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    24 Summer Toys You May Want To Steal From Your Kids

    From a giant bubble wand to a shark water slide, IDK who will have more fun with these, kids or parents.

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    1. An ingenious trampoline sprinkler hose that'll install in minutes to turn your yard into a ~thrilling waterpark~ — and spare your weary arms from having to hold the hose to spray the kids for their entire jumping sesh.,

    Setup is a breeze. Just attach the sprinkler hose to the netting with the provided zip ties and then connect the sprinkler to your regular hose. Boom — you're done!

    Promising review: "We bought this as a gift for my nephew's fifth birthday and it was a hit to say the least! We are always spraying the kids with the hose on the tramp and they love it, but this does all of that for you! It was super easy to set up and it went up surprising fast. The kids love it, therefore the parents love it! I actually can't wait to try it out for myself!"JP

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95+ (available in five styles).

    2. A giant bubble wands kit to keep kids and their grownups *mesmerized* thanks to the two-handle wand designed to help 'em make the most ~ginormous bubbles~ they've ever seen (My 4-year-old mastered it with a little practice!),

    The kit comes with the giant bubble wand, two pouches of bubble concentrate, and a booklet to help you become a skilled bubble creator!

    Promising review: "We bought six of these for our family for one of our relay games. This was the very favorite activity for everyone — even the adults! You don't have to be experienced to make giant bubbles, even our grandchildren could do it! They work every single time! We are so happy with this purchase! Thank you for such a great activity that will last more than one time! We LOVE this product!!"—Liz

    Promising review: "Love this!! Easy for kids to use — my six-year-old son figured it out pretty quick — and fun for adults as well (my husband and I might have played with it as much as our son did...) Makes amazing bubbles. The bubble mix it comes with is fantastic."—Thomas Durant

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in six styles).

    3. A three-in-one sprinkler, splash pad, and wading pool that'll not only have your munchkin *soaking up* their ABCs and animals but will also make you say, "dang, my toddler's living their best life."

    A blue circular splash pad with colorful animals and letters spraying water all around

    Promising review: "Finally got around to testing this thing out and let me tell ya--even the adults had fun with it too! My husband probably shouldn't have been running through this also, but apparently he was! My kids are having a blast this summer with this newfound splash pad and I would gladly buy it again in a heartbeat. Ohh — and make sure wherever you plan on setting this bad boy up, that you fill it up in that spot cause once the hose starts full blast, this is heavy and un-movable. Happy summer splashing everyone! :)"—shopaholic anonymous

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. A shark bath bomb for anyone whose kid is into re-creating the bloody shark attack from Jaws in their tub. Should you be worried? Probably. Will you wish you had bought one for yourself? Absolutely.

    Soft Skin Bubbly Sins / Etsy, Soft Skins Bubbly Sins / Etsy

    Soft Skin Bubbly Sins is a small biz based in Collins, Georgia.

    Promising review: "I can’t wait to see the face my lil' brother makes when I give this to him!!! It looks so cool and I’m in love with the Fruit Loop scent. Plus, they sent another one as a gift, so he will have two just like I got his sister 😭💕 I’m hoping he finds this bath bomb as cool as I do so I have an excuse to buy more of them because if he won’t use them, I will. 100% recommend them to anyone with little kids or just a fun personality!!!"—Patricia

    Get it from Soft Skin Bubbly Sins on Etsy for $6 (available in 55 scents).

    5. Or an inflatable shark water slide with a built-in sprayer that attaches to your garden hose to create endless soaktastic fun (literally, reviewers say it kept their kids entertained for *hours*). Your kiddos (or you!) will have a blast flying down the slide ~over and over~, while the tiny tots enjoy splish-splashin' in the shallow end.,

    Promising review: "Y'ALL ... This thing is the bomb! I have three wild children who jump and bounce on anything inflated and this thing has lasted MONTHS. It was super easy to blow up and assemble (recommend having a pump). The kids LOVE it. We play on it, if not every day, every other day. My kids play on it for hours. Once it's blown up, you just have to hook up the hose and it's ready to go. This thing is crazy durable. I'm sure it'll pop eventually but it's going strong! Initially, I was a little taken aback by the price, but now that we've gotten so much use out of it, it's well worth the money. Cannot recommend enough!"—Amazon Customer

    Promising review: "Absolutely LOVE this slide! It is so refreshing to find a product that is crafted so well for a fair price. Bought this for my daughters first birthday and it was a total hit with the other toddlers as well as older children. We have had it for a year now and no wear or tear. Some of us (adults) even go down it carefully from time to time and it holds up (although we are well over weight limit). My daughter plays in it daily and it’s been a lifesaver during this hot summer."—Tescily England

    Get it from Amazon for $89.79.

    6. A pack of flying rings to *up* your game. They're 80% lighter, fly straighter and have a hole in the middle making them easy-to-catch for little or big hands. Oh...and they float in water.,

    Promising review: "My 5-year-old loves playing with this and we (mommy and daddy) have so much fun getting some exercise. It's not like the "old school" frisbees when I was growing up that would hurt like heck when you caught it wrong (which was most of the time). These flying rings are very light (disc hit her in the head once or twice and there were no tears, just some "owwwws!") However, if it's windy, it gets difficult to control the discs since they are light but I'll gladly take running after errant flying discs compared to getting teeth knocked out with a regular frisbee. Buy it, you won't regret it! I'll be buying another set shortly."—Kristie

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.99 (available in nine styles).

    7. Non-toxic Disney Princess nail polishes for when you're in the mood for a mani-pedi date with your little BFF. Because nothing says summer like bright nails.


    Promising review: "My 8-year-old daughter cried when she got this for her birthday. She loved it. She is always trying to use my nail polish, so to have her own was amazing. The colors are quite nice and vibrant. The bottles are glass and very nice looking. The polish actually stays put until you pull or scrub it off. I would by this again in a heartbeat." —nkcacciola74

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    8. And, if you need matching bling, a Disney Princess necklace activity set with more than 30,000 5-star reviews (!!!) that'll *charm* your mini diva.


    My preschooler is OBSESSED with making these necklaces and I love that it keeps her off the screen. She totes her creations around in the adorable carry case and enjoys making mommy (and daddy!) wear them.

    Promising review: "My 4-year-old daughter and I just opened this up and made EVERY necklace, with plenty of beads to spare. May i just say how wonderful of a surprise this was. This is a great activity to have that special mommy daughter time."—Jessica Richardson

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in 16 styles).

    9. Crayola glitter sidewalk chalk to entice you and your mini Picasso into doodling your heart out on the sidewalk. When you're done, kick back with some lemonades (or mimosas for you) and admire your masterpiece sparkling in the sun.

    Reviewer's photo showing a pink and yellow flower they drew on the sidewalk using glitter chalk

    Promising review: "This is the chalk of ALL chalks. The glitter is fantastic. I was worried a little it wouldn't spray off. It cleaned up with a breeze. The chalk is the perfect size for little hands, and the pointed tip is perfect. I bought other brand chalk on Amazon, and this is all she'll use. The colors are vibrant and the glitter is beautiful."—Linsy Harrington

    Get it from Amazon for $5.35 (available in three styles).

    10. A classic Little Tikes basketball set that's a *slam dunk* for anyone — from MVP toddlers to all-star parents — who want to improve their hoop skills. Bonus points because you can move the game indoors long after summer's over.


    Promising review: "We bought this for our two-year-old and I have to admit, we probably play with it as much as our toddler does. It's height adjustable which is great for growing kids. It come with three balls which can be pumped if they deflate."—mkysay

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    11. A glow-in-the-dark fort building kit for stimulating your future architect's imagination as they engineer igloos, rockets, and castles. It'll also bring out your inner child as you both giggle and scoot into your "secret hiding place."

    Promising review: "This set is AWESOME! My son is four-years-old and it’s perfect for him. I stumbled across this product, looking for creative ways to spend our time at home during this pandemic, It’s been very entertaining for us the past couple of months. I was surprised at the quality of the materials upon opening the box. The rods and connecting balls are heavy duty! Very impressive. We popped together one of the pictures on the box and still had a ton of leftover pieces, so my husband made another square to connect to it. My son now has a giant fort in the living room. He loves it. My kids stay entertained for HOURS and we can create so many different shapes! it is NOT sturdy enough to climb on! However, it's plenty sturdy to hold up some sheets or blankets for privacy. The connectors can be kind of tough to put together, so adult help is required to build. It is overall a great set. Totally worth the price!" —BarbieLee

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    12. A cork boat craft kit so cute you won't be able to resist building them with your pint-sized sailors and then yelling "Ahoy, matey!" as you race them in the bath, pool or water table.

