Must-have toys for outdoor summer play

Jul 4, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Summer is here and the kids are itching to get outside! But what are the hottest toys for outdoor summer play this year? Check out some of our favorites and provide your kids with hours of fresh air, interactive play and fun!

Nerf Dart Tag Speedswarm Blaster

Conquer the competition with the new Nerf Dart Tag Speedswarm Blaster ($20). This fully automatic blaster has a motorized rotating barrel that gives you the ability to send rapid-fire in any direction. Pair this must-have summer toy with your Nerf Dart Tag Jerseys and Nerf Vision Gear (sold separately) for the ultimate game of outdoor dart tag this summer.


  • Age: 8 and up
  • Includes 10 dart tags
  • Includes 6 “AA” batteries


With Heelys ($55-65), you choose your mode of transportation — shoe or skate, whenever and wherever. The removable wheel built in to each shoe allows your child to cruise in style this summer as the shoe quickly transforms into a pair of stealth skates and opens up a world of fun. The newest Heelys footwear is now lighter and faster with even more style than before.


  • 2-in-1 footwear available in original mode (one wheel in each shoe) or HX2 mode (two wheels in each shoe)
  • Two-wheel HX2 Heelys allow for more balance and stability and provide children with an easier introduction to skate shoes
  • Sizes: Children 13 to Men’s 12

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Style ‘N Ride

The Style ‘N Ride ($40) by Radio Flyer is the first-ever customizable fashion scooter. With 70 different stickers, 10 interchangeable fashion bands and five colors, your child can create multiple custom looks throughout the summer months. With a wider deck, contoured design and adjustable handlebar, your child will not only ride in style but in comfort, too!


  • Age: 5 and up
  • Weight capacity: 150 pounds


The popular PlasmaCar ($70) by PlaSmart is truly one of the hottest toys of the summer for both kids and parents. The PlasmaCar uses kid-power instead of batteries, gears and pedals to power its way through the summer sidewalks and kid-filled cul de sacs. What parent doesn’t love an outside toy that encourages fun while expending energy? With a simple turn of the wheel, the PlasmaCar is on the move providing kids with pure energy and pure fun!


  • Age: 3 and up
  • High quality plastics
  • Rugged and durable design
  • Simple to operate

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Chuck and Friends Flip the Bounce Back Racer

The Flip the Bounce Back Racer ($35) drives on both sides for speed-action racing and ease of use with younger children. This remote-controlled car actually knows which side it’s on, verbalizing unique phrases depending on its mode. Enjoy the summer air with this toy and help encourage the development of fine motor skills, gross motor skills, social and emotional development and imagination at the same time.


  • Age: 3 and up
  • Requires six “AA” batteries (not included)
  • Engages active, outdoor summer play

RoseArt Chalk Factory

The newest RoseArt Chalk Factory packs ($5) come in fun and almost edible flavors — Frosty Favorites, Candy Confections and Perfect Pastries. With four jumbo chalk treats per pack, in a variety of colors, your children will love creating sidewalk masterpieces while visions or summer sweets dance in their heads.


  • Age: 6 and up
  • Available at Walmart locations through July 2012
  • Enhances outdoor coloring and drawing activities

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