The 10 Best Beach Toys For Kids

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This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in February of 2018. If you're headed to the beach with kids, don't forget to take along a few toys to keep them entertained. The options on our list include cool ideas for digging in the sand and frolicking with little ones both in and out of the water, along with fun gear for teens and tweens to use while splashing in the surf. Make sure to keep an eye on your kids during all activities. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best beach toy for kids on Amazon.

10. John Deere 2-Pack

9. Small World Express Wheel

8. Discraft UltraStar

7. Churchill Makapuu Swimfins

6. Melissa & Doug's Sunny Patch Sidekicks

5. Quut Pira

4. Morey Mach 7 Bodyboard

3. Nisha Paddle Smash Rackets

2. Mint's Colorful Life Devil Fish

1. Green Toys Play Set

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Magic Cabin Sand Digger For the serious castle builder in the family, there's this mechanical backhoe your kids can use to excavate large quantities of beachfront without putting forth too much effort. It's easy to assemble, and has a comfortable integrated seat that helps them use their body weight as a counterbalance as they develop gross hand-eye coordination. magiccabin.com

Pottery Barn Kids UFO Beach Ball This simple selection offers all the fun and versatility you'd expect from the classic inflatable sphere, but instead of featuring the traditional colored panels, this model is clear, and inside is an additional inflatable, one designed to look like an alien spacecraft. The result, if you get it aloft just right, is the appearance of a spaceship from another world hovering just above the waves. potterybarnkids.com

Editor's Notes

May 25, 2020:

Above all else, we want you and your kids to be as safe as possible when having fun on the beach, which is why we sent off the snorkeling set included on our previous list. Now, we're not averse to all aquatic activities here, but things like the Morey Mach 7 Bodyboard and the Churchill Makapuu Swimfins add buoyancy and control in the water, and are intended for activities that keep kids at the surface of the water where you can keep an eye on them. Snorkeling gear puts kids in a situation that's out of sight, unless you have gear of your own and can safely accompany them.

We wanted to add another physical option to the Discraft UltraStar already included, so we reached for the Nisha Paddle Smash Rackets. These can satisfy a competitive edge with just two players in a way that the frisbee can't, but they can also serve as a close-proximity friendly volley game over which you can converse and bond with your kids. And that bonding experience is extended in our selection of the Mint's Colorful Life Devil Fish, as kite flying can be one of the best ways to engage your children while they're still having fun.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on May 28, 2020 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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