When summertime comes it’s fun to have a new toy or two to encourage kids to get outside and play. You’ll want to find toys that are sturdy and safe. And whenever possible you’ll want to find toys that encourage kids to play creatively. Here are four great summertime backyard toys that won’t break the bank and will provide hours of happy outdoor play.
Makin’ Mud Pies from Little Tikes
This mud pie making station costs a bit more, but will provide hours or messy fun. It comes with a hand-cranked mud mixer, a real working sink and includes a sink strainer, shaker with lid, a pie mold, a large mixing bowl, spoon, measuring cup and a cutting board. Let the muddy fun begin.
Jungle Croquet Set from Alex
Have some jungle fun indoors or out with this jungle-themed croquet game. All the parts are made of wood. You’ll find six wooden wickets in jungle animal shapes, four balls, and six stakes.
Kid-Tough Walkie-Talkies from Fisher Price
What is more fun than playing spies with your friends? These Fisher Price walkie talkies come with colorful hand grips and work up to 300 feet apart. Push to talk and release to listen. There is a volume dial and a safety antenna on each piece.
Chameleon Bean Bag Toss from Melissa and Doug
This toy is lightweight, but sturdy. It is double-sided to provide two ways to play and will increase eye-hand coordination. It will also provide practice in recognition of numbers and counting skills. It comes with six bean bags.