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    Apr 24, 2020

    17 Toys That'll Help Keep Your Kids' Attention

    Literally anything so you can get some time to yourself.

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    1. A little trampoline so your beloved little ones can get out all that energy that's now been pent up from being indoors. When the weather isn't great (and they can't burn off energy running around outside), this will be the perfect alternate option.

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    Promising review: "Both of my children loved jumping on this trampoline. They were on it for hours non-stop playing and taking turns. Therefore the cost of this product is well worth it after seeing the children having fun. The best thing about this product is that during the cold winter days, it can be used indoors and on nicer weather days, it can be used outdoors." —cgruber124

    Get it from Amazon for $95.99.

    2. An Echo Dot Kids Edition that'll tell them stories, play music, and answer their one million questions while you're working from home. Finally some quiet time for you to focus!

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    All content is kid-friendly! Parental controls make it easy to review activity, set time limits, filter explicit songs, and pause Alexa.

    Promising review: "This was such a good buy for two boys, eight and nine. They use it daily to listen to music, play games (especially the Spongebob and Ghostbusters Challenge), listen to bedtime stories, set timers for brushing teeth or reading, listening to lullabies/sleep sounds, and so much more. The Echo Kids Edition perfectly filters kid-friendly things and I am so happy with this purchase. I really feel like I’m getting my money’s worth out of it with how much my kids use it. I’ve even caught them asking it about weather and history-related things. The sleep sounds are really cool, they are able to pick more than one sound at a time; they particularly enjoy the ‘rain and cats purring’ combo which I find hilarious. They also use it to call me on my phone when I’m out of the house. If they’re engrossed with something upstairs it’s so easy to use our Alexa downstairs to call them down without having to shout five thousand times. I absolutely love it, and my kids do too." —Mia

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in two styles).

    3. A Lego Classic Creative Brick box with 790 pieces in 33 different colors so they can really flex their creative muscles and spend ~hours~ building whatever their heart desires.

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    The set also includes eight different types of windows and doors, two green baseplants, and six tires and wheel rims, and is recommended for ages 4 to 99.

    Promising review: "I couldn't figure out why I had the only 5-year-old boy who never wanted to play with Legos. Turns out he just needed Legos Classics! Now, he spends hours and hours building the designs on the instructions but also just using the pieces to build his own ideas. These work out much better than all the complicated sets where you only build one thing." —DH

    Get it from Amazon for $43.99.

    4. A 48-piece solar system puzzle to not only teach them about the solar system, but to also enhance their strategy skills. They'll be able to put it together over and over and over again!

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    The puzzle is 2-foot-by-3-foot when assembled and recommended for ages 3 to 6.

    Promising review: "My 4-year-old loves space, and this puzzle was a prefect gift for him. He spends hours on it learning how to put puzzles together. Honestly, I was very very happy with this purchase. Also, the puzzle itself is great quality. The pieces have not yet broken or bent and the picture is not peeling off like other puzzles. I really like this one. I have also grown to really love and trust Melissa and Doug for their amazing-quality toys." —Angie M.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    5. A set of Magna-Tiles with square and triangle magnetic shapes they can stick together in multiple ways to build themselves a castle, a rocket ship, or a boat. The options are endless!

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    The set includes 32 translucent colorful shapes and is recommended for ages 3 and up.

    Promising review: "This is seriously the best gift we have ever gotten our son. He has these at his preschool and since Christmas he has them at home. He never tires of them. In fact, he plays with these almost every day, and his creativity astounds me. He learns so much about how to put things together and his imagination runs wild. He would play with these for hours if he could!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.47.

    6. A V-Tech Write & Learn board to teach them the difference between upper and lowercase letters, how to write their name, and how to draw basic shapes. Once they get going, they won't stop.

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    Recommended for ages 3 to 6 years.

    Promising review: "This is a great tool to use to teach littles their letters. My 4-year-old stays entertained for hours with this and is so proud to show off her letters as she learns to write them. I would highly recommend this for a road trip or anywhere that kids have to be for long periods of time." —Coop

    Get it from Amazon for $24.88.

    7. A KidiBeats drum set for your little rock star — just be prepared with a set of noise-blocking headphones. The set is A+ for sensory development, but I'd suggest also putting this in a room where it won't distract you while you're working.

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    The drum set has four modes of play, which include free play, letters, numbers, and follow-along. Recommended for ages 2 to 5.

    Promising review: "Not saying this in a bad way, but my toddler won't stop playing with this! The moment when she wakes up at 6 a.m. she plays with it, beep beep boom clang bang!! She evens wants to take it on car rides but I couldn't handle it...too much noise in the backseat! I mean, any toy that constantly makes the same sound over and over again will annoy me, but this one gets her attention for hours on ends. That's enough for me. If she's happy, I'm happy." —Jon

    Get it from Amazon for $19.59.

    8. A bag of Kinetic Sand they can pull apart, mold, and shape into any figure. It's sticky so it will hold shape, but will flow through fingers like real sand.

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    Pro tip: use this outside or contain within a sandbox indoors!

    Promising review: "We love Kinetic Sand! My son plays for hours every day in this sand. We originally had the beach sand and recently bought the green. Green is his favorite color. It does not dry out, we leave ours out in a homemade boat box. We bought a pack of small beach toys to use in the sand. Adults love playing in it too. Great buy for hours of fun." —Jason Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in three colors).

    9. A giant Jenga set so everyone can join in on the family game night you'll now be hosting once (or twice) a week. Hey – being indoors doesn't have to be a drag!

