Backyard fun for toddlers often translates into climbers, pools, push toys, creative toys and things with wheels, though many of the greatest pleasures can stem from free items found around the home. Plastic utensils and bowls, cardboard boxes and plastic milk jugs can be repurposed for hours of play. While toys should be fun and safe, they should also match a child's blossoming skills and stages of development, explains the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Although toddlers are developing a sense of danger, they often experiment with the multitude of things their bodies can do, from hanging by their arms and jumping from heights to climbing and rolling. Climbers are one way to accommodate this developmental stage. Some age-appropriate climbers include the Little Tikes Tunnel 'N Dome Climber and the AllStar Sports Climber by Step 2.
Toys that utilize a child's large and small motor skills are very appropriate. Void of pedals, gears and batteries, the PlaSmart Plasma Car offers toddlers the opportunity to be mobile and safe while having fun. Gymnic features the Rody Pony, a cushioned toy that encourages toddlers to bounce, while Melissa and Doug's Tootle Turtle Mower encourages them to mow.
Many backyard toys nourish creativity, including the Cook 'n Play Outdoor Set by Little Tikes, Dunebug's Farm Truck and Crayola's Rainbow Rake.