It’s no secret that toddlers love to climb. Once they reach a certain age it seems like you’re always peeling them off of something. Climbing is actually good for your toddler, it’s a way for them to develop and exercise gross motor skills. It also helps them to learn about their environment and gain confidence. I find that my toddlers want to help out, so they climb on the bookshelf to turn on the radio or air conditioner despite my constantly telling them not to. Of course, parents want to be sure their child isn’t going to hurt themselves. I’ve gathered a list of five of the best climbing toys for toddlers to give them a place to channel that climbing energy in a place that isn’t going to break or fall on top of them!
The great thing about these climbing toys is that they all have great reviews, come from reputable companies, and they can be placed indoors or out.
Recommended Ages: 12 months-4 years
Dimensions: 23.3 x 51.9 x 39.8 inches
Weight: 23.5 pounds
The Little Tykes Hide and Seek Climber is made especially for your 18-month-old. The plastic gym can be placed indoors or outdoors and features a mini-green rock climbing wall where your child can exercise. Once they scale the little wall, they can slide right down and do it all over again. They can also play hide and seek and build their own fort underneath the climber. The slide slopes just at the end so they’ll have a soft landing at the bottom.
Recommended Ages: 24 months-6 years
Dimensions: 30 x 63 x 43 inches
Weight: 2.09 pounds
The perfect climbing toy for your future athlete. It includes a basketball hoop, climbing ladder, hole for a football toss, soccer goal, slide and a score keeper. It also includes three sports balls, a football, a soccer ball, and basketball. This multi-use toy teaches children to climb, throw, shoot and kick at a specific target. When they’re taking a break from the game, they can have fun on the 36-inch slide.
Recommended Ages: 24 months-6 years
Dimensions: 56.8 x 123 x 70 inches
Weight: 197 pounds
This one makes me wish I were a kid again. This clubhouse climber really looks like a little house. This multi-activity center allows your toddler to get out their climbing energy and then some. The features of the Step2 Clubhouse Climber include a captain’s wheel where kids can pretend to steer their own pirate ship…or spaceship, where ever their imagination takes them! They can play peek-a-boo and enjoy the sunlight with the domed rooftop skylight. Safety features include no-slip stairs and easy-grip handles so your toddler can enjoy the fun without getting hurt. What climber is complete without a slide? They can climb the stairs, run across the bridge and finish off down the slide!
Recommended Ages: 1.5-5 years
Dimensions: 43.7 x 31.2 x 5.3 inches
Weight: 20.6 pounds
Your toddler will love this one! This little jungle gym allows them to climb, hang, and slide. The UV resistant polypropylene is strong and durable, allowing your little Olympian to explore what they’re really capable of. If you choose to place your Everest Climber outside, the material is weatherproof. As a parent, you’ll appreciate the fact that you can easily fold in less than a minute and store it anywhere. Lil’ Monkey’s tagline is Keeping Children Active, with products that help them to develop not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well.
Recommended Ages: 24 months-8 years
Dimensions: 75 x 47 x 53.8 inches
Weight: 84 pounds
Your toddler will camouflage well in the Naturally Playful Woodland Climber. They can exercise their imaginations as well as their muscles with this little activity center. It features 2 steering wheels, 2 mini rock climbing walls, slide, a platform area, and an optional sandbox area in the bottom. If you don’t like sandboxes, you can also place a protective mat in the area. Kids will love having somewhere to climb and hide under. With so many features, your child will play with this for hours.