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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. 

Guess Who: 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.

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 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!

Snap Circuits: 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!

Megformers: 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.

Stem Discover Boxes: You get a 12 activities for a 3 month subscription. That’s a lot of fun, and a lot of learning. You can wrap the first box and put it under the tree, then continue enjoying it for the following months.

Wooden Cutting and Cooking Pretend Playset: My boys love to pretend they are cooking, and we talk about the different kind of food groups, utensils and more to learn while we play.

Easy Play House: I don’t consider this a toy. It’s a play house 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 go great for their growing minds.

Musical Instrument 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.

Sewing 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.

There you have 10 gifts that are totally not toys, and they all promote learning and growing your kids minds!

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