Beach season is upon us, which means it's time to get out all those sand toys from last year. If you're taking inventory of last year's beach accessories, there's a few must-haves you need to add to your list. Maybe you're in need of some new toys because some are worn and need to be replaced, or maybe your little baby from last summer isn't such a little baby anymore. (Where does the time go?) So here are some beach toys for toddlers that will keep them growing and learning all summer long.
There is no doubt about it — summer beach vacations are the best. I mean, really, kids just love the beach. It's one of the only places where kids go and legitimately keep themselves entertained for hours, easily. But did you know that sand play is also really great as a developmental tool for young children? Unstructured play at the beach can actually help in developing your child's fine motor skills, as well as their sensory development. According to an article on Pathways, a not-for-profit organization offering free child development information, "Allowing your child to play in the sand by themselves and with others helps them to develop fine motor skills like those necessary to use a small shovel, pull a truck, and build a castle or moat. By burying themselves in sand, and feeling their body position within the sand, children are engaging their proprioceptive sense, or the sense of their body relative to space." So, keeping hours of fun and education in mind, check out these 11 best toddler beach toys for your young child's developing brain.
1. 18-Piece Sand Toy Beach Set
Amazon seriously has everything, including awesome beach toys. Check out this 18-piece sand toy set that comes with literally everything your little one needs for hours of entertaining play.
Click N' Play 18-Piece Beach Sand Toy Set
Fun and colorful and BPA-free, this 18-piece beach sand toy set includes a bucket, sand wheel, two shovels, three rakes, two sand sifters, watering can, and 10 sand molds including a starfish, sea horse, castle shape, and boat.
2. Bubbles That Won't Spill
Toddlers love bubbles, but they also love to spill bubbles. Check out these non-spill bubbles (thank you, whoever invented this) perfect for a day at the beach. Because popping bubbles is just so dang fun. They even come in different colors so you can pick your little one's favorite (we all know how particular toddlers can be).
Fubbles No-Spill Tumbler
Includes 4oz bubble solution and bubble wand. Available in a variety of colors including pink, orange, green, and blue.
3. Little Fishing Toy For Your Little Fish
Check out this cute little magnetic fishing game! It's perfect for sand play or in water that doesn't have crazy waves to carry them away. Your little one will have so much fun fishing for hours with these happy little sea creatures.
Munchkin Fishin' Bath Toy
Comes with magnetic fishing rod and three underwater bobbing characters.
5. Dump Trucks
Add some dump trucks to your sand toy collection for some fun imaginative play that your toddler will enjoy. Your child can build a sand castle and create their own construction site while learning about sand and water textures.
Balnore Kids 20-Piece Sand Toy Set
20-piece sand toy playlet made with colorful ABS-free plastic that is non-toxic and eco-friendly. Set includes one water wheel, one beach bucket, one watering can, one beach truck, one rain cloud, six beach castles, three beach tool kit, four beach animals.
There's something mesmerizing about watching sand and water flow and take on different shapes. Check out this hour glass, where kids can add as much sand or water as they want and watch how it moves from one end to the other.
Clicker Crab Hourglass & Funnel
Melissa & Doug
Perfect for playing on the beach or in the bathtub, kids can use the Clicker Crab Hourglass & Funnel for funneling fun, and watching sand or water flow from top to bottom and back again.
7. Interactive Funnel Tower
Your toddler will love pouring sand and water onto this multi-level funnel tower and watch it pour, sift, and spin all the way down to the bottom.
Seaside Sidekicks Funnel Fun
Melissa & Doug
Children can pour water or sand through this tower of adorable ocean dwellers and watch them tip, spin, and sift as sand or water pours down.
7. Early Development Sand Toys
These sand toys are designed with the developing toddler brain in mind. Not only are they the perfect size for little hands, which makes them easier to use, but it includes a carousel water wheel and rake for lots more tactile play options.
Kaplan Early Learning Company Exploring Sand and Water Set
This set of sand and water toys includes a bucket, scoop, rake, easy-to-fill and pour watering can, and carousel-style water wheel, and they're sized perfectly for toddlers ages 18 months and up.
8. 'Paw Patrol' Water Blaster
Your little one will love cooling off with this Paw Patrol water sprayer. Just fill up with base with water and pump it through the handheld sprayer for a refreshing cool-down during a long beach day.
Little Kids Water Blasters
With an easy-to-open tank so toddlers can learn to fill themselves, refreshing water gets pumped through sprayer for outdoor water play. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.
9. Beach Balls
Check out this adorable unicorn beach ball! It's perfect for your little unicorn lover. Just blow it up and watch your toddler spend the whole day throwing and chasing the whole day away.
Coconut Float's Unicorn Beach Ball
This 27" inflatable beach ball is perfect for any unicorn lover ages 3 and up.
10. Mommy & Me Float
Spend the day cooling off in the water while making face-to-face time with your toddler. This float is big enough for you and your little one and the best part is, your toddler will have a blast with you while being covered from the sun.
Mommy & Baby Pool Float with Canopy
Float along with your baby in this covered pool float made with durable PVC plastic and nontoxic ink.
11. Flamingo Float With Removable Canopy
It's hard to resist this cute little flamingo float, perfect for your toddler to enjoy with you for hours at the beach.
Flamingo Inflatable Swimming Ring
Beautiful pink flamingo shaped baby pool float with removable canopy. Perfect for toddlers 60lbs or less.