Toy Insider Editor-in-Chief Marissa Silva joined CBS in St. Louis to show off the best toys for kids to recreate the summer camp experience in their own backyards. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best gifts of the spring and summer seasons, check out our complete Toy Insider Spring and Summer Gift Guide.


BALANCE & BUILD SET

Create a custom balance course and encourage movement and creativity with this set, which includes eight connecting beam sections and five sensory step-stones.

Product Facts

  • MSRP:
  • $37.99
  • Age:
  • 3+

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SHIMMER ‘N SPARKLE DIY ABC FASHION BEADS

Thanks to Taylor Swift’s ERAS tour, friendship bracelets are hotter than ever! Kids can design and create fashion friendship bracelets in bold and bright colors. The ultimate bestie wristwear for kids to wear and share! Show off unique styles by mixing and matching all the chic accessories. Kids can personalize bracelets with sayings using the…

Product Facts

  • MSRP:
  • $12.60
  • Age:
  • 6+

LASER X ULTRA MICRO DOUBLE B2 BLASTERS

Bring Laser Tag fun to your home with the Micro Double B2 Blasters. Two players can face off to see who can win in this colorful game of tag. Kids can play indoors and outdoors during the day and night. The blasters feature over 10 team color combinations and a 200-feet gameplay range. Kids can…

Product Facts

  • MSRP:
  • $39.99
  • Age:
  • 6+
  • Battery Requirements:
  • 6 AAA

SWIMWAYS HYDRO PADDLE AND PICKLE BALL

Bring the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. to the backyard, pool, or beach with this pickleball set. The set includes regulation-size pickleball paddles, a rubber ball, and a pickleball, so kids have two ways to play.

Product Facts

  • MSRP:
  • $9.99
  • Age:
  • 7+

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NINJA ADVENTURE LINE – 36 FT

The kit contains a 36-ft line and ratchet, two monkey bars, two tree gym rings, two monkey fists, two multi-purpose gym rings, a ratchet cover, and 10 Treline clips and delta carabiners. Features an easy setup with no tools needed, except a 6-foot step ladder. Test your tree’s strength to ensure safety before use. Select…

Product Facts

  • MSRP:
  • $134.99
  • Age:
  • 5+

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Bill Reese

Bill Reese

Bill Reese is Director of Operations at Adventure Media & Events, where he's worked since 2014. A former editor at Playbill and graduate of SUNY–Purchase, he spends most weekends rooting for the New York Red Bulls pro soccer team and making subway systems out of Brio trains with his little boy Jonah.

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