Our guide to the best outdoor presents to keep your kids busy this summer
When you can officially check the 10-day weather forecast and there are NO CLOUDS in sight, you know it’s time to retreat from the Netflix cave and emerge into the sunshine. You may blink into the light and find that during the winter, your toys from last spring have rusted, grown moss, collected dust, outlasted their utility or otherwise been transformed into an undesirable state for playing. That’s why we’ve scoured the earth for the best outdoor presents that get your kids out and playing.
Out with the old, in with the new. Spring is all about resurgence and rejuvenation, right? Kids need a REASON to go outside nowadays. Let Wicked Uncle help you make it a compelling one! Take a look at our best outdoor presents for 2019:
- Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow
- The Amazing Stikball and Mitts
- Mini Hornit
- Nerf Aero Howler
- Flashflight Flying Frisbee
- Jazzminton Ultimate Paddle Game
- Metal Detector
- Fire Fighter’s Water Sprayer
- Waboba Sol Ball
Kids three and up are capable of putting this miniature plastic soccer ball together, unfolding it, and taking it with them everywhere! The pieces can create a frisbee, juggling balls, or anything else you can think of. Babes of all ages love the Foooty – it’s considered currency on most modern playgrounds. Perfect for springtime, and much easier on the toes than an actual soccer ball!
This game is ideal for two players – two siblings, say, who need a safe way to vent their natural aggression, or two pals who ought to put down those joysticks and get out into the yard! Strap the adjustable velcro vests on and split up the soft balls – then it’s an all-out arms race! Dodge, duck, throw, run, slide, and dive! Whoever gets all three balls stuck to their opponents vest is the victor! Safe for kids five and up.
Have you ever been so excited about warm weather you just HAD to stomp something? Throw in a glowing rocket, and this is your guy! Ideally sized for hands and feet as young as three, all you have to do is connect to the vinyl hose the blast pad, and LEAP onto it to launch the glow-in-the-dark rocket up to 100 feet into the big, wide universe. Fantastic gift for backyard contests, long summer nights, and birthday parties!
The stikball is an amazing feat of science. Non-gooey and yet sticky? It’ll stick to any flat surface, AND it comes with two flat surface mitts! Perfect for little four year old hands just learning how to grip a baseball and aren’t yet for the hard stuff yet. Also, perfect for parents who like their windows whole and complete.
This little guy is a sweet and safe addition to any bike. Sun’s gone down, so it’s time to come inside, right? WRONG! The mini hornit keeps the fun going after dark. It’s got 25 fun sounds including a dixie horn, motorbike, UFO, police car, a lion’s roar and even an old-fashioned bike bell! The sounds have 3 different volumes, plus it has white and green light to guide your nocturnal journeys. If you’re old enough to ride a bike, you’re old enough for the mini hornit!
Learning to throw a football spiral can be tricky, but this nerf howler makes it so easy you’ll wish you’d had one when you were a kid! It even makes a wild, howling noise as it tears through the atmosphere. The howler has a hand grip and a long tail to make passing up to 100 yards a cinch. Give a kid as young as five a howler, and you won’t see them again til dinner time!
Frisbee is a time-honored American classic – it’s about time it got jazzed up with blinking lights! The fiber-optic design brings the LED light all the way to the edges, so the whole disc is illuminated for night time play, and the durable material allows the frisbee to fly longer and straighter, lit up for 20 whole hours. Say goodbye to slicing your palms on rough edges, too – this frisbee is basically the whole package. Ideal for kids five and up.
These guys thought of everything. Badminton can now be played anyhow, anywhere, and it’s even got a neat little carrying case to bring to the beach, the playground, the park, your buddy’s house, you name it! Included are two floating balls for paddle ball by land or sea, four badminton birdies—two slow and two fast—for beginner or advanced play, and two LED birdies for night play. Must be at least six to pick up a paddle.
Want to do a little cool roleplaying, and have an absolute watery blast at the same time? The fire fighter’s super water sprayer fills up with water, straps on your back, and packs a wet punch. Up to 20 feet of spray power with a single pump for fighting all the fake fires you can dream up in a day.
And finally the Waboba Sol Ball. It changes colors in the sun, it bounces MULTIPLE TIMES on water on a single throw, and it’s a gateway ball! Once a kid gets a taste for playing catch, they’ll be outside forever. Take it to the pool, the beach, or the backyard. The Sol ball is fun everywhere!
Get out and play!
Going outside doesn’t have to mean rubbing two sticks together. Get to sweatin’! Aaaaaaand emerging from winter hibernation, Wicked Uncle’s elusive comedy king presents…
Q: Does February like March? A: No, but April May
Q: Why did Cinderella get kicked off the baseball team? A: She always ran away from the ball.
Q: How excited was the gardener about spring? A: So excited he wet his plants.