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Must-Have Beach Toys for Kids of All Ages

You're never too old for a good pail and a shovel, but we've found some other ways to have a blast at the beach, too!

Margo Gothelf · 4 months ago

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If you're planning to head to the beach this summer, don't show up empty handed. While the ocean and sand are pretty entertaining on their own, you're going to want to bring a full load of activities to make the day super special. Check out some of the must-have beach toys for kids of all ages for a guaranteed day of fun in the sun.  

National Geographic Junior Metal Detector

Buried treasure won't stay hidden for long, thanks to this miniature metal detector from National Geographic. The lightweight and waterproof metal detector can trace items up to six inches underground and is ultra-sensitive, so it will only alert you when you find the good stuff. Take this one with you during your next stroll on the beach and hope that someone left something good behind.

OgoDisk Grip Disc Set with Flux Ball

Get ready for OgoDisk to become your new obsession. The handheld racquets are mesh-style and work just like a mini-trampoline. The bounciness of the racquets takes any game of tennis or badminton and gives it a brand new challenge. Bring the portable set up to the beach for an afternoon of bouncy fun.

CoolSand Advanced Building Sand Molds & Tools Kit

If you went to the beach and didn't build a sandcastle, did you really go to the beach? This summer, come prepared with this sandcastle-making set. The 37-piece set includes buckets and pails to form structures, tools to sculpt, and molds to make bricks. You'll easily have the fanciest castle on the beach with this set.

Activ Life Flying Rings for Kids

Upgrade your frisbee game with an Activ Flyer this summer. The lightweight design gives the classic flying disc a makeover and allows even the littlest ones to get involved, thanks to its lightweight design. If playing on the sand gets too hot, head to the ocean — the flyer floats so you won't have to worry about losing it in a big wave.


You're going to want to channel your inner Hawkeye as BULZiBUCKET is all about having excellent aim. The goal of the game is to get the balls into the buckets by bouncing, throwing, or kicking them in — sounds pretty easy, right? Think again. The tiered setup of the buckets introduces a whole new layer of challenges, especially on the sand. 

Melissa & Doug Seaside Sidekicks Sand Baking Set

Order up — seaweed cakes and saltwater cookies are on the menu at this oceanfront bakery! You'll have no problem whipping up a batch of seaside treats thanks to your Melissa & Doug sea creature-inspired bake set. The two different sets come with all the fixings you'll need to make the sand cakes of your dreams. 

Pizza Kite

It's a good thing there's almost always a slight breeze at the beach because this pizza kite is waiting to hit the skies. String the toppings together and wait for that perfect gust of wind and watch as your cheesy creation takes off. Don't worry about the extra toppings on this slice — they won't weigh down the kite as it flows in the wind.

Matty's Toy Stop Sand Grabber Claw Scoops

Shovels and pails will seem so old-fashioned once you get your hands on a sand grabber claw scoop. The scoop will expedite the hole digging process and let you dig that extra deep moat around your castle. The scoops come in a pack of two, so you can fit one in each hand.

JOYIN Collapsible Pails with Shovels

Packing and cleaning up from a day at the beach has never been easier, thanks to these foldable buckets. The buckets collapse into each other, so you won't have to awkwardly try to stack everything in a neat pile when you head back to the car. Plus, they won't take up any extra room in the garage while you store them over the winter.


Does Spike Ball have a professional league? You'll be asking that question yourself after a summer full of this fast-paced game on the beach. Set this one up when you first hit the sand, as the entire family will want to get in on the action.

Wave Runner Galaxy Ball

You could bring any old ball to the beach, or you could bring this wave runner galaxy ball for a guaranteed day of fun. The ball is made specifically for the water, so head right into the ocean for a game of catch. The “HyperBounce” tech built into the ball allows it to skip and bounce right on the water, just in case a throw falls short.

3 in 1 Giant Checkers Set

Take a break from running around in the sun and chill out under the umbrella for a relaxing game of giant checkers. The best part about this rug? When you're bored of playing checkers, you can flip it over for a thrilling game of tic tac toe. Plus, the rug will allow for an easy clean up, keeping all of the sand on the beach.

Franklin Sports Volleyball Set

Bump, set, and spike your way into a summer full of fun with this portable volleyball net. Set up a day-long tournament or just volley back and forth to practice those skills. Who knows, by the end of the summer, you just might have the skills to be the newest recruit for the next summer Olympics. 

Hapinest Find and Seek Scavenger Hunt

Chances are that you are collecting shells and pointing out fun colored umbrellas and chairs at the beach, so why not turn it into a game? Luckily, this Hapinest Find and Seek Scavenger Hunt basically does just that. The card-based scavenger hunt comes with 35 prompts and items for you to find all over the beach. Open the pack of cards at the beginning of the day and see who can find the most by the time the tide comes in. 

Get Outside Go Play Pitch N' Catch

The name says it all. This might just be the quintessential, must-have toy for summers at the beach. Portable, easy to pack, and it's great for pretty much any age, so make sure to get a few sets, and grab the fam and all your friends to play with – the more, the merrier!

Sunnylife Shark Attack Buddy Float Bands

Dun dun. Dun dun. Dun dun dun dun don't worry! The only thing these sharks attack are waves. Dive into summer saftey with a set of fun floaties to go with your best beachy duds.