YOU DON'T NEED TO have a ton of outdoor space to benefit from the best outdoor games for kids available.
These outdoor games are great for getting kids to run around, play some sport, and also ignite their imaginations.
If you've got a toddler in the house, investing in a water and sand play toy is a smart move - it will keep them occupied for years to come, in good weather and bad.
Little Tikes has a selection of these in varying themes and sizes to suit any outdoor space, and kids love them because they combine water play with sand/dirt play so they can get messy while having fun (and improving their hand-eye coordination in the process).
If your kid loves running through fountains - we have yet to meet a child that doesn't - a splash mat that turns your outdoor space into a fountain area will be hours of wet fun.
Unlike a paddling pool, it doesn't need to be super warm and sunny for kids to enjoy this game.
Even if you don't have a garden, a Swingball set or stomp rocket can get the kids jumping around outdoors without taking up too much space.
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1. Best outdoor splash game: Kyerivs Sprinkler and Splash Play Mat
- (AD) Kyerivs Sprinkler and Splash Play Mat, £16.99 on Amazon - buy here
This splash mat is a great idea for kids of all ages, whether you have loads of outdoor space (it works well at the end of a slide or as an add-on for a paddling pool) or hardly any.
The anti-skid design is roomy enough to fit a few siblings on, and simply attaches to a hose to work.
Fans say this sprinkler toy has benefits beyond those for children: pets love it, and the splash mat will water the lawn, too.
'We used it already a couple times and it’s brilliant fun when outdoors in the garden with children... loads of splashing, running around, smiling and laughing', writes one reviewer.
2. Best outdoor game when you have no space: Original Stomp Rocket
- (AD) Original Stomp Rocket, £10 on Amazon - buy here
If you're short on space but need an entertaining activity for the kids, this active rocket game is just the ticket.
It gets kids moving because they need to jump on the launch pad to shoot the rocket into the sky - stomp with enough power and the rocket could go hundreds of feet in the air.
This set comes with three rockets and is recommended for kids 9 and older.
'It was super easy to assemble. You just clip the base stand together, plug in the pump, attach the rocket and you’re ready to go. Then all you need to do is stomp on the air pump and watch the rocket fly!', writes a reviewer.
3. Best outdoor ball game: Tournament All Surface Swingball
- Tournament All Surface Swingball, £29.99 on ELC - buy here
Fun for the whole family, or for children to play solo, this swingball set is great for kids who love ball sports.
This set includes a real tennis ball and bats, so will keep active kids occupied as they work on their tennis swing or cricket batting.
This is one they'll enjoy in good weather or poor, and it also helps little ones develop their hand-eye coordination.
Fill the base with sand or water to keep it stable.
4. Best outdoor imaginative game: Smoby Playhouse
- (AD) Smoby SM 3102091 Playhouse, £241.97 on Amazon - buy here
If you have the space and cash, a Wendy house for outdoor play will keep the kids occupied every morning and afternoon.
This design from Smoby has lots of components kids will love, like the bench seating and table, which can be used indoors or out.
There's also an electronic doorbell, numerous doors and windows to poke a head through or push open and even two planter pots, to make the house feel like home.
It's spacious enough to have a few siblings playing in there at once.
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5. Best outdoor water table game: Little Tikes Sandy Lagoon Waterpark
Little Tikes Sandy Lagoon Waterpark, £50 on Argos - buy here
Recreate the nursery experience in your backyard with a sand and water table that will provide hours of fun for your kids, whether they want to splash around, wash their dollies, do the 'washing up', have sensory play in a sandbox or chuck some soil in there and dig for worms.
This substantial toy can hold up to four gallons of water and 50lbs of sand, and comes with four accessories.
There are two toy characters children can race down the waterslides and launch off the diving boards, as well as a cup and rake.
The cover is included.
Fans love it - just check out the bevy of five-star reviews.
6. Best outdoor active game: Mookie Early Fun Trampoline
Mookie Early Fun Trampoline, £45 on Argos - buy here
This trampoline will have your little ones bouncing outside in no time.
Helpfully, it's small enough for indoor use, too - it measures 84cm x 89cm x 89cm.
Suitable for kids one and over, it comes with protective frame pads and a detachable handle.
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