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The first day of spring arrives on March 20 (yay!) and that means more sunlight and longer days for children to play outdoors.
And we all know that’s the most beneficial environment for kids to play. According to Harvard University, getting outside helps produce vitamin D (which makes bones grow strong), offers additional opportunities and variation for body movement, and is an inventive avenue to learn how to take safe risks, socialize, and get into nature, which beats stress and nurtures that little explorer instinct.
But you don’t need to put too much thought into how to keep kids entertained outside — we’ve done the hard part, researching and selecting the most interactive, engaging, and age-appropriate toys on the market right now that best serve outdoor play as we head into spring and even summer. STEM kits like this water rocket will satisfy children’s interests from crafts to science and space, and those with green thumbs and a healthy belief in magic will love this unicorn garden. And children wanting to push the boundaries of bedtime and expend their energy won’t turn down a glow-in-the-dark backyard sword fight.
The best news (in our parenting book): None of the toys we’ve included in our list exceed $50 — plus, you can score some on sale — so you can feel really good about the value you and your child are getting. So get started and browse this awesome outdoor toy selection that lets your family enjoy the beauty of nature for as long as possible.