Outdoor Summer Gear for Toddlers.

Now that we are planning to get away for a small portion of the summer (amen and hallelujah — my children need that space!), I have been researching possible backyard and beach activities and gear for my toddler. Below, a roundup of my favorite finds:

MINI INFLATABLE POOL (THIS GELATO ONE IS ALSO SUPER CUTE)

PERSONALIZED BEACH PAILS (THESE ARE SELLING FAST AND HAVE SOLD OUT IN THE COLORS I BOUGHT FOR HILL AND EMORY, SO INCLUDING SIMILAR STYLE HERE)

POOL FLOAT!

MONOGRAMMED COVER FOR PUDDLE JUMPER

SUPERGOOP MINERAL SUNSCREEN

MELISSA & DOUG TOSS AND GRIP (THE CATCHERS ARE REALLY “STICKY,” MAKING THE BALL EASY TO CATCH!)

HARD TO OVERSTATE HOW MUCH MINI LOVES HER T-BALL SET — WE BRING IT TO CENTRAL PARK DAILY

SMASHMALLOWS (AND OF COURSE THE REAL THING — S’MORES WITH PLAIN HERSHEY BARS YESSSS)

THIS RAINBOW SPRINKLER!!! OR OF COURSE A CLASSIC OSCILLATING STYLE

BINOCULARS AND FLASH LIGHT*

PICNIC BASKET OR “LUGGY” (SEEN ABOVE)

A BUTTERFLY KITE OR A JELLYFISH ONE — SO FUN!

BUBBLE MACHINE

BANWOOD SCOOT BIKE FOR MINI AND WOULD LOVE THIS PUSH TRIKE FOR MICRO

STACK AND POUR BUCKETS AND THIS SAND SET, WHICH MINI HAS LOVED FOR TWO YEARS NOW (PERFECT FOR SPLASH PAD, BEACH, POOL, OR BATH)

MY FAVORITE TOWELS TO KEEP ON HAND IN THE STROLLER/DIAPER BAG (SUPER THIN BUT ABSORBENT)

WATER BALLOONS!

THIS HYBRID WATER TABLE / PICNIC TABLE IS AMAZING

TREE SWING FOR BABY

MONSTER POPSICLE MOLDS

QUILT

NATURAL INSECT REPELLANT

*Mini will lose her mind over these. We have been “using” a pair of “noculars” we made out of toilet paper rolls — she’s obsessed with the idea of spying on things with them. And once, Mr. Magpie let her borrow his flash light when we were building a fort out of boxes and she kept flashing it in our eyes so we had to take them away — she was absolutely distraught and did not stop talking about the flash light for a good 24 hours. She will go wild with these possessions.

For swim/beach/backyard fun wear, mini’s closet is stocked with these exact items:

THIS COVERUP

MINNOW RASH GUARD

CECIL & LOU ROSEBUD SWIMSUIT

SEVERAL SAL & PIMENTA STYLES, BUT SHE’S OBSESSED WITH THIS BUNNY ONE AND SHE’LL BE WEARING THIS ON THE FOURTH

$11 AMAZON SCORE

NATIVE SHOES AND SUN SANS FOR WATER-TO-GRAVEL EASE

FLAP HAPPY SUNHAT AND HARDING LANE BALLCAP

THESE FLOWER SHADES

I’m also currently eyeing this two-piece (so so cute) or this one.

And for the parents supervising (or, ideally, sit-er-vising, ala bath time)…

THIS WATERPROOF PORTABLE SPEAKER (TOP OF THE LINE BRAND)

PRO KADIMA SET (MR. MAGPIE AND MY BROTHER IN LAW LOVE THIS)

FEEL LIKE MR. MAGPIE WOULD DIE OVER A SUPER SOAKER

CHICEST FOLDING CHAIR EVER

MR. MAGPIE’S BELOVED COLEMAN COOLER (OR A SMALLER TRAVELER COOLER IF MORE APPROPRIATE)

UNBREAKABLE MELAMINE PLATES

PERSONALIZED CUPS

Finally, while on the subject of children’s gear, I have been looking for ways to diversify both our library and toy chest. The Conscious Kid has great suggestions on literature. A few toys I have discovered:

DIVERSITY BUILDING FAMILY MAGNETS

FISHER PRICE LITTLE PEOPLE (BTW – THESE LITTLE PEOPLE TOYS CONTINUE TO BE THE BIGGEST HIT FOR BOTH HILL AND EMORY)

MANHATTAN TOY PLAYDATE FRIENDS DOLLS

MINIKANE DOLLS

KAPLAN CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD WOODEN FIGURES

CRAYOLA MULTICULTURAL CRAYONS

P.S. More outdoor entertaining gear in this post.

P.P.S. Indoor activities for rainy days.

P.P.S. Musings on raising my children in the city

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