In Toy Insider Mom’s latest Fun with Kids video, she and Woman’s Day’s Sara Lyle show off the hottest outdoor toys that will keep kids occupied all summer long.

Smakaball (Smakaball)Smakaball

  • Gets kids off the sofa for versatile play in the park indoors and outdoors.
  • Unique magnetic-like catch with ergonomically designed handles.
  • Safe, durable, and lightweight.
  • Easy snap-together assembly and can snap apart for travel.
  • Fun in a pool or on the beach—it floats!
  • Special needs and disability-friendly.
  • Ideal for physical therapy and physical education classes.
  • Age: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99-$24.99
  • Available: Amazon and

Zing.ZanoBowZano Bow (Zing Toys)

  • New bow and arrow combo that is one-third the size of the Z-Curve Bow.
  • Uses the same patented Zing launch-system technology.
  • New mini Zartz arrows fly super straight.
  • Combined with the wall target, kids have a complete indoor archery set that is safe and parent-approved.
  • Launches arrows more than 30 feet; they stick to most flat-surface targets.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $9.99

Roseart.Sidewalk Chalk PaintWashable Sidewalk Chalk Paint (RoseArt)

  • Create BIG art outdoors.
  • Add water, stir, then paint away.
  • Colors become brighter as they dry.
  • Washes away easily with water.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: 2-pack sets are $3.99; Value Pack is $7.99; Club Pack is $19.99

PacificPlayTents.BeachCabanaUnder the Sea Beach Cabana (Pacific Play Tents)

  • An ideal outdoor takealong, the beach cabana comes complete with its own carry bag.
  • Sets up in minutes.
  • Has two full-sided mesh windows for flow-through ventilation and easy viewing.
  • Solid back keeps sun off kids for napping or playing in the shade.
  • Polyethylene floor wipes clean with a damp cloth.
  • Corner sandbags provide stability on windy days.
  • Two inner pockets hold all your beach accessories.
  • Take it anywhere: beach, lake, backyard, park, or soccer field.
  • UV Protection
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $47.99
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Imperial.FantasiaBubbleBlitzThe Fantasia by Bubble Blitz (Imperial Toy)

  • Bubble Fantasia is a spinning light-up party bubble machine.
  • Spins 360 degrees while making thousands of bubbles.
  • Three multicolored LED lights illuminate the bubbles.
  • Includes 35 oz of premium scented bubble solution.
  • Premium bubbles last longer and float higher.
  • Watch 10 bubble wands rotate and easily see solution level in translucent bubble tray.
  • Makes thousands of bubbles in seconds.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available Now: Target

CrayolaCrayola Sidewalk Chalk Grab ’n Go Games (Crayola)

  • Become king of the sidewalk or driveway.
  • Each kit comes with 4 sticks of Washable Sidewalk Chalk, detailed instructions, and other materials needed to create and play challenging games.
  • Kids can create an outdoor play area as big or as small as they like.
  • Mixes physically active play with creativity.
  • Games include Obstacle Course, Bean Bag Toss, Foot Hockey, Chip Shot Golf.
  • If you just have the chalk and not the kit, provides inspiration on games to create such as mini-golf and checkers.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: Chalk games $4.99 retail; 48 ct. colored chalk $4.99

Maisto.ExtremeBeastMaisto Tech Extreme Beast (Maisto)

  • This R/C off-roader is ready to run—just charge up the battery (included) and go.
  • Its hobby-grade proportional steering and throttle give you precise control—much better than toy R/C cars.
  • 2.4 GHz—that means up to 16 players can drive at one time and place.
  • 229 foot (70 meter) control range.
  • Hobby grade TPE tires and proportional speed control.
  • Spring suspension for off-road performance.
  • Rapid electronic battery charger.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $99.99

InnovationFirst.hexbug_aquabot_2.0Hexbug Aquabot 2.0 (Innovation First)

  • Two new body styles.
  • New sensors and an inner glow makes them look more alive than ever.
  • Aquabot can wake up in three different ways: splash water, tap on glass, or take it out of water.
  • Fun first pet without all the messy cleanup.
  • Safe to play in bath, pool, or fish tank.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $12.99

PlanToys.ActivityBoatActivity Boat (Plan Toys)

  • A child’s first wooden toy fishing boat.
  • Includes a wooden boat with a removable cabin, detachable fishhook, sail, fisherman, fish, starfish, and a turtle.
  • Children can place the fisherman inside the cabin.
  • Made from sustainable rubber wood and coated with a non-toxic finish, all colors are made from vegetable dye.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $30
  • Available: Amazon, specialty retailers

Playmates.sewerspewerkatanaTMNT Sewer Spewer Water Weapons (Playmates)

  • Moves the Ninja action from land to water for the ultimate Turtle takedown.
  • Kids can soak up water to deliver a sneaky, sewer-spewing spray on their opponent from up to 30 feet away with Leonardo’s Sewer Spewer Katana and Michelangelo’s Sewer Spewer Nunchucks.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $15.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Amazon

super soaker 1Nerf Super Soaker Hydrostorm Water Blaster (Hasbro)

  • More soakage, more distance, more power!
  • The most powerful motorized Super Soaker ever.
  • No pumping required to blast 25 ounces of water up to 30 feet. Just pull the trigger for a non-stop stream.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target

hasbro.barrageNerf Super Soaker Barrage Water Blaster (Hasbro)

  • Outlast and intimidate the competition with massive capacity.
  • Holds 84 ounces of water.
  • Allows players to use the adjustable nozzle to soak opponents with one of three firing modes: Distance (over 35 feet), flood mode (a colossal splash), or scatter mode (to widen your target).
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99

nerf crossbowNerf Super Soaker Tri Strike Crossbow Soaker (Hasbro)

  • This water blaster represents a whole new way to dominate soaker battles.
  • Fans simply pump to fire for a long range blast from up to 35 feet away.
  • For even more soaking power, activate the two deployable blast arms for triple the water streams and unleash the full capacity of up to 45 ounces.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $24.99



About the author

Deanna Atkins

Deanna Atkins

Deanna Atkins is the editorial assistant at Adventure Publishing Group. She helps the editorial team on leading trade magazines The Toy Book and The Licensing Book, and contributes online at,, and When she’s not trying to keep up with Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht, she can be found reviewing kids’ CDs, DVDs, and books while daydreaming about the upcoming How to Train Your Dragon sequel and reading the dictionary. Follow her on Twitter @Deeeannuh and keep up with her bi-weekly, sometimes funny commentaries on