Do you want the beach without the drive and the crowds? Why not make the beach in your backyard? It’s not hard to replicate those relaxing waterside vibes, and we’ve got the summer fun supplies you’ll need to do it. It’s a stress-free way to enjoy the best of the beach, especially if you have little ones. You won’t even have to worry about parking fees or seagulls stealing your Cheetos.
If you really want to create a beach in your backyard, you’ll surely need some sand, and this Octagon Wooden Cedar Sand box w Seat Boards brings plenty of it! Kids from all over the neighborhood will be naturally drawn to this giant sandbox, which features an eco-friendly design, comfortable seat boards along the edge and the space to hold a remarkable amount of sand when completely full. It also comes with a waterproof cover. Buy it here.
Next you’ll need some proper toys for your sandbox, and Melissa and Doug are right on the mark with their Melissa and Doug Sunny Patch Seaside Sidekicks Sand Cupcake Play Set. Perfect for ages 3-5, the set has twelve pieces, including four cupcake cups with toppers, a baking tray, an icing tool and a mesh storage bag to hold it all. Buy it here.
Too hot for baked goods in your sandbox? Try Melissa and Doug’s ice cream set instead.
Now you’ll need something to cool off the kiddos when the sandbox gets hot, and Nelson the Narwhal is ready for the job. Matty’s Toy Stop Nelson the Narwhal (Blue Unicorn of the Sea) Water Sprinkler sprays up to 12 feet high and can easily be connected to any standard garden hose. Constructed of durable plastic, Nelson the Narwhal is 10.75 inches long. Just attach Nelson to your hose, wait for him to fill up with water and enjoy the refreshing sprinkler! A sprinkler is one of the most necessary summer fun supplies, after all. Buy it here.
When it’s time to take a break from water and sand, let them have a shot at huge, “whale-sized” bubble-making. BUBBLETHING Giant Bubble Wands, created by Guinness World Record bubble champion David Stein, promises to let them make bubbles as big as 82-feet long. Aside from the wands, you’ll receive enough of Stein’s “Big Bubble Mix” to stir up almost 5 ½ gallons of non-toxic bubble solution. All you need to add is a little liquid dish soap of your own and some hot water from the faucet. Buy it here.
Want to make some bubbles, but not necessarily whale-sized? Try this colorful 20-piece bubble making set (bubble solution not included) instead.
When it’s time to get the whole gang in the water, you’d best get out the Sable Full-Sized Inflatable Family Pool. Measuring at 118-inches by 72-inches by 20-inches, there’s plenty of room for the family or several kids. Ideal for ages 3 and up, the Sable Family Pool is easily inflated (especially with an electric pump; sold separately) and drains out in a jiffy with two valves when it’s time to go inside. The pool is made without phthalates and lead, and it can hold up to 312 gallons of water. Buy it here.
Finish off the afternoon with a good old-fashioned water balloon fight, and fill the balloons in a fraction of the time! This rapid refill pack of water balloons from Bunch o Balloons Water Balloons comes with 350 individual balloons divided into a twelve-pack. Just attach the end of each balloon pack to any standard garden hose and fill, then skip the endless tying with this company’s self-sealing innovation. Winner of the Toy of the Year Award from the Toy Industry Association for both 2017 and 2019, this water balloon set pumps out up to 100 water balloons in 60 seconds or less. Buy it here.
Nothing beats a nice, cold popsicle on a hot day, especially when you can get your hands on a Lickety Pop Tongue-Shaped Ice Pop! Make your little guests a tasty and silly frozen treat (or send these home as party favors) with a super long tongue-shaped icy pop. Just fill the silicone Lickety Pop maker with your favorite sweet drink, freeze well and start licking! Comes as a set of two, so you may need to order a few if you’re serving them at a party. Buy it here.
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