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The Best Backyard Toys

All moms know that eeping kids occupied all summer is a special kind of challenge. Here are some of our favorite backyard toys that should keep your kids busy as bees.

Bumper Bubble Balls
$40
Bumper Bubble Balls
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We don’t know who had more fun with these: our kids (ramming into each other) or us, laughing at how ridiculous they looked in these ball suits.  This is also a good way to get out your aggression. Forget couple’s therapy. Just do this!

Dodge Tag
$24
Dodge Tag
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This is a cool idea. It’s a velcro vest for playing dodgeball. This is a great way to burn a lot energy. And don’t worry, the balls are soft.

Stomp Rocket
$19
Stomp Rocket
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This is a go-to birthday present because pretty much every kid loves jumping and seeing how far they can get the rocket to fly.  And searching for the rockets afterwards is part of the fun.

Bug View Tool & Magnifier
$55
Bug View Tool & Magnifier
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We love this toy for how simple it is: Catch bugs and look at them. If it sounds simple, it is, but it actually provides a lot of entertainment for kids!

Walkie Talkies
$20
Walkie Talkies
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Honestly, our kids have so much fun talking to each other in the backyard and we take these things out to the beach and on our annual camp-out.  For the older ones, it’s the next best thing to getting a phone.

Neon Street Rollers
$36
Neon Street Rollers
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These things are awesome. They turn any shoes into roller skates just by snapping them on. Your kids might get the hang of them right away, but I recommend some elbow pads just in case.

Bubble Toys
$5
Bubble Toys
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This bubble glove is a fun twist on your typical bubble squirter.  It’s a little easier for little ones than blowing bubbles because they can just wave their hand.

Chalk Toys
$25
Chalk Toys
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Chalk is another backyard classic, but we found some ways to spice it up! We love this Mandala Design kit that lets you stencil works of art in your driveway, but you definitely want to tape it down to make it easier. Also, try neon and glitter chalk. So pretty!

Water Table
$40
Water Table
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Discovery Wall
$40
Discovery Wall
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For little kids, water tables are always a slam dunk. Water tables are a great investment if you don’t have a pool. We love the Discovery Waterfall wall because it has movable parts so kids can change the pieces around to create their own waterfall.  

Squap Paddles & Ball
$25
Squap Paddles & Ball
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Now if you’re looking for something that gets everybody moving, there’s Squap. You use the paddles to pop and launch the ball! Pop it and launch it! That’s all there is to it!

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Lizzy is the host of What’s Up Moms Gear show and the mom to 3 kids. When she’s not testing out new products, you can find her on her Instagram @lizzymathis and @thecoolmomco.