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Summertime Is All About Having Fun in The Sun!

boys at the parkAfter a long Winter and a soggy Spring, Summer has finally arrived and all the kids want to do is play outside.  Whether they are on their bikes whipping around the street or knee deep in the sandbox, they are loving the beautiful weather!

Over the years we have amassed quite a collection of toys to keep them inspired as they play in the yard and even now, many of them still count as favorites on a daily basis.

For us it was important to have some great toys that would motivate our boys to want to be outside and be active while the weather was nice.

We have also found that it isn’t the ‘flash’ of the toy or the bells and whistles, but more the basic elements that allows them to re-purpose it every time we are outside.

Our playhouse has been a pirate ship, a tree house and a rocket.  One Summer we put an inflatable pool under it’s slide, which also turned it into a castle with a water slide.

The water table does double duty – mud table in the Summer and snow table in the kitchen during the Winter months.  Sometimes you have to get creative when your little ones have cabin fever during the cold season.

This Summer Sears has a great selection of outdoor toys for kids of all ages.  And everything your kids need to enjoy a fun day out is on sale right now!

Ride-ons to watertables, inflatable playsets to playhouses; I have rounded up my top 5 favorite outdoor toys:

Sears Summer Outdoor Toys

  1. Little Tikes Castle Adventures Sandbox – Build, pour and explore with this cool sandbox that comes complete with a castle, 10 toys and a ramp for your digger!
  2. Big Backyard by Solowave Hillcrest Clubhouse With Tunnel – This set is an investment, but well worth it for years to come. It is the total entertainment center and will ensure your back yard is the place to be this Summer!
  3. Little Tikes Sandy Lagoon Waterpark – water meets sand or in our house water meets water.  Race characters down the twin water slides or float them around the river. Includes: 2 characters, 2 inner tubes, 1 shovel, 1 cup, plastic cover for sand side.
  4. Little Tikes® Picnic ‘N’ Playhouse – Their own little hideaway in the backyard complete with a slide.  The table top flips down to create a space to lunch inside the playhouse or outside on the patio.  Two swivel seats can be used inside or outside.  It also has a working Dutch door with mail slot and light. (includes play phone)
  5. Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Playset – Where was this when I was a kid?  Your little ones will love sliding, scaling and splashing on this mountain on a warm day!

What is your child’s favorite outdoor toy?

“Disclosure: I am part of the Sears The Baby’s Room Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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Lisa Arneill

Mom of 2 boys and founder of GrowingYourBaby.com and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!

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