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Must-have summer and pool toys for kids

The weather is warmer, flip-flops are on and beach days are ahead -- it can only mean one thing: It's time to stock up on new summer and pool toys.

“The best toys of the summer encourage everyone to enjoy some good old-fashioned playtime," said Laurie Schacht, Toy Insider Mom. "Summer is the perfect time to unplug from those devices, get the whole family together and head outside and play."

From giant bubbles and scooters 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.

Giggle Goggles

These swim goggles feature 11 different styles including
Photo Credit: DaphDaph

These swim goggles feature 11 different styles including a robot, princess, tiger and more. There's a special bungee band on the side so kids can put the googles on themselves. It also has a Neoprene mask and a split ponytail portal in the back. Personalize the goggles by adding your child's name or superhero on the back; $25 at daphdaph.com.

Disc Jock-e

The Disc Jock-e from Tucker Toys is a flying
Photo Credit: Tucker Toys

The Disc Jock-e from Tucker Toys is a flying disc with Bluetooth streaming for playing at the beach, pool or park. It''s water resistant and able to sync any playlist from a phone, tablet or computer; $24.99 at tuckertoys.com.

Bunch O Balloons Filler/Soaker

Use this new toy to fill up Bunch
Photo Credit: Zuru

Use this new toy to fill up Bunch O Balloons or double as a water blaster. Simply attach the balloons to the front nozzle, place the Filler/Soaker into a pool or bucket and make dozens of self-sealing water balloons. The pack includes three bunches; $14.99 at Walmart stores and walmart.com.

Inflatable Cactoss Game

This fun summer game can be play three
Photo Credit: Alwaysfits.com

This fun summer game can be play three ways: In the pool, on the ground or on your head. It also includes a repair patch in case of punctures; $25.99 at alwaysfits.com.

Shark Fin

This shark fin is made with lightweight foam-like
Photo Credit: Fin Fun

This shark fin is made with lightweight foam-like material and features adjustable straps; $29.99 at finfunmermaid.com.

Disney Tsum Tsum Hammock

Kids can kick back and relax on this
Photo Credit: Jakks Pacific

Kids can kick back and relax on this hammock, featuring favorite Tsum Tsum characters. It has a washable surface and comes with a carry bag for easy transport. Supports up to 70 pounds; $19.99 at Toys R Us and Kohl's.

Beach Paddle Ball Set

Play paddle ball on the beach with these
Photo Credit: Dylan's Candy Bar

Play paddle ball on the beach with these colorful racquets. It also comes with two balls; $18 at dylanscandybar.com.

Star Wars Light-Up Hydro Ball

The Hydro Ball from Swimways features reactive light
Photo Credit: Swimways

The Hydro Ball from Swimways features reactive light technology -- touch, tap or bounce to activate. The light-up ball is an officially licensed Star Wars toy, styled to look like a Stormtrooper or R2-D2. The ball emits a burst of bright light with every reaction during play; $9.99 at Target.

Giant Confetti Beach Ball

This transparent beach ball is filled with confetti
Photo Credit: Alwaysfits.com

This transparent beach ball is filled with confetti and pink and blue YAY letters; $39.99 at alwaysfits.com.

Polyester Food Truck

Food Trucks have entered mainstream culture so kids
Photo Credit: Pacific Play Tents

Food Trucks have entered mainstream culture so kids want to pretend they run one, too. The Polyester Food Truck from Pacific Play Tents lets them do just that. Head over to the order window and check out the menu. $119. More information: pacificplaytents.com.

Antsy Pants Build & Play Kit - Large Pirate Ship and Fabric Cover

Families can build this pirate ship, which features
Photo Credit: Beach House Group

Families can build this pirate ship, which features two cutout porthole windows, two flags and four sails. The pirate ship cover is sold separately; $79.99 for kid, $29.99 for cover at Target stores and target.com.

H2OGO! Fun Sketching Art Blobz

Connect the blob to a garden hose to
Photo Credit: Bestway Inflatables

Connect the blob to a garden hose to fill it with water. Once it's filled, water will spray across the top for cool playing and sliding. There's also a sketching blob, which includes five erasable crayons to use for coloring; $24.99 at Toys R Us and toysrus.com.

Angry Birds Stack and Splash Pool Game

The Angry Birds Stack and Splash Pool Game
Photo Credit: SCS Direct Inc.

The Angry Birds Stack and Splash Pool Game from SCS Direct Inc. lets kids play a version of the Angry Birds video game in the pool. Set it up and begin throwing Angry Birds characters to knock down the pigs. Once all the pigs are down, the game can be reassembled and played again. For ages 5 and older. Price to be determined; available June 2017.

