The Best Outdoor Toys For Summer 2014

With this summer shaping up to be a scorcher, it's time to stock up on some new outdoor toys and games to tempt your kids away from the TV and their consoles.

There are lots of ways to have fun outdoors with little or no equipment, such as making mud pies, building dens and playing games like stuck in the mud.

But chances are, at some point over the holidays, your kids are going to be hankering after something new to play with.

Climbing frames and swings are something of a mixed blessing - yes, the grass underneath will never be the same again and they can be fiddly to put up, but they do keep kids happily entertained year after year.

In fact, when the time comes to dismantle the frame as your children have finally outgrown it, you may even feel a little sad to part ways with the clunky garden ornament that became the setting of many a happy summer memory.

But climbing frames aren't the only option. There are plenty of toys and games around that don't require a lot of outdoor space and even some that can be bought with £5 pocket money.

To save you the hassle of browsing the shops in the heat, we've rounded up some of our top picks of the outdoor toys available this year in the gallery below.

Happy holidays!

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