You’re already wondering how to keep your kids busy during the long daylight hours (summer is long, friends). Consider adding new toys to your play time rotation. From cool water gear to science labs and more, we’ve collected the best new outdoor toys to try this season. Keep reading to see them all.

Watermelon Smash Board Game

This new game from YULU toys takes the board game, mixes in a little water roulette and makes a must-have for summer! Take turns passing the watermelon, and try to avoid being doused with water. You never know who will be next! A perfect family picnic party prop.

Ages: 6 & up.

Available at target.com, $19.99.

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Firefly Solar Lantern

New for 2018, this solar lantern is perfect for teaching kids all about cause and effect. It’s also a super cool addition to your upcoming backyard campout. Each lantern is kid-sized, with easy to grip handles, and there’s a small solar charging station that juices up the battery. The coolest part? When the lantern glows, it looks like fireflies are inside!

Ages: 3 & up.

Available at amazon.com, $19.06.

Glove a Bubbles

This one-of-a-kind bubble wand is perfect for summer afternoons. Choose between a bunny, a lion, dinosaur, elephant and several other animals. Simply pour one of two packets of bubble solution into the pouch, then dip the glove and wave away. The pouch is re-fillable and re-sealable.

Ages: 3 & up.

Available at mastermindtoys.com, $3.99 each. 

Waterproof Playing Cards

Take the family card game poolside this summer with a deck of waterproof playing cards. A genius idea, the deck repels water and won’t stick together. We’re placing our bets on this being a summertime hit.

Ages 4 & up.

Available at nodproducts.com, $7.99.

Aqua Creatures Water Squirterz

It’s all about the sneak attack when it comes to Aqua Creatures Water Squirterz. It’s a hand-held launcher, and it’s easy to fill up. Kids can play water tag, use them in the pool and each squirterz can launch water up to 10 feet away!

Ages 5 & up.  

Available at Walmart, in-store only, $7.68. 

Mega Melon Sprinkler Ball

Easy to set up, this jumbo sprinkler will add a little sweetness to summer play time. Designed in the shape of a giant watermelon, it stands at three feet tall, and there are four different sprinkler heads to cool off the kids.

Ages: 3 & up.

Available at target.com, $19.99.

Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes

The Stomp Rocket you know and love is back with new stunt planes. Designed by aeronautical engineers, each one of the three 100% kid-powered planes does different tricks: loops, flips and gliding at 100 feet! You can even get a little STEAM learning in by talking about trajectory when you adjust the launch angle.

Ages: 5-12

Available at walmart.com, $29.99.

It’s an easy way to bring a science into your home this summer and combined with Eric Carle’s classic book, it’s a match made in parenting heaven. The kit comes with everything your kids will need to raise butterflies: 11.5” habitat, five very hungry caterpillars, butterfly feeder, instructions and plenty of The Very Hungry Caterpillar illustrations.

Ages: 4 & up.

Available at insectlore.com, $32.99.

Terra Kids Glider

This new glider from HABA is simple entertainment at its finest. Just toss and watch it fly. 

Ages 6 & up.

Available at HABAUSA.com, $14.99.

Sand & Water Fine Motor Set

Take the lab to the beach or pool this summer! We love this new fine motor set for toddlers and preschoolers from Learning Resources. There’s a dropper, a squeezy bottle, a scooper and a spinner, all designed to fit perfectly in small hands. Watch water twist through the dropper, make perfectly formed balls of sand with the scooper and more. Made of durable plastic, these toys will survive the summer.

Ages: 3 & up.

Available at amazon.com, $13.56.

Razor X Electric Skateboard

Give your kids a boost this summer with the new electric skateboard from RazorX. With a simple push from the hand-held remote, your shredder can start the rear-wheel powered motor that’ll take her to 10mph or higher! The skateboard measures in with a  29.7” (754 mm) deck length, and has a soft-start kick activated technology. If the juice runs out? No worries, the Cruiser operates like a normal skateboard and can continue to roll with ease.

Ages: 9 & up.

Available at razor.com, $179.99.

Green Toys and Sesame Street join forces to help kids everywhere learn about where food comes from! The six-piece set has a rake, a watering can, a shovel and seed packets. There’s also an activity book, which includes fun matching, coloring and pattern games. Use it outdoors or in, it’s even dishwasher safe!

Ages: 3 & up.

Available at amazon.com, $19.68.

Break Away Ballz

The Breakaway Ballz combine the fun of puzzles with the super-trendy reveal for a unique toy that’s good for a summer afternoon on the sidewalk with the kids. The outer ball is made of eight soft, easily reassembled foam pieces, and when broken for the first time, reveal a bouncy monster ball.

Ages: 5 & up.

Available at amazon.com, $12.

— Gabby Cullen & Amber Guetebier

 

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