Not sure what to get for the the kids on your list this holiday season? To help make your children's gift shopping easier, we've rounded up 30 of the best playthings for all kinds of kids. These toys and games, just right for toddlers to tweens, are certainly super fun. But they also pack a slew of other benefits. From a work bench that helps develop finer motor skills to a rad Rocktopus that teaches instrument sounds and math, these toys give your kids so many boosts—in so many ways.
Infants ages 9 months and older get introduced to the alphabet, colors, opposites and numbers via this friendly sloth. When the buttons on its feet are pressed, it plays over 85 songs, sounds, tunes and phrases, while clapping its soft hands and bobbing its head. Even cuter, the sloth interacts and recognizes other Linkimals toys, and together they create a synchronized music and light show ($30, target.com).
It's hard to go wrong with a gift from the team behind the most popular kids and family channel on YouTube. This pirate-themed unboxing experience has eight secret compartments with surprises inside, from mystery figures to gold coin and gem putty. Available in three versions ($80, target.com).
Kitchen-themed playsets are everywhere, but what makes this extra special for your youngster, especially if they're a fan of the Nickelodeon show, is that it includes two cans of glittery Fairy Dough, molding plates and a recipe book, so they can make their own fairy treats (for fairies, not for human consumption). The set also includes an 11-inch Butterbean doll, making the set a great bang for your buck ($40, walmart.com).
Freshen up family game night with this toy, ideal for preschoolers. To play, users roll the die to see how many bananas they can pick from the treetop. One of the bananas that gets picked launches the monkey, Banana Joe, seated in the center, into the air; players' job is to save him to score bonus points. Whoever gets the most bananas wins ($20, walmart.com).
Bring a miniature version of the workshop home with this kit, which has all stuffed animal lovers need to make three small doll friends, including three birth certificates, paper accessories and three hearts ($25, walmart.com).
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This kit is sure to be a hit at slumber parties. After a child paints their nails with the included kid-safe, nontoxic polishes (and lets the polish dry completely), they can use the stamping device to decorate their nails with cute stickers, in designs such as unicorns, hearts and flamingos. A top coat nail polish and nail file are also included ($25, target.com).
Ryder and the Mighty Pups always know when trouble's approaching from this almost-three-foot-tall tower. Its cool features make the team especially efficient: a working elevator, a zipline, a control panel with buttons that activate light and sound, and a lever that, when pressed, drops a pup into a vehicle (also included) that's then launched onto the road. Because when it's time to save the day, you have to act quickly ($100, target.com).
Considering the fact that the iconic doll has had so many careers over the years, she likely needs a nice vacation from time to time. And with this adorable play set, she gets her very own plane to get where she needs to go. Cute details include wheels on the bottom of the plane for cruising down the runway (aka the floor of your child's playroom), an overhead bin, reclinable seats and travel accessories like luggage, blankets and headphones ($75, target.com).
Families who love music or are looking for a hilarious way to connect during game night will have a ton of fun with Spontuneous, which has been an Amazon #1 Best Seller for the past two Christmas seasons. One person says a word and the first player to blurt out a five-word portion of lyrics with that word in it would win the round! Since a single word can be in so many songs, it’s the perfect game for all ages as it crosses all genres of music. From the kids to the grandparents, Spontuneous will have everyone laughing ($29.99, amazon.com).
Little ones will love cruising around the house or outdoors on this fun motorized toy, which can go as fast as 2.5 miles per hour. It plays roaring cub sounds, has pedals for acceleration and even comes with its own den where it can be stored for charging ($149, walmart.com).
The Block Set by Lovevery (sponsored)
Kiddos ages 18 months to 4+ years have plenty of options for play with this high-quality wood block set. The 70 pieces work together in over 20 stage-based activities, from creating houses to threading blocks together, so they’ll gain spatial, language and problem-solving skills as they play ($90, lovevery.com).
As if hoverboards could get even cooler, this one contains attachments to turn it into a go-kart. Double the fun ($198, walmart.com).
Just like the super-popular Hatchimals from last year, these toys have a creature inside that will eventually hatch from its shell if cared for, and will respond to being fed, burped, tickled or snuggled. The main difference: your kiddo will have no idea if the creature inside is a boy or girl, which makes the hatching even more exciting. To take care of the new baby, the toy comes with a rattle, hairbrush, bottle and cuddle buddy ($50, target.com).
