With summer quickly approaching, I’m excited to get out of the house with the kid more than we currently are. Warm temperatures and beautiful weather can’t get here soon enough!
Our backyard isn’t anything special. Actually, if I’m being completely honest, it’s borderline horrible thanks to the neighbors, but I’m not going to get into that.
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That doesn’t mean Bee & I won’t be spending some time in the yard this summer. We’ll also be taking a lot more trips to the park than we currently are!
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Indoor toys are great and all, but kids need to play outside. Even when the weather is less than favorable, I try to get Bee out of the house for at least an hour a day. During days when the weather is nice, we spend as much time outside as possible.
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Sometimes she helps me with chores like washing the truck or cleaning the yard up. Other times we play together, while most of the time she’s happy to play independently in our fully fenced backyard as long as our dog, Goliath, is with her.
Bee will turn 3 this year. She was given some of the toys on this list last year, while other items listed are toys we are considering buying her for this summer.
Bee received a water table for her 2nd birthday and it is a hit. I haven’t gotten it set up yet this year, but she’s already asking about it.
This might be my daughter’s favorite toy of all time. She loves slides! We have this slide in our backyard and she was able to play with it all year.
I grew up with one of these. Your preschooler will definitely enjoy it!
A toy for the kid who loves bubble and helping Mom and Dad!
I can just see my daughter following my husband around with this thing while he mows our yard.
A station where kids can plant and water toy flowers.
I’m sure any preschooler with a parent that gardens would love this.
This is a something Hubby really wanted to get Bee last year, but we couldn’t find a golf set that was small enough for her locally. Strangely, I never thought to check the internet. Crazy, I know.
Hubby was pretty disappointed. You see, he’s a golfer and Bee is extremely interested in his golf clubs. I think he has dreams of one day taking her golfing with him.
I found this set that looks like it’s the perfect size for her and I doubt I’ll be able to make it past her birthday without someone getting it for her.
My husband might be rooting for Bee to enjoy golf as much as he does, but this tee ball set is more my style. I say we get her both and see which she ends up preferring.
This is actually a really cool toy! You fill the bottom with water and kids scoop the water up and pour it into the top of the toy. Then they watch as the water makes its way through a maze before returning to the bottom.
This would be a lot of fun on a hot summer day!
It’s not the cheapest toy on this list, but your kid would love it!
Every kid loves having their own playhouse! All things considered, this one isn’t too expensive.
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A family member gave Bee a bubble machine for her birthday last year and it was a hit. Heck, it still is. Even in the middle of January, she was asking to use it!
If your kid loves bubbles, spending the extra money on a machine is definitely worth it. You don’t have to sit there blowing bubbles all afternoon. Just fill the machine and turn it on!
What kid doesn’t love chalk? I’m pretty sure my daughter likes it more than crayons. Then again, she always prefers outdoor activities over staying inside.
This giant set of chalk is perfect. Not to mention it’s made by Crayola, so you know it’s a good quality product.
A part of me regrets not getting this for Bee when she was younger. We honestly don’t have space for her to use it, though. No patio, just a small pad by out backdoor and a walking path to our front door. I’m sure she could probably use it in the grass, but our backyard is mostly mud and weeds. Between us being renters living in the worst neighborhood in town and the fact that we didn’t plan to live in this house for more than a year (we thought we’d be in a new place within 9 months of moving into our current house), we haven’t attempted to fix the yard much.
I know she would have loved it, as it seems all kids do!
I don’t know about your kid, but mine loves to take her toys everywhere with her.
Currently, she uses buckets, bowls, cups… pretty much anything she can find. That’s how I know this wagon would be a hit. She could easily drag all of her little toy buddies around with her while she’s playing in our yard.
We got this swing for our daughter before she was even a year old. We had the perfect tree to hang it from at the time.
She loves to swing, so it was definitely a hit. The best part is it’s a 2-in-1 swing. The straps and T bar can be removed for bigger kids. The weight limit is 50 pounds.
This looks like a fun sprinkler that my daughter would really enjoy!
You could fill it with water and use it as a pool or with sand instead! It has a built-in sprinkler and slide.
This bike starts out as a tricycle and can be turned into a bicycle. Just without pedals.
A great way to introduce your kid to the idea of using a bike!
Honestly, I didn’t even know 3-wheeled scooters existed until today. I definitely like the idea, though! I’m sure my daughter would enjoy going for walks a lot more if she could ride a scooter instead.
How old is your preschooler this summer? Does he or she have any of these toys? Which ones do they love? Which ones are your favorites?