Updated May 10, 2019 by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

The 10 Best Outside Toys For Toddlers

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in May of 2019. Parents looking to guide their tot away from screens and into the fresh air should consider one of these outside toys for toddlers. You'll find options ideal for everything from refining motor skills to encouraging creative role-playing, at a range of prices to meet all budgets. These will keep young ones entertained for hours, but never forget that they require constant supervision. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best outside toy for toddlers on Amazon.

10. John Deere Sandbox Vehicles

9. Moluk Bilibo

8. Little Tikes TotSports

7. Voyage Sports Scooter

6. Little Tikes Cook 'n Play

5. Step2 Naturally Playful Sand Table

4. Step2 Play and Shade

3. Little Tikes Cape Cottage

2. Clever Kid Gardening Set

1. Radio Flyer Deluxe

Editor's Notes

May 07, 2019:

Naturally, toddlers come in all stripes, with differing personalities and interests, but it holds true that any can benefit from a toy that helps with development. To that end, we chose a variety of selections that are appealing to both genders and many activity types, from fun role-play (Little Tikes Cook 'n Play, Little Tikes Cape Cottage) to working with your hands (Step2 Naturally Playful Sand Table, Clever Kid Gardening Set) and refining gross motor skills (Voyage Sports Scooter, Little Tikes TotSports).

The Moluk Bilibo represents an unorthodox, open-ended learning device that is a hit with some children and overlooked by others, so parents will want to consider their child's individual style of play before purchasing.

We placed the Radio Flyer Deluxe as our top choice because it is durably made and fun for the entire family. It's perfect for taking little ones to the grocery store, the park, or even just around the block, and its five configurations offer convenient versatility. We also like the Clever Kid Gardening Set for its ability to get youngsters working with and understanding nature, which should not only foster a lifelong appreciation, but also teaches responsibility, caretaking, environmental awareness, and much more.

The Step2 Play and Shade is great for splashing around and summer fun, and the handy included umbrella helps ensure tots stay shielded from the Sun. However, since there is no drain, parents will need to tip it over to empty it. It's advisable that you empty it after each use and store it in a place where your child will not be able to wander near it unsupervised. Even a small amount of water can have disastrous consequences for an unattended youngster, so always err on the side of caution.

All of the toys on this list are recommended for children between 12 and 36 months. While they are designed with safety in mind and should engross your little one, it's up to parents to closely monitor and supervise kids at all times, especially around water.


Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
Last updated on May 10, 2019 by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

Born in Arizona, Gia is a writer and autodidact who fled the heat of the desert for California, where she enjoys drinking beer, overanalyzing the minutiae of life, and channeling Rick Steves. After arriving in Los Angeles a decade ago, she quickly nabbed a copywriting job at a major clothing company and derived years of editing and proofreading experience from her tenure there, all while sharpening her skills further with myriad freelance projects. In her spare time, she teaches herself French and Italian, has earned an ESL teaching certificate, traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and unashamedly devours television shows and books. The result of these pursuits is expertise in fashion, travel, beauty, literature, textbooks, and pop culture, in addition to whatever obsession consumes her next.


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