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9 Kid-Friendly Products You’ll Want This Summer

by Mary Melnick

May 30, 2023

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With kids out of school for summer, you’ll need ideas to keep them happy and occupied.. Here are nine products your kids are bound to love:



Add some competitive fun to your next beach day or backyard party! The perfect mix of pickleball and spike ball, this new backyard game gets the competition flowing. You can play PaddleSmash any time of year, all you need is a flat surface. Enjoy it in your backyard, at the park or at the beach.


Gel Blasters

Keep the kids busy with this paintball alternative. Gel Blasters hurt way less and are much better for the environment. Get kids off the screens and outside to enjoy the nice weather — it’s almost like they are playing a video game in real life!


Kids Crafts

This woman-owned company is on a mission to expose girls to the stories of mighty trailblazing women like Maya Angelou and Amelia Earhart through modern craft kits. Kids Crafts provides an educational story offering the opportunity for young girls to learn how to step into their own power. To challenge girls to think like leadHERs, the kits include thoughtful discussion questions encouraging girls to chase their dreams and use their voices for change. For every purchase, a portion of the proceeds go to organizations working to empower girls across the globe.


WerkShoppe Modern Puzzles

Great for indoor or rainy days, WerkShoppe’s modern puzzles come in 250-, 500- and 1,000-piece versions.


Big Dill Pickleball

Big Dill Pickleball Co. specializes in gear that’s accessible, fun and high-quality for all ages. For the family, check out The Superstar Wooden Paddle Set that comes with four paddles and balls to get the whole family outdoors and exercising.



Recommended for ages 3–12, teens with braces and anyone who enjoys a smaller brush, Doctor Plotka’s Youth Manual Toothbrush offers a breakthrough in oral care with innovative features. Features include silver-infused bristles that naturally eliminate 99 percent of bacteria, viruses and fungi from your toothbrush within six hours after use; flossing bristles that reach deep into grooves, under the gum line and between teeth to break up plaque and brush away food residue before it gets a grip on your teeth; and bristles made of high-quality polyester which are more resilient and can last longer than normal nylon bristles.


Honeydew Sleep Kids-Sized Travel Pillow

This Honeydew Sleep Pillow is made by hand in California using only the best textiles made of natural materials. It uses CertiPUR-US Certified copper-infused memory foam for the best cooling function and is safe for everyone, including babies.


Buddha Board

This screen-free mindfulness tool helps kids get into a relaxed state of mind. Simply dip your brush in water and tap into your creative side with painting.



Sunnies offers a stylish line of sunglasses using polarized lenses for 100-percent protection from UVA and UVB rays. They also come in designs kids will love. The frames are durable and crafted with anti-slip material so kids can play with ease.





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