Gardens are readymade playgrounds for kids and we love that outside toys can help them with lifelong skills too. We’ve picked out the best garden goodies to encourage their dexterity, imagination and sharing skills - whatever the weather. Just remember their wellies too, if it's sloshing it down.

FINDING THEIR BALANCE

Balancing skills are so important for toddlers and preschoolers, helping them to build those important core muscles groups while they play. A clever grow-with-them scooter like the Scoot & Ride Highwaykick 1 or a Happy Hopperz jumpy friend is a great pick.

Happy Hopperz

Happy Hopperz

INSPIRING OPEN-ENDED PLAY

All kids are majorly imaginative, so open-ended toys that they can use outside are great for stimulating their playful brains. The Moluk Bilibo can be anything they want it to be, from a water play pond, bridge for their cars or a seat for them to spin in. If you've a couple of kids to entertain at once, constructing a den can encourage hours of role play fun. The pl-ug tent kit is perfect for making use of patio furniture or you could even use a bed sheet - so long as it's not your 400-thread-count only-for-best! Finally, the Dr Zigs My First Giant Bubble Kit is always a huge hit with kids of any age - and parents too.

Moluk Bilibo

Moluk Bilibo

GETTING THEM GREEN-FINGERED

It’s never too early to teach kids about nature. And the best way to do it? Get them involved. Janod, Plan Toys and Quut are brands you want to check out for mini gardening tools. If they don't mind getting their hands muddy, Seedbom kits are ideal for teaching them about planting and how things grow. Don't forget to explain the importance of regular watering too.

Seedbom

Seedboms

DEVELOPING THEIR SHARING SKILLS

Sharing is a skill we all have to learn at some point in life. (Some learn it better than others!) Thankfully, play is one of the best ways to teach it to youngsters. Traditional Garden Toys have some great lawn games to let them master the art of taking turns and not always being the 'winner'. Sunnylife also does a lovely Ring Toss Zoo Animal Set with smooth jute rings that are great for little hands to hold.

Traditional Garden Toys

Traditional Garden Toys

So there you have it - some of the best garden goodies to get their social and motor skills blossoming. Check out our Outdoor Play category for even more fresh air fun.