Kids as young as 2 years old can learn to do basic yoga poses and learn more about body parts with this toy. Yoga instructor Bitsy guides them in placing their hands and feet on the nonslip mat's soft, touch-sensitive pads ($35, amazon.com).
Is your little one not quite ready for a pup? Although this one won't run to the door when your kid gets home, it does have some charming features that are similar to the real thing; it can give your kid a kiss, lick and wag its tail ($28, target.com).
The Play Gym by Lovevery (sponsored)
This play gym, meant to keep babies months entertained for the whole first year while teaching them new skills, was so thoughtfully designed by child development experts, it has the awards to prove it. It comes with a detachable organic cotton, high-contrast ball, ideal for grasping, an organic cotton teether, and even a card set with images that gradually get more complex to teach concentration ($140, lovevery.com).
This toy will have little ones grooving in no time. It comes with 15 pads assigned to a different instrument sound that Rocktopus announces and plays when the pads are placed in his "tentacles." Kids can also use the pads to compose their own song, do math and more ($26, amazon.com).
This toy is a mystery in a mystery: After unwrapping the case, kids will see a doll in disguise, and will have to remove it, and dress her in a new outfit and in fashion accessories hidden in secret in compartments in the case, to figure out her true identity. Contains 15 surprises, like a spy glass, secret message sticker and bottle ($12, amazon.com).
By having kids create colorful patterns by hammering nails and drilling bolts onto the workbench, this set promotes the development of fine motor skills. When playtime is done, the pieces can be placed inside the storage drawer ($25, amazon.com).
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Don’t be fooled by its appearance. The Trtl Pillow Junior might just be the key for a peaceful, and dream filled, airplane trip with the kids! It’s designed to be looped and wrapped around the neck like a scarf, so youngsters have their head and neck in a comfortable position as they nap. It’s adjustable too, so your child can use it as they grow. ($25, but get it for 30 percent off between 11/25-12/1 at trtltravel.com).
Kiddos will love interacting with the stuffed animal version of the original Fingerlings monkey, since it responds to touch, motion and voice, and has over 40 sound effects. It can even return kisses and repeat what your kid says ($25, target.com).
Washing up is part of the fun with this toy. Once your youngster has finished drawing on the four pet figurines, she can bring them to the tub to give them a quick rinse (you'll have to supply the water), so they're ready to be colored for next time ($20, amazon.com).
Using ingredients you already have at home, plus the materials in this kit, your kiddo can make colorful orbs that ooze slime when it's time to squeeze ($7, thepaperstore.com).
Little ones can take care of this baby doll by feeding her with a spoon, combing her hair and even changing her diaper when she's done a No. 1 or No. 2 ($17, target.com).
Perfect for an older kid with tons of LEGO-building experience, this 923-piece set has all your child needs to create an over nine-inch tall, fully functional rollercoaster, plus a cannon that fires water elements, a ticket booth and a balloon stand ($68, amazon.com).
Your little one will love cuddling up to this stuffed animal; when he gives her a pet, her sequined back changes color ($25, learningexpress.com).
This set, from by the creators of Play-Doh, allows kids to create art that pops off the page, using a styler (it looks like a glue gun but doesn’t need battery or heat) with different tips as their tool, and the Dohvinci—a substance almost like Play-Doh, but not quite—as their medium. The result: more intense-looking designs that dry down to a modeling-clay-like finish ($20, amazon.com).
Kids will love playing with this interactive Star Wars toy, which features over 100 sound and motion combinations Not only does this Chewie speak in his native Wookiee tongue, he can raise his arms, change his facial expressions, move his head, dance, snore and close his eyes ($75, amazon.com).
With this 50-piece set, youngsters can build a track that glows in the dark in some spots. When Thomas sets off on his journey, turn off the lights and watch him go—even his trail will glow in the dark ($60, target.com).
As an early gift for your youngster, have him or her make a Snow Globe using figurines, glitter, and clay to display around the house, and bring out for winter holidays to come ($20, amazon.com).
Meet Cubetto, the friendly wooden robot toy, chosen by parents and teachers in over 90 countries to introduce kids to coding without screens. Teach your kids the basics of programming with tangible code and go on endless adventures this holiday season. You can now turn Cubetto into a drawing bot with the newly released Cubetto Code & Colour. Ages 3 to 7 ($250, primotoys.com).