Best Beach and Sand Toys for Kids This Summer
Color A Tote Bag
Your little fashionista will have a fab time designing her own bag and then showing it off at the beach.
Get a game of Frisbee going with this vibrant, handmade cloth disc that can fold up into your bag for easy travel.
$8 to $15, pocketdisc.com
Small World Toys Beach Builder Set
Perfect for a beginner, this set comes complete with a dump truck, shovel, rake, water-squirting pump and boat.
Clicker Crab Toss and Grip
Thanks to the Velcro, playing catch is so simple and addictive that you might want to grab one of the cutesy crab mitts and get in on the game yourself.
Sizzlin' Cool Horseshoes
Lightweight and portable enough to cart to and from the shore, this toy makes a round of this classic summer game possible at the seashore.
3 to 6 years
This kite's kid-friendly design and whirling tail will keep your child's head in the clouds.
Speck Seahorse Sand Ice Cream Set
What's summer without ice cream? This set has everything your kid needs -- scoops, cones and a "sprinkles" shaker -- to make sandy treats.
Spongebob Squarepants 17" Bodyboard
Catch some waves with everyone's favorite Nickelodeon ocean-dweller.
No-Spill Big Bubble Bucket
The patented no-spill design is great for travel to the beach. Plus, up to three kids can blow bubbles -- without the mess!
Soffy Play and Beach Ball
Have a ball with one that's sturdy enough for active play, yet soft enough that a missed catch won't hurt.
Your little one will be tunneling her way across the beach in no time with the help of this grab-and-go shark.
Deluxe Sand & Water Wheel Set
Enjoy the sand and the surf with this two-in-one set that contains a waterwheel, a bucket, a shovel, and sand molds.
Translucent Beach Balls
Beautiful beach balls? There is such a thing! We've found a great line with two different sizes.
$12 to $19; pbkids.com
Sizzlin' Cool 3-Piece Dive Fun Set: Frog
This affordable goggles-mask-snorkel combo just might be the steal of the summer.
4 to 8 years
Good Time Tubes: Polka Dot
Surf the waves in style with this colorful inner tube.
Tonka Sandbox Force
This classic-looking front- loader truck has a great beach bonus: It comes with a sand tool and an attachable mold your kid will dig.
The Sunny Patch Sand Pail Line
These precious pails have extra features: Finney Fish comes with a removable spout for water play, and Flex Octopus (shown here) has a detachable sand sifter on the bottom.
$13 each; melissaanddoug.com
Under the Sea! Wooden Ring Toss Game
Hook as many fish as you can with this game that builds hand-eye coordination and aim.
Water Bomber Jai Alai
The basket's handle is also a pump that can fill balloons with water to add another layer of play to the game.
Made from 100 percent recycled plastic milk containers, this boat has a wide scoop-and-pour spout that will amuse your baby on the shore or at water's edge.
Kids can explore what's going on beneath the water's surface with this cool scope kit.
Originally published in the June 2010 issue of Parents magazine.