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A guide to the best outdoor toys for babies and toddlers

Section: Toys & Education

With summer in site, you might be looking for ways to keep your little ones entertained in the garden while you enjoy the sunshine or do a little gardening. We get that's not always easy to keep them occupied either, so we've found the best outdoor toys and activities that your babies and toddlers will love!

The best outdoor toys for your little ones:

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1) Little Tikes Spirallin' Seas Water Table,£39.99, Smyths Toy Store

This fun water table is like a mini water park for your garden! With a scooping ferris wheel, water wheels and squirting character balls, your toddler will have so much fun keeping cool and developing their motor skills. 
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2) Battery Bubble Machine, £9.99, Amazon

Who doesn't love bubbles? This battery operated machine will save your arms from constantly blowing bubbles, and provides a fun sensory experience for little ones! Your babies will be glued to the bubbles floating around and toddlers will love chasing the bubbles trying to pop them! Just remembe to keep stocked up on the bubble mix. 
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3) Nature Playhouse with Kitchen, £110.49, Argos

With this outdoor house little ones will love using their imaginations! They can also stay sheltered from the sun when they're playing and it's made from sturdy plastic, so it won't blow over in the wind. 
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4) Chad Valley Numbers and Letters Foam Mats, £20, Argos

This foam jigsaw mat is ideal for you to lay outside with your little ones as they enjoy tummy time or as a fun activity for toddlers! Help teach them the alphabet by fitting the letters in the correct square, then join the squares up! 
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5) Sandpit Boat Box, £61.81, Mano Mano

Any little explorer will love this boat-shaped sandpit! Your little ones imagination can run wild, as they sail their bought and build sandcastles, all while they enjoy the fresh air. 
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6) 3 in 1 Pop Up Play Tent, £22.96, Amazon

Babies will love crawling through this play tent or even laying in the teppee keeping cool. It's easy to assemble and pop away - you can even use it in your house for indoor fun on those rainy days! 
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7) Wooden Mud Kitchen, £94.99. Sports Direct

If your little one loves mud, then this mud kitchen might just be the perfect thing to keep them entertained. It has a removable splash tub which is ideal for mixing mud, and also a dry area that little ones can cook up a (muddy) storm! 
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8) Little Tikes First Slide, £26.99, Amazon

You can't go wrong with a slide for on outdoor toy. Little ones will love climbing the small steps of the slide, then sliding down with their arms in the air! 
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9) Castle Block Soft Play, £195, The Playtime Company

This soft play castle block set is ideal for bringing soft play to your house, and on a nice summers day is perfect to have outside in the garden! Watch your little one build and climb safetly with the soft blocks, or even for them to take a nap on! 
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10) Plastic Wheelbarrow and Gardening Kit, £10, Matalan

We know that kids love doing whatever their parents are doing, so why not let them give you a hand with the gardening with their very own gardening set? They'll love helping you water the plants, dig up the soil and move things around the garden! 

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  • Author: Samantha Ball Samantha Ball
  • Job Title: Freelance writer

Samantha is a mum of one, in a house full of boys and became a volunteer at a Hospice at 11 years old, helping to fundraise for 10 years. Her hobbies are long hikes, coffee tasting, and being a bit of an *obsessive* cleaner.

She also runs a blog Student Mum Diaries about what it’s like to be a student mum. 


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