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It's International Children's Day tomorrow, which has got me thinking about the summer holidays. If the weather carries on like this (i.e. miserable) I predict it might be quite difficult to get the kids to play outside this summer.

That's why I've put together this list of outdoor toy deals to help you pry them away from their gadgets and games consoles - and out into the world! Hopefully you should find something here to occupy them (and keep them out from under your feet) for hours at a time. I've tried to find something to suit all budgets.

All these deals and prices were correct on 31.05.2013, but there's a chance that they could've been changed or removed by the retailer since then. Prices might include postage and packaging and VAT - but we can't guarantee it.

Under £20.00

If you're looking for a few little things to keep your troublemakers busy, have a look at these outdoor toy offers for under £20.

In the 'kids' funtime' deals starting on 6th June at Lidl, you can get this space hopper for £4.99. Choose your preferred design: Disney's Cars, Spiderman, Disney Princess or Minnie Mouse.

This giant snakes and ladders set from Mothercare is like two games in one. Before you play, you have to fit it together like a jigsaw. It's £7.50 down from £15 in the 'selected toys up to 50% off' promotion. You can get an extra 20% off with the code CL20 until 10.06.2013.

Certain outdoor toys are now £10 at the Disney Store. I like this Spiderman water gun. The deal also includes other fun things like skittle sets, skateboards and paddling pools featuring Disney characters.

The traditionalists among you might like this colourful diamond kite for £19.95 from Hopefully your kids will enjoy it too.

£20 - £50

There are deals on outdoor toys at the Early Learning Centre, plus free standard delivery if you spend over £50. I am pretty jealous of any kid who gets to play on this splash tunnel this summer - if the sun ever emerges. You put water through the tunnel with a hosepipe and the kids can slide down into the splash pool. It's £32, down from £40.

If your little ones are after their own little den, try this colourful holiday playhouse - £50 down from £75 at Tesco.

£50 - £100

At Crafts 4 Kids there's 10% off and free shipping on orders over £50 with the code AF10 - until 31.12.2013. I quite fancy this 'Build Your Own Go Kart' kit, myself. With the code it's about £58.50 instead of £64.99 (RRP £74.99).

At Homebase, use the code TOYS20 to get 20% off outdoor toys and playhouses - even on top of existing offers - until 03.06.2013. For example, this unisex BMX is £79.99 but is reduced to £63.99 with the code (saving you £16).

In the '20%%; off outdoor toys and playhouses' promotion at WHSmith, this wooden single swing set is £79.99, down from £99.99.

It's half price on selected toys and pools over at Argos, meaning this 8-foot trampoline is now £79.99, down from £159.99.


If you're looking to really splash out (and we mean really splash out) on your kids this summer, why not buy them this wooden play centre from Toys R Us. It's 'nautical themed' so everyone can pretend they're pirates while they play on it. It includes a play den, a two-seat glider, a swing, an 8-foot slide, a rock climbing wall, a cargo net, a climbing ramp and a ship's wheel - which should hopefully keep the little ones occupied for weeks on end. Save £300 - it's £699.99 down from £999.99.

How are you keeping your kids occupied this summer?

Share ideas and deals on keeping your children entertained over the long summer months on thinkmoney's Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. We'd also love to hear what you think of the above deals - are you going to sneak a go on their go-kart once it's built, or hide round a corner to squirt them with the Spiderman water gun? We hope so.

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