10 Great Outside Toys for Toddlers
Outdoor Play Benefits
Children are spending increasingly less time playing outdoors. Research has shown that children who play outdoors regularly are happier, healthier, and stronger. Here you’ll learn about a few of the health benefits of outdoor play and get ideas for fun outside toys for toddlers!
Encouraging children to get outside, get moving, and connect with the natural world are all ways to help kids be happier, healthier, and stronger!
According to research, children who play outdoors regularly:
- Become fitter and leaner
- Develop stronger immune systems
- Have more active imaginations
- Have lower stress levels
- Play more creatively
Time spent outdoors is also the best way to get vitamin D. According to the journal of Pediatrics, 70% of American kids are not getting enough vitamin D, which can lead to a host of health issues. Time spent outdoors is also shown to reduce myopia (near sightedness) in children.
Here are terrific outside toys that are sure to make your family outdoor time a lot of fun:
1. Water Sprinklers
Toy water sprinklers are available in various designs and are fun for the whole family on hot days. Running around and playing in a water sprinkler is great fun and exercise for your toddler.
2. Bubble Toys
This adorable toy lawn mower is a fun way to get kids up and moving outside. As the mower is pushed, it plays realistic mowing noises that kids will love. This mower does not use batteries.
3. Magic Sand Toys
Magic sand is soft and sensory, it feels like soft, wet sand and sticks to itself to maintain its shape making a great tactile experience for kids. It’s a great sensory toy for hours of fun using role play, imagination and hand-eye co-ordination.
4. Bounce House
Perfect for children to stay fit and active. Perfect for physical exercise and a chance to interact with friends to replace screen time.
5. Rocking Horse
Children will learn balance and coordination while rocking forward and backward all by themselves for lots of fun.
6. Sand and Water Table
This all-in-one kids’ sensory table has vibrant colors and a rainforest theme. Separated by a molded-in roadway, the two-sided activity table features both a sand and water side for tons of sensory play! Kids can sail boats and splash in the water, make sand castles in the sand, and race cars across the bridge roadways all under the shade of the included umbrella. The table’s lid can also be used as another play surface with its molded-in roadway design. When playtime fun is done, clean-up is easy with drain plugs in both sides. And, the lid’s elastic tie-downs secure it to the table, keeping out potential critters and providing covered toy storage.
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7. Magic Water Doodle Mat
8. Bean Bag Toss
9. Real Butterfly Garden
Pop up, reusable 12 inch tall mesh habitat perfect for butterfly viewing; includes feeding dropper and instructions. Witness one of nature’s most spectacular transformations up close. Included us a cup of 5 baby caterpillars with all the nutritious food they need to grow into Painted Lady Butterflies
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10. Ball Pit and Balls
Why play is important
Play improves the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and young people. Through play, children learn about the world and themselves. They also learn skills they need for study, work and relationships such as:
- social skills
- coping with challenging situations
Developing physical health through play
Physical play such as running, skipping and riding a bicycle helps children develop:
- good physical fitness
Having fun with your little one is easy with these outside toys for toddlers!
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