8 outdoor toys designed for dads as well as kids

A bubbler, a bouncer, a mower and a (pink) power bike - one dad enjoys his daughter's favourite outdoor toys


Bubble Flashlight, £8

No outdoor fun is complete without BUBBLES! The Bubble Flashlight has six rotating rings that at the touch of a button, fire tons of bubbles across the garden to the delight of all – or in the house if the little ones have their way! It takes three batteries that last a surprising amount of time – so you and the kids can blow bubbles all summer long.


Available from Tesco


Little Tikes Easy Store Giant Slide, £99.99

Perfect for gardens of almost any size, this heavy duty, colourful slide will keep the kids entertained all-year-round. It’s easy to construct (it took minutes), and even folds away when you don’t need it – a great feature for the smaller garden). It offers a good sized slide at a great price which can be enjoyed by young toddlers but can still be used by kids well into their early school years.

Available at Toys R Us


Sizzlin’ Cool Bouncer with Air Blower, £149.99

This really clever and extremely well-constructed bouncer is big enough for at least three youngsters to enjoy safely – it’s surrounded by netting – and has a slide for entering and exiting. It takes minutes to peg the device to the ground and connect the surprisingly heavy-duty (but quiet) motor that keeps the castle bouncing. The product is really easy to put away, and comes with a handy carry bag that allows you to throw it in the car and take it out to friends and family.  It’s sizzlin’ cool!

Available at Toys R Us


Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Mower, £14.99

The great thing about this lawn mower is that it doesn’t even require any grass – it works just as well on a patio or in the kitchen as it does on the lawn. As with all products from the brilliant Fisher Price, this is a heavy-duty plastic toy that is both fun and helps your child to learn. With five different settings and three different learning levels, the mover sings and counts as your toddler pushes it around. Yes, the songs do get stuck in your head too – but some of them are quite fun!

Available at Argos


George Home and Sand Water Table, £15

Will there ever be a toddler who doesn’t like making sandcastles and splashing around with water? The answer is clearly, no. That’s why this simple water and sand table is something that you need in your garden this summer. It’s compact, not over-engineered and extremely easy to put together. It has decent sized water and sand areas and comes with a good number of fun accessories that includes a water wheel feature, watering can, spade, bucket and lots of sand shapers. Great fun at a great price.

Available at Asda


Happy Hoperz Pink Power Bike, £23.99

Sit on it, bounce on it, jump on it, throw it… yep, as far as inflatable toys go Happy Hoperz are a very versatile and fun summer fixture for around the garden (and the house). The Pink Power Bike isn’t the only model available – pick from a selection of weird and wonderful animals and vehicles to find the perfect “space hopper for little people” that suits your child.

Available at HappyHopperz.co.uk


John Lewis Turtle Paddling Pool, £10

How can you have a summer without a paddling pool? You can’t! This simple but effective pool offers a comfortable paddling environment for one and also offers the added benefit of an attractive inflatable turtle roof that helps to offer a little bit of shade whilst the kids are taking a dip.

Available at John Lewis


Chad Valley 6ft trampoline and enclosure, £79.99

Compact, safe and fun, this trampoline is a great way to inject a little bounce into your garden without breaking the bank.  At 6 feet wide, the tramp is at the smaller end of the market which makes it perfect for those (like me) with limited space to play with.  Sturdy and surrounded by a clever netting system with the support poles on the outside, you can allow your youngsters to play for hours on this toy in the confidence that they will have fun and come to no harm. It did take several hours for me to assemble, but it was well worth the wait and has already survived one winter in my garden looking good as new!


Available at Argos

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