This first series, submitted by The Helpful Sister, focuses on Top Toys for kids ages 18 months-3 years.  Next week’s post will feature the rest of the list.

Whether you like it or not, those 100 plus degree days will soon be here. There are few things to do before you can actually fry an egg on your car’s hood. Make sure your air conditioner is working properly, and have toys for your kids to keep cool on those extremely hot days. But with the temperatures reaching 100 very early in the day, being able to entertaining them (without turning on the TV) seems to be a challenge. You do not want your children diagnosed with NDD, Nature Deficit Disorder. Here you will find a list of Top 10 Toys for Hot Summer Days* for ages 18 months to 7 years. These toys you might have heard of before or maybe not.  I created the list based on a few things.

  • Enjoyment
  • Cool/Uniqueness
  • Empowers Imagination

This list should give you a good start to keep those children of yours entertained outside and in.

18-24 Months

Bathtime Gift Set from Down to Earth Toys ($44)

Wooden Boat is included in the Bathtime Gift Set from Down to Earth Toys

This is a great idea for inside and out. The boat could be used at a pool or even water park. This was simple and different. You just don’t see a lot of wooden boats. This product is made in the USA.

18 months – 3 years

Lil’l Squirt Baby Pool from One Step Ahead ($22.95)

Perfect pip squeak size to keep them cool!

This pool grows with your little on. It has 3-D fish to keep them entertained, plus the water feature can be changed for Toddlers. Reasonably priced and highly rated on the site. A for sure “keep your cool” toy for Summer.


My First Bubbles Peek-a-Boo Surprise-No Spill from Fat Brain Toys ($18.95)

Keep them entertained with a game of peek-a-boo bubbles!

This toy could be used inside or out. Parents love it because of the no spill feature. Your Toddler will love it because of the bubbles. Who does not love the game of Peek-a-boo?. A win-win.

2 Years +

Builders Bay Sand Water Table by Little Tikes ($119.99)

When you combine water, sand, and

Keep little hands busy and sweet faces shaded

imagination, the play time could go on forever. This easy to assemble and practical toy will be a great addition to your Summer playtime.  Great reviews. Easy to assemble.

3 Years +

Kid’s Kettle Play Grill from House 8810 ($64.00)

With this toy, it’s never too young to learn how to grill those burgers or veggies. If it is too hot to play

This cool liitle bbq is available in two colors: blue and red

outside, this is still a good size that your child could do some grilling inside. Let their imagination move them. Made in the USA.

Blossom Bright Sprinker by Melissa and Doug ($19.99)

No pool? No problem!

Melissa and Doug is one of my favorite toy companies. They again made a great toy. Choose from 4 different sprinklers.  Easy to use and enjoy.

Tumbling Mat from Magic Cabin ($149.00)

Get those bodies moving with this easy to store and

A fun way to keep them cool and busy inside

clean tumbling mat. This could be used inside as well for those days your kids want to try some yoga or just do some “summer”saults.

*1st Series features top toys for ages 18 months-3 years.  Next week will feature ages 4-teen.

Submitted by Guest Blogger: The Helpful Sister.





This Helpful Sister does what most don’t have time to do     or really want to do. I locate, write about, find all things   parents, baby, mom-to-be, & kiddos related, on the web.  Mainly deal with eco friendly, organic choices but is an open minded Momma, so anything goes too! Being a SAHM to our 2 sons (born July 09 & Sept 10, yes, that is 14 months apart), I know pennies need to be stretched and sometimes splurging has to be done. So sit back and enjoy, a little help is always good.

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