Outdoor toys and games to keep children entertained

These are the best outdoor toys and games for children. (Getty Images)

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Looking after children is hard enough even when there are the welcome distractions of school, playdates and playgrounds. 

Now with all schools in the UK closed in order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, parents up and down the country are having to not only home-school, but also, try to entertain their children every minute of the day.

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or outdoor space, the timely spring weather means you can take some activities outside.  

High street giant John Lewis have reported that they are currently selling 12 times more outdoor toys than this time last year.

And with the summer stretching out ahead of us, now might be a good time to invest in some new toys and games to make outdoor play even more enjoyable.

To help narrow down the choice and help you pick the best out there, we’ve rounded up the best games and toys for children of all ages.

Whether you’re looking for an affordable sandpit or a competitive garden game that the whole family, adults and children alike, can get involved in, we’ve found something for everyone.

10 of the best outdoor games and toys for kids

Mookie Toys Catcherball | £6.99 from John Lewis & Partners

We normally see games like this being played on the beach, but that’s not to say they’re not just as much fun in the garden. Time to test your hand-eye co-ordination.

Arely Kids Rotating Seesaw | £36.99 from Wayfair 

Stop sibling squabbles with a two-seater seesaw, it’s bound to be a brilliant all-year-round addition to your garden.

Professor Puzzle Great Garden Games Limbo | £12 from Argos

Every day’s a party with this outdoor limbo stick. Put on some music, set up the kit and have yourself some fun.

Pogo Stick | £29.99 from Very

Help them burn off some energy with this ready-to-go pogo stick. Set up assault courses to elevate the fun or just let them bounce around in the back garden for a while.

Bex Ring Toss Game | £24.99 from John Lewis

A game of skill, this wooden ring toss set is perfect for the whole family to join in with and get the competitive spirit going. We suggest starting a scoreboard and seeing how far you get.

Wobbly Worm Game | £15 from Argos 

A fun multiplayer game for ages 3+, the wobbly worm bobs and spins around as players try to get their hoops over his head. 

Djeco Rubber Duck Fishing Game | £22 from Jojo Maman Bebe

All the fun of the fair, except in your own garden. Set the ducks out in a paddling pool, or even on the grass, for some good, wholesome family fun.

Traditional Garden Games Family Croquet Set | £53 from Argos

One of the oldest garden games in the book, croquet is a brilliant past time for older children and teenagers to play. The more you play, the better you get and you can change the course to keep it interesting.

Orange Tree Peter Rabbit Skittles | £19.99 from Jojo Maman Bebe

Ideal for younger children, this delicate Peter Rabbit skittles set can be set up bowling alley style, or just be used as dolls in a game of their choosing.

Rectangular Sandbox | £72.99 from Wayfair

The ultimate in outdoor games, a sandpit promises hours of fun and can also be used to conduct educational activities from too. Win, win!