Summer Playtime

Summer is made for fun and games—including some  splashing around, squishing slime and, perhaps, soaring in the sky. Toy expert Laurie Schacht shares a few of her favorites.


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H2OGO! Slime & Splash Water Slide (Bestway), $25

H2OGO! Slime & Splash Water Slide (Bestway)

Photo courtesy of Bestway

Photo courtesy of Bestway

Outdoor water action and oozy slime play well together. This water slide has sprinklers and an extra-large drench pool for splashy landings. Includes four bags of slime-making powder. 

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Kanoodle Head to Head (Educational Insights), $22

Kanoodle Head to Head (Educational Insights)

Photo courtesy of Educational Insights

Photo courtesy of Educational Insights

In the new version of the popular puzzle, kids vie to be first to fit their pieces on the board. Then the ultimate checkmate: launching their opponent’s pieces into the air. Features 80 challenges.


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Morf Board Scoot & Skate Combo (Jakks Pacific), $99

Morf Board Scoot & Skate Combo (Jakks Pacific)

Photo courtesy of Jakks Pacific

Photo courtesy of Jakks Pacific

This twofer is an easy rider. Thanks to twist-and-lock Xtensions, it transforms from skateboard to scooter. Give it more mileage with additional Xtensions that turn it into a balance board or bouncer.

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Wicked Big Sports Pong (Little Kids), $60

Wicked Big Sports Pong  (Little Kids)

Photo courtesy of Little Kids

Photo courtesy of Little Kids

The college party game gets a family-friendly makeover. Split everyone into teams, and the first to get the ball into the 2-foot-tall cups wins. Folds up to tote from backyard to beach.


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Wubble Fulla Slime (NSI International), $8 to $15

Wubble Fulla Slime  (NSI International)

Photo courtesy of NSI International

Photo courtesy of NSI International

Slime is having another moment, but this one gets cleanliness points for self-contained mess. Each soft plastic slime-filled ball can be squished, squeezed and tossed with no splatter. 


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Sky Viper Streaming Video Drone V2450HD (Skyrocket Toys), $89

Sky Viper Streaming Video Drone V2450HD (Skyrocket Toys)

Photo courtesy of Skyrocket Toys

Photo courtesy of Skyrocket Toys

Get a bird’s-eye view through photos and videos with this lightweight drone. The three flight modes let kids (and parents!) develop their skills gradually. Videos can be streamed online. 


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Clue Suspect Card Game (Winning Moves Games), $11

Clue Suspect Card Game  (Winning Moves Games)

Photo courtesy of Winning Moves Games

Photo courtesy of Winning Moves Games

Ditch the board—still solve the crime. The classic whodunit game is now fully playable with just a deck of cards, making it a better travel companion. 


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Watermelon Smash (Yulu), $20

Watermelon Smash (Yulu)

Photo courtesy of Yulu

Photo courtesy of Yulu

A little water roulette, anyone? Players fill the watermelon with water and take turns spinning to determine their fate. When it cracks open over a player’s head, they’re out—and drenched!


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Sling Stix (Yulu), $15

Sling Stix (Yulu)

Photo courtesy of Yulu

Photo courtesy of Yulu

Take it outside with a unique game of catch. Players grab Sling Stix, each with suction at the end. Then they toss and release the ball with a pull of the trigger and a swing of the arm.

 

About our expert

Laurie Schacht, a mom of three, is the president and chief toy officer of Adventure Publishing Group and founder of  The Toy Book and thetoyinsider.com.