Like many other families, you may already be planning your annual family vacation. When making your packing list of essentials, you’re probably thinking of toys for your kids—specifically, pool or beach toys that will keep them occupied yet are small enough to fit in your suitcase.
After scouring the market for the best beach toys, we’ve compiled a list for your next pre-vacation buying trip. You can take a few of them with you on your family trip to surprise the youngsters. These are some of the best beach toys you can bring with you.
HABA Dinosaur Sand Glove
Sometimes the most basic designs make the best toys. The HABA Dinosaur Hand Glove, which fits over your hand and can devour sand, gives hours of beach fun—”a necessity,” according to several parents of future paleontologists.
Corolle Bath Dolls
Check out Corolle’s Bath Dolls if your kids enjoy playing with dolls, but you’re concerned about the water factor. These dolls, suitable for children aged two and up and come in various ethnicities, can be taken to the beach, bath, or pool. The dolls are constructed of a mildly vanilla-scented vinyl material and developed and fashioned in France. After your swim, there’s a tab for hanging up the doll to dry.
Waterproof Playing Cards
Consider picking up a set of Kovot Waterproof Playing Cards for your day at the beach if you have older kids. These are lightweight and resistant to sand, seawater, and chlorine. They also engage your children in a non-electronic group activity, and you can use them all year.
American Summertime Octopus Kite
Is there any beach toy more fun than a kite? We don’t think so. This bright octopus-shaped kite is frameless, which means it takes little effort to get it up in the air—the manufacturer claims it just takes two minutes—and it folds up into a small bag for storage.
You can also make your family vacation more fun by following these beach hacks.
Swimline Shipwreck Pool Dive Game Toys
This unique diving toy is a whole new level of imaginative entertainment. The mystery of exploring a shipwreck appeals to both children and adults, and this toy allows them to do it in a miniature version at the bottom of a pool. Simply assemble it and watch it disintegrate and sink down. Then put on a pair of swim goggles and dive beneath the surface to find the hidden gems waiting below.
Green Toys Beach Sets
Many parents are anxious about purchasing low-cost plastic toys that will be destroyed, misplaced, or abandoned at the beach. In fact, in an effort to keep plastic out of the ocean, some localities have beach toy lending programs. For example, in Navarre, Florida, the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center features a “borrow bin” where people can donate and borrow items.
Green Toys, which are created in the United States out of recycled plastic, are a good option if you want to invest in some higher-quality beach toys that will endure for several years. They have both a regular beach set and a truck set for children aged 18 months and up.
Hape Sand Driller
Why not give this beach drill to that kid who still believes she can dig all the way to the other side of the world? While creating holes in the sand (and what young person doesn’t like to do that? ), the basic design aids kids with their motor skills.
Prime Time Toys Diving Masters Treasure Chest Pool Diving Game
Try out this 40-piece treasure chest set to go with your shipwreck toy. It sinks to the bottom of the pool and challenges swimmers to open the lock and recover the riches concealed inside. This is appropriate for all ages, and it’s especially popular with younger children, who like playing with it at the beach or on land. A simpler version is also available from Melissa & Doug.
Melissa & Doug Spark Shark Toss & Catch Pool Toy
Because this toss-and-catch net toy is waterproof, you may use it in the water or on the sand. It’s also a great beach toy for some summer fun because of the shark motif.
Poolmaster Pirate Ship with Action Squirter
All pirates are welcome! This pool gadget is so innovative that it will make you regret not having one when you were a kid. With a mounted squirt gun and a pirate flag, your little swashbucklers can thoroughly seek revenge on those scallywags at the deep end with this mock pirate ship float.
The only drawback is that it may be a little too big for travel – and inflating it will require some powerful lungs (or an air pump).
Fin Fun Shark Fin
Strap the Fin Fun Shark Fin onto the back of your little swimmer and have them pretend to be a shark on the lookout for its next meal. This toy is not a flotation device and should only be used by skilled swimmers.