Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Now that we’ve all stuffed ourselves and, hopefully, had a great day with the family – it’s time to get a little Christmas shopping done.
I stayed up extra late last night/this morning to scour Amazon for deals they’re running on any and all of the 400+ Toys featured in our gift guides this year. I really hope this goes a long way to saving you a little time and money today!
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A teacher Friend just recommended this one to me for helping kids understand that failure is ok – or check out our list of the best books for whatever stage your child is in.
Find more great kid reads in our list of Top Christmas books and our picks for the perfect book for whatever reading stage your child is in.
From The Gift Guides
$69.95 $41.99 (3 – 8 years)
Check out the stellar reviews on this one and you’ll be sold. It’s a cool space-age car that’s powered solely by wiggling the steering wheel. This multi-award winning toy is one that will be enjoyed by kids of all ages for many years. Also, my son recently had a playdate with a friend that has two of these and they basically did nothing but scoot around on them outside the entire time he was there. Enough said.
$29.14 $19.49 (2 – 7 years)
This thing is kind of silly looking but my daughter loves it. There were a couple at her toddler group and she always spent a considerable amount of time bopping happily away on one. It’s like a one person teeter-totter, so I can see why a kid would think that was fun. I think the bright colors, small footprint, and reasonable price are quite fun myself and I’m not alone, this one gets tons of rave reviews. (And check out their new baby version
$19.99 $12.99 for bathtime and sensory fun.)
Also worth considering:
Up to 40% off Zing Bows
Kindle Fire HD6 Kids Edition Tablet with Kid-Proof Case and 2 Year Worry-Free Guarantee
$149.99 $119.99 (This is the one we bought last summer at the best price I’ve seen!)
Also worth considering:
- Kindle Fire HD 6
Let me just start by saying that we have been super impressed and happy with our decision to go with the Fire tablets for our kids. However, I find the multitude of options that Amazon offers to be very confusing! So I’m going to start with what we love about the Fire and then I’m going to tell you exactly which one, and which accessories, I recommend and why.
3 Reasons to Chose the Amazon Fire Tablet:
1) State-of-the-Art Parental Controls
By far, my favorite feature of the Fire- and the ultimate reason that I feel it is superior to other tablets for kids – is the state-of-the art parental control features. The flexibility of these features is unparalleled in my mind and I so, so appreciate that I can set the different profiles for each of my kids and forget them so that the tablet can be the bad guy in terms of telling the kids that they can’t do something or that it’s time to shut it off. Along with setting which hours during the day the Fire will turn on for each child (e.g. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day), I can also set specific time limits for each kind of activity- i.e. 20 minutes on apps, 30 minutes reading books, and 0 minutes for TV/movies each day. I can also set up educational goals, such as reading for 40 minutes each day, that have to be achieved before other things like apps can be accessed.
2) Amazon FreeTime Unlimited
The second thing that really sold me on the Fire is Amazon FreeTime Unlimited … As a parent who is already a little apprehensive about tablet time for my young kids, I am extremely picky about what apps they’re engaging with while they’re using them. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is an all-in-one subscription for kids that offers unlimited access to thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games and, for the most part, I’ve been really impressedwith them. It’s a very easy way to get my kids new content that I feel I can trust. Plus, there’s a new kid-safe camera app that allows them to take pictures and edit them by adding stickers, drawings, and more. Parents can view photos and videos taken by their children in a separate photo gallery, and have the option to auto-save to Amazon Cloud Drive. Finally, while in the FreeTime app, kids are unable to access the internet, social media, or email and are also unable to make purchases on their own.
3) – Open Platform
The third and final thing that the Fire has going for it is that it’s a true tablet and, thus, an open-system. That means that unlike other kids’ tablet, I have full control over the apps that are loaded onto my kids tablets. If there’s a FreeTime Unlimited app that I don’t want them to have, I can easily delete it. Conversely, if there’s an app that I do want them to be able to use, like Minecraft or an awesome new educational app I saw on pinterest, I can download it to the device without a problem.
Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set
$29.99 $18.74 (4+ years)
This kit of real science tools is perfectly sized for little hands. It comes with 10 double sided activity cards, beaker, magnifying glass, funnel, eyedropper, flask, tweezers, googles, large 6″ test tube and stand, and 2 small test tubes. The authenticity of these items will have your little scientists dying to experiment and they’ll serve great double duty for dramatic play too.
From the Best Toys for Building & Constructing Gift Guide
Tinker Toy Essentials Value Set (100 Pieces)
Tinkertoys are a total classic (my grandparents had a set I used to play with whenever I would visit them as a little girl) and this essential set would be a valuable addition to any toy bin. The company also offers a Tinkertoy Pink Building Set. There has been a lot of debate about whether pink and purple building toys are a good way to entice girls to build or to reinforce gender stereotypes. My stance is that you know your child best and you know what will work for her. If the color pink is the only thing that will entice her to start constructing, then go for it. If she just wants to build then stick with the standard set!
