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23 of the Hottest New Toys for Spring

published Mar 8, 2022
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Living in the Northeast, I yearn for spring every year. What’s not to love: Longer days, warmer weather, sunshine, and fresh air. As Mother Nature begs me to start spending more time outside, my kids have no choice but to tag along. 

A fresh start with the weather often inspires a fresh start inside the home, too. It’s time to declutter and get rid of toys that no longer serve us. Of course, this leaves room for new toys that will serve my kids better as they grow. 

It’s out with the old and in with the new, which is why we rounded up some of the coolest new toys for spring! Many of these toys can — and should — be played with outside. From a sensory bin to a rock climbing kit to a projector that can be used outdoors, we picked out toys and gadgets to match every interest and every age.

Toys for Babies and Toddlers

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A balance beam can be a fun part of an obstacle course or a go-to toy for the budding gymnast. This toy is also excellent for helping toddlers develop balance and core strength. The beams can be configured in a variety of ways, making this an endlessly versatile toy.

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Toddlers can get cooking with their first mini-kitchen designed specifically for them. The activity center comes with plenty of accessories and interactive features that help little ones extend their play.

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If the thought of breaking out sensory play inside your home automatically raises your anxiety, this sensory kit is the ideal outdoor spring activity. Take it out to the picnic table and let your kids explore sensory sand, slime, play foam, water beads, modeling clay, a stress ball, and stretch sand.

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As you plant your garden for the season, your little ones can play along with a gardening kit of their own. It’s chock-full of toys, including a planting tray, three sponge soil inserts, play seeds in packets, a carrot, broccoli with removable leaves, tomato plant with tomatoes to pick, a trowel, a cultivator, a watering can, reusable planting and care checklists, and a collectible medallion.

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This machine-washable baby doll can come along on any adventure, whether it’s to the beach or the backyard. The ideal companion that’s safe for babies six months and up, this toy might just become their favorite lovey.

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Break this one out on that first warm day, and your kids will be playing, learning, and having fun for hours. The splash center has two water basins, working windshield wipers, waterfall mazes, multiple accessories, and more.

Little Kids

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To the parent of active kids who just wants to relax while the little ones play outside, we’ve got you covered. This pitching machine pitches baseballs and serves tennis balls. Kids can set it to automatic mode or press a button on the bat when they’re ready for another ball. And you can keep an eye on them while also keeping an eye on the book you’re reading.

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Native Shoes

While not exactly a toy, a new pair of shoes designed for playing outside is a must for spring. The new Native Robbies have a sporty look, but they’re still very breathable like the original style many of us know and love. They’re also just as easy to clean as the Natives your kids have worn in the past.

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Like the many paint-by-number pictures you’ve probably completed in the past, this puzzle by number gives kids a template to create a fun design. When they’re done, they can display their design or take it apart and do it again!

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This crane digger is the perfect addition to any sandbox or backyard dirt pile. It inspires both imagination and active play and can even be used to play with snow (not that you’re hoping for snow any time soon!).

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Inspire your child’s creativity with this rock painting kit. The included rocks are shaped like a lamb, bunny, duck, bird, and pig. After they’ve painted the included rocks, your kids just might be inspired to go out on a nature hunt to find their own rocks to paint.

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As all the bugs and crawling creatures emerge during the spring, so will your little ones’ curiosity. Let them explore and observe insects with this kit. It includes a scooper and tweezers, and the tank can hold water, dirt, or sand.

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Sidewalk chalk just got a little more special with this six-piece unicorn and narwhal horn set. The chalk is handmade and features vibrant spring colors.

Toys for Tweens and Teens 

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Kid Made Modern

Cross stitch is a fun hobby for tweens and teens to take up, and this is the perfect starter kit for spring. The design features greenery and a rainbow, and the kit includes everything they’ll need to complete their craft. Plus, they’ll have something fun to display in their rooms at the end of the activity!

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KiwiCo recently launched this crawling robot kit that allows kids to dip their feet in construction and engineering. They’ll learn how to create a robot crab, and the kit comes with additional engineering challenges.

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You might not be able to drag your tweens and teens away from their screens, but maybe you can at least get them to move their screens outside with this mini projector. It works with multiple interfaces and connects to Bluetooth so they can use a wireless speaker.

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One of the newest instant cameras on the market, the Instax Mini 40 prints pictures immediately (yes, just like the Polaroid cameras of yore). Encourage your kids to get outside and take some pictures of nature. This is also the perfect camera to bring along to field trips, prom, and other events.