20 of Our Favorite Outdoor Water Toys for Kids

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I don’t know about your children, but no amount of water play is enough for my kids. My toddler was ready to run through sprinklers the moment the temperature hit 70 degrees, and even my baby is making her own water play these days when I’m not looking—with the dog’s water bowl.

Water play can keep kids busy for a good chunk of time, but an even better perk? It encourages learning across all different areas, including math and science as kids experiment, physical skills as kids run around, and social and emotional skills as kids play. So break out the swimsuits and sunscreen and get those kids outdoors.

Since water play is a win-win for both parents and kids, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite water play toys and activities below.

 

Pools & Floats

the everymom minnidip pool
THE EVERYMOM X MINNIDIP

You Are My Sunshine Minni-Minni Luxe Inflatable Pool

This pool includes a padded, inflatable bottom to keep little bums comfortable and safe.

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THE EVERYMOM X MINNIDIP

Ring Float

This child-size float (for ages 3+) matches The Everymom x Minnidip Minni-Minni Luxe Inflatable Pool and features our playful mint polka dot and black and white swiss dot pattern.

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the everygirl minnidip pool
THE EVERYGIRL X MINNIDIP

Here Comes the Sun Luxe Inflatable Pool

This pool's larger size fits up to three adults and is perfect for older kids (ages 6+).

Order yours today—inventory is very limited!

the everygirl minnidip float
THE EVERYGIRL X MINNIDIP

Ring Float

This fun, adult-size float (for ages 6+) matches The Everygirl x Minnidip Luxe Inflatable Pool and is reversible to showcase our black and white combo of swiss dots and stripes.

Order yours today—inventory is very limited!

Water Tables & Toys

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Target

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table

Water tables are a kid favorite (and a parent's best friend) in the summer. This set includes 13 fun accessories for little ones to run water through as they play with the table.

Amazon

Step2 Waterfall Discovery Wall

This waterfall play set is both fun and educational for your little ones! They'll enjoy watching the water move throughout the different mazes while learning early STEM concepts at the same time.

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Walmart

Step2 Dinosaur Sand and Water Table

This two-sided water table has room for sand and water play. Kids will love pouring water down the volcano, digging for fossils, and playing with the four included dinosaur toys.

Amazon

Melissa & Doug Sand-and-Water Sifting Funnel

Used with water or sand, this funnel toy is perfect for beach or backyard fun.

Walmart

Marble Water Run

Just add water to this marble run for STEM learning this summer. Set includes 96 building pieces, 20 floating marbles, an inflatable plastic mat for easy cleanup, a large scoop, and a dropper.

recommended for ages 4 and up

Amazon

Firefighter Water Blaster

A lot of kids I know love to dress up and play pretend. This fireman hat and water hose set is a great idea for kids with a curious imagination!

Walmart

Rapid-Fill Self-Sealing Water Balloons

These self-sealing water balloons can be filled in less than 60 seconds, are made from recyclable material, and are biodegradable.

Sprinklers, Splash Pads & More

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Amazon

Giant Inflatable Unicorn Sprinkler

Running through the sprinklers is so much more fun when it's a unicorn sprinkler!

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Amazon

Beach Ball Sprinkler

This beach ball sprinkler is great for some family fun! You can use it in the backyard or even take it with you when traveling to the beach or pool.

Amazon

Inflatable Shark Arch Sprinkler

This inflatable shark mouth is durable and easy to set up and use. Plus, the little ones will love playing and running through the water.

Amazon

Splash Pad

No need to travel that far to take your kids to the waterpark this summer. This adorable world map splash pad is safe and educational for babies and toddlers.

more fun themes available

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Lowe's

Splash Slide

One of the most memorable parts of my childhood was using the Slip and Slide in my backyard. Bring on the nostalgia and fun for your kids for less than $20.

Target

Light Show Sprinkler

Are you and your kids exhausted from the summer heat? This light show sprinkler will keep their minds off the hot weather.

Target

Little Tikes Water Twister Duo

Your little ones can have fun with their friends on this water twister! Kids can change the water spray direction with just the touch of a button.

Walmart

Dinosaur Sprinkler

This cute inflatable dinosaur is perfect for hours of summer fun for the kiddos!

Amazon

Inflatable Play Center

Get kids playing outside with this inflatable play center, which is the perfect summer activity to keep them entertained. It features a water slide, a rainbow sprayer, and a few other fun games!

This article was originally published in May 2020 and has been updated for timeliness. 

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