20 Best Outdoor Water Toys for Kids

by Amy Hogan

20 Best Outdoor Water Toys for Kids
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As the temperatures start to soar in the spring and summer, there’s no better way to help kids beat the heat and maybe even get a little education and exercise than a fun, new batch of water toys. It doesn’t matter whether you have an Olympic-size in-ground pool in your sprawling backyard or a postage stamp-size patio that’s a few miles from the beach, there’s a water fun toy to fit your family’s needs, space requirements and budgets.


20 Best Outdoor Water Toys For Kids



Some classics from our childhood, including kiddie pools, are still around. The Slip ‘N Slides have been upgraded to include even more fun features like water balloons and giant splash pools, and Nerf Water Blasters are still one of the best ways to get little boys to turn off the video games and get some fresh air and exercise disguised as water fun. And speaking of those kiddie pools? Well, now they have inflatable, cushioned bottoms and even interactive water features.


But then there’s a whole new world of whimsical sprinklers to explore, including giant, inflatable unicorns, rainbows and dinosaurs that spray the dog days of summer away. Of course, water and sand tables will always be the perfect, safe way to let toddlers explore the great outdoors and everything that water fun has to offer at their fingertips. And, if your summer vacation involves traveling, there are plenty of products that are compact and portable and will guarantee that family beach days are a breeze.


If thinking about all of the options that are available makes you feel like you’re drowning, relax, we’ve got your life-preserver right here: Our list of the 20 best outdoor water toys to stock up on this summer.


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EverEarth E Lite Waterproof Beach Blanket & Kiddie Pool


Parents love when baby items can do double duty, which is why this waterproof beach blanket is one of our favorite things ever. It’s perfect for keeping babies out of the sand while their bigger siblings splash in the surf, but with just a little bit of digging and a few pails of water, it can be transformed into a baby’s personal ocean right alongside mom’s beach towel. It’s portable, easy to clean and comes with its own carrying bag.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“We recently flew down to Florida to visit my parents and this was a great compact beach blanket that I could take with us...and wait for is also a kiddie pool..!!! They were even smart enough to waterproof the storage bag so that you can fill the pool with water.”

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H2OGO! Single Water Slide


If you’re looking for an economical backyard water toy that’s still big on fun, this take on the classic slip-and-slide kind of ride is just right. Connect it to a hose, and the multiple sprinklers keep the colorful slide perfectly slick for super speed. Oversize bumpers at the end collect the water to ensure a major splash every time. Generations of kids have grown up making memories with this kind of water slide, and now your kids can too.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It takes a little while for the water to cover the whole slide, but once it did, my grandchildren had a ball with it. We have used it a couple of times so far this summer. The set up and putting it away are very easy. It worked great for a neighborhood get together.”

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Unicorn Sprinkler


Little ones will delight in getting wet and wild with this whimsical sprinkler. The super cute unicorn outdoor water toy is extra special because it boasts not one but — wait for it — two water sprinklers for double the safe, watery fun. Set this up on a sunny day, and watch your kids giggle and dance with the adorable, cool, mythical creature, who spouts water from its head and back. It requires a pump to inflate, which isn’t included, but it’s worth the effort, plenty of parents confirm.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This was literally one of the most amazing investments I've ever made. Had a big party and wanted something that would be a great item to take pictures with, and boy was I right! People loved it. I also found it super easy to blow up with a hairdryer on a cool setting. Loved it.”

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Rainbow Inflatable Sprinkler


Somewhere under this rainbow your kids will be the envy of the neighborhood during the hottest days of summer! The brilliantly colorful, inflatable sprinkler is made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and easily hooks up to a garden hose. Children happily spend hours frolicking around in the water that shoots out of the rainbow’s transparent water curtain. It’s important to note that it does not come with a pump, which is necessary to inflate it, but it does include a vinyl repair kit in the event that the rainbow needs a fix.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This sprinkler is very cute and the kids around the house love it. it was really easy to fill up and hook up a water hose.”

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Step2 Busy Ball Water Table


This is the perfect outdoor toy for kids, because it’s guaranteed water fun for children of all ages! Kids can’t resist the bold colors of this water table and have a blast watching the balls roll down one of three possible paths. Besides all that fun, this interactive table encourages hand-eye coordination and cause-and-effect theories, which makes it super beneficial to kids’ development. And it’s bound to keep your kids occupied for hours at a time — and that’s priceless to parents.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This is incredible and so much fun. All three of our little ones love playing with this even without the water! It’s a creative toy for hours of enjoyment.”

