Top Toys for Summer and the Outdoors

Making sure you won't hear "There's nothing to do outside" again!

I love the warm weather! What child doesn't love the warm weather? Although most kids love to play and run around outdoors, most parents have found themselves in this situation: Your child is sitting in front of the TV on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, you shut the TV off, and tell your kid it's time to play outside. You child looks at you and says, "There's nothing to do outside." Been there, done that.

There are tons of great toys, many of them inexpensive, that bring hours of engaging, exciting fun to the outdoors. Whether it's cool types of chalk, balls that bounce mile high, water blasters, sports toys or riding toys there are many different outdoor activities that create endless fun.

The following list features our favorite products for various types of outdoor play. You can see ALL of our editors' warm weather picks under our category pages for Outdoor toys, Outdoor Play Structures, Water Toys, Sports Toys and Riding Toys.

 

Products listed in alphabetical order

 

  • Banzai 3-D Shark Bite Water Slide
    Just when you thought the traditional water slide couldn't get any more fun, Banzai adds 3-D magic and a great white shark. Don't worry, though, you won't...Read More...
  • Banzai Skimboard Surfer
    In the summer of 2008, this toy was so popular, it was almost impossible to find. You can bring a little bit of the beach into the backyard with the Banzai Skimboard Surfer....Read More...
  • Banzai Titan Blast Rocket
    Blast off for some fun with this incredible inflatable rocket. Kids-and plenty of adults-will be amazed at the awesome heights this will reach-sailing as much as 100 feet into the air....Read More...
  • Big Draw Chalk Drawing Machine
    Wouldn't it be cool if you could draw huge sidewalk pictures and have them come out perfectly every time? That's the idea behind this innovative and fun new product. With Big Draw, kids can create enormous chalk drawings...Read More...
  • ESPN Better Batter Baseball Trainer
    Future Hall of Famers will improve hand-eye coordination with ESPN Better Batter™ Baseball Trainer. This batting trainer's innovative tee-free...Read More...
  • Extreme Coaster
    Now thrill-seeking kids can experience the excitement of a real roller coaster right in their backyards. The Extreme Coaster's non-slip step ramp allows children to push the car to...Read More...
  • Gazillion Bubble Rocket
    You wouldn't think that there was much difference between bubble solutions, would you? It's just soap and water. So you think. Gazillion Bubbles actually is a better solution. We don't know how they do it, but the bubbles last longer...Read More...
  • Junk Ball Strike Zone
    Take the guesswork out of calling balls and strikes with Junk Ball Strike Zone, a backstop, pitchers' target, and strike zone designed for serious backyard baseball players. A pitch is a "stee-rike" when it hits...Read More...
  • Max Liquidator (The Original)
    Don't be fooled by its appearance. The Max Liquidator is the ultimate water blaster disguised as an innocent foam pool noodle. Pull on the handle to load it with water and take aim...Read More...
  • No-Spill Big Bubble Bucket
    Blow bubbles with your buddies using the No-Spill Big Bubble Bucket. The advantage is right in the name. No spill. Yes, that's a bonanza for parents and caregivers. With no mess, fun bubbles and no waste, you'll be happy your kids are having so much fun with such a basic toy. ...Read More...
  • Power Wheels A.T. Rex
    Put dino power in gear! This transforming, battery powered ride-on will ensure a child's love of dinosaurs never becomes extinct. With an easy pull, this Power Wheels transitions...Read More...
  • Power Wheels Barbie Ford Mustang GT
    The Fisher Price Power Wheels Barbie Ford Mustang is realistically detailed inside and out, from its pony grille with fog lamps, to its racy rear spoiler and everything in between...Read More...
  • Razor Spark Scooter
    Talk about your hot toys. The classic aluminum Razor Scooter has been updated to include a detachable spark bar. As you ride, use your foot to press down on the spark bar, and a shower of sparks...Read More...
  • Sidewalk Crayons
    This is a truly exciting innovation in what you might think is a pretty generic category. Not when Crayola draws on their experience. This is the next step above sidewalk chalk. The 15 different crayons work on sidewalk surfaces and lay down brighter, bolder colors than sidewalk chalk....Read More...
  • Sky Ball
    If you're old enough, you probably remember Wham-O's Super ball. And you'll remember the commercial of it bouncing over a house....Read More...
  • Submergency
    With this new take on pool-time fun, kids dive into action to deactivate the Submergency ball before time runs out. The ball's LED timer can be set to time out anywhere from 15 to 90 seconds, so there's always a new...Read More...
  • Super Soaker Quick Blast
    Harness the hydro-powered performance of a SUPER SOAKER blaster ... without all the pumping. Simply slide back the handle on the SUPER SOAKER QUICK BLAST blaster and unleash a deluge of water on your opponent....Read More...
  • Toypedo Twister
    Playing catch in the pool can be a lot of fun during the day, especially when catch is underwater! But it gets even better at night...Read More...
  • Wave Hoop
    When it was first launched, the Wave Hoop caused a sensation-and not just among the people using it. It has been the number one selling hoop for more than a decade!...Read More...

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