Slides, bubbles, cars, water, games and so much more; we've picked the best garden toys for all ages. From 12 months to 12 years, there are games suitable for everyone.
Whilst the sun doesn't always shine, there are plenty of ways to keep your children entertained in the garden throughout the year, no matter what the weather. The best kids' outdoor toys vary for every child and every family, so check out our guide to a selection of buys that are sure to keep any family busy and having fun together.
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Kidadl's Top Pick
Whilst all of the garden toys on our list are highly recommended, if you're short on time, here's our top pick based on price, age and design.
1. Chad Valley Wooden Mud Kitchen
This mud kitchen won the 2019 Award for Outstanding Toy, so this is definitely a family garden toy favourite. This kitchen has four hobs, an opening oven, two sinks, a blackboard and eight different utensils, all for an affordable price.
This is a high-quality kitchen for a mid-range price so it's excellent value for money. It is suitable for ages three to twelve, so is definitely a good investment if you think your kids will love it for years to come.
Best For Families On A Budget
2. Bubble Machine
If you're looking for fun at a bargain price, a bubble machine is the right choice for you. Kids absolutely love chasing bubbles around the garden, and when they're being made from the belly of a frog, they're even more exciting. Producing 500 bubbles a minute, this is a must-buy for affordable outdoor fun, perfect for anyone over the age of two. It is easy to clean and can even be used indoors, so is definitely a bargain buy.
3. Crayola Washable Pavement Chalk
If you have any concrete or tarmac surfaces in your gardens or outside space, these washable chalks are an amazing buy on a smaller budget. For just £3.59, these chalks can let your little ones transform your outdoor space into any world they wish. With 16 different bright and bold colours, the world is their canvas.
These are aimed at children aged three and up and they simply wash away with water. It's mess-free, affordable fun for youngsters!
4. Easy Score Basketball Set
Keep your little ones active with this Little Tikes basketball set. Whilst slightly more pricey, this adjustable net and junior basketball will keep your toddlers entertained for hours. They can run, jump and dunk whilst they develop their social and motor skills, keeping them entertained and encouraging positive development. This is perfect for children aged between one and five, so is a good investment for years of playing.
5. Little Tikes First Slide
This is an excellent first slide. Designed with a very stable structure, it's a great way to introduce your toddler to outside play in a safe way. The handrails simply snap into place for easy assembly and safety when being used, and the entire slide folds away for compact storage. It's a great slide for kids aged 18 months to six years, and is guaranteed fun for all those years.
6. Little Tikes Cosy Coupe
This is an Amazon outdoor toys top choice and the perfect garden toy for lots of space. Your child can zoom around the garden with your help, pushing the handle on the back for controlled riding, or do it all on their own. The high seat back is very supportive of your little ones, and the removable door means that can easily get in and out of their Coupe, so this is good to encourage independent play. There is even an ignition switch, petrol cap and working horn to add to their imaginary play. It's perfect for children aged two to four.
7. Suzuka Air Pedal Kart
This go-kart is a funky outdoor toy for kids aged four to eight, perfect for doing laps of the garden and spending lots of time outdoors. The essential for playdates, competitions and sibling fun, this go-kart is an excellent addition to any garden, although it comes with quite a hefty price tag. The adjustable seat makes it perfect for a variety of ages and heights, so be ready to get in the driver's seat and pedal away.
8. Decathlon Geologic Archery Set
This soft archery set is a unique outdoor toy for your older kids. With a target, a bow and two suction arrows, this shoot and share archery set is perfect for setting up competitions, encouraging team play, or just for an active outdoor activity. It's also a great way to start your children off on a cool hobby, so discover archery today with this set.
9. Dunelm Giant Four In A Row
Bring Connect Four to life with this giant four-in-a-row game for the garden. For both outdoor and indoor entertainment, this is a great investment to keep your older kids busy. Skills and strategy are a necessity with this game though, so do you think they are up to the challenge?
10. Giant Tumble Tower
The classic game that everybody loves; stack the blocks high and don't be the person to let the tower tumble! This giant garden tower is great fun for the whole family and can be used indoors or out. It even comes with a handy carry case for compact storage.
11. All Surface Swingball
Swingball can get very competitive and it is not for the faint-hearted! Simply place the swingball into the extra-wide base for stability, adjust the height, and off you go. It's tennis on a string, and you can play on any surface, anywhere, as long as you have enough space to swing. Buy yours today and let the games begin.
12. TP Genius Octagonal Trampoline
This funky trampoline is excellent for uneven ground and strange spaces, as its intelligent feet system adjusts to each ground surface for a sturdier structure. This means that bouncing can be a priority wherever you are. With an interlock protection system, rapid rebound springs and safeguard pads, this trampoline offers safe jumping no matter the age. There really is a trampoline for every space, and this one is perfect to keep your older children entertained.
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