Active Kids: Top Toys to Get Kids Outside

| June 22, 2015 | 11 Comments

Inspire_Kids_Outside_Top_30_Active_Toys-impThis is my front lawn.  It says “kids outside at play.”

Summer vacation is just around the corner and the days will soon be filled with sunshine and kids looking to be entertained. Keep the kids off the couch and in the great outdoors this summer by creating your own Activity Jar and filling a bin in your yard with lots of inexpensive toys to spark their imagination and creative play.

Kids thrive on free play and unstructured time to be outside and active.  You can raise active kids by inspiring and encouraging this with balls of all shapes and sizes, with skipping ropes, chalk, sprinklers, hula hoops and, of course, by getting outside with them when you can. 

activity_jar-impSit down with your kids and make a list of all the things they love to do or search the internet for fun games you can play on your own or with a friend and write them each on their own piece of paper. Put these papers in an Activity Jar and whenever the kids are getting bored, have them pick out a new activity.

By ensuring you have some toys on hand that they can easily access you will be adding hours to their fun time outdoors. Of course your front lawn might look like mine all summer, but I am OK with that.  My lawn is a sure sign that kids were having fun that day and being active outside and that is always OK with me.

Top Toys to Get Kids Outside

Hula Hoops

Skipping Ropes

Soccer ball




OgoSport Discs

Lawn Darts

ZigZag Tunnel

Juggling Balls

Mini Sticks


Velcro Mitt/Ball set

Bean Bag/Ring Toss

Ladder Ball

Badminton Set

Balance Board

Slip n Slide



Plasma Car


Pogo Stick

Mini Basketball Net/Ball

Lacrosse Sticks


Skate board

Roller blades

Tennis Racquets

Baseball Glove/T-Ball Set


Remember to be sun safe this summer when sending the kids outdoors and lather on the sunscreen and have pitchers of water on hand to keep them hydrated. Have some of these Real Fruit Protein Popsicles in the freezer to refuel them ad keep them playing so they don’t have to come inside for a big meal!

How will your kids get outside and play this summer?

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Category: Family, Health, Kids, Sports, Summer, Wellness

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Deb Lowther is a writer, runner, mom of 3 and wife of a very driven entrepreneurial husband in the health and nutrition field. When not running after the kids, Deb is running in the trails, climbing mountains, training for a triathlon, doing hot yoga and enjoying her evening glass of wine. She ensures her own family has fun while eating healthy & staying active together. After selling their first company in 2015, the Lowthers' launched Element Nutrition with Stuart focusing on creating nutritional products for the baby boomer generation with Boomer Nutrition and kids with IronKids Nutrition. Deb inspires healthy families through numerous articles in print and online, encouraging others to enjoy a healthy diet, staying active and not being afraid to flex a little muscle.

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  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    A great list of things to do outside this summer. It used to be the norm, we’d leave the house after breakfast and not be seen again until it was time to be fed. We had a great time, dangerous sometimes but it was always fun 🙂

  2. jan says:

    So important to have kids play outside and without adult hovering supervision.

  3. Fan R says:

    Lots of toys and pretty affordable ones to play outside!

  4. Yolande Vanier says:

    Exellent choice of outdoor games .It takes so forced the children to play outside. thank you

  5. Victoria Ess says:

    Great picks, and such an extensive list! Thank you!

  6. kathy downey says:

    Kids need to learn how to play outside and without supervision,they need to be taught the rules very young

  7. kathy downey says:

    We need to encourage kids to go outside…….By example

  8. Laurence Price says:

    Moving around is good for kids as well as adults. Sitting at a desk all day will give people back pain.

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