The Best Outdoor Toys Ready for Action
If you're feeling guilty about how much time your kids are spending on their iPads come Saturday, think about, well, bribing them with a few smart outdoors-minded toy options. It goes without saying the research shows children who spend time outdoors are more physically active, more creative in their play, and show better concentration. (As if you needed a scientific reason to want those kids out of your house!) Even the biggest couch potatoes won't be able to resist the airplanes, swings, and other great finds that can be delivered to your doorstep.
Best Water Table
Bring carnival fun to your backyard with this water play table. All you need to do is connect a host to it and up to three kids can spray targets and race to fill up their water columns. There's an added incentive to win the water shooter game: all the losers get sprayed.
Best Water Blaster
As the name implies, your kid can "load" the X-Shot Fast Fill blaster with water really quickly if you're in a heated neighborhood water fight and there's no time to lose. And did we mention it can shoot up to 30 feet? Nobody's safe on your block with this bad boy.
Best Sand Toy
Build a sand castle on the beach or just let your two-year-old dig a hole in the backyard with these adorable dump trucks. We love that they actually work like real trucks (meaning there are functioning parts) and come with figurines that should keep your little one busy for hours on end.
Easy Water Balloons
This ZURU outdoor toy is genius. Hook up the nozzle to the hose and watch whole bunches of water balloons fill up at once. Over 100 balloons fill in just 60 seconds (each pack comes with three bunches of 35 balloons). When they're full they pop off and kids can start lobbing water bombs immediately.
This isn't your run of the mill water table. This one is not only portable but acts more like a pretend mini construction and boating zone with its included cranes, bridges, boats, a truck, and even a wave maker. BPA and phthalate-free, it also has little troughs perfect for filling up with sand, which is when the fun really begins.
Best Airbound Toy
Stomp Rockets — the wildly popular projectiles powered by kids — are now available as stunt planes. Stomp the pad and a blast of air will launch these three fun planes into the sky. Also, these are considered STEM toys because, you know, trajectory, force and aerodynamics.
Best Play House
This is a weather-resistant cedar playhouse that won't break the bank and includes a play stove, flower pot window shelves, a half door, a play sink, and phone. You do not need an engineering degree to assemble it, either.
An amped up version of the original Super Spinner, this one is a 40 inch circle swing that can hold up to 650 lbs (as opposed to the original, which holds up to 200 lbs), which means parents can get in on the action too. It includes UV-resistant rope and clips to attach to a swing set or you can pick up the Super Spinner Tree-Hanging Kit.
Best Water Slide
This shark-themed water slide from water wunderkinds Intex comes with two inflatable "surf riders" so kids can ride down the incline and splash out at the end. We love it because it's like a slip-n-slide and a regular slide combined, so no need to run to get a head start (meaning less errant slipping!).