What’s old is new in summer toys. Our testers in this year’s annual review of the season’s new outdoor games found that their favorite toys are actually old favorites with a new twist.
Water toys (we tested them on a super-hot and humid day) got the top grades, but these had something new. The Aquashock Arctic Blast, below, is a new water blaster from the Super Soaker line. This one has room for you to load it up with ice cubes. (A brilliant idea!) On a hot day, water toys are the coolest playthings around.
Toy Wishes magazine publisher Jim Silver said, “It’s one thing to blast them with water, but to blast them with freezing water just makes it a whole lot more fun.”
Classic toys stay around year after year because they have so many play possibilities.
“When a toy lasts 50 years, it’s generally easy to play with and has a lot of different ways to play with it,” Silver said.
That’s certainly true in the case of the Frisbee, which is celebrating its 50th year this summer. Our testers compared the classic original hard disc with a new soft stretchy oval flying disc, the Frisbee Infinity. They liked both but found the oval easier to fling.
Here are the toys we tested (all $40 or under). A
thank-you to our testers in Kathryn Glencer’s fourth-grade class at Salk
Elementary School in Clinton Township, Mich. These toys are available at retail