Top Outdoor Toys for Active Play

Keep kids busy all year long with these active outdoor toys.

Encourage kids to get out and get active with these top outdoor toys for older kids (school-age, tweens, and teens) Find some new twists on classics like catch and archery, and kids' favorite brands luring them outdoors too. Also, no one's stopping parents from joining in on the fun!


This game has won over the Sharks on TV's "Shark Tank" and kids everywhere with its updated combo of volleyball and foursquare action. It's played with two teams of two and is suitable for kids, teens, and adults; kids will pick up on how to play immediately. It's lightweight and comes with a drawstring carrying bag so you can bring it to the park, beach, or a friend's house to play.


Combine dodgeball and tag and add an element of squishy fun and you have Slimeball Dodgetag. Each player wears a vest with a target and aims the soft balls at his opponent's target. (Refresh the sliminess with a little bit of soap and water.) Or try launching the balls with the Slimeball Slinger, which can send them up to 30 feet away.  


This inexpensive set comes with 6 different colors of chalk and a stencil so kids can create their own giant mandala designs. The chalk pieces have a pointed, writing end for finer drawing, and the oversize design helps kids work gross-motor skills by stretching and reaching with their arms and trunk.

If your child likes the stencils, also check out offerings from Ravensburger with themes like flowers and butterflies, fairies, animals, and the ocean.


What's better than shooting arrows from this cool-looking bow? Shooting light-up arrows! The suction-cup ends let your arrow stick to many surfaces, and you can find it in the dark. You can also turn the light off. The range is up to 35 feet, and this toy is recommended for kids 5 years old and up. Another fun option is the Nerf Rebelle Codebreaker crossbow, which locks with a passcode "for extra spy security."


Nice wide footrests, adjustable handles, and padded grips make these the perfect starter stilts for kids who want to try walking with their heads held (extra) high. The small size works for kids ages 5 and older, weighing up to 190 pounds. A larger size is also available


outdoor toy - Franklin MLB Pitching Machine
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Help kids practice batting, grabbing grounders, shagging flies, and fielding line drives easily and safely right in the backyard. Or take your pitching machine to a park; it's easy to transport. The pitching machine is recommended for ages 5 to 15 but may not have enough power for teens. It requires four C batteries.



No arrows here: This bow fires only soft, squishy marshmallows. Its range is an amazing 30 feet and it can hold up to 25 marshmallows for a barrage of arching action. Great for campouts—but bring an extra bag of marshmallows for the s'mores.


Razor (of Ripstik and Kick scooter fame) gets in on the pogo stick action with this updated version. It's sturdy, but lightweight, so it's easier for kids to carry around. The handlebars and footrests fold up too. Razor recommends it for kids 6 and older, up to 140 pounds. 


Unlike the terrifying lawn darts of yesteryear, these foam darts are safe enough for young children to use. Plus, their winged design creates a spinning motion that slows the dart's descent and guarantees that it'll land in an upright position. Whether it lands in the target is up to the player! (Fun fact: The "ogo" in this company's name stands for "Oh Go Outside.")


Djubi (pronounced joo-bee) features unique racquets and a distinctive ball called the djubi. To play, place the ball's rubber loop over the launch hook in the racquet, pull back and aim. The djubi will fly through the air at varying degrees of speed, distance, and height, depending on the launch trajectory. Use the racquet's deep pocket to catch the ball, then fling it again (and again, and again). Or check out Ogosports take on catch, the Jabbit.


Not your average flying disc, Green Toys’ Ecosaucer is made in the USA from recycled plastic milk containers. What better way to appreciate and enjoy outdoor play than with an Earth-friendly toy! Try Ultimate Frisbee, disc golf, or a simple game of catch. Green Toys also makes sweet jump ropes, sand toys, vehicles, and garden tools for kids.


Bring the mountain to your backyard with this clever climber that looks like a real rock wall. The Skyward Summit is 80 inches tall and its four surfaces (each with a different challenge) give your children over 100 square feet of climbing area. It is recommended for kids up to 8 years old.