When it comes to truly enjoying summer, spending time outside having fun in the sunshine is always at the top of the list. After the long, never-ending winter around here, we're ready to take on the great outdoors as much as possible while we have the chance.
And, with kids, that of course means toys. Whether we're in the kiddie pool, at the beach, playing at the park or just hanging out in the backyard, I'm always on the lookout for the items that are going to keep my girls entertained and happy all summer long.
This year that has been even easier thanks to Prime Time Toys and their latest and greatest outdoor and pool toys that are fun for all ages.
When it comes to having fun in the sun, Prime Time Toys has a wide selection of products that are designed to help kids get active and get the most out of summer. Whether you are looking for something small and simple or large and intricate, they are sure to have a toy for every age and interest.
This year, the company has a variety of new toys that are sure to be a big hit with any kid. Adding items like Splash Pets, Golf Set, Splash Sword, Battle Gear and rapid-fire foam blasting products to their lineup, these are just right for providing entertainment for the whole family. When the Splash Disc, 6-Piece Splash Combo, and the DartZone Dartstorm Gatling Blaster arrived, we were sure ready to head outside and enjoy the fun!
Prime Time Toys' water toys are super-absorbent, in that they can hold up to 10 times their weight in water. Whether in or out of the water, these soft, high performance items can be thrown, caught, dunked, flung, and more with ease.
Right away the bright colors and cute designs of the Splash Disc and the 6-Piece Splash Combo (including 2 Splash Pets, 3 Splash Cubes and 1 Splash Ring) caught the attention of my kids, who couldn't wait to get them out into the yard.
They immediately liked how easy they were to hold in their hands, while I appreciated that the soft, squeezable nature of them ensured no one would get hurt if accidentally bonked with one.
They loved bringing the Splash Pets on a variety of water adventures...
...using the Splash Disc as a throwing disc...
...but also as more creative things such as a boat or a seat to slide on.
Whether used as intended or in an imaginative new way, Prime Time Toys' water toys are really great for endless entertainment in the pool and backyard. Whether you are actually in the water tossing them around or just standing nearby dipping them in and out, these work for keeping kids cool while providing a great time for all.
For a twist on the enjoyment outdoors, however, Prime Time Toys has taken things up a notch this summer with the introduction of two new ways to have a backyard battle: the DartZone Quickfire 12 and the DartZone Dartstorm Gatling Blaster, the latter of which we pulled out in awe.
Designed for ages 6 and up, the Gatling Blaster is a rapid-fire machine gun toy that is for kids who are looking for some serious fun! With 25 foam darts, an ammo belt to hold them in, and a power trigger that causes sound effects and packs some definite shooting power, this is one way to ensure there is a lot of laughing and happy times to come.
Simply insert 6 AA batteries (not included) and you're ready to load up the ammo belt with the foam darts.
Once they are all loaded in and pushed down into their slots (which is easy for kids to do), the belt is easily loaded into the middle and ready for action.
Turning on the power switch and pulling the trigger, the rotating barrel and continuous shooting (25 darts can fly in 15 seconds!) make Big Sister E and Little Sister B laugh every time. Even though we don't do a lot with toy guns around here, they have been able to easily incorporate this into their love of pretend play.
As well as getting a kick out of the rotating barrel and watching the darts fly all over the yard (then turning into a game of search to find them all), they love giggling at themselves as they come up with various scenarios about keeping our house and yard safe from "the bad guys."
Known for receiving multiple awards for their top products, Prime Time Toys has done a great job of including sturdy quality and durability with their 2011 collection. Retailing from $7.99 to $16.99 for their foam water toys, $24.99 for the Dartzone Quickfire 12, and $49.99 for the Dartstorm Gatling Blaster, you're sure to find just the item for the children in your life.
When you are in need of a fun way to cool off or have fun in the pool or backyard, Prime Time Toys has been entertaining families for 20 years and isn't stopping now! You'll find their products available at retailers near you as well as online at Amazon, Toys 'R Us, and more.
And, thanks to their generosity, one person will be able to provide a summer full of creative laughter as well, because...
One lucky person will win a DartZone Dartstorm Gatling Blaster from Prime Time Toys!
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A big thank you to Prime Time Toys for providing outdoor and water toys for me to review as well as a DartZone Dartstorm Gatling Blaster for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.