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With summer upon us, the urge to play outside is nearly irresistible to most children. Whether it’s swimming, riding a bike, playing soccer, or simply hanging out at the local park, the warm weather and sunshine allows for a great many outdoor activities. And of course, this being the case there can be little doubt as to why the top toys for kids right now are primarily meant for outside playtime.

When it comes to fun in the sun, few toys have been as consistently beloved as the backyard swing set. Over the last century, these simple pieces of equipment have provided hours and hours of entertainment for tens of millions of children around the world. Today, just about every home in suburban America can be found with a swing set in the backyard. However, today’s swing sets include a lot more than swings. Slides, monkey bars, and even tree houses can be incorporated into the design, making them more like a miniature playground. While these can be built by hand, they are also readily available through most major toy stores and even some home improvement centers.

When it comes to summertime, it’s not surprising that many of the top toys for kids are intended for use around water. Swimming has been one of the most popular outdoor activities for kids of all ages since the beginning of human civilization. Today’s toy stores are filled with dozens of different types of water toys, ranging from small plastic wading pools to water guns and swimming pool games. Inflatable tubes and other such floatation devices are especially popular with parents of young children and can be seen at nearly every community swimming pool in America. There are also a host of different types of sprinkler toys available, making it easier to keep cool without having to go to the pool.

Summertime is also the season for beach toys. Each year millions of families make their way to beaches all around the country for some quality vacation time and relaxation. These beaches can provide ample entertainment for children, even with the simplest of toys. Buckets and shovels have been a staple of shoreline play for decades and are just as popular today as they have ever been. Many toy stores sell pre-packaged sets, which usually include the bucket, a small hand trowel, a small rake, and in some cases, molds which can be used to create three-dimensional shapes out of sand.

Outdoor sports such as football, baseball, and soccer are all a major part of summer. Sports equipment has been a part of the list of top toys for kids for many generations. A toy as simple as a soccer ball cannot only provide hours of entertainment, but it can also be a great way to encourage children to exercise as well. T-ball equipment is a particularly good way to develop hand eye coordination in a young child, and can also provide some good parent-child bonding time. Sports equipment is often the best defense against other toys such as video games, that do not encourage kids to do what they do best, play.