Walkie Chalk

Simply pop any stick of sidewalk chalk into
Photo Credit: Walkie Chalk

Simply pop any stick of sidewalk chalk into the tube and start designing and coloring outdoors; $15 at uncommongoods.com.

Marvel Spidey-Bike Ride-On

This superhero ride-on features a sculpted Spidey emblem,
Photo Credit: Jakks Pacific

This superhero ride-on features a sculpted Spidey emblem, a webbed molded seat and large wheels. There are also Spidey phrases and sound effects; $39.99 at Toys R Us and toysrus.com.

Sidewalk Paint Sprayer

Kids will love this washable sprayer that can
Photo Credit: Crayola

Kids will love this washable sprayer that can be used on all outdoor surfaces, including grass. The set comes with two paint cartridges, two stencils and instructions; $14.99 at shop.crayola.com.

Neon Kart

The Neon Kart from Yvolution transforms a hoverboard
Photo Credit: Yvolution

The Neon Kart from Yvolution transforms a hoverboard into a seated three-wheeled vehicle. Push the handlebars forward to accelerate, pull back to brake and pull farther back to go backward. To turn, just pull back on one handlebar and push forward on the other. Once assembled, the Neon Kart's velcro and elastic straps enable owners to attach and detach to the hoverboard; $129.99 at amazon.com.

Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table

This water table features maze-like spinners, ramps and
Photo Credit: Step2

This water table features maze-like spinners, ramps and a cascading waterfall. It comes with 13 accessories; $69.99 at step2.com.

X-Shot Bubble Ball

The Bubble Ball, made of durable PVC material,
Photo Credit: Zuru

The Bubble Ball, made of durable PVC material, can inflate up to four feet so you can run, roll and clash with friends. The one-pack is available in two team colors, blue and orange; $49.99 at x-shotbubbleball.com.

Kite-A-Pult

The Kite-A-Pult from Tucker Toys is a self-launching
Photo Credit: Tucker Toys

The Kite-A-Pult from Tucker Toys is a self-launching kite-flying system. Get the kite off the ground by launching it in the air with the portable hand launcher; $21.99 at tuckertoys.com.

Taco Truck Playhouse

A new take on a cardboard play house,
Photo Credit: Uncommongoods

A new take on a cardboard play house, this easy-to-assemble truck features fun taco graphics; $69 at uncommongoods.com.

Kids' Crocs Fun Lab Marvel AVengers Clogs

Little superheroes will enjoy wearing these shoes, which
Photo Credit: Crocs

Little superheroes will enjoy wearing these shoes, which feature Iron Man, Captain America and more. As a child walks, the Crocs light up with a heel strap for a more secure fit; $34.99 at crocs.com.

Signature Sprinkle Goggles

These fun, colorful goggles are designed for use
Photo Credit: Dylan's Candy Bar

These fun, colorful goggles are designed for use in both salt and fresh water; $26 at dylanscandybar.com.

Gift 'ems Beach Playset

This playset holds water and comes with a
Photo Credit: Jakks Pacific

This playset holds water and comes with a surfboard, watercraft, beach ball, lounge chairs, palm tree, lifeguard stand and an exclusive Gift 'ems boy lifeguard; $14.99 at Toys R Us and toysrus.com.

Barbie Dreamtopia Bubbletastic Fairy Doll

Barbie fairy dolls feature bubble-making wings. Pour the
Photo Credit: Mattel

Barbie fairy dolls feature bubble-making wings. Pour the bubble solution into the butterfly-shaped tray and dip the doll's wings into the solution. Simply pull the yellow bow on her belt and the wings will spin to make bubbles; $19.99 at Toys R Us and toysrus.com.

Rainbow Jump Rope

The Rainbow Jump Rope from Chalktivity lets kids
Photo Credit: International Playthings

The Rainbow Jump Rope from Chalktivity lets kids create colorful chalk art with every jump. Choose from eight colors, pour into the pouch and jump; $9.99 at toysrus.com.

Jabbit Classic

The Jabbit Classic from OgoSport is a game
Photo Credit: OgoSport

The Jabbit Classic from OgoSport is a game of toss and catch. It comes with two European Beech wood throwers and a soft, natural rope ball; $17.99 at ogosport.com.

Fin Fun Mermaid Tails

Kids can swim in these mermaid tails, made
Photo Credit: Fin Fun

Kids can swim in these mermaid tails, made from a polyester/spandex blend with a four-way stretch. They're open at the bottom so it's easy to walk; $45 for toddlers and $50 for youth size at finfunmermaid.com.

