Way Cool Water Toys

Keep kids busy and active on hot summer days with these cool water toys.

Kids and water are always an energetic combination; add water toys and pool games and the activity level kicks up an extra notch. Whether you have a pool, lake, beach, or just a garden hose, try one of these cool water toys to make hot summer days more fun.

Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Slide

water toys - Rocky Mountain River Race slide from Little Tikes
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This is an expensive item, but it allows several kids to play simultaneously, gives everyone a lot of physical play time, and will be popular with your children for years. The cost-per-use makes an inflatable water slide a good value, and this one's from reliable brand Little Tikes. It even has a dump bucket like the ones you'll find at big-name water parks.

Swimways Character Swim Masks

water toys - character swim masks
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If your kids hate ordinary swim goggles, but still need to keep their eyes protected in the pool, try a mask that turns them into their favorite movie character. Your child could be a Stormtrooper, Nemo the clownfish or his friend Dory, or even a Frozen princess. 

Super Soaker Tidal Torpedo 2-in-1 Blaster

Water toys - Nerf Super soaker tidal torpedo blaster
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Choose your weapon: A stream of water or a sopping wet Nerf dart. This blaster lets you have both options. The Nerf Super Soaker line also includes a bow that fires both water and darts, plus several other water soakers in a range of sizes. 

Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship Water Table

Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship water table
Little Tikes

This sturdy, themed water table lets kids pour water into the crows' nest to make water wheels spin. There's also a squirting water cannon, and the table comes with scoops, a bucket, and floating toys, such as pirate figures and a shark. For a less expensive water table option, one that also incorporates sand play, consider the Little Tikes Sandy Lagoon Waterpark (also available at Amazon).

Water Sports Water Tag Game

Water Sports Water Tag set

Swap (laser) beams for (water) streams and you'll get the idea of this all-wet version of laser tag. The Water Tag set includes two adjustable vests and two water blasters (with a 70-foot range!). The goal: fill up the water gauge on your opponent's vest before your own gauge maxes out.

Little Tikes Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler

Little Tikes Beach Ball Sprinkler water toy
Little Tikes

Instead of running under the sprinkler, roll with it! Just inflate the ball and attach it to a garden hose; water sprays from four nozzles on the ball. Kids can push and chase the ball around the yard, or you can keep it stationary with a water-filled pouch that acts as a weight.

Plui Balls

Plui rain balls from Moluk
Ready for some rain? This deceptively simple water toy is ready to deliver. Immerse the Plui ball in water, cover the nozzle, then uncover when you're ready for a rainshower! Works in the bathtub or outside in a pool or large bucket.

Swimways Squid Disk

 The squishy squid has a surprise: It's full of water. Submerge the disk underwater (in the pool, or a bucket) to load it up, then toss. It will squirt water every which way as it flies through the air. Pair a few of these with some diving sticks and squeezable water squirters for a fun, wet play session.

Donut Pool Float

Relax in the pool while dreaming of a sweet treat: A doughnut complete with frosting and sprinkles. Some versions have a bite taken out of the side, which turns out to be the perfect spot for kids to dangle their legs into the pool! Remember that rings and other inflatables are not a substitute for constant adult supervision in the pool.

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