Our Top Backyard Toys – Summer Outdoor Fun!

Playhouse Little Tikes

Summer is finally here and we are getting some beautiful warm and sunny days in Vancouver. My family and I are really enjoying the beginning of our favourite season of the year.

The brilliant sunshine and blue skies are always an invitation to go outside and play. We are fortunate to have a small but decent backyard that our son can use for play all summer long.

We have a small selection of outdoor toys that our son loves and they help keep him busy and active during the summer. Before I introduce you to his favourite outdoor toys I must also mention that he loves blowing bubbles, it’s one of his favourite things to do when we are outside and he enjoys both making them and popping them. You can purchase bubble solution quite inexpensively or you can make it yourself. Such a fun, easy activity that keep children entertained and happy while playing outside.

Blowing bubbles

Here are some of the outdoor backyard toys that we love and use all the time:

Playhouse: There are many variations available but usually they are all sturdy, colourful playhouses that are great for toddlers. My son loves to use it for lot’s of imaginary play like pretending to cook inside of it, hide and seek and sometimes (when we are fortunate) just to chill out in.

I find that the playhouse is also wonderful when we have playdates with other children because they can play in it together and they usually have a lot of fun.


Slide: Our son loves going down the slides at the parks and playgrounds we visit so I knew getting one for our back yard would be a hit.  I love that he burns lots of energy climbing it, sliding down and running back to climb again. He also likes to roll cars and balls down it too! It keeps him active while we are outside.

Water/sand table

Water/Sand Table: During the hotter days playing with the water/sand can be a nice option.  He happily splashes the water and I am sure that it feels a bit refreshing.  The built in umbrella helps shelter him from the sun rays as well. I love that he can also get creative and build castles and different structures with the sand . A water/sand table is a great summer toy for multiple children as well. Our son loves his so much that he started playing with it during the spring when temperatures weren’t even warm enough

Do you have any favourite outside toys that you are planning to use for the summer? Are you planning to purchase any outdoor toys for your little one this season?

Discount Code: I am excited to share the following exclusive discount code from the wonderful people at Sears Canada. From July 12 until July 18th use code 941612912 at checkout to get 20% of ALL regular priced toys (check out some of the toys you can purchase HERE).

Disclosure: I am part of the Sears The Baby’s Room Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

23 responses to “Our Top Backyard Toys – Summer Outdoor Fun!”

  1. lol we started playing with water tables in the spring as well, just hoping for temperatures to get warmer. Enjoying the sunny days now!

  2. We have the playhouse and our DD and DS both love it, so many hours of fun! Love your top picks!

  3. Mini gardening tools! It’s amazing how long ‘helping’ in the garden can go on. But be careful the helpers don’t pull up the plants!

  4. Summer in Van is my favorite, it’s too bad I won’t be heading down there until January 🙁

    We’ve been having similar weather up here on the North Coast and it’s great for the little ones to play in 🙂

  5. bubbles, the cheapest and most loved here, they blow bubbles for the dogs to chase, everyone has fun 🙂

  6. We need to get one of those playhouses for our kids. I bet they would love playing in it together!

  7. July 13-I love your suggestion for making one’s own Bubble Solution and the ideas for making the forms for blowing the bubbles. I find every small child, and some much older, is usually fascinated with blowing bubbles.

  8. The water/sand table looks like fun. Bubbles always seem to be a hit.

  9. I always love all your pics of A! He looks like he’s having so much fun! Great job mama 🙂

  10. We live in an apartment and don’t have the space for the wonderful toys you have.

  11. He is one happy boy! These toys look amazing and like they’d hold the attention of a wee one for quite a while!


  12. My little guys love playing in the water so we got them a water/sand table for their birthday. They love it!

  13. I remember as children having home made bubbles – brings back some good memories

  14. my kids love playing in water…we have a wading pool as well as a swing and slide set for them. anything to keep them active and outdoors works for me!

  15. I want to try and make a DIY water and sand table – I love a good project!!

  16. My kids love bubbles and water play – essential parts of an excellent summer :)!

  17. Looks like a great way to get kids to play outside for hours.

  18. Great ideas, thanks for sharing, bubbles were always my favourite as a kid 😀

  19. I love how bubbles can entertain kids at any age! Will have to check out the water table. It looks like a lot of fun!

  20. Loved all the photos but especially the one with the bubbles. Looks like your son had a super summer last year. Hope this one’s as much fun for him 🙂

  21. I believe every child loves bubbles and its cheap fun

  22. I really like the playhouses.

  23. Small children(and older ones) love blowing bubbles, as your sons do. I bought a bubble machine(half price) while out shopping. It was a big hit with two of my great grandchildren who loved it so much they fought over it. However, peace was restored and all is well in the land of blowing bubbles.

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