Magformers 30 Piece Set
$49.99 $38.99 and
A friend from toddler group recommended these to me when I mentioned what a big fan we are of magna-tiles. They work in the same way but they are more affordable and can be used to make 3D geometric shapes. The reviews are also also similarly stellar (as long as you buy sets with enough pieces may say). The cruiser car car sets allow builders to create cars of various design, including classic cars, wacky cars, space cars, underwater cars, dragsters, and hot rods.
Also worth considering:
- The super cool K’NEX Mighty Makers line for girls – think Goldiblox for under $10!
$19.99$9.99 (I showed the underwater set to my 5 year old and she got really excited which she doesn’t always do with building toys so we’ve already ordered it for under the tree this year.)
- The equally cool K’NEX K-Force line– basically K’NEX sets that allows kids to build their own nerf guns and arrows.
$24.99$11.99 and $49.99$22.50
From the Best Toys for Babies & Young Toddlers Gift Guide
Up to 40% Off Playskool Favorites including:
At first I was put off by the look of this toy when my son received it for his first birthday- it seemed like a lot of plastic and lights and not a lot to actually do. But it is now one of his favorites, allowing him lots of opportunities to stack, push buttons, learn about cause and effect and even get a very basic introduction to mechanics. (I like that he can play with it with the lights and music on or offtoo). One similarly pleased reviewer wrote, “My son received this toy for his first birthday! I will be purchasing it as gifts for all my friends!! He LOVES pushing the button and listening the the music. I was wondering if he would be able to figure out the gears, but he has caught on very quickly and loves to take the gears off and put them back on. He also enjoys stacking the gears up and watching them go around! I like that it has a handle so he can carry it around with him. It keeps him involved for up to 20 minutes at a time!
Go Car $
13.99 $9.09 (9 months – 2 years)
Easily pushable and graspable = the ideal first car for baby. I especially like all the fun colors it comes in.
Green Toys Recycling Truck
$27.99 $20.95 (1 months – 4 years) – Little girls and boys alike are drawn to things that go vroom. This Green Toy truck is truly green in every sense of the word. Made in the USA from 100% milk jugs, it is free of BPA, PVC, and phthalates plus it’s a recycling truck instead of the classic garbage truck. I also love that it has moving parts and is a bigger size – easy for young toddlers to manipulate.
From The Best Toys for Quality Dramatic Play Gift Guide
Learning Resources Pretend & Play School Set
$36.99 $17.74 (3 – 8 years)
This is such a popular toy and it’s no mystery why. Kids absolutely love playing school, especially when they have awesome props like this, and parents love how it fosters a love of learning. We bought it for my 4 and 6 year olds last Christmas and they play with it ALL THE TIME. From the manufacturer, “Part of the Pretend & Play line that fosters healthy early childhood development by helping kids interpret and imitate the world around them. The 149-piece set includes tri-fold board, grade book, stickers, hall passes, dry erase board, hand pointer, crayons, double-sided calendar, double-sided map, and more.” From a reviewer, “I gave this to my 6 year old last Christmas and it has been one of the most-played-with gifts ever. She is now 7 and she still pulls this out and plays with it all the time. She loves to play school with her younger brother. This set is perfect for 5-8 year olds. Highly recommend!”
Learning Resources Teaching Cash Register
$54.99 $36.77 (3 – 9 years)
An obvious extension of the play kitchen and all the play food that comes with it, is playing store. And the biggest prop needed for some good store play is a cash register – which as an awesome tool for burgeoning math skills. My kids started hoarded the register at a local drop in play center for over an hour at a time a couple year and I knew we had to get one for Christmas. A lot of research pointed to this one as being the best learning register on the market thanks to a working calculator and scale as well as being able to recognize real money and even incorporating math games. This is a toy that will grow with your kids.
Learning Resources Puppet-on-a-Stick
Playing with puppets is absolutely wonderful for storytelling and for learning about emotions, not to mention serving as a great tool for kids to communicate and learn through role playing. Educational Insight’s award-winning Puppets-on-a-Stick are almost irresistible with their rubberized from and super fun movable mouths. We got the unicorn versions of these as stocking stuffers for the kids this year and they are so impressive (and big!) in real life.
Green Toys Tea Set
$27.99 $24.44 (2 – 6 years)
Whether playing with mommy or a favorite doll, tea time is always a fun way to pass some time.We’ve had this set for over a year and it still looks like new (despite lots of use in the playroom, bathtub, sink and even sand box). Plus I love that Green Toys are 100% recycled, made from milk jugs, are FDA approved to eat and drink from, and do not contain BPA, phthalates, or lead paint.
