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39 Toys And Games That'll Give Them Something To Do During Winter Break

Because kids stuck inside with nothing to do is a breeding ground for chaos. *pops cap off the aspirin bottle*

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1. Pixicade mobile game maker in case the child you're buying something for is not only into video games but also interested in making their own. They can draw a photo, take a picture of it, play, and share their game. They can build 1,600 video games! 🤯


Promising review: "Man I love this thing, but my 8-= and 6-year-old sons love it even more. We’re those parents who are a little fanatic about 'screen time' with our kids. Let me tell you something, MOST of the time is spent with the kids building their game. The markers, paper, and most importantly their imaginations of drawing new games are 90% of the fun because they know that their drawing will eventually ~come to life~ on the iPad. It sounds unbelievable, but it’s true. The different colors are used to create different things that the game automatically recognizes on paper — e.g., use 'red' to draw hazards; use 'green' to make your character that can move, etc. My boys draw anything and, like magic, the screen brings it to life and the remaining 10% blows their little minds (and the parents minds, too). Not really sure how it works, but we have a giant notebook full of different drawings and games, two boys who can’t stop using it, and two parents who are totally OK with this kind of 'screen time.'" —Lil

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (also available in a 2,000 games version).

2. A Miko 3 — a splurge-worthy robot that might look like a fancy toy to the untrained eye but is so much more. This robot is packed with games and educational content and can play, help with homework, and act as a video chat device when you want to check in on the kid. It's...pretty amazing.

Amazon, Miko

Get it from Amazon for $199 (available in two colors).

3. Brain Flakes, a set of 500 colorful disks that'll keep them entertained as they build a variety of combinations, structures, and patterns that help them build their coordination and dexterity while fueling the creativity.

Ten Little

Ten Little is a small woman-owned business that created their company to make it easier for parents to shop for their kids at every size and stage of their lives.

Get it from Ten Little for $15.99.

4. Or, a set of magnetic pieces made from recyclable synthetic paper that'll give them the ability to transform 2D shapes into 3-dimensional creations. They can make anything from pinwheels to propellers which unlocks several creative possibilities.

Ten Little

Ten Little is a small woman-owned business that created their company to make it easier for parents to shop for their kids at every size and stage of their lives.

Get it from Ten Little for $44.99.

5. A Leapfrog learning pot for a pretend meal complete with five step-by-step recipes that introduce vocabulary, colors, and numbers. And, when they're done playing, you can put all the pieces inside the pot for easy storing.

the learning crock pot with toy vegetables and dishes

Get it from Amazon for $11.46.

6. A VTech KidiGo basketball hoop so your all-star can take it to the hole. The hoop comes with five game modes: free play, score challenge, time challenge, color challenge, and hot potato. The interactive headboard makes the games even more fun, ideal for hours of solo or group indoor activity.


Promising review: "I bought this for my grandson's 3rd birthday. He loves playing basketball so this is a nice hoop for him. I really like the sound effects, and the hoop is durable." —Chocolate

Get it from Target for $21.99.

7. Herd Mentality, a party game the whole family can enjoy where thinking like the ~herd~ wins you points. But, being the odd one out wins you...a pink cow?!


How to play: Someone reads a question. For example: “What's the largest fruit you could get in your mouth without chopping it up?” Then everyone writes down an answer. If the majority of the people playing wrote down the same answer as you, then you win cows. But, if you're the odd one out, you win a pink cow, which means your herd is worthless. The goal? Earn as many cows and try not to get the pink cow. ~Think like the rest of the herd.~

Promising review: "Easy to play straight out of the box! Love the social aspect, mind games, and the squishy pink cow!" —Sam

Get it from Walmart for $19.82 or Target for $19.89.

8. A Digimon X virtual pet monster that'll let them raise and train your own pet monster and battle them against friends. It's the same nostalgic toy of the '90s with a few upgrades, ready to entertain a new generation.,

Promising review: "I used to have one of the original Digimon when I was a child and loved it. So when I saw they had come out with these I was ecstatic. Once I explained what they were and that you could battle them, of course my son and daughter both wanted one of their own. Since then, they have added a lot more Digimon to them. Just figuring out the evolution paths is a rabbit hole in itself. I can't say much about the battery life since I'm still using the stock batteries, but we've already got a couple days of fun out. I don't expect them to last forever, but replacements are really easy to find nowadays. If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, I can highly recommend this." —jnich87

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four colors).

