Great Toys for Summer

School is out and summer is finally almost here after a long winter!  Even though our kids can be entertained by a stick, a rock and a pile of dirt in the backyard, as you head into summer, consider some of our picks for hot summer toys.

Little Tikes Climb & Slide Castle
This mini-playground is perfect for toddlers!  It has an easy climbing rock wall for little ones.  A platform with a steering wheel for imaginative play, a small slide for soft landings, and a crawl tunnel with hide gives all those adventurous toddlers their own playground for summer.

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Step2 Skyward Summit
This climbing wall is great for preschoolers and up!  It has four unique climbing surfaces to create varying challenges. Featuring 2 climbing cargo nets, 2 floor nets, and 12 grips and over 100 square feet of outer climbing area, the Skyward Summit is a unique playground for your older preschoolers and kids.

Step2 Naturally Playful Sand & Water Activity Center
This play table will appeal to both sand and water-loving kids.  We love that it provides a play area for kids without them having to sit in messy sand or in cold water.  The play table has one side for a large sand area and another side for a water area.  When using this play table with kids that are more interested in eating the sand than playing, we recommend that you fill both sides with water and skip the sand.  We love the 8-piece accessory set that includes an umbrella to keep our little ones shaded, two bridges, two boats, two pots, and a shovel.  One of our favorite features is the durable, one-piece plastic cover that keeps the sand clean and dry and keeps securely attached with elastic tie-downs. 

Fisher Price Deluxe Sprinkle ’n Splash Play Mat™
 This is a great water play mat for toddlers!  It is reasonable priced at $15.00 and provides just the right amount of water for young children.  This mat covers a decent amount of area measuring 3 feet 6 inches in diameter.  It attaches to any garden hose that fills the soft outer ring with water to hold in just a few inches of water while keeping kids cool with a gentle spray around the entire mat. 

Radio Flyer Fold 2 Go Trike Ride On
This trike is anything but basic!  It folds up for easy portability and storage, has a sturdy steel construction and a controlled turning radius for stability for endless riding fun for your toddlers 2 and up. 

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Fisher Price Kid-Tough® Walkie Talkies
Do your kids have a habit of dropping toys or throwing them in a spur of the moment tantrum?  These walkie talkies are great for your rough and tumble preschoolers. These walkie talkies are durable featuring the great Kid-Tough hand grip, an easy push to talk side button, a volume dial, a flexible safety antenna and a power on/off switch.   They work up to 300 feet and keep our 3-5 year olds busy inside and outside as they chat with their siblings and friends. 

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MATCHBOX® Lights and Sounds Helmet
This cool hardhat lets your preschooler dive into role playing with its cool sound effects, real working headlamp, and voice amplifier. The helmet is adjustable for different head sizes and pairs up great with the Matchbox construction claw for your little worker.

MATCHBOX® Construction Claw
Our boys love to dig in the dirt! Boys can use this working construction claw that easily attaches to your kid’s arm to grab items or dig. Boys love this claw but be careful that they don’t try to rearrange your garden with it.  As a bonus, when used inside, we did find it was a good way to get our boys to help pick up their toys!

Fisher Price Jungle Sounds Chalk Buddies
Our kids love sidewalk chalk!  It allows their creativity to run wild as they draw their creations on our driveways, sidewalks, and porches.  Fisher Price Jungle Sounds Chalk Buddies takes the sidewalk chalk a bit further and gives kids a fun, easy grip chalk holder that features jungle sounds as they draw.  Available in three different animals, the tiger, monkey, and elephant all make their animal sounds when the animal is pressed down


Fisher Price My First Skates
These inline-style skates help kids learn to skate, keeping pace with growing feet and growing skill. Start with setting #1, so beginners can walk in the skates with one wheel locked. As confidence and ability increase, advance to level #2, where the adjustment wheel rolls forward but not back. Then it’s on to #3 for “freewheeling” fun! Rear wheels are spaced apart for added stability. Padded boot collar ensures comfort, with hook-and-loop straps for easy on and off. Size adjustable, from child’s shoe sizes 6 – 12.

Step2 Par 3 Mini Golf Course
Have a future Tiger Woods on your hands?  Or just want something fun for your kids to play outside?  Bring the fun of miniature golf home with the Par 3 Mini Golf Course! This play set can be used indoors, outdoors, on the driveway or on the lawn.  The pieces can even be arranged in custom patterns to create different obstacle courses. This 21 piece set includes a starting plate, 3 straight pieces, 3 curved pieces, 3 unique greens with 3 flags, 3 fun obstacles, 2 child-sized putters, 2 realistic but safe golf balls and a tunnel. Recommended for ages 2 and up

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