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If your kids are anything like mine, they want to be outside all the time when it’s nice out. Here are some of our favorite summer toys for kids that have kept them occupied and happy.
Summer Toys for Kids
There are SO many different water tables out there but really, anything works. I remember the first one I got for my son 4 years ago when he was 1 was one I got off Facebook that was quite used. It was very basic, just two large areas for water and a few cups to pour water out of. This kept him occupied for at least an hour, he loved it.
Now he’s 5 and he and his twin little brothers continue to love anything with water. Here are some of my suggestions for great water tables
- Water play table helps develop "put-and-take" and early motor skills with fun characters
- Drop balls down spiral, watching them go round and round and down into the water
- Turn the Ferris wheel to scoop up and drop off balls
- Fill the cup with water and pour into the funnel to power twin water wheel
- Includes 1 water cup and 5 round characters that squirt water
- Fun, durable water table with fishing game and counting play
- Catch, collect and count your fish before releasing them with a splash
- Fill the fishbowl until it tips over and splashes down in a wave
- Use the launcher to fling the critters onto the spinning lily pad in the center of the table
- Includes fishing pole, 5 floating critters, water cup and fishing net
We LOVE the water table below, it is so much fun! The top part has holes in it to slowly rain onto the bottom part and then it also has areas where it goes down the wall in different fun ways depending on how your children set it up. It’s been such a fun table to have! It works great with more than one kid as well which is a HUGE bonus!
- OUTDOOR FUN: Water table for toddlers to splash, pour, and explore, interactive playtime experience designed with rain showers to spark imaginative play, can also be filled with sand
- SPLASH TOYS: 13-piece toy set, duck and tropical fish squish toys, watch as the waterfall flows down the maze-like spinners, activating teeter-totter, teaching cause and effect STEM play
- FUN FOR ALL KIDS: Large footprint lets several kids play together, easy accessible, encouraging social and sharing skills, basin holds up to 5 gallons, dimensions 32" H x 24" W x 39" D
- EASY TO CLEAN: Plug allows for easy drainage, use disinfectant wipes or household cleaners to clean for sanitary play environment
- DURABLE: Built to last, double-walled plastic construction, years of use with colors that won't chip, fade, crack, or peel
Water Discovery Wall
This water wall is really cool too! My eldest got it for his birthday and it’s so fun to be able to put the different items on both sides so two kids can play at once. If you ever feel like you don’t have enough accessories for this wall you can always buy more from the manufacturer.
Honestly, I really enjoy this one myself. The kids love it too of course but it’s so cool to be able to switch up where the different components are to have the water come out in different ways.
- WATER PLAY: Splash and play with a scoop and pour, improve gross and fine motor skills with the outdoor activity center
- PLAY & LEARN: Kids learn cause and effect as water cascades through spinners, zigzags, and funnels, fostering hand-eye coordination and introduces early STEM concepts
- DOUBLE THE FUN: Fit multiple kids on either side, encourage social interaction and shared exploration as they engage in sensory play
- INTERACTIVE: 13 piece waterfall maze wall accessory set, waterfall tray, water wheels, water buckets, maze ramps, assembled dimensions 33.25" H x 28" W x 16.25" D
- DURABLE: Built to last, double-walled plastic construction, years of use with colors that won't chip, fade, crack, or peel
Small Blow Up Pool
The great thing about a blow-up pool is you don’t have to store a huge plastic one in your garage at all times. You can just deflate it when you’re done using it. Be sure though that you put it where you want it before you fill it up with water, they’re basically impossible to move once they have water in them!
We have this one and the kids love it! Even with just a few inches of water up to a foot of water, they are quite entertained! Up here in Minnesota, we’ve had an unseasonably warm summer so far with weeks in a row of 90s with high humidity. A pool is very much needed right now!
We found that to inflate the pool we used the exhaust function of our small Shop-Vac. Apparently, there is even a special attachment for this if desired.
- Summer Entertainment For Kids And Adults: The kiddie pool is inflated to about 59 inches long, 45 inches wide, and 20 inches high. It can accommodate 1 adult and 1-2 children or 3-4 children. It is a great choice for children to play with the inflatable pool in summer. The inflatable kiddie pool can be used not only as a swimming pool，but also as a paddling pool, game pool, paintable pool, fish pool, kids pool, family swimming pool, or ball pit pool.
