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The Toy Insider’s Spring & Summer Toy Guide features six categories of spring and summer toys, assisting gift-givers in selecting the best and hottest toys for the outdoor and travel season! Our team of experts tests hundreds of toys currently on the market in order to help you sort through the toy aisles before you even hit the store. Whether your kids are running around in the yard or taking a trip to Grandma’s, we’ve got you covered!

We’ve created a list that is jam-packed with play value and includes something for kids of all ages and interests. We’re here to help out in the search for toys that provide active and engaging play that lasts for hours and helps kids shut down their devices and enjoy the great outdoors.

Our six categories—Outdoor, Water, Travel Toys & Games, Physical/Active Toys, Nature & Educational Toys, and Entertainment Toys—offer a variety of products for both boys and girls of all ages! Click the icons below or check out our guide on the right hand side of the site to navigate through the different categories.

Entering its ninth year, The Toy Insider is made up of a panel of industry experts that review hundreds of products throughout the year. As parents first and toy experts second, the team reviews each product to evaluate product features and overall value, narrowing their selections to the best of the best.



About the author

Ali Mierzejewski

Ali Mierzejewski

Ali Mierzejewski is the editor-in-chief at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider. With more than a decade of industry experience, Ali is a trusted source for parents, gift-givers, manufacturers, retailers, and more on the latest trends and hottest products. Whether you’re shopping for the best toys for kids — or looking for the latest in geek culture and entertainment for yourself — Ali’s expertise has you covered. When she’s not building LEGO sets or unwinding with a puzzle, Ali is obsessing over the latest season of The Bachelor, scrolling through Gritty’s Twitter, or rewatching The West Wing (for the 100th time). She is also a self-proclaimed expert on the history and lore of the entire Bachelor franchise. Ali has been featured on TODAY, The Wendy Williams Show, Fox & Friends, HLN, The Weather Channel, ABC World News Now, and more. You can follow her on Instagram @hashtagtrendy.