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15 Best Outdoor Toys for Toddlers

Updated 8 December 2022

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Teddy is our primary content producer here at TheToyZone. He is a big kid at heart and a self-confessed geek. His mission is to find toys that kids will treasure.

Outdoor play is one of the best ways for toddlers to learn about themselves and the world while also staying active, getting fresh air, and having fun. Luckily, there are more sophisticated and exciting outdoor toys available right now than ever, from rocket launchers (yes, really) to lawnmowers and jungle gyms.

We’ve found toys highly recommended by real people in online reviews and explained what we love (or not) about each of them. There’s something for everyone on this list, and each toy will make your outdoor adventurers jump for joy.

If it’s just bouncing that your kids want to do then you will also want to look at what we think are the best bouncing toys for kids and best backyard ziplines as of 2022. If you have much older kids then be sure to check out what we think are the best outdoor playsets for older kids.

1Duckura Jump Rocket Launchers (Best Budget Option)

This toy has a simplistic design that toddlers will love. To operate this launcher, all toddlers have to do is simply run, jump on the launcher, and watch the rocket soar off into the sky. It is easy to set up the launcher as no tools are required. Older toddlers can even assemble the launcher by themselves. The set comes with a total of six air rockets to go with the launcher and each is made from soft and non-toxic foam.

What we love

  • It can help kids develop their social skills and get exercise outside
  • The launchpad is designed to be durable and sturdy

What We Don't Like That Much

  • If the jump pad on the launcher gets messed up the entire thing has to be replaced
Duckura Jump Rocket Launchers (Best Budget Option)

2Step2 Whisper Ride II Push Car (Best Quality Option)

This small vehicle is excellent for toddlers and parents that like to be outside exercising. It features a safety belt that helps to keep younger toddlers from falling out of the car while it is in motion. Parents can put their toddler in the car and push them around the park or neighborhood in style. Plus, it comes with extras that make trips easier, like water bottle holders and a storage area.

What we love

  • It requires low maintenance and it is easy to clean
  • The doors have a seamless double-wall construction for safety

What We Don't Like That Much

  • It has to be pushed; the toddler can't walk in the car
Step2 Whisper Ride II Push Car (Best Quality Option)

3Hape Scoot Around Ride On Wood Bike (Best Eco-Friendly Option)

The Hape Scoot Around is one of the best scooter bikes for toddlers to play with and use. Toddlers can push this bike around on their own or they can have it pushed by another kid or parent. It helps toddlers learn how to balance and improve their muscle strength, unlike many other riding toys.

What we love

  • This vehicle features rubber wheels for convenience and peace of mind
  • It is painted with non-toxic water-based paint

What We Don't Like That Much

  • You cannot adjust the height of the vehicle
Hape Scoot Around Ride On Wood Bike (Best Eco-Friendly Option)

4Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set

Being fit is important for toddlers and with this Little Tikes basketball set, toddlers can learn how to play a popular sport. This toy promotes physical fitness and exercise. This set includes one basketball stand and a hoop with three balls. It is made from a high-quality plastic material. The base needs to be weighted down for stability.

What we love

  • The basketball hoop base can be adjusted to six different heights
  • It can be left outside for a long time

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The rim to the basketball hoop can be difficult to snap into place
Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set

5UTEX 3 in 1 Pop Up Play Tent with Tunnel

The UTEX tent and tunnel set comes in three different pieces: a tent section, a tunnel section, and a ball pit area. This set is made from high-grade 190T polyester taffeta that is designed to be highly resistant to tears and wear from use. The entire set has been fully tested and passed all USA safety standards. Each piece of the set has small mesh areas that allow for airflow to maneuver through the sections.

What we love

  • It can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth and mild soap
  • The mesh panels help to promote peek-a-boo opportunities and ventilation

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The pieces need to be staked to the ground to prevent flimsiness
UTEX 3 in 1 Pop Up Play Tent with Tunnel

6ArtCreativity Bubble Lawn Mower

Bubbles are always a popular activity for toddlers to enjoy and this lawnmower can provide an exciting time for toddlers both inside or outside. However, it is important to note that if this lawnmower is used inside, it needs to be on flooring that cannot be scratched won’t become slippery from the bubble solution landing on it. This lawnmower makes realistic sound effects that help to amplify the fun of using it.

If bubbles are your thing, then be sure to also check our list of the best bubble machines for kids in 2021.

What we love

  • Provide a realistic lawnmower experience with the fun of bubbles
  • It comes with a 100% money-back guarantee

What We Don't Like That Much

  • It can only be purchased in a single color scheme
ArtCreativity Bubble Lawn Mower

7Little Tikes Push and Ride Racer

This Little Tikes push ride racer can be used as a riding and walker toy all-in-one. Toddlers can either ride the racer or it can be pushed by other toddlers or parents. This racer is entirely kid-powered and is made from high-quality material. It features a low seat, which makes it easier for toddlers to get on and off of the race.

The back of the racer has a lifted back that can act as a handle, which can allow toddlers to develop their balance and get better at walking with the help of having something to hold onto. It is also designed to help strengthen a toddler’s legs by moving the race around. Finally, it is important to realize that this race is capable of holding up to 50 pounds, and it does require some light assembly by parents before being used.

