Toddlers need outdoor play to help practice both fine and gross motor skills and because outdoors is a vital part of a human’s wellness. Toddler toys that stay outdoors need to be UV- and moisture-resistant, so they’ll stay cleaner longer and not wear out as quickly.
Play inspiration makes your backyard a fun retreat for your growing toddler with toys that encourage learning, imagination, and enjoyment. Our list of toddler toys are durable, fun, and most importantly, provide critical skills your toddler needs to grow happy and healthy. Plus, they’re tons of fun. Let’s take a look.
At A Glance:
- Best overall:
- Best sprinkler:
- Best Play Enclosure:
Best overall: Little Tykes First Slide
The Little Tykes indoor/outdoor slide is a versatile toy that helps toddlers practice climbing, balance, and positioning all while having fun. The ultra-durable plastic won’t fade with sun and is safe for indoor use.
It folds down for compact storage and features a small, 3-foot slide suitable for younger children. It’s best for ages 18 months up to 6 years, but works best with toddler ages.
Best sprinkler: Jasonwell Sprinkle and Splash Playmat
The Sprinkle and Splash playmat is a great summer toy with lots of fun water spouts and a soft, plastic bottom. It hooks to a hose to provide continual water spouts, and you can adjust the pressure to offer taller or shorter fountains.
Water collects just a little at the bottom to provide a pleasant tactile sensation. It uses nontoxic PVC material with dialectic welding to prevent tears and leaks. It’s easy to set up and take down.
Best Play Enclosure: North States Play Yard
The North States play yard is a colorful and spacious containment system designed to provide a safe space for toddlers to play. Multicolored panels snap together to create an enclosed play space and fold up for easy storage.
It comes with a carry strap and is light enough to move frequently from one place to another. It’s also suitable for indoor use, even on hardwood floors.
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