The 50 Best Toys and Games for Kids

by Caitlin McCormack | Last Updated Feb. 25th, 2016

Toys and games can help children to develop practical skills such as fine motor skills and critical thinking skills, and they’re also a fun way to spend a night as a family.

Some of the toys and games listed below may fall between age ranges, but we’ve tried to place them where we think most appropriate.

In no particular order, here are 50 of the best toys and games for kids by age range, based on available features and average customer ratings and reviews.

Toys and Games for Kids Under Age 3

Help your little one ease the pain of teething with this cute and colorful necklace made of silicone that helps to massage your little one’s gums and is FDA approved and completely BPA-free.

Key features:

  • Available in a number of different styles
  • Suitable for those of teething age
  • Latex-, PVC-, lead-, and rubber-free

Cost: *Est. $16.99

2. Designer Baby Teething Necklace for Mom by Toddle Turtle

Ease the pain of your little one’s teething with this cute and stylish necklace for mom. It also helps to keep older babies focused while nursing. It’s dishwasher-safe for quick and easy cleaning and is FDA approved.

Key features:

  • Suitable for those of teething age
  • Made of 100% food-grade silicone
  • BPA-, PVC-, phthalate-, latex-, lead-, cadmium-, and heavy metals-free

Cost: *Est. $14.95

3. Skip Hop Zoo Bath Squirties

This cute little bath toy features four signature Skip Hop characters with floatation rings that help to engage your little one’s imagination during bath time play.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 9 months and up
  • Easy for little hands to grasp and squeeze
  • Phthalate-free

Cost: *Est. $16.99

4. HABA Building Blocks Sevilla

This special building block set features unique shapes and designs that help to encourage your child’s imaginative skills and stacking abilities. There are 25 blocks included in this set, which is made of solid beech wood and non-toxic solvent-free dyes.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 1-3 years
  • Helps with color and shape recognition
  • Made in Germany

Cost: *Est. $75.99

5. Disney Baby Squirt Activity Toy

This cute and cuddly turtle is based of the cool little dude in the Finding Nemo film and features a soft mirror, chime, and various textured surfaces to help engage your baby’s developing senses.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages birth-3 years
  • Includes a clip for attaching to stroller, diaper bag or car seat
  • Unisex design

Cost: *Est. $18

6. WolVol Press And Crawl Inchworm Baby Toy

This cute little worm toy helps encourage babies to get moving with its own crawling motion that tots love to chase. Rattling beads in the rear wheel help engage baby’s auditory senses and are fun to watch tumble around.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 6 months and up
  • Batteries included
  • Plays music with the touch of a button

Cost: *Est. $24.94

7. Intellectual School Bus Activity Toy Vehicle

This cute little toy bus drives along to the tune of The Wheels On the Bus and is able to bump and turn in all directions. It runs on batteries (not included) and features a book on the top that plays different animal sounds when its pages are flipped.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 12 months and up
  • Includes two toy passengers
  • Music can be turned off, if desired

Cost: *Est. $22.95

8. Sassy Developmental Sensory Ball Set

This three ball set helps to engage your baby’s sensory development with different textures, sizes and colors that are easy for little hands to grasp and hold. There’s even a ball with a bell inside to help with baby’s hearing.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 3 months and up
  • Helps to encourage crawling
  • Unisex design

Cost: *Est. $9.99

9. ilovebaby Two In One Checkers and Mega

This great big game pad allows older babies and toddlers to enjoy a game of checkers or mega. The pieces are large enough for little hands to grasp and place, and the board is made of soft cloth.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 12 months and up
  • Can easily travel for fun on the go
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors

Cost: *Est. $12.59

10. Fisher-Price Little People Disney Aurora and Friends

Fisher-Price’s Little People get the Sleeping Beauty treatment in this adorable set that features Aurora and her three fairy godmothers. They’re perfect for little hands to grasp and play and help encourage your child’s imagination and creativity.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 18 months-5 years
  • Optional enchanted palace sold separately
  • Princess will talk and sing in the castle

Cost: *Est. $8.99

11. Learning Resources New Sprouts Breakfast Basket

Inspire creativity and a love of healthy eating in your little one with this set that includes a number of different popular breakfast foods in a convenient carrying basket. All pieces are soft and durable, and ideal for little hands to grasp and hold.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 24 months-10 years
  • Includes 15 breakfast foods
  • All pieces are fully washable

