In today’s digital world, it is hard to track how much time our kids are spending on their screens, primarily because it is hard to track how much time we are spending on our screens. The best outdoor toys and games for kids are the ones that are so awesome, so fun-filled and action packed, that they can motivate kids (and us parents as well) to turn off those pesky smart devices and spend some time in the bright and fresh air.
We’ve had a look at the best-selling and highest-reviewed outdoor toys on the market in an effort to bring you a point-by-point review of the best of the best. Whether you’re looking for sports equipment for your middle-schooler, Nerf guns for your son’s next birthday party, or an inflatable water park to help get everyone through the hot summer doldrums, this list has got a little something for everybody, and it has been curated by our in-house team of expert toy enthusiasts.
Here is a list of our favorite outdoor toys & games for kids:
If you are wondering what kind of outdoor toys you could buy to make you officially the coolest parents on the block, then the 15” Enclosed Trampoline with Basketball Hoop by Merax would be a pretty good place to start. This is a full size trampoline with full size functionality, featuring a wraparound safety enclosure, multi-step ladder, and a mounted basketball hoop that brings the fun to an entirely new level. While it is true that this is one of the more expensive items on our list, there is no questioning the fact that this would be an epic gift and would lead to an epic summer for any kid in the neighborhood.
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It might be hard to believe, but Pogo Sticks are totally back in style, the Black Lite-Ning Pogo Stick from Flybar is pretty much one of the best models that you are going to find. This foam covered pogo stick is built for children so it only has a maximum weight capacity of 80 pounds, but there is plenty of spring tension that will allow your kid to bounce around to their heat’s desire, getting plenty of awesome exercise in the process. There are a ton of pogo sticks out there so it can be difficult to select one from the other, but in general the Flybar brand is the one that you want to go with for this category because their Pogo sticks tend to last just a bit longer.
The Bump N Bounce Body Bumpers might be one of the most fun looking toys we have ever seen, and if the reviews are any indicator, there are a lot of happy kids out there who agree with us. Unfortunately, they simply do not come in adult size, so us grown-ups will simply have to live vicariously through the little ones. Once you inflate the air chambers, these things can fit a number of different body types so just about any kid will be able to fit in one comfortably. If you really wanted to super-charge the fun, you could add an electric pump to the mix and make it even easier to slip inside the Bump N Bounce Body Bumpers!
These days, if you are going to make and sell kid’s kick scooters, you are surely going to have to find something to help you stand out in the marketplace, and that is precisely what Lascoota has done with their 2-in-1 convertible kick scooter. Not only does this thing have awesome LED lights that are built right into the wheels, but it also has a removable seat piece that can turn this from a stand up scooter to a sit-on scooter in a matter of moments. The handlebar is totally adjustable, providing for a long-lasting toy that can truly grow with your child instead of having to be replaced all the time. Tons of different colors are available, so be sure to choose your kid’s favorite!
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This indoor and outdoor basketball play hoop is not only a great way to encourage physical exercise, but it also might be your kid’s ticket to a future of NBA stardom. Kids as young as 1 ½ will appreciate the opportunity to throw a junior-sized basketball into the height-adjustable hoop. In the process they will not only be having fun, but also developing their fine motor skills and social play skills. The big wide rim makes it easier for youngsters to hit those 3 pointers, wherever they decide that line may be. The real selling point here is the price, which is significantly less than many of the products on this review guide.
We remember when these guys just made kick scooters, but we’ve got to hand it to Razor for stepping outside of their comfort zone and going big with this electric dune buggy. The solid steel frame is strong enough to protect your kid from any potential collision, but the snappy control system and responsive braking make that very unlikely. The rugged frame supports kids up to 120 pounds, so even older kids will be able to get in on the fun. The powerful 350 watt electric motor charges up overnight and then can keep your kid cruising at full speed for over an hour.
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If you haven’t yet introduced your kids to the magic of Nerf foam blasters, then you might want to re-think your parenting strategy. Nerf blasters are one of the most exciting things about being a kid, and their harmless foam darts are a high-energy way to pack a whole lot of play into a short period of time. If that’s not enough, Nerf blasters are more high-tech and more affordable than ever before. The Elite Strongarm Blaster features a 6-round revolving barrel that flips open for easy loading. The darts are interchangeable with most other Elite-series Nerf toys, so be sure to buy a refill pack as well.
We have reviewed a couple of mini-trampolines in our day, but we have never before come across one that has a netted enclosure like some big trampolines do. The added safety that this provides is huge for parents who would like their kids to be able to do whatever activity they wanted and not always have to be supervised. The leg structure on this mini trampoline has been significantly widened to help support the enclosure, making it almost impossible to tip over. Many online retailers also offer multiple size and style options so you can get the perfect one for your play space.
We are really starting to love some of the toys that are coming from Marky Sparky, one of the newest toy companies in the game and so far they have been absolutely killing it. The Faux Bow 3 is designed to fire big foam Nerf-style arrows across the room and up to a distance of 100 feet. The firing mechanism is air-pump based, so there is no tension-based danger inside of the bowstring itself. The bow also comes with a built-in holder that can carry all six included missiles. This is a fun way to change up your kid’s next Nerf battle and they won’t likely be able to put it down anytime soon.
This is the kind of jungle gym that you would only see on school playgrounds, but now it is possible to have one for your own backyard, giving your kids endless access to good exercise and great fun. This geometric dome play center is made by Lifetime Products, who are quite possibly one of the best fabrication companies in existence. Their specialty is hard-fabricated products like boats, coolers, and apparently, jungle gyms! This is a free-standing climbing center, so no cement installation is required. The heavy-duty powdered aluminum is smooth against the touch and it will resist rust and corrosion for a surprising amount of time.
If there is one thing that nature lovers, secret agents, and young commandos have in common, it is a need for a good pair of binoculars that will help them get a better look of their target. These High Resolution Kids’ Binoculars from Obuly have an 8x magnification factor that makes it possible to see clear targets from a distance of up to 100 yards, which a sturdy plastic shell will protect the internal optic technology from the drops, bangs, and bumps that are sure to happen over the course of any good adventure. There are a choice of nine different bright colors as well, making it easier to find the perfect pair for your little birdwatcher or secret spy.
How long has it been since you have been outside to fly a kite? This massive rainbow kite glider from AGREATLIFE toy company is the perfect way to encourage healthy outdoor activity as an alternative to all that screen time that kids are getting today. This kite is stunningly easy to assemble, and in fact can be put together in a matter of minutes and ready to fly just as quickly. All you will need at that point is a strong breeze, which is something we don’t think you can get on Amazon. Kid-friendly handle and flight design make this a really easy kit to fly.
Believe it or not, the streamer is an official Olympic event, meaning that this Rainbow Stunt Streamer by Toysmith might just encourage your child to pursue a life of Olympic excellence. At 6.5 feet long, this is a gorgeous multicolored streamer that will dazzle any onlookers with even the simplest of hand motions. We were pretty surprised at just how sturdy and wear-resistant the actual ribbon is … we imagine that it will stand up to many hours of playtime before it starts to fray. At this price, this streamer is the perfect stocking stuffer, party gift, or “just because” present for a good kid who likes to move around.
A lot of times, if you purchase an inflatable toy over the internet, you are going to be left in the lurch when you realize that there is no inflation pump or blower pump. The Jump ‘N Slide Bounce House from Little Tikes doesn’t have that problem, as it comes with its own high-power blower motor that will keep this structure nice and bouncy for hours at a time, even with multiple kids bouncing up and down on it. It comes with everything needed to set up including stakes to hold everything down, as well as a repair patch kit if it actually gets punctured by something sharp.