The Best Outdoor Toys for a 2 Year Old

My current research led me on the hunt for the best outdoor toys for a 2 year old!

Scout’s birthday is fast approaching, and her favourite thing is to be outside ALL OF THE TIME.
With this in mind it led me to look into a variety of toys and activities to keep her engaged (well, after the mud, grass, bugs and flowers have been loved to within an inch of their lives!).

Here are some of my favourites!

1. Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

So I thought it was best we start with an all time classic! We have actually had the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe since our oldest was 2, and it moved its way through our oldest three children!
I don’t think it will ever go out of style for the little ones.

2. Tuff Tray

Tuff Trays (above with stand) are such a fantastic, multi-use purchase.
You can use them for a whole array of sensory play, including Oobleck, dry rice, playdough, spaghetti and water play!
They can also be used to create themed world play, by creating small scenarios within the tough tray and including your children’s other toys.

I also find them useful as somewhere for the children to lean when they’re drawing/colouring/crafting.

3. Mud Kitchen

There are a whole variety of mud kitchens available today! When we were first looking years ago, you had to knock them together out of random bits of wood, and scraps of kitchen equipment.
Now don’t get me wrong, I still think that is an absolutely FANTASTIC way to put together your own mud kitchen, and far more eco friendly, but if you don’t have the time or skills to do so there is a huge market of gorgeous mud kitchens now!

This Plum Discovery Mud Pie Kitchen looks stunning!

But if you’re looking for something more unique then these ones via individual makers on Etsy are another level!

4. Playhouse

Now again, this is one of those where you’re spoiled for choice!
Second hand options are always great (check marketplace for deals close to you!), but you can also debate wood vs plastic, slide vs no slide, gadgets vs no gadgets… and on and on to infinity!!

I found this sweet Smoby Garden House, which I thought looked great for my inquisitive 2 year old!

5. Mini Gardeners Kit

If toddlers like anything, it’s to do what they see you doing and to do it too!
With this sweet, mini gardeners kit they can help without stealing your gardening tools! (Oh who am I kidding, they’ll still do that!)

6. Sand & Water Play

When it comes to sand and water play, your children will often be occupies for HOURS, so it’s definitely a worthwhile investment if you’re able!

There are sandpits, paddling pools, sand and water tables and also sprinklers too! Here’s a selection of my favourites I’ve found so far…

7. A Slide

An oldie but goodie.
I never met a child that didn’t LOVE a slide!

8. Scramblebug/Scuttlebug

Now don’t get me wrong, we love a trike! But we found the Scuttlebug/Scramblebug a fantastic size for our toddler! I feel like the stability is great, and with the added fun of being an eye catching bug!

9. The Trike

Does anything scream childhood nostalgia quite like a classic, toddler trike?! A trike will forever be one of my favourite toddler toys!

10. Outdoor Craft/Painting Supplies

Paint. Chalk. Clay.
Anything you can do inside, you can do outside and with slightly less concern about mess! (Fill up the paddling pool for quick clean up after!).
We love using long rolls of paper and letting the children hand print or walk across with paint on their feet!

So there are 10 of my favourite outdoor toys/buys for a 2 year old!

Of course things like balls and toys they already own are great to bring outside too, and in particular our toddler loves to play with her building blocks outside, but for outdoor toys that stand the test of time these are the ones!

Do you have any outdoor toys you’d recommend for 2 year olds? What has stood the test of time in your household?

Let me know!

L xxx

For more ideas about how to keep your children occupied outdoors check out our blog post on Outdoor fun for Kids | How to keep Kids enjoying the Outdoor for Hours.

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