Summer is here! Since we’re all at home, I figured I’d round up a list of fun outdoor toddler and preschool toys that will keep your little one busy and having fun. Ava has several of these and loves being outdoors. Does your child like being outside, too?
Usually I just let Ava have self play time and see where her imagination goes. I’ll let her bring any of her bath toys, little figurines or any other toys out as well and see how she incorporates them. I love seeing her use her imagination and play in her own way and be creative.
All of these outdoor ideas can be done in a small or large space, so use the space you have! With this Texas heat, we use our patio to keep her shaded. I’ll break down each toy as to why I like it.
- Waterpark Arcade: This is one of the toys Ava has and it’s so fun! It comes with a small water hose which Ava likes to “make rain showers” with. It’s great for teaching hand-eye coordination as one of the goals is to shoot the hose into the red tunnel as it fills the bucket
- Bouncy Buggy Bumblebee: What I love about this toy is that it can be used either indoors or outdoors. It’s a 2-in-1 ride-on toy promotes movement and balance. This also comes in a ladybug.
- Naturally Playful Sand Table: This is another toy Ava has. She loves hiding her little figures in the sand and digging for them. I’ll definitely be keeping this toy around for Owen and I’m sure he will be obsessed with playing in the sand with trucks and cars.
- Play and Shade Pool: I’m sure it’s already hot where you guys are as well. If you don’t have a pool, this is a great option for toddlers (especially 2 and up). The umbrella keeps them shaded and for added play, it includes 3 funnel cups and a fun spinning water wheel that attach easily to the umbrella post.
- Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table: Ava received this toy as a gift about a year ago and was the toy that got us stuck on the quality of Step 2 toys. It comes with so many attachments that provide hours (honestly hours!) of fun for her. Until recently, she wasn’t tall enough to fill the top part with water and watch it create a waterfall without our help. Now she can reach and it’s the cutest thing to water her add her bath animals and show us how they “swim”.
- Splash & Scoop Bay: This is a great option if you don’t have the space for both a sand table and water table as it’s a 2 in 1. It also has a space for an umbrella (sold separately) if you want to use this in the sun.
- Car Wash Splash Center: This looks like a perfect toy if you have multiples in the the toddler years. I will definitely be getting this when Owen’s 1.5-2 and Ava will be 4. It looks like such a fun toy for children to use their imagination and wash their own car. Best part, it’s stationary!
- Naturally Playful Summertime Play Center: Last one on the list is great if you have a larger outdoor space. It’s also great for if play dates as the open-ended creative play and role play opportunities are endless with the two in one play center.
I hope this has given you some inspiration for outdoor activities to do with your child. Little kids learn so much from being outdoors from playing and exploring. It’s always a good break from being indoors and a good way to let out energy.
Thank you Step 2 for partnering with me to share these ideas. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.