Saturday, August 19, 2023

Summertime Toys for Tots


A Toy Review of Summer-themed Toys

Little boy playing with toys in a sandbox

From observation of children at play, it is easy to see that kids love to imitate the grown-ups in their lives. Thus, it is easy to see why toy manufacturers create toys that replicate a small version of the full-sized items adults use in their daily lives. 

In the summer, two of the things parents and other adults plan and do are picnics and backyard grilling. To that end, I thought it would be fun to find some mini versions of these summer-themed items. 

My Little Picnic Playset

My Little Picnic Set Toy from Baby Gund

For the tiniest of tots, this 5-piece playset in plush is perfect for babies and small children. The fun and friendly play food, including buttered toast, soft toy cherries, a rattling avocado and a toy grape juice that makes a sound,  fit inside a cute soft picnic basket that baby can carry around. 

Manufactured by Baby Gund, a leader in excellent children's toys, this play set will keep baby engaged in sensory play while encouraging exploration and helping develop their dexterity. 

So when mom & dad are setting up the picnic table for a family picnic, the youngest family member can enjoy being included with their very own soft picnic playset.

My Little Picnic Playset is available on Amazon right here. 

BBQ Grill Playset

Play-Act Pretend BBQ Play Set

One of the cutest toys I've seen in years, this BBQ Grill for kid's play is perfect for 'little cooks' who want to copy dad doing his backyard or camping grilling. 

This particular BBQ grill is interactive, bringing realistic features to a child's grilling experience. There is realistic smoke and sound functions for fun pretend play. This 18-piece set comes with grilling utensils and plates, plus a variety of food items. To add to the realistic look, the food changes color as it switches from 'raw' to 'cooked'. 

A fun toy grill that sparks a love for cooking and outdoor fun for a complete pretend play experience. 

BBQ Grill Playset by Play-Act is available here on Amazon


So, for a fun summertime playtime for your children, check out these picnic and BBQ grill playsets. Children really enjoy doing just what the adults around them do. It's more than playtime; it's a learning experience.

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*Summertime Toys for Tots Review written by Wednesday Elf

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  1. Elf, how right you are that kids enjoy mimicking adults’ activities! Both these play sets look wonderful and engaging and, as a bonus, provide practical educational opportunities as well. Thanks for the recommendations. These would make delightful gifts!

    1. I think so too, Margaret. Kids enjoy gifts that resemble activities the adults in their lives do.

  2. Oh, how cute! I love them both and think either would make a great gift. I couldn't help but think of Sam with the grill. I bet his grand-kids would have loved having that grill to "cook" alongside him when he was grilling. I might end up playing with the playing with the little picnic basket myself. You know how I adore plush animals/toys, especially something with a carry along tote.

  3. Pat that little Grill set is sooooo cute!!! What a great gift idea for a little one. I do love that plush picnic play set too, that's really good, and safe too - I'm always looking for original ideas for the kids, love these ones.


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