Water toys for kids make summer cool
Whether you’re swimming in a backyard pool or finding the flattest part of your back yard for sprinkler games, water toys make summer a little more fun. Try these fun water games for a wet and silly way to cool off this summer.
Simple outdoor water fun
The simplest water toys can be the most fun, and the Poolmaster Splash and Spray Ball provides hours of outdoor entertainment (Target, $14). The ball can be used in the pool as well, but it’s so much fun to play with on the grass you might not want to move it. Water sprays out of all parts of the ball, so kids can stand and get splashed or run and jump to avoid the spray.
Dive for pirate gold
Diving toys are a pool favorite, and this adorable Sunny Patch Undersea Treasure Hunt from Melissa and Doug is perfect for kids just learning to dive (Amazon, $14). The six treasure-shaped sinkers help kids practice their underwater swimming skills while working on fine motor skills. The chest floats, so kids don’t have to worry about lugging up something too large to the surface. If you aren’t sure your kids are ready for diving — or if they’re getting tired — the chest comes with games that can be played out of the water, too.
Let loose their inner mermaids
Maybe you have a little one who has The Little Mermaid on the mind or perhaps your favorite swimmer just likes the idea of the way mermaids swim. The MerFin can unleash anyone’s inner mermaid (HearthSong, $90). Available in two colors, the recycled rubber fin is remarkably flexible and functional. Kids can flip the fin to quicker speeds in the water, and the snug-fitting fin can be easily kicked off with a flick on the ankle strap if necessary.
Practice swimming underwater with water rings
Little fish can hone their underwater swimming skills with the Water Sports Swim Thru Rings (Amazon, $20). The rings can be adjusted to different water depths, so you can use them in the shallow end or the deep end of a pool, depending on the swimming level of the kids. Use the rings to practice skills or to have an underwater obstacle course.
The coolest way to play outside
The Intex Rainbow Ring Inflatable Play Center is filled with backyard water fun (Amazon, $49). The play center includes a water slide, wading pool, water sprayer and ring toss game with four inflatable rings. The sprayer attaches to a garden hose, and the center also includes six balls to toss through the rings. Kids two years and older will love cooling off in the little inflatable, and it will quickly become a favorite backyard toy.
When you’re serious about backyard fun
If you have several summer birthdays to celebrate or love being the house in the neighborhood that attracts all the kids, splurge on the Step 2 Twin Fall Continuous Air Waterslide (Toys R Us, $500). With two slides and a water cannon, the slide is sure to be a hit, whether you’re entertaining two kids or ten kids. The inflatable goes from flat to inflated in two minutes, so it’s simple to incorporate into your party or play date plans.