It’s a challenge facing parents across Ireland: how to entertain your child.
With summer set to approach – and that long break from school – we took a look at the best toys on the market to keep kids active in the backyard this summer.
Check out our list below for inspiration.
Mega Hurling Rebounder € 34.99
Transform your backyard into Croke Park this summer with this World of Wonder toy bouncer.
They’ll be ready to play for their riding at the end of the summer after practicing their header, passing and goaltending skills.
Trampoline € 149.99
Instead of bouncing off the walls inside, let them bounce safely outside.
A trampoline should keep them happy for an hour or two, just by bouncing.
You can go as big or as small as you want with a trampoline, but the one pictured is Smyth’s 8ft Round Trampoline
Wooden swing set € 369.00
Let them climb and sway until their hearts are satisfied with this set of wooden swing sets from outdoorfun.ie
They won’t find the time to see who can go the highest on their swings!
Mud kitchen € 195.00
Let them create as many mud pies, scents and special potions as they want with this mud kitchen from Nimblefingers.ie, where it’s available for pre-order.
Let their imaginations run wild as they run around the garden collecting stones to make stone soup for lunch.
For a little something for everyone, this wooden climbing and slide and swing set from junglegym.ie ticks all the boxes.
You will need space for this, but it will be guaranteed to keep the kids entertained for hours.
Rainbow Inflatable Sprinkler € 25.99
Everyone loves the magic of rainbows and this inflatable rainbow sprinkler from Kaliedy.com is the perfect addition for warm temperatures in every garden.
Kids will love having their own rainbow to run through.
H20GO double slide zipper! € 25.00
Back yard races, anyone? See who can make it to the end of this fastest slip ‘n’ slide from Douglasforestandgarden.ie.
The competition will be endless and they will have countless races trying to fight each other out, so it’s a crowd pleaser.
Swing set € 29.99
A classic game that never gets old.
Get the whole family involved and see who can come out victorious. You will all have a lot of laughs with this one.
You can get this swingball set at tinneystoys.com.
Wooden sandbox with bench cover € 127.84
Sand traps are always a huge hit with children and older children.
This easy.ie sandbox comes with a much needed cover (thanks to Irish weather!) That converts into two small benches, meaning they can get into the action comfortably. Don’t forget to buy buckets and spades to let their imaginations take over.
This funhouse with slide and pool at Argos.ie is perfect for playing with or without water.
Let children bounce knowing they are protected by a net, and if it is not hot enough to be used with water, put balls in the pool and you will have a hard time getting them in. ‘outside.
Giant tumbling tower blocks € 49.99
Who will be the first person to bring down the tower?
These giant tower blocks from KenBlack.ie will ensure kids work on their observation skills by crafting the best bricks to choose from to keep the tower from falling.
Let the competition begin.
Inflatable 4 in a row € 7.50
This old school classic has been redesigned for the garden, and it’s also a good deal from argos.ie.
It’s inflatable, which means it’s easy to store for year-after-year use, and a great addition to summer barbecue parties!
Who will be the 4th place winner?
Noughts and crosses € 25.95
Another old school classic that never gets old is noughts and crosses, so this outdoor version from mimitoys.ie should definitely be on the list to add to your backyard games.
Perfect for any occasion, it will provide plenty of entertainment for children and adults of all ages.
Frisbee golf anyone?
The great thing about this Frisbee Golf game from cogsthebrainshop.ie is that it is collapsible, so it can easily be taken on a picnic or at the beach, as well as set up in the back garden.
Dome climber and slide € 174.99
If you don’t have room for a large performance hall, this could be the place for you.
This Dome Climber and Slide will provide the thrill of sliding that kids love, while giving them a little space to transform into a den or whatever they want.
Get this from littlewoods.ie.
All prices are correct at the time of writing.