The Best Summer Toys

Our expert picks the top 8 must-have summer toys and games for kids of all ages.

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Hot for Summer


It’s all fun and games until someone says the “b” word—“I’m bored!” Before the kids get restless, check out toy expert Laurie Schacht’s favorite playthings.

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

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Walkie Chalk

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Say goodbye to scraped knees and dusty hands. Insert chalk (square or round) into the 3-foot-long Walkie Chalk holder and kids are ready to tap into their inner artist.

Walkie Chalk, $15 each

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Twist Time Lighted Bean Bag Bash

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Be the light of the party, day or night. The beloved bean bag toss gets a flashy tech update. Hit the mark and watch them shine.

Twist Time Lighted Bean Bag Bash, Blip Toys, $27

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Giant Frosted Strawberry Donut Float


A real sweet ride: More than 4 feet wide, the supersized donut allows kids or adults to laze in the pool—dunkin’ optional.

Giant Frosted Strawberry Donut Float, BigMouth Inc., $20       

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Kaos Color Bombs Pump Station


Water balloon battles take on a whole new hue. The portable pump helps kids fill and tie their ammo with ease. Tablets add a splash of color to the waterworks.

Kaos Color Bombs Pump Station, Imperial Toy, $10

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Disc Jock-e


Amp up your beach, park or backyard play. The water-resistant flying disc contains a Bluetooth speaker that connects to phones, letting everyone spin some tunes.

Disc Jock-e, Tucker Toys, $25

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The neighborhood game of tag just got a major upgrade with invisible infrared beams, voice coaching and special effects. Kids will have a blast running around and plotting their next move—giving both body and brain a workout. Sets are compatible, and there’s no limit to the number of players.

Laser X, NSI International Inc., double set, $50

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Combo Meal Spikeball Kit


You may have seen this one on Shark Tank. Imagine Spikeball as the intense love child of four square and volleyball. (It’s so competitive there are now leagues!) The included backpack makes it easy to transport the pizza-pie-shaped net and balls.

Combo Meal Spikeball Kit, Spikeball, $60

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NightBall Soccer Ball


Don’t call the game on account of darkness. Motion-sensor LED lights glow bright for up to 50 continuous hours, which means kids will run out of energy before the balls do.

NightBall Soccer Ball, Tangle, $20