All the Best Outdoor Toys for Summer 2018

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All the Best Outdoor Toys for Summer 2018

It's summer time — let's get those kids playing outdoors! We've got a great list of the top outdoor toys for summer to entice little ones into active play. So parents, do yourselves a favor and order a couple of these toys to keep your kiddos occupied for the next couple of months! They'll have a blast and you might just get a little break.

Whether you need to beat the heat with a cool water slide, burn some energy with a trampoline, relax on a family swing, or exercise their brains with a STEM toy like the latest Stomp Rockets, we've got great options ready to order online. Let the summer fun begin!

01

Up, up, and away! Spin and fly with this fun disc swing

Up, up, and away! Spin and fly with this fun disc swing

An amped up version of the original Super Spinner, the Super Duper Spinner is a circle swing that can hold up to 650 lbs. And what's more fun than a swing? Kids or adults can comfortably sit on the curved plastic disc seat, so parents can get in on the action too. 

The Super Duper Spinner includes 5–7 feet of UV-resistant rope and clips to attach to a swing set. No swing set? No problem, just pick up the Super Spinner Tree-Hanging Kit, sold separately. Best for children ages 3 and up.

02

A wacky sprinkler with lights!

A wacky sprinkler with lights!

This spinning, wiggling sprinkler sprays water every which way … and it lights up! Six rubber tubes flail around, ensuring everyone gets cooled off. Best for ages 4 and up, the Light Show Spinning Sprinkler requires one AA battery, which is included.

03

Playmobil fun in the sand

Playmobil fun in the sand

This Playmobil excavator truck is great fun in the sand. Place the 1.2.3 driver figure in the truck and start shoveling! The shovel can also be removed and used on its own. The set also includes a little flag that can be removed and used as sand castle decor. The Playmobil Excavator is great fun for ages 2 to 7.

04

Get a closer look with a durable spyglass

Get a closer look with a durable spyglass

This toy will become a favorite: it's a kids' spyglass! Look through the metal and plastic spyglass and see the world magnified 30x. Great for spying on the neighbors … just kidding! Check out the yard, birdwatch, or just inspect your surroundings. Best for ages 6 and up.

05

Wave these animal gloves to make bubbles

Wave these animal gloves to make bubbles

These new plastic animal gloves have built-in bubble holes, making them a novel summer toy. Just dip the glove in the included bubble pouch and wave — bubbles galore! This set of four Glove-a-bubbles includes an elephant, a panda, a lion, and an alligator.

06

Endless sand and water fun for toddlers

Endless sand and water fun for toddlers

What's more interesting to toddlers than sand and water? Pretty much nothing. (Okay, maybe electrical outlets and iPhones.) This Step2 activity table features space for both water and sand. Plus, it has a sturdy cover and shade umbrella. 

The water side has ramps, bridges, and lanes for boats — genius! There's even a plug for drainage. The deluxe pack table also includes toys, like little boats, a scooper, and flower pots.

07

A massive inflatable unicorn to keep you cool!

A massive inflatable unicorn to keep you cool!

This inflatable PVC unicorn sprinkler is no joke: it's 6' tall! It connects to a garden hose, and then sprays water from its horn for your children to frolic under. Imagine this magical beast at a backyard BBQ or party — so fun! Just think of the selfies. 

And if you're not into unicorns, there's a dinosaur and an elephant as well. A note: if you're in a windy climate, watch that this doesn't this blow away as it doesn't include anchors.

08

An amazing launcher for teens and adults

An amazing launcher for teens and adults

A new ring launcher from the creator of the HurriK9 dog toy, the Moonshot is a fun sporting goods product perfect for wide open spaces like parks or beaches. It's best for older kids, teens, and adults, as you need at least 15 lbs of force to shoot the Moonshot. 

You aim, pull back, twist the handle, then release — you'll see your ring fly over 360 ft!

09

Communicate outdoors with walkie talkies for kids

Communicate outdoors with walkie talkies for kids

Your new kids will love being able to plan and scheme with you from the inside of his dirty laundry basket, a place you definitely never told them to stop hiding. These child-sized walkie-talkies have 3 channels, a 2 mile range, and clear voice technology. They even feature a built-in flashlight, which is sure to thrill the giggling laundry hamper nearest you.

10

This cute cottage has plenty of charm

This cute cottage has plenty of charm

Set up this cedar playhouse in your yard and the kids can play house to their hearts' content. The Timberlake model is a great starter playhouse and includes a play stove, flower pot window shelves, a half door, a play sink and phone, and more. 

The playhouse (42 x 46 x 55 inches) assembles in less than an hour, which is a big bonus, and it's best for ages 2 and up.

11

Best Water Bombs

Best Water Bombs

This ZURU outdoor toy is genius. Hook up the nozzle to the hose and watch whole bunches of water balloons fill up at once.

Over 100 balloons fill in just 60 seconds (each pack comes with three bunches of 35 balloons). When they’re full they pop off and kids can start lobbing watery bombs immediately!

12

Work out energy on this 12 foot trampoline

Work out energy on this 12 foot trampoline

Got a little ball of energy? 

Let them bounce the day away on this 12 ft splurge from Skywalker Trampolines. The enclosure keeps little ones safe, and rust-resistant springs provide a great bounce. A great gift to encourage outdoor play and exercise.

13

Blast your opponent with bubbles!

Blast your opponent with bubbles!

Kids can spray their opponent with bubbles with this fun new outdoor game. Bounce ping pong balls into your opposition's side and they get the bubbles! The first person to score three times wins the game. 