- Safe & Soft Inflatable Floor: Kids swimming pool is made of high-quality and standard-compliant vinyl materials, and the thickness is 125% of the same size pool to ensure safety. The double-layer and inflatable bottom are not easy to leak. It provides the child with a super soft and comfortable feeling and increases the protection of the child when playing.
- Fast Valve Inflation and Deflation: With a fast valve, you can fill the kiddie pool with air in a matter of minutes. The inflatable kids pool is quickly deflated with a double lock valve.
- Easy to Drain and Fast: Built-in drainage pipe, and can be connected with conventional hoses to drain water to farther places. After enjoying the blow up pool, simply open the drain plug to easily drain the water from this swimming pool for quick and easy access. Easy to store and carry, it is a must-have for summer backyard fun.
- The swimming pool for kids is composed of 3 independent air chambers to help the kiddie pool prevent air leakage and bear extra weight. You can also choose 1-3 layers of independent inflation to adjust the height of the swimming pool.
Even if your kids don’t swim yet, my littles have proven these can still be a lot of fun. We have a small blow-up pool, like the ones above, that we filled with just a few inches of water. The kids LOVE throwing these into the water and retrieving them. There are enough toys in here for multiple children.
These could also be used in a water table or just a bin of water, really. It’s amazing how easily kids are occupied and entertained by ANYTHING in water.
- NEW HEAVY-DUTY EDITION: Colorful pool diving toys are heavier and more durable than the old ones. It won’t easily damaged by tough play or sun-faded. Edge-smoothness design great for kids to play in the pool.
- Pool Dive Toys Bundle Includes: 4 Diving Rings, 4 Diving Torpedoes Bandits, 3 Diving Wands ,12 Private Treasures Set and a Dry-quick Storage Bag. With total 23 packs, it's enough to keep your kids busy.
- Perfect size with ring diameter 5.5", torpedo bandit length 5.2", dive wand length 7". private treasures nearly 1.3". Recommended for ages 3 and up.
- Made of Non-toxic ABS material, ASTM Safety Test Approved. Meet US Toy Standard. It is a totally non-toxic product concerning children safety.
- Make the time you and your family spend swimming even more fun with our collection of pool toys and water toys. It’s a good way to use as deep-water teaching tools. A NEW WAY to get wet and take a load off.
Sand tables can keep kids entertained for HOURS! We have two sand tables and have found that even the most basic sand table, shovel, and pail can provide so much entertainment for kids.
Honestly, there aren’t a lot of sand tables available on Amazon.com right now. They tend to get sold out every year. We got both of our sand tables off of Facebook Marketplace in years past or buy and sell groups on Facebook. I highly recommend checking these out. It’s one of those products that they are amazing while the kids play with them but once they’re old enough to not anymore, you just want to get rid of them so people tend to price them low.
One of our sand tables is like the one below, but like I said, they’re hard to come by unless second-hand. We have sand on both “sides” instead of water in one and sand in the other. Keeps things less muddy that way.
- 2-IN-1 DESIGN: Sand and water table separated into two parts, multiple children can play, use water, moon sand, snow, beans, soil, or anything else to construct a mini water park outside, dimensions 42.52 x 24.02 x 22.99 inches
- INTERACTIVE ACCESSORIES: 6-piece water accessory set, comes with a molded-in roadways lid, providing more room for play
- EASY TO CLEAN: High-quality materials to ensure durability, removable drain cap, making it easy for parents to maintain indoors and outdoors, elastic tie-downs on the ends of lid to securely cover
- STEM EDUCATIONAL TOYS: Let the Indoor/Outdoor playset stimulate your child's interest and encourage them to engage in hands-on activities that boost creativity, problem-solving, and sensory exploration
- YEAR ROUND FUN: 42-Inch removable umbrella provides outdoor shade, remove umbrella when ready to transition from the backyard to inside for seasonal shifts
We have considered getting a sandbox for the kids but the thought of them sitting in sand, other than going to the beach once in a while, seems like a huge mess I don’t want to deal with on a daily basis. However, if you are so inclined to get a sandbox, here is an option we’ve considered.
