With the summer holidays coming, many families would like to get out and enjoy the sun. For those with toddlers in the family, they would have to think about how to entertain the child when in the outdoors. To help you with this problem, this guide has been developed to suggest a number of top outdoor kids for toddlers.
Before getting to the toys, these are the criteria that was used to develop the guide:
Safety: the toy must be safe for the toddler to use. This is the most important criteria above all other factors.
Fun: will the toddlers have fun playing this toy? For this criteria, we look at the customer reviews in Amazon and select those that have a overwhelming positive feedback.
Re-playability: we want to help the parents to save money so re-playability is an important factor for us to consider. The outdoor toys we select must stand the test of time and can be replayed for a long period of time.
Cost: finally, we choose toys that cost less than USD100. While there are toys that meet the above three criteria, most of them are expensive which is something we want to avoid.
So, without any further delay, these are the best outdoor toys for toddlers that you can buy:
Step 2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table
Age recommendation: 12 months – 4 years
Description: This toy allows children to pour water into the funnel mounted at the table and observe how the water will cause the water wheel to move, which in turns will move the other floating objects such as plastic boats in the table. It has educational value as toddlers will understand the meaning of cause and effect through the movement of the water.
Safety: The manufacturer has taken care not to have the water level beyond the toddler level so the possibility of drowning is very minimal. However, it is still a toy that requires supervision to ensure that nothing bad happens
Fun: Children seem to love pouring the water in and see what kind of effects that will cause. Since it enables group play, children also love to play with each other.
Re-playability: Each pouring of the water will have slightly different reactions which keep the children entertained.
Fisher-Price Bubble Mower
Age recommendation: 1 to 5 Years
Description: The Bubble Mower is a bubble forming toy disguised as a lawn mower. As the kids push the lawn along, the machine will create lots of bubbles. The more they push, the greater the number of bubbles. This toy is good for toddlers to exercise and have fun at the same time.
Safety: All the plastic parts are rounded and there is no safety hazard in the operation of the machine.
Fun: Reviews indicate that children love to push the mower around just to see more bubble being formed.
Re-playability: As long as kids love bubbles, this toy will never go past its shelf life.
Step2 Naturally Playful Sand Table
Age recommendation: 24 months – 5 years
Description: This is a portable sandbox that comes with all the relevant tools such as shovels, cups etc that enable any toddler to just play with the sand. The good thing about this toy is that you are not limited to sand alone. Parents can fill this with other materials such as dried beans or water to create a different playing experience.
Safety: The toy itself is safe but parents might want to pay more attention to the sand, which does not come with the toy. In particular, any purchased sand should be smooth and be silica free.
Fun: Children can have fun building anything they want, from sand castles to tunnels etc.
Re-playability: Given that there are so many things that children can do with sand, there is no limit to what kind of experiences they can get even after playing the toy for a long period of time.