Cost: *Est. $18.74

12. Cute Animal Baby Bath Toys Bundle With Organizer

This adorable bath time bundle comes complete with four animal toys, three loofahs, a mesh holder, and PVC bag for storage.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 12 months and up
  • Ideal for little hands to grasp and play
  • BPA-free

Cost: *Est. $19.97

13. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy

This portable toy features seven different baby-friendly melodies that are sure to have your little one grooving to the music in no time. Adjustable volume control means you can play it both loudly and quieter.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 6 months-2 years
  • Award-winning design
  • Unisex design

Cost: *Est. $6.69

14. Learning Resources New Sprouts Garden Fresh Salad Set

Inspire creativity and a love of healthy eating in your little one with this set that includes a number of different popular salad foods in a convenient carrying basket. All pieces are soft and durable, and ideal for little hands to grasp and hold.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 36 months-12 years
  • Helps to encourage healthy eating habits
  • All pieces are fully washable

Cost: *Est. $20.99

Toys and Games for Kids Age 3-5

15. Original Silly Putty Metallic Silver and Gold Combo

Kids will get a kick out of molding, sculpting, bouncing, shaping and more with the original Silly Putty in this multipack that includes two different colors.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 4 years and up
  • Storage containers included
  • Helps inspire creative play

Cost: *Est. $11.99

16. Dinosaur Party Pack Bundle

This multipack of toys features a variety of dinosaurs that glow in the dark, stretch and more for hours of creative and imaginative play.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 4 years and up
  • Includes a kit to build your own dino
  • Includes a variety of sizes and colors

Cost: *Est. $7

17. Sands Alive Glow Sand Starter Set

Little scientists will love playing with this glow-in-the-dark play sand that can easily be shaped and molded to anything your child can imagine. UV light pen and glasses are included.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 3 years and up
  • Play tray included
  • Award-winning design

Cost: *Est. $24.99

18. Play Visions Sands Alive 3D Safari Animal Set

This Sand Alive kit features three 3D animal molds as well as a roller and play tray for hours of indoor sensory play. It helps little ones to develop their gross and fine motor skills as well as imaginative play.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 3 years and up
  • Made of all natural materials
  • Antibacterial, never dries out

Cost: *Est. $19.99

19. Ty Beanie Babies Yo Gabba Gabba

Everyone’s favorite bean bag toy gets the Yo Gabba Gabba treatment with this fun set of five of the show’s characters. They are soft and squishy and perfect for little hands to grasp and hold.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 3 years and up
  • Official Ty product
  • Handmade design

Cost: *Est. $99.95

20. LEGO Compatible Brick Building Baseplate by Brickyard

Perfect for the LEGO-loving tot in your life, this baseplate allows them to place pieces and build on an ideal surface that is also lightweight and portable. It is available in single or multipacks, to suit your family’s needs.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 4 years and up
  • Choose from several colors
  • Stronger and more durable than comparable baseplates

Cost: *Est. $9.99

21. Epoch Sylvanian Families Sylvanian Family Dining Kitchen Set Electric Kitchen Set

This cute little kitchen set is perfect for those that love to play make believe and is a great addition to any dollhouse or other play set. It comes complete with a serving cart, blender, rice cooker, pan with lid, toaster, coffee pot, thermos, bread box and various food items.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 5 years and up
  • Made in Japan
  • Compatible with Calico Critters sets

Cost: *Est. $7.61

22. Mindscope Light Up LED GLOW PAD PINK Animator with Glow Markers

This unique sketch pad comes complete with four colorful highlighters that allow your child to write secret messages and animate their drawings with neon LED lights. It’s perfect for on-the-go artwork and comes with an easel and suction cups to display your child’s work.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 4 years and up
  • Batteries not included
  • Integrated marker storage

Cost: *Est. $19.90

23. Fisher-Price Imaginext Super Friends Penguin and Batman

This cute little set comes complete with the Penguin sub as well as Penguin and Batman figures to help bring the world of Gotham City to life. Helps to encourage creative and imaginative play.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 3-7 years
  • Part of larger collection of toys
  • Ideal for play in and out of the bath