Bubble Buster

The Bubble Buster from Game Zone lets players
Photo Credit: International Playthings

The Bubble Buster from Game Zone lets players take turns testing their bubbling-busting abilities. It pings with every bubble popped and keeps score to announce the winner at the end of each game; $14.99 at mbeans.com.

Gazillion Giant Bubble Mill

With this special machine and bubble solution, kids
Photo Credit: Funrise

With this special machine and bubble solution, kids can make bigger bubbles than ever before in seconds. The set includes a bottle of Giant Gazillion Bubble solution; $19.99 at Toys R Us and toysrus.com. Create massive bubbles at the push of a button with the Gazillion Bubbles Giant Bubble Mill! This special machine and specially formulated bubble solution produce bigger bubbles than ever before in seconds. Simply pour Giant Gazillion Bubble Solution into the reservoir, push the button, and watch in amazement as the wheel turns and blows truly GIANT bubbles into the air! The Giant Bubble Mill includes an 8 oz. bottle of non-toxic Giant Gazillion Bubble Solution. 3 AA batteries required, not included. SRP $19.99

Ultimate Washable Chalk Collection

Crayola's biggest chalk set with 64 different colors
Photo Credit: Crayola

Crayola's biggest chalk set with 64 different colors with tie dye, glitter and neon; $14.99 at crayola.com.

Maui Sky Bouncer

These discs bounce up to 25 feet and
Photo Credit: Jakks Pacific

These discs bounce up to 25 feet and come in six matte colors. It can fly through the air, bounce off walls and floors; $12.99 at amazon.com.

Wet Head

Put on the Wet Head hat from Zing
Photo Credit: Zing

Put on the Wet Head hat from Zing and get ready to possibly be soaked. Opponents choose a peg to withdraw from the hat in a form of water roulette -- if they pick the right one, you get drenched! If not, pass the hat to the next player; $10.99 at Toys R Us.

R2-D2 Bubble Blaster

Kids can get into Star Wars-style mischief and
Photo Credit: Imperial Toy

Kids can get into Star Wars-style mischief and blow endless bubbles with this R2-D2 blaster. The set comes with a collectible bubble bottle; $16.99 at imperialtoy.com.

Disney Dory and Nemo Character Mask

These Dory (pictured) and Nemo character masks feature
Photo Credit: Swimways

These Dory (pictured) and Nemo character masks feature an easy-to-adjust head strap with a soft water tight seal for a custom fit; $12.99 at Target and Toys R Us.

Original Designer Pool Noodle

These pool noodles help kids keep afloat as
Photo Credit: I Candy

These pool noodles help kids keep afloat as they play in the pool. Spandex covers help prevent sun damage and feature fun graphic; $24.99 at walmart.com.

Derby Duck

This inflatable ride-on pool float features two handles
Photo Credit: Game

This inflatable ride-on pool float features two handles on the side and two handles on the duck's neck. The float features two cup holders as well; $39.99 at amazon.com.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sewer Stomp and Splash Pad

This Aqua Leisure inflatable mat easily attaches to
Photo Credit: Nickelodeon

This Aqua Leisure inflatable mat easily attaches to a garden hose, which allows multiple stomp points to spray water; $11.99 at Toys R Us.

B. Woo-Hue Parachute

Kids can have fun with this color-wheel parachute,
Photo Credit: Battat

Kids can have fun with this color-wheel parachute, which features 12 woven handles to make room for six to 12 kids. The set comes with 15 colorful balls so kids can try to keep them from falling out; $19.99 at target.com.

Geosafari Jr. My First Telescope

This 10x magnification telescope allows kids to view
Photo Credit: Educational Insights

This 10x magnification telescope allows kids to view the moon. It also comes with two large eyepieces with comfy goggle and nose cut-out guide for perfect eye placement, a built-in diagonal mirror and a lens cap; $24.99 at Toys R Us.

Star Wars Dive Characters

This three-pack, 3-D molded dive sticks feature Kylo
Photo Credit: SwimWays

This three-pack, 3-D molded dive sticks feature Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma and Stormtrooper from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." These water toys are great for swim practice and can be played in and out of the pool; $9.99 at Target.

Yvolution Neon Street Rollers

These heel skates can fit most shoes and
Photo Credit: Yvolution

These heel skates can fit most shoes and feature innovative wheel technology with bright light-up LED's. Available in pink, green and blue; $22.99 at Toys R Us.

Hydro Swirl Spinning Sprinkler

A fun twist on sprinkler fun, the Hydro
Photo Credit: Prime Time Toys

A fun twist on sprinkler fun, the Hydro Swirl features a spinning dome on top, with six tidal storm wiggle tubes on the edge. The tubes wiggle and splash in all directions; $12.99 at Target and Target.com.

