14 Best Beach Toys For Kids & Toddlers 2021 – Scary Mommy

Keep The Littles Busy At The Beach With These Sand-Friendly Toys

January 7, 2021 Updated April 15, 2021

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It’s never too early to think about the beach. Sure, winter still has a bunch of weeks left — but in a few short months, we’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors, sunshine, and summer weather. As you likely know, it’s also a great family destination. Kids love playing at the beach, and it’s a great place for them to explore and be creative.

Personally, I was born and raised in New Jersey — which means that going to the beach is part of my childhood. We never overdid it, but it was our annual family vacation for years. Now that I’m raising a child of my own, I look forward to her one day having the same types of experiences and memories as I did. But, that’s hard to do when you don’t have a bunch of beach toys with you or a kids sand bucket to help you build the ultimate fort.

Beach toys don’t just help kids build sandcastles. They also put their imagination to the test. And, they’re also pretty beneficial for you, too. Kids beach toys help them have fun and stave off boredom, so that you can finish the last chapters of your book while out on the beach, relaxing with minimal interruptions. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Ready for some major summer fun with the family? Here are some of the best beach toys you can get today.

Best Beach Toys

Little Experimenter Metal Detector

When I was a kid, there was an odd joy in the possibility of finding something valuable on the beach. This will give your child that same sense of whimsy (while also giving them a workout). This detector is cute, colorful, and a lot of fun. And, it actually works!

$29.99 AT AMAZON



Toss and Catch Ball Game

Your toddler might not have the best throwing and catching skills yet, but this is a fun way to learn. This toy is more or less a staple for family beach vacations. With sticky velcro on each paddle, family members of all skillsets can have fun with this toy. “My favorite aspect is the practice the kids get aiming and catching,” writes Amazon Reviewer (and grandmother of 6) FlowerGirl75. “This is a good pre-cursor to baseball, or great all in its own. I play catch with them and it’s great fun.”

$12.79 AT AMAZON

Prextex 19-Piece Beach Toy Set

If you have multiple kids, this toy set is an absolute must. Amazon Reviewer Mattie Sullivan was especially happy with how durable the set is. “We played with them for a week, and not a single piece broke. We kept a couple of the pieces out to use for bath time, and the rest are packed away with the rest of our water toys for us to use next year,” they wrote. “Definitely worth the price!”

$14.99 AT AMAZON

Large Octopus Kites

My ultimate favorite summer at the beach with my parents was the year we brought kites with us. For years, we had seen others fly them at the beach, and always wanted to give it a shot. It was a really great bonding moment for the family, and it was also quite relaxing. Flying kites with your kids is a fun and safe way to enjoy your time outside. We love that this comes in a two-pack, so that at least two people get the chance to fly them at once. The 100-meter string makes it so that your octopus kites get to glide way high in the sky, and the durability of the material is safe for even the windiest of beach days. And, the fact that these happen to be super cute is just another bonus.

$15.99 AT AMAZON



Cool Beach Toys For Kids

Large Floating and Inflatable LED Glow in The Dark Beach Balls

You probably shouldn’t go into the ocean after dark, but the sand is safe for extended beach activities. Why not have some fun with these floating light-up beach balls? They’re bound to create some incredible photos, and your kids won’t forget them. Playing catch with these on the beach right before bedtime may be the highlight of their summer.

$16.99 AT AMAZON

Auney Water Blaster Set, 6-Pack

You’ll probably want to join in on the fun with these water blasters, mama. If not, we suggest sending your kiddos towards the water so you don’t get it. Trust us, they’ll love ’em! One reviewer said, “We had kids ranging from 3 years old to 15 years old playing with them. The kids had so much fun spraying each other.”

$14.99 AT AMAZON

Activ Life Kid's Flying Rings

These flyers are great for a family beach day, especially if you happen to find a great spot where there are no other beachgoers. (Aside from being unsafe, nobody wants to get hit with a frisbee — even one as soft and flexible as these.)  “These are the best frisbees ever,” writes Amazon Reviewer Darrin Phillips. “For one thing, they don’t hurt when you catch them. They are not heavy but have just enough weight to fly easily.”

$12.99 AT AMAZON



Best Sand Toys

Top Race Ice Cream Cone Beach Toy Set  

Ice cream on a hot summer day is basically a requirement for kids. Wouldn’t they love ice cream shaped sand castles too? This Top Race Ice Cream Cone Beach Toy Set  will help them make the perfect cupcakes and cones. It includes 1 large bucket, a cover, and 14 pieces inside!

$11.99 AT AMAZON

Top Race Sand Castle Beach Bucket Toy Set

If you’re serious about sand castles, you’ll want to make sure you have the best molds to bring. These are ideal since they can be used to create castles, or simply to hold sand. This set is perfect for the family that wants to simplify what they bring for just a quick beach trip.

$14.99 AT AMAZON

Toynspring Ice Cream Set

While these can be enjoyed by anyone, toddlers and kids around the age range of 3 and 4 really love pretending. Thus, they’ll get the biggest kick out of these molds. It comes with 18 pieces total.

$16.99 AT AMAZON



Best Toddler Beach Toys

CubicFun Store Beach Set

A set like this is a bit rounder around the edges, making it great for toddlers and younger children. Amazon Reviewer Jakob was a big fan, saying “the plastic feels good and there are no sharp edges so even the little one can enjoy… with no worries of a parent.” As a bonus, you can also use these in the bathtub.

$14.99 AT AMAZON

Bean Bag Toss Game

This bean bag game is bound to impress kids of all ages, especially toddlers. If you have multiple kids, they can challenge each other. Even better, it can be used indoors as well — but, Amazon Reviewer Sara claims it’s best for outdoor play — especially at the beach. “I purchased this to use at my 3 year old’s outdoor birthday party,” she wrote. “They loved it. Great to have 4 stakes for outside use. We also take it to the beach and picnic, so much fun!”

$19.99 AT AMAZON

Beach Games For Big Kids

Wave Runner Grip It Waterproof Football

If your kids are into playing a game of beach football or just want to toss the ball around, you’ve got to get one that’s waterproof! Honestly, you never know where they’re going to throw it and you don’t want to ruin a perfectly good leather football. This one by Wave Runner is made for the beach and only 15 bucks.

$15.49 AT AMAZON



Spikeball Standard 3 Ball Kit

Older kids are especially picky when its comes to spending quality time with their family at the beach. With Spikeball, there’s no way they won’t have a good time too. Spikeball works in the backyard, at the park, or on the beach. You just need several feet of free space all the way around the net, as the players will be running back and forth, looking at the ball, so you don’t want tripping hazards in the area. The game can be as competitive or as relaxed as you want it to be.

$59.95 AT AMAZON

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Large Octopus Kites
$15.99
Prextex 19-Piece Beach Toy Set
$14.99
Little Experimenter Metal Detector
$29.99
Activ Life Kid's Flying Rings
$12.99
Large Floating and Inflatable LED Glow i...
$16.99
Top Race Sand Castle Beach Bucket Toy Se...
$14.99
CubicFun Store Beach Set
$14.99
Toss and Catch Ball Game
$12.79
Toynspring Ice Cream Set
$16.99
Bean Bag Toss Game
$19.99
Spikeball Standard 3 Ball Kit
$59.95
Top Race Ice Cream Cone Beach Toy Set ...
$11.99
Wave Runner Grip It Waterproof Football
$15.49
Auney Water Blaster Set, 6-Pack
$14.99