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Best garden toys for kids - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

10 of the best kids’ garden toys

Our selection of the top outdoor toys and activities for children.

When the sun is shining, the garden is the place to be. Gardening with kids is a great way to get them outside and learning about the natural world. However, if your kids would rather spend time with a screen than a garden spade, it can be a struggle to get them outdoors. Luckily, there are plenty of kids’ garden toys to make being outdoors more fun – from toys they can play with by themselves to games for the whole family to enjoy.


There are child-sized versions of classics like croquet and skittles, as well as rocket launchers and bubble-making toys to discover. We’ve curated a joyful selection of children’s garden games, which are sure to encourage them to get outdoors.

For more guides for gardening with children, browse our selection of best kids’ gardening tools, best kids’ wheelbarrows and best wooden playhouses.

10 of the best children’s garden toys

Browse our selection of some of the best outdoor toys below.


Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

Kids Toys Little Tikes kids car

This pretend car is a classic garden toy. Let kids burn off some energy by propelling themselves around the garden, with their feet sticking out of the bottom of the car – Flintstones-style. Or, this updated version, from Little Tikes, has a removable floor so toddlers can keep their feet inside while an adult pushes them along.

Price: £50

Buy Little Tikes Cozy Coupe at Argos


Adjustable Basketball Stand

Kids Toys Portable Basketball Net

Great for developing hand-eye co-ordination. This basketball hoop and stand is height-adjustable to suit children of different ages. There’s no need to attach it to a wall – when you have it in position, simply fill the base with water to keep it steady. It comes complete with two inflatable basketballs and a pump.

Price: £44.99

Buy Adjustable Basketball Stand at Smyths Toys


2 Junior Football Goal Set

Kids Toys Junior Football Goal Set

Young football fans will love having their own set of goals.These are supplied with ground pegs to secure them outdoors, or they are suitable for use indoors – for rainy days. The set includes two goals with nets, a ball, hand pump and ground pegs.

Price: £24.99

Buy 2 Junior Football Goal Set at Smyths Toys


Wooden Handled Children’s Skipping Rope

Kids Toys Wooden Handled Skipping Rope

You can’t go wrong with a classic skipping rope, and this wooden handled version should be sturdier than plastic alternatives. Skipping is great exercise – perfect for at-home PE lessons. And this is a toy that children can play with on their own or with siblings.

Price: £3.24

Buy Wooden Handled Children’s Skipping Rope at Amazon


Kids’ Boules

Kids Toys Plastic Boule Set

A children’s version of the classic game Pétanque. The brightly coloured plastic balls should be light enough for children aged six-and-up to throw, and the grooves make them easier to grip. They come with a handy carry case, to make them easy to transport and to pack away tidily.

Price: £7.49

Buy Kids Boules at Amazon


Stomp Rocket

Kids Toys Stomp Rocket

Encourage budding astronauts with these air-powered rockets. You can use them to try to teach children about gravity and trajectory or, more realistically, you can simply let them have fun stomping and launching their rockets high into the air. The rockets and launch pad can be easily assembled in a few minutes and then kids (and adults) can send the rockets into orbit (or at least the air).

Price: £10.00

Buy Stomp Rocket at Halfords


Junior Lawn Croquet

Kids Toys Junior Lawn Croquet Set

Up to four players can enjoy a game of croquet with this child-sized set. The mallets are 75cm long, and the set includes mallets, hoops and balls, as well as a canvas storage bag to make it easy to carry around and to keep all of the bits together, so nothing gets lost.

Price: £29.99

Buy Junior Lawn Croquet at Amazon


Mookie Catcher Ball

Kids Toys Mookie Catcher Ball Set

Make the simple game of ‘catch’ more fun with these Velcro pads. Children throw a tennis ball to each other, which sticks to the hand-held pads – ideal if you don’t have space for a tennis court in your garden! Suitable for children from the age of three, this set will help develop hand-eye co-ordination and comes with two Velcro bats and one ball.

Price: £4.49

Buy Mookie Catcher Ball at Amazon


Orange Tree Toys Woodland Friends Skittles

Best garden toys for kids - woodland friends skittles

These colourful skittles play music when you knock them over. Designed for tiny hands, the skittles are small and topped with animal characters to catch children’s attention. The set includes six hand-painted wooden skittles and two balls. In the garden or indoors, they will help develop children’s co-ordination and their listening skills. Other sets available include safari animals and Paddington Bear skittles.

Price: £19.50

Buy Orange Tree Toys Woodland Friends Skittles at Amazon


Dr Zigs Giant Bubble kit

Kids toys Dr Zigs Giant Bubble kit

These are no ordinary bubbles! With this kit, children can make super-size, colourful bubbles. The concentrated solution makes enough bubble liquid for at least 1,000 bubbles. It’s non-toxic, and suitable for children from the age of three (adult supervision recommended).The starter kit includes a wooden wand, cotton rope and 100ml of concentrated bubble solution – everything kids need to get started.

Price: £10.99

Buy Dr Zigs Giant Bubbles Kit at Amazon


For garden seating ideas for children, try our list of the best kids’ garden furniture.