Top Outdoor Toys for Active Play

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 some favorite brands like Alex offering activities for outdoors. Parents may even want to join in on the fun.

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Alex Toys Artist Studio Sidewalk Mandala Stencil Kit

Chalk mandalas on blacktop

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This inexpensive set comes with six 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.

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Spikeball

Outdoor toys for older kids - Spikeball
Spikeball

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.

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Diggin Active Slimeball Dodgetag

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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 softballs 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.

4

Zing Firetek Zeon Bow

Zing Firetek Zeon bow, outdoor toy for older kids

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Shoot light-up arrows from this cool-looking bow. 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."

5

Flybar Maverick Walking Stilts

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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.

6

Franklin Sports Super Star 4 in 1 Pitching Machine

Franklin MLB Pitching Machine outside

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Help kids practice batting, grabbing grounders, shagging flies, and fielding line drives easily and safely right in the backyard. It's also easy to transport so you can take your pitching machine to a park. The pitching machine is recommended for ages 5 to 15 but may not have enough power for teens. It requires four C batteries.

7

Marshmallow Fun Marshmallow Archery Set

Marshmallow bow product box

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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.

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Razor Gogo Pogo Stick

Razor pogo stick

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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.

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Ogosport Copter Darts

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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."

10

Djubi Catching Game

Sling ball nets and balls

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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.

11

Green Toys Ecosaucer

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Not your average flying disc, Green Toys’ Ecosaucer is made in the USA from recycled plastic milk containers. 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.

12

Step2 Skyward Summit Climber

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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.

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