Summer is here and that means it’s time to spend lots of time outside with your family! We’ve collected some of our favorite outdoor toys for summer to help your family unplug this summer and have some fun!
I have some amazing memories of summers growing up and most of those involve being out on the lake or exploring the woods around my house. I want my kids to have the same experience and providing them with some great outdoor toys to get them outside and having fun is the best way I know how to start creating those memories.
One of our all-time favorite outdoor toys is the Stomp Rocket. We take this everywhere from the beach, the park, or even just our own backyard. They have several versions you can choose from. Our favorite is the Ultra because it goes so high but if you have younger kids you may want to go for the Stomp Rocket Jr. (it even glows in the dark).
If you want to get your hands dirty a bit, this washable sidewalk chalk paint (with foam rollers) would keep kids busy for hours. If you want to stick with regular sidewalk chalk, this combo pack gives you enough chalk and colors to last the whole summer.
Have a budding gardener on your hands? This gardening toolkit for kids is perfect to get them started. One of my kids loves to garden and, now that he’s a bit older, it’s actually a huge help to me since he loves to help in the yard. For bigger kids, this garden tools set is the way to go.
Forget the cell phones. These Walkie Talkies from 7Tech will keep your kids busy (and talking to each other) all summer. The sound quality on these is fantastic and they are perfect for smaller hands. Older kids may like this 4-pack from Floureon so they can use them will several friends.
If your kids like to get some energy out, this 4-way play tunnel is perfect (and can be brought inside for the winter months).
This toy may require a bit of adult supervision but if you have older kids or teens, this will keep them entertained all summer (and beyond). The DJI Spark Quadcopter is the perfect entry level drone for kids. This has gesture controls so kids can use hand motions to control it. We have the model just above this and have used it to film birthday parties from above, record hikes, and practice flying at the park. It is a higher end toy but we’ve had so much fun with ours and it has been one of the best purchases we’ve made for our older boys.
If you want a mini-drone at a lower price point, this one may be a good option.
Want to fly a kite? With so many high tech entertainment options, most kids have never flown a kite. There are some really fun options out there. This kite is easy for kids to use so it is perfect for beginners. These butterfly kites come in a pack of two and are adorable.
If you have a balcony, my kids LOVE these tangle free parachute guys. We buy a few every summer.
Any bug lovers? This bug vacuum can keep kids busy for hours.
If you have a sandbox, these sand toys are adorable. Even if you don’t, fill a plastic container with sand and set it on your patio.
For younger kids, this bubble mower looks like so much fun.
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Outdoor Water play
Water play is the BEST, especially when the temperatures reach over 110 degrees like they do at my house during the summer months. You definitely have to be careful with kids around water (as we learned after my daughter’s near-drowning) but water play can be so much fun.
Take running through the sprinklers to a new level with this cute flower sprinkler toy. You can really change things up with this beach ball sprinkler. How much fun is that? I love the look of this Hydro Twist Pipeline Sprinkler too.
Turn your backyard into a water park with the Banzai Slide ‘N Soak Splash Park. We bought this for my kids this year and it has already been so much fun for them. It’s easy to set up and we find that we pop it up every few days to enjoy a fun backyard water party.
This Grand Slam Baseball Water Slide would be a blast for kids to play with friends and is a fun variation on the traditional Slip ‘n Slide. For something a bit different, this Slide ‘N Splash Bowling water slide looks like a lot of fun.
Water balloons can be a pain to fill but with these water balloon bombs you can fill 100 of them in just one minute. We’ve used these many times before and they are always a huge hit.
My younger kids always enjoy playing in a water table. This Little Tikes Water Table has all kinds of things to play with and is a great price.
Nothing says summer more than water guns and this super soaker can shoot 8-10m away! If you want something a bit different, these water canon blasters are perfect for the pool or just some fun in the backyard.
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There are so many great outdoor games to choose from. I’ve found that choosing games for older kids and teens gets a bit trickier, but we’ve found some great options for kids of all ages.
My older boys love playing Spikeball. The nice thing is it is portable so you can take it camping, to the beach, or to the park too.
I LOVED Jenga growing up and this Giant Jenga would be a blast played at your next backyard BBQ. Speaking of party games, this washer toss is a classic and always great when you are entertaining a crowd. This outdoor ladder toss would be a lot of fun too. For older kids or adults, horseshoes is always fun.
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