Must-have summer toys for kids
The weather is warmer, flip-flops are out, beach days ahead it can only mean one thing: It's time to stock up on new summer toys.
From bubbles and ride-ons to chalk, disc launchers, water play and more, there are many interactive toys to get your kids playing outdoors.
Here are this summer's must-have toys for every kid.
Minion Goggle Kickboard(Credit: Skyrocket Toys)
With the Minion Goggle Kickboard, kids can look through the special porthole that's built into the kickboard to see down into the water. While in the water, the board looks just like a Minion; $9.99 at toysrus.com.
Nerf Super Soaker FloodFire Blaster(Credit: Hasbro)
The high-capacity Nerf Super Soaker FloodFire Blaster holds 43 ounces of water and can hit targets up to 38 feet away. Or, attach it to a hose for non-stop water blasting; $24.99 at toysrus.com.
Razor Jr. Mini Mod(Credit: Razor)
The Razor Jr. Mini Mod features side footrests and a pedal-activated motor that stops when released, as well as an in-wheel electric hub motor, foot pedal throttle, soft rubber grips, polypropylene wheels and a rechargeable battery; $59.99 at walmart.com.
Regatta Swing(Credit: Magic Cabin)
The Magic Cabin's Regatta Swing is a canvas, sailboat-styled swing that can seat two kids at a time and holds up to 200 pounds. The mesh seats ensure it won't hold water, and the swing includes Easy Tree Hangers, making it easy to hang from a tree; $129.99 at amazon.com.
K-Force Build and Blast: K-20X(Credit: K'Nex)
Build four different blaster and target models in one set with the K-Force Build and Blast: K-20X from K'Nex. The set includes rods and connectors plus special parts to create different blasters; $27.99 at toysrus.com.
Minion Swim Goggles(Credit: Skyrocket Toys)
Kids can pretend they are their favorite "Minions" character in the pool with these goggles shaped to look just like Minion eyes; $11.99 at toysrus.com.
Home Run Baseball Trainer(Credit: Step 2)
Step 2's Home Run Baseball Trainer helps kids practice their baseball skills. You can adjust the stand-alone trainer's height, and the zigzag feature allows kids to get ready when the ball is released. The set includes four balls and a bat; $69.99 at toysrus.com.
Kidizoom Action Cam(Credit: VTech)
VTech's Kidizoom Action Cam lets active children capture videos and photos when they're on the move. It comes with two mounts so kids ages 4 and older can attach it to their bike, skateboard and more. It also comes with a waterproof case so they can take pictures or videos under water; $59.99 at walmart.com.
Slackers Slide & Surf Screamin' 30-Foot Water Slide Combo Set(Credit: Slackers)
Slackers Slide & Surf Screamin' 30-Foot Water Slide Combo Skimboard set is twice the length of a traditional backyard water slide. The inflatable slide features misting side walls, a padded start and a splash pool at the end. It also comes with a skimboard; $120 at amazon.com.
Geosafari Jr. Sneak & Peek Periscope(Credit: Educational Insights)
Kids can peek over a large rock during a hike or around a tree at the park -- or simply observe nature in their favorite hideout with the Geosafari Jr. Sneak & Peek Periscope. Flip on the LED light to explore in the dark; $19.99 at toysrus.com.
Fubbles Bump 'N Bubbles Robot(Credit: Little Kids Inc.)
Fubbles Bump 'N Bubble Robot is a motorized bubble blower that spins and bumps around. He moves and spins randomly when bumping into things and never stops blowing bubbles. It comes with a 4-ounce bubble solution; $14.99 at toysrus.com.
Bunch O Balloons(Credit: Zuru Toys)
The Bunch O Balloons lets you fill 100 water balloons in 60 seconds. Simply connect the attachment, fill the balloons and watch them self-seal to make the water balloons lock and ready to launch. Each pack contains three bunches of 34 balloons plus a quick-fix adapter; $9.99 at bunchoballoons.com.
Gazillion Bubbles Monsoon(Credit: Funrise Toys)
Create a storm of bubbles with the Gazillion Bubbles Monsoon machine. It blows bubbles straight up in the air -- simply pour the solution into the spout, push the button and have a blast. The set comes with an 8-ounce bottle of bubbles; $24.99 at toysrus.com.
Fish 'n Splash Water Table(Credit: Little Tikes)
With the Little Tikes Fish 'n Splash Water Table, kids can fill the fish bowl with water and watch it come splashing down or launch the critters across the pond and onto the lily pad. The set comes with a fishing pole, five floating critters, a water cup and a fishing net; $44.99 at toysrus.com.
Barbie Bubble-tastic Mermaid(Credit: Mattel)
Girls can easily create bubbles with the Barbie Bubble-tastic Mermaid doll from Mattel. Simply dip the mermaid's fin in the bubble solution and pull the string on the dolls back, and the tail will spin to create an ocean of bubbles. It also comes with a brush and tiara; $19.99 at toysrus.com.
