Playtime: 10 best outdoor toys

Tempt children away from their screens and out into the garden with one of these playthings

When it comes to playtime for youngsters, a garden easily beats indoors. No wonder kids are every bit as eager as adults for the sun to come out – and no more so than if you have some outdoor toys to keep them busy.

Not sure what to buy? Read on to find out our best picks for the summer ahead including swing sets, climbing frames and see saws. Don’t worry if you have no garden – we’ve included some options you can take to the park too.

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The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe isn’t new, but it continues to be by far the best investment you can make in outdoor toys for younger children. For something with more longevity that will keep kids of all ages happy, the new Plum Climbing Pyramid Outdoor Play Centre is so good that they’re bound to want to be on it, whatever the weather.

Buy now

1. Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, £44.99

2. Garden Games Wooden Sailing Boat Sand Pit, £110.50

3. Plum Climbing Pyramid Outdoor Play Centre, £659.99

4. Argos Twin Flexi Goal and Ball, £19.99

5. Lakeland VW Campervan Pop Up Play Tent, £54.99

6. Delta Double Swing and Seesaw Swing Set, £49.99

7. Little Tikes Woodside Cottage, £279.99

8. Ozzbozz Cosmic Kids’ See Saw, £31.99

9. Early Learning Centre Inflatable Play Island, £45

10. Plum Whirlwind Trampoline, £299