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.

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Quut Alto

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!).

Quut Triplet

Quut Triplet

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.

Toysmith Sand Shovel

Toysmith Sand Shovel

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 the highly-rated Toysmith Sand Shovel with wooden shaft. Available in each of the primary colors, this king of kiddie sand shovels measures 25 inches tall and 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!

Miniland Scoop

Miniland Scoop

Need something a little smaller? Check out the Miniland Scoop. Much better than a cheap plastic kids shovel, this scoop is virtually unbreakable. It is made of thick plastic and is designed to stand up to rough play. This scoop is perfect for sand castle construction, sand crab hunting and digging for buried treasure. The Miniland scoop is 9 inches long and available in multiple colors.

Miniland Bucket

Miniland Special Bucket

Here’s another upgrade over standard, cheaply-made beach toys. Miniland makes tough products designed to last through the abuse of many beach outings. Combine this bucket with the Miniland scoop for a durable sandcastle construction set. Collect seashells, move sand, or carry water back to your spot to cool hot sand. The thick, sturdy handle is just as tough as the bucket body.

Miniland sand set

Miniland Baby Sand Set with Bucket, Scoop, Rake and Shovel

Very small children will love this Miniland Set. This is the classic combo of bucket, scoop, rake and shovel, but produced with much higher quality. Miniland products are very durable and made with thick plastic. This tool set is made especially for tiny hands. Each tool is approximately 4 inches long, and recommended for ages 10 months and up.

Sand Castle Molds

Sand Castle Molds

Here’s another classic, must have beach toy. These durable plastic molds help create magnificent castles in the sand. Four molds are included in the set. These molds are rated at ages 2+, but we sure see a lot of adults “helping”! With the help of these molds, sand castles can be constructed more quickly, and with the right mixture of sand and water, your forms will stay crsip for hours.

Hape Sand Digger

Hape Hand Digger

For an alternative to the classic shovel or scoop, check out the Hape hand digger. This small, excavator-style bucket is durable, affordable and highly-rated.

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Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin

Stop by Nags Head's Ben Franklin at Mile Post 10 on the Bypass where you will find everything you need for the beach! From Clothing, T-shirts and Swimwear to Boards, Chairs, Umbrellas and Tackle. You'll find it all…and of course, we have the best selection of Souvenirs anywhere on the Outer Banks. Enjoy your vacation! Independently owned by a member of one of the Outer Banks’ oldest families, the Ben Franklin store is stocked with just about everything a visitor would need to go to the beach.

 

Ben Franklin stores were once part of a five-and-dime retail empire, with about 2,500 locations across the country in its heyday. As decades passed and the times and customers began to change, many closed their doors, leading to fewer than 150 of these nostalgic shops. Nags Head Ben Franklin, however, has withstood the test of time and adapted to the needs of its customers to provide a memorable shopping experience on the Outer Banks.

 

Debbie Terry Tolson, manager of the Ben Franklin location in Nags Head, recalls working with former owner Tommie Daniels. Daniels’ father, Moncie Daniels, started the business in downtown Manteo in the early 1900s. The Daniels family has been a longstanding fixture in the Outer Banks business community—Moncie even sold gas to the Wright brothers in 1903.

 

Tommie, with an excellent business mind, saw the opportunity the new Bypass presented and, in 1977, he opened the Nags Head location of Ben Franklin. He was one of the first businesses on the Bypass,” Tolson says.In addition to a new location, the Ben Franklin store saw a new group of customers.

 

“People would come from all around because Tommie had a little bit of everything—it was more like a five and 10 then,” Tolson explains. “As he went to the beach, he began to get more tourists, so he started catering more and more to visitors.”

 

Today, the 21,000-square-foot souvenir shop quickly catches the attention of anyone driving by thanks to the ocean-themed mural that decorates the façade of the building, painted by local artist Rob Snyder. This Ben Franklin location has become the must-stop shop for both first-time visitors to the area and generations of families who escape to the Outer Banks annually.

 

Tolson credits the great prices and friendly customer service to the success of the location, which keeps families returning.“People come in all the time and tell me, ‘my grandmother or my grandfather used to bring me here and now I’m bringing my children,’” she shares. “One of my favorite parts about working here is seeing the people come back year after year.”