Whoop! Summer’s here. And with warm weather gracing us every now again, it's time to think about getting kids playing in the garden. But with a growing range of garden toys out there, which ones are best for them? We’ve mowed into action to give you the best toys to help develop a range of different skills. Just add the suncream and you’re all set to help them learn while they play.

Garden toys to help with… Balancing skills

Balancing skills are so important for both toddlers and pre-schoolers, helping to build core muscles. So get them developing while they play. A swing with a rope centred in the middle can encourage coordination in a fun way. Awesome.

Elsa playing with the Bigjigs Ladybird Swing

Bigjigs Ladybird Swing, £13.

Alternatively, these Happy Hopperz are another option. A modern take on the 1970's space hopper, these sturdy, animal shaped ride-on toys come in a range of sizes for different ages.

Garden toys for… Open ended, imaginative play

There’s a great range of creative toys that can be harnessed when they’re outdoors. This Moluk Bilibo Sensory Toy has been created to encourage kids to use their imaginations. It can be a pond for their toy ducks, bridge or a hat and it’s great for water play too.

Isla playing with the Moluk Bilibo Sensory Toy

Moluk Bilibo Sensory Toy, £25 .

Got more than one kid? You can’t go wrong with this Traditional Garden Games Parachute. It’ll provide hours of entertainment and can be anything they want it to be, from a tent to a giant river to a big picnic mat. It’s their choice!

Garden Toys…To get kids green fingered

It’s never too early to teach kids about nature. The best way to do that? Get them involved. This Green Toys Watering Can is a great place to start. Simple to hold thanks to an easy pour spout and cotton rope carrying handle, it also includes a rake and shovel. It’s a great set for teaching them about planting and how things grow.

James playing with the Green Toys Watering Can

Green Toys Watering Can, £16.50 .

Or, go one step further and get them this Janod Kids Metal Wheelbarrow*. Sturdy and complete with metal gardening tools, it’s great for encouraging them to be responsible. Want more? Check out our grow your own kits in our grow section.
*Sorry, this product isn’t currently available in the US.

Garden Toys for...Developing kids’ sharing skills

Babies and toddlers aren’t the best at sharing, we’ve been there and lived it. So help them learn these important skills while they play with some fun games that teach them about waiting their turn and collaborative play.

The Traditional Garden Toys Big Fish Little Fish game encourages kids to play together. Let them take turns to try and score the most points by catching the fish. It’s great for getting them counting and teaching them about winning and losing too.

Sebastian playing with the Traditional Garden Toys Big Fish Little Fish Game

Traditional Garden Toys Big Fish Little Fish Game, £17.

Got a paddling pool out? This Sunnylife Ring Toss Game is another fun idea. Just blow it up, place it in the water and let them take turns in trying to throw the numbered rings onto the crab. A great game on land, it’ll teach them about patience too!

There we go, a round-up of some of the best kids' garden toys and games to help enhance balancing, imaginative and sharing skills. Roll into it...