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The Pad Floating Foam Mat


This 18-by-6-foot floating foam mat by Aqua Lily Products is like a personal island for all your favorite people. It’s a bit of an investment as far as water toys are concerned, but rest assured that it’s constructed of proprietary UV-resistant foam with a Flex-Core technology that helps it maintain its shape for summers to come. It’s an eye-catching attraction in any pool or lake and can hold up to 7 adults. And when the temperature drops, it rolls up for compact storage.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Boating isn't the same without this thing. Perfect for adults dogs and kids. Keeps them busy for hours on end!”

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Melissa & Doug Seaside Sidekicks Sand and Water Sifting Funnel


Melissa & Doug are a well-loved name in top children’s toys, and they’ve done it again with this fun funnel. Kids can make the wheels spin with either sand or water, which makes it the perfect pick for a day at the beach. Parents love that it’s small enough to fit into even the tightest packed luggage and little ones can carry it themselves with the easy-grip handle. It seems simple but offers a vast amount of educational and developmental skills while playing at outside waters.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“My daughter loves pouring sand in it and watching it filter down while playing in her sandbox. She’ll also switch it over to her water table and do the same. Works well and has held up well so far.”

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Splashin’kids Sprinkle and Splash Play Mat


This water-fun play mat is part sprinkler and part splash pool. It’s the perfect size for infants and kids. Pet-friendly parents have found that their dogs like it just as much as their children! All you need is a standard garden hose to get the water flowing and launch the fun all summer long. Plus, it drains easily for quick cleanup and is made of durable PVC material.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This mat is a great size, playful and safe for ages 1+! Mat is easy to set up 1-2-3, just attach the hose! And is super easy to adjust to higher and lower water splash heights to accommodate various ages! This is a great summer activity and is fun and large enough to host family and friends!”

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Green Toys Seaplane


Let kids’ imaginations soar to new heights during the lazy days of summer! The sturdy, chunky pontoon airplane is an awesome toy that floats in the pool and is the perfect size for young swimmers to grasp and maneuver. The spinning propeller and vibrant colors make it a kids’ top pick for water fun. Parents give it bonus points for being PBA and PVC free as well as dishwasher safe.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“My grandson loves it. It's built to be simple and sturdy. My daughter loves it because it couldn't be more green! I like it because the price was right.”

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Bunch O Balloons Water Slide


There are 16 feet of wet and wild fun to fly down before splashing into a pool full of water balloons in this awesome outdoor water toy. The durable slide is all slicked up with the help of multiple fountains of water. It quickly attaches to most standard hoses and includes 200 of the unique, easy-to-fill Bunch O Balloons water bombs. Kids of all ages will beg to slide through summer with all this water fun.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“My kids love the Bunch O Balloons water balloons for years so I figured they’d get a kick out of this. It really does hold a lot of water for a good splash when they hit all the balloons. It’s a hit. Highly recommend.”

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Water Wubble Water Balloon Balls


Water Wubbles are pretty awesome because they seal themselves after being filled and they’re reusable. They’re a more environmentally friendly water balloon. Four red and four blue Water Wubbles come in a pack and will change the way the neighborhood has a water balloon fight. Parents also appreciate that they’re easy to fill by just pressing up against a faucet, so kiddos can take care of that task all by themselves.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“The Water Wubble provided the kids with hours of fun. The balloons are really easy to fill both from a tap, a hose, and even from a bucket. The packaging is easy to open and the instructions are easy to follow. All in all, a fun reusable summer activity that is really affordable.”

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Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Blossom Bright Sprinkler Toy


Sure, April showers bring May flowers, but all you need is a hose to make this pretty bouquet into a backyard sprinkler shower. Kids can beat the heat and have a blast running around in the water that sprays from the fabulous pink and purple flowers that easily attach to a garden hose. Parents love that it’s compact enough to store in even the smallest of spaces when not in use and it’s also perfectly portable to ensure water fun wherever you go.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“The sprinkler is small, like I read in other reviews, but it shoots water out like a geyser! We used this at a birthday party, and the kids loved it!”

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Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship


Ahoy! Set little ones’ imaginations sailing this summer with this pirate-themed water play table. Young kids are fascinated by the fully loaded water table, which has lots of spinning features, a squirting water cannon and a crank-action anchor. It’s a cool way to work in some hand-eye coordination as well as cause-and-effect concepts as they can pump the water or pour it by the bucketful down the crow’s nest.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“There are a variety of fun things to do to keep more than one kid occupied at once and it seems to hold up pretty well to abuse. We bought this for my autistic 2 year old and it was a big hit. He even enjoyed playing with it indoors right after we put it together before there was any water in it!”