9. A Squeakee balloon dino that's part dinosaur, part balloon with more than 70 sounds and interactions. He stomps, chomps, and plays tug-of-war. You can tickle him, train him, and so much more.

the balloon dino toy that is green

Last year, I got the super-popular Squeakee balloon dog. It was a HUGE hit with my nephews. I'm even more excited for this new Squeakee because every kid wishes they could have a pet dinosaur, and now they can!

Get it from Amazon for $62.99.

10. A Beyblade strike battle set with a motorized Beystadium, two battling tops, and two launchers that'll brings an entirely new intensity to this spinning tops game.

Two kids battling their beyblades in the beyblade stadium

Get it from Amazon for $44.48

11. An Osmo Genius starter kit that can connect to your iPad or Fire Tablet to help your child learn through exploration and interactive games. They'll be too busy having fun to realize that they're actually learning.

the kit

Ideal for ages 6–10+, this kit is designed to teach: Visual problem-solving skills, puzzles, math, addition, counting, subtraction, multiplication, geography, marine biology, freehand drawing, gain listening skills, reading, learn physics & improve spelling & vocabulary. Osmo sees and reacts to every real-life move. Geared towards children & love of learning.

- Visual problem-solving skills

- Puzzles

- Math

- Counting

- Geography

- Marine biology

- Freehand drawing

- Listening skills

- Reading

- Physics

- Spelling & Vocabulary

Get it from Amazon for $74.99+ (available in three options).

Check out the full Osmo collection here

12. Or, BYJU'S Magic Workbooks featuring Disney to keep your child's brain learning during the break from school. They'll get to see some of their favorite Disney and Pixar characters while working through the interactive workbook that corresponds to their learning level.

the BYJU Magic Workbooks

Depending on the grade level, you'll receive 8–10 magic workbooks from various subjects like math, language, and reading. You'll also receive and Osmo iPad/Fire Tablet base and reflector, special crayons or pens, and a one-year subscription to BYJU's Learning App featuring Disney.

Promising review: " BYJU’S Magic Workbooks featuring Disney are not only fun, but the perfect supplement to what my daughter is learning in school. They are the perfect review for during the summer or any time throughout the school year. My daughter loves the Disney characters as well as the different options to learn (the app and workbook options). The program is really easy to use and we will continue to use this program until she’s completed all the grades." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $199.99 (available for Fire Tablet and iPad; grades Pre-K–3rd Grade). 

13. A human body toy with 29 pieces including a human body model and stand, nine squishy organs, 12 plastic bones and muscles, forceps, tweezers, and more. This will help your aspiring physician learn more about the body and how it all works together.

a child touching the stomach on the human body toy

It also comes with a body part organizer mat, instruction sheet, and a 24-page illustrated anatomy book.

Promising review: "My 9-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter love it. My daughter is a little young for the book and other materials but of course loves taking apart the body and touching the squishy organs. And of course, learning while doing so. It is perfect for my son. He has played with it everyday after school for a week now and everyday we read one section (2 pages) (1 organ) of the book. The booklets are cool too and explain the organs in an easy to understand ways and have cool fun facts for kids that can help them relate. I imagine this item will loose steam as an everyday toy but it will look cool on a book shelf until my daughter is ready." —Joe Possum

Get it from Amazon for $16.39.

14. A Got2Glow Fairy Finder in case the child you're shopping for is enamored by the magic of fairies. Carry the jar around and find fairies to collect. Once they catch the fairy, they can feed, play, and care for it. Each jar can collect more than 30 fairies, with 100+ fairies to collect in total. Friends can trade fairies they collect, too.


