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Whether that be a romp through the sprinklers on a summery afternoon – or playing with their neighborhood friends during a community barbecue with only the closest buddies and their families.
And, as aforementioned, I attempt to instill these values from an early age – when they could be toddling towards the outside adventures instead of teetering after an app-loaded iPad.
With these wholesome intentions and high hopes in mind – I have hand-picked a trio of the best toddler outdoor toys – all designed and beautifully crafted by Little Tikes.
And those 3 amazing playthings are:
Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set
Truthfully – I remember these from when I was a kid – and they haven’t changed much since.
The stand and base can be sand-packed for outdoor playtime, and both are adjustable for 3 sizes. Which means this set can literally grow with your child.
Additionally, an easy-grip, child-size basketball is included for plenty of slam-dunking, 3-pointer fun.
Little Tikes First Slide
I love this little slide! Not only is the concept adorable – the design assembles in mere minutes (a blessing for not-so-handy-dandy parents), and adjusts to match growing toddlers.
A tiny ladder helps toddling tykes get to the slippery slide – and it is literally all downhill, easy-peasy from there.
For new sliders – parents can stand (hands extended) to catch toddlers as they come down. But honestly – this slide isn’t very far off the ground, and your little lad or lass will be sliding by his/herself in no time. All it takes is a smidgeon of encouragement from Mom or Dad – and off your cutie goes.
Little Tikes Sea Turtle Sandbox
Another childhood favorite – this sandbox is in an awesome shape: a Sea Turtle!
Completely green and beautifully molded with a kid-friendly, happy expression, over 10 gallons of sand can be held in the nook beneath his turtle shell.
The thick rim serves as seating, but there are also 2 larger, molded seats on corners.
And while all the technical stuff about this sandbox is great – the very best part is that there is plenty of space for multiple kiddos.
Plus – after playtime – the shell can be slid back into place to protect new and sifted sand from bugs, rain, and other damaging elements.
Here is a cute video for 2014's "best of" outdoor toddler toys: