Rob Cox July 06, 2016
When the weather gets hot, people flock to water, be it in the pool, river, lake or ocean. Kids especially like the outdoor water, and even more so when they have good water toys!
For water-challenged backyards, setting up a Slip-N-Slide or just a cool lawn Sprinkler can keep small kids occupied for hours. And even if you have an inground pool, an inflatable kiddie pool can be less scary for small children.
Here's a selection of fun outdoor water toys that can be used in the pool, or anywhere you find water.
A beach ball is not just fun for the beach, they are one of the most versatile water toys you can find! Because a beach ball is so light, it makes a game of catch or pool volleyball easy for anyone, and prevents bloody noses! Our 46 inch diameter Polka Dot Beach Ball is made from heavy 12 ga vinyl, so it's tough for outdoor water games and it's jumbo size makes it suitable for lawn or beach soccer, or my newest game, pool noodle field hockey - played of course, with a beach ball and pool noodles.
New this year from Intex, the Wishing Well pool is actually two pools in one! An outer pool with an shallow 8 in. depth is great for sitting and splashing. An 11 in. deep inner pool in the center provides deeper water for the more adventurous. You'll love the relaxing sounds of the 'wall jets' water feature (shown), and kids will love the 'deck jets' that shoot over the inner pool. The Wishing Well pool holds nearly 250 gallons when full, and the dual design makes it easy to keep clean and easy to drain.
An inflatable pool slide is one of those outdoor water toys that brings the carnival to your backyard. For inground or aboveground pools, just set it on the edge of the pool and connect a garden hose for slide water. Or you can set it up on the end of a dock on a river or lake for a splashing good time. Inflatable pool slides can also be used indoors, or on a clean, grassy area. 20 gauge vinyl is super strong, and multiple air chambers spread out the load.
Swimming pool basketball is probably the most classic outdoor water toys. They had it when I was a kid, so it's been around a long time! Any why not? Kids love basketball, kids love pools - it's a natural combination! Pool basketball sets are also one of our most numerous products in the water games category, with over a dozen types of pool hoops games available. LED pool basketball game however, is different with 3-AAA batteries for a soft glowing backboard, perfect for pool games after dark!
Why settle for just pool basketball games, when you can also play pool volleyball. We have floating sets that can be used in the open water, but the 2-in-1 game is made for pools, inground, or aboveground with deck. The Pool Jam Combo pool game set includes a complete pool basketball set that quickly transforms into a pool volleyball game, using the weighted backboard supports as the volleyball net poles. Includes volley ball and volleyball net.
Aqua Rocker by PoolMaster is like a carnival ride in your pool (or lake or river). Rugged 14 gauge vinyl with multiple inflation chambers make the Aqua Rocker suitable for kids up to 150 lbs. Just start rocking, and momentum takes over - it's like a see saw for the water! Now, I've seen some 'fun' water toys in my day, but this one is truly fun and is sure to produce wild giggles and worn out pool kids. Measures 88 inches long when fully inflated, big enough for two kids who need to expel a little energy!
Everyone loves pizza, especially kids! Fun pool float designed to look like a slice of pizza pie, complete with pepperoni, onions, mushrooms and olives. Yum! Super sized pizza slice pool float measures 70 inches long, making it big enough for several kids, or your favorite adult person. Made to latch to other pizza slice pool floats, and when you collect 8 slices, you can serve up the whole pizza! Built in head rest and cup holders are bonus features, and don't be surprised if your pool crew wants Pizza for dinner, too!
Yes, we have regular pool noodles, still fun and versatile, but here's a new twist on extruded foam, pool Noodle Knights, sword shaped noodles, with wide beveled tip have the appearance of a sword, for pirates or knights. Built in handle is super soft and comfortable and the hilt is complete with wide hand guard, again to give the appearance of a real sword. But you won't poke your eye out with this sword, it's flat, wide and soft. Foam sword and handle is 32 inches long, and come in bright fun colors.
Do you have Star Wars fans in the house? Of course you do, we all do! The Empire merchandising machine has been busy lately, cranking out Star Wars themed pool toys. Two of the 5 new Star Wars items we have this year are the Death Star pool balls. We have two designs, the Death Star Hop Ball is a 5 inch diameter soft foam ball that skips and splashes across the water with a flick of the wrist. Equally awesome is the Star Wars Death Star LED light-up Beach Ball, with internal led lights that blink when the ball is bounced or skipped. Built-in battery and motion activation, 14 in. diameter.
A swim mask? Yep! I know it's a basic piece of utility gear for some, but for kids, a swim mask is an outdoor water toy that can keep them occupied for hours, inspecting underwater worlds. In addition, it keeps water out of their eyes and nose, and for that reason is much easier to use than swim goggles. Our kids Stingray swim mask is made for older, 8-14 year old faces, but you can find smaller masks that fit younger faces well, check out a Dive Shop for the real deal. To go along with a dive mask, how about some swim fins for the ultimate underwater adventure?
So there you have it, 10 of the best outdoor water toys for kids, and a few that the adults can enjoy too! Put some FUN into your pool this summer, with a few choice pool toys for kids.
Having trouble deciding? Show your kids this blog post, and have them tell you what looks like fun!