Promising reviews: "I got this as a birthday present for granddaughter. She absolutely loves it. It is super interactive and who doesn't like to catch fairies. I see this toy being the hot Christmas item this year." —Angela

"Hours of entertainment! My nieces played with it for four hours straight. It's so magical, I even loved the lights!" —sydthekid17

Get it from Walmart for $34.88.

15. Crayola mini marker sprayers that'll take their coloring to the next level with airbrush. Remember when airbrush t-shirts were all the rage? Well now, the kids can start their own airbrush phenomenon, starting with this kit. Don't be jealous, I'm sure they'll let you join in on the fun.


Promising review: "Very well made and durable! What a fantastic idea!!" —Jaclyn M Benasutti

"Got this for a birthday party and the kids went bananas. Even the adults enjoyed it! I would definitely buy again." —Nas

Get it from Amazon for $15.49

16. A Rainbow High color-change car with eight different color options for your doll's new ride. It has wheels that move, working seatbelts, a steering wheel, and room for your doll to bring a bestie along on their next adventure.

two rainbow high dolls in a car and color options the car can turn into including red orange yellow green blue and purple

Promising review: "This car is amazing! For those wondering, this car has flickering lights, too! Just press the gold button on the bumper after the purple lights. The car also needs three AA batteries to operate. To place the doll in the driver's seat, move the steering wheel up a bit and slide them in." —Dana Heerman

Get it from Amazon for $33.11.

17. A Blue's Clues play kitchen set for an imaginative play station inspired by one of their favorite shows. It has lights, realistic cooking sounds, and other interactive features that'll make cooking with Blue so much fun. Order up!

the kitchen play set and the accessories it comes with

The kitchen features a soap dispenser, sink, stove, oven, and refrigerator. The play set includes a kitchen, a handy-dandy recipe notebook, pan, spatula and spoon, Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper, Tickety Tock, plate, cup, pizza tray, and 12 play food accessories. 

Promising review: "Bought this for my nephew because he wouldn't stop messing with all of the cabinets in the kitchen. So now he has his own little kitchen! It's nice, sturdy, and comes with a lot of pieces. Also a good height for a 1-year-old. Super adorable!!" —Clarissa

Get it from Walmart for $59.99

18. An Air Hogs Super Soft Jump Fury, a super-fun remote car that can jump up to 22 inches high but land super soft, just in case it happens to land on you.

the jumping vehicle thats umping up stairs

Promising review: "My boys love this toy! The Air Hogs Super Soft Jump Fury remote control is easy to drive and full of surprises! The first time it jumped I screamed! The kids love it! While we couldn't get it to jump on slopes, it worked great on gravel and concrete, plus it's safe for indoors. We had ages 3–10 try it and everyone had an easy time with it. Lots of fun!" —Becca8g1

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

19. A Plugo Farm for a gift that'll keep them busy for the entire winter break. It's hard work maintaining a farm, and this one comes with more than 100 story-based challenges that your little farmer will have to tackle to manage their farm.

a child playing the plugo farm

Through tactile pieces, the child will manage their very own digital farm. Ideal for ages 4–10. They'll need a smart device. 

Get it from Amazon for $49.99 or from PlayShifu for $59.99

20. Or, Orboot Dinos because they've been in love with the prehistoric world since they saw their first brontosaurus. Now, they can travel back in time to explore and dig up more than 500 facts about dinosaurs. Sounds like a ~dino-mite~ gift to me.


Using their smart device, they'll explore the globe learning more and more about dinosaurs on their virtual journeys.

Get it from Amazon for $43.95 or from PlayShifu for $54.99.

21. A Play-Doh kitchen playset for the next master pastry chef to practice whipping up their own creations.


Get it from Walmart for $14.97.

22. Crossed Signals, a game where following instructions is the only way to win. Move or shake the wands up or down depending on the instructions. It has four game modes that you can play solo, in a group, with teams, or head-to-head. But remember, don't get your signals crossed!

a family playing the game

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

23. A Tobi 2 smart watch for kid-friendly tech that shares similarities with other smart watch devices. They can take selfies, play games solo or with friends, and even track their steps.


Get it from Amazon for $47.16 (also available in black and red).