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Nerf Super Soaker Barrage Soaker


Parents and kids all agree that this is the ultimate water fight toy. The Nerf Super Soaker holds an impressive 84 ounces of water and can saturate targets up to 38 feet away! What makes it even better is the three different nozzle options for scatter, flood or distance shooting. Nerf’s been a leader in this kind of toy since 1989 and continues to impress with its latest super soaker. Our only complaint is that it holds so much liquid that it can be too heavy for the littlest water warriors in your tribe.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This super soaker is the top of the line all of my kids use it. We suit up and it's battle time. I will say that you cannot fill the gun all the way for smaller kids. My 4 year old can hold it filled half way. My 10 year old can hold it fine filled all the way. If you're looking for a true ‘Super Soaker’ this is IT!”

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Balnore Blaster


Super soakers are a must have if you want to get kids up off the couch and away from the video games during the summer. The Balnore Blaster has a unique, four-nozzle design and can shoot a burst of water up to 32 feet! Parents are impressed by the fact that it’s made of durable, thick, non-toxic plastic that can hold up to lots of rough-and-tumble play. Kids keep coming back to this blaster because of how easy it is to fill with water and operate. They’ll forget all about Fortnite while they’re set on soaking everyone in their path with this fun outdoor water toy.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This is a beast of a water gun. When full of water it is a bit heavy to hold for young kids, but the sheer amount of water you can fire is really impressive. I like to use this gun when I get into water fights with my three kids.”

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Coconut Float Swan Inflatable Kiddie Pool


We swoon for this swan toddler swimming pool, which is the perfect size to keep beginner swimmers safe as they learn how to play in the water. It’s 48 inches across, which parents like since little ones are always well within reach. When this Amazon white swan pool is deflated, it folds up small enough to be perfectly portable, so you can tote it to the beach. While the older kids are splashing in the waves, little ones can play with their own bit of the beach from the safety of this swan.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“We inflated it, filled it with water from the ocean and kept it in the shade under some umbrellas. The girls were in and out of it all day. I fully expected it to spring a leak but it stayed inflated and super cute all day.”

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Intex Dinoland Inflatable Play Center


Tame even the wildest kiddos with this colorful, dynamic dinosaur waterslide world! It easily attaches to a hose and can hold a whopping 72 gallons of water. It’s perfect for toddlers and the preschool crowd, who will absolutely love sliding under the blue brontosaurus as water sprays from his neck. T-Rex and a pterodactyl are enjoying a playful game of ring toss and just waiting for new friends to join in the outdoor water fun.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Best kids pool ever! It is huge, bright and colorful, and has many different fun things to do (slide, ring toss, hoops, and ball trail). The huge blue dino sprinkler can be used with the pool or separately as a fun sprinkler. This kid pool is the best I've ever seen, hands down!”

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Intex Sunset Glow Pool


Intex’s beautifully colored inflatable pool can hold an impressive 79 gallons of water for tons of summertime splashing. Kids give the inflatable bottom two thumbs up because it makes all of their watery antics that much more comfortable and cushioned. Parents love the sturdy, smart construction. Each layer needs to be inflated separately so that any leaks are easily identified and contained. And it can be filled with hundreds of balls on cooler days for a totally different sensory play experience.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It's small enough to fit on our deck but big enough for a few kids to play in. Took maybe 5 minutes to blow up. If you have a bicycle pump it will take no time at all. Each ring is inflated separately and the bottom inflates as well. Would make for a great ball pit after the summer!”

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Just For Kids Beach Toys


Let’s face it, when you’re packing for a family beach trip, the last thing you want to do is figure out how to cram in a whole bunch of clunky beach toys. That’s why we love this 16-piece set that all fits inside the plastic castle bucket that doubles as a sand mold. Plus it has a reusable mesh carrying bag. There are enough shovels and scoops and sea-themed sand molds to keep the whole family entertained during a day at the beach or just a playdate in the sandbox. It’s a great way to stimulate a little one’s creativity and teach them all about the seashore and building with sand while helping to flex their motor skill development.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I bought these for my son to play with in the sand box. He loves them so far.”

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Sportspower Outdoor Battle Ridge Inflatable Water Slide


The Sportspower Battle Ridge will make kids forget all about PS4 and Xbox. Trust us, they’ll be begging to spend all of their summer vacation outside if you’ve got this gigantic inflatable waterslide in the backyard. They’ll beat the heat as they battle to be the best on the climbing wall and slide. There are even two water cannons for tons of outdoor water fun. The manufacturer recommends this activity center for kids ages 3 to 8, and parents promise it’s pretty easy to inflate with the included air blower.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I bought this waterslide for my grandson for Easter. It is huge he will have many years of fun on this slide he is 2 years old and is able to climb the ladder. He had so much fun and was sad when it was time to put the waterslide up for the day.”