9 Best Summer Toys for Kids of 2021

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9 Best Summer Toys for Kids of 2021

June 04, 2021
posted by Chelsea Lavin

After a year of #PlayingAtHome, we are so excited to get outside and play this summer. Luckily, conditions are ideal for summer play: school is out, the days are longer, and the weather is warming up.

Here at Radio Flyer, our priority is play! So, in preparation for the warm summer weeks ahead, we compiled a list of the 9 best summer toys for kids of 2021.


1. Best Backyard Toy for Active Imaginative Play: Backyard Bouncer & Backyard Bouncer Jr.


Celebrate the summer with the Backyard Bouncer and Backyard Bouncer Jr. Whether your little one is having a bounce party for one or spending playtime with their siblings and neighbors, the easy assembly and take down of these bounce houses allow families to make any time party time!


  • Fun inflatable bounce house encourages active imaginative play
  • Durable, extra grippy bounce surface to prevent slipping
  • High walls & mesh netting for safe play
  • Includes a bounce house blower, anchors, blower stakes, carrying bag, and repair kit

Backyard Bouncer Specific Features:

  • 78” by 78” play area for fun bouncing action
  • Rear door for easy entry & exit
  • Extra wide bouncy slide for added fun
  • Room for up to 3 kids
  • Perfect for toddlers and kids ages 3-8 years

Backyard Bouncer Jr. Specific Features:

  • 54” by 54” play area for fun bouncing action
  • Long bouncy slide for added fun
  • Room for up to 2 kids
  • Perfect for toddlers and kids ages 2-8 years


2. Best Toy to Speed into Summer: Ultimate Go-Kart


Kick it up a gear with the Ultimate Go-Kart! Little ones can become race car drivers with their very own Ultimate Go-Kart, featuring three forward driving speed settings of 2.5, 5, and a max speed of 8 MPH. This outside summer toy allows speed seekers to unlock ultimate imaginative play this year. For a bonus, draw a chalk racetrack on the driveway for an ultimate race. 


  • Three forward-driving speed settings: 2.5, 5, and max speed of 8 MPH. Single speed reverse.
  • Large rear wheels for drifting fun!
  • The Ultimate Go-Kart is the 2021 Outdoor Toy of the Year
  • Rechargeable 24-volt battery-powered with charger included
  • Rubber traction on front tires for agility and maneuverability
  • Safety features: parent-controlled speed lock, seat belt and racing flag
  • Adjustable seat grows with the driver


3. Best Summer Toy for 1-year-old: Custom Stroll 'N Wagon™


Explore your neighborhood, local park, and outdoor events this summer with a customized wagon. Pull like a wagon or push like a stroller while enjoying 3 different modes: child riding, bench mode, and ultimate hauling. Custom Stroll 'N Wagon™ includes traditional stroller features such as two five-point harnesses and a back wheel lock and passes both the Toy and Stroller Safety standards, making it perfect for baby, toddlers, and kids ages 1 year old and up.


  • Choose between 2 colors: Heather Gray and Jet Black, both DuraClean™ 2.0 – our highest quality fabric
  • Add a traditional wagon pull handle for ultimate versatility & use as a push pull wagon
  • Add accessories including canopy, parent caddy, storage bag, and shoulder pads
  • Personalize to make your Stroll 'N Wagon™ the ultimate custom ride
  • Folds so you can bring anywhere then store compactly until your next adventure
  • This custom vehicle passes both the Toy and Stroller Safety standards: ASTMF963 and ASTM F833 – perfect for baby, toddlers, and kids ages 1+


4. Best Classic Tricycle for Young Riders and Parents: Classic Red Push Tricycle with Handle


Explore alongside your tot with this summer toy! With a controlled turning radius on the push handle, parents control the tricycle as children practice pedaling. An adjustable seat grows with your child as their walks using the parent push handle become independent rides as they learn and grow!


