Water Toys For Summer
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23 Sprinklers and Other Water Toys to Turn Your Backyard Into a Water Park

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Water Toys For Summer
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Water Toys For Summer

The Farmer's Almanac has predicted above-normal temperatures for much of this summer. With few public pools, splash pads, and the like expected to be open due to the coronavirus, we're all going to have to figure out other ways to stay cool. Whether you're looking for a bit of splash action or full-on soakage, these outdoor toys will keep the family from sweltering this summer.

Prices and availability are subject to change. Due to high demand, some items may be available only from third-party sellers.

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Tidal Storm Hydro Swirl Spinning Water Sprinkler
Amazon

Tidal Storm Hydro Swirl Spinning Water Sprinkler

Price: $16 from Amazon
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Nothing quite screams summer like watching beaming kids run through a sprinkler. This one has six wiggle tubes that spin or a rotating base — making getting soaked as unpredictable as it is fun.

SplashEZ 3-in-1 Sprinkler for Kids, Splash Pad
Amazon

SplashEZ 3-in-1 Sprinkler for Kids, Splash Pad

Price: $35 from Amazon
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This BPA-free alphabet-themed splash pad is both a fountain and a shallow pool. At 5 feet wide, it's plenty big for a couple of little ones, but there are larger options, too, if you've got water-loving kids who are a little older.

Wow World of Watersports Super Slide
Amazon

Wow World of Watersports Super Slide

Price: $180 from Amazon
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Sure, it's pricier, but anyone who's ever used the classic slip-and-slide toy knows who uncomfortable those can be for anyone over a certain age. This 25-by-6-foot version from WOW Sports uses heavy-duty PVC plastic for extra padding and includes sleds to soften the impact.

Little Tikes Tug of War Game
Walmart

Little Tikes Tug of War Game

Price: $30 from Walmart
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Combine sprinkler fun and tug-of-war with this toy. It'll wear them out and cool them off at the same time.

Sable Inflatable Family Pool
Amazon

Sable Inflatable Family Pool

Price: $110 from Amazon
Buy It
Having more than a couple of people in this pool might feel a little crowded, but when temps soar and the heat is relentless, is anyone really going to care? Features include two drainage valves and a phthalate, three air-chambered structure that gives this pool its sturdiness.

Intex Sunset Glow Baby Pool
Amazon

Intex Sunset Glow Baby Pool

Price: $15 from Amazon
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This tiny but colorful pool is perfect for small spaces like an apartment patio or balcony. It's the perfect size for one little person and features a padded inflatable bottom.

Wet N' Wild Light Show Sprinkler
Target

Wet N' Wild Light Show Sprinkler

Price: $11 from Target
Buy It
This model also has a spinning dome with wiggle tubes, but it lights up for those impromptu evening sprinkler sessions while the adults are gathered around the fire pit.

H2GO! Fun Blobz Splashing Mat
Bed Bath & Beyond

H2GO! Fun Blobz Splashing Mat

Price: $21 from Bed Bath & Beyond
Buy It
This "blob" is filled with water and covered in cartoony sea creatures just begging to be colored. It also turns into a splash pad when connected to a garden hose.

Banzai Splash Zone Water Park
Amazon

Banzai Splash Zone Water Park

Price: $410 from Amazon
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If you're looking to really trick out the water fun in your backyard this summer, this massive inflatable includes a diving ramp, water cannon, water-trickling obstacle pillars, and its own blower motor to keep things safe and continuously inflated.

Trampoline Waterpark
Amazon

Trampoline Waterpark

Price: $27 from Amazon
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Trampolines have been disappearing from shelves this spring. If you're one of the lucky few who grabbed one, amp up the play with this product that'll turn your tramp into a splash zone.

Nerf Fortnite TS-R Super Soaker
Amazon

Nerf Fortnite TS-R Super Soaker

Price: $19 from Amazon
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Getting kids off screens is tough, but it might be a little easier with this Fortnite-themed water gun with pump-action soaking prowess and an easy-to-fill tank.

