The Best Toys for Active Kids

Encourage plenty of physical play with these picks for best kids' toys

Whatever occasion you're searching and shopping for—a gift for a toddler or a teen, or for a birthday or a bar mitzvah—you'll find on these lists of the best toys for active kids. Sometimes a new game or toy is just the push a child needs to really get active, whether that's indoors, outdoors, in the pool or in the snow.

Toys for active kids: Zipline kit
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These picks include classic and new games, toys low-tech and high, and gear for outdoors (like the zip line kit, pictured) and inside. They appeal to preschoolers, pre-teens, and parents alike.


Haba Dancing Eggs game
Haba USA

As you shop for holiday and birthday gifts, make physical activity a priority. Keep kids equipped with the latest gear for their favorite sports, stock their bookshelves with biographies and how-tos, and consider these cool games and toys too.


Rody horse preschool toy
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For little ones, toys are essential to growth, learning, and development. When you shop for young kids, make sure you select some active toys along with ABC books and cuddly toys for pretend play.


Best Kids' Toys are Small Size, Lower Cost


Try these small-size, big-fun ideas for stocking stuffers, party prizes, Easter baskets, behavior incentives—all those times when you need a little gift that makes a big impact (and encourages physical fitness too).

Diggin Active Wobble Deck
Diggin Active, Inc.

Don't let bad weather or other barriers to outdoor play keep your kids slumped on the sofa. Try one of these active, indoor toys designed to get children moving, learning, and laughing. These indoor toys are best for kids ages 3 to 8.


Ybike balance bike ride-on toys
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Whether she's learning to walk, ride a bike, or maneuver her first scooter, your child will get a kick out of these cool ride-on toys. From baby beginners to capable kindergartners, there is something here for every little one. Play in the backyard or take them to and from preschool or the park to add active play to your child's day.


Y Fliker Air scooter riding toy
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Kids usually love riding toys that allow them to speed along streets, sidewalks, and driveways, so ride-ons are a simple way to add activity to your child's day. Try them on the way to and from school, sports practices, the park or pool, or other errands.


Schwinn The Biking Game board game
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For your next family game night, try one of these board games. Many of them will get you up and moving, and others teach important lessons about health, fitness, and nutrition. Some do both—and all are fun to play!


Zipfy freestyle mini luge sled

Don't let snow, cold, and ice keep you inside. These snow toys encourage lots of active outdoor playtime.


Zing Firetek Zeon bow, outdoor toy for older kids
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Encourage kids to get out and get active with these top picks for school-age kids, tweens, and teens (and hey, parents too; join the fun!). Find some new twists on classics like catch and archery, and kids' favorite brands luring them outdoors too.


Outdoor Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers

PlayWheels Kids First Skates
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Move 'em out! These toys are specially designed to encourage toddlers and preschoolers to get outside and run, climb, throw, catch, and dig.

Way Cool Water Toys

Swimways Splunk-a-Dunk

Kids and water are always an energetic combination; add water toys and pool games and the activity level kicks up an extra notch. Whether you have a pool in your yard, are vacationing at the lake or beach, or just have a garden hose, try one of these cool water toys to make hot days more fun.

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