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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 for kids

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There are few family trips out as special as a beach day, creating memories kids can look back on for years to come. Practically, though, it isn’t always quite that simple and packing enough to keep younger ones 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 sunhats, sun cream and cool boxes. They can keep themselves happy on their own or playing fun games with the rest of the family with these great picks from bucket and spade sets to balls, inflatables and more.

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

– Best all-in-one kit

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 kids entertained.

The plastic carry case should withstand the sand and sea water too, with customers praising the high quality and durability of the products inside.

Available from: Smyths Toys

2. Phlat Ball, £10

– Best for playing catch

Age: 5+

Take your game of catch on the beach to the next level with the The Phlat Ball. Its clever design flattens into a 9-inch flying disc and transforms into a 6-inch ball when thrown.

The soft, flexible plastic means it’s easy to grip and it comes in a choice of fun, bright colour combinations too.

Available from: Argos, Amazon, The Entertainer

3. Melissa & Doug Seaside Sidekicks Sand Baking Set, £12.99

– Best for sand play

Age: 3+

Kids can “bake” their own sand cakes on the beach with this lovely set from Melissa & Doug. Inspired by the sea, the 7 piece kit includes items such as an octopus shaped whisk, crab shaped mixing spoon and shell-shaped measuring cups.

The chunky handles are great for little toddler hands and you can even use it at home during bath time or in play kitchens.

Available from: Amazon, Uber Kids

4. 8 Piece Boules Set, £7.99

– Best for a fun family game

Age: 5+

For a classic outdoor game that the whole family can get involved in, we love this colourful 8-piece Boules set. The rules are simple for kids to understand, so would be a great game for older and younger siblings to play together.

It also comes in a handy moulded carry case so you can easily chuck it in the back of the car and then pack it back up at the end of your day, without losing any stray balls.

Available from: Amazon

5. Joy Riders Surf Beach Toy, £9.99

– Best for enjoying the waves

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 even come with an adhesive patch to repair any punctures. As they’re inflatable they pack up small and light, though 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, £8.99

– Best portable bucket

Age: 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.

Previous buyers went as far as to describe the bucket as “pretty indestructible.” Others were also impressed by how the product regained its shape after being rolled up in a bag. To go alongside your Scrunch Bucket, you can also pick up a spade made from the same silicone material.

Available from: JoJo Maman BebeAmazon

7. Moulin Roty Bird Kite, £20

– Best for a windy day

Age: 3+

Make the most of a windy day on the coast with this eye-catching bird kite from Moulin Roty. Kids will love launching the kite into the air (after a bit of practice) and watching the multi-coloured ribbons on the tail swoop in the wind.

Made to excellent quality it comes with a handy winding handle and cover to keep it protected when not in use.

Available from: Kidly

8. Ballo Beach Bucket, £14

– Best for toddlers

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 small hands to fill it with sea water and bring it back to the beach more stably. A great pick for building sandcastles and helping little ones to get involved.

Available from: Smallable, Amazon, Trouva

9. 6 Piece Ice Cream Beach Set, £1.99

– Best for pretend play

Age: 1+

Nothing says a day out at the beach 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.

At just £2 it offers great value for money and can even be used at home with playdough or foamy soap during bath time.

Available from: Smyths Toys, Amazon

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

– Best for a fun ball game

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. Customers praised the originality and inventiveness of the Cuppi set, which can be used in some many different ways such as playing catch or digging and straining sand.

Available from: Amazon, Coco Banana, Fruugo

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