Summer is officially here! But what to do on those hot summer days? Or even a rainy day?
It can be a great time to head to the beach, to go on an excursion, enjoy ice cream runs, and make a lot of great memories to cherish!
Know what can make your kids summer even more fun?
The very best gifts, for birthdays (I have 3 summer birthdays – my DD is the only one born in winter!), school’s out, back to school, or just plain summer toys fun gifts!
While there are a lot of fun activities and DIY gifts you can give (water balloons come to mind), it’s also fun to give ready made gifts from retail stores that they can enjoy — even when it’s no longer summer.
These gift ideas are made to tailor fit kids of all ages.
Take a look at this list:
Remember the old etch a sketch?
This is even better (and easier to use!) Buddha Board. When it comes to water toys – this one is a lot less fuss and muss.
Inspired by the Zen idea of living in the moment, this water board painting set uses water and the classic drawing board for you to create beautiful works of art that fades away as it dries. If your kids are into water table play, they will love this!
- Uncover Your Truth: This is the Original Buddha Board; It is inspired by the Zen idea of living in the moment. This water board painting set uses only water and our classic drawing board as you create beautiful works of art, that fade away, as it dries. Using a Buddha Board kit will help you achieve mindfulness. The mind is everything, what you think you become.
- All that you Need is Included: This drawing board for artists includes a 12″x9.5″ water painting board that will return to its “blank slate” without flaws, bubbles, or peeling. The water board set includes an authentic bamboo water brush and a stand with a roomy reservoir for water & separate grooves for holding both the board & brush. Just add water and artistic expression.
- Let it all Go: There is no need to worry about the finished picture because this Zen focused board will always reset itself, as your art fades away with your stress. All ages can enjoy and learn from the experience of water drawing without permanence. This art board drawing tablet for kids & adults is a one-of-a-kind unique gift for artists that keeps on giving.
- Practice with Ease: This relaxing gift for women or men is easy to use. Simply fill the drawing board for artists stand with water, then dip in the brush (included) & start drawing, painting, or writing to create soft, beautiful images with a rich, inky Japanese look!
What’s the best thing about summer?
The clear night sky covered with thousands after thousands of stars shinning above.
This telescope kit from MoonScan contains everything that you’ll need to create your own telescope: You can use it to check out the sky or use the sheets of fun stargazing activities that comes with the package. The best part is this is one of those educational toys they won’t think about being educational – it will just be fun for younger and older kids alike!
- MoonScan is an educational and fun way for children to explore their astronomical dreams and pretend play. This telescope is lightweight, easy to use and is perfect for kids to skywatch and learn about the astronomical sciences in a fun way.
- The telescope has a maximum magnification by about 90X times. It is a powerful telescope for astronomy as well as viewing daily animals and birds in the sky. The telescope comes with a 1.5X Erecting Eyepiece that enhances the magnification.
- It is a lightweight and portable kids educational telescope designed to be travel friendly. It weighs less than 1 kilogram and is a perfect travel telescope for kids as well as adults. Apt for wildlife watching or even birdwatching from your lawn.
- This kids educational telescope is perfect for astronomical gazing as well as viewing terrestrial wildlife, birds, monuments and others. It can be used as the perfect educational and recreational science kit.
- Equipped with an altitude-azimuth mounting (N), i.e., it can be moved vertically (altitude) and horizontally (azimuth). This technology in the telescope also makes for great children’s gifts.
Summer is great for reading!
- Inspire your kids’ love of learning with a Byron’s Games top 100 kids books scratch off poster! Featuring 100 classic, captivating books, this kids book list helps kids turn off the TV and begin a new chapter.
- Other kids book bucket list posters exclude author information by displaying only their initials. Kids can discover books and writers since this book poster showcases authors’ full names!
- Your scratch off book poster’ original, professional, and perfected artwork infuses novel style into your book nook . Plus, it’s soothing navy and gold design suits boys and girls!
- Looking for a lovely literary learning and educational kids poster gift for the little learner in your life? Scratch that off your to do list when you give the scratch poster for kids room wall decor, which arrives in a gift box.
Is the local pool miles away from your home?
Bring the fun closer to your home with an inflatable swimming pool.
Welcome the endless summer fun don’t forget your beach toys.
- Kids and adults of all ages can enjoy swimming and splashing in Bestway’s Fast Set Above Ground Pool. It’s the ultimate pool for backyard convenience with minimal setup.
- A durable, yet lightweight PVC material provides structural integrity to your pool. It’s tear-resistant and won’t fade overtime to sun exposure.
- It is a simple to set up and only takes about an hour to fill: Set on flat surface, inflate top ring with an air pump (not included) and fill the base of the pool with water.
- his pool set includes a 330 gallon filter pump and filter cartridge to keep your pool clean all summer long. This pool’s water capacity is 1,421 gallons.
- At the end of the summer months, closing the pool is a breeze! A built-in flow control drain valve attaches to a garden hose to drain away water.
Who doesn’t love bubbles? When it comes to new toys this is at the top of the list, it’s definitely one of the best toys!
The WOWmazing Bubble Concentrate will make hundreds of high flying and long lasting giant bubbles. Just add 1 pouch of the bubble concentrate to one quart of tap water and enjoy hours after hours of fun.
The best part of creating these wonderfully giant bubbles is that it’s a great way for parents and children to bond while also developing core motor skills and social interaction.
By sharing this fun outdoor spaces time with your child, you’ll see them grow in confidence and creativity while nurturing their minds and fortifying their bodies with healthy physical activity and not to mention keeping them off their video games.
- Unimaginably Giant Bubbles is one of the top toys: These giant bubble wands create long, giant bubbles thanks to a 2-handle design, which has been used to set every big bubble world record in the last 30 years.
- Bubble Solution is Made in the USA! The WOWmazing Giant Bubble Concentrate is proudly made in the USA. It is safe, environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and biodegradable!
- Complete Kit: The 4-piece WOWmazing Kit contains everything you need to create bubbles that are big, colorful, and fun: a set of giant bubble maker, 2 pouches of WOWmazing Bubble Concentrate, and a Tip & Tricks booklet to help you become a master bubble creator.
- Best Quality Giant Bubble Blower: Designed to last for kids and families alike, this big bubble maker is a lightweight, durable, colorful outdoor toy for boys and girls that is easy to use even for young preschool children.
- Outdoor Games Family Fun: A wonderful birthday activity or gift for boys & girls of all ages, parents can let kids play with the large bubble wands in the backyard, park, or beach. Teachers can use it for science classes at school.
If you know a kid who loves to camp or he or she is at the age of attending a slumber party or sleep over, or heading off to summer camp, a good quality sleeping bag is a must.
This sleeping bag from oaskys is ideal: It is light weight, it’s super warm, it’s easy to stuff and store, and will surely last for years.
- These sleeping bags can be used for 3 seasons. They are designed for 10~20 Degrees Celsius. Moreover, these bags also have a weather-resistant design to keep you warm even in extreme conditions and prevent you from any dampness – this is achieved through double-filled technology. These sleeping bags are designed to ensure that after a tiring day of trekking, hiking, travel or any other exploration you can get a good and relaxing night’s sleep.
- Separated zipper at the bottom can also make your feet often come out through the wind. Half-circle hood with adjustable drawstring keeps your head warmer even in extreme conditions. These are designed to provide much needed rest after a full day of outdoor activities.
- Made of: Outer Cover Material-premium 210T Anti-tearing Polyester Fabric which is waterproof and Breathable. The Lining Material is made of 190T polyester pongee.
- Each sleeping bag comes with a compression sack with straps, allowing for super convenient storage and easy carry maneuverability.
Who says you can only camp at parks? Who says you can only camp during summer vacations?
With a good quality, yet inexpensive tent like this one from Coleman, you can use it for camping trips or you can simply set it up in the backyard for a campout.
