Summer is the best time of year for kids. They're out of school and ready for some fun. At this point, you're probably ready for a break from your kids. It isn't easy keeping your kids entertained without letting them watch a screen all day (don't get us wrong, screens have a time and place).
We rounded up some of the best toys, games, and activities to help your kids have the best summer with as little parental intervention as possible — for everyone's sake. There are educational games, sensory activities, and equipment to help your little ones move their tiny, energy-filled bodies.
Check out the list below.
Created by child development experts, this mindfulness starter set is an audio box (basically a portable speaker) that encourages kids to relax and practice mindfulness and mental wellness without even realizing they're doing it. GoNoodle x tonies is a screen-free device that offers a guided mindfulness and relaxation experiences designed specifically for kids. Through the app, parents can control the volume and other settings with the option to upload custom content, including songs and you own narrated stories.
Lovevery Play Kits - $80+
Lovevery is all about stage-based play in its simplest form for your child's developing brain. Play Kits are designed by experts for babies and toddlers. You can purchase play kits individually or sign up for a subscription. Here's how the subscription works: Baby 0-12 months has six kits delivered every two months, 1-year-old 12-24 months has four kits delivered every three months, and 2-year-old 24-36 months offers four kits delivered every three months.
The company also offers high quality baby and toddler products you won't find anywhere else, like a new park blanket that makes trips to the park or beach way easier, the coolest wooden block set, and a play gym that both babies and parents love.
This Design & Drill set is the perfect gift for any preschooler who loves helicopters and building. They can use a real kid-safe power drill that actually works to build their very own helicopter. And once it's built, it can just as easily be torn down to start again — which your child will want to do over and over... and over again.
MAD MATTR Bakery Set - $17.99
Your kids will love this bakery set featuring a super fun modeling compound that's the perfect mix between clay, Play-Doh, and kinetic sand. Kids can create their own cupcakes and other baked goods using the included molds and tools.
Scandiborn Legler Wooden Railway - $99.95
Are you raising the world's biggest train fan? They're going to absolutely love this large wooden 100-piece railway set. They might need a little help building the tracks and the city to along with it (or maybe not), but once it's all set up, their imaginations can run wild.
Scandiborn Liewood Dante Beach Set - $44.99
Ages 18 months+
Okay, we might be mildly obsessed with the products sold by this awesome Scandinavian-inspired company. This silicone safari beach set makes for the perfect addition to any beach day (or sand box) with little ones. The silicone is soft and flexible and comes with a shovel, small bucket, and four animal molds. If you constantly feel guilty about buying plastic kids' toys, you don't need to worry about that with this one.
Sunny Days Bubble Flower Pot - $12.97
There's something about bubbles that make even the grumpiest kid happy (or at least a smidge less grumpy). And what better way to experience bubbles in the summer than with a flower pot bubble maker. Just pour the bubbles in the pot and watch the magic happen — that is if your child doesn't spill them first.
Geomag Magicube Building Set - $62.99
If your kids have Magna Tiles, they're likely obsessed — but you may not know about Magicubes. These magnet cubes are great for developing fine motor skills and imaginative play. They're made from 100% recycled plastic, which is a nice bonus. And they're just as fun as Magna Tiles and add a whole new layer of creativity.
GeoSafari Fossil Excavation Kit - $14.29
Budding paleontologists will love excavating and studying the real life fossils that come in this kit. Included are eight fossils, including a shark tooth, a mosasaurus tooth, shark vertebra, and more.
Kids love a fun science experiment, and that's exactly what they'll get with this alien experiment lab. Inside kids will find the tools and supplies needed to make their own reactor pods, soak creatures in slime, and more.
hand2mind Coding Charms - $21.99
This adorable coding charms kit teaches kids about algorithms, sequencing, variables, binary, and more while learning important STEAM lessons. Not only will they learn advanced coding skills, they'll get to make 15 keychain charms using creativity and experimentation.
hand2mind Craft Stick Creations - $19.99
There are so many cool projects to build with this kit. Kids can create STEM experiments using the included craft sticks, including a catapult, craft stick explosion, a ferris wheel and more. It's basically an advanced way to play with popsicle sticks.
MathLink Builders are a super fun way to trick kids into practicing math. The cubes link together and can form objects, animals, and more. The game offers open-ended play and a great way for kids to practice STEM skills.