Cost: *Est. $29.95

24. Hape Stormy Seas Game of Balance

Challenge your child’s balancing skills with this game of strategic placement that is also fun for the whole family. It comes complete with a boat with flag, 25 cargo pieces and one die.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 3-8 years
  • Made of bamboo and German dyes and inks
  • Perfect for little hands

Cost: *Est. $35.99

25. Giant Jumbo Deck of Big Playing Cards

These jumbo playing cards are perfect for little hands to grasp and hold and are made of heavy duty cardstock to stand up to children’s play. The deck comes complete with 52 playing cards as well as two jokers.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 3 years and up
  • Ideal for any card game
  • Ideal for those with visual problems as well

Cost: *Est. $6.99

26. Blue Orange Spot It! San Francisco

This fun eye-spy game features familiar landmarks from the Golden Gate city and is suitable for children and adults alike. Up to 8 players can get in on the action at once.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 3 years and up
  • Easily portable
  • Includes 55 game cards

Cost: *Est. $11.99

27. Learning Kids Garden Tools with Learning Guide

Inspire creativity and a love of the outdoors in your little one with this set that includes a number of different popular gardening tools in a convenient carrying bag. All pieces are strong and durable, and ideal for little hands to grasp and hold.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 3-12 years
  • Outdoor learning guide included
  • Suitable for use in the garden, at the beach, and more

Cost: *Est. $17.50

Toys and Games for Kids Age 5-8

28. Crayola Washable Crayons 24/Pkg

Give your little one the gift of art with this package of washable crayons that includes 24 different colors. These crayons are non-toxic and are easily washed off walls with some warm water and a sponge.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 3 years and up
  • Made in Mexico
  • ASTM D 4236 compliant

Cost: *Est. $9.31

29. Active Kyds Premium Kids Leather Tool Belt

Your budding contractor will love being able to work right alongside mom and dad with their very own tool belt. It’s suitable for waist sizes 21-32 inches and includes several pouches and tool loops.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 3-10 years
  • Also available in pink
  • Made of genuine leather

Cost: *Est. $29.99

This fun little scooter helps your child practice and master their balancing skills and comes completely assembled, so your little one can get riding straight out of the box.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 3-10 years
  • Made in the USA
  • Available in a choice of colors

Cost: *Est. $89.95

These temporary tattoos offer your child an opportunity to express themselves and include several fun designs that are sure to inspire any child. They’ll even stay put at the beach or the pool.

Key features:

  • Good for ages 6 years and up
  • Easy to apply and remove
  • Lasts up to seven days

Cost: *Est. $12.96

32. Wackee Six Party Card Game

This game can be enjoyed by the whole family and is ideal for 2-12 players at a time. It comes with a specially-designed play mat and different colored card decks to help teach the game in less time.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 6 years and up
  • Play in teams or as single players
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $25.99

33. KRE-O CityVille Invasion Value 2 Pack

This two pack of KRE-O CityVille toys allows your child to build a fantasy world and practice their imaginative and creative play skills. The set contains a total of 403 pieces that allow your child to build the marina and hideout.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 7 years and up
  • Includes three motion bricks
  • Includes a mystery Kreon figure in each set

Cost: *Est. $19.99

34. LEGO Creator Red Creatures

This LEGO set includes enough pieces to build three different creatures – a fire-breathing dragon, a scorpion and a snake – or whatever your child’s imagination can create.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 7-12 years
  • Includes moveable wings
  • Stands approximately 6 inches high

Cost: *Est. $14.99

35. Monster High Social Spots Creepateria Accessory

This Monster High accessory kit complements the Monster High dolls and lets your child recreate their favorite scenes from the show right in your own home. The food counter even includes a working guillotine switch.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 6-15 years
  • Includes table, two seats, food
  • Doors open, shelf pulls out

Cost: *Est. $24.99

36. Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Scarecrow and Poison Ivy Figure

Your child will enjoy hours of creative and imaginative play with these DC character figurines that are fully poseable. Collect them all for a complete set of heroes and villains.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 3-8 years
  • Perfect for little hands to hold and play
  • Compatible with other Imaginext sets

Cost: *Est. $7.99

The Angry Birds get the K’nex treatment in this fun set that allow your child to bring the game to life by building and destroying entire levels.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 6 years and up
  • Includes a working launcher
  • Other sets available

