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Hot Outdoor Toys

  • A ride-on toy and bouncer in one, this pedal-free plaything will make your toddler feel like a big kid. Bonus for you: The handles and wheels fold up for easy carrying and compact storing. (Okiedog, $70; intplay.com) 1 to 3 years

  • Move over, mini-golf. This wood set's grass spikes prevent the animal wickets from toppling over with a wind gust. And there are enough matching mallets and balls for four to play. (ALEX, $50; amazon.com) 3 and up

  • These cups stack, nest, link, and double as strainers. Perfect for the pool -- and bathtime, too. (Munchkin, $6; munchkin.com) 6 months and up

  • This basketball hoop adjusts from four and a half feet to six. There's also a target for throwing a football and a net for soccer, hockey, and baseball (pitch one at it and the ball will bounce back). (Fisher-Price, $100; fisher-price.com) 3 to 9 years

  • Separate sections for sand and water give your child the best mix for writing her name or creating funky designs at the beach. (Haba, $10; maukilo.com) 3 and up

  • Chalk-and-paint creations jump off the ground with help from 3-D glasses. Your kid can use the sea-creature stencils and see fish "fly." (Crayola, $10; crayola.com) 4 and up

  • Calling mini-Jack Bauers: Defuse this underwater bomb! Twist the top half to make it sink or float, set the timer, then toss the ball in the pool. Don't worry -- it won't really explode if your kid doesn't get it in time. (Swimways, $20; Target stores) 6 and up

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