We’re excited to bring you another great article from LilSugar, a fantastic source for mamas who want advice and news about everything from packing healthy lunches to mastering the art of stroller chic. This week, we’re featuring their New Toys for Summer 2012.



Warm weather’s not just an opportunity to shed your jacket, but to get the kids up, moving, and outside. While the sun may be all it takes to get mama outdoors, tots often need a little enticement – that’s where the toys come into play. We’ve checked out the hottest new toys of the season and have narrowed down our favorites that will have lil ones begging to enjoy the fresh air. Check them out!

Minnie Bow-riffic Bubble Tea Party Set ($15)

Sure your lil one can throw a tea party, but can she throw one where the tea cups actually blow bubbles? The Minnie Bow-riffic Bubble Tea Party Set offers tots plenty of ways to blow bubbles from traditional bubble wands to tea cups that actually serve as wands themselves. This set is too cute for backyard and beachside tea parties.

Little Tikes Sandy Lagoon Waterpark ($50)

More than just a water table or a sand table, the Little Tikes Sandy Lagoon Waterpark comes with two characters that race down the water slides, play in the pool, and try to escape the dump bucket. A sand spinner serves as a funnel for incoming sand, and shovels allow tots to dig deep. There’s no shortage of play opportunities with this backyard toy.

ZX Cross Bow ($21)

Call it the Katniss effect: the hottest accessory of the season seems to be the bow and arrow! The ZX Cross Bow shoots safe foam ammo up to 45 feet.

Razor Flash Rider 360 ($110)

More than just a trike, Razor’s Flash Rider 360 will have tots spinning their way around the neighborhood this Summer. In addition to a large front wheel, the rider has two caster rear wheels that send the trike spinning when pedaled. But best of all is the spark bar that lowers a flint pack to the ground to create sparks when the bar is pulled.
Big Wheels
Introduced at the 1969 Toy Fair, the Big Wheel was a staple in many American homes by the late ’70s. Made of plastic, they were cheaper than traditional tricycles and considered to be safer, due to their thick wheels and inability to tip over. This Summer, the Original Big Wheel is back, looking the same as the version mom and dad loved as kids. The current version also has a hand brake designed to create bigger and better spinouts than ever before!

Nerf Super Soaker Lightning Storm ($25)

Consider this the lifeguard’s worst nightmare – a water gun that holds 35 ounces of water! The Nerf Super Soaker Lightning Storm may be one of the most powerful super soakers to date – perfect for a hot Summer day!

Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles ($10)

After feedback from parents that couldn’t get the colors off of their hands, Crayola has reformulated their Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles with a solution that can be washed off with soap and water, so bring on the colorful bubble displays!

Little Tikes 2-in-1 Garden Cart and Wheelbarrow ($40)

Let the lil ones help with the gardening this Spring! Little Tikes’ 2-in-1 Garden Cart and Wheelbarrow comes with a working water sprayer, space for flower beds, and tools that are perfectly sized for small working hands!

Illuminator Bubble Blaster Glow Solution ($15)

Glow in the dark was one of the biggest trends at Toy Fair this year, and now the first glow-in-the-dark bubbles are available. Imperial Toys’ Illuminator Bubble Blaster Glow Solution is perfect for outdoor evening play. Kids activate the glowing bubble solution and then load it into the blaster for hours of bubble fun.

Icee Deluxe Slushy Machine ($25)

Few treats are as synonymous with Summer as the Slushy. The new Icee Deluxe Slushy Machine allows tots to create their own shaved ice confections in one of two included flavors.

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