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    44 Toys That Reviewers Say Kept Kids Busy For Hours

    You won't regret buying these toys because your kiddos will ~actually~ play with these more than once.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. 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.

    Child model holding felt fox doll
    Make a Fox Friend packaging and all included items
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My daughter opened this on Christmas day and worked on it for hours. She could do most things by herself, or with a quick demonstration. She especially loves that she can change the fox's clothes and potentially make more herself, patterned from the ones included. Perfect gift for any fox-loving girl!" —VBB

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (also available in mouse).

    2. Smart Lab human body toy featuring 21 removable body parts (complete with squishy organs) perfect for kiddos fascinated by human anatomy.

    The human body toy in packaging
    reviewer's photo of the body assembled

    Promising review: "Great learning toy. I got this for my kids (7, 9, and 11) while we are studying the human body for science and they are obsessed with this! They want to play with it all the time and can sit there for hours. They have learned so much just by playing with this toy and reading the book it came with." —Jacqueline

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    3. An ATV ride-on that looks like the real deal with powerful engine sounds, headlights, a horn, and tires boasting rubber grips so your little thrill-seeker can pretend they're *off-roading* in the backyard ~Fast and Furious~ style!

    A child model riding the red and black ATV
    A child riding the ATV in the backyard
    Walmart, Chandni Reddy / Buzzfeed

    My 5-year-old is OBSESSED with this ATV, and has a blast zipping around our yard on it. She loves that it looks realistic and I love that it's stable enough to handle her hair-raising maneuