2017 Summer Toys: Fun in the Sun
Summer break is fast approaching, and while kids love the freedom to run around and play, there's a good chance that at some point, the boredom bug will bite. Here are a few of the cool new summer toys to help you turn their boredom into fun.
Rogers Daytime (June 20th, 2017)
PL-UG Build Your Own Fort
PlaSmart Inc. (3+)
These handy fort building kits include sturdy kid-safe plastic gadgets to help your kids make a lean-to style fort so they can catch a little shade and some welcome respite from the summer sun. Great for fort building play or just a comfy spot to play in the shade. Perfect for your backyard or the beach.
Nerf Super Soaker HoverFlood
Hasbro, Inc (6+)
Take to the skies and soak all your friends. The Super Soaker Helicopter flies using water pressure from a hose and rains down on anyone standing below. Control the flow of water using a knob on the handle. Hold on and swing gently to take the copter on a wild ride and cool off on a hot summer’s day in the process.
Educational Insights, Inc. (7+)
Fist pounding, ball launching fun. Kids can make up all sorts of games with this air-powered, cannon-styled ball shooter: who can send it the farthest, or closest to the target (the storage bucket). And once they've mastered these simple games, it's time to bring out the (included) challenge cards and expand the fun to some real skill testing.
GeoSafari® Solar Rover
Educational Insights, Inc. (8-12)
Cleverly equipped with two solar panels – each powering one of the wheels. The panels react instantly to sunlight setting the rover in a forward roll. Use your hand to steer: cover the panel over a wheel to turn in that direction. Then navigate to a shady spot - or cover both panels - to stop.
Fun that grows right into adulthood. Played like a cross between Volleyball and Four Square, this active, sporty game takes skill to play well, but the fun is all in the practice. Our younger testers enjoyed just using the net to bounce and catch – a great way to start. Also works like a handicap when youngsters play in a family game (with parents and older siblings limited to volleying their passes the traditional way).
At the Pool
PlaSmart Inc. (8+)
Filled with water instead of air, our testers love the unique pool fun this neutrally buoyant, watermelon-styled ball offers. Mesmerizing to watch, it moves in almost slow motion and much further than you'd expect, so playing with it feels like you'd imagine it would feel to play in low gravity. Fun to bounce off the side, or dribble along the pool floor. Perfect for underwater sports games.
We love that everything in this fun new paddle game set floats, so you can take your badminton-style games in the water. Great for land games – indoors or outside, too. No rules - just bat it back and forth for as long as you can. Play solo, one on one, or (with a second set) in teams.
Barbie™ Dreamtopia Bubbletastic Fairy™ Doll
Mattel, Inc. (3+)
Dip her wings – which are laced with bubble-making holes - into the soapy solution, then pull her yellow bow to power a fan and create a flotilla of bubbles. Lots of fun, and when you've had enough bubbles, the fan also works well to send a welcome blast of air to your face.
Toilet Trouble Game
Hasbro, Inc (4+)
With real flushing sounds, this mini toilet is fun even without water in the bowl. But that random misty spray is welcome respite on a hot summer afternoon – even if it means you're out of the game.
Hasbro, Inc (5+)
The suggested game is plenty of fun, but there's all sorts of other uses for these take-apart eggs. They make a great substitute for water balloons, or toss them in the pool - they're ultra buoyant - and race to see who can fetch the most eggs. They're also quite air tight, so you can stick a paper inside to indicate point counts for each retrieved egg, or even little notes to expand the fun to a game of your own invention. You can also fill them with coins or marbles to sink them for some diving fun.
Keego Technologies, LLC (8+)
Who knew mud could be so electrifying? An excellent hands-on opportunity to learn about microbial fuel cells. Very exciting – and inspiring, to see this potential new source of renewable energy in action.
Just Add Sun
Griddly Games Inc. (8+)
Definitely requires adult help, but this kit is full of some pretty interesting activities, like using the sun to pop a balloon that's inside another balloon, or to “cook” (melt) food, or turn crayons into paintings. Lots of other sun-related projects, too, like building a sundial or a thermometer.
Klutz 101 Outrageously Fun Things To Do
From card games to crafts and pranks and magic and a whole lot more... This Klutz kit is chock full of ideas to keep your kids occupied when they're stuck inside for the day