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Our favorite summertime backyard toys for kids

Get your kids outside this summer with these items

family playing soccer
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Kids today have an abundance of entertainment options, but most of them involve staying indoors and staring at a screen. However, it’s vital all kids get a chance to go outside and get some exercise. To help draw your little ones outdoors, we’ve picked a few of our favorite items to keep them occupied.

Splash pad

This large splash pad will provide hours of fun for your kids and their friends. The water height is adjustable, and all you need is a hose.

kkones sprinkler pad
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  • 18-months and up
  • 100% money-back guarantee

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Tot slide

This beginner slide for toddlers is an interactive way to start incorporating more playground activity into their day.

little tikes first slide
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  • 3-feet long
  • Can be used inside or outside

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Outdoor sandbox

This sandbox comes with built-in benches and a shade to keep your kids out of the sun while they play. Bring some water into the play area to make sandcastles!

costzon sandbox
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  • ASTM and CPSIA certified
  • Waterproof canopy included

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Platform swing

Hang this giant swing from a sturdy mount and watch the good times roll! Your kid can even fit a group of their friends on it and swing away. Pro tip: It could be a great pretend pirate ship!

slidewhizzler platform swing
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  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Portable

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Cornhole game

Introduce your kids to the classic game of cornhole with this small and portable board. You can also reverse the board for a fun game of tic-tac-toe!

himal cornhole swing
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  • Comes with 10 beanbags
  • Lightweight storage bag included

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Water blasters

These easy-to-fill water blasters can be taken to the park, camping or the backyard for some major fun.

biulotter water blasters
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  • 6 water blasters included
  • 10.24-inches long

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A spinning water sprinkler

Who didn’t love running and yelling through a water sprinkler as a kid? This cute turtle sprinkler will splash water around, and the giggles won’t stop!

chuchik turtle sprinkler
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  • Ages 3+
  • Water spray at all angles

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Perfect for hosting a summer party or everyday use, this waterslide will keep kids active, outside and playing without a video game in sight.

n/l water slide
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  • Suitable for parents and children
  • 18-feet long

Buy on Amazon

kids playing in water
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Summer is the best time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Enjoy these picks for keeping cool and active during the hot vacation months!

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