Young space fans can “blast off” with this space shuttle from Aeromax that’s much more than just another pool toy. When scanned, two different QR codes on this inflatable provide actual video footage of a space launch, a dramatic view of Earth, a shuttle landing and notable moments in space history. With a 38-inch wingspan and 42 inches long, it’s also sturdy enough to play with indoors. Ages 3 and older. $34.95. At aeromaxtoys.com and Learning Express (Buckhead location).
Toss these interlocking blocks into the kiddie pool and watch toddlers enjoy water play as they also work on problem-solving skills and building techniques. Soft Blocks bend, twist and float. Great for the bathtub, too. Ages 3 and older. $39.99. At softblockstoys.com and amazon.com
Put “The Little Mermaid” soundtrack on and invite the neighbor kids over for some “under the sea” fun romping around this sprinkler that’s 36 inches high and 57 inches in diameter. You’ll want a pump to inflate it; attaches to a standard garden hose. Ages 3 and older. $59. At Pottery Barn Kids and potterybarnkids.com.
Crayola has supersized their colored bubble solution, so blow, chase and pop big and beautifully shaded bubbles. The angled wand design maximizes the appeal of the bubbles, which come to life in “purple pizzazz” and fuchsia. Note: Best to use these in the grass. The bubbles can leave temporary colorful marks on skin, clothing and hard outdoor services. (A good hosing usually cleans things up.)Ages 5 and older. $7.99 for a two-pack, $4.99 single wand. At major retailers and amazon.com