Best Beach and Sand Toys for Kids This Summer

GeoSafari Sea-Scope
Bryan McCay
Kids are sure to have some fun in the sun with these sand and sea toys. We've got 10 all-new beach toys, plus some favorites that we recently shared in our June magazine.
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Color A Tote Bag

Your little fashionista will have a fab time designing her own bag and then showing it off at the beach.

7 years+

$20, alextoys.com

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Bryan McCay

Pocket Disc

Get a game of Frisbee going with this vibrant, handmade cloth disc that can fold up into your bag for easy travel.

3 years+

$8 to $15, pocketdisc.com

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Bryan McCay

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.

18 months+

$20, amazon.com

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Bryan McCay

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.

3 years+

$12, melissaanddoug.com

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Bryan McCay

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

$13, toysrus.com

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Bryan McCay

Gecko Kite

This kite's kid-friendly design and whirling tail will keep your child's head in the clouds.

8 years+

$7, xkites.com

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Bryan McCay

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.

3 years+

$15, melissaanddoug.com

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Bryan McCay

Spongebob Squarepants 17" Bodyboard

Catch some waves with everyone's favorite Nickelodeon ocean-dweller.

5 years+

$5.50, bravosportscorp.com

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Bryan McCay

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!

3 years+

$14, littlekidtoys.com

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Bryan McCay

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.

4 years+

$12, gymnicballs.com

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Bryan McCay

Sand Grabbers

Your little one will be tunneling her way across the beach in no time with the help of this grab-and-go shark.

2 years+

$11; smallworldtoys.com

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Bryan McCay

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.

18 months+

$24; theoriginaltoycompany.com

Mark Lund
Mark Lund

Translucent Beach Balls

Beautiful beach balls? There is such a thing! We've found a great line with two different sizes.

3 years+

$12 to $19; pbkids.com

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Bryan McCay

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

$10; toysrus.com

Mark Lund
Mark Lund

Good Time Tubes: Polka Dot

Surf the waves in style with this colorful inner tube.

5 years+

$18; sassafrasstore.com

Mark Lund
Mark Lund

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.

3 years+

$10; funrise.com

Mark Lund
Mark Lund

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.

3 years+

$13 each; melissaanddoug.com

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Bryan McCay

Under the Sea! Wooden Ring Toss Game

Hook as many fish as you can with this game that builds hand-eye coordination and aim.

3 years+

$16; orientaltrading.com

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Bryan McCay

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.

8 years+

$20; intplay.com

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Bryan McCay

Tugboat

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.

6 months+

$13; greentoys.com

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Bryan McCay

GeoSafari Sea-Scope

Kids can explore what's going on beneath the water's surface with this cool scope kit.

6 years+

$30; learningresources.com

Originally published in the June 2010 issue of Parents magazine.

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