If your house is anything like my house, there’s arguable millions of toys in the toy room. Half of them are spread out on the floor and have tiny pieces and the other half sit on a shelf and never get played with. Whether your looking to start your own play room, to get a gift for a child, or just for fun, this guide will help you find the best toys for kids, things they will actually play with and be able to learn or use their imagination.
The best toy for girls ages 5-10 are American Girl dolls. They are quite pricey, in the $100 range, but they are made from very high quality materials that are made to last. Many dolls last for them to pass on to their kids. They are fun to read about (each one comes with a historical book with the doll in the story), learn about, and to dress up and play with their friends. There are many off brand dolls and doll clothes that can be purchased for a fraction of the price. Target sells an Our Generation Doll for $30 and Little Adventures sells 18″ doll clothes for $16.
The best toy for boys ages 3-5 is Thomas the Train. Thomas the train toys are also made from high quality wood, metal, and plastic. A train table makes pretending with Thomas very fun and there are endless possibilities to cities and towns you can create with the tracks and cars. Thomas teaches responsibility which is very important for little boys.
Another brand that is wonderful for kids is Melissa & Doug. They make wooden toys and puzzles for all ages of children. From lacing shapes to arts & crafts, you can’t go wrong with getting your kids these toys. They also make amazing gifts that are appreciated for years and passed down to younger siblings. Best of all, they are very reasonably priced. They can be found at your local stores, or Amazon sells a large variety.
Babies are very easy to buy toys for. Babies love bath toys and books. The best books for babies are board books that don’t have pages that can be ripped. Open and close the flap books are great and books with bright colors and interesting rhymes are perfect for babies. You never want to buy toys for babies that can be choked on.
Toddler are just learning how to get around. Push toys are great to help them stay steady and to be more mobile. You should make sure not to get toys for toddlers that could possibly be choked on as they still put a variety of things in their mouth.
Older children are great at playing pretend. A great toy for kids of this age are dress up clothes. Little girls like to dress up as their favorite princess and pretend they are going to marry a handsome prince. Little Adventures has a great line of princess dress up costumes from Sleeping Beauty to Belle and best of all they are machine washable and comfortable to wear and won’t itch your child. Little boys usually like to dress up as race car drivers or superheroes. Some may like to dress up like Harry Potter, a wizard, or a prince. Make sure you find a good quality costume that won’t fall apart. Plastic costumes are out, they fall apart or break after one or two wears.
Last but not least, don’t forget the building toys. Blocks like Imaginariom marble runs and Legos can provide hours of creative fun and play. Building a school, a house, or anything else can provide fun for the whole family and can be done together if wanted. Make sure if there are babies in the house, not to get the small Legos because they can be choked on.