Green Toys Tool Set
$27.99 $24.98 (2 – 4 years)
A tool set is another “must-have” toy in my book. They’re fantastic for dramatic play (my kids love finding new things to “fix”) all by themselves. Add in some working nuts and bolts and you’ve gotfine motor practice to boot. We bought a wood tool set for C and have been happy with everything except the durability, so far we’ve had a wrench and pliers snap. I think this set from green toys would be a lot more durable (there are sets available in blue, yellow, and green or brown, red, and blue as well).
From the Best Toys for Art & Crafts Lovers Gift Guide
Spirograph Deluxe Design Set
I get so excited when the toys I loved as a kid come back into vogue! I remember spending HOURS playing with my spirograph as a kid. The things you can make with this are unlimited but also so impressive looking. This one is a classic for a reason and the 50th anniversary edition has some cool extras including a carrying case with a built-in work surface and putty to keep the spirographs in place (so smart)… I also love, and will be buying for our daughter this year, thisSpirograph and Spirograph Coloring Book Combo Kit that comes with a spirograph set as well as a spirograph coloring book, similar to the mandala style coloring books highlighted in this guide, and colored pencils.
From the Best Kid Games Gift Guide
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Thinkfun Zingo Game
This is another super popular game with families with young children and it was another of our family’s first games. A lot like BINGO, players get picture cards and try to fill them up. There is a speed component too that we use about half the time with our 5 year old and skip with our 3 year old. We have both the standard version and the numbers/math version and both are regularly requested by the kids. Side Note: When your pre-readers become emerging readers, Zingo Word Builder, What’s Gnu? and Zingo Sight Words are also excellent!!
The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game
Friends of ours have this game and my kids have enjoyed playing with it during play dates. Along with the lovely look of the game, I like that it covers a wide range of skills by teaching matching, sorting, and strategic thinking while developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. It gets tons of great reviews on Amazon too.
Buy One Get One 50% Off Blue Orange Games including:
An award-winning game that centers around visual perception and speed. The goal is to be the first to identify a match on a pair of cards and to call out out the name of the figure in common.Teachers saw the learning potential in the huge popularity of this game and started to request educational versions. These are the result – I think we’ll be getting the whole Educational Set for the kids this year.
20% Off Select Wonder Forge Games including
Cat in the Hat, I Can Do That! Game
$19.99 $16.70 (3 – 8 years)
One of our kids’ first favorite games, this one is great for a mixed age range because it doesn’t require a lot of reading or focus. In fact, the whole point is to get up and move around and be silly– a life-saver on days when you’re stuck inside!
Richard Scary Busy Town
$24.99 $19.99 (3 – 8 years)
I have heard great things about this cooperative, non-competitive game from multiple sources but was really convinced when a mom of one of my son’s good friends was raving about it. Everything about this game is impressive, from the 6 foot long game board, to the amount of imagination and teamwork required. In fact, the company behind this game, Wonder Forge who also produces another of our favorites, Cat in the Hat, I Can Do That!, has won over 120 prestigious awards by creating good-for-you games that encourage teamwork, healthy competition, and get-up-and-go active play. This is the perfect game for children of multiple ages to play together and for when you hit that stage when kids pout a lot about losing or start to become ultra competitive.
The Best Toys for Vehicle Lovers Gift Guide
Bruder Crane Truck
If you’ve got a true vehicle lover at home then you know they can NEVER get enough construction vehicles to push around the floor (or around the sandbox). The Bruder versions are each realistic, high quality options that won’t disappoint. Their working parts are incredibly durable and our son absolutely adores his large working crane truck with stabilizer feet, which he uses for all sorts of imaginative play. Last year the only thing he got for Christmas was this flatbed truck and backhoe which is all he wanted, and he was totally thrilled.
These guys didn’t quite make the cut into our gift guides this year but they’re still great toys- especially at these prices!
Disney Frozen Karaoke (Amazon Exclusive)
Osmo Gaming System for the iPad
I’ve been eyeing this cool system for both it’s art and game capabilities for a while now. This is the lowest price I’ve seen and if we had an eye pad I’d be all over it for the kids this year.
My Little Pony Friendship Rainbow Kingdom Playset
LeapPad LeapBand Activity Tracker
Nerf N-Strike Mega BigShock Blaster
$10.99 $6.37 (Would be a great stocking stuffer)
Planes Fire & Rescue Die Cast Collection
Thames & Kosmos Chemistry Set Chem C500
Crayola Color Wonder Light Up Stamper
LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra Kids’ Learning Tablet
Lalaloopsy Super Silly Large Party Dolls
Gyro RC Quadcopter with Camera
$99.99 $54.99 (I know a lot of older kids that would love this)
AquaBead Deluxe Pen Playset
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Check here to see if that game, toy, or character your kid has been begging for is currently on sale:
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