Best Summer Toys

Sun’s out, fun’s out! Learning Express NC’s Summer Toy Guide features the hottest toys for infants, toddlers, preschool kids, school-aged kids, tweens, and teens! We are here to help you find the best and hottest toys for sunny season! Our team of experts tests thousands of toys to select the best ones we know your kids will love. Whether your little ones are running around in the yard or taking a trip to Grandma’s, we’ve got you covered!

Top Infant Toys (Ages 0-12 mos)

Noggin Stick

Start your baby’s learning journey on the right rattle. Simple interactions are what lay the foundations for healthy mental growth throughout your baby’s first months of life. The NogginStik isn’t just a fun rattle toy, it’s a tool for laying this foundation. Its head lights up red, blue, and green to stimulate eyes and encourage visual tracking. Rattle noises excite the ears while nubby textures, an easy-to-grip handle, and a mirror inspire sensory exploration. Designed to grow with your baby from birth and packaged with a detailed parent guide, the NogginStik makes it easy to make the most out of every playtime moment.

Fill N Fun Water Mat

Nothing makes tummy time more fun than the Fill N Fun Water Mat!  This play mat includes 6 fun friends sandwiched inside the water chamber…starfish, octopus, sea horse, turtle and 2 fish. Simply fill the inflatable edge of the mat with tap water and kids can have hours of tactile and visual fun! The play mat is made from heavy gauge plastic which resists leaks and tears. It folds flat when the water and air are let out which makes it a great take-along toy that easily fits into a diaper or toy bag. All Early Years toys are BPA and Phthalate-free. Recommended for babies ages 3 to 18 months.

Top Toddler Toys (ages 1-3)

Eezy Peezy Whirlee

The Eezy Peezy Whirlee is both a ride on and a first walker. It is a fun development product that teaches both balance and stability. The 360 degree soft ride casters won’t scuff floors, but are also tough enough for concrete. Designed for ages 1-3. 44 lbs maximum.

Pop Up Basketball Game

Shoot hoops and play Roll-A-Score anywhere with the Pop Up Basketball Game! Throw the balls at the basket and they return automatically. Play Roll-A-Score with 6 colored balls. Great for indoor or outdoor play, as it is portable and easily stored in its zippered pouch.

Top Toys for Preschool-Aged Kids (ages 3-5)

Water Wow

This exciting activity book includes four reusable pages and a refillable water pen. Use the pen to fill in each activity, from coloring in boxes to tracing letters, and see hidden colors and pictures appear with every stroke! Then simply let the page dry to erase the pictures and fill it in again and again. This alphabet-themed book includes every letter of the alphabet (uppercase and lowercase) to trace, alongside pictures of familiar objects to illustrate each sound. There are empty lines for practice, too! The chunky-sized water pen is easy for kids to hold and stores neatly right in the front cover.

Fold N Go Trampoline

The Fold & Go Trampoline is a compact, durable and portable trampoline that holds up to 150 pounds! This super safe fun trampoline comes with a handlebar and requires little assembly. Just fold for storage! Weighs 17 lbs. 36 diameter. Ages 3 +.

Top Toys for School-Aged Kids (Ages 5-7)

Dueling Stomp Rockets

How about a little friendly competition to see whose stomping skills are stronger? 2 kids + 2 stomp pads + 2 different colored rockets soaring up to 200 feet at the same time=Twice the fun! Perfect for parties! How high can you make your rocket fly?

Boogie Board Jot 4.5

No other product in the world creates a natural pen on paper experience like the Boogie Board eWriters. Eliminate the need for paper, scratch pads and sticky notes – simply write and erase. The LCD writing screen is engineered to feel just like writing with pen on paper. The image stays as long as you need it to and can be erased with the touch of a button. Create again and again, without the need to charge or connect.

Top Tween Toys (ages 8-13)

Ninjaline Obstacle Kit

Train like real ninjas do with this exciting backyard hanging obstacle course kit! Kids can create a variety of course set-ups ranging from beginner to advanced with this versatile course that was developed with the help of professional ninjas. They have only to move the hanging obstacles farther apart as their skills improve! Simply hang the NinjaLine between two healthy trees (above 7½’H) and it’s ready to go. Kit includes a 30’L x 2″W slackline-webbing line, a 6’L ratchet line (total length 36′), and a convenient carry bag. Obstacles include: three 10″L monkey fists, two 16″W monkey bar holds, and two gymnastic rings. Adult installation and supervision required.

Dream Catcher Swing

Add a colorful new toy to your backyard with the Slackers™ Sky Dreamcatcher Swing. Kids can enjoy a little backyard adventure on this swing, which features the option of 2 attachment points as a normal swing or 1 attachment point for spinning and twirling. This hand-woven swing provides fun for everyone as the 38” diameter can accommodate up to 5 kids at one time. There won’t be any need for trips to the park when you have the Slackers™ Sky Dreamcatcher Swing in your backyard.

Top Teen Toys (ages 14 & Up)

4Ocean Bracelet

By purchasing this bracelet, you will remove one pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines.  There have a unique unisex design and are adjustable from 2-5” in diameter. All bracelets have a stainless steel 4ocean charm and are made with recycled materials.

Tangle Light Up Soccer Ball

Do kicks with your tricks! Perfect for a night at the pitch, the Inflated Soccer ball illuminates brightly with every kick and pass. Glow in the dark doesn’t compare to Pulse LEDs! Made with durable, latex-free long-lasting TPU material, the Inflated Soccer ball is tough enough to withstand the greatest kicks. Super bright motion activated LEDs are built within the ball’s design to ensure the ultimate soccer experience!

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