This year, my short list of toddler toys have a creative theme in common. These toys have a unique focus on interactivity, learning, and building on imaginations and interests.
Toddlers could possibly find passions that carry them through their entire lives, like sports, creating, and other fun outdoor activities.
So, for your perusing pleasure, these are this year’s top 3 best outdoor toys for toddlers—courtesy of me, real reviews, and thorough, firsthand research.
Wild Whirlpool Water Table
With a cute sea creature theme, this water table wins over toddlers with the promise of messy fun.
There is a portion for sand and a segment for water, but it can be both or either one exclusively.
Kids can play with miniature boats, a swirling vortex tower, and fishy floats in splishy-splashy water. Or, they can use scoops to make elaborate sandcastles or sift through the granules in search of missing treasure.
Ideal for kiddos who love using their imaginations!
Little Tikes 3’ Trampoline
I love this cute little trampoline!
For toddlers, this bouncy bit of fun is much safer than regular trampolines, with a scaled-down size that makes it easier for toddlers to jump without fear of falling off or over.
While marketed for indoor use, it is also a great outdoorsy activity—just make sure you take it inside for storage, or throw a tarp over it to keep it clean, reliable, and strong through inclement weather.
There is a removable center guardrail that kids can hold onto for stability, balance, and optimum bounce.
Little Tikes Cape Cottage Playhouse
This playhouse reminds me of a vintage schoolhouse or post office. It is an adorable cottage that comes in several different colors and styles to suit the personal preferences of your little tikes.
It is lightweight for easier, more convenient movement, and it can be played with both indoors and outdoors.
Comprised from plastic, the exterior is molded to resemble bricks, complete with a shingled roof, swing-out half-doors, a flag pole, shuttered windows, and a letterbox. The interior is super spacious, great for when your kiddos need room to let their imaginations roam.
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