10 of the best beach toys for kids and toddlers

Be ready to hit the seaside with these fun and easy to transport toys and games

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Beach toys for kids

There are few family trips out as special as a beach day, creating memories little ones can look back on for years to come. Practically, though, it isn’t always quite that simple and packing enough to keep kids entertained for a full day on the sand can be a tricky task.

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That’s why we’ve found some of the best beach toys for kids and toddlers to add to your packing list alongside essentials like kids’ sunhats and cool boxes. Little ones can keep themselves happy on their own or playing fun games with the rest of the family with these great picks.

And if you can’t get to the seaside, you can always recreate your own beach fun from home with some of the best sandpits for kids.

Here’s our pick of the best beach toys for kids and toddlers…

1. Summer Beach Bag, £16.99

Age: 18 months +

This bumper bag of beach toys consists of 11 pieces which can be easily transported to the coast with you. Included are a bucket, sand moulds, watering can and even miniature monster truck plus more, so there should be plenty to keep restless little ones entertained.

Previous customers were impressed with the quality of the set, with one parent describing the items as “really well made” adding that her “son loves to play with them,” while another commented on the “great quality” and “beautiful colours.”

Available from: Smyths Toys

2. Phlat Ball, £10

Age: 5+

The Phlat Ball outdoor toy is a great idea for the beach. Flattening into a flying disk when thrown, it makes playing catch a much more interesting game. It’s also made from soft, flexible plastic and comes in a choice of fun, bright colour combinations.

One parent said their son, “loves this ball that turns into a disc, and it’s helping improve his catching skills” with another praising its “durable material” even when being used in a pool.

Available from: Argos, Tesco, The Entertainer

3. Melissa & DougSeaside Sidekicks Sand Baking Set, £12.99

Age: 3+

This kit is perfect for fans of mud kitchens or little ones who are always playing with their baking sets. Inspired by the sea, the 7 piece set includes items such as a whisk shaped like an octopus and shell-shaped measuring cups. Kids can “bake” their own sand cakes on the beach or in their garden sandpit.

Buyers loved the quality and value of the set, with one reviewer describing the kit as “good quality material with chunky handles for small hands,” and another adding “it kept my two year and four old occupied for hours. Sturdy toy, very well made worth the money.”

Available from: Amazon 

4. 8 Piece Boules Set, £7.99

Age: 5+

Boules is a classic outdoor game with simple rules which kids should be able to understand. This colourful plastic set comes in a handy carry case so you can easily chuck it in the back of the car for a family beach day.

This set is recommended by Amazon and averaged a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars with over 300 reviews. Previous buyers commended the quality of the games and remarked on how much children enjoyed playing with it.

“We had a few games on holiday with the children and they held up well to the abuse the kids gave them,” said one parent. Another reviewer praised them as “good value for the money,” and said it was a great game for all ages; “bought as a birthday present for a 4 year old. The whole family played several games on her birthday and had great fun.”

Available from: Amazon

5. Joy Riders Surf Beach Toy, £10.99

Age: 6+

For a more adventurous beach toy for kids, this inflatable “joy rider” should do the trick. Kids can play in the waves with their friends and feel like a surfer, without the tricky job of trying to balance standing up.

The cool riders come in either blue or red and scored 4.2 out of 5 stars from over 500 reviews. Amazon customers were impressed with how well the product lasted, with one reviewer saying it was, “great quality” and “comes with an adhesive patch to repair punctures which we haven’t needed yet.”

Another agreed, and praised how transportable the riders were; “very sturdy and my kids had absolutely great fun with them. Pack up small and light so great for taking on trips with kids.”

Keep in mind that some reviews mention they would be best blown up with a pump, rather than by mouth which could take longer.

Available from: Amazon

6. Scrunch Bucket and Spade Set, £11.99

Age: from 12 months

The clever Scrunch Bucket can be squashed, folded and rolled without losing its shape. That means you can shove it into your beach bag or holiday suitcase and not have to worry that it won’t survive the journey. Made from non-toxic, food-grade silicone it has also not got any sharp or hard edges, so it’s an ideal beach toy for toddlers.

There are six colours to choose from and previous buyers went as far as to describe the bucket as “pretty indestructible.” Others were impressed by how the product regained its shape saying, “I rolled it up tightly in my changing bag but it sprung back into shape perfectly.”

Available from: John Lewis, Amazon

7. Unicorn 3D Inflatable Beach Ball, £14

Age: 3+

You can’t a more classic beach toy for kids than an inflatable beach ball. Being able to float, it’s great for catch games in the shallows as well as along the sand. The fun 3D unicorn should be a big hit with kids and there’s a repair patch included, just in case there are any mishaps.

Previous buyers praised the ball’s quality and said the it was a hit with kids, including one parent who had bought a few designs in the past and said that her, “daughter loved them and they’re fun, unique and sturdy.”

Available from: Hamleys

8. Ballo Beach Bucket, £14

Age: 10 months +

One of the smartest beach toys for toddlers, this clever ball shaped bucket helps kids collect water without spilling. The soft-touch bucket is a sphere shape to allow little hands to fill it with sea water and bring it back to the beach more stably.

Reviewers were impressed with the effectiveness of the inventive bucket including the parent of a 3 and 6 year old who said,  “it was very easy for them to carry when full…creates an easy way to capture water in the waves.”

Another agreed adding, “this has been a huge hit for my two year old at the beach this summer as [the sea water] doesn’t all spill out by the time he makes it back up the beach.”

Available from: Smallable, Amazon

9. 6 Piece Ice Cream Beach Set, £3.99

Age: 1+

Nothing says beach day quality like a seaside ice-cream. Using this fun kit, little ones can set up their own beach stall with the brightly coloured ice cream cone moulds.

Hugely popular on Amazon, this beach toy for toddlers and kids averages an impressive 4.9 out of 5 stars from over 800 reviews. Parents were impressed with the toy, especially saying how much their little ones have enjoyed playing with them in home sandpits or at the beach.

One parent said, “I don’t buy a lot of plastic toys but these have easily earned their place in the toy box,” while another parent of a 4 and 6 year old said their kids, “have not stopped playing with these since they arrived. They are sturdy and have been used so far with sand, playdough and even in the bath with foam soap.”

Available from: Smyths Toys, Amazon

10. Cuppi Sieve and Ball Beach Toy, from £4.49

Age: 1+

The Cuppi beach toy for kids functions as a shovel, sieve and ball all in the one toy. Kids can choose how they interact with them as they sieve and scoop sand or water at the beach and catch the ball.

The toy is made from recyclable materials which is free from BPA, phthalate and latex. Previous customers praised the originality and inventiveness of the Cuppi set, which can be used in some many different ways.

“You can play to throw the ball and catch it with the cone. Or strain the sand through the cone with the holes. Dig the sand, etc… Children can let their imagination run away,” said one parent praising the Cuppi set.

Available from: Amazon

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