PlaySkool Mrs. Potato Head Beach Spudette

This Mrs. Potato set features a beach theme
Photo Credit: Hasbro

This Mrs. Potato set features a beach theme with more than 15 pieces including a bathing suit, sandals, sunglasses, a sun hat and more; $14.99 at hasbrotoyshop.com.

Hyper Toss

This fast-paced, electronic catch ball game lets kids
Photo Credit: Moose Toys

This fast-paced, electronic catch ball game lets kids try to beat their own scores by catching the ball quickly in one of the three colored cups. Best for ages 6 and older; $19.99 available at toy stores in June.

Paddle Bubble

With bubbles blown and Paddle Bubble in hand,
Photo Credit: TPF Toys

With bubbles blown and Paddle Bubble in hand, players try to keep the suds from popping. The set includes two paddles and bubble solution; $9.99 at Toys R Us.

Hurricane Reusable Water Balls

Hurricane Reusable Water Balls from Prime Time Toys
Photo Credit: Prime Time Toys

Hurricane Reusable Water Balls from Prime Time Toys are easier to use than water balloons. There is no fumbling with tiny water balloon knots -- the balls fill and seal with a squeeze; $11.99 at amazon.com.

Hydro Lacrosse

The COOP Hydro Lacrosse game set can be
Photo Credit: Swimways

The COOP Hydro Lacrosse game set can be used in the pool, at the beach or in the backyard. The soft, waterproof handles make it easy to catch, scoop, cradle and throw the ball. The set comes with two lacrosse sticks and one ball; $9.99 at Walmart and walmart.com.

T-Blasts Quad Blaster

Each T-Blasts Quad Blaster from Playmates Toys fires
Photo Credit: Playmates Toys

Each T-Blasts Quad Blaster from Playmates Toys fires up to 40 feet and comes with four Ninja Turtles character darts, which are oversized and made of safer, soft foam. Collection includes Quad Blaster Donatello, Quad Blaster Leonardo, Quad Blaster Michelangelo and Quad Blaster Raphael; $14.99 at Toys R Us.

Light Up My Basket

Kids can create a felt flower bouquet with
Photo Credit: Faber-Castell USA

Kids can create a felt flower bouquet with bright LED lights in a bike basket. The set includes everything kids need to show off their creativity with a personal and unique basket design; $24.99 at amazon.com.

Yummy Nummies S'More Maker Playset

Yummy Nummies are candy, snack and meal-making sets
Photo Credit: Yummy Nummies

Yummy Nummies are candy, snack and meal-making sets that come with everything kids need to create no-bake, realistic-tasting mini foods. The S'more Maker Playset lets kids make their own graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate. The no-heat set comes with fun s'more-making utensils that light up and flicker; $19.99 at yummynummies.com in July.

Svan Ice Cream Cart

The Svan Ice Cream Cart lets kids serve
Photo Credit: Svan

The Svan Ice Cream Cart lets kids serve customers by scooping play frozen treats onto connectable cones. The cart is equipped with more than 30 pieces, including scoops of ice cream, connectable cones, an ice cream scoop, popsicles and Italian ice; $159.99 at svan.com.

Super Sharkpedo

Kids can navigate this foot-long smiling shark through
Photo Credit: Prime Time Toys

Kids can navigate this foot-long smiling shark through the pool, up to 40 feet. Simply submerge Sharkpedo under water to quickly fill the tail fin that then launches like a dart to propel him through the water; $9.99 at Target and Wal-Mart

Regatta Swing

The Magic Cabin's Regatta Swing is a canvas,
Photo 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; $149 at hearthsong.com.

Slackers Slide & Surf Screamin' 30-Foot Water Slide Combo Set

Slackers Slide & Surf Screamin' 30-Foot Water Slide
Photo 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.

Slackers Night Riderz Zipline and Flying Saucer Seat

The Slackers Night Riderz Zipline and Flying Saucer
Photo 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; $39.99 at slackersline.com or amazon.com.

Beach Stamps

Beach Stamps are square-shaped impression stamps that come
Photo 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; $13.99 and up on beachstamps.com.

Minion Swim Goggles

Kids can pretend they are their favorite
Photo 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.

3D Sidewalk Chalk

Kids can mold their own colorful sidewalk chalk
Photo 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.

Fuze Bike Bubbler

The FUZE Bike Bubbler from Skyrocket Toys, is
Photo 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.

FUZE Cyclone Water Blaster

With the motorized, handlebar-mounted Cyclone Water Blaster, bicyclists
Photo 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.

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