This sandbox is awesome because it has built-in benches and closes when the kids aren’t using it so you don’t have to worry about stray cats using it as a litter box or leaves getting into it.
- COMFORTABLE SEATING: Benches on opposite sides of the sandbox help keep moisture out and are made with backrests to keep kids comfortable and prevent falling backward as they play
- SEATS CONVERT TO COVER: Designed with 2 benches that seat up to 4 children or 2 adults and easily fold down into a split cover to keep the sand clear of debris
- CEDAR WOOD: Heat-treated cedar wood helps the sandbox remain sturdy and durable for a playtime solution that lasts through your child's younger years
- BOTTOMLESS DESIGN W/ LINER: An included liner goes underneath the bottomless box to facilitate drainage, ventilation, and sand depth adjustment; NOTE: Play-grade sand is sold separately
- FUN FOR ANY AGE: Transform any backyard or outside play area into a space where toddlers and children can socialize, entertain, and explore; OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 47.25"(L) x 49"(W) x 8.5"(H); Bench Weight Capacity: 200 lbs. (each)
Of course, you need to have sand toys to go with the sand table! There are always the basic pails and shovels but don’t forget about dump trucks and sand molds.
- 🌊【31 PCS SUPER VALUE BEACH TOY SET】FHOZGECY kids beach toy come with 30 different accessories, including 2 trucks, 2 foldable beach buckets, 4 shovel tool sets, 6 sand castle molds, 4 dinosaur sand molds, 4 animal molds, 4 sea animal molds and 4 transportation molds. 1 mesh bag. Toys set contains everything the kids need, fully functional and colourful (colours random)!
- 🕍【COLLAPSIBLE BEACH BUCKET & PORTABLE MESH BAG】The toddler beach toys comes with 2 collapsible beach buckets which can be used to carry and store beach toys or to hold sand and water, and can also be used as a large sandcastle molds which folds away when not in use, saving more space than other beach buckets. It also comes with a reusable beach net bag that can be used to filter sand and water, allowing the toys to clean and dry quickly, perfect for storing, carrying and hanging beach toys.
- 🚜【CONSTRUCTION VEHICLE TOYS & VARIOUS SAND MOLDS】The sand toys are not only equipped with beach toy essentials such as excavators and bulldozers, but also have various types of colourful sand molds such as sea creatures, animals, dinosaurs, transportation and more. Help your child to dig in the sand and build sand castles for summer beach fun!
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- 🎁【PERFECT GIFT FOR KIDS】This toy set is an ideal gift for children for Children's Day, birthdays, Christmas etc. Not only does it improve their hands-on skills and stimulate creativity, but it also increases parent-child interaction and makes for a great summer and holiday. It can also play in the pool, garden,bath and on the snow.💖 Excellent customer service 💖If you have any questions, please feel free to leave us a message through "Contact Seller", we will serve you wholeheartedly.
These sand toys are back to basics but I’ve found that each kid seems to require their own pail and shovel so this would be a good set if you have multiple children.
- EVERYTHING INCLUDED: 9 piece sand toy set comes with a waterproof carrying beach bag net, 3 Sand Buckets, a shovel, and 4 sand animal molds including star fish, octopus, turtle and crab all at an incredible price! Your kid will love this sand toys set!
- EASY TO CARRY: This sand baby beach toys come in a durable and waterproof mesh bag to store all the pieces and easily carry your beach pails and toys anywhere you go. Also, this beach sand toys set includes everything you need for hours of fun of the outdoor/indoor beach sand play.
- PERFECT FOR VACATIONS OR JUST BACKYARD FUN: This beach sand pail set is perfect if you are heading to the beach, but can also be great toys for sandbox or backyard toys for kids.
- NON-TOXIC, CERTIFIED QUALITY, SAFE AND DURABLE MATERIALS: All Toy Life products are made with non-toxic and safe materials. They have been rigorously tested and certified to meet and exceed all safety standards. Additionally, we have made sure that no exposed parts or pieces can come lose or pose a safety hazard. Children's safety is our main concern so we strictly control the quality of every toy.
- Toy Life 12 MONTH GUARANTEE: Buy with confidence. If anything happens to your Beach Sand Toys Set within the first 12 months of owning them, we will replace it at no charge to you. Just message The Life Company through the Amazon platform. At Toy Life customer satisfaction is our top priority.
