20 Best Water Toys for Toddlers That’ll Make a Splash This Summer

Kick-start your summer activities with these awesome water toys for toddlers.
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April 8, 2021
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Sunny afternoons are the perfect opportunity to disconnect from our devices and head outside for some well-deserved family time. Whether you’re hitting the beach or chilling poolside this summer, it’s a good idea to invest in some water toys for toddlers. Why? Water toys are a great way to keep little hands busy and help tots develop a love for the great outdoors. Plus, they’re pretty darn fun!

So what exactly is a water toy? Pool and toddler beach toys all fall under the umbrella of outdoor water toys for toddlers. (Think: inflatable baby pool floats, pouring toys and beach sand toys.) The best water toys for kids will spark creativity, help build confidence around water and stimulate their senses to aid development.

Before you browse our list of the top water toys for toddlers, it’s important to note that children must always be supervised near water. Although water toys are great at engaging toddlers, they won’t necessarily keep them safe, so water safety should always be a priority while at the pool or beach.

Ready to discover the best water toys on the market? Here, we’ve rounded up 20 fun and engaging beach and pool toys for toddlers that’ll keep your little one entertained.

Best Pool Toys for Toddlers

On the hunt for pool toys for toddlers? There are plenty of awesome pool toys designed with little ones in mind. From water squirters and wind-up toys to baby-safe pool floats, check out the water toys we’ll be bringing poolside this summer.

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Plui Rainball by MOLUK

Engage your kid’s senses with the Plui rain ball. This sensory pool toy for toddlers is simple yet effective (not to mention fun). Little ones will love plunging the Plui into the water to fill it up, before lifting it out to make it rain. Bonus: It comes in three fun colors and works as a bath toy too!

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Buy it: $14,

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Green Sprouts Sprout Ware Floating Boats made from Plants

Babies and toddlers love repetition, meaning they’re fascinated by toys they can fill and stack. That’s why we’ve included these clever floating boats on our list of the best water toys for toddlers. The set of four stacking boats have holes at the top, perfect for scooping, sifting and sprinkling water and sand. The best part? The boats are made from BPA-free plant-based materials, so this toy set is eco-friendly too.

Buy it: $10,

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Begin Again Toys Shark Cage Bathtub Ball

This quirky bath and pool toy for toddlers is sure to inspire many aquatic adventures. The yellow shark cage, which doubles as a storage container, comes with three fun characters: a scuba diver, shark and octopus. The heavy-duty rubber set is sturdy enough to be tossed around the pool and it’s dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to clean once playtime’s over.

Buy it: $25,

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B. Toys Splishin’ Splash Crocodile Water Squirt

Searching for outdoor water toys for toddlers you can bring to the pool or beach? Check out this fun crocodile squirt gun. It’s super-easy for toddlers to use: Simply dunk it in water, fill it up and spray. And this toy is educational too—it develops coordination and introduces little kids to the concept of cause and effect. Pro tip: Two of these squirt guns would make an excellent gift for siblings!

Buy it: $4,

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LAYCOL Baby Swimming Pool Float with Removable UPF 50+ UV Sun Protection Canopy

Introduce your kid to the water with this best-selling pool float by LAYCOL. It comes complete with safety straps and a removable sun canopy made from UPF 50+ material. Plus, this swimming aid can be worn two ways so tots can paddle on their belly or back. No wonder it’s so popular!

Buy it: $27,

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Fat Brain Toys Pail Pals

The best pool toys for toddlers stimulate all of their senses. Case in point: Pail Pals by Fat Brain Toys. This set comes with three rings and two star-shaped toys, which all fit neatly inside the sturdy bucket with sprinkle holes in the base. Your tot can stack, spin and sort the toys into countless configurations, all while developing their fine motor and spatial reasoning skills. Each of the BPA-free toys float, meaning they won’t get lost at the bottom of the pool.

Buy it: $20,

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WOW Toys Danny’s Diving Adventure

How about a floating boat toy? This option, by the UK-based brand WOW toys, comes with a range of super-cute accessories, including a dolphin and a diving board. Little kids will be delighted to discover the secret compartment tucked below deck. Plus, this boat can also be used to scoop and pour water for added pooltime shenanigans.

Buy it: $27,

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Zoordo Floating Wind-up Bathtub Pool Toys

Next up on our list of the best water toys for toddlers are these adorable floating turtles. Wind them up, pop them in the pool and watch them race and swim circles around your tot. They’ll encourage kids to splash around and get comfortable in the water.

