NEW YORK, April 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- After a long winter at home, kids everywhere are ready to get outside and have fun during the warm, sunny days ahead. Today, the Toy Insider, the toy industry's most influential organization, released its 2021 Spring & Summer Gift Guide online at thetoyinsider.com. With more than 240 toys from 130 toymakers across eight different categories, The Toy Insider's guide showcases toys that teach and keep kids entertained; activities and games that keep the boredom at bay; outdoor products that get kids outside and active; and water toys for hours of wet and wild fun.
In 2020, the NPD Group reported a 29% increase in the outdoor and sports toys category, with sales totaling $5.35B. The outdoor fun will continue in 2021, with families turning to their backyards and outdoor spaces once again as the pandemic continues to limit summer camp and travel options.
"Families can still keep the fun going at home and spend that summer vacation money on toys that turn their backyards into playgrounds for kids to enjoy all season long," says Marissa DiBartolo, Editor-in-Chief of the Toy Insider. "The toys you'll find in our guide are jam-packed with play value and will get the little ones off their screens and outside. Plus, they may even sneak in a little summer learning!"
Notable summer toy trends include over-the-top toys for impressive backyard fun, educational toys to prevent the summer slide after a year of remote learning, fun toys and games that bring the best of summer camp to your home, and new toys inspired by kids' favorite movies, TV shows and YouTube channels, including Ryan's World, Blue's Clues & You! and Raya and the Last Dragon.
The Toy Insider's gift guide is broken down by play category and age group—from infants to tweens—and is never separated by gender. Each category includes a variety of products across a wide range of price points, from collectibles under $10 to splurge-worthy backyard staples:
The Toy Insider team of experts is always in the know about the hottest, most exciting new toys. They review thousands of products throughout the year, evaluating features and overall value, and taking into consideration five main criteria: play value, originality, skill building, product integrity, and fun factor.
Visit http://www.toyinsider.com to read reviews, find the latest in toy news, enter fun giveaways and get the latest parenting tips.
About The Toy Insider
The Toy Insider is the go-to source for product information about children's toys, tech and entertainment. Its team of toy experts publishes two annual gift guides—one for summer and one for holiday—and reviews toys 365 days a year on thetoyinsider.com, a trusted resource for parents. The Toy Insider's content is produced by an editorial team with more than 100 years of combined experience covering the toy industry. The Toy Insider is published by Adventure Media & Events, publisher of the Pop Insider, a daily pop culture news and review site that will #fuelyourfandom, as well as leading trade publication the Toy Book that stays on the #pulseofplay. For more information, visit thetoyinsider.com and follow them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
SOURCE The Toy Insider