BigMouth Inflatable Demogorgon Yard Sprinkler
Amazon

BigMouth Inflatable Demogorgon Yard Sprinkler

Price: $56 from Amazon
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Make like Eleven, Mike, and Dustin and run screaming from (or at) this "Stranger Things"-inspired backyard inflatable. It's nearly 6½ feet tall, and buyers say it can shoot water across a yard.

Matty's Toy Stop Nelson the Narwhal Water Sprinkler
Amazon

Matty's Toy Stop Nelson the Narwhal Water Sprinkler

Price: $20 from Amazon
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If your kids are fans of the unicorns of the sea, Nelson the Narwhal will bring a smile to their face. If they're fans of regular unicorns, there's a sprinkler for that, too.

Fun-Here Super Foam Soakers, 6-Pack
Amazon

Fun-Here Super Foam Soakers, 6-Pack

Price: $17 from Amazon
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Those brand-name super soakers are fun, but not so much the time it can take to fill them vs. the seconds it takes to empty them. With these, you just dip and pull and you're loaded for blasting family members into watery oblivion.

Little Tikes Spiralin' Seas Waterpark Water Table
Amazon

Little Tikes Spiralin' Seas Waterpark Water Table

Price: $45 from Amazon
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Recommended for kids 2 to 6, this water toy lets little ones splash and stay cool while also enhancing motor skills and imagination.

Step2 Waterpark Arcade
Amazon

Step2 Waterpark Arcade

Price: $42 from Amazon
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Attach the included water blaster to your backyard hose and watch your toddler or preschooler aim at each target. Sure, it's fun, but it also hones fine motor skills.

NERF Super Soaker Scatter Blast
Target

NERF Super Soaker Scatter Blast

Price: $10 from Target
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Is any summer complete without a super-soaker fight? This one features a five-stream blast, pump-to-fire action, and a flip-up sight for better aim.

Zuru Bunch O Balloons 280 Rapid-Filling Self-Sealing Water Balloons
Target

Zuru Bunch O Balloons 280 Rapid-Filling Self-Sealing Water Balloons

Buy on Target  $24.99

Price: $25 from Target
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Water balloons are another one of those toys where the prep-to-play ratio is incredibly disappointing. Not so with Zuru's balloon clusters, which fill and self-seal in seconds. This set has more than 265 individual balloons, but if you really want to stock up for summer, this set includes more than 500, plus it comes with two sets of launchers.

Fun Zone Pop 'n Splash Surprise Water Toys
Wayfair

Fun Zone Pop 'n Splash Surprise Water Toys

Price: $89 from Wayfair
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This toy employs a pump, crank, spin wheel, stomp mechanism, and popping balls for interactive, watery fun and games.

Little Tikes Magic Flower Water Table
Walmart

Little Tikes Magic Flower Water Table

Price: $60 from Walmart
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With its included watering can and over 10 added accessories, this water table lets multiple kids play at once while broadening their imagination.

Hey! Play! Sand & Water Table
The Home Depot

Hey! Play! Sand & Water Table

Price: $31 from The Home Depot
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If your kiddo likes his or her H2O fun a little on the tamer side, this toy comes with two wells for water or sand, plus included toys like pails, shovels, watering cans, and more for imaginative play.

HearthSong Double-Sided Inflatable Easel
Wayfair

HearthSong Double-Sided Inflatable Easel

Price: $31 from Wayfair
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This toy combines creative play with water and can accommodate up to four artists at a time. It includes a carrying case, paint, sponges, and paintbrushes. When art time is over, simply hose off to make a clean canvas for the next day's masterpieces.

Stream Machine Double-Barrel Water Launcher
Amazon

Stream Machine Double-Barrel Water Launcher

Price: $19 and up from third-party sellers on Amazon
Buy It
Why soak with one stream when you can have two? But beware the power of these — they can shoot water at your opponents up to 70 feet away.