What we love

  • The back is high for kids to lean back against and it acts as a handle
  • It is capable of holding up to 50 pounds

What We Don't Like That Much

  • It can be difficult to roll on thicker plush carpet
Little Tikes Push and Ride Racer

8JUMP POWER Outdoor Trampoline

Trampolines have been a favorite pastime for toddlers and kids for many years, but they used to be dangerous. However, with this trampoline, parents can have peace of mind because it comes with several security features that will make it enjoyable and safe for toddlers of all ages. The trampoline comes with a base covering that helps to protect kids from the springs. It also includes a safety net and swing combo.

What we love

  • This trampoline can be placed indoors or outdoors
  • It is constructed with galvanized material that is rust-resistant

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The padding used in the spring covering could be made from non-toxic material
JUMP POWER Outdoor Trampoline

9Step2 Charming Cottage Kids Playhouse

This playhouse looks like a charming cottage and comes with cozy elements like a tabletop, a sink, outside seats, and flower boxes for decor. On the inside of the cottage, there’s a fireplace, sitting ledge, and a beautiful mantle with artwork. The sink is molded-in and it comes with a swivel faucet, and the cottage comes with a realistic sounding doorbell that requires 2 AA batteries to work properly.

What we love

  • The playhouse provides toddlers a unique and creative playing experience
  • It includes various storage areas to keep extra toys

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The two flower boxes on the outside of the cottage do not include any flowers
Step2 Charming Cottage Kids Playhouse

10LAZY BUDDY 5 in 1 Toddler Slide and Swing Set

This set is the ultimate toddler playing experience. It can be placed inside or outside and it has several activities that kids can enjoy. This slide set is made from high-quality material and provides physical activity and exercise for toddlers. The entire set has a 110-pound weight capacity, but the swing section holds only 66-pounds at a time. This playset also includes two balls, a ball pump, and two basketball hoops.

What we love

  • It is made from high-quality plastic material
  • The swing has a harness to hold toddlers in place

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The swing could use some sort of height adjustment
LAZY BUDDY 5 in 1 Toddler Slide and Swing Set

11Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox

Sandboxes are a wonderful way for kids to enjoy being outside. With this sandbox, kids can have fun playing with Little Tikes figures. It comes with tools for building sandcastles and two Little Tikes characters that promote creative play. Although it is recommended for this sandbox to be placed outside, it can be put inside on a smooth vinyl type flooring if needed.

What we love

  • This sandbox is made from high-quality material that is safe to leave outside
  • It is easy to assemble and doesn't require any special tools

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The lid does not have any sort of locking mechanism
Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox

12ECR4Kids Activity Jungle Gym

This small jungle gym is designed specifically for toddlers and it can be placed indoors or outdoors. It is made from a high-quality plastic material. It is several activities that toddlers can enjoy, provides a creative play experience, and promotes physical activity and fitness in toddlers. The jungle gym comes with a slide that has stairs on its reverse side, which means toddlers can enjoy sliding and climbing, depending on their preference.

What we love

  • Does not require any tools to assemble
  • It is made from weather and fade-resistant plastic material

What We Don't Like That Much

  • An adult must assemble and disassemble the jungle gym
ECR4Kids Activity Jungle Gym

13Nova Microdermabrasion Kids Seesaw Swivel Teeter-Totter

If parents are looking for an enjoyable outside toy for their toddlers, then this seesaw swivel teeter-totter is just the thing. The seats are capable of rotating 360 degrees and the teeter-totter has two seats, which will allow toddlers to play with their friends. The handles have a soft grip material on them, and it is designed to help promote physical activity and build up a toddler’s strength in their legs.

What we love

  • It has a safe and ergonomic design
  • It has a bump-absorber on the bottom of each seat to help reduce the impact of each movement

What We Don't Like That Much

  • This teeter-totter does require assembly by an adult
Nova Microdermabrasion Kids Seesaw Swivel Teeter-Totter

14Duncan Mountain Wagon

Pulling a wagon has always been fun for toddlers and small kids. With this Duncan mountain wagon, that tradition can continue. It has a wide grip handle, making it easy for both toddlers and larger children to pull. The wagon has a wooden side railing to help keep objects inside while in use. 

What we love

  • Equipped with all-terrain tires that make it excellent for indoors and outdoors
  • Made from high-quality material

What We Don't Like That Much

  • It can be a bit heavy for some smaller toddlers to pull
Duncan Mountain Wagon

15Chalk City Sidewalk Chalk

For toddlers that enjoy art, this set of sidewalk chalk could be an excellent way to create art pieces. These jumbo chalk sticks are made from non-toxic material, and they are washable, which means toddlers can create art pieces, wash them away, and repeat the process. This set comes with a total of 20 chalk in seven different colors, which means kids will get multiple chalk pieces of some of their favorite colors.

What we love

  • Easy to hold for toddlers
  • Allow kids to have hours of fun

What We Don't Like That Much

  • You can't choose which colors are included in the set
Chalk City Sidewalk Chalk