A Coding Companion
Meet Botley the Coding Robot ($79.99, learningresources.com, ages 5+). He helps children as young as 5 learn to code and can detect objects, be programmed for if/then logic, follow looping commands and take on obstacle courses. He comes with a 77-piece activity set.
Light Up the Keys
The ONE Piano Hi-Lite ($269.99, smartpiano.com, ages 3+) turns any 88-key piano or keyboard into a smart-learning device that teaches people to play in minutes. Through The ONE Smart Piano’s free app, users can explore video lessons, interactive games and more than 3,000 sheet-music variations that correspond to the LED lights on the strip.
Cool Cruising for Baby
Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy ($19.99, swimways.com, ages 9-24 months) provides a stable and gentle ride in the pool and boasts a removable sun canopy with UPF 50+ sun protection, see-through mesh sides, fabric-covered inflation, a soft mesh seat with secure leg holes and a mesh play space for splashing and playing with toys.
It Flies and Floats
OgoDisk H2O ($20, ogosport.com, ages 8+) is made just for water-balloon play, and can also double down as a fun pool or beach toy, since it can fly and float in water.
Super Balloon Battles
Bunch O Balloons Marvel Avengers by ZURU ($9.99, bunchoballoons.com, ages 3+) helps kids beat the summer heat with Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk. Make hundreds of water balloons in just a few minutes and let the superhero water-balloon warfare begin.
We’ve picked out some great water and pool toys to help your family beat the summer heat, plus a couple of high-tech options for fun when it’s time to go indoors.