    Ink and Trinket Kids / Etsy

    Ink and Trinket Kids, a small biz based in Cape Coral, Florida, was created by educators and specializes in craft projects and do-it-yourself gifts with kids and parents in mind.

    The kit includes nine corks, six rubber bands, three pieces of foam paper (in your choice of colors), three wood masts, four randomized nautical themed tattoos for sail customization and step-by-step instructions.

    Promising review: "Oh! These were and are so much fun! My two littlest kids played all day with them in their pool! Get this kit if you want an all-day activity for your kids! Awesome and so easy. Thank you for helping out a stay at home Mom!!"—Jenny Bifano

    Get it from Ink and Trinket Kids on Etsy for $8.99 (available in three color combos and two mini-figure genders).

    13. Banzai Bump N Bounce Body Bumpers so you can referee (or participate in!) impromptu sumo battles in your backyard that'll elicit nonstop silliness and laughs.,

    PSA: Make sure helmets are worn during bump-offs.

    Promising review: "We love this body bumper set! Huge hit with all the young as five and as old as 17. This even fits over me as an adult...little tight to get off, but goes over my head and can get arms through. Super fun to use in our trampoline for sumo battles, kids and I were laughing a bunch...good times and is still holding up great after all that at our party."—cece

    Promising review: "Okay, we've bought these twice now. They are so much fun, for the kids AND the dads who act like kids. They will not last long though, especially when used rough. Comes with patch kit, but we didn't bother with that. If you are hosting any kind of outdoor event with kids, buy this and you will not be disappointed."—Mama S.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.75.

    14. A large inflatable bowling set perfect for ~striking~ up some hilarious competition at birthday parties, barbeques or family game night. The best part? The pins are weighted to save you from sheepishly chasing after one on a windy day.

    The bowling set

    Promising review: "My kids love this game! It was actually fun for the whole family. My kids range from 3 to12. We were very impressed and the durability of the pins and how they actually stand up and are weighted down at the bottom. I highly recommend this! So fun for a family game night."—michael smith

    Promising review: "These worked great at a graduation party. Big hit with adults and teens. Will order again to have two games going simultaneously"—Love it!

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

    15. A set of biodegradable blue ocean water beads with a large clamshell scoop for when you just want to bring a slice of beach home to you.

    Blue, teal, clear, and white water beads with a clam shell scoop
    Chickadees Wooden Toys / Etsy

    Chickadees Wooden Toys is a small biz based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, whose mission is to create diverse play things that spark imagination, are kind to our planet, invite little hands, help educate, and include all children.

    The teeny tiny balls soak up water to magically become full-sized for wet, bouncy, squishy sensory fun. Adults, please supervise as these are a choking hazard and not intended for children under three.

    Promising review: "My daughter loves these water beads! The shell scoop is so perfect, and we added the sea glass shells from this shop too. So much fun! The quality, packaging and shipping were all great!—stephkirsa

    Get it from Chickadees Wooden Toys on Etsy for $10.50.

    16. A stomp rocket launcher that'll teach the kiddos basic physics (without suspecting it!). They'll have such a *blast* as they jump on the launch pad, countdown to lift off, and watch the rockets soar up to 200 feet high. Even parents will want to get in on the action.

    The stomp rocket launcher

    Promising review: "My 4-year-old goes nuts over this. He’s so loud with excitement, it draws out the neighborhood kids and next thing I know the neighbors are over chatting outside with me while their kids are COMPLETELY occupied playing this thing. The assembly is EXTREMELY easy. The rockets launch well above my two-story home that I have to make sure it’s not too close so one doesn’t land on the roof. It’s actually fun for the adults as well. My son loves to watch me really launch one. This is a great outside activity for any boy or girl. You don’t have to chase the kids around and they get plenty of exercise running to get the rockets after they’ve landed. Fun for everyone. Well worth the 20 bucks I spent on it."—Geno

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    17. A pack of nontoxic, washable and reusable colored chalk powder balls (a safer alternative to paintballs) your whole squad can toss at each other for an *epic color war* that'll take any party to the next level — and those vibrant selfies won't hurt, either.


    The pre-filled balls last for 50–60 throws. When they run out simply refill and use again!

    Promising review: "Will order again! Kids of all ages will love — parents too! Played color tag with these during a neighborhood party. Kids loved the bright colors and parents loved the safety and ease of cleanup!"—Gabe Sybesma

    Promising review: "These were seriously the best! I used them for my daughter's birthday party and the kids loved getting messy and throwing them at each other. I'm a big fan of these and they may have become a staple product at every one of my parties from now on."—Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $39.99.

