Hottest Toys for Summer Playtime

June 18, 2013    |    By +
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laurie-250x250The lazy, hazy days of summer are upon us and that means the kids are home from school and we need to get them outside to play. It also means barbeques and visits to grandma’s house…there are lots of ways to keep our kids (of all ages) busy.

Make packing fun for our little ones with the V Tech Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase ™. This is a travel-themed learning suitcase which features an interactive activity panel on its front with four light-up piano keys, a removable phone, fun dog character, spinning gears and more for imaginative play. Children can open it to pack their things, and an easy-grab handle lets them take their fun on-the-go. There’s over 30 melodies and sing a logs for them to enjoy. This is for ages 1+ and the MSRP is $36.99

Activity Suitcase

Once we are on the road, or out to dinner, keeping them busy can be a challenge.  Many of us have iPads these days, and our kids love them.  Now turn your iPad into a true art studio, with ArtSee Studio! from WowWee toys.  Kids will go on an interactive journey of color, sound and motion.  They will paint, draw and even animate their pictures bringing their masterpieces to life.   Simply secure the iPad 1,2, or 3 into the protective case, and then launch the free app and your kids will be creatively busy for hours.  The MSRP for the case is $34.99

Keep the entire neighborhood busy on warm days  with Crayola’s  Washable Sidewalk chalk. It’s bolder and more vibrant than ever with the  bright,  Crayola crayon colors which allow kids to create beautiful sidewalk masterpieces.  The new shape of the chalk keeps it from rolling away.  Best of all, a little rain water or a garden hose will wash it all away.  This is great for kids 4+ and prices range from $1.99 for 12 in a box to $4.99 for a 48 in a box count.

crayola chalk

Bikes, scooters, and everything else with wheels is one of our favorite parts of summer. Nothing is more important than our kids safety and that means wearing a helmet.  Try the Wipeout™ Dry Erase Helmet so your kids can customize their helmet before they put it on.  When they are done,  wipe it clean and they start fresh next time around.  This comes in 6 colors with neon markers and stencils.  Great for kids 3+ and the MSRP is $29.99

Nothing says summer like water play and Super Soakers are always part of my summer.  Hasbro’s new ARCTIC SHOCK Water Blaster will provide a chilling cool down on a hot day.  When you fill this up with water….don’t forget the ice cubes.  For ages 6+, at $19.99 you’ll have an extremely cold blast of a time.

Arctic Shock Water Blaster

Laurie is co-Publisher of The Toy Insider and CTO (chief toy officer) for The Toy Book and The Licensing Book, as well as the contributing toy editor for Woman’s day magazine, and Founder of The Big Toy Book. Laurie has been quoted in major media outlets such as USA Today and has been a guest on national morning shows including The Today Show. Laurie recently started contributing to a wide number of parenting blogs.

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