PAW Patrol No-Spill Bubblin’ Bucket(Credit: Little Kids Inc.)
With the Paw Patrol No-Spill Bubblin' Bucket, kids can tip it upside down, knock it over or drop it -- all without spilling the bubble solution. The set comes with three brightly colored, easy-to-hold wands and bubble solution; $7.99 at amazon.com.
Decorate Your Own Sunnies(Credit: Creativity for Kids)
At the beach or the pool, kids can decorate three pairs of sunglasses using resin shapes, rhinestones, gem strips and more. The set comes with a color pair, a glitter pair and a color-changing pair. The sunglasses offer 100 percent UV protection and come with cases; $26.99 at mastermindtoys.com.
Crush It! Bat(Credit: Tucker Toys)
The Crush It! Bat features high-tension strings and a spring-action barrel with an adjustable knob so that kids can adjust the string tension when they are playing. It's lightweight and makes a "whoosh" sound when swung; $14.99 at toysrus.com.
Crayola Outdoor Colorfoam(Credit: Crayola)
With Crayola's Outdoor Colorfoam, kids can create colorful foam on driveways, sidewalks, grass and dirt. The foam doesn't stain skin and rinses from clothes with water. It comes in yellow, purple and fuchsia; $5.99 for two at toysrus.com.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Critter Holder(Credit: Kids Preferred)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Critter Holder, inspired by Eric Carle, is a travel-friendly case featuring a mesh top and sides for up-close viewing. Kids can house and observe ladybugs, caterpillars and more; $17.99 at amazon.com.
Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors Color Shock Slinger(Credit: Hasbro)
With the Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors Color Shock Slinger from Hasbro, kids ages 5 and older will be able to fire web fluid when they pull on the glove and attach the gauntlet. Run out of Spidey Shot? No worries, the set comes with a special water canister that kids can load with water to soak the bad guys; $19.99 at target.com.
3D Sidewalk Chalk(Credit: Thames & Kosmos)
Kids can mold their own colorful sidewalk chalk with Thames & Kosmos 3D Sidewalk Chalk. Simply mix your own colors, pour it into the shape molds and let it harden. After drawing pictures on the sidewalk or pavement, use the 3-D glasses to make the images pop; $14.99 at toysrus.com.
Backyard Safari Lazer Light Bug Vac(Credit: Alex Toys)
The red LED light on the Backyard Safari Bug Vac attracts bugs so that kids can safely suck them up into the easy-release bug jar. The toy comes with a pop-up field guide; $19.99 at amazon.com.
Air Hogs Hyper Disc(Credit: Spin Master)
Kids ages 5 and older can defy gravity with the Air Hogs Hyper Disc from Spin Master. The inflatable flying disc can be filled with helium or air and flies like a Frisbee and floats like a blimp. The lightweight design makes it easy to toss, flip, bounce and perform other tricks; $9.99 at toysrus.com.
Poof Spider Ball Mini Sports Pack(Credit: Alex Brands)
The Poof Spider Balls feature soft foam and a special grip technology that helps kids hold the foam balls easier. This sport pack includes a football, soccer ball and basketball; $12 at toysrus.com.
Crayola Glitter Chalk(Credit: Crayola)
Add a little dazzle to your sidewalk art creations with Crayola's Glitter Chalk. The set includes five washable, anti-roll chalk sticks; $2.99 at toysrus.com.
Green Toys Dig & Discover Set(Credit: Green Toys)
Kids can explore the great outdoors with the bucket, shovel and rake with the Green Toys Dig & Discover Set. It also includes an activity book to help kids learn about nature; $24.99 at amazon.com.
Fuze Bike Bubbler(Credit: Skyrocket Toys)
The FUZE Bike Bubbler from Skyrocket Toys, is a motorized bubblemaker that mounts under a bike seat and shoots a stream of bubbles as the rider moves; $14.99 at toysrus.com.
Nerf Rebelle Super Soaker Dolphina Bow(Credit: Hasbro)
The Nerf Rebelle Super Soaker Dolphina Bow from Hasbro features an iconic bow shape that allows you to hit your target with a stream of cool water; $21 at amazon.com.
Slackers Night Riderz Zipline and Flying Saucer Seat(Credit: Slackers)
The Slackers Night Riderz Zipline and Flying Saucer Seat features a zipline that lights up your seat with LED rotating lights. A glowing trolley light guides ride from start to finish, day or night; $199.99 at slackersline.com.
Wacky-tivities Goozerk Sport Bundle(Credit: Spin Master)
The Wacky-tivities Goozerk Sport Bundle features sports balls that are soft and squishy, making them easy to grip, toss and catch. The football and baseballs make a loud "splat" noise when you catch them -- they even float in water; $12.99 at amazon.com.
Foam Home Run Bat and Ball(Credit: Alex Brands)
The lightweight, 27-inch baseball bat from Poof-Slinky features soft foam wrapped around a plastic core for strength, and a foam grip handle. This bat and ball set comes in various bright colors; $12.99 at toysrus.com.
