Nothing’s better than taking a quick walk outside to your own backyard. I love hanging in the backyard, and even better, when the weather gets warmer, it’s fantastic to host playdates outside because it means less mess to clean up inside. I’ve had the following items since my son was crawling (translation–about four years now). They’re all in great shape, and now my daughter (17 month old) loves playing with them as much as he (still) does. –Alex
Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car
I honestly don’t think there has been anything more popular in my backyard (well, maybe watering cans) than this car. Serious fights have broken out in the under three-foot set over who gets to drive it. So much so, that when Breezy Mama Adrian offered me her old one, I took it. Yes, I kept two of these big cars in my little backyard so less fights would break out. They hold up tremendously well too–my mother-in-law handed down HER kids’ Cozy Coupe to MY kid. Definitely worth the splurge. Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car, $62.45. Click here to order.
Step 2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table
Chelsea wrote that a water table makes a great gift for a one year old, so when my daughter turned one, I of course, bought one. Never looked back. Messy? Yes. Brings hours of joy? Yes. And for only $32.00, how could you NOT get one? Step 2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table, $32.53. Click here to order.
Tonka Toughest Mighty Truck
When I bought this for my son, it was, at the time, the most expensive toy I had purchased. (Lucky for you, the price has come down.) But looking back, it has been totally worth it. Though he’s had the truck for three years now, he continues to use it in the most creative of ways, the recent of which is sitting in it and going down grass hills. Not for the faint of heart. Tonka Toughest Mighty Truck, $32.99. Click here to purchase.
Little Tikes Endless Adventures Easystore Jr. Play Slide
This is another oldie but goodie. The one we have was originally purchased for my sister-in-law (who is now 25). We keep it outdoors and it still looks as good as new. A fun thing to do with the slide is to have it “land” in a baby pool. Kids come over and love sliding down to a big splash. Little Tikes Endless Adventures Easystore Jr. Play Slide, $43.99. Click here to purchase.
Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox
I have to admit, I was a bit hesitant to get a sandbox. I love to garden, and I was afraid that sand would end up all over my vegetables. And yes, I was right. Sand does end up everywhere, but the kids have so much fun playing in it, I do my best to look the other way (something hard for my Type-A personality). An added plus is that you can fill it with water (when it doesn’t have sand in it, of course) and use it as a baby pool. Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox, $49.99. Click here to order.
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