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Phenomenal Outdoor Toys For Your Three Year Old

Updated: May 29


The weather is getting warmer, the kids are getting louder...it's time to play outside, right?! To help encourage your children to do just that we have compiled a list of great outdoor toys for your three year old. We have categorized the toys by price:







$20 or Less









What we love:

  1. Most importantly, this chalk is non-toxic making it safe for your child to use.

  2. It is thick and good for smaller hands to grasp, this also means that it does not break as easily.

  3. There are so many colors which means your child's inner artist can really come out!


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.7 star rating on Amazon.


Raters love:

  1. The chalk is chunky and square-shaped so it does not roll away.

  2. The chalk does not crumble when left in the rain.

  3. The vibrant colors the chalk comes in.


Raters don't love:

  1. The black chalk is not easily washable.

  2. The colors of the chalk were much lighter than shown on the image.

  3. Some people recieved their chalk broken.


 

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What we love:

  1. It encourages kids to explore

  2. It is easy to use

  3. The neck strap means less chance of it falling


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.5 star rating on Fat Brain.


Raters love:

  1. Easy for kids to use

  2. 3 Year Old loves it!

  3. Works easily as intended


Raters don't love:

  1. Did not magnify properly

  2. Blurry




 



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What we love:

  1. It's a fun way for your child to dig at the beach (or in the snow!).

  2. It comes with a five year guarantee.

  3. The plastic is durable so it won't break it your child decides they should step on it.


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.8 star rating on Amazon.


Raters love:

  1. It is adjustable and can fit small and large hands.

  2. It holds up very well.

  3. It is a fun toy for digging, get lots of compliments.


Raters don't love:

  1. Some children had difficulty using it.

  2. It is loud when the mouth closes.







 




What we love:

  1. Kids can use this to acutally help out in the garden.

  2. This set is a great way to introduce your child to the science of a garden.

  3. The bag is a convenient way to store all of the tools.


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.7 star rating on Amazon.


Raters love:

  1. The tools are sturdy.

  2. The set seems to be high quality - kids can actually use it.

  3. Child loves this gift.


Raters don't love:

  1. The gloves are too big for small hands.

  2. The ends of the tools seem a bit thin and may bend if a child puts a lot of force behind them.



 


What we love:

  1. It will encourage your child to kick a ball around.

  2. It is weather resistant so it will do well if left outside.

  3. The stakes keep it from blowing away in the wind.


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.4 star rating on Amazon.


Raters love:

  1. It is easy to set up.

  2. It is a good size.

  3. It folds up easily.


Raters don't love:

  1. If you step on the rods they may break.

  2. Some people had difficulty folding the net to transport it - reviewers gave advice on how to do so properly.


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$30 or Less







What we love:

  1. It is a great introduction to the sport of golf.

  2. It promotes both fine and gross motor skills.

  3. It is colorful


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.4 star rating on Amazon.


Raters love:

  1. It is fun to use while teaching hand-eye coordination.

  2. Very easy to assemble.

  3. It works well both outdoors and indoors.


Raters don't love:

  1. Wish the clubs weren't plastic

  2. The balls are difficult to get out.

  3. The clubs have to be assembled making them easier to break.



 








What we love:

  1. It is a comfy place to sit outside

  2. It encourages being calm

  3. It is strong and difficult to fall out of


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.5 star rating on Fat Brain.


Raters love:

  1. Child loves it

  2. It is something new and different

  3. Will last a long time.


Raters don't love:

  1. Was too small.

  2. Bottom is not rigid enough



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$35 or more







What we love:

  1. It is a great toy for pretend play.

  2. It looks and sounds realistic.

  3. It will get your child outside.


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.5 star rating on Amazon.


Raters love:

  1. It is easy to assemble.

  2. It looks and sounds realistic.

  3. Kids love it.


Raters don't love:

  1. Wish it were a little bit bigger.

  2. It did not work properly after being left out in the rain.

  3. It is loud.



 






What we love:

  1. It is a great way for children to engage with nature

  2. It allows you to magnify things on the go

  3. It comes with two free Ebooks


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.8 Star Rating on STEM Kids


Raters love:

  1. The magnification is great

  2. Easy for small hands 3-5 to grip

  3. Kids love it.



 





What we love:

  1. It's a fun way to cool off on a hot day.

  2. 3 kids can slide on it at once.

  3. It is easy to fold and put in storage when it gets cold out.


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.1 star rating on Amazon.


Raters love:

  1. It is fun for the whole family, adults included!

  2. It fills up quickly with water.

  3. The boards included are fun to use.


Raters don't love:

  1. The nozzle the hose connects to leaks.

  2. It is better for smaller kids.

  3. Wish the slide were longer.



 





What we love:

  1. It has a high weight capacity meaning children and adults can enjoy this swing.

  2. It is padded so children don't hurt themselves on any edges.

  3. It is a fun toy to either swing on or simply lay on and read a book!


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.8 star rating on Amazon.


