Dare I say that winter is over? My husband and I took the patio furniture out of storage on a 65 degree day only to have it snow the following day. I thought we had jinxed the spring from ever coming back. But now the sun is shining, the weather is warm and it’s time to kick my kids outside to play where they belong. Here is a list of our favorite kids gear for fun in the sun.
1. Babiators Sunglasses
Babiators are the best sunglasses for kids. They are virtually indestructible and totally adorable. I bought them for our trip to Disney and they really came in handy. I also bought the little case to protect them and my son keeps them clipped to his backpack.
2. L.L. Bean Discovery Rain Jacket
I don’t leave home without their LL Bean Discovery Rain Jacket. These jackets are the best. I can roll them up and pack them into a small bag. If it rains or they get chilly, it is the perfect light layer. If you are in a colder climate, they also make a fleece lined version. The quality is good enough to hand down to the next child.
3. Hatley Wellies & Umbrella
I love Hatleys little wellies and matching kid sized umbrellas. Let them splash away in puddles to their little hearts content and don’t worry about wet socks. My son was so excited to have his own little umbrella that he stood outside on a sunny day and waited for it to rain.
Every summer I get them a new pair of crocs. They live in these. When they get wet and muddy, I can just hose them off in the sink. They really are the perfect shoes for little kids… and they even have an infant size!
I also love Keen sandals for the kids if we are going to be doing lots of walking. When you have little boys, you really just look for anything waterproof and machine washable.
5. Fjallraven Kanken
Every kid needs a backpack- and not a school backpack, but a small one for packing up their favorite things to bring on a little hike or road trip. This backpack is very rugged and just the perfect size for them.
6. Water Bottle
I have tried every sippy cup and they are all pretty much a pain to clean, but the one I like the most is the Thermos Funtainer. They can be found at Target or Amazon. They are stainless steel and keep water cold for 12 hours. They don’t leak and they have a nice little handle.
7. Small Bucket
Kids love buckets. It’s a necessity for every child. I love this little bucket from Bella Luna. They walk around the yard collecting rocks and sticks or just carrying their little toys around. My kids also love using their buckets with a pulley system to raise a snack or toy into their tree fort.
8. Gonge Hilltops
Gonge Hilltops– these very sturdy “hilltops” have been a huge hit with my kids. They have been set up in the house and out in the yard.
Hilltops can be used as stepping stones or obstacle courses. They are great for open-ended play and developing gross motor skills. Ours are currently leading from my deck to their fort and you can’t fall off or you will land in the lava.
9. Water Table
My kids love playing with their water table. We have a cheap water table from Amazon but you can also splurge on a nice one from Nature Explore which can be used for sand as well.
10. Child Carrier
We love getting outside every chance we get and our rural town has endless hiking trails. Osprey’s Poco Child Carrier allows me to hike with our little one comfortably. The waist strap helps distribute the weight so it does not hurt my back.
It has a nice sun shade that pops up, loads of zippered pockets, a wide base with locking footbar and two large grab handles that help me get my baby on my back even if I am alone.
11. Micro Kickboard
I wrote a whole post about our favorite bike gear, but when they are not on their bikes, the kids love their scooters. I did loads of research on this when I bought them and these these are the BEST. There is a mini for ages 2-5 and a maxi for ages 5-12.
These scooters are really easy to steer and brake making them safer than other options. The handle bar lifts and lowers very easily so you can adjust it to the perfect height for whichever child is using it.They do a great job of teaching kids balance.
12. Road Trip Kit
Each summer, I prep my car for road trips by throwing a car kit together. I use a Bogg Bag and fill it with essentials such as: snacks, wipes, diapers, tissues, a small blanket, a change of clothes, a towel, sunscreen, bugspray, a few small toys and activity packs from the dollar section at Target. Then we are ready for anything this beautiful summer has in store for us!
I hope this guide for the best summer kids gear was helpful. Please let me know in the comments if I missed anything!
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