Best Sand Toys for Babies and Toddlers

Best Sand Toys for Babies and Toddlers

Your baby already loves the sand… Loves to eat it, loves to roll in it, and if you have a toddler, loves to throw it! When you go to the beach, the best way to keep your baby entertained is by bringing the best sand toys. The simple bucket and shovel have been replaced by thousands of toys geared toward your child’s developmental stage or interests.

The Best Sand Toy Sets
At the start of beach season, or for park playdates year-round, invest in a good quality set of basic sand toys. I’ve supplemented the cheap Wal-mart sets with little baby-safe cars, which are always a big hit. The Small World Toys 15-Piece Sand Toy Set, however, already comes with a rolling truck. For baby’s first set, you might want the Spielstabil Water Fun Set, which is small enough for little hands and includes a turtle watering can and a few squirt animals. The set comes in a zippered bag for easy transport from the bathtub to the beach.

For Your Active Toddler
While you can hope your toddler will play quietly under your beach tent, it’s more likely he’ll want to run around! Baby J is learning how to throw a Frisbee, but you can always buy a softer, more kid-friendly version like the Tootle Turtle Flying Disk. For more coordinated kids, get them started on a great beach game of Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Clicker Crab Toss & Grip.

Learning while Playing
Don’t miss out on a chance to teach your baby or toddler at the beach. Numbers are fun when matched with sea-creature imprints on these high-quality Melissa & Doug Seaside Sidekicks Nesting Pails. They stack inside each other for easy carrying. Also, no baby is too young to start learning physics. (LOL!) Teach your little one about movement with one of the most popular sand toys out there, the sand wheel. The Small World Toys Double Sand Wheel has an original design that moves sand and water through little cups, and the Express Sand And Water Water Wheel is a basic version with two spinning wheels.

For Girls or Boys
Find the perfect sand toy for your budding chef or your car fanatic. One of the cutest sand toy sets I’ve seen is the Melissa & Doug Seaside Sidekicks Sand Cupcake Set. Of course, we made our own cupcake set with measuring cups and a sifter (for sand frosting), but Melissa & Doug’s comes with a baking pan and molds for the tops. For your toddler obsessed with trucks, the Little Tikes Dirt Diggers 2-in-1 Dump Truck is tough enough for beach and water play and even has a removable bucket. As with all of these sand toys, please remove potential choking hazards and closely supervise your young child.

To Carry it All
Save space on your next vacation with a new product, Packable Pails, a pail that folds flat for travel. For your toddler who likes to push things, there’s also the Sand Bucket Scooter, a bucket on wheels.

The vast selection of well-made toys has stretched to the sand and seashore, so pick a new and exciting sand toy for your baby or toddler and enjoy your day at the beach!

Photo by HeyDanielle

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