Raters love:

  1. Kids love to play on it.

  2. It feels very solid and safe.

  3. It is colorful and fun.


Raters don't love:

  1. Some people did not get the hanging straps included.

  2. Wish it were a bit bigger.

  3. Younger children may have trouble balancing.



 

Plasma Car: $89.99







What we love:

  1. It burns a lot of energy!

  2. It is safe to use - children can easily brake

  3. The average adult can ride on it too!


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.7 star rating on Fat Brain


Raters love: 

  1. It is not battery operated

  2. Easy to assemble

  3. Children play with it constantly.


Raters don't love:

  1. Only works well on a smooth surface.

  2. Could not get steering wheel to stay on



 







What we love:

  1. The sandbox comes with benches that you and your child can sit on.

  2. It comes with a cover to protect from rain and animals.

  3. It is sturdy and will last for years.


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.6 star rating on Amazon.


Raters love:

  1. It is easy to assemble.

  2. At least 4 children fit in it at once.

  3. It fits plenty of sand.


Raters don't love:

  1. The cover does not fit as snugly as desired.

  2. Water can get in.

  3. It looks bigger in the pictures than it actually is.



 



What we love:

  1. It is great exercise for kids.

  2. The handle is adjustable.

  3. The wheels are sturdy and can easily "drive" over sticks and rocks.


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.8 star rating on Amazon.


Raters love:

  1. It is easy for children to learn to ride.

  2. The lights in the wheels are cool.

  3. It is light so children can easily move it around.


Raters don't love:

  1. Some people received a used product when they purchased a new one.

  2. A few reviewers mentioned their brake broke.

  3. The lights die after a while.


 







What we love:

  1. The table comes with an umbrella so kids don't have to sit directly in the sun.

  2. It comes with two tubs if children would like to use both sand and water.

  3. It can seat four children comfortably.


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.7 star rating on Amazon.


Raters love:

  1. It is easy to put together.

  2. It is big enough that larger children can sit comfortably as well.

  3. It smells nice like cedar.


Raters don't love:

  1. The umbrella tore in the wind - be sure to take it down if windy.

  2. You may want to stain the wood to protect it if used outdoors.

  3. The edges are pointy for toddlers.



 




What we love:

  1. This is a fun and entertaining first ride.

  2. It ages well with children.

  3. It is bright and colorful and long lasting.


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.8 star rating on Amazon.


Raters love:

  1. It is great and easy to set up.

  2. Awesome!

  3. Kids are obsessed


Raters don't love:

  1. Novelty wore off.

  2. Bulky




 





What we love:

  1. The bike can truly grow with your child, the "steering handle" is removable, as are the training wheels.

  2. It is a fantastic way to build all kinds of gross motor muscles!

  3. It features a chain guard to help keep kids from getting hurt.


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.4 star rating on Amazon.


Raters love:

  1. Assembly took five minutes.

  2. Perfect for children who have outgrown their tricycle.

  3. The steering handle is very convenient.


Raters don't love:

  1. The bike seems heavier than it should be for a toddler to use.

  2. The pedals feel a bit cheap.

  3. Some noticed the steering mechanism loosened with time.



 





What we love:

  1. It is sturdy

  2. It is a fun way to be active outdoors

  3. Children work together to use it


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.9 star rating on Amazon.


Raters love:

  1. Used by kids up to 12 years

  2. Great for inside or outside

  3. A toy for children to use together


Raters don't love:

  1. The entire thing lifts off the ground, seems a bit flimsy


 







What we love:

  1. The "patio" comes with a canopy so children aren't directly in the sun.

  2. It is large enough for multiple children to play in at once.

  3. It features various outdoor "cooking" portions making it great for pretend play.


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.8 star rating on Amazon.


Raters love:

  1. It is sturdy and feels like it will last a long time.

  2. Children really enjoy playing in it.

  3. It comes with a bag for all of the small parts when not in use.


Raters don't love:

  1. It is not so easy to assmeble, there aren't pilot holes in it.

  2. The grill cover seems flimsy.

  3. Wish it came with play food.




 






What we love:

  1. It encourages fun, active play

  2. It is easy to assemble

  3. The color will not fade in the sunlight


Star Rating: This product gets a 4.6 star rating on Fat Brain


Raters love:

  1. Well built and fun

  2. Perfect Backyard toy

  3. Great for climbers


Raters don't love:

  1. Disassembling is difficult

  2. Smaller than expected - kids may outgrow it



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That's all for now, as we discover new products, we will update our list. Have anything to add? Let us know!



PS if you are looking for even more toy suggestions for your three year old, click here for some great ideas!


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