13 Best Outdoor Toys for Toddlers of 2021

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13 Best Outdoor Toys for Toddlers of 2021

October 19, 2021
posted by Chelsea Lavin

 child in grey wagon

It is finally November, and we are ready to jingle all the way to the holiday season! Have you started your shopping yet? Whether you’re just kicking off your holiday hunt for top toddler toys or checking your list twice to find that perfect last gift, Radio Flyer has you covered with our list of the 13 best outdoor toys for toddlers. From popular backyard favorites and driveway darlings to on-the-go adventure vehicles, your 2 and 3 year-olds will love these toys for years to come.

When choosing an outdoor toy for your toddler, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Safety: All Radio Flyer products are created with safety at the forefront of design. Also, as we head into the winter season, check out these safety tips from our expert pediatrician on safe outdoor play in colder weather.
  • Durability: To withstand the outdoors, durability is key. Radio Flyer products are built to withstand years of play and miles of smiles. We have a wide selection of products with air tires for all-terrain fun.
  • Longevity: Not only are Radio Flyer products built to last, many are designed for extended play through multiple life stages! Our grow with me products like our Stroll ‘N Trikes® easily transform through multiple developmental stages for years of play for each child.
  • Play Value: Last but not least, a great outdoor toy should be fun to play with! Radio Flyer has been inspiring play for over 103 years. We know the power of play and its powerful role in childhood development. Read more about 5 ways that play helps kids develop skills.


1. Best Electric Ride-On for Future Race Car Drivers: Ultimate Go-Kart

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Every kid dreams of having their very own go-kart at home, so bring home the fun this holiday season with this ultimate racing machine. Your child will love zooming around outdoors with 3 speed settings –  and top speed of 8 mph! – and using the large rear tires for drifting action. Features like the high visibility racing flag, a hand brake system, and sturdy steel frame add to the classic look and make it a safe ride.

The Ultimate Go-Kart is a perfect gift for toddlers and kids with the need for speed between the ages of 3 and 8 years old. From rookie rider to pro racer, this kids go-kart is sure to be a family favorite. Shop the Ultimate Go-Kart.


2. Best Outdoor 6V Ride-On for Toddlers: Grow with Me Racer

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Equipped with a parent remote control with an 80 foot range, the Grow with Me Racer is essentially a gift for both parents and toddlers! This racer ride-on grows with your child from ages 1 ½ to 4 as they learn to zoom and steer on their own. Parents can use the remote to control the speed and steering for a completely adult driven experience, perfect for young toddlers.

As your little one grows, transition to the adult correcting mode as they continue to learn until they are ready to roll on their own! The wheels allow for use both indoors and outdoors. Toddlers will feel like little racers as they use the easy push to go button and working steering wheel to cruise the neighborhood at speeds up to 2 miles per hour. With maneuverable spins and a rechargeable battery, you can expect smiles for miles from your little one with this present. Shop the Grow with Me Racer.


3. Best Driveway Ride-On for Toddlers: Cyclone™

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Watch your toddler zoom, spin, and grin after finding the Radio Flyer Cyclone™ underneath the tree. Zooming forward? Sure thing. Racing backward? No problem. 360⁰ spins? Absolutely! With large 16” wheels and arm-powered action, the Radio Flyer Cyclone™ toy can go every which way all over the driveway. This gift will deliver hours of outdoor toddler entertainment and thrills. Shop the Cyclone™.


4. Best Toy for Little Green Thumbs: Kid’s Wheelbarrow

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Give the gift of gardening to your toddler this holiday with this adorable Kid’s Wheelbarrow. It’s a real wheelbarrow designed for toddler sized fun! This backyard toy for 3 year olds and up is perfect for all types of outdoor play. Use in the garden, for imaginary play, or even to create a beautiful floral display! The seamless steel tray, real wood handles, and durable molded wheel make this backyard toy perfect for both outdoor and indoor use. Shop the Kid’s Wheelbarrow.


5. Best Classic Trike for Neighborhood Strolls: 3-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike®

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Sleigh the sidewalks with the versatile 3-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike®. With three riding stages, this outdoor trike is the perfect vehicle to help your toddler as young as 18 months navigate the neighborhood as they learn to ride.