    18. Or a set of eco-friendly reusable water balloons that cut down on waste and just scream "PELT ME." The best part? They're made with a chenille-like yarn so they won't sting on contact.

    The water balloon in six colors
    Mama Love Boutique / Etsy

    Mama Love Boutique is a small biz based in Sellersville, Pennsylvania that makes balloons with an eco-friendly twist.

    Promising review: "Got them, opened them, used them in the same day. I have two boys with LOTS of energy and they had so much fun pummeling me with these water 'balloons' 🤣 and I had fun throwing them right back. Not just for kids. Very well made. So happy with this purchase!" —Carley Campbell

    Get the 12-pack from Mama Love Boutique on Etsy for $36.50 (available in three color combos).

    19. A foam pogo jumper far safer that the good ol' pogo stick with a sturdy foam base to stand on — so your rambunctious tykes can burn off their energy hopping from room to room as you secretly wait your turn.

    The foam pogo jumper in blue and green

    Promising review: "Got as a gift for my 5-year-old. He loves it because the whole family can play with it inside or outside. And we all enjoy taking a turn. Great gift."—Renae Wilcox

    Promising review: "This pogo jumper is so much fun! My 12-year-old, my hubs and I have all been bouncing all around the house and the yard. The flybar looks small at first, but it stretches a lot!  I really recommend this for all ages because my whole family enjoys it."—Cari

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 13 colors).

    20. A personalized critter case to accompany you on backyard adventures with your Curious George so you can study fascinating critters up-close — before returning them to their natural habitat.

    The personalized wooden bug case
    USA Woodshop Co. / Etsy

    USA Woodshop Co. is a small biz based in Barstow, California that specializes in handcrafted wooden items and children's furniture.

    Promising review: "I looked all over for a bug barn for my daughter, but I couldn’t find a nice wooden one with a sliding door like I had when I was a kid (twenty five years ago!). But then I spotted this on Etsy! It’s perfect, exactly what I was hoping for. It’s sturdy, the door slides shut and stays in place, and the screen is secured. My daughter absolutely loves it. I’m so glad I bought this!"—Stephanie Jacobson 

    Get it from USA Woodshop Co. on Etsy for $11.99.

    21. An inflatable full-sized family pool with elephant sprayer that fits two adults and four children. Pssst, it's 100% OK if you and bae want to put them down for a nap and sneak in for a dip pretending you're on a child-free vacation in Bali.

    Reviewer's photo showing the kids using the pool in their back patio

    Promising review: "I originally bought this for my soon to be six-month-old and turned out my 11-year-old sister and all the adults loved it just as much! We all had fun with the elephant spray! It was much bigger than I expected, extremely durable, and fit seven adults in it! I’m beyond excited about this purchase and HIGHLY recommend!" —Shawna lollis

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    22. A nerf gun with more than 20,000 5-star reviews (!!!) that reviewers say is perfect for declaring war on your kids or, you know, tormenting your spouse...repeatedly.

    The nerf gun

    Promising review: "The only regret I have is that I didn't buy another one! My daughter and husband have been chasing me around with this thing all summer! It's so obnoxious and annoying but they love it and even though they drive me nuts they are having a ball and that's why I ordered it in the first place;)" —Katie Turner

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    23. Waterproof Uno cards you can take to the lake, hot tub, pool, beach, park or boat — letting you combine your love for water activities and family card games.

    A pack of waterproof cards near a beach towel

    Promising review: "These are great to use at the pool, lakeside or the beach. They can get wet!!!!! My kids love these! I actually want to buy a set for the house because the cards don't bend easily and they stay in mint condition. Would purchase again and again!"—LuluLoves

    Get them from Amazon for $9.97.

    24. An mini worry pet that'll become your, er...I mean your kiddo's sidekick during summer break and will also help calm back- to-school nerves.

    The mini worry pet in purple
    Eardley Designs / Etsy

    Eardley Designs is a small biz based in the United Kingdom.

    These adorable pocket-sized plushies are weighted and come with an adoption certificate.  

    Promising review: "A beautiful product, very good quality and nicely made! I bought one of each of these for my three children as they all have varying degrees of anxiety, and they absolutely love them! Would highly recommend! They have gone off to school this morning with a smile on their faces with their new found friend in their backpack! Friendly seller service too."—Dulcie Waddle 

    Get it from Eardley Designs on Etsy for $11.59.

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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