If you’re heading to the beach or on a family vacation this summer, be sure to pack some fun toys for your kids. In addition to the sunscreen, towels, umbrellas and other beach essentials, the right toys can be just the ticket to a fun, stress-free day at the beach.
Beach toys keep kids busy and entertained so that parents can crack open a book and relax (or give it their best attempt). Plus, while kids are having fun, they might also learn a thing or two and work on important skills like hand-eye coordination or cause and effect.
These toys are also affordable, so you can purchase several for the season and not worry about having to store them until next year. With so many to choose from it can be hard to know where to start. But we found toys that are great for kids to play with independently, like kites or sand drills, or toys that the whole family can enjoy like waterproof cards and sandcastle building sets.
Below, check out our list of the eight best beach toys for kids of all ages.