Top 5 Outdoor Toys to Encourage Creative Play

Are you enjoying endless hours of outdoor play already? We are too, and we have some awesome outdoor toy recommendations for you. These five products will keep the whole family laughing and playing all summer long!



1. Antsy Pants Building Kits and Covers

Hands up, who finds those long summer days get a little too hot at times? Us too! That's why we love these fort building kits and covers by Antsy Pants. You can purchase the building set separately and then customize with themed covers, or you can buy combined bundles.



You can have a pirate ship, lemonade stand, fire truck, school bus, jail house and so much more right in your back yard! If you purchase, be sure to check whether the set includes the poles or not, there are lots of different combos on sale.



Ideal for encouraging STEM learning and imaginative play, as well as some time cooling off in the shade!


2. Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Pretty Petals Sprinkler

Running through a sprinkler is such a fun summertime memory for kids and adults alike. This cute little Melissa & Doug sprinkler shoots water out of all 12 petals.



Perfect for lots of giggling and outdoor sensory play. Such a refreshing activity!


3. Step2 All Around Playtime Patio with Canopy

At first glance this might just look like something for younger members of the family but trust us even the older kids will have fun! We've spent endless hours as a family running outdoor restaurants over the years!!



We love this Step2 outdoor play house in particular because there are so many role play opportunities. Plenty of room for lots of kids as well which is a big bonus for our tribe.


4. Step2 Naturally Playful Sand & Water Activity Center

If you haven't already got a water and sand table set up for your kiddos outside then what are you waiting for?! It is seriously one of our best purchases for our kids. They spend hours each day developing their fine motor skills and using their senses to explore.


Standout features include the cover (crucial for avoiding critters making it their new home!), as well as the umbrella for that much needed shade. We love mixing up the fillers and often use waterbeds, shaving cream and cloud dough, as well as the much loved classics of sand and water.


5. DIY LEGO Compatible Picnic Table

Did you catch are awesome blog series campaigning to Take Your Bricks Outside last summer? One of our favorite projects was the IKEA picnic table which we converted into a building brick creation station!



Our kids love grabbing some LEGOs and DUPLOs (and a snack of course!) and setting themselves up for a fun building session in the fresh air.


Whether your family loves to get active or simply want a space in the shade where your kids can still be creative and play, we hope you've got some great new ideas from this blog.




Creative QT designs quality + innovative toys that declutter homes and inspire creative play. Founded by parents of five, Adam and Dana Sue Hinkle, Creative QT’s vision is to empower parents and encourage a culture of families that Make Time Together. All products are designed to enrich families’ lives through active, creative play and play based learning. Creative QT products are laboratory tested for compliance with CPSC requirements and are free of lead, cadmium and phthalates so you can play with confidence. So, go ahead … today is the day: be your kid’s hero.

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