Bring on the summer fun with these outdoor toys for kids

Go outside and enjoy the sun with these fun summer activities.
Summer will feel a little more normal with these fun outdoor toys.
Summer will feel a little more normal with these fun outdoor toys. Carol Yepes / Getty Images
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By Megan Foster

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Adults aren't the only group of people impacted by social distancing rules — kids are also trying to get used to the new norm.

Parks, pools and camps are slowly opening back up, but finding ways to safely integrate typical summer activities into your schedule might be more difficult this season. Luckily, it's super simple to head to the backyard to soak up some sun and fresh air with the kids.

We found some great outdoor toys that will keep them preoccupied for hours on end — whether they prefer an active game or sitting in an inflatable kiddie pool. Read on to see 37 fun water games, sand toys, fun pool accessories and more that will help playtime seem a little more normal this summer.

Best outdoor toys for kids

1. HABA Tractor Shaped Play Tent

Get creative and tend to the farm with this HABA Tractor Play Tent. It's easy to move so you can use it inside and outside.

2. PlayMobil Family Beach Day

Can't take a trip to the beach? This Playmobil set will have the entire family feeling like they're lounging by the ocean.

3. Learning Resources Sand & Water Fine Motor Set

Toddlers can use a spinner, wavy dropper, scooper and squeeze bottle to have fun with sand and water — helping build fine motor skills along the way.

4. Educational Insights GeoSafari Underwater Explorer Boat

If you live next to a pond or have a pool in the backyard, this underwater explorer boat is a must. By placing it on the surface of the water, you can see everything below in clear sight.

5. HABA Sand Toys Basic Set

Dig up sand and play with rocks thanks to this classic set of toys.

6. Barbie Rainbow Lights Mermaid Doll

From the tub to the pool, this rainbow mermaid Barbie will have your child imagining they're exploring the ocean with their doll.

7. Melissa & Doug Seaside Sidekicks Sand Baking Set

Spark your child's imagination in the sandbox with this pretend sand baking set.

8. Little Tikes Toy Sports T-Ball Set

Hit a home run in a new fun way! This set is perfect for little baseball fans.

9. Playmobil Ice Cream Shop Sand Bucket

After eating some actual ice cream inside, head outdoors to open up your own shop in the sand.

10. Fortnite Super Soaker Water Blaster

Turn the video game into a real-life adventure with this Fortnite Super Soaker. It can hold 9.3 ounces of water and has a simple refill system.

11. SwimWays Toypedo Bandits

Dive into your pool and have some fun with this SwimWays Toypedo Bandits set. Using toys like this can help your kid strengthen their swimming skills as well.

12. Peg Perego John Deere Ground Force Tractor

Turn the lawn into a cornfield with this lifelike John Deer tractor. It has an adjustable seat, a large trailer and can go up to 2.5 miles per hour.

13. Kid Trax Minnie Mouse Coupe

Train your little one to drive with this Minnie Mouse Coupe. It's battery-powered and comes with LED headlights.

14. Banzai Slide 'N Soak Splash Park

Splash, slide and climb your way to an afternoon of water-filled fun with this backyard splash park.

15. The Amazing Super Wubble Bubble Ball

This tear-resistant bubble will keep the kiddos entertained for hours. You can bounce it, toss it in the air and even sit on it.

16. Gazillion Bubble Cycle

This lightweight cycle can be used on the grass or the driveway. Either way, one push is all it takes to launch a bunch of bubbles in the air.

17. SwimWays Blow Up Blaster

Have the ultimate water fight with this SwimWays blow-up blaster. This inflatable toy features an easy-to-use trigger that will shoot water in and out of the pool.

18. Tiny Pong Solo Table Tennis Board Game

Don't have a ping pong table in your home? No problem. This handheld game includes all the fun of the game in a compact little gadget.

19. Giant Games Giant Kick Croquet

Challenge the family to a fun-filled game of croquet in the backyard. Instead of hitting the ball, you can kick it through the seven-wicket course.

20. Rollors Backyard Game

Mom, Dad and the kids can get in on this family-friendly game. To play, participants roll wooden disks toward goalposts to score points.

21. Stephen Joseph Beach Tote With Toys

Available in alligators, butterflies, jellyfish and more, these totes are filled with fun sand toys to spark your child's imagination.

22. Horizon Group Galaxy Rock Art

Grab some rocks from your yard and get to painting! The box contains brushes, acrylic paint, puffy paint and additional rocks.

23. Razor X Electric Skateboard Cruiser

You'll have a blast watching the kids use this electric skateboard. It's controlled with a handheld remote and can reach up to 10 miles per hour.

24. Aerobie Pro Ring

The Aerobie Pro Ring is the perfect upgrade to a regular game of frisbee. This one can travel exceptional distances and the bright colors make it easy to find.

25. SwimWays Baby Spring Float with Canopy

Whether you have an in-ground pool or an inflatable one, the SwimWays float is an accessory you'll want for your baby. It comes with a canopy that provides shade from the sun and a soft mesh seat with secure leg holes.

26. Fin Fun Mermaid Tails

If your child is itching to swim with the mermaids, you may want to add these to your pile of pool toys. They come in kids' sizes and adult sizes in case a parent wants to join the fun.

27. Coop Sport Scatter Dodgeball

Challenge siblings to a friendly competitive game of dodgeball. The set comes with a die, a ball, 12 wristbands and game instructions.

28. Creative Roots Paint Your Own Unicorn

Do you have a crafter in your family? Gift them this paint-your-own unicorn kit that will have them gleaming.

29. SwimWays Eaten Alive Shark Pool Float

The SwimWays Eaten Alive Shark Pool Float is perfect for kids and parents alike. If your predator of choice isn't a shark, they also have an alligator version.

30. RampShot Game Set

This four-player game features racquetball-sized balls and plastic rams that can easily be transported from the driveway to the backyard. It's sure to bring out a little competitiveness among the entire family.

31. Razor Turbo Jetts Electric Heel Wheels

Upgrade your idea of fun with these Razor turbo heel wheels. The rechargeable wheels attach directly do your kids' shoes and can help them travel up to 10 miles per hour.

32. Glove A Bubble

When you rub these animal-themed gloves together, you'll be able to create a bunch of bubbles from the palm of your hand.

33. PlayMobil 1.2.3 Sand Excavator

Channel your inner construction worker with the Playmobil Sand Excavator Building Set.

34. Wireless Bluetooth Headphones for Kids

Bring the beats outside with the BuddyPhones Bluetooth headphones. They come in multiple styles, including one decorated in bees, monkeys, robots and unicorns, and last up to 20 hours on one charge.

35. Grand Trunk Junior Parachute Nylon Hammock

Sit outside and relax in this junior-sized nylon hammock. Whether your child needs some alone time or wants to read their book outside, they'll find this to be the perfect place to relax.

36. Razor Spark Kick Scooter

Zip around the block with the Razor Spark Kick Scooter. The compact size also makes it easy to store in the garage.

37. Zing Metaltek Ball

This unique ball bounces extra high to bring your regular game of catch to a whole new level.

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