Summer is coming which means we will be spending the days outside. I swear, going outside completely changes my children’s attitudes. The minute they step out the door, all bad moods seem to disappear.
Since we will be spending so much time outside, I figured I would get a few outside toys. So, I did the best possible market research and I asked my mom friends for some suggestions.
Let me share with you the toys that their kids (and my kids) LOVE!
Also, full disclosure, this post does contain Amazon affiliate links. This means that if you purchase one of the items by clicking on my link, I receive a small fee from Amazon at no cost to you.

Water Table

My kids got this water table for Christmas and are OBSESSED! It comes with a few toys, some scoops, and buckets for playing with the water. I love that it has an umbrella to give some added protection from the sun.

A friend of mine suggested this water toy and instantly 3 other moms were looking to buy one. I absolutely love this and I see so much learning happening as they pour the water and watch it flow down. Plus, the pieces are adjustable so that your Lil’ can create their own mazes. Sensory play, problem-solving, and engineering at its finest!

Waterfall Discovery Wall

Waterfall Discovery Wall

A friend of mine suggested this water toy and instantly 3 other moms were looking to buy one. I absolutely love this and I see so much learning happening as they pour the water and watch it flow down. Plus, the pieces are adjustable so that your Lil’ can create their own mazes. Sensory play, problem-solving, and engineering at its finest!

Toy Boats

We first discovered these toy boats at a children’s museum and we have started gifting them at birthday parties because we love them so much. They are made by Go Green who used recycled milk jugs to create their products. We love that these boats scoop up water, are colorful, affordable, and durable.

While you can certainly put sand in your water table, if you want your Lil’ to be able to play IN the sand, this sandbox is a great option. I love that it has a cover to protect the sand from the hot sun when you’re not playing with it.

Sandbox

Sandbox

While you can certainly put sand in your water table, if you want your Lil’ to be able to play IN the sand, this sandbox is a great option. I love that it has a cover to protect the sand from the hot sun when you’re not playing with it.

Dump Truck

I told you I love the Green Toys brand, right? D got this truck for his first birthday and it is a HUGE hit in our house. Recently, it was taken outside and let’s just say both kids love filling the truck with rocks and dirt. Maybe the coolest thing about this toy truck is that it’s made entirely from recycled milk jugs!

Do you like playing Corn Hole? This game is essentially the kid version of corn hole. It is a great way to play as a whole family and start training your Lil’ to be the Corn Hole champion!

Bean Bag Toss

Bean Bag Toss

Do you like playing Corn Hole? This game is essentially the kid version of corn hole. It is a great way to play as a whole family and start training your Lil’ to be the Corn Hole champion!

Ride on Motorcycle

This motorcycle was a gift for Rea’s 3rd birthday and she LOVES it. The “gas” is a foot pedal instead of a button or handle which makes it much easier to power (we have one with a button too and neither of my kids are successful on it.) D started riding it at 15 months and even he is pretty good at steering it.

Scooter

Several of my friends recommended scooters. They all have bikes for their Lil’s, but realized that bikes and trikes were hard to maneuver for their 2-3 year-olds. We have that same problem in our house, BUT these scooters are way more user-friendly for toddlers.

Several of my friends recommended scooters. They all have bikes for their Lil’s, but realized that bikes and trikes were hard to maneuver for their 2-3 year-olds. We have that same problem in our house, BUT these scooters are way more user-friendly for toddlers.

Scooter

Swing Set

This “toy” is certainly an investment, but in terms of swing sets, this one is definitely on the cheaper side. We got this same model last year and it is so well loved and used that it is well worth the investment. My husband put it up in an afternoon, but we will use it for years to come.

Trampoline

Our best friend has this trampoline and we LOVE it. If your Lil’ becomes a fireball of energy right before bed like my son, this is the perfect toy to get him all fun-ed out.

Our best friend has this trampoline and we LOVE it. If your Lil’ becomes a fireball of energy right before bed like my son, this is the perfect toy to get him all fun-ed out.

Trampoline