Here are the best toys of Summer 2015.
1) Slackers Slide & Surf Screamin' 20' Water Slide ($69.99)
This thing is basically a slip n' slide with a shallow pool at one end, and a cushy inflated piece at the other end. It's awesome! On the regular slip n' slide, I'm always afraid that the kids will shoot off the end and get grass burn. With this thing, they finish with a splash in the little pool instead. The pool is also a good size and depth for babies to splash in. I tried it too, and it is ALSO fun for adults.
Witness my husband sitting on the deck doing nothing while the kids have fun! This alone is worth the purchase price.
2) Cosmic Brightz LED Bike Lights ($24.99)
Pretty much every kid has a bike, so these make a GREAT gift for birthday parties. We bought some in green for my daughter's bike this summer, and they are REALLY bright. They look cool even in daylight!
3) 4M Bubble Science Kit ($14.95)
Bubbles are awesome. Science is awesome. Put them together and you can learn how to make a bubble that's over a metre long, or how to freeze a bubble that lasts for hours!
4) BIG Traffic Signs 3 Pack ($37.99)
I really love miniature versions of big-people things. This set includes 3 double-sided signs (6 different symbols), each of which are 27" tall. I can see myself pulling out the "stop" sign pretty frequently with my kids.
5) Balance Blox Tightrope Set ($114.99)
This is another one of those toys that I want for ME. This is good for gross motor skills and also for being awesome. The price tag, I know. But look how fun this looks!
6) Space Explorer Inflatable Shuttle ($34.95)
This is a great pool toy, but it would also be really fun for imaginative play. It even has realistic graphics like an instrument panel and a portal view of Earth!
7) Bug Book & Bug Bottle ($22.95)
My kids are both horrified and fascinated by bugs. This kit comes with a bottle that allows you to catch insects, examine them, and then set them free (or squish them, I won't judge). The book, written by an entomologist, has information about 47 different bugs.
8) Dinosaur Kite ($19.99)
In case you haven't seen Jurassic World yet, let me summarize it briefly for you: DINOSAURS ARE AWESOME. This is a sure-fire hit for a birthday gift.
9) Ride-On Giant Digger ($89.99)
10) Adventure Station Diggin' Geology Kit ($34.99)
Rocks are another one of those things that are universally loved by kids. As a nerd, I love the fact that this kit arms kids with a real rock pick and hammer for collecting rocks to examine. It also has a magnifier, sifting tray, and collector's case!
Do you have any go-to gifts for summertime birthdays?
Full disclosure: Mastermind Toys provided me with a Slackers Slide n Surf to review. I spend lots and lots of my own dollars there because their selection and quality are awesome. I also love that they don't divide their toys into "girl" toys and "boy" toys, because that is dumb.