Not into playing? Switch Bubble Pong to bubble machine mode and frolic in a stream of bubbles. Best for ages 3 and up.

14

Sand that sticks for easy play

Sand that sticks for easy play

No beach this summer? That's okay, you can bring the sand to you! Kinetic Sand's fun tactile sets allow kids (ages 3 and older) to build new things over and over again, thanks to a special formulation. The Beach Day Fun Set comes with molds so little ones can build sand castles, just like they would at the beach.

15

Best For A Speed Racer

Best For A Speed Racer

The best scooter on the market, Micro Mini’s Mini Original (or upgrade with the adjustable Deluxe) is perfect for the two to five year-old rider. 

Little ones can easily navigate the turn-to-steer design, and the smooth ride and non-marking wheels make it easy to see why Micro Mini has won so many awards! Plus gals can choose their favorite color — it’s available in eight shades.

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Imaginative masks for pool time

Imaginative masks for pool time

Why not have more fun with their swim mask? Choose a shark, unicorn, or mustache mask and swim in style. Best for ages 3 and up, the masks have an easy-to-adjust head strap for a custom fit, plus a leak-resistant design to keep water out.

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Scoop up some fun with this bucket of sand toys

Scoop up some fun with this bucket of sand toys

Kids can pretend to make ice cream cones out of sand with this imaginative play set. It includes a bucket with lid, two scoops, two plastic cones, and a "sprinkle shaker." Everything packs up into the bucket for easy transport to the beach or sandbox. 

18

A refreshing floatie for little ones

A refreshing floatie for little ones

New lil' floats from BigMouth are perfect for toddlers ages 1–3 (up to 45 lbs). They can sit comfortably in these fun floats and enjoy the pool. The thick, dual-chambered vinyl is sturdy enough to survive the summer and then some. Inflated, the watermelon float measures 32" x 27" x 15".

In addition to the melon, BigMouth makes a variety of other styles: an otter, a rainbow, donut, flamingo, bespectacled bear, duck, pineapple, candy, mermaid, and dinosaur. You're sure to find one that floats your kiddo's boat!

19

Watermelon Smash

Watermelon Smash

This watermelon is a ticking time bomb! Watermelon Smash is like water roulette — don't be the one to get soaked. Give the spinner a whirl and then press the watermelon against your head however many times it says. It might crack open on your turn!

Best for ages 6 and up, this game is for two or more players. Watermelon Smash is a great outdoor activity for spring and summer.

20

A cool sun-powered light for littles

A cool sun-powered light for littles

A real lantern for the preschool set, this outdoor toy from Learning Resources will add another level of fun to outdoor excursions. The bulbs are powered by solar energy, so the lantern demonstrates renewable energy. It's a cool toy and it's a STEM lesson! The durable lantern is easy to use and easy to clean. 

21

Beep Beep! A fun truck for toddlers

Beep Beep! A fun truck for toddlers

This sturdy blue truck is sure to be a huge hit with the littlest kiddos. Toddlers and preschoolers will love riding in this plastic vehicle, whether indoors or out. 

There's also a handle on the top for parents to push. Lots of little details add extra fun: a tailgate, working door, gas cap, removable floor board, steering wheel noises, and more. It has a weight limit of up 50 lbs.

22

Splash out on a cool backyard water feature

Splash out on a cool backyard water feature

If you want a really cool toy for summer, consider splurging on a backyard water slide. The Blast Zone Tropical Splash measures 12.5" x 5.5" x 5.5" and features a slide and a little pool.

The whole thing inflates with an included blower — and it inflates in less than a minute. The included carrying case makes the slide easy to bring to parties or events. Commercial grade vinyl ensures this Blast Zone will hold up. Recommended for kiddos ages 3–8, or up to 75 lbs. (Sorry, parents!)

23

A backyard shark slide your kiddos will love

A backyard shark slide your kiddos will love

This shark-themed water slide from Intex comes with two inflatable "surf riders" so kids can ride down the incline and splash out at the end. It's like a slip-n-slide and a regular slide combined, so no need to run and get a head start!

The dimensions are 15'1'' x 5'6'' x 5'2'' so it would even fit in a smaller, narrow yard. Inflate (pump not included) and then attach your garden hose and this bad boy is ready for hours of fun.

24

The latest toy from Stomp Rockets

The latest toy from Stomp Rockets

Popular Stomp Rockets are now available as stunt planes! Stomp and launch these three fun planes: Looper (makes loops), Wildcat (flips), and Glider (glides over 100 ft). 

Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes are a perfect STEM toy to set up outside. Best for ages 5 and up, this toy encourages hands-on learning about trajectory, force and aerodynamics.

25

A far-flying disc for outdoor fun

A far-flying disc for outdoor fun

This 13 inch rubber ring is perfect for an intense game of catch (it's best for ages 12 and older). Fun fact: the Aerobie Pro Ring was used to set a Guinness World Record for the farthest throw of 1,333 ft! This affordable ring really does provide simple summer fun. Colors vary, you'll get a bright neon yellow, red, or pink.

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Little Tikes 2-in-1 Food Truck

Little Tikes 2-in-1 Food Truck

There’s just something about this food truck that kids love!

It’s a kitchen playset on one side and a food truck ordering window on the other. Best for ages 2 and over, the 2-in-1 food truck comes with over 40 accessories — everything a little hot dog vendor or ice cream scooper could need. Just flip the sign to switch it up! 

Little customers can order cones or dogs at the window, then hand over their credit card. Order up!

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