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If you’ve been cooped up indoors with your kids all winter, you probably can’t wait to get them outdoors now that warmer weather is here to stay a while. With the right outdoor toys, you can keep them engaged for hours and give yourself a break as you kick back and watch the outdoor fun unfold. To help keep your little ones busy, we’ve rounded up 10 entertaining kids toys for spring.
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1. An adorable wheelbarrow that’s easy to push
Need some help in the garden? Enlist your little ones to schlep tools and small plants in your backyard with the Step2 Springtime Wheelbarrow for kids. Fill the wheelbarrow with plants and garden tools for some outdoor fun, or use it to push around stuffed animals and other toys indoors. The push toy comes with a hand rake and trowel that can be placed in the wheelbarrow's built-in storage area when not in use.
2. A tee ball set that encourages hand-eye coordination
Warm weather means outdoor sports like t-ball are back in season, and the Little Tikes TotSports T-Ball set is the perfect way to practice at home. The set comes with an oversized plastic bat, two balls, and a tee. You'll get plenty of use out of this all year long since the toy is adjustable—and it’s great for encouraging hand-eye coordination. Short on space? The set easily breaks down and can be hung on the wall.
3. A set of gardening tools made just for kids
Spring is an ideal time to start a garden and gardening is a simple and hands-on way for kids to learn about where food comes from. But in order to be a successful gardener, they're going to need their very own tools. Melissa & Doug's Toy Gardening Tote Set comes with a hand rake, hand shovel, spray bottle, and colorful tote bag intended for children ages 3 and up.
4. A lawn mower that blows bubbles
Kids and bubbles go together like peanut butter and jelly. And what could be cuter than your toddler pushing the Fisher-Price Bubble Mower around your backyard? Recommended for children ages 2-to 5-years-old, the Bubble Mower blows bubbles when pushed, and also makes real lawn mower sounds.
No backyard? A bubble wand is the perfect way for your kids to enjoy some bubbles on the balcony or bring to the park.
5. An outdoor climbing dome for the backyard
Many kids love to play at the park, but if you're looking to add a smaller scale setup in your backyard, this popular dome climber play center makes for a lot of fun. With 5,497 Amazon reviews and a 5-star rating, the Lifetime Geometric Dome Climber Play Center is designed for kids ages 3 to 10 and has a weight limit of 600 pounds. The 60-inch tall dome is available in several colors, including earth tone and primary, and is made from metal. It also features hand grips to help your kids safely climb all over.
6. A toy vacuum so they can practice spring cleaning
Spring cleaning isn’t just for Mom and Dad—kids can get in on the fun, too, with the Dyson Ball Toy Vacuum. My toddler loves to get out this toy and vacuum right alongside me. Not only does this toy encourage pretend play, but it does have a working suction function and makes vacuum noises just like the real thing.
7. A water table to keep them busy for hours
Water play can be an ideal sensory activity, especially for little ones. If you’re lucky enough to have a big enough yard, a water table will keep the kids occupied for hours. However, you can also fill the Step2 Wild Whirlpool Water Table with small plastic balls for indoor use that’s just as fun.
8. A toy rocket launcher
Nothing has brought my space-obsessed toddler more joy than this toy rocket launcher. The toy includes eight red, yellow, and blue foam rockets that can reach heights of up to 100 feet in the air. Stomping on the pump to make the rockets fly provides endless entertainment for both of my kids and we love how simple it is to set up and play with.
9. A 30-piece chalk set with fun stencils
Whether you've got a sprawling backyard patio or a small cement balcony, a 30-piece chalk and stencil set is sure to keep your kids occupied. The set includes colorful pieces of nontoxic and washable chalk, five stencils, three chalk holders, and a large storage bucket. You can always hang a chalkboard on your balcony, too, if you don’t have any floorspace for the kids to doodle on.
10. A few foam airplanes they can toss around inside or out
My kids love playing with foam planes when the weather is nice, or indoors on a rainy day. The toy foam airplanes are lightweight but still durable enough to withstand regular use from kids. This toy is recommended for ages 4 to 14, but my two-year-old has a blast tossing the planes around.
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