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13 Awesome Water Toys for Backyard Summer Fun

April 13, 2023 6 min read

Summertime is here, and it's time to get outside and have some fun. Whether you're looking for a way to cool off in the hot summer months or just want an excuse to get the kids outside, backyard water toys are a great way to enjoy the outdoors. 

From inflatable pools to pool slides, there are plenty of options to choose from that will provide hours of outdoor entertainment while beating the heat. Need some inspo? FUNBOY has you covered. 

Here are 13 of the best water toys for backyard summer fun:

1. Sprinkler Toys

Sprinkler toys bring extra excitement to your regular outdoor activities like running around or playing tag. Just set up one of these toy sprinklers at strategic points around your yard, then race through as they spray out jets of cool refreshing water. 

Sprinklers also make great additions to any pool party as they create an oasis atmosphere complete with bubbling streams of refreshing H2O! 

Not sure where to find an awesome sprinkler? Blast off with our Inflatable Backyard Rocketship Sprinkler. Featuring four water sprayers, the Rocketship sprinkler provides 360 degrees of water action to keep kids entertained for hours of FUN at home.

This red, white, and blue summer essential is over 7.5 feet tall, so even adults can get in on the fun. It comes with four grand stakes to make sure this rocket launcher doesn’t get too authentic and go flying.

It inflates and deflates in mere minutes (way shorter than it takes to get all the kids dressed and out of the house). You can have your lawn once again looking HGTV flawless almost instantly when the games are done for the day. But honestly, the Rocketship Sprinkler is so cute that you’ll probably keep it up to take some iconic summer snaps for Instagram

2. Water Balloon Launcher

For those looking for a little extra competition, check out a water balloon launcher. Fill them with water balloons and let the battle begin. Just be sure to keep a stack of fluffy beach and pool towels from FUNBOY on hand because this activity is sure to get everyone wet!

3. Slip ‘n Slides

You can never go wrong with a classic slip ‘n slide for those sizzling days of summer. These super slippery pieces of plastic have been around for decades and are as popular today as ever before.

Just lay down some length of plastic slip n’ slide, attach a hose to one end, and get ready to race down the slippery slope. It’s even better if you race on an Inflatable FUNSKI Pool Float! 

4. Inflatable Pools

Inflatable pools — aka kiddie pools — come in all shapes and sizes, making them an ideal choice for summer fun. You can find everything from shallow kiddie pools, perfect for little ones, to larger family-sized pools with multiple air chambers for added stability. 

Plus, these pools are an economical option since they can be deflated and stored away easily when not in use. Depending on your budget and space requirements, you can find large rectangular models or smaller round styles — they’re both equally as fun.

Prefer an inflatable pool that’s cooler than cool? Check out our luxe inventory here at FUNBOY: Fall in love with the Clear Pink Heart Inflatable Pool, take a dip in the Tropical Palm Kiddie Pool, or summon the Barbie vibes with our FUNBOY x Malibu Barbie™ Dream Kiddie Pool.

5. Water Blasters

If you like to mix things up a bit, why not try out some water blasters? These hand-held blasters shoot streams of water across the yard, perfect for squirt gun fights on hot summer days. Slide open the blaster gun’s chamber, fill it up with water from the hose, and get ready to fire away.

6. Water Slides

If your pool isn't big enough (or you don't have one at all), you can still have plenty of splashy summertime fun with a water slide.

Water slides come in a variety of designs and provide hours of entertainment. Some feature built-in sprinklers to keep everyone cool on those hot days, plus provide an extra dose of excitement as sliders whiz down the slide at lightning speed. In a pinch, you can run a high-powered hose down a kid’s plastic slide. Basically, you have options. 

7. Pool Floats

Pool floats make lounging around in the pool luxurious and fun: Choose from giant swans or unicorns that fit several people, or opt for individual pool noodles or donut-shaped floats designed for those looking to float solo. 

No matter what style you select — whether it’s a Pink Mesh Lounger or Disco Dome – you’ll be sure to have plenty of time lazing around on your new favorite floatation device during summer days spent soaking up the sun. 

For the best pool floats on the planet, don’t settle for anything less than one made by yours truly here at FUNBOY. From oversized tubes and loungers to the coolest inflatables around, you can count on us to have just what you need to kick it poolside in style. 

8. Water Table

Water tables come in many shapes, sizes, and styles, but all have one thing in common — they provide hours of entertainment every single time. These shallow containers can be filled with sand or water (or both), creating a sensory wonderland in your own backyard — perfect for babies right up to big kids alike. 

9. Pool Basketball Hoops

Bring out the competitive spirit this summer with a pool basketball hoop. These floating hoops attach directly to your pool wall and provide hours of healthy competition between friends who take turns shooting hoops and seeing who can score the most points (and bragging rights). 

It's fantastic exercise, too — especially if you add underwater swimming drills as part of your game plan. 

10. Water Wheels

If you’re looking for a unique way to keep cool this summer, invest in water wheels. These spinning discs can be attached to any garden hose and spray out a powerful stream of water as they rotate around.

Kids love running under them, while parents can simply sit back and relax in the shade. For ultimate comfort, we recommend lying down on one of our chic Vintage Cali Towels.

11. Mermaid Tails

For those who want something a bit more magical, consider investing in a beautiful mermaid tail. These majestic tails come in an array of vibrant colors and patterns that help bring out your inner mermaid when in the water. 

Mermaid tails look great and help swimmers cut through the water faster than ever before — a great way to be fashionable while having serious swimming skills.

12. Water Blobs

Water blobs are a fantastic way to keep cool in the summer heat. All you need is some plastic sheeting, water, and duct tape, and you’ll be on your way to creating a unique backyard pool. Kids love climbing, jumping, and rolling around on these soft yet slippery surfaces — make sure you fill them up with clean, safe water. 

13. Water Trampoline

What’s more fun than bouncing around on a trampoline? Doing it in the water! If you can swing it, try out one of these awesome inflatable trampolines and bounce around like never before! Especially if you’ve got a pool, then this is the ultimate addition to your summer fun. 

The Final Word

These awesome backyard water toys are sure to make this summer extra memorable and fun-filled. With so many different options available, pick which ones best suit your needs — whether it's relaxation or competitive action — then get ready to kick start summertime fun right in your very own backyard oasis.

Here at FUNBOY, we’re pretty big fans of all things fun — that’s why we created an incredibly awesome line of pool floats and inflatables! From tie-dye tubes and rainbow loungers to unicorns, swans, and even giant lips, when it comes to summer fun, we’ve got you covered.

Sources:

Exploring the Benefits of Sensory Play for Children | Only About Children

If things go as “normal,” most U.S. locations will have their hottest day of the year by the end of July | NOAA Climate.gov

21 Best Water Activities for Kids to Beat the Heat at Home | Parents


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