New Sprouts Grill It(Credit: Learning Resources)
The New Sprouts Grill It play food set includes 22 pieces of food and grilling tools, including a kettle-style grill, burgers, veggies, meat and tongs. Kids can store the pieces inside the grill after play; $29.99 at toysrus.com.
GeoSafari Jr. Underwater Explorer Boat(Credit: Educational Insights)
The GeoSafari Jr. Underwater Explorer Boat features a clear, magnified floor that enables kids to see beneath the surface of the water; $9.99 at walmart.com.
X6 Zoom Rocket(Credit: Zing)
The X6 Zoom Rocket from Zing is an auto-rotating, multi-launching Zoom Rocket featuring six soft-foam rockets that fly 100 feet in the air; $29.99 at amazon.com.
Little Tikes Sizzle 'n Serve Grill(Credit: Little Tikes)
The Sizzle 'n Serve Grill from Little Tikes comes with pretend food and condiments. The wheels on the base make the grill easy to move and it comes with a pair of tongs, a spatula, a bottle of ketchup, bottle of mustard, two hamburgers with bun and two hot dogs with buns; $24.99 at target.com.
Sky Catchers Tripod Rocket(Credit: Geospace)
Launch the Sky Catchers Tripod Rocket up to 100 feet and catch it just as easily. The launcher stick adds leverage to kids' throws, multiplying their arm strength; $22.95 at fatbraintoys.com.
Bubbalooka(Credit: Alex Toys)
Use the Bubbalooka bubble maker in the bathtub (or out) to blow super-long bubbles. The set includes a bubble horn, one bottle of bubble solution and one suction cup dipping tray and bottle holder; $14 at amazon.com.
Air Hogs RollerCopter(Credit: Spin Master)
Smash, crash and roll with the Air Hogs RollerCopter from Spin Master. This remote-controlled helicopter enables pilots to roll along the ground, up walls and even along the ceiling. The protective cage allows the helicopter to take serious bumps and keep on going; $39.99 at target.com.
Razor Jr. Twisti(Credit: Razor)
The Razor Jr. Twisti looks like a bee with big eyes that move back and forth. Little ones move the handlebars to propel themselves; $44.99; target.com.
Skywinder(Credit: Spin Master)
Squeeze the trigger on the Air Hogs RC Skywinder and this remote-controlled rocket pulls off stunts; crash-resistant materials allow the Skywinder to stand up against emergency landings; $29.99 at toysrus.com.
FUZE Cyclone Water Blaster(Credit: Skyrocket Toys)
With the motorized, handlebar-mounted Cyclone Water Blaster, bicyclists can shoot up to 25 feet of water while on the move; $16.84 at walmart.com.
Ice Cream Science(Credit: Scientific Explorer)
With the Ice Cream Science set, the T-shirt is the ice cream machine. Grab a shirt, mix the ingredients and twirl the shirt like a jump rope. Ice cream is ready to eat in five minutes; $28.99 at target.com.
Beach Stamps(Credit: Red Rooster Toy Company)
Beach Stamps are square-shaped impression stamps that come in a variety of designs that can be strapped to hands or feet to stamp pictures, create patterns and design scenes on sand; $12.95 and up on beachstamps.com.
Razor Jr. Monster/Zombie Kix Scooter(Credit: Razor)
The Razor Jr. Monster/Zombie Kix Scooter features soft-molded, oversized handlebar grips that look like monster or zombie hands, with matching decks and wheels; $39.99 at target.com.
Sidewalk Mandala Sweet Stuff(Credit: Alex Toys)
Kids can use the Sidewalk Mandala Sweet Stuff, sophisticated chalk, to create intricate patterns using the garden-themed mandala stencil. Kids can create flowers, butterflies, frogs and bunnies with six colors of jumbo chalk; $13 at amazon.com.
Mobo Tot Disney Cars(Credit: Asa Products)
The Mobo Tot Disney Cars -- Lightning McQueen from Disney's "Cars" is an ergonomically designed cruiser for little ones. Also available: Disney's "Frozen" and Disney's "Planes"; $149.99 at target.com.
Fubbles No-Spill Bubble Guitar(Credit: Little Kids Inc.)
Not only does the Fubbles No-Spill Bubble Guitar play music, but push a button and you can create a stream of bubbles. It can be used with or without bubbles or sound; bubble solution included; $23.99 at amazon.com.
Marvel Monster Mask(Credit: Swimways)
Little superheroes can swim in the ocean and pool with these Marvel Monster Masks, which feature an adjustable strap and a see-through scrim so kids can see out. Choose from Spider-Man, Iron Man and The Hulk; $9.99 at poolnbathtoys.com.
The Fuze Wheel Writer(Credit: Skyrocket Toys)
The Fuze Wheel Writer displays high-tech light effects on bike wheels as kids ride. Mount to the spokes of almost any bike 20 inches and up, and as the wheels spin, LEDs flash on and off to create more than a dozen different images and patters; $9.99 at toysrus.com.