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
Perfect for a beginner, this set comes complete with a dump truck, shovel, rake, water-squirting pump and boat.
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.
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.
What's summer without ice cream? This set has everything your kid needs -- scoops, cones and a "sprinkles" shaker -- to make sandy treats.
Catch some waves with everyone's favorite Nickelodeon ocean-dweller.
The patented no-spill design is great for travel to the beach. Plus, up to three kids can blow bubbles -- without the mess!
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.
Enjoy the sand and the surf with this two-in-one set that contains a waterwheel, a bucket, a shovel, and sand molds.
Beautiful beach balls? There is such a thing! We've found a great line with two different sizes.
$12 to $19; pbkids.com
This affordable goggles-mask-snorkel combo just might be the steal of the summer.
4 to 8 years
Surf the waves in style with this colorful inner tube.
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.
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
Hook as many fish as you can with this game that builds hand-eye coordination and aim.
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.