Soccer Balls and Pop Up Soccer Goals
Our kids are really getting into sports lately, especially our newly 5-year-old boy. He got the Pop Up Soccer Goals for his 5th birthday earlier this month and LOVES them! He not only can use them for soccer but sometimes he also throws or rolls baseballs toward them as well to practice throwing baseballs.
It’s wonderful how the nets fold up into a little carrying case to take them with you anywhere and also for storage when not using them! Another great thing about these is they have little stakes attached to them to easily have them stick into the ground and not blow away. You don’t even need to have them far into the ground to have them stay put, which is great if you’re just having them out for a couple of hours and then moving them again.
- INSTANT SETUP: Collapsible goalie nets setup and takedown in seconds - no assembly required
- FULL PORTABLE SOCCER SET: Includes 2 small 4 ftfoldable soccer goals, 6 cones & carrying case!
- PLAY ANYWHERE: Includes plastic & metal stakes to secure the goals to any backyard grass surface
- MUST-HAVE FOR PLAYERS & COACHES: Perfect soccer training equipment for youth/adult games, practices and more!
- Size 1.5 is Recommended for young kids aged 1 to 5. Size 3 is recommended for young kids from age 3 up to 8 year old.
- Durable TPU design and precision stitched construction to stand wear and tear. Scratch resistant and BPA free.
- Inner rubber bladder for best air retention to keep the soccer ball’s shape and stay inflated longer. Note: the ball arrives DEFLATED. Pump NOT included.
- The soccer ball is perfect size for kids to hold and throw. It is portable & light weight for easy carry and go. Ideal for indoor, outdoor, playground playing etc.
- It is perfect sport learning ball to help kids learn the basic skills like grab, throw, and kick with confidence. Enjoy the sweet time during kids & parents recreational play.
- WILSON Traditional Soccer Ball - Size 4, Black/White
- Synthetic leather cover for increased durability
- Butyl rubber bladder for excellent air and shape retention
- Traditional panel graphics with silver accents
- Recreational use
- Proper inflation level: 8 10 psi
- Packaging may vary
Admittedly I bought a splash pad as an impulse purchase while it was on sale last year but wow it has proven to provide a lot of cool entertainment for the kids! It sprays water at varying levels depending on how strong you have the flow of your hose, and the water can pool slightly so you get the splashing effect as well.
As you can see from the picture below of my children, we had the water at a pretty low level so it wasn’t taller than them. This is when they first were getting comfortable with it. Soon our 5 year old had turned up the water and they were all enjoying the water shooting above overhead!
Unfortunately, the one pictured below is not currently available but I’ve linked another one below that also looks like a lot of fun!
- 79" SPRINKLER & SPLASH PLAY MAT FOR KIDS - 79" sprinkler mat water-filled Splash Play Mat for kids babies 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Years Old and up Boy Girl Toddler
- MOST BEST WATER TOY FOR SUMMER - Mademax inflatable sprinkler pad is a great alternative to your traditional swimming baby pool for kids. Our company combined the best parts of a kiddie pool, water slip-slide, and water toys to make the most entertaining fountain spray pad for kids on the market.
- EASY TO SET UP SPLASH PAD - Just plug it to a garden hose or PVC tubing, simply adjust the water pressure to lower or higher the spray height.
- AWAY HOT FROM SUMMER - Any parent knows, kids love swimming pools. We also know that pools for kids come with their own set of dangers. With the Mademax splash pad, your kiddos can cool off without the hazards of your traditional swimming pools.
- MOST SAFE KIDS SPRINKLER - Your little one's safety is our top priority, No harmful chemicals while playing. Perfect birthday gift and party hit. 100% satisfaction guarantee! If any questions about the splash pad, reach out to us. We will get back to you ASAP and make things right.
Headed to the Beach?
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As a mom of identical twins and a son two years older, I have gained invaluable experience in the realm, and chaos, of parenting. With a Master's Degree and Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology, I spent years as a school psychologist, helping children navigate through their educational and emotional challenges. Now as a stay at home mom and professional blogger, I combine my areas of expertise to help you in your parenting journey.