The Best Outdoor Toys for Kids (Durable + Affordable)

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Summer is one of the best times to enjoy the day outdoors with our little ones. But no kid wants to swing on a swing that might fall apart or throw a deflated ball. Outdoor toys for kids should be durable, safe, weather-ready and, most importantly, fun. 

At GoodBuy Gear, we like to help families make the most informed decisions when it comes to purchasing children’s gear. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the best outdoor toys for kids to make your summer activities more exciting (and affordable).

1. Joovy Tricycoo

Joovy Tricycoo 4.1 Tricycle, Pink

GoodBuy Gear price: $89.99

Best for

  • Kids ages 1 to 5 

This beginner tricycle is a good alternative to a stroller on those afternoon or sunset walks. These tricycles are a great way to introduce your kid to bike riding, especially since the tricycle can be modified to give your kid more autonomy with their riding as they get older. 

Key Features: 

  • Removable parent handle to give your kid more control as they learn to ride
  • Storage space
  • Umbrella for sun protection 

Things to Keep in Mind: 

  • Since ride-on toys can be dangerous, kids must be supervised by an adult while playing
  • This is a heavy toy that may not be easily transported 

2. Radio Flyer Scoot to Pedal 

Radio Flyer Scoot 2 Pedal

GoodBuy Gear price: $23

Best for

  • Children 1 to 3 years old 

The Scoot to Pedal does just that: scoots and pedals. Kids can use their feet to scoot the bike along, then when you’re ready you can fold out the pedals and let them ride it like a bicycle. That means the Scoot to Pedal will grow with your child through multiple stages of life, as they learn to scoot around the house to when they take their first steps towards riding a bike. 

Key Features: 

  • Foldable pedals that fold out when your child is ready to learn to pedal 
  • Storage bin to transport toys on the go 

Things to Keep in Mind: 

  • Some kids may quickly exceed the weight limit and not get to use it for as long

3. Gathre Mat

Gathre Maxi Mat Square, Pewter Grey

GoodBuy Gear price: $100

Best for

  • Children (and families) of all ages 

This durable, multi-purpose mat is not only for kids, but it can also be used by the entire family. Lay it down on the ground and the entire family can sit on it. Take this mat to the park, pool, beach or sporting event, where your family can use it as a home base for the day’s play. (You can also use the mat as walls or a roof for a fort if you want to get creative!) 

Key Features: 

  • Easy to clean and fold
  • Large enough to fit the entire family 

Things to Keep in Mind: 

  • May be bulky in your tote bag or backpack 
  • Not directly entertaining for kids — so other toys may be required as well

4. Little Tikes Dual Zone Twister

Little Tikes Fun Zone Dual Twister

GoodBuy Gear price: $15

Best for

  • Kids ages 2 to 5 

This indoor/outdoor toy can be a hit for both sunny days outside and rainy days in the living room. Your kids can twist and spin while seated on this toy—in the yard, you can hook it up to the water hose to make a fun waterpark-like experience from home. 

Key Features: 

  • Plastic and easy to clean
  • Can be used wet or dry, indoor or outdoor 
  • Can fit one or two children 

 Things to Keep in Mind: 

  • May be bulky 
  • May spin fast, so children should be supervised while using it 

5. Joovy Noodle Helmet

Joovy Noodle Helmet, Red, XS-Small

GoodBuy Gear price: $15

Best for

  • Kids of all ages 

A helmet is a great investment for your kids’ safety. Paired with outdoor sports equipment or games, you can rest assured that your child is not only having fun, but also being safe while doing it.

Key Features: 

  • Air vents to keep your kid from getting too hot
  • Available in several colors

Things to Keep in Mind: 

  • May need to purchase additional equipment (like a bike) to make it fun
  • Make sure you purchase the right size

6. Radio Flyer Wagon

Radio Flyer Ultimate Family Wagon

GoodBuy Gear price: $38

Best for

  • Kids 1.5 to 4 years

Ride in style around your neighborhood or park with this sizable wagon. Your kids can enjoy relaxing and watching the world go by as they sit in the comfort (and shade) of this pull wagon. 

Key Features: 

  • Canopy to keep your kids safe from the sun
  • Plenty of seats to make sure there’s room for everyone 

Things to Keep in Mind: 

  • Bulky and may be hard to transport
  • May be hard to pull when filled with too much weight (the weight limit is 150 pounds)

7. Jump Ropes 

Jump Rope, 2 pack

GoodBuy Gear price: $5

Best for

  • Kids ages 3 or older

Jump ropes are a classic outdoor activity for kids. With games to play (like double dutch, single jumping or partner jumping), jump ropes are a great outdoor toy for 3-year-olds or older. They not only promote fun, but they also promote exercise—a win/win. 

Key Features: 

  • Lightweight and easy to transport
  • Many ways to use it, so it can be entertaining for kids of many ages 

Things to Keep in Mind: 

  • Kids need to be taught how to use it and supervised when they’re learning

8. 3-in-1 Climber, Rocker and Bench 

Grow ’n Up 3 In 1 Climber, Rocker, Bench

GoodBuy Gear price: $20

Best for

  • Kids ages 3 to 7 years 

A combination climber, rocker and bench is a versatile outdoor tool that can serve as a snack table, climbing gym and rocking chair all in one. Kids can find many different ways to play with and enjoy this outdoor toy. Plus, it will keep them entertained for hours. 

Key Features: 

  • Can be transformed to a climber, rocker and bench
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors
  • UV protected and weather-resistant

Things to Keep in Mind: 

  • Kids may not be able to convert it between uses easily 
  • Bulky and not easy to transport

Quality time should be just that: quality. That’s why families deserve to have high-quality outdoor gear that is fun, cost-effective, safe and will last for multiple seasons. You can trust the GoodBuy Gear marketplace to offer just that. 

Check out our selection of outdoor toys for toddlers to see how we can help make your outdoor days not only more enjoyable for the kids, but for you too. 

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