Outdoor Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Encourage active play with fun outdoor toys for little kids.

Outdoor toys for little kids are the best part of warmer weather! Encourage toddlers and preschoolers to get out and get active with these picks. These toys are especially designed to encourage toddlers and preschoolers to run, climb, throw, catch, and dig. And many of them allow little ones to try big-kid sports and games in an age-appropriate way.

1
Little Tikes 3-in-1 Baseball Trainer

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Very little leaguers (ages 3 and up) can learn baseball skills with this trainer. It pitches balls automatically for batting or catching, or kids can practice their pitching aim by throwing at the large net. Comes with a bat and balls, but you supply the batteries.

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2
Step2 Naturally Playful Sand and Water Table

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This attractive table from Step2's Naturally Playful line includes bridges, ramps, cups, boats,  and a molded cover to keep out debris. It also comes with an umbrella to shade little ones from the sun while they play.

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3
Little Tikes Easy Score Kick Croquet

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Preschoolers can join in on the classic lawn game with this simpler, safer version, which uses oversized wickets and inflatable balls. There are no mallets; kids kick the balls through the wickets instead. The wickets also come with bases so that you can use the game indoors or out.

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4
Step2 Kickback Soccer Goal & Pitch Back

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Kids can try their hands (and feet) at soccer, hockey, and basic throwing and catching with this versatile goal. One side functions as a soccer or hockey goal, or flip it around and use the reverse side to toss a ball and have it bounce back. Better yet, the goal comes with two hockey sticks, a puck, a soccer ball, and a pitch-back ball.

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5
E-Z Bat Baseball Bat

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With this clever bat, there's no pitching required.  The ball is actually a thick, rounded ring that slides up and off the bat when kids swing, so they're guaranteed to get a hit each time. (You can also remove the ball from the bat and pitch it the old-fashioned way.) The ball is made of sturdy foam rubber, and the bat is coated with foam as well.

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6
PlayWheels Kids First Skates

Outdoor toys for little kids - PlayWheels Skates
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If your preschooler is eyeing his big brother's inline skates, consider getting him his own starter set. These PlayWheels adjustable, over-the-shoe roller skates come in Planes, Frozen, Hello Kitty, Doc McStuffins, Spider Man, TMNT, and more styles. Protective gear is a must (and you can get it to match the skates)!

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7
Bubble Blitzers Glitter Critters

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Young children can easily get frustrated when they dip and dip and dip their bubble wand and still can’t form any bubbles. The Blitzer continuously coats the wand with liquid so kids can easily blow thousands of bubbles—and that means thousands of opportunities to run and chase those floating orbs.

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8
Little Tikes Gas & Go Mower

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This realistic-looking push toy is quickly becoming a backyard classic. Both boys and girls love to pretend to cut the grass, fill their lawnmower with gas, and turn its clicking key. You won't believe how much ground your junior landscaper will cover as he pushes this mower just like Mom and Dad do.

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9
Little Tikes Clearly Sports Golf

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This cute and colorful set comes with a golf hole with flag, a tee, and three balls that fit inside the see-through club. The oversized club head makes it easier for kids 24 months and up to connect with the ball (and the hole is oversized too, giving kids a better chance to hit the target). You can also use the club to recover the balls.

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