Now that we are planning to get away for a small portion of the summer (amen and hallelujah — my children need that space!), I have been researching possible backyard and beach activities and gear for my toddler. Below, a roundup of my favorite finds:
MINI INFLATABLE POOL (THIS WHALE ONE IS ALSO SUPER CUTE)
PERSONALIZED BEACH PAILS
MONOGRAMMED COVER FOR PUDDLE JUMPER
SUPERGOOP MINERAL SUNSCREEN
MELISSA & DOUG TOSS AND GRIP (THESE ARE REALLY “STICKY,” MAKING IT EASY TO CATCH!)
HARD TO OVERSTATE HOW MUCH MINI LOVES HER T-BALL SET — WE BRING IT TO CENTRAL PARK DAILY (THIS ONE SHIPS SOONER)
SMASHMALLOWS (AND OF COURSE THE REAL THING — S’MORES WITH PLAIN HERSHEY BARS YESSSS)
DEAD OVER THIS LITTLE TIKES PLAY GRILL
THIS RAINBOW SPRINKLER!!! OR OF COURSE A CLASSIC OSCILLATING STYLE
BINOCULARS AND FLASH LIGHT*
PICNIC BASKET OR “LUGGY” (SEEN ABOVE)
A BUTTERFLY KITE OR A JELLYFISH ONE — SO FUN!
BANWOOD SCOOT BIKE AND WOULD LOVE THIS PUSH TRIKE FOR MICRO
STACK AND POUR BUCKETS AND THIS SAND SET, WHICH MINI HAS LOVED FOR TWO YEARS NOW (PERFECT FOR SPLASH PAD, BEACH, POOL, OR BATH)
MY FAVORITE TOWELS TO KEEP ON HAND IN THE STROLLER/DIAPER BAG (SUPER THIN BUT ABSORBENT)
THIS HYBRID WATER TABLE / PICNIC TABLE IS AMAZING
DINOSAUR POPSICLE MOLDS
*Mini will lose her mind over these. We have been “using” a pair of “noculars” we made out of toilet paper rolls — she’s obsessed with the idea of spying on things with them. And once, Mr. Magpie let her borrow his flash light when we were building a fort out of boxes and she kept flashing it in our eyes so we had to take them away — she was absolutely distraught and did not stop talking about the flash light for a good 24 hours. She will go wild with these possessions.
For swim/beach/backyard fun wear, mini’s closet is stocked with these exact items:
MINNOW RASH GUARD
CECIL & LOU ROSEBUD SWIMSUIT
SEVERAL SAL & PIMENTA STYLES, BUT SHE’S OBSESSED WITH THIS BUNNY ONE AND SHE’LL BE WEARING THIS ON THE FOURTH
$11 AMAZON SCORE
NATIVE SHOES AND SUN SANS FOR WATER-TO-GRAVEL EASE
FLAP HAPPY SUNHAT AND HARDING LANE BALLCAP
THESE FLOWER SHADES
Mini is too big for this, but this white eyelet one-piece is TOO precious — and I’m also currently eyeing this two-piece (so so cute) or this one.
And for the parents supervising (or, ideally, sit-er-vising, ala bath time)…
THIS WATERPROOF PORTABLE SPEAKER (TOP OF THE LINE BRAND)
PRO KADIMA SET (MR. MAGPIE AND MY BROTHER IN LAW LOVE THIS)
FEEL LIKE MR. MAGPIE WOULD DIE OVER A SUPER SOAKER
CHICEST FOLDING CHAIR EVER
MR. MAGPIE’S BELOVED COLEMAN COOLER (OR A SMALLER TRAVELER COOLER IF MORE APPROPRIATE)
UNBREAKABLE MELAMINE PLATES
P.S. More outdoor entertaining gear in this post.
P.P.S. Indoor toddler activities, for rainy days.
P.P.P.S. Musings on raising my children in the city…
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