Top Outdoor Toys to Encourage Play

The sun is finally shining where I live and I couldn’t be more pumped to share our top outdoor toys to encourage play!

Yes, my kids go outside in all types of weather but it’s certainly easier to get them to stay outside without me for extended periods of time when the weather is more mild, the birds are singing and the hose is available for water play

Getting kids outside is so important for their physical, social and emotional health and making sure to have some awesome open ended and engaging toys specific for your outdoor playspace is crucial.

15 Must Have Outdoor Toys for Kids

Mud Kitchen

It’s an incredible outdoor kitchen space dedicated for children to play with dirt, rocks, sand, mud, water…

Sensory Table

Sensory table which is perfect for outdoor sensory play. The bins are interchangeable so you can easily switch from sand, to water, to rice, to whatever else you can dream up to throw into a sensory bin.

Rock play food

Encourage imaginative play, are super durable and are the perfect weight for little hands.

Pots, Pans and Cooking Utensils

They are a fun way to bring kitchen play to the outdoors. Kids love to scoop, pour, strain, and bang pots and pans so these are a great outdoor toy to have for all ages.

Real Gardening Tools

We always include our children in practical life skills.

Magnifying Glass

We recently got our kids this beautiful wooden Magnifying Glass and they love to use it outside to inspect bugs, grass, and flowers.


It’s great for collecting sticks or helping move small rocks

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