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19 best outdoor toys for kids in 2021

Gear up for some backyard fun.
Little girl in her backyard, standing up on her blue waterslide as it squirts out water
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Spring has sprung and summer is quickly approaching. As we shed layers, switch wardrobes and start to spend more time outside, you might be looking for more kid-friendly tips to help release some pent-up energy from a winter spent indoors.

Not sure where to start? Don't fret! We've compiled a list of some of the best outdoor toys and games for kids, some of which you may recognize from their features on the TODAY Show with lifestyle expert Meredith Sinclair. The author of "Well Played" offered some insight on how to give your backyard an upgrade with games and toys for the kids.

The best part? Most of these games and toys work great for social distancing if you're looking for something fun to do with neighbors or friends. Give them a try and get ready to have backyard fun all season long.

Best outdoor toys and games for kids

1. Sun Squad Bean Bag Toss Game Set

Nothing says summer like a classic bean bag toss game. This set from Sun Squad requires no set up, so you can just set the boards down wherever you'd like and let the fun begin.

2. Joyin Outdoor Lawn Games

This set of outdoor lawn games has everything you need to keep the kids moving. The pack comes with four sets of potato sack race bags, eggs and spoons and elastic bands for a three-legged race.

3. Glow in the Dark Lawn Darts

Kids and adults alike can enjoy this family-friendly lawn darts set. And the fun doesn't have to stop when the sun sets! These darts glow in the dark, so you can follow their journey through the air to (hopefully) the bull's-eye.

4. Hey! Play! Wooden Bowling Set

Make family fun time portable with this Hey! Play! wooden bowling set. It comes with 10 pins and two bowling balls that can be easily carried in the accompanying mesh bag.

5. Giant Kick Croquet

What's better than regular games? Giant games! This jumbo set combines kickball and croquet to make kick croquet.

6. Aqua Stingray Underwater Glider

Go on a personal maritime adventure with this underwater glider. This toy stingray propels itself up to 60 feet away and has adjustable fin wings, so you can create custom flight patterns.

Outdoor toys and games seen on TODAY

1. Crossnet Four Square Volleyball Net and Game Set

This fun, four-person game combines four square and volleyball for a brand-new game. The individual squares help keep players apart, and the game pops up easily for quick transport. The adjustable height means it works for any player, too.

2. Hearthsong Inflatable Indoor and Outdoor Easel

Already including paints and brushes, this inflatable easel is ready to go the minute you are. Your little one can easily paint on the plastic surface, which can be easily hosed down when you're ready for a new masterpiece.

3. Hog Wild Pop and Pass Game

This game is like a cross between lacrosse and playing catch. Squeeze the tube and the ball flies up in the air, accompanied by a fun popping noise, and the other player will attempt to catch it! Made of plastic, it's easy to clean, and Sinclair pointed out that the players rarely touch the ball directly.

4. Hearthsong Balance Jousting Set

Upgrade a medieval hobby with this plastic jousting set! Balance yourself on the base, and then break out the boppers! Perfect for getting some energy out, it's fun for kids of all ages.

5. Swingball Reflex Soccer Game

This game tests your reflexes in a combination of soccer and tetherball. Perfect for individual play, kids can test their skills without having to worry about chasing down a soccer ball!

6. GoPlus Portable Badminton Set with LED Birdies

This portable badminton set allows you to turn any part of your yard into a court! With light-up birdies that allow you to play at night and a simple set-up, you can play anytime, anywhere.

7. MinniDip Grown-Up and Kid Inflatable Pools

Even without a pool, you can spend plenty of time in the water this summer with an inflatable pool. The size for this one ranges from kid- to adult-size and the fun patterns are sure to match anyone's tastes. Really durable and portable, they'll last for many years to come.

8. Pottery Barn Kids Giant Dino Sprinkler

This gigantic sprinkler is sure to be a hit with kids! Sinclair joked that her 18-year-old asked why he couldn't have the sprinkler as a child; easy to set up, your kids will be splashing around in no time!

9. Sun Squad Rainbow Blobz Water Slide

This fun splash mat from Target lets kids be active while staying cool! Fill it up with water and kids will have the time of their lives splashing, sliding and jumping around.

10. Funboy Rainbow Drink Station

If you're lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard, this drink station means you'll never get out of the water! Fill it with ice and your beverages of choice.

11. Funboy Yacht Pool Float

Set sail from the comfort of home with this pool float shaped like a luxury yacht!

12. Funboy Giant Golf Cart Pool Float

Hoda joked that she'd love to buy this giant golf cart float, which has room for two and comes with a fringed canopy, for TODAY's own Carson Daly!

"That golf cart is so cool," Jenna agreed. "Carson would love it!"

13. Sun Squad Splash Bombs Hydro Light Light-Up Paddle Ball Set

Get active in the pool with this paddle ball set! With LED lights that allow it to work day or night, this waterproof set is great for getting some exercise in.

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