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33 Toys You Still Have Time To Get That Reviewers Say Kept Kids Busy For Hours

If your children are anything like mine and they lose interest in new toys within minutes of opening the box, then this list should help.

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1. A marble run set that provides endless possibilities to build creative structures — all while developing their problem-solving skills. They'll be ~ah-mazed~ at the results when the marbles roll through the mazes they create.

2. A Snap Circuits kit to give young engineers a hands-on intro to how electrical circuits work while they figure out how to assemble over 100 ~working~ circuit projects with 30+ electronic parts that snap together easily on the included plastic grid. (No tools needed!)

3. A wooden puzzle equivalent to playing Tetris but in tactile form that'll ~exercise their brain~ without any screen time.

4. A sight word Bingo game if you've ever asked yourself, "How do I take the frustration out of learning sight words and make it FUN?" then this game is for you.

Word board with chips, cards, and packaging

5. A National Geographic geodes kit that'll blow any junior geologist's mind and give them an excuse to smash rocks with a hammer.

6. Otrio, a twist on the classic tic-tac-toe that'll become a game night favorite with all ages — from your 8-year-old nephew to Grandpa Joe.

concentric circle pieces on otrio's wooden board

7. A Lego movie activity kit to unleash any aspiring filmmaker's creativity. Prepare to be impressed when they get the hang of making short stop-motion videos (using their phone, tablet, or computer) in no time!

8. And a Pixicade mobile game maker for turning screen time into a creative STEM activity by letting kids turn their own drawings and concepts into playable video games (build up to 1,600 video games). They can sketch the game on paper, snap a pic of it, and then play an animated version on their phone or tablet.

9. A Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza card game that'll have the whole family in tears from *belly laughing* so hard.

10. A Gravity Maze game to challenge kids to use spatial reasoning to solve the puzzles and figure out how to construct pathways to get the marble to drop to the final cube.

11. A 360-degree-rotating three-in-one LED globe, constellation map, and night-light that'll make it possible to explore the world and star gaze from the bedroom. And, the night-light emits a celestial glow that even 8-year-olds will love.

A reviewer's split image photo of the globe in world map form and lit up in constellation mode

12. A scratch paper art set to make you nostalgic for your childhood when nothing was more satisfying than drawing on the surface to reveal the rainbow colors underneath.

13. A Melissa & Doug activity book with a pair of safe scissors to channel their (*cough* destructive) energy into a creative activity that'll put their fine motor skills to the test.

14. An LCD writing tablet that'll encourage future Einsteins to practice their numbers and letters. Added bonus: They might even consider trading their iPad for this cool gadget.

15. A Stomp Rocket launcher for teaching the kids basic physics (without suspecting it!). They'll have such a *blast* as they jump on the launch pad, count down to liftoff, and watch the rockets soar up to 200 feet high.

The stomp rocket launcher

16. A solar-powered DIY robot kit so young STEM enthusiasts can get the *gears* in their head turning as they build 12 different types of moving robots.

17. A flower-building activity set — a STEM-based toy (literally and figuratively) to make the imagination of horticultural enthusiasts blossom while creating bouquets and gardens.

18. A Magna-Tiles set because studies have shown it'll hold any kid's attention wayyyy longer than most toys. JK, but seriously, any parent who has bought this cool building set will attest that it's worth.every.penny.

19. A Craft-tastic "Make a Fox Friend" kit that comes with everything budding crafters need to make an adorable fox stuffie along with glam accessories (while learning basic sewing skills!). They'll especially love changing their foxy friend's outfits over and over.

20. A glow-in-the-dark fort building kit for stimulating any future architect's imagination so they can engineer igloos, rockets, and castles and then giggle and scoot in their "secret hiding place."

21. An affordable drone probably because most kids have been begging for one for months. This will *propel* you to instant fave status.

22. A Dyson Ball toy vacuum with realistic sounds and pretty decent–working suction that'll make little helpers want to clean the house nonstop. But hey, who's complaining?

23. An interactive dinosaur toy because every kiddo deserves a dino BFF that'll roar when you roar at him, bust out cool breakdancing moves when you put his headphones on and even fart if you pull his tail 🦖 😂.

24. A 100 Words Book that'll interact with budding scholars and help build their vocabulary in English and Spanish.

The 100 Words Book for kids

25. A Disney Princess necklace activity set with more than 30,000 5-star reviews (!!!) that'll *charm* any little diva.

26. A rainbow-colored saucer swing guaranteed to add swirling pops of color and become your toddler or teen's fave ~hangout~.

27. A set of rainbow popping toys for fidgety hands looking for a satisfyingly cute and infinitely reusable Bubble Wrap experience.

28. A remote control stunt car that'll zip its way into any thrill seeker's heart with 360 degree spins and ability to maneuver through any situation — carpet, hardwood, grass, dirt, or gravel (even obstacles!).

29. Banzai Bump N' Bounce Body Bumpers for impromptu battles in the yard or living room that'll elicit nonstop silliness and laughs.

30. A foam pogo jumper far safer that the good ol' pogo stick, with a sturdy foam base to stand on, so little hurricanes can burn off their energy hopping from room to room as grownups secretly wait their turn.

31. A giant bubble wands kit to keep kids and grown-ups *mesmerized* thanks to the two-handle wand that makes the most ~ginormous bubbles~ they've ever seen.