Summer Toys for Toddlers: How to Have the Best Time

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Inside: Ready to have the best time ever this summer? Here you’ll find the 16 summer toys for toddlers so you can have a blast making memories together. Plus, find the printable bucket list of over 50 activities to try this summer.

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I was sitting in my backyard with the sun spilling its warmth over my skin watching my kids running through the bubbles that were lazily floating into the sky.

It was as if all the busyness of life was on pause and I was just enjoying the moment to soak in the sound of my kids laughing. This, to me, is what summer is all about. Making memories and doing fun summer activities for toddlers.

It’s about eating watermelon popsicles, staying up a little too late, and squeezing every ounce of fun out of the day.

That’s where this list of the top 20 summer toys for toddlers comes in to help you have the best summer ever.

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Summer Toys for Toddlers

summer toys for toddlers

Water Balloons

Water balloons are a classic summer must-have, but now they are easier than ever to fill so you can spend your time playing. We even play a fun learning activity with them called ABC splash.

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Bubble Machine

My kids play for HOURS in the bubbles, no exaggeration. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving. This one is a must.


summer kids pool

Kiddie Pool

On a hot day, it’s hard to beat a lukewarm kiddie pool. Toddlers love splashing in the water to cool off. And we use ours to double as a DIY foam machine pit.

swimming essentials for toddlers

Sand Toys

Does it make a mess? Perfect! Toddlers love playing with messy toys in the sand or water. I love that this beach toy bag comes with a mesh-bottom bag, because it helps make it easier to clean up.

summer toys for toddlers

Water Table

Water tables are the best, just ask my toddlers. 🙂 The kids can get wet and have a fun sensory experience playing with the water table.

summer toys for toddlers


Scooters are a great way to get some exercise in the summer months. Here is a video of one in action.

summer splash pad splash mat

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Splash Mat

This splash mat is a blast and can provide hours of entertainment. My kids love the thrill of running through the chilly water on a hot, sunny day.


summer sidewalk chalk for toddlers


My toddlers love playing with sidewalk chalk to make mini masterpieces.

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summer activities for toddlers

Bug Adventure Set

What better way to explore the outdoors than with a bug adventure kit.

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Sand Box

My kids will play with their the sandbox for hours. It’s tons of fun and one of our favorite summer toys for toddlers!

outdoor toys for toddlers

Tee Ball Set

A tee ball set is a great way to have fun and practice hand-eye coordination skills.

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Balance Bike

A balance bike is a great way to burn energy for toddlers and enjoy the outdoors.

pool toys for toddlers

Pool Floats

Being in the water is a great way to enjoy the summer. We love using pool floats for our toddlers, and here are some tips for summer safety for preschoolers.

best summer toys for toddlers


We have so much fun on a trampoline. You can use it outdoors and indoors. In fact, we have created a fun obstacle course using the trampoline.

climbing set for toddlers

Slide Climbing Set

Slide down the slide and drop the balls down the side. This climbing set is sure to provide hours of fun in the sun!

summer toys for toddlers

Glow in the Dark Sticks

These are so much fun to play with as the night gets dark. We play hide and seek with them or just use them as bracelets. Bottom line is they are super fun.

Wrapping Up Summer Toys for Toddlers

Whatever summer toys you choose I hope it’s a great one! We will be busy checking off the items from our summer bucket list and playing outside in the sun.

What is a must-have item on the summer checklist for toddlers in your home?

P.S. If you enjoyed this post, you may also like How to Easily Plan Super Fun Family Vacations, including a free printable packing list for the whole family.

summer toys for toddlers

summer toys for toddlers