  • Removable push handle adjusts to 3 positions
  • Steel construction and classic styling
  • Durable rubber tires
  • Stylish chrome handlebars and fender
  • Rear step for easy on and off
  • Spoked wheels
  • 10" front wheel
  • Controlled turning radius prevents tipping
  • Suitable for toddlers ages 2 to 4


5. Best Driveway Toy for Kids: Cyclone™


Arm-powered action allows children to zoom forward, roll in reverse, or spin 360 degrees for hours of spins on the Cyclone™. This child-powered ride-on builds coordination and gross motor skills as they comfortably control their ride twisting and turning every which way.  


  • 16" Wheels for a smooth ride
  • Comfort hand grips guide your ride
  • Solid steel frame
  • Ergonomic seat & frame for a comfort ride
  • Rear caster wheel enhances the fun
  • Maximum weight capacity: 69 lbs.
  • For ages 3-7 years


6. Best Beach Wagon: Beach & Boardwalk Wagon™


Hit the beach with plenty of room for kids and cargo! Roll smoothly through the sand with extra-wide beach tires and linked steering. The UV protection canopy will keep children safe from the sun in each of its three riding modes: two-rider seating, hauling, and bench seating. For your next beach adventure, ditch heavy beach bags and load up the Beach & Boardwalk Wagon™ with your toys, towels, and toddlers!


  • 3 wagons in 1 – two rider seating, hauling, & bench seating
  • Easy one hand folding functionality, folds flat for easy storage
  • UV protection canopy
  • Metal bar for beach chair storage
  • 100% recycled wagon fabric
  • Suitable for toddlers and kids ages 18 months and above


7. Best Backyard Car for Adventurers: Riptide Red 12V Ride-On Kids Car


Cruise, drive, and enjoy hours of imaginative outdoor play right in your own backyard with the Riptide! Toddlers and kids can transform a driveway ride into a coastal cruise with their very own electric ride-on car. Put your child on AUX (or choose FM radio) to jam out as they ride at two power speeds: 2.5 and 5 MPH.


  • 2-seater ride-on car with doors for easy entry
  • Working FM radio with AUX input and realistic driving sounds
  • Working headlights
  • 2 power speeds: 2.5 and 5 MPH. Single speed reverse
  • Rechargeable 12V battery and charger included
  • Bright red exterior
  • Suitable for toddlers and kids ages 3 and older


8. Best Backyard Toy to Get the Wiggles Out: Ziggle®


The Ziggle® is a recipe for wiggles and giggles during summertime play! This kid-powered ride-on moves 360 degrees by twisting the front and wiggling the back for a fast and unique ride. Keep the Ziggle® for years of wiggles and fun play with an adjustable seat that grows with your child.


  • Twist the front and wiggle the back, just get on and go
  • Four caster wheels for a fun, fast ride
  • 360⁰ degree spin out action
  • Suitable for kids aged 3 to 8 years old
  • Adjustable seat grows with your child
  • Grip tape for feet provide added control
  • Padded hand grips for comfort
  • Solid steel frame


9. Best Wood & Steel Wagon for Summer Adventures: All-Terrain Steel & Wood Wagon


We transformed the Original Little Red Wagon body with wooden stake sides and real-air tires to handle any terrain to take on all your summer adventures. Whether you’re rolling your children through the grass for a picnic or hauling camping supplies over rugged terrain to your site, the All-Terrain Steel & Wood Wagon is the perfect haul-it-all companion for off-road fun. 


  • All-steel seamless body with no scratch edges
  • Extra-long handle folds under
  • Controlled turning radius prevents tipping
  • Maximum weight capacity: 200 lbs.
  • Suitable for toddlers and kids 1½+ years


Whether you’re playing in your backyard, the park, or at the beach this summer, we hope you have a blast soaking in the sun (don’t forget the sunscreen) and making memories (and the camera!). Tag @radioflyerinc on social media to show us your adventures this season with your summer toys. Happy playing!