Removable features such as the adjustable push handle and safety ring easily transform the vehicle from a parent-assist toddler trike to a true classic trike, allowing your child to ride independently as they grow. Don’t forget about the rear storage bin – your child’s favorite other toys can join in every sidewalk stroll! Shop the 3-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike®.


6. Best Beach Wagon: Beach & Boardwalk Wagon™

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Whether you live somewhere with sunshine year-round or you’re thinking ahead to warmer summer days as we enter the winter season, the Beach & Boardwalk Wagon™ is the best gift for beachgoers. Sustainably designed with 100% recycled wagon fabric, families will love the versatility of this folding wagon.

Toddlers can use this outdoor vehicle for a seaside stroll, as a shady spot for sitting, or as a place to store their favorite beach toys, towels, and snacks. Extra wide beach tires ensure a smooth ride across the sand, and the rear storage bar is the ideal storage spot for up to three beach chairs. Perfect for the beach or anywhere your family goes, this wagon is ready for outdoor adventures when you are. Shop the Beach & Boardwalk Wagon™.


7. Best Custom Outdoor Wagon for Toddlers: Build-A-Wagon®

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Unwrap memories this year with a custom Build-A-Wagon®. Choose a wagon base, add your favorite combination of accessories, and personalize for a special touch for the toddlers in your life. With Build-a-Wagon®, you can design your very own adventure-ready ride tailored to your unique needs. Upgrade to all-terrain air tires for the ultimate outdoor wagon designed for smooth rides, even on rough or uneven surfaces. This custom wagon will be a vehicle of imagination for years to come. Shop Build-A-Wagon®.


8. Best First Bike for the Littlest Riders: Air Ride Balance Bike

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Toddlers will have a holly, jolly good time riding & gliding their Air Ride Balance Bike. This balance bike is the ideal learning tool for the littlest riders. It helps to seamlessly transition toddlers beginning as young as 18 months from a push bike to a pedal bicycle by focusing on key gross motor skills such as balance, motion, and coordination. Plus, the adjustable comfort seat grows with your child, making it a perfect fit whether your child is 2 years old or 5 years old!

Rubber 12" air tires hug terrains like sidewalks and driveways for smooth outdoor riding. The whitewall tires and fun ringing bell add to the classic design of this outside toy for toddlers. Shop the Air Ride Balance Bike.


9. Best Indoor and Outdoor Climber: Play & Fold Away Treetop Tower

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Let imagination climb to new heights with the Play & Fold Away Treetop Tower playset. It is great for indoor or outdoor use and folds flat for easy transitions and storage. Toddlers ages 2 to 5 will love exploring the fun play features like a telescope, rotating steering wheel, and secret play space. Shop the Play & Fold Away Treetop Climber


10. Best Bounce House for Kids and Groups: Backyard Bouncer

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The Backyard Bouncer is the perfect inflatable bounce house with slide for up to 3 kids ages 3-8 years. Parents will love how the bounce house encourages active play and includes safety features like an extra-grippy bounce surface, high walls, and mesh netting. Shop the Backyard Bouncer


11. Best Mini Bounce House: Backyard Bouncer Jr.

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This inflatable bounce house has room for up to 2 kids ages 2-8 to bounce the day away. It has high walls and mesh netting and a long bouncy slide for added fun. Quick and easy set up and storage make for long afternoons of active imaginative play. Shop the Backyard Bouncer Jr


12. Best Adjustable Race Car: Grow Kart™

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The Grow Kart™ is the first go-kart for kids with a unique telescoping frame that expands six inches to grow with the driver. With grip tread on the rear wheels and a parent-controlled speed switch, this go-kart is great for beginner riders ages 2-5 years old. Shop the Grow Kart™.


13. Best Wagon with Dual Canopies: Dual Canopy Family Wagon

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This wagon is great for sunny afternoon walks with dual adjustable UV protection canopies. Discover three wagons in one with two rider seating, hauling, and bench mode. When the fun is done, easily remove the canopies or one hand fold for easy storage. Shop the Dual Canopy Family Wagon.


Looking for more great toys for your child to unwrap this year? Check out our list of our 11 best indoor toys for active toddlers of 2021 for those chilly winter days and our 7 best retro toys for kids to bring some nostagia to the holiday season. Don’t forget to add a bow for the perfect finishing touch to a memorable gift! Share your #UnwrapRadioFlyer moments with us by tagging @radioflyerinc or using #radioflyer on social media.