Plus, you can let your kids learn how to set up the tent by themselves and even practice putting it up and taking it down.
- Made with Polyester taffeta 75 denier flysheet
- Weatherproof: Welded corners and inverted seams keep water from getting in; Included rainfly offers extra weather protection
- Wind and rain tested: Strong frame withstands 35+ mph winds
- Great ventilation: Large windows and ground vent for enhanced airflow
- Stay connected: E-port makes it easy to bring electrical power inside
- Easy setup: In 10 minutes
Is your child, niece, or nephew an outdoorsy kid?
Then it’s time to teach them how to fish! This is one of the best fun outdoor toys and helps get them out in the fresh air.
What’s more, you can start it by giving them their own gear like this fishing pole from Zebco.
The Zebco Dock Demon spin-cast rod and reel is the perfect entry-level fishing pole for kids. They are durable (even unbreakable!) and pre-spooled with a short rod and reel for their little hands.
- MODERATE ACTION: 30-inch 1-piece fishing rod combo provides medium power and moderate action making it easier to catch light and medium species including panfish, trout, walleye, and bass
- EXPERTLY CRAFTED MATERIALS: Durable fiberglass rod blank construction and ultra-tough dial-adjustable drag provide smooth cast and retrieves while cushioned EVA handle reduces discomfort and ensures a sure-grip
- EFFORTLESS FISHING: Zebco’s QuickSet anti-reverse reel stops your handle from moving backward and creates a solid hookset in the mouth of a fish when reeling in your prized catch. It features a powerful right-hand retrieve, patented no-tangle design, and comes pre-spooled with 6-pound Zebco Cajun line
- SUPERIOR CONSTRUCTION: Premium all-metal gears, a 2.6:1 gear ratio, and dual-ceramic pick-up pins ensure a buttery-smooth retrieve, extended life, and ultra-high abrasion resistance to make every fishing experience a memorable one
Showcase their creativity by creating their own bracelets, necklaces, anklets, and yes, even keychains and straps, with this Rainbow Loom Kit.
This kit comes with a hook, a loom, and lots of rubber bands to start their own accessories.
- Authentic Rainbow Loom –Rainbow Loom is the first and original rubber band loom.
- Explore your creativity – Rainbow Loom has enough rubber bands to make up to 24 rubber band bracelets or multiple necklaces, rings, charms, action figures and much more!
- Award winning toy – Rainbow Loom has won multiple awards around the Globe. Most notably Rainbow Loom won toy of the year in 2014!
- Promotes Fine Motor Skills – use the specific Rainbow Loom technique to create designs from basic too advanced.
- Complete Kit Perfect for those 8 Years and Above – includes the original Rainbow Loom, 600 assorted rubber bands, metal hook, 24 c-clips and mini loom.
Do you know anyone who’s into traveling, spending time with nature, and exploring?
Then giving them national park passes will be an incredible gift, that they can enjoy not only during the summer, but all year round!
Most year-long national park passes cost around $80 a year and covers the entrance fees and standard amenity fees.
Check out this full list of federal recreational areas by state through this website.
Create more memories that you can enjoy forever with a camera.
A small digital camera is a great gift for any kid and is a perfect companion for the little outdoor explorer who wants to document his or her adventures nd have the perfect time.
Giving them cameras will not only allows them to take great shots from their own perspectives, they can also get to keep and show off their photos to other people too!
- Equipped with auto Focus, 8.0 Mega pixels and 1080P Video which can greatly improve the definition of photos.
- Upgraded to dual-camera configuration, making it easier to take selfies. Comes with a portable lanyard, making it easier to carry and move.
- Also comes with a video recorder and voice recorder for more creative ways to take memories.
- Can take 1 to 2 hours of non-stop photos and creates open-ended play for kids of all ages.
- Comes with 1 USB data line and a 32 GB micro SD to store thousands of photos.
- Uses a high quality non-toxic soft plastic, which is safer for kids.
- The shockproof shell provides effective anti-fall protection.
Do you have more ideas for the best kids summer gifts?
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