Buy it: $11,

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Munchkin Scuba

Looking for pool toys for toddlers that are cheap and cheerful? Consider the Munchkin scuba swimming toy. When your kid pulls the diver’s headlamp, its fins will flap as he swims underwater. As well as encouraging hand-eye coordination, this toy will spark little kids’ imaginations as they dream about diving in the deep blue sea.

Buy it: $7,

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KarberDark Fishing Floating Squirts Toy and Water Scoop with Organizer Bag

This fishing set is one of the best water toys for toddlers we’ve seen. The seven-piece set comes with a fishing rod, a net, two scoop toys and three floating squirt toys. Phew! All that for $10? Now that’s a bargain.

Buy it: $10,

Best Beach Toys for Toddlers

Trips to the beach are always a blast. But they’ll be even better if you have toddler beach toys to keep your little ones entertained. From classic bucket and spade sets to beach balls and toy watering cans, we’ve gathered the best water toys for toddlers to bring on your next seaside adventure.

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Green Toys Tide Pool Baby Toy Gift Set

Here at The Bump we’re big fans of Green Toys—and their toddler beach toys are a perfect example of why. This seven-piece set, made from 100 percent recycled plastic milk jugs, is super-cute and practical. Each sea-themed toy interacts with and pours water in a different way. Plus, the palm-sized toys are designed for little hands and can be packed away into the seaweed-patterned storage bag when it’s time to head home.

Buy it: $16,

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Stephen Joseph Turtle Beach Tote & Sand Toys

How sweet is this rainbow turtle tote bag? It comes with a rake, shovel and three sand molds—everything you need for a fun family day trip to the beach.

Buy it: $52,

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Skip Hop Zoo Stack & Pour Buckets

Bring these stack-and-pour buckets on your next vacation for guaranteed fun in the sun. Kids will love the colorful characters painted on the buckets just as much as the three different sprinkle features. Meanwhile, parents will appreciate the fact that the buckets can be stacked inside one another for easy transportation. Water toys for toddlers that you can bring along anywhere? Sign us up.

Buy it: $10,

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Edushape The Ultimate Original Sensory Ball Pack

Okay, so this next pick isn’t technically a water toy. However, beach balls are a classic toddler beach toy, so we figured they’ve earned a spot on this list. This four-pack of inflatable balls have a knobbly texture that’ll fascinate toddlers. Bring them on summer excursions for a kickaround or a game of catch.

Buy it: $33,

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B. Toys Beach Playset B. Ready Beach Bag Lime

This set by B. Toys is one of the best beach toys for toddlers available right now. It comes with 11 colorful sand toys, including a bucket, watering can, sand molds, a mini truck, pinwheel, sifter, rake and shovel. Wow! As if that wasn’t good enough, the easy-to-grab toys are just the right size for little hands and can be transported in the beach-ready travel bag.

Buy it: $15,

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HearthSong SunShade Pop-Up Pool in Blue

Next up on our list of the best water toys for toddlers is this handy pop-up pool. The portable toddler pool can be brought to the beach and assembled or taken down in a matter of seconds. No mess, no fuss. Better yet, it comes with a built-in UV-protected sun canopy to keep your little one safe when the weather heats up. Bonus: This multifunctional toy can also be used as a ball pit or sand box.

Buy it: $40,

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TOMY John Deere 6’’ Dump Truck & Toy Tractor With Loader Construction Vehicle Set

Searching for a sand digger toy for your truck-obsessed toddler? Check out this toy digger and dump truck by TOMY. The free-rolling wheels will glide over bumpy surfaces, while the working front loader will scoop up the materials needed to build epic sandcastles.

Buy it: $13,

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Melissa and Doug Seaside Sidekicks Funnel Fun

This sand and water toy for toddlers is simply fantastic. As your toddler pours water or sand through the whimsical sea creature-inspired tower, the funnel will tip, spin and sift. Trust us, your little one will be mesmerized. Oh, and this toy has a convenient travel handle so it’s easy to bring to the beach.

Buy it: $17,

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Spielstabil Large Sand Sieve

Your little beach bum will adore this sand sifter. Fill it with sand or water and watch it drain away to reveal hidden sea treasures. Talk about fun water toys for toddlers!

Buy it: $9,

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HABA Sand Toys Ice Cream Set Sized Just Right for Toddlers

Spark their creativity with this cool sand and water toy for toddlers. The set comes with a bucket, three faux ice cream cones and a scoop. The blue pail is perfect for scooping up water or collecting seashells to decorate their sandy creations.

Buy it: $16,

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