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Few things in life are as enjoyable as spending a beautiful day by the sea. And if you have children, beach toys are an excellent option for entertaining the little ones.

Especially for younger children, when going into the sea can still be very dangerous, playing in the sand is usually the best way out and with some toys the fun is guaranteed.

Today there is a wide range of models on the market, so we have prepared for you this complete analysis of the best beach toys and how children can enjoy them without danger.




Summary

  • Check if the toy has Inmetro seal of approval ensuring that the product is safe for your child.
  • Exposed for a long time in the sun, some toys end up fading or losing their original colour.
  • Even if the toys are safe, on the beach it is very important that there is always adult supervision to avoid accidents.

The Best Beach Toys: Our Picks

Buying guide

When we talk about beach toys, we immediately picture the buckets and pebbles we used to build sand castles when we were kids.

In this case, it is true that they have not changed much over time, and that is because they are timeless. Every child likes to get their hands in the sand and make a good mess. The advantage is that today we have a lot more options, and that is why it is also necessary to take some precautions before making the purchase. Check out our shopping guide for more information.

Imagem de menino brincando com caminhão de plástico na areia

Plastic toys are safer and more resistant, ideal for children of all ages. (Source: DariuszSankowski/ Pixabay)

What are beach toys?

Unlike the more technological toys, the beach models are still simpler, allowing the child to use their own imagination and have direct contact with sand and water, in a much healthier game.

Besides buckets and pebbles, we can also put in this category the inflatable pools and buoys, more focused on playing in the water, suitable for older children.

Regardless of which toy is chosen, either for the beach sand or for the water, it's important to remember that it's very important that the games take place under adult supervision.

Imagem de brinquedos de praia coloridos de plástico na areia

Before buying, always check the age recommended by the manufacturer to avoid accidents. (Source: taniadimas/ Pixabay)

What are the advantages and disadvantages of beach toys?

Beach toys offer several benefits, because even though they are simpler, they stimulate the imagination, allow them to socialize with other children and can still be used in playgrounds where there is sand.

However, it is necessary to be aware of some disadvantages. The colours and prints may fade under strong sunlight, it is not unusual to lose some pieces on the beach and, after playing, it is necessary to clean the product thoroughly.

Advantages
  • These are simpler toys
  • they stimulate children's imagination
  • they allow them to socialize with other children
  • they can also be used in playgrounds
Disadvantages
  • Colours and prints may fade under strong sunlight
  • On the beach, it is not unusual to lose some pieces
  • After playing, it is necessary to clean the product well

How important is outdoor play for children's development?

It is impossible to fight against technology and it seems that each new generation is born more attached to electronic toys. It's natural, but the ideal is to find a healthy middle ground between these toys and those of "the old days", especially while children are younger.

Playing outdoors, especially with other children, allows them to socialise better, which helps a lot in their development. In addition, these more basic toys are an excellent way to stimulate the imagination.

Whether it's building sand castles or floating in water, struggling to learn to swim, these games help motor and cognitive development as well as exposing the child to a healthier lifestyle. However, always remember to keep them under supervision and well-protected with the help of good sunscreen

Imagem de crianças brincando com brinquedos de praia na areia

Playing helps children socialise and grow up healthier. (Source: cocoparisienne/ Pixabay)

How much does a good beach toy cost?

The price of beach toys can vary a lot, mainly because they can be bought separately or in kits. The most common ones designed for sand play, such as pazinhas and buckets can range from $2 to $50, with kits can cost a little more.

On the other hand, toys designed for water, such as floats and buoys usually cost a little more, with prices ranging from $10 to $100. It all depends on the quality of the material and the number of pieces.

 Imagem de baldinho e pazinha de plástico na beira da praia

The biggest advantage is that you don't have to spend a lot to get good beach toys. (Source: smeyli77/ Pixabay)

Buying criteria: What to consider before buying beach toys

Synonymous with guaranteed fun, you do not have to spend a lot to get a good beach toy for your children, allowing them to enjoy a day of outdoor play.
However, you still need to pay attention to some criteria to ensure that your child will be safe, such as the Inmetro seal guarantee and some other criteria that we will list below.

Check each of these topics carefully to understand a little more about the specifications of toys and let your children enjoy the most without accidents occurring.

Material

To ensure greater resistance, most beach toys are produced in plastic, rubber and foam, ensuring that they are safe even for the youngest children.

In addition to the safety seal, look for materials that are atopic, i.e., that do not cause health risks such as allergies and skin irritations, after all, it is very likely that younger children will put the toy in their mouths.

A good material also ensures that the toy will be more resistant against possible damage, as well as lasting for much longer. Some types of plastics are also specially designed not to fade or lose their colour or print entirely even when exposed to the sun for long periods.

Imagem de dinossauros de brinquedo na areia da praia

Playing on the beach is a way of stimulating children's imagination. (Source: jjab0514/ Pixabay)

Size

Another important factor you should be aware of is the size, ensuring it is in line with your child's age. In case he is too small, it may be difficult to carry a sand-filled bucket that is much bigger than him, which could result in accidents.

So, before making the purchase, make sure the age suggested by the manufacturer and make sure your children will not get hurt when playing.

Suggested age

As we have shown in the topics above, the material and size have a big influence on the age suggested by the manufacturer. In some toys, the weight supported is also something you should take into consideration.

Many manufacturers include this information in the product description, but if it is not available, choose another model or use your common sense, always bearing in mind that the most important thing is your child's health and that he or she does not get hurt when playing.

Imagem de criança colocando areia de praia dentro de um baldinho de plástico

What child does not like to create sand castles? The toys can turn him into a real builder on a nice sunny day. (Source: danielkirsch/ Pixabay)

Colours and prints

Finally, it's also important to keep an eye on colours and prints to find a toy or even a kit that fits your child's personality and preferences.

Nowadays, it is possible to find a wide variety of prints of superheroes, princesses, animals and other common characters from children's cartoons. This way, it is not difficult to please both boys and girls.

(Fonte da imagem destacada: suju/ Pixabay)

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