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I can’t tell you all the toys I’ve purchased that sit un-played with just hours after they’ve been opened. Or, the toys I surprised my boys with, only to find that I was totally wrong, and they aren’t fun. I don’t buy many toys now, and this year for Christmas, I don’t plan to either. This is what’s on the list because they are toys that will challenge their minds, keep them quiet, help us engage as a family, and more. These aren’t toys at all, yet offer so much entertainment! This post contains affiliate links.
We’ve been playing this ever since I found it at the Goodwill. A super simple game that we can play together. The 4.5-year-old plays one side, and the three-year-old helps me on my side. I can literally see my 4.5-year-old’s mind working as he tries to guess my card and sound out the names of the people.
Whac-A-Mole Mini Arcade
Yes, this exists! A mini arcade game for your kids. We had our first experience with arcade games at Round Table Pizza a couple of weeks ago. Let’s just say it was a huge hit, and now you can bring one home!
Frogger Mini Arcade
Because we had such a blast with arcade games, and I loved Frogger, I have to link this one on there as well. This is such a clever idea!
I actually saw these at Target, and I was looking at them when a mom approached me. She said her little boy loved them and has for years. She said that you can buy more and more add-ons to keep them super entertaining as your children get older. I didn’t get it at the store, with a plan to order a larger one with my Amazon Prime. I forgot, and now I have it on the Christmas list. My little boy keeps asking about it, and I’m tempted to grab it earlier because the connector pieces are so great for learning!
Magformers Basic Set
I’ve mentioned these a few times on the blog as one of the best ways to keep my kids entertained. They love playing with these, and they get more and more creative with the building. But, the trick is to not have them out all the time. I get them out once a day.
Little Dreamers Club Subscription Box
You get five to eight crafts, art supplies, a badge, and a top-rated book designed to get little imaginations going. This bi-monthly craft subscription box offers a lot of fun and a lot of learning for your young ones. You can wrap the first box and put it under the tree, then continue enjoying it for the following months.
Kitchen Toys Accessories Set
My boys love to pretend they are cooking, and we talk about the different kinds of food groups, utensils, and more to learn while we play.
Do your kids love cooking? Here are some gift ideas you can give to them!
I don’t consider this a toy. It’s a playhouse that you color yourself. I personally plan on letting my boys just scribble all over it for hours. There is so much pretend play to happen with this, and the creative environment is so great for their growing minds.
Eco Friendly Musical Set
Gosh, my kids love music. We have dance parties, and they can’t help but make a lot of noise. So this is a great set to pull out for special times you can handle a lot of noise.
Jungle Sewing & Craft Kit
I’m actually super excited to get one of these for my boys because they love to create things, use scissors, and more. Obviously, it will require my involvement, but overall I think they are going to love it.