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Splash around with the best water toys for toddlers

water toys for toddlers

Now that it's officially the summer holidays, you can turn your back garden into a (sort of) staycation with the best water toys for toddlers.

From paddling pools to water tables, you can all have a splashing time where ever you are. 

Two toddlers playing in paddling pool

Our pick of the best water toys for toddlers

  1. VATOS Splash Play Mat Sprinkler Pad

  2. Little Tikes Spiralin' Seas Water Table

  3. B toys by Battat

  4. Splashin'kids Inflatable Tummy Time Premium Water mat

  5. Aquaplay LockBox

  6. Chad Valley 8.5ft Activity Play Centre Paddling Pool

Whether you're looking for a toy that will help your little ones cool off when it's hot outside or something that is simply a bit of fun, we've found it all.

Now that you know what our top picks are - keep reading to find out exactly what we think of each item. All that's left to do is take your pick from these incredible offers... Then wait for the delivery to arrive at your door. 

The best water toys for toddlers

This bright and colourful mat is praised as being easy to connect and fill, and features a really cute animal printed base.

Review: "We took this out yesterday, was fabulous, perfect for toddlers and for paddling your feet. I was looking for something to do with water but that isn't a swimming pool and this is perfect, easy to maintain water, requires proper 10 minutes to fill. Best purchase! Plus I can take this to my parents too so my boy isn't bored in the garden as he absolutely loves water activities."

Read our full guide to the best splash pads to keep toddlers cool in the heat

This fun water table is like a mini water park for your garden. With a scooping ferris wheel, water wheels and squirting character balls, your toddler will have so much fun keeping cool and developing their motor skills. 

Review: "Great fun, really interactive. Child and adults can play together with this water based activity."

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Kids over 18 months can splash around with these animal water squirts. We love that this duo is from the ocean and of course it's none other than a shark and crocodile combo. 

Review: "Bought these for my grandson and I watched him as he played with them via FaceTime, and I can say he loves them so I am a very happy customer."

Catch your toddler's attention with this water mat. OK so it’s just water-themed, but that still counts right? We sure think it does when it’s this cute.

Review: "Perfect sensory toy for my nephew. He loves water, so this is perfect for him, he’s pushing himself up more to be able to see the water and sea creatures floating around he also tries to grab them and eat them which is quite comical to watch."

This water canal system is a right splash! Let your kids discover how to manoeuvre, turn and pump the system so that boats can float their way around. This fun water toy is recommended for 36 months and over. 

Review: "I'm really pleased with this toy. I bought it to keep my one-year-old entertained during the lockdown, and it's now his favourite toy. Every time we go into the garden he plays with it. The whole thing is really well made and all the features work as they should. If you want to keep your children busy, buy them this."

When it's super warm outside, toddlers will love cooling down in this fun activity paddling pool. There is no other inflatable playground like it with its sprinkler, slide and ball pit. 

Review: "Looks great, and my toddler loves playing in it. Was a bit tricky to blow up with the one-way valves but great once up."

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  • Author: Lily Anderson Lily Anderson
  • Job Title: Senior Commercial Content Writer

Lily Anderson is a Senior Commercial Content Writer at Bauer Media, where she writes about and reviews products for titles like Mother&Baby, Heat, Closer, What’s the Best and Yours. After earning a BA (Hons) in Magazine Journalism and Feature Writing at Southampton Solent University, Lily has specialised in lifestyle and shopping content.

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