ONCE the thrill of the sand and sea wears off, you’ll need some toys to keep your little ones entertained this summer.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some handy summer essentials for your next day out on the beach.
The best beach toys are sturdy, easy to pack and require no intricate set up.
If you have several kids, go for toys that encourage collaborate activity and imaginative play.
Of course, safety comes first when picking toys for your child, so make sure whatever you choose is suitable for their age.
Floats and dive rings are a lot of fun but remember to always keep an eye on your children whenever they’re playing in the water for extra safety.
While all of the toys in our round-up are suitable for the beach, some will also be the perfect accessory to take on a day out in the park or just to play in your back garden throughout the year (if the weather allows it).
Whether you need shade for the little one, or games to keep your kids entertained, make a trip to the beach a day to remember with the best beach toys you can pack.
Pink Shark Squirter, £8, from Mothercare – buy here
This pink shark squirter toy from Mothercare will bring some roleplay to your children’s day on the beach.
Buy two – they are also available in a crocodile design – and it will give your little ones an easy way to have outdoor water battles all day long.
- Metal Detector, £10, from Mothercare – buy here
Your little one can venture out into the garden or the beach with this fun metal detector.
It comes with an adjustable handle so children form 3 to 8 years old can play with it, whatever their height.
The detector will beep and vibrate to alert you, every time your child finds a hidden treasure so you can keep track of their finds.
- Out and About Beach Bucket Set, £5, from The Entertainer – buy here
This sweet set of beach toys, which cost just £5, will help your child construct their beach sandcastles all summer long.
It includes a bucket, a spade, a fork, two animal moulds and even a watering can.
Perfect if you want to nurture your children’s imagination.
- Inflatable 3D Pool Toy- Beach Ball, £3, from The Entertainer – buy here
This inflatable ball from The Entertainer will provide hours of fun for your littles ones, whether they’re playing on the beach, in the pool or in your garden.
Suitable for children aged 3 or older, they will love the cute pink flamingo hiding inside the ball.
It’s currently available for just £3 down from £6 – a 50 per cent discount.
- Monobeach Baby Beach Tent Pop Up Portable Shade Pool, £18.99, from Amazon – buy here
Designed for children under 3 years old, this pop-up tent available on Amazon will be the perfect companion for your first day on the beach with your toddler.
The mini pool inside the tent can allow your baby to play in the water instead of going to the seaside, while you relax in the sun.
It comes in bag with handles and can folds into a good size and fit easily into your pram bag for travel.
The best thing? With a 50+ protection it will keep your little one safe from the sun’s harmful rays.
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