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    Promising review: "The kids absolutely love this game. Adults come out of their shells when they play it, too. The best family game we have owned. It may be the size of the blocks and the fact that the tower becomes so tall, but the kids totally crack up and become balls of laughter on the floor at least once while playing rounds of this game. This is a must-have for families. Really brings us together and makes a night great whenever we play it." —Aliza Violet

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    10. A bath toy that'll actually keep your kids entertained so you won't have to bribe them with extra screen time or candy to keep them in the bath.

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    This includes a fishing pole and three catchable characters.

    Promising review: "My daughter loves this toy. We've had this for a while and she always liked to play with it, but even more so now that she's gone fishing in real life. She tells me she's 'practicing' in the bathtub. One unexpected little bonus is that it's helped her with learning her colors. She can identify the blue, pink, and yellow 'fishies' and catch each one when asked. It's always nice when there's a little learning thrown into a toy when you weren't expecting it. I also like that it helps with motor skills and her precision. You have to line up the magnet on the end of the bobber with the magnet on top of each toy to 'catch' it." —Pinkribbon20

    Get it from Amazon for $7.73.

    11. A giant pong set for backyard fun once the weather gets a bit warmer. You're gonna be super appreciative of the moments you can spend together in the backyard getting some fresh air after being inside for a while!

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    Includes 12 buckets, two balls, a tote bag, and instructions.

    Promising review: "We purchased this game as a gift for a family we were staying with at their beach house. They had informed us it was a bit of a hike to the beach and everyone needed to pack light. This game was so easy to carry and was a huge hit with all ages. I ordered another set while sitting on the beach for my own family. Think corn hole, but way more portable!" —KR

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available as a combo pack).

    12. A classic game of Sorry! to transport you back to your childhood while your kids learn the game for the first time. Nothing like an old-fashioned board game to keep 'em entertained.

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    Promising review: "This is a fun game. It seems simple, the kid learns to play it fast, but it encourages thinking, planning, and strategy. It is also a great fun. My 7-year-old son enjoys it very much. Up to four players can play at a time, taking turns, so it's usually my son, me, my wife, and our cat. The good thing is that our son does not seem to be upset if he loses, as there is a lot of fun and ultimately luck that plays a big role, so you can be winning or losing until the last minute – therefore fun and intrigue are maintained until the last minute." —Frodo55

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    13. An ice cream Play-Doh kit so they can build the most delicious treats that they'll probably force you into trying, so get ready to faux-eat some ice cream sandwiches.

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    Includes sprinkle crank, ice pop mold, two cones, two cookie stampers, four sticks, a push ice pop mold, whipped cream tool, textured roller, cat stamper, two stands, two creation cards, and seven cans of Play-Doh.

    Promising review: "This looks exactly as pictured! My daughter and I had the best time with this product. The theme is so cute. The plastic is high quality and durable. The bright colored dough is included. The sprinkle maker is really cute and the ice cream sandwich, popsicles, and ice cream cone were our favorites. This is such a great buy for a great price. I highly recommend it!!" —A.Shop

    Get it from Amazon for $9.54.

    14. And! A play kitchen to keep them occupied while you're whipping up ~real~ breakfast. They'll probably insist on eating their own eggs and toast though, so good luck getting them to eat your more nutritious version.

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    Promising review: "Seriously the cutest play kitchen. I had heard this was going to be difficult to put together, was told to set aside aside 6-8 hours and have a partner to work on it with me. Honestly, it took me about 2.5 hours by myself and wasn't too grueling of a process. My daughter absolutely loves this kitchen. This is a great size for her now and will definitely last her years!" —Amanda Marcano

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99+ (available in two colors).

    15. Plus some pretend food so their kitchen is fully stocked with the works. Donuts for breakfast, hotdogs for lunch, and don't forget about fruit for snacking.

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    iPlay sells a play food set that includes everything from desserts to fruits. The set also includes plates and utensils.

    Promising review: "My toddler got this set to accompany his new kitchen for Christmas. He has never had so much fun with any other toys! He loves all of the pretend food and his favorite part is cutting the food with the knife on the cutting board it came with! The magnets are strong enough to hold, but not too strong for him to ‘cut’ through. All items were individually wrapped and arrived perfectly. I definitely recommend this product for your future chefs!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+.

    16. A Buddha Board that may actually get your little ones to unwind and calm down at the end of a day spent indoors. You're looking to have some quiet time for your own sanity and these paint boards can help them relax before bed.

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    Buddha Board sells tons of different drawing stations for kids and adult alike. Basically, you wet the paintbrush, draw whatever you want, then watch your design lightly fade away, allowing you to draw something else.

    Promising review: "This is such and awesome and creative outlet for kids. My son has one of these at his preschool and loves it. It has stood up against my daughter who pulls the tray close to her and it hasn't tipped yet. I love that there is no mess other than water and that it occupies them. It's nicely contained in the box as well. This would make a great gift for any age child or adult!" —Mama to lovebugs

    Get the full-sized board from Amazon for $34.95 and the travel-size, mini board for $14.95.

    17. A marble run set so your kids can get creative with building tracks and sharpen their logical thinking skills. They can race against each other while improvising on what pathway to build next.

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    Promising review: "My son has been nonstop building and is totally occupied by this toy! He LOVES IT; he was so happy to see it when it arrived. He likes that he can build many different types of tracks and continue hours of fun! This is a awesome toy!" —Amber Massin

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in two sizes).

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