Great toys for summer fun OUTSIDE

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Now that the weather’s been nicer (finally!!) we’ve been outside more and more each day.  The kids are filthy and exhausted at the end of each day, and honestly, so are we parents. We’ve been doing a lot of landscaping work out of necessity because we had to remove 24 trees this past fall/winter for safety issues.  So the kids have been helping us some with our projects, but playing outside being kids is what they should be spending most of their time doing.  It kind of made me think about what the favorite toys are for all of them to use- and so often people wonder what to get kids for playtime, vacation time, birthdays, etc. that I thought I’d put together a list of ideas.  Now, my kids are between the ages of 3-7 but many of these can work for all ages, or a variation of it.

Sidewalk Chalk: Draw, color, outline, start/finish lines for “races, hopscotch- there’s a ton of things you can do with sidewalk chalk.  For the adventurous, there’s DIY chalk recipes all over Pinterest- and there’s also sidewalk paint!   Hours of fun and very easy to tote around.

ezyroller

Something on wheels.  A bike, a scooter, an Ezy-Roller, something, anything on wheels.  Wheels can be fun, and they offer exercise.  They can also be used with the sidewalk chalk to do races and race tracks if space allows.

ideas for outside fun with kids

Something to sit, sleep, climb, rest, nap, dream in.  This could be as simple as a homemade tent with an old sheet, a teepee, a playhouse, a swingset, a ship- or a bench tucked away in a corner of the yard.

Bubbles.  Make your own (my recipe for DIY bubbles) or buy them- sometimes my kids do bubbles for the fun of it and other times, they use bubbles as part of their imaginative play.

Balls.  Big, little, hard, soft.  Balls can be fun.

burying play food

My kids are frequently found just burying things in the rocks of the play area. Treasure hunts, roads, building sites- tons of things to do with the rocks!

Stuff to do- hula hoops, frisbees, skip it, croquet, bocce- I like to do hula hoops and frisbees because they can be used for the intended purpose but double as other things.  Hula hoops, for example, can be used to jump in and through.  They can be used as “base” when playing tag.

Water.  Big, small, doesn’t matter.  Water play is FUN.  Water balloons, slip n slide (can you believe I’ve never had one of those? Never, not ever?  Deprived kid here), kiddie pool, water table, plastic shoe box on the ground…swimming pool.  Water is fun, it’s a neat medium, and you can use it to cool off, splash in, throw around, wash toys, etc.

There are lots of great ideas for outdoor toys at Big W – what are YOUR favorite things to do outside? 


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  • My kids have the big rollercoaster from Step 2, and by far, that was the best toy I ever bought! They have (including) my 11 year old!) have a blast on it!

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  • our 4 year old grandson loves to draw on the sidewalks with chalk-quite the artist! you gave me some great ideas…thanks!

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  • We are just now starting to get some warmer weather. Our yard needs a lot of work before it will be play ready. But these are great! I love the bubbles recipe! Thanks.

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  • I am so glad that the weather is finally settling down and it is time for the grandkids to be able to get out and play, they want us to hurry and get the pool open, but it is early. My granddaughters love bubbles, they also love playing ball and hide and seek, they don’t like riding bikes out here we are on very hilly property, but they alsways find alot to do. I am going to check out glow in the dark bubbles..

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  • My boys favorite outside toys are trampolines and sand boxes! :)

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  • I saw another great recipe from pinterest its glow in the dark bubbles! These are great toys to get kids active and outside.

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  • awesome toys for outside,,some ive never seen before

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  • Awesome playground!

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  • the kids love to play outside with the hose and go in the dog pool yes with the dogs so fun

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  • I’ll have to try making the bubbles solution. My kids never get tired of making bubbles in the backyard.

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  • I love these toys. My grand kids would have a ball with them.

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  • I love hanging out on the patio, watching my kids splash and play in their pool.

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  • Oh how fun does that bike look! my daughter would love it

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  • I used to love playing hopscotch and still do, if I’m honest. I also LOVE the SkipIt and jump rope games. Oh and jacks and badminton and I could go on and on…

    Also, I desperately want to comment on your phrasing about balls but I’m restraining myself.

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    • Skipit ROCKS.

      and hahahah. the balls. Sorry. balls are fun. I guess no matter who you are? :)

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  • One of our favorite things to do in the summer is swim. I love swimming. Good exercise and wears out the kids. :)

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  • My favorite thing to do in the summer is watch movies outside with all the families in our cul-de-sac. We get a big blow-up movie screen and borrow our friends projector. If everyone pitches in, it makes for a fun, affordable movie night! The kids do end up riding scooters for half the movie though :)

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    • That sounds like SO MUCH FUN!

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  • Great ideas for summer!

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  • this looks like so much fun! My daughter would love it!

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  • Our swing set and zip line get so much use. It is great to have the neighborhood kids all playing while the adults get some projects done! Great post.

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    • Thanks Gayle! My kids would flip for a zip line.

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  • That looks really cool!
    My little guy is really into using the hose lately. I don’t want to see our water bill next month! lol.

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    • Makes me glad we’re on well water here.

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  • My kids are so excited to be outside playing again. I just live your ideas! I definitely want to check out the sidewalk chalk recipes!!

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    • We should make some soon

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