I know, your kids probably have too many toys already, but take a look at if they have the right toys – toys that will encourage them to be active outdoor kids. My husband always says, ‘you need the right tools for the job’ and when it comes to encouraging kids to be active, providing something as simple as a skipping rope or bouncing ball can do the trick.

We encourage outdoor play at our house by filling Activity Bins in our garage with all the tools the kids need to inspire outdoor active play. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive – beach balls, or a catchers mitt from the dollar store can be purchased for under $5.

We then filled a mason jar at home with pieces of paper and all the ideas they had of games they could play with their outdoor toys. This Activity Jar full of ideas is a quick way to redirect the “I’m bored” and get their imaginations started. Kids want to run, jump, chase, throw, twirl and ride – being active kids comes naturally to them, just as hanging out on the couch does! Toss them a few soccer balls and potato sacks and see what happens.

Top 30 Toys to Encourage Active Outdoor Kids

This photo is what my front lawn looks like on an average summer day and, to me, it means busy active kids live there! 


Sometimes kids just need a little nudge in the right direction to get them started having fun outdoors and, before you know it, you will be begging them back inside for dinner.

Here are our ideas for top toys that inspire outdoor active kids.


Top 30 Toys to Encourage Active Outdoor Kids

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

Did I miss any? What else can we add to our Outdoor Activity Bins to keep the kids active and outside this Spring, Summer and Fall?