With a sturdy nylon shoulder strap that allows easy on-the-go portability, the NextWave Jumbo Beach Basket is packed with accessories that ensures your little one will never be bored at the beach. If that wasn’t enough, the cover detaches to form a super-sized animal sand form so that your child can create a sand masterpiece. And when it’s time to go, the basket easily collapses to shake out the sand and water to keep your car seats clean.
$14.99; age range: 1+ years; samsclub.com
Create your own boat parade with the Smart Splash® Sail Away Shapes™. These eight sailboats are a great addition to any beach bag, with different colors and different shapes. Each detachable mast corresponds to the same color, meaning that children are learning colors and increasing their fine motor skills.
$19.99; age 2+ years | learningresources.com
The only thing better than a squirt gun during a hot summer day? A squirt gun that’s shaped like a shark. With a range of up to ten feet, the Aqua Creatures Water Squirterz are hand-held water guns that make pool or bath time that much more exciting. Available in multiple colors, the Water Squirterz are an essential part of any water toy box.
$7.68; age range: 5+ years; walmart.com
You won’t need to charter an expedition out of the harbor for your future marine biologist to see what lies beneath the surface of the water. The GeoSafari® Jr. Underwater Explorer Boat has a floor that functions as a magnifying glass so that you can see beneath the water at bathtime or in the swimming pool. Rewarding exploration and encouraging curiosity, this boat is a must-have.
$14.99; age range 3-6 years; educationalinsights.com
Duck, Duck… Goose!
It’s off to the races with this toy, which develops cause and effect skills and promotes sensory development. The Musical Duck Race attaches to the bathtub’s surface, meaning that cleanup is a breeze. Kids will love the sounds that play as the ducks race each other and your little goose cheers them on, learning the entire time.
$37.99; age range 1-3 years | amazon.com
Let your little Jacques Cousteau explore in style with the Aqua Kidz Aqua Creatures Swim Mask. These masks include aqua goggles with high-quality kid-safe lenses that allow them to see clearly under water. Each version includes unique characteristics, such as a shark mask with a fin on top and a crocodile mask with spooky yellow eyes and and spikey teeth.
$9.97; age range: 5+ years | walmart.com