Ds is 20months & loves everyone's garden toys- playhouses, sand pits, water fun areas, trampolines, play frames. Any advice on what to buy or not to? Got a little Tikes swing & slide last year but DS has nearly grown out of it.
If you had to go for just one then sandpit would be my bet. Ds2 (24 months) loves playhouse, sandpit, trampoline and climbing frame. I avoid water unless it is very warm! Ds1 (age 4) plays with all of these except trampoline (and bike is also a big thing).
in our garden:
playhouse - large cardboard box
sandpit - kids kept leaving lid off so cats got in it and they couldnt use it (something to consider)
trampoline - could definately recommend, got one from car boot sale for £4 and they have had hours of fun from it!
water fun - bucket of water and some paint brushes. they spend hours on a hot day painting the patio over and over because it always dries before they finish! hahaha
dd loves her mini trampoline! £15 from b+q
she also has a play table half water half sand, inexpensive with a cover on it which she likes on warmer days.
I am working on a big trampoline next year, the neighbours kids have one and they are never off it!!!
Blow up lion ball pit from Tescos. It was dd (3)and ds's (1) joint birthday present from an aunt this weekend and they both LOVED it. And it's only £15. (though you need at least 300 balls in it which will be another £15)