Before you had kids a trip to the beach involved little more than a towel and a good book. You might read for a bit, touch the water, take a nap and repeat, but as we all know a trip to the shore is quite different with kids in tow. Now you spend your time at the beach wide awake, watching your kids and doing your best to make sure they stay hydrated and happy.
That doesn’t sound quite as relaxing does it? This summer find a little time for yourself by keeping your kids occupied. A handful of sand toys can keep your children busy for hours on end. Here are a few favorites that might just buy you some peace and quiet.
Seaside Sidekicks Sand Cupcake Set
The Seaside Sidekicks Sand Cupcake Set adds a little extra fun to your child’s time at the beach. This set enables your child to play in the sand and make some fun, imaginary desserts too. This toy features four cupcake liners and four colorful cupcake toppers that depict a smiling crab, starfish, turtle and fish. Simply fill the cupcake molds with sand, place them in the tray, add the toppers and serve.
Speck Seahorse Sand Ice Cream Play Set
Another fun Melissa and Doug toy is the Sunny Patch Speck Seahorse Sand Ice Cream Play Set. This unique toy is perfect for making sand ice cream cones at the beach. It includes two seahorse scoops, two cones, one sprinkles shaker and a cute yellow bucket with a lid that doubles as a seashell mold. This would be a great addition to the set above. After all, who doesn’t love cupcakes and ice cream?
Sand Brick-Building Set with Mold and Trowel
Does your child love to build sand structures? Does he or she dream of building a wall that will keep the ocean from flooding their sand castles? If your child loves to build then check out the sand brick-building set with mold and trowel from Melissa and Doug. Simply fill the mold with sand, level it off with the trowel and create bricks that can be stacked to build a mini sea wall. When the construction is complete simply rinse off the tools and snap them together for convenient storage.
Bulldozer Sand Truck Beach Toys Playset
If your kid loves to push cars and trucks around the house then he may enjoy this combination bulldozer dump truck beach toy playset. Your child can lift sand, build roads and carry seashells, water and toys from place to place along the shore. This set also includes animal shaped molds, a garden rake and a spade for mining.
Beach Wagon Toy Set for Kids
This colorful plastic beach set includes everything your child needs for a big day of fun at the beach. He may spend time rolling the large beach wagon back and forth along the shore looking for shells, piling it up with sand or simply using it to transport his toys as he searches for the perfect place to dig and explore. This set includes a sand wagon, bucket, shovel, rake, water pail and animal shaped molds.