders creating a mini water park right in your backyard/garden. You can use the large bucket that comes with the 13-piece set to scoop up water from the pond and pour into the top waterfall tray.

Activating the rainfall effect, this little procedure lets kids enjoy the water splashing into the pond. With the waterfall draining back into the pond, maze-like spinners, ramps, and buckets are activated. Toddlers will be able to rearrange these maze pieces to create new waterfalls for fun cause and effective STEM play.

Other than that, the hand-held spinning wheel will let kids create spinning splashes in the faux rain and the side flipper will allow them to flip figures back into the pond.

The non-leak drain plug at the pond's bottom allows for easy clean-up and storage. The spacious design lets multiple kids play at once. On the downside, the construction can be unstable when put onto uneven surfaces.

All things considered, Step2 874699 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table is the most interactive and versatile outdoor toy for toddlers on this list. Introducing kids to new textures, temperatures, sights, and sounds, the product offers sensory exploration and STEM learning.

Review of Step2 874699 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table

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Little Tikes 624605M

The Classic Toy

Little Tikes 624605M First Slide is perfect for little kids ranging from 18 months to 5-6 years old. What we have here is a simple 3-feet long slide. We've all seen these things before. We've all played with these things before. It is fun and exciting but safe and harmless at the same time. The plastic slide does an excellent job promoting fitness, balance, and coordination.

The 3 non-slip steps make sure the kids don't fall down these steps trying to access the slide. The side handrails are there to make the ride as safe as it can be.

The tiniest toddlers (~18 months) might still find the slide a little steep though. Just give them some time to get used to it. Make sure they take it slow and provide some assistance.

The toy is great for parents too. It folds and unfolds in seconds. You don't need any tools to assemble the slide. The steps remove without tools too, allowing for compact storage and transportation. The handrails snap into place. The slide can be used inside as well as outside. Just make sure to the surface below the slide is soft enough for painless landings.

Simply put, Little Tikes 624605M First Slide is that classic toy that no child should grow without. The product is affordable. The slide is practical and convenient for parents and fun for babies. The plastic is surprisingly durable and weather-resistant.

Review of Little Tikes 624605M First Slide

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What Are Outdoor Toys for Toddlers?

Outdoor toys for toddlers come in different shapes, forms, and sizes. These toys couldn't be more different. The constructions are different. The layouts are different. The variables are different. The components are different. At the same time, there are certain things that separate good toys from bad toys and we're firmly against adding bad toys to our lists.

Every product within this lineup is great at something. Some toys promote fitness, balance, and coordination. Other toys provide sensory exploration and STEM learning opportunities. Certain toys allow multiple kids to play at the same time, teaching them things like sharing, patience, and general social skills. Great toys are as much about sports and entertainment as they are about education and these products work wonders mixing these elements together.

Other than that, make sure to keep the materials and recommended age groups in mind. These things will determine how suitable the product is for your particular situation.

Summer won't always be there. That said, there are many toys that provide educational and entertainment value indoors too. For example, you could consider these marble runs and LEGO train sets.

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Publish Date: 2019-09-18 14:33:24