We all know the summer can be long and hot. So, hopefully, a beach vacation is in your future. One where you can relax and work on your tan, all while taking in the calming sounds of the ocean waves. That all sounds like a dream, right? While beach days sound great in theory (because they are!) the reality could be more stressful with children in tow. Because you need to A. watch them like a hawk and B. keep them entertained. But, it’s not all a lost cause. You can still get the R&R you need… if you have a great set of beach toys. It’s that whole keeping the kids entertained thing, remember? While we can’t help you babysit, we can give you our list of the best beach toys for kids that will make your day at the beach even more enjoyable!
Summer break = more time to play!
Kids love summer! They get more hours of playtime which translates to less time playing on screens. Screen-free play is crucial for allowing imaginations to wander. When kids are left to free play, their creativity is ignited and with that comes more time for problem-solving and using critical thinking skills!
Beach toys are for digging, dumping, and shaping sand
So when you’re planning your next family beach day, toys are essential! Building and playing in the sand enhances children’s cognitive skills and promotes social connection and creativity. Basic sand toys like shovels and beach buckets are needed to build their temporary mansions by the sea. Plus, always and we mean always have a beach ball on deck. You’ll thank us later. Bonus points if you have a beach tent. Now, you’ll really be kissing the ground we walk on…
Ok, let’s get down to the nitty gritty, (sand joke, anyone?). Here are our top picks for the best beach toys for kids:
- This Beach Toys with Mesh Bag includes 28 beach toys in adorable shapes and vibrant colors. With the bucket and sand castle molds, toddlers can become experts at creating their own castles and bring their visions to life!
- This Soft Plastic Beach Toys Set is made of soft material for toddlers and includes 9 adorable molds, including sea stars and crabs.
- For something different but equally interactive, how about serving ice cream made of sand? With the Ice Cream Beach Toys, children will love coming up with different varieties and toppings in their imaginative seaside sundae parlor.
- For an even more deluxe set, check out this Sloosh – Beach Toys with Mesh Bag, 24 Pcs. This set includes: 1 truck with tilting dump bed, 1 sand bucket, 2 shovels, 2 rakes, 1 water wheel, 1 watering can, and 8 cute animal sand molds (fish, crab, tortoise, shell, starfish, star, jellyfish), 6 castle molds, and 2 food molds. The perfect summer gift for kids or toddlers.
- For more shape-creating fun in an easy-to-carry zip-up bag, our Beach Toys with Trolley Cart, 12 Pcs is the perfect compact set. Set includes: a mini wheelbarrow, a long shovel, rake, watering can, 2 models and more!
- Finally, our Sloosh – 24 Pcs Beach Sand Toys Set is the best value on the market. This beach bucket set has everything you need for hours of sandy fun. It’s an ideal gift for birthdays or party favors because sand play helps develop critical thinking, hand-eye coordination, and creativity!
Inflatable beach balls
The toy to end all toys: The inflatable beach ball! Since time immemorial, the ball has been a source of entertainment for humans, plus they save the day when at the beach or pool. Kids and adults love bouncy soft beach balls because they provide hours of entertainment and they don’t hurt if you get hit. Play with a beach ball solo or with the whole gang!
- Sloosh – 12” Rainbow Beach Balls: This mini beach ball in a classic rainbow design comes in a 12 pack, so you’ll never be without a bouncy ball.
- Sloosh – 12” iconic expression Beach Balls, 12 Pcs: Here at Joyfy, we’re huge fans of finding the perfect iconic expression to capture our feels. It’s an art! That’s why we have this set of 12” iconic expression Beach Balls, so you can have fun with iconic expressions anywhere you go, IRL!
- Next up, we go to sprinkler mode with our Sloosh – 25″ Inflatable Beach Ball Sprinkler. This is technically for backyard play but it’s still an inflatable ball, hehe. Simply hook up to a garden hose and your kiddos will have a blast cooling off in the refreshing H2O.
Additional beach toy goodies: The Beach Tent
Beach tents will upgrade your beach game to a whole new level because they provide shade from the scorching sun, allowing you to not get “burnt out” quickly. Too much sun can cause dehydration, headaches, and lethargy so being in a shaded structure can prevent those things from happening, along with drinking lots of water!
- Our adventure Pop Up Beach Tent (Blue/Green) can be used anywhere! This portable tent can fit 3-4 people and can be easily transported with a lightweight carrying bag. The tent provides instant sun shelter and is a breeze to set up and take down. Made of high-quality sun-screening, windproof and waterproof fabric, this tent also prevents fierce UV light. Plus, there’s no assembly required! Perfect for use at the beach, lake, camping, music festivals or just relaxing outside.
- Next up, we have our Beach Tent Sun Shelter (Green/Light Blue). This easy-to-assemble tent fits 2-3 people and weighs just 3 pounds! It also comes with a durable and safe fiberglass rust-free frame. This tent is made of high-quality sun screening material and is equipped with netted sides for cooling air flow. Just like our other tent model, this can be used for any outdoor activities you have planned.
Alright! Those are our pro-tips for the best beach toys! We’re hoping this post gives you some ideas on how you can add more fun with your family beach day adventures. Now, grab your flip-flops and get to that water!