I’m always on the lookout for different toys for my boys. I keep a running list in my Amazon shopping cart of different ideas and then when a birthday or Christmas rolls around I scour through pages of pages of different ideas and make my selections. Some toys have come recommended from family or friends, and some toys were seen on a website or magazine. I’ve had several people ask to see my amazon shopping cart – so I thought I’d pull a few fan favorites and some potential favorites I have my eyes on.
Magformers: This is a staple at our house and I’m not sure we can ever have enough. There on the pricey side but it’s a toy that is passed down from kid to kid and we’ve not had one piece break.
Plasma car: One was not enough and the next year another one showed up on Christmas morning.
Karaoke machine: We gave this to Hallie last year and she loved it – but more than anyone I hear Bennett’s little voice echoing through the house and even Cannon has started picking up the mic.
Automoblox: These are wooden cars that can be taken apart and interchanged with other cars. My sister-in-law had them and my boys loved them.
Citiblocs: These are the most basic blocks that we originally found at Costco one holiday season and they get played with a lot. They build with them, they create tracks with them – really whatever one imagines.
Ratuki: This has to be one of the most simple of simple card games but the kids love it. Our friend, who worked in the toy department at Kohls, introduced us to it and the kids enjoy playing with us and each other. What’s nice is it doesn’t require supervision.
Boogie board: this was purchased on a whim for a long road trip (two years ago) and it has been used consistently since then. Think magna doodle – but better. We take it in the car, to church, to the doctor’s office. It doesn’t make any sounds and our younger ones have proved that it’s indestructible!
How to Draw Animals book: My kids love to draw and this is a book they can start learning from really young. It uses basic shapes to make different animals and it makes them feel like they’re artists!
Penny Board: This is a great little skateboard for great little legs and feet and yet I see adults riding on them all the time. It’s made of plastic but it has great wheels and it’s easy to maneuver.
Perler Beads: Also referred to as “Melty beads” in our house. This is not a new toy, but this craft never gets old. The kids love making patterns and animals over and over again and every piece seems to be unique. We have the kids do this activity in a large sheet pan so the beads are contained for the most part.
Sensory Balls: these are great for little hands and yet as they get holder they’ll have just as much throwing them at each other!
Tickle Monster: This has to be one of the kids favorite books and it comes complete with “Monster Gloves” to make the tickling even more fun!
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