Cost: *Est. $24.99

38. Zingo Time-Telling Board Game

This board game is a fun and creative way for little ones to learn the concept of telling time on a clock and is suitable for 2-6 players at a time.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 5 years and up
  • Choose from different difficulty levels
  • Helps teach and reinforce math skills

Cost: *Est. $16.99

39. Pet Detectives In Box

This game requires finding lost pets and returning them to their family. Whoever returns the most pets by the end wins. It even includes customizable cards that allow your child to include their family’s own pet in the fun.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 7 years and up
  • Suitable for 2-10 players
  • Helps develop memory and math skills

Cost: *Est. $11.99

40. Laser Maze Junior Board Game

This award-winning game challenges little thinkers to bounce a laser off mirrors in order to make their way through the maze. It’s perfect for building your child’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills and includes 40 different challenges of varying difficulties.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 6 years and up
  • Single player game
  • Batteries not included

Cost: *Est. $29.89

Toys and Games for Kids Age 8-12

41. ilovebaby Brand New Pink Matryoshka Nesting Dolls

These cute nesting dolls feature seven Russian wooden nesting dolls that are beautifully hand painted and make an excellent gift and display item.

Key features:

  • Good for children ages 10 years and up
  • Keychain included
  • Approximately 7.5 inches high

Cost: *Est. $19.69

42. LEGO City Arctic Outpost 60035 Building Toy

This LEGO set includes 374 pieces that allow your child to build the Arctic outpost of their dreams, or whatever else they can think of, and comes with three Arctic explorer mini figures.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 5-12 years
  • Helps develop creative and imaginative play skills
  • Includes an ATV, various mechanic tools

Cost: *Est. $32.99

43. Breyer Gypsy Vanner Toy Figure

This beautiful figure has been hand painted based on the design of artist Kathleen Moody and features unmatched realism and attention to detail.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 8-15 years
  • Scaled at 1:9
  • Ideal for collecting and displaying

Cost: *Est. $36.60

This whimsical puzzle features an extra large design and 100 pieces to help keep little ones focused and engaged in play. These puzzles have been designed to be durable enough to stand up to children’s play.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 6-15 years
  • Helps develop concentration skills
  • Helps develop independent play skills

Cost: *Est. $12.73

45. Two Rooms and a Boom

This exciting party game is suitable for 6-30 players and involves the skills of socialization, strategy, and deduction in order to complete the challenge. It also helps to develop trust and teamwork skills.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 8 years and up
  • Play for 7-20 minutes at a time
  • Includes Kickstarter stretch goals

Cost: *Est. $24.99

The most award-winning party game of all time, this board game is fun for the entire family and combines both trivia and gambling for a fast-paced, high-stakes game.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 10 years and up
  • Suitable for 3-7 players
  • Deluxe edition includes upgraded components

Cost: *Est. $26.08

47. 24 Game Single Digits

This creative game lets kids practice their math skills and contain cards of varying difficulty for various age and skill levels. It helps your child with creative problem-solving skills and is great fun for those of all ages.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 9-18 years
  • Contains 48 double-sided cards
  • Perfect for traveling

Cost: *Est. $11.03

Toys and Games for Kids 12+

48. Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. MonsterArts MFS-3 Type 3 Kiryu Mechagodzilla Action Figure

This action figure features a durable diecast and plastic construction that can stand up to the destruction it’s sure to wreak at the hands of your child. It comes complete with an array of actionable parts to help inspire creative play.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 15-16 years
  • Backpack detaches
  • Stands 6 inches tall

Cost: *Est. $199

49. Flapjacks and Sasquatches Card Game

Older kids and adults alike will have fun with this card game that forces you to make your way out of the wild in a calculated and strategic way. It is packed with quirky humor to get players laughing and comes complete with the side of bacon expansion.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 12-15 years
  • Suitable for 2-8 players
  • Playing time of 20 minutes

Cost: *Est. $24.99

50. Telestrations 12 Player Party Pack

This game takes the classic game of telephone and merges it with pictionary for hours of laugh-out-loud family fun with no special drawing skills necessary.

Key features:

  • Recommended for ages 12-15 years
  • Award-winning design
  • Includes 12 erasable sketch books, dry erase markers, and clean-up cloths

Cost: *Est. $39.67

 
 
   
 
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