Does your backyard feel boring because you don’t have a playset for the kids? There are plenty of other ways to keep your kids entertained outside. Check out this list of best backyard games and outside toys for all ages!
Backyard Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers
If you don’t already have a water table or a sandbox, now might be a great time to invest in one. Kids love the sensory input they get from these toys and will spend lots of time playing with them.
When my kids were toddlers, they loved a little plastic seesaw we got from a neighbor as well as a small plastic slide that was just their size. At their friends’ houses, they also loved climbing on a sturdy plastic mini playset. Small ride-on toys are great at this age as well.
My kids’ favorite toy at that stage, it was definitely a mini roller coaster! This would keep them occupied for long stretches of time.
For inexpensive backyard fun for you toddlers and preschoolers, stock up on bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and soft balls.
Games for Grade School Kids
If you are looking for backyard games for your grade school kids, we got you covered.
If you will be spending a lot of time at home this spring and summer, entice the kids outside with a bounce house, trampoline, or install a tetherball, or a tire swing from one of your trees.
Get outside with your kids and start up a family game of wiffleball, kickball, soccer, or frisbee. Maybe even purchase some goal nets to make it more fun.
Don’t forget perennial favorites like jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, butterfly nets and bug-catching kits, bikes, and roller skates.
Grown-up Games for Teens and Tweens
It might be a little harder to convince your tweens and teens to get outside and enjoy the nice weather. Grab some more mature games from them like cornhole, horseshoes, bocce ball, ladder ball, and croquet.
If you’re looking to make a big purchase for your older kids and you have the right space for it, consider putting in a zip line! This will keep older kids occupied and active.
Or, if you don’t have one yet, buy or install a fire pit in your yard. Let this be the summer you teach your kids how to, safely, build and enjoy a fire on cool spring nights.
Just because you don’t have a big playset in your backyard, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your outside space. Grab some of the items above, or get creative and come up with your own fun plan for getting your kids outside.