Lincoln Square specialty store Timeless Toys Ltd. carries a great range of playthings for encouraging active play and creativity. Therefore, their picks for the best summer toys for 2011 for Chicago kids include not just classic outdoor toys, but also products for developing imagination and self-expression during June, July, and August.
All of the recommended products on this list that Timeless Toys Ltd. has shared with the Chicago Children’s Toys Examiner may be found for sale at their store at 4749 N. Lincoln Avenue.
Ogosport Disks and the Pumponator Water Balloon Pumping Station
Each Ogosport Disk is formed by covering an EVA foam ring with a nylon-Spandex membrane to create a floatable throwing disk. Boys and girls can use these active outdoor toys to play games like catch, but they also serve as hand trampolines not just for balls, but for water balloons as well. This is where the Pumponator Water Balloon Pumping Station comes in. This kid-friendly hand-pump makes it easy for children to fill balloons with both water and air.
Timeless Toys Ltd. says, “Great for all ages, this combo can go a long way at a backyard birthday or family reunion. Stay cool with over 500 biodegradable water balloons and the hand-held trampoline to toss them. Or, jump in the pool and Ogosport Disks double as floating frisbees!”
Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow
The kid-powered Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow lets boys and girls ages 3 and up launch four glow-in-the-dark foam rockets up to 100 feet in the air just by stamping on the launch pad to send a blast of air shooting through the tube to the stand.
TTL says, “Watch your air-powered rockets soar up to 100 feet with this 4-rocket kit that includes everything you need for lift off.”
Shains bracelets for boys and girls
For fun and ever-changing summer style, these colorful eco-friendly bracelets made from 100% recycled scrap materials adjust to fit kids’ wrists and ankles and can be personalized over and over again by popping tiny letters and icons in and out of the holes punched in their sides.
TTL says, “The customizable bracelet for kids with something to say. Choose between the Save the Animals Kit with over 50 endangered species icons, or the Glitter Alphabet Kit that comes in Popsicle-inspired colors like blueberry and grape.”
Mini- and Maxi-Kick Scooters
These revolutionary Swiss-designed scooters for kids are designed with two wheels in front and one in back for added stability.
TTL says, “Zip around in style this summer with these eye-popping scooters that steer like a skateboard and ride like a dream! Minis are great for kids three to five, and Maxis feature adjustable handle bars for taller children.”
IPI Kid Powered Farm & Zoo Flashlights
Shaped like chunky animals and suitable for kids ages 6 and up, these cute flashlights have LED lights that are powered by a wind-up technology that never requires batteries.
TTL says, “They’re Ecotronic! Simply unlatch this flashlight’s charging arm and squeeze to illuminate a backyard camping excursion or after-dark story time.”
Faber-Castell Creativity for Kids and Young Artist Painting sets
Chicago children can take advantage of the nice summer weather to sit outside, view nature, and create with Creativity for Kids and Young Artist Painting sets. The Young Artists Paining sets are particularly nice, as they generally come packaged in plastic totes with easy carry handles, and stuffed full of useful materials like color-mixing charts, paint palettes, and artist-quality brushes.
TTL says, “Make art an outdoor activity and clean-up is a snap. Head out to the backyard with a finger painting or learn-to-draw set, and you’re sure to capture the beauty of the great outdoors.”
Creativity for Kids Fashion Headbands Kit
A final toy for craft-loving children, the Creativity for Kids Fashion Headbands Kit provides creative children with the supplies needed (satin headbands in a rainbow of colors, flowers, ribbons, rhinestones, and so on) to design and put together unique summer accessories.
TTL says, “Show off your style with 10 silk headbands, ready to decorate. Great for parties — everyone can take one home!”
Top picks for summer toys 2011
Other local toy stores that have shared their top summer toy picks include:
- Building Blocks Toy Store (Wicker Park and Lakeview)
- Children’s Gift Shop (Northfield, IL)
- My Favorite Toy Store (Elmhurst and Downers Grove)
- Psychobaby (Bucktown)
- Tales and Toys (Highland Park, IL)
Read more about the best summer toys and reviews of active and outdoor toys.
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