My Top 10 Toys of Summer

10 Best Summer Toys for Toddlers

10 Best Summer Toys for Toddlers

When you are a kid, summer is fun. It’s magical and amazing and nothing can change your opinion. Unfortunately, summer starts to lose its luster when you are a working adult. Nothing really changes, except that it’s hot outside. But if you are a parent, you can relive some of that magic again. And at times that magic means buying fun toys to keep your little one(s) entertained.

If you’ve got little ones, you know you need to entertain them during the summer. And no matter where you live, some of the entertainment will happen indoors, while some of it will be happening outdoors. Of course, we love to spend as much time outside as possible. But living in the US Southeast means that it is deathly hot in the hours between 9am and 9pm. We do try to find some fun shade to play in, but it’s not always possible. So, we do spend a fair bit of time inside. 

That’s why I wanted to share with you toys that keep my sons entertained both indoor and out during the long hot summers of North Carolina. 

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Indoor Toys

We live in North Carolina and it gets hot in the summer. So a lot of our day is spent indoors. And thus we need to be able to stay entertained inside.

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The Best Summer Toys For Toddlers

Musical Toys

My sons absolutely love music and this cute little microphone is perfect for putting on a living room concert. And while me eldest sing into it, my youngest loves to make some musical noise of his own.


But once we’re done putting on the raddest concert, we like to have some quiet play. These stickers are the best. They don’t have any adhesive and can be reused multiple time. So we’ve got hours of play and no mess.

Art Supplies

And once we’re done creating different scenes with our reusable stickers, my Paw Patrol obsessed son loves to draw on his Paw Patrol Easel. And the Aquadoodle mat is amazing because it’s completely mess free. So, you can leave a younger toddler with it and nothing will happen. It just uses water.

Blocks for Building

And just like a lot of toddlers, my son loves to build. And these MegaBloks don’t disappoint. Another plus to them over small Lego pieces is that his younger brother can play with him without any fears of choking.


My eldest enjoys putting puzzles together and his brother loves to help. Sometimes his help undoes what his brother and I put together but as long as everyone feel included, I don’t mind. I also enjoy doing simple baby puzzles with my younger son. They are great for fine motor skills and matching.

Outdoor Toys

Even though summer is HOT, it’s still fun to play outside. And we spend as much time outside as we can. I mean, who wants to miss out on the amazing sunshine and the smell of flowers in the summer air?

Water Table

And the best way to beat the heat is to have some water play. My son loves his water table. We’ve had it for well over a year and it’s still in great shape and continues to bring loads of water fun. And since his brother is not as likely to eat everything, we added water beads to our water play.

Swings Sets

And when we’re back in our yard, my son loves swinging in the swing. This bucket seat swing is great for both my toddler and his baby brother, so we have 2. And for slightly older kids, you can add some other fun swings as well.

Play Structure

And speaking of play structures, we have an older version of this one and my sons love it!!!! My eldest calls it his ship because of the spy glass and my youngest exhibits no fear when he goes head first down the slide.


And last but not least, what kind of outdoor fun with kids doesn’t involve Bubbles!!!! Both my children love bubbles. My older son loves blowing bubbles to the squealing delight of his little brother. And sometimes even the dogs join in.

These are the items that make our summer more fun. I hope they’ll add enjoyment to your summer as well.

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