The best outdoor toys and games for kids

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As the hot weather lingers and schools break for the summer, families will be spending a lot more time in the garden.

Keeping children entertained can sometimes seem like a daunting task; and it’s not always cheap. However, encouraging children to play in the garden is a great way to make sure they enjoy and see the outdoors – and it can be a much more cost-effective way of keeping them happy – too.

If you want to treat your kids to new toys or outdoor games to play with in the garden, it can be difficult to know what to shop for. Toy stores and online retailers are filled to the brim with all kinds of toy deals, but which ones are actually worth it?

In our quest to find the best outdoor toys for kids to play with this summer, Good housekeeping spoke to Peter Jenkinson – aka ‘The Toyologist’ – the UK’s leading toy expert who regularly features on popular TV programs – to get his definitive list of the best outdoor toys for kids this year. With a passion for all things toys and games, Peter has provided us with the top 10 toys he thinks every child will love this year. With prices starting from just over £10, there is something for every age group, taste and budget.

Here are the 10 best outdoor toys to shop for kids this summer, according to an industry expert and self-proclaimed toy lover…

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Hasbro Twister Splash Game



Crazy fortresses



Hasbro Operation Splash Game by WowWee – Family Game for Your Yard – More Water, More Fun!






Gazillion Giant Bubble Wand

Symbol Options



Sportspower 10ft x 8ft rectangular trampoline with box, £250


Smart ball Speed ​​football

Smart Ball Speed ​​Ball



Giant Pass the Pugs Inflatable Dice Game

Pass the pugs


Wahu Zoom Ball


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