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Our Editors’ Go-To Backyard Kids Toys for Summer


Our Editors’ Go-To Backyard Kids Toys for Summer

To help inspire hours of outdoor play, we put our heads together to build a comprehensive backyard toys guide that hits every price point and interest. From items that will spark imaginative, open-ended play to a bevy of toys that promise to get them moving, this article includes summer standards like sandboxes and water tables alongside some newer favorites like mud kitchens and an elevated obstacle course. This list brims with fun, creative ways to make the most of your outdoor space while the sun shines and before the kids head back to school this fall. 

Read on for 30 of our favorite backyard toys to keep your kids entertained this summer.

Water Toys


Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table

When it comes to entertaining littles outside, you will never regret buying this staple for summer play.

the everymom minnidip pool
The Everymom x Minnidip

Minni-Minni Luxe Inflatable Pool

The mini inflatable backyard pool includes a padded bottom to keep little bums comfortable and safe.

splash pad

Splash Pad & Sprinkler

A fresh take on the outdoor sprinkler set-up, this splash pad promises hours of summer fun.



Aqua Maze Marble Run

Just add water to this marble run for STEM learning this summer. The set includes 96 building pieces, 20 floating marbles, an inflatable plastic mat for easy clean-up, a large scoop, and a dropper.

recommended for ages 4+

outdoor water play center

Inflatable Water Play Center

Get kids playing outside with this inflatable play center, which is the perfect summer activity to keep them entertained. It features a water slide, a rainbow sprayer, and a few other fun games!

Ride-On Toys

ride on car outdoor toys

Ride-On Push Car

This push-powered ride-on car features a working horn and storage under the hood for trinkets, toys, or other summer outdoor finds.

also available in pink

ride along scooter

Ride Along Vintage-Style Scooter

Toddlers will learn stability, have fun, and get around independently with this sleek ride-on toy.

more colors available

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Micro Kickboard Scooter

This scooter has incredible customer reviews and is an editor favorite for its adjustable handles to grow with your child, three-wheel stability, and easy steering and braking.

more colors available

fiat push car toy

Fiat Push Car

Your little one will be riding in style with this Fiat push car. Doors open and close, steering wheel plays music, and LED headlights make for perfect evening strolls with your little speed racer.

also available in pink

frozen ride-on kids car

Frozen Ride-On Kids Car

Remember these from when we were little? This big-ticket toy is sure to bring a smile to any little Frozen fan’s face as they ride around the backyard in this battery-powered vehicle.

many themes and characters available

Classic Toys & Games


Gas ‘n Go Mower

Not many things are cuter than your kid pushing their own lawn mower around the yard behind their parent cutting the lawn. This mower comes with turnable knobs and a gas can to “refill.”

backyard toys grill set
Melissa & Doug

Deluxe Grill & Pizza Oven Play Set

A great toy to inspire imaginative play, kids can fire up this pretend BBQ grill, smoker, and pizza oven that includes every accessory they’ll need to create a yummy summer meal.

little tikes slide

Toddler Slide

This Little Tikes slide is a classic backyard toy that’s spanned many generations of kids. It’s easy to assemble and clean and would make a great addition to a basement play room during the winter.

best gifts for 2 year olds

Happy Giddy Kids Bowling Set

Set the bowling pins up on the sidewalk or driveway for outdoor fun this summer. Plus, you can play with them in a hallway inside for year-round fun.

kids corn hole game
Pottery Barn Kids

Kids Cornhole Game Set

This portable corn hole game is perfect to help your little ones practice their hand-eye coordination skills and have fun while doing it.

t-ball set

T-Ball Set

Your little on can learn T-ball basics like hand-eye coordination and motor skills safely with this oversized plastic bat, five balls, and tee.

kids croquet set backyard toys

Unicorn Kids Croquet Set

Get the kiddos interested in a game 200 years old—croquet! Can be used indoors, too.


Adjust ‘n Jam Basketball Set

This Little Tikes basketball hoop has stood the test of time with its adjustable height rim and durability (plus it’s small enough to add to an indoor play space).

Playhouses, Swings & More

wooden playhouse

Wooden Playhouse

A reader and editor favorite, this pretty playhouse is primed for imaginative play.

backyard toys play tent

A-Frame Wooden Hideaway & Climber

This two-in-one outdoor play structure is both a hideaway tent and a little rock climbing wall for active kids.

covered sandbox

Outdoor Summer Sandbox

You won’t mind having this adorable sandbox in your backyard with a scalloped canopy for shaded play all summer long.

kids teeter totter

Kids Teeter Totter

This outdoor rocker brings playground fun to your own backyard.

sandbox digger

Rolling Sandbox Digger Excavator Crane

An extra-special touch to a big sandbox, this sit-on digger tool will make your little one feel like a real construction worker.

outdoor toys mud kitchen

Mud Kitchen

Give kids a spot you won’t mind getting messy with this mud kitchen with wet and dry activity areas; includes removable splash sink, chalkboard, and cupboard “oven” as well as a starter set of stainless steel pots and pans with a mixing whisk.

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Fabric Baby & Toddler Swing

This swing is so beautiful, you won’t mind mounting it inside after summer for year-round fun.


Regatta Ship Swing

What kid wouldn’t love this Peter Pan-inspired “flying” ship swing? Fun and imaginative play is calling with this one!

kids outdoor obstacle course

Kids Outdoor Obstacle Course

Mount this outdoor obstacle course for kids between two trees for tons of summer fun—and plenty of burned energy!

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Unicorn Up & Down Roller Coaster

A great toy to use indoors or out, your kids will have so much fun riding this mini unicorn roller coaster all summer long.


Giant Inflatable Rolling Wheel

This rolling wheel offers endless play possibilities for active outdoor fun!


Bounce House

Bounce houses have saved many-a-parent’s sanity during the past few years by promoting tons of active energy-burning playtime.


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