Best Outdoor Toys for Summer - Real Mom Recs

Best Outdoor Toys for Summer

The weather is changing and those kiddos are itching to get outside!  Here are the best toys to keep little ones having fun in the sun all summer long.

best outdoor toys for summer

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Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool

The perfect kiddie pool to set up in your backyard if you have several kids! This one is quite large (about 3 feet wide and 6 feet long measured on the inside) and I have had as many as 5 toddlers and preschoolers romping around in mine! It has held up well for multiple summers. Throw some pool toys in there and enjoy an easy summer afternoon.


Micro Mini Kick Scooter

The top-rated scooter for age 2-5, the Micro Mini scooter has 3 wheels for stability and glides super smoothly. Unlike most scooters, kids lean with their body weight to steer. With 8 colors to choose from you should have no problem finding your child's favorite. Must check this one out!


Hape Beach Toys Watering Can

My little ones always want to copy whatever I'm doing, so this watering can is great for them to follow behind me and help water the plants. They also use it was a pool toy in the kiddie pool.


Step2 Sit and Play Picnic Table with Umbrella

We have gotten TONS of use out of our kids' picnic table between play dates, summer barbecues, or just any time we grill outside. This is also used as our play-doh and painting table as it's super easy to wipe/spray clean after arts and crafts time.


Crayola 16 Count Sidewalk Chalk

Have some creative outdoor fun with these bright and colorful, thick pieces of sidewalk chalk. My kids like the kind that come to a point on one end (like the shape of a crayon). Hopscotch and other masterpieces on your driveway await!


Melissa & Doug Sand Ice Cream Play Set

Bring this one to the beach, park, or your backyard sand box for some awesome imaginative play! We keep ours at the my dad's beach house and the kids never tire of playing "Grandpa's ice cream shop"- taking everyone's order and serving us up some pretend ice cream treats. This quality set has held up where many other beach toys have cracked over the years.


Melissa & Doug Shark Fish Hunt Pool Game

Get ready to share this one with every kid at the pool. Two big sharks "eat" 6 little fish that slowly sink when thrown into the water. Such a clever idea and the kids will come up with many of their own different ways to play.


Little Tikes Spiralin' Seas Waterpark Play Table

Water tables are always a hit with the toddler and preschooler set, and this one has extra bells and whistles to keep them interested. The highlight is the center twisty tube, where you put the balls in and watch them spin down the spiral and pop out the bottom.


JustForKids Kids Garden Tools Set

These rough and tough "big kid size" (27.5 inches) garden tools are perfect for kids who want to really help Mom and Dad with the yard work. Made of wood and metal, they feel just like grown up tools and hold up well to rough use. Set includes a rake, hoe, spade, and leaf rake. The spade is also great for doing serious digging at the beach.


Gazillion Bubble Hurricane Machine

Kids go CRAZY when they see all the bubbles come flying out of this little machine! It really is an ingenious idea for moms like me who hate blowing bubbles and whose kids can never get enough. Tip: make sure to put it up high, like on a table, when using it. Small, tippy machine + super excited kids is a recipe for knocking it over and spilling all the solution out, or even breaking it.


Gazillion 2 Liters Bubble Solution

The bubble machine churns out bubbles like crazy and the little bottle of solution it comes with will likely be gone after one use. You will want to get the 2 liter bottle to continue using.


Lifetime Geometric Dome Climber Play Center, Earthtone

If you are looking for a bigger play structure to turn your yard into more of a playground, this dome climber is IT. Super solid, sturdy, and weather resistant, it will keep your kids outside and burning energy for years to come. My kids love to climb and hang upside down and they have a blast on this thing!


Radio Flyer Classic Red Tricycle

My third child is currently loving this timeless red tricycle and it still looks brand new. This little trike is super solid and sturdy and we have had no issues with it tipping like some tricycles do. They LOVE ringing the little chrome bell too.


Fire Hydrant Garden Hose Sprinkler

Get tons of great summer fun for your buck with this fire hydrant sprinkler. Attach it to your garden hose and it sprays water all over with surprising force. Box says it sprays 8 feet high but you can control the force with the water pressure. Let the kids run wild and water your lawn at the same time!


The Original Stomp Rocket: Jr. Glow in the Dark 4-Rocket Kit

My kids are OBSESSED with stomp rockets and can play with this set for hours. Even at age 5 my son was able to launch these as high as the roof of our house, much to his delight! This set has extra cool factor because the rockets glow in the dark so they can play with them outside on those warm summer nights.



Fisher-Price Grow with Me 1,2,3 Roller Skates

Fantastic fun for kids ages 2-5 who want to learn how to skate! Not only do they adjust to accomdate shoe sizes 6-12, they also have 3 different settings for kids to ease into skating. Stage 1 the wheels are locked so kids can get used to walking around in them. Stage 2 allows the wheels to roll forward, but not back. Once they have mastered that, switch to stage 3 where the wheels move freely in both directions. Great for working on balance, coordination, getting exercise, and having fun!


Hape Kid's Sand Grabber Beach Toy in Green

This heavy-duty grabber is as fun as it is functional. Take it to the park or beach and kids can easily pick up rocks, sand, small toys, etc. Could also be used to pick up trash and give kids a fun lesson in taking care of our earth.

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