Here is a list of some of our favorite beach toys for kiddos. We gravitate to unique, high-quality toys that inspire creativity. Some of these toys are classics, and some add a twist.

We were not provided with free or discounted products to review. These recommendations were not influenced by manufacturers. We did, however, heavily consider customer reviews at retail websites when deciding which products to feature. We like these products, but we took care to make sure other vacationers agree. Some of the product links include affiliate codes. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Prices listed are updated regularly, but subject to change at any time.

Hape Beach Toy Hand Digger in Green

Hape Hand Digger

$3.99

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For those seeking to build a bigger sand castle, we present the Flexible Flyer Sand Mold. Measuring a giant 10" x 5" x 7", builders can stack large blocks of sand together to make a truly epic sand fort! This mold is heavy duty and kid safe. Flexible Flyer has been in the toy business for over 130 years and is known for making quality products. Remember to demolish any structures you make on the sand before leaving the beach! Holes and Castles must be flattened so they don't present an obstacle or hazard for other beachgoers.

Quut Triplet (Mellow Yellow) - All in One Rake, Shovel and Sifter Beach Toy

Quut Triplet

$24.56

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Another favorite from Quut is the Triplet beach toy. It’s a rake. It’s a scoop. It’s a siv. It’s a shovel. It’s a funnel. All in one simple, well-designed tool. Multiple Triplet tools will stack. This unique sand tool for kids is durably made and will last several seasons. Kids can use it to dig holes, build sand castle foundations, carve moats, hunt for sand crabs, remove shells and create designs in the sand. We love the Triplet for its quality and the creative ideas it sparks.

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16" Kids Sand Shovel with Wood Handle

$14.98

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There isn’t much that kids enjoy more than digging on the beach. Tiny, cheap plastic sand shovels just don’t get the job done sometimes. We like this highly-rated 16 inch sand shovel with wooden shaft. Available in bright colors, this king of kiddie sand shovels features a sturdy plastic spade/handle on a wooden shaft. It floats in the surf and it’s very affordable. We think this is a pretty good option for 6-12 year olds. Remember the rules of our local beaches – all holes must be filled in before you leave the beach!

(Red) - Hape Beach and Sand Toys Rain Shovel Toys, Red

Hape Beach Scoop Rain Shovel

$4.99

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The Hape Beach and Sand Toys Rain Shovel is a delightful addition to any child's collection of beach toys, bringing an extra touch of joy and creativity to sand play. This unique shovel not only allows kids to dig and move sand but also features a fun rain shower effect.

Crafted with high-quality, BPA abd PVC-free material and sesigned with soft, rounded edges, the Rain Shovel is both durable and safe for young beach explorers. Its ergonomic design is tailored to fit comfortably in small hands, encouraging children to develop their fine motor skills while they dig, pour, and play. And, it's a super value!

Silicone Beach Foldable Buckets Toys, 3L Jumbo Sand Pails Bucket Set with Mesh Bag, Swimming Pool Toys for Kids Adults, Gift Set for Gardening, Travel, Fishing, Cleaning, Camping Outdoor

Silicone Collapsible Sand Buckets

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These highly-rated, collapsible 7" high silicone buckets can be folded down to 2", making transport and packing a breeze. Silicone is more durable and flexible than standard plastic. The soft grip makes it easy for little ones to pour water. These little buckets are the perfect size for kiddos at 7 inches tall by 8 inches wide.

Back Bay Play Sand Castle Molds Beach Toys kit - Snow & Sand Toys Sets for Kids Outdoor Sandbox Toys for Toddlers 1.5 Year and Up Made in USA Colors May Vary (4 Piece)

Back Bay Play 4 Piece Sand Castle Molds

$19.99

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These highly-rated, durable sand castle molds by Back Bay Play are perfect for kids of all ages. Ranging 6" - 9" per side, they encourage kids to use their imagination. Combine wall sections with corner sections and keep growing your castle as big as you'd like! Customers love the sturdiness of these molds. Some comment that they're a bit on the small side, which brings us to our next favorite toy...

Flexible Flyer Snow Fort Building Block, Sand Castle Mold, Beach Toy Brick Form, 1 Mold (605)

Flexible Flyer Sand Castle Mold

$10.49

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For those seeking to build a bigger sand castle, we present the Flexible Flyer Sand Mold. Measuring a giant 10" x 5" x 7", builders can stack large blocks of sand together to make a truly epic sand fort! This mold is heavy duty and kid safe. Flexible Flyer has been in the toy business for over 130 years and is known for making quality products. Remember to demolish any structures you make on the sand before leaving the beach! Holes and Castles must be flattened so they don't present an obstacle or hazard for other beachgoers.

