With winter in the dust and the sun shining, it’s time to pop the icy poles in the freezer, stock up on sunscreen and get sorted with some fab pool toys and beach gear to keep the fun dialled up (and the boredom at bay) all summer long.
Some exciting brands have taken kids’ beach and pool toys to new heights in recent years, and from eco-friendly tools to breathtaking floats, we’ve rounded up the coolest of them.
20 best pool toys for summer
In no particular order, here are 20 awesome beach and pool toys for water-loving kiddos.
1. Sand sculpting tools
From igloos to palaces, the sky is the limit with what the kids can create with this set. There are nine quality pieces in the mix, including an ergonomic shovel, three-dimensional shapes and block builders. We’re giving bonus points for the drawstring carry bag which means no more misplaced sand toys.
2. Swimming fin
It’s the seriously cool swim accessory that is as useful as it is fun. Endorsed by an Olympic swimmer, Swimfins were created to help learners with balance and buoyancy while being tonnes of fun in the water. They come in a number of shades and fit kidlets of all ages.
3. Tide pool set
Made completely from recycled plastic, this adorable seven-piece set keeps curious hands busy while making a difference to our precious oceans. Each piece in the set is specially created to interact with water in its own unique way. This one is suitable for minis as young as six months.
4. Inflatable ride-ons
Ready, set…race! These winners from the Sunnylife kids’ collection are going to have kids bouncing, tipping, and bobbing all over the pool this summer. In unicorn and croc designs, they’re perfect for ages three to six years and come with a repair patch.
5. Toy fishing boat
Simple design, primary colours and bucket-loads of sweetness make this timeless classic perfect for water-loving kids. It measures 21cm and comes with a captain, removable masts with hooks, a life ring and a school of coloured fish.
6. Monster sand moulds
Some kids like to build castles, and others prefer to build the monster lurking outside the walls. This ingenious set includes four individual pieces that can be used to create unlimited sand monsters. The imagination’s the limit with this one.
7. Buckets and spades
They’re some of the most beautiful beach sets round and they include everything inquisitive kiddies need for a day full of exploration. Each set is made from 100% silicone and completely BPA free.
8. Inflatable volleyball set
These will get the kids moving! In a choice of mermaid or tropical themes, they can be stretched across a pool or even on land to play out the ultimate volleyball showdown. A floating net, inflatable ball and repair patch are included.
9. Free-play toys
Bilibos are the fabulous Swiss-designed toys can be stacked, nested and played with in infinite ways, and these mini editions are just the right size for fitting in the beach bag. Each set contains six brightly coloured Bilibo Minis, suitable from birth and unbeatable when it comes to open play.
10. Sea Scooter
This sea scooter is the ultimate gadget for kids who live for the water. Travelling at up to four kilometres per hour, it gently propels kids though the water – all they have to do is grasp the handles and steer.
11. Dive sticks
So much more than a fun pool toy, diving sticks are a great tool for improving kids’ ability in the water. This set from Trunki includes three brightly coloured, flexible dive sticks and they’re recommended for confident swimmers.
12. Giant float
Because what could be better than floating about on a giant leaf?! This winner from Sunnylife measures a whopping 165cm in length and can hold up to 100kg, which means you can totally hop on it too (if the kids let you).
13. Multi-functional toy
This unique four-in-one beach tool will keep creative kids busy all day long. It comes in loads of summery hues and can be used as a sand sifter, funnel, rake and shovel. Like other Quut toys, this one is easy to clean and completely recyclable.
14. Beach balls
A beach ball is must for days spent on the water and these fun-filled numbers from Pottery Barn Kids are some of the coolest around. Jumbo in size and completely transparent, they each inflate to reveal a special object – will it be an alligator, a rainbow or a space ship?
15. Snorkels and masks
After some statement water accessories for your stylin’ mini? Look no further. From sharks to mermaids, donuts to dinos, there’s a pair for any personality at Bling2o, and some have matching snorkels. All goggles and masks are lead-free, latex-free and have anti-fog properties.
16. Extendable Nets
It’s off to the rock pools we go! These nifty little nets are just the tools for investigating all those seaside mysteries. Each set comes with two different sized nets, each with retractable handles to make them easy to manage and a cinch to slide into beach bags.
17. Sand Tractor
This sweet little digger is made entirely from recyclable, non-toxic sugarcane plastic to be an earth-friendly alternative to a classic kids’ toy. Built tough to handle loads of outdoor sand play, this gem ticks all the boxes for littles 12 months and above.
18. Spilling Funnel
With a narrow tip, this is the ideal tool for adding intricate details and finishing touches to sand masterpieces. Fill one side of the funnel with sand and the other with water, then watch as the two combine for lots of swirly, drizzly fun.
19. Watering Can
Whether it’s for pool play, beach play or even bath play, the kids will get load of great use out of these award-winning watering cans. Crafted from safe materials and completely recyclable, they hold half a litre and come in all colours of the rainbow.
20. Aqua Hockey
Who said you can’t play hockey in a pool? Measuring 1.8m, this inflatable game rink comes with a puck and two mallets to facilitate non-stop hockey battles. It can be used in or out of the pool.
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Read next …
Looking for more summertime essentials? From swim nappies and swimsuits to hooded towels to keep them covered, here are a few articles that you might like to read next:
- 11 swim nappies for water-loving babes
- Our favourite hooded beach towels for kids
- 19 kids swimwear brands for little swimmers
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