24. A puzzle block set complete with 100 puzzle pieces and a travel case. An ideal gift for any curious and creative builders who love constructing new creations.

the puzzle pieces and travel case

Promising review: "My kids had fun playing and building with PLUS PLUS during our long car trips. The zippered case opens up and you can store the pieces inside. I put the pieces into a ziplock plastic bag so that they didn't accidentally fall out. My kids put the opened up case onto their lap to play. The white baseplate is handy for holding pieces together or it acts as a floor for whatever they're creating. We purchased an extra set of PLUS PLUS pieces to add to this case, so that the kids can build even more. Great travel toy as it's compact and keeps builders busy!" —Tea

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

25. An interactive labradoodle in case they've been begging for a pet and, unfortunately, will not be getting one soon. This pup can respond to touch or voice and has more than 150 sounds and reactions.


Promising review: "My daughter and nephew are 2 and they love her. We renamed her Bella." —pandagirly19

Get it from Target for $99.99.

26. Pictionary Air Harry Potter edition to test their wand capabilities. It's the same fun as classic Pictionary except this time you draw in the air and players can see what you're drawing on your smart device or the TV. Now they'll really be able to manage the mischief.

harry potter pictionary air game box

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Get it from Walmart for $23.49.

27. A karaoke machine any star-bound kid would love whether they enjoy making a show out of family night or just need to belt out their favorite tunes on a regular Monday afternoon.

a child singing karaoke with the machine

Get it from Target for $49.49.

28. Uno Flip in case your family is a huge fan of the original game. This game is just like the original until someone decides to flip the deck which switches the rules and turns the game upside down. And the best part is, you'll never see it coming until the card is played. 😈

the cards laid out on a table to show the different sides

Promising review: " This is the most evil but brilliant version of Uno I've ever played. It's a totally new twist on the old game we all grew up with, but still manages to keep the familiar concept and feel that draws you to Uno. These Uno twist games do seem to last a little longer than the regular game, but you will have so much fun plotting your next move (which inevitably will be foiled by someone flipping the cards) that you won't even notice. Also, the tin is a really nice touch to keep the cards in." —Jessica G

Get it from Amazon for $9.99

29. An interactive shopping cart that'll make shopping an educational experience. It comes with the cutest scanner that scans the shopping items and teaches them food names, colors, shapes, and numbers. And, everything fits neatly inside the cart for easy storing.

Amazon, Target

Promising review: "Very cute toy. My 4-year-old nephew and almost 2-year-old daughter have so much fun 'going to Target' with this basket/trolley. It’s a good size for either one of them. The little food pieces it comes with are handy when they do their pretend shopping. The scanner can read and teach the food pieces — so much fun! They stay entertained for quite some time compared to other toys they have lying around." —KaleaC

Get it from Amazon for $28.99 or from Target for $29.99.

30. Beat the Parents — a fun family game where both the parents and kids place a wager at the start of the game. Reviewers advise that you wager carefully, you don't want to be the one stuck on dog duty for the next three months.


Promising review: "I'll be honest — wager carefully because the kids have skills. This is one of our favorite family game nights and the competition gets pretty heated in our house." —Nicole

Get it from Target for $13.59.

31. An original Tamagotchi — a nostalgic toy that still has a tech element. (It's okay to buy them one and buy one for yourself, too.)


Promising review: "I bought this as a sort of nostalgic gift for my wife. And the problem is, she loves it. She spends more time with 'Tommy,' as she has named him, than our actual dog that is dying for her attention. I kind of like Tommy more too, because I don't ever have to clean up Tommy's dookies." —Cupcake

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 36 colors).

32. Or, a Tamagotchi Pix that comes with all the things we love about Tamagotchis with an added bonus — a camera. Now you can take pictures with the character you've nurtured and raised. You can also connect to other Tamagotchi devices, exchange gifts with characters, and explore.

a review photo of the tamagotchi pix in pink

Promising review: "First off, this is the cutest and coolest thing ever! Remember, it’s for 6+, if you’re over 20 and find flaws I think we know how fun of a person you are. It’s adorable! I’ve taken sooo many pictures and taken such good care of it she's soo happy! I’m excited to have this by my side till the end of time! 🌈✨ There’re other tamagotchis out there, but none have a camera, which makes the pix the coolest. 😇💖" —Gabii Webber

Get the Tamagotchi Pix from Amazon for $37.88+ (available in four colors).

