Trending Toys Perfect for Summer Fun and Learning!
A great list of popular outdoor toys, science games, STEM toys, and silly games for the whole family. Kids can have a great time being active, expand their minds exploring science, or laugh out loud playing silly games with the family!
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Outdoor Toys Your Kids Will Want This Summer
When we were growing up we spent as much time outside as possible. We want to encourage today’s kids to do the same so we looked for some toys perfect for summer fun and learning that would entice them to stay outside. We are always looking for the best outdoor toys so we are excited to add these popular toys to our list.
Kids will spend hours playing outside in the water. Intex Rainbow Ring Inflatable Play Center, 117″ X 76″ X 53″, for Ages 2+will keep the kids happy and cool!
Little Tikes Sandy Lagoon Waterpark Play Table, Teal/Green is a newer version of the best-selling Little Tikes Sandy Lagoon Waterpark. It has plenty of built-in features and includes sand and water areas for hours of sensory fun. Race characters down water slides, launch them off diving boards and soak them with silly dump buckets.
The unicorn craze is big this year so why not bring it into the pool with a Giant Inflatable Unicorn Pool Float?
The Zehui Beach Toy Set comes with a shovel rack and sand buckets that collapse down to 2 inches. It makes them the perfect travel sand toy!
Last year the kids went crazy for the easy fill Water Balloons so this year we decided to extend the fun with the Water Balloons – ZURU Bunch O Balloons Slingshot!
Ridiculous toys that are perfect for summer fun with the family:
Summer means fun and family time so why not get some games that will keep the kids laughing? We found some silly toys perfect for summer fun and learning.
How many times has a child stretched your patience with their love of bathroom humor? Why not go with it for a change? When the kids play Who Tooted? “The, um, Fart” Board Game for The Whole Family they will also be practicing listening and social skills.
Going along with the bathroom humor theme, another trending toy is Toilet Trouble Game. If you have children of different ages this game will get them playing and laughing together. Players take turns spinning the toilet paper roll, flushing the toilet handle, and hoping they don’t get sprayed with water.
Of course, we need to include a stinky version of hot potato. When you press Stinky Pig’s belly, he starts to sing a little tune. Hurry up and roll the die to see which way to pass him but do it fast before he toots. If you’re holding the pig when he lets one rip, you have to take a token. This game encourages, directionality, turn taking and a speedy response time.
Toys that explore the world of science:
Science and technology are capturing the imaginations of our children. There are some brilliant toys and games that are trending right now and once you check them out, you will understand why.
The Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. SubScope is perfect for family vacations with children of different ages. It allows children to see up to two feet underwater without getting wet. Children will delight in observing the underwater world.
This is a big year for space exploration. Xtronaut: The Game of Solar System Exploration was created by Professor Dante Lauretta, and is based on the OSIRIS-Rex mission to collect samples from near earth asteroids! It combines real-world space mission planning, rockets, Solar System exploration, and technology into an engaging, fun, and educational game. This game is for children ages 7 and older.
Rather Dashing Games Element Board Game is a fun game for older kids. It’s best for children ages 12 and older. It’s a strategy game that explores the four elements: fire, water, earth, and wind. The best way to learn how to play the game is to watch the video.
From STEAM to STREAM
As technology gets better and better so do the toys. The STEM craze led to STEAM which leads us to STREAM. STREAM toys are perfect for summer fun and learning Incorporate robotics with play, technology, and design and you get some pretty cool robotic toys.
Meccano – Micronoid – Blue Basher is a cool little robotic toy that children ages 8 and older will enjoy. This robot is packed with personality and the kids will have loads of fun building and playing with Blue Basher!
I think WowWee COJI The Coding Robot Toy may be my new favorite toy. It’s a good robot for children to learn beginning coding and the way the robot uses emojis makes me smile. “This is an entry level coding robot best suited to for 4 to 8-year-olds depending on your particular child’s interests and understanding of technology.”
From STREAM toys back to STEAM toys
We believe that sensory play is so important for our children’s growth and development so when we saw Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio we thought it was a perfect sensory STEAM activity. Kids create characters out of PlayDo, scan them into the app and the characters come to life. Children who know how to navigate a tablet or smartphone will be able to use the app.
Are your kids interested in animation? Toy Shed Stikbots for 6-Color Action Figure, Pack of 6 are a fun introduction to stop-motion animation. The Stikbots have suction cups on their hands and feet that you use to pose them on flat surfaces. Then use the app that makes stop-motion animation quick and easy to make.
I bought Bloxels: Build Your Own Video Game for a first grader who is obsessed with video games. I figured that we may as well take advantage of his interest and encourage him to make the video game that he plays. You build characters and game boards with the pixel pegs and then scan them into the app. It’s a little complicated so watch the video and tech savvy kids 8 and older will figure it out.