These days, we’re hard-pressed to find a family with kids under the age of 5 who don’t own some toy made by Melissa & Doug. Be it a wooden puzzle, a pretend pizza-making kit or a craft set, many of the mom friends we know with young kids are familiar with the brand name and are more than impressed with the quality of their selection. One of our favorite lines under the Melissa & Doug umbrella is the backyard-focused Sunny Patch, a fresh-faced collection of gardening toys, sand/beach gear and rainy-day accessories. Now, we can really get the outdoor party started with the latest extension to the Sunny Patch line: Pool Party, featuring nearly 30 different toys and activities to keep kids entertained while in the water. We saw the entire assortment on display at this week’s Toy Fair in NYC, and couldn’t decide which one we liked the best. Perhaps because we’re Long Islanders born and bred, it was Louie Lobster Claw Catcher that caught our eye. Kids will have a ball squeezing Louie’s handle to make his claws shut, while trying to grab any of his three fishy sinkers floating past. The more you splash around, the more waves you make and the harder it is for Louie to catch his dinner. We think Louie will be a big hit with the kindergarten and up crowd this summer.
In a Nutshell: Everybody into the pool…a new line of whimsical water toys are coming soon to a backyard near you.