33. Toy Story Talent Show to turn any family into an actual circus act. Get ready to strut your stuff when you perform 100 physical challenges and tongue twisters for the whole family.

a family playing the game with a parent balancing something on their foot

Promising review: "We modified the game a bit to make it playable for our 2-, 3-, and 4-year-old. It was so fun! We just pull the talent cards and everyone takes a turn. This game will definitely grow with them for years to come!!" —bmc

Get it from Amazon for $10.97

34. A mosasaurus from the Netflix series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous to add to their growing collection of prehistoric creatures. If they love dinos, they'll be over the moon when they unwrap this massive ocean protector.

the mosasaurus

Promising review: "The Jurassic World Ocean Protector Mosasaurus is an awesome toy. The toy itself is around 2-feet-long once it's all assembled (once taken out of the box you have to attach the tail and the flippers). It's a different color from the regular-edition Mosasaurus toy and it was made from a pound of recycled plastic that they removed from the ocean. So you get a cool toy and help the environment at the same time! Highly recommended." —Zad Nostrom

Get it from Amazon for $24.49.

35. A purse pet, a purse that's actually...alive? Yes! They get a 2-in-1 combo with this animal bag. Not only can they keep their tiny treasures safe inside, but their bag is also a pet with more than 25 sounds and reactions including eyes that really blink.

a child wearing the unicorn purse pet

Promising reviews: "This is a very well-made purse. There is a battery back inside of the purse that takes up a good amount of space. The design is cute, and the talking and blinking is fun!" —Kim

"I love everything about this purse. My 9-year-old granddaughter loves this purse. It's not big and doesn't hold a lot, but it holds enough for a 9-year-old. I'm happy with this purchase." —Sugarmaple120

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three styles). 

36. A Monster Jam megalodon monster wash, a monstrous color-changing car wash fit for their favorite monster trucks.

the megalodon car wash

Promising review: "We bought this set for my 4-year-old son who is a HUGE Monster Jam fan! He loves playing with his color-change dirty-to-clean trucks, so this is the perfect set! He has had a blast playing with this set. He loves the washer section where he spins his trucks rapidly, and just can't get enough of it. One of his favorite things to do with dad is go to the car wash and this Monster Jam truck was just like the real thing! The price value is also great! A MUST-buy for a Monster Jam fans!!!" —Veronica

Get it from Amazon for $34.99 or from Walmart for $24.97.

37. An Ada Twist scientist on-the-go lab set for future scientists. If they love experiments, they'll really dig this. It comes with six experiment cards and a variety of science gear — goggles, a beaker, a flask, test tubes, and more. Plus, it comes in a really neat carrying case making it easy to take on play dates.


Season 1 of Ada Twist, Scientist is available to watch on Netflix now.

Get it from Walmart for $44.44.

38. A Jumanji deluxe board game — a game for those who seek to find a way to leave their world behind. You roll the dice to move your token, doubles get another turn. The first player to reach the end wins. Adventurers beware: Do not begin unless you intend to finish; the exciting consequences of the game will vanish only when a player has reached Jumanji and called out its name.

the jumanji board game

Promising review: "Bought this for my kids birthday, haven’t seen or heard from any of the kids in a few weeks now. Best purchase EVER!" —William D. Dewitt

Get it from Amazon for $29.97

39. Rocky's Reuse It truck inspired by an episode of Paw Patrol that comes with a collectible figure and accessories. They can help Rocky reuse materials and transform them into tools to save the day!

Rocys reuse it truck with the rocky collectible figure

Promising review: "One of my favorite Paw Patrol vehicles. It's not too big or small. Rocky’s trash truck does multiple fun things and my grandsons love it. Designed after a fun Paw Patrol episode where they pick up trash all over town and turn it into other objects. Parts are just the right size for 3-year-olds. Grandma gives it the stamp of approval." —Tempered Clavier

Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.