The Best Outdoor Toys

by petunia

Children need exercise and outdoor play. The best outdoor toys make your yard an inviting place to be.

What are the Best Outdoor Toys?

Choosing Toys for Outdoor Summertime Fun

If you have children in your life, you probably want them to play outside as much as possible.  But what are they to do?  As adults, it is our responsibility to provide ideas and tools (outdoor toys and equipment) to help them get started.  And it is extra fun when parents and grandparents jump into the games with them!

On a hot summer day, water toys are cool and refreshing and great fun for children and adults.   Have you been soaked in a water gun fight lately?

Water slides are available with and without a pool.   If you don't own a pool, the water slides are an entertaining substitute.  When the temperatures are scorching, children love sliding around in the water.

Remember -- even the youngest toddlers will enjoy a bucket of water and a big paintbrush.  Allow your little one to "paint" the deck, the porch, the lawn furniture. 

If you have young atheletes, consider games that improve their skills.   Our grandson has a great time with batting practice equipment shown below.

Spend quality time with your children outside and have some fun!   Take the time to introduce them to some of the games from your own childhood.  Teach them how to hopscotch, jump rope, play Red Rover or Simon Says.  

Best Water Slides

Water Slides for Your Back Yard
Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Rac...
MGA Entertainment
$499.99  $411.60
Bounceland Inflatable Cascade Water S...
$499.00  $399.00
Intex Water Slide Inflatable Play Cen...
$94.99  $69.00

What is your favorite outdoor toy on this page?

If you were 8 years old, which would be your favorite?

Baseball on a String

The SKLZ Hit-A-Way

Our grandson love this baseball pitching practice equipment.  The SKLZ Hit-A-Way attaches easily to the basketball goal pole with velcro, so there is virtually no installation.   Zach throws the ball to get it started, then hits it as it wraps back around the pole.   The big game is to see how many times he can hit it before it stops wrapping and unwrapping around the pole!    His grandfather and his father tell me that this exercise is good for his baseball, and since he enjoys it, he does not even realize he is practicing an important baseball skill.  And since there are no little boys near our house, this is great for playing outside alone at Grandma's.

SKLZ Hit-A-Way

The Newest Addition to Our Yard
SKLZ Zip-N-Hit Baseball Trainer
$24.99  $17.85

See the Hit-A-Way in Action

Takes up little space in the yard, provides hours of practice!

The Newest Game of Catch

Everybody loves djubi
Djubi - the Coolest New Twist on the ...
$25.00  $16.96

Best Water Guns

Choose Your Water Weapon
Nerf Super Soaker Zipfire 3-Pack(Disc...
$11.99  $6.99
Fun Express 25 Piece Plastic Squirt G...
Fun Express
Only $10.75

Water Gun Fun and Games

Tips for Water Gun Fun

If your children do not naturally take off screaming and filling and shooting their new water guns, set up a big piece of cardboard and draw on a target for the children to practice. 

If you have little children, remind the big kids to include them, too.

Teach the children to fill their water guns from the spigot.  It is not fun to have a passle of wet children trooping in and out of the house.

Updated: 07/16/2011, petunia
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Did you choose a favorite outdoor toy? Which one would your children enjoy?

janices7 on 03/09/2012

Fun ideas - love the water park slide for the pool. My nephews would be over the moon if they had that toy.

Sara on 08/05/2011

Hit A Away is a good workout. At our home basketball is always #1. Thanks for sharing this.

pkmcr on 07/24/2011

Wonderful collection of outdoor toys and the kids would love them

tandemonimom on 07/22/2011

Wow, my sports-crazy nephew would surely love that hit-away!

Guest on 07/18/2011

Those Intex toys look crazy fun. My Dad would just turn the hose on us.

Holistic_Health on 07/17/2011

Nothing better than water games on a hot day. Great selection of toys.

CorreenK on 07/17/2011

Water play with squirt guns or a pool were always the "funnest" things to do in the summer...even us big kids got involved :)

ohcaroline on 07/17/2011

Wading pools for the little ones and the newest sprinkler toys are the best for little tots. Oh how I would have enjoyed those sprinkler toys.

Guest on 07/17/2011

I don't remember having water guns when I was a youngster, but I did a lot of "squirting" with the water hose. When I was "older" I finally got a water gun it was great. My aim was much better lol.

ohme on 07/17/2011

Glad to hear that Zach is enjoying his SKLZ Hit-A-Way. Our grandson sure enjoys his.

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