Getting your children to play outside will never again be a chore thanks to the number of outdoor toys on the market in 2012. However, not all toys are created equal. To be considered the top of the line, the best outdoor toys must be fun, educational, and durable. A balance of entertainment and education, these 10 outdoor toys were also chosen because of their ability to grow with the children who enjoy them.
Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set
Get ready to shoot some hoops with the Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set. Every little kid loves taking a shot at his very own basketball goal, and with this junior size basketball set he’ll have a ball. Encourage your child’s social skills, while developing his hand-eye coordination and motor skills.
This basketball set comes with a nylon net able to withstand the elements, as well as a base that can be filled with sand for added stability. Perfect for growing toddlers ages 1 1/2 to 5, the set can be adjusted to six different heights from 2 1/2 feet and up to 4 foot tall.
Step2 Sand and Water Transportation Station
Step2 presents the ultimate in tactile stimulation for preschoolers with the Sand and Water Transportation Station. This sturdy table comes with a 16-piece accessory kit that will provide your child with hours of experimentation and exploration. Included are 2 boats, 3 train cars, and 3 track pieces, which are ideal for stimulating creativity.
Along the rim of the table are 3 towers that feature 3 funnels where you can pour water or sand. A see-saw scoop, paddle wheel, and spinner add an element of motion to the Transportation Station. As an added bonus, you also receive a removable nylon cover to protect the table from the wind and rain. Children ages 2 and up will have a blast as they get their hands messy at this learning table.
Little Tikes TotSports T-Ball Set
Step up to the plate with this T-Ball Set, which comes with complete with everything you need to hit the ballparks. Your little tike will become a pro at America’s favorite past time before you know it.
You’ll receive a large baseball bat and 2 oversized baseballs that will allow your little player to learn how to hit the ball easier. The Tee features an adjustable height to adapt to your growing child. Cheer your sports player on as she practices her batting skills! Then when the game is over, the T-ball set snaps together and is ready to hang on your wall for a simple storage solution. This outdoor toy is best suited for ages 18 months and older.
Step2 Naturally Playful Sand & Water Center
Set sail in the high seas with this Sand and Water Center. Fashioned out of mock driftwood, this set resembles a pirate’s treasure chest from afar. However, the real action occurs when the lid is removed, revealing two compartments: a water bowl and a sand pit.
Add the umbrella to the center to protect your child’s skin from the hot sun, so he can play with the included shovel, pots, bridges, and boats. Once the day is over, return the wooden style lid for a final surprise: it doubles as a race track for cars! Any child 2 years and up will spend countless hours playing in this activity center.
Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark
Take water play to the extreme with the Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark. Suited for children 2 years and older, this water table features multiple activities that encourage splashing and fun.
Watch balls drop from the center spiral shaped tub into the tub of water. Take a spin with the Ferris wheel that captures the floating balls. You can also turn the hand-powered spinner to add whirlpool action to the waters. While your child will have a great time splashing about and testing all of the gadgets, she will also be developing her motor skills.
Nerf Super Soaker Scatter Blast
Shooting water at your friends has never been as fun as it is now with this super-duper pump-handle blaster. Deliver not one but five separate shots of water at a single time at your target of up to 25 feet away. Access the handy flip-up sight and tactical rail to get the best aim possible.
Designed using primary colors of red and blue, this water blaster resembles a sawed off hand cannon from the future. The Super Soaker Scatter Blast is ideal for children 6 years and up.
Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS
Blast your way to victory with the N-Strike Stampede, considered to be the highest powered Nerf blaster ever released. In fact, it is the first ever fully automatic blaster. The N-Strike also features a brand new style of bipod, which pops out and transforms into a handle. You can also use the removable shield if you are playing in Attack Mode.
Complete with 60 darts and 4 magazines, the N-Strike blaster does require the power of 6 D-cell batteries that are not included. Ages 8 and up will have an awesome time blasting their targets and opponents with this blaster.
Intex Rainbow Ring Pool Play Center
Cool your toes in this innovative Rainbow Ring Pool Play Center, which features two connected swimming pools and a whole host of accessories.
Your family will have plenty of water space and activities to keep them cool this summer! Take a dip by entering the pool from the water slide. Or, get soaked with the water sprayer that attaches to your garden hose for a never-ending stream of spray. Also included is a ring toss game with 6 plastic balls and 4 inflatable rings, which are all included. At a capacity of 77 gallons, this inflatable pool is recommended for ages 3 and up.
Step2 Naturally Playful Lookout Treehouse
Every little kid wants their very own tree house. Now you can make that dream come true with the Lookout Treehouse. Constructed from plastic molded wooden style pieces, you can rest assured that this is a maintenance-free, albeit durable, play set that will last for years to come. Also, the natural hues of green and tan will fit right in with most outdoor spaces.
Featuring a mock shingle roof to provide shade, the playhouse includes oversized steps to encourage independence and play. A key feature is the yellow periscope that actually works; it is ideal for scoping out intruders and wild animals. The tree house holds up to 75 pounds and is ideal for those ages 18 months to 5 years.
Little Tikes Home and Garden Playhouse
Give your children a house that is just the perfect size with the Home and Garden Playhouse by Little Tikes. Made to fit children 18 months to 5 years, your kids will have plenty to do to keep their little house in order.
From building fences using the included toolbox to planting real flowers in the hanging flower box, there is always something going on at this playhouse. There is a kitchen area with a stove and sink, as well as a mailbox with a flag. The open area design of this playhouse is ideal for stimulating one’s imagination and so that the set grows with your child.
All of these outdoor toys have been parent-tested and child approved to ensure that they provide plenty of entertainment. Get ready for a fun-filled season outdoors as you stock your children’s outdoor play area with some or all of these toys.