Hape Master Bricklayer Beach and Sand Toy Set Toys, Multicolor , Bold

Hape Master Bricklayer Beach and Sand Toy Set

$7.99

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The Hape Master Bricklayer Beach and Sand Toy Set is an educational playset designed to enhance kids' beach experiences. This set includes a brick mold, a smoother tool, and a shaper tool that inspire kids to build and create any sand structure they can imagine. Crafted from high-quality, non-toxic materials and perfect for little architects and beach explorers, the Hape Master Bricklayer Set turns ordinary sand into a canvas for creativity. This set works great with the Flexible Flyer mold above!

Beach Toys for Toddlers 1-3 - Sand Toys for Toddlers 1-3 - Baby Bucket Rake Shovel Set, Bath Water Outside Outdoor Toys for Toddlers 1-3 Boys Girls, Travel Toys for 1 Year Old Toddler Toys Age 1-2

Beach Toy Set for Toddlers 1-3 Years Old

$16.99

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This premium set of beach toys is specifically designed for the small hands of toddlers ages 1-3. All 7 pieces are made from durable, thick BPA-free plastic. The special matte surface makes them easier to grip. The combination of molds, shovel, rake, and bucket provides a full creative experience.

Beach Toy Scoop Sand Spade, Kids Small Garden Tool Set Toy, Rake, Spade, Hoe and Leaf Rake, Beach Shovels Spade Toy, Stainless Steel Sturdy Sandbox Kit Essential Beach Gear Accessories, 4 Pack

Stainless Steel Beach Tools for Kids

$11.98

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This highly-rated set of stamped and painted stainless steel beach tools is designed to last. Handles are double riveted. The set includes all 4 pieces shown: rake, spade, hoe, and wide rake. These tools are 7-8" long and perfect for active kids. A net bag is included for easy transport to and from the beach.

QUUT | Alto 2-Piece Beach Set | Multi-Color | Award Winning Sand Fort Toy Alto, Raki, & Beach Bag

Quut Alto

$39.09

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Quut makes high-quality, fun, educational toys. The Alto is a set of three stacking molds. Separate the molds and pack them with sand, then stack them on top of each other to make a three-tiered tower. This is the kind of durable, simple toy that kids love to experiment with. They will find several uses (we’ve seen them turn into hats!).

Big Buck's Homemade Ice Cream

Serving our customers on the Outer Banks since 1994, Big Buck's ice Cream is dedicated serving you “The Best.” We offer a full line of super-premium ice cream products, smoothies, chocolates, and custom-made ice cream cakes! 2 locations are open all year: Duck  and Manteo, at The Waterfront Shops.

 

We offer a full line of Espresso Drinks from Hot Vanilla Cappuccinos and Hot Chocolate to Iced Caramel Lattes & Frozen Mochas, all made to order. Big Buck’s fresh fruit smoothies are lactose-free and made to order. Also offering lactose-free sorbets made from the best fruits available. Old time favorites are sure to please! Choose from a delicious collection of milkshakes, sundaes and banana splits.

 

Savor the moment with our Homemade Chocolate! Chocolates are made daily in each location. We offer a large selection from Dark to Milk to White. Milk Chocolate Oreos & Almond Toffee, Dark Chocolate Berries and Cherries Clusters & Hand-dipped Peppermint Patties with a Drizzle of White Chocolate, Extra-Dark Sea Salt Caramels & our famous homemade caramel chocolate pretzels oh & don’t forget the ever-popular caramel pecan turtle, just to name a few treats!

 

Belinda Pleva grew up serving ice cream out of her parent’s shop. She loved being part of what she calls “a happy business.” “I love it when people come into the shop and you hand them something, and it makes them smile,” Pleva says. “That moment when you hand an ice cream cone over to a little kid and their eyes just light up. That’s what I love about the ice cream business.”

 

In 1994, Pleva opened up her own ice cream and chocolate shop, Big Buck’s Ice Cream, in the brand-new Timbuk II Shopping Center in Corolla. Business was good, but something was missing.

 

“I was never satisfied with the ingredients in the ice creams and chocolates you could purchase back then. I wanted to serve my customers delicious flavors with ingredients they could actually pronounce,” Pleva says.

 

Pleva took a trip to Italy to study the gelaterias. She fell in love with the incredible flavors, and when she returned home to the Outer Banks, she began working tirelessly to perfect the flavors in her own ice cream.

 

Big Buck’s homemade ice cream combined the flavors of the Italian gelaterias and the richness of American ice cream. It quickly became a tourist favorite. After having the same unsatisfactory experience with the readymade chocolates she was selling, she also took a trip to Brussels to learn more about making handmade chocolates. Pleva brought the chocolate-making experience right back with her, and the result was the finest quality of chocolates on the Outer Banks.

 

After her huge success in the Corolla shop, Pleva was able to open up three more shops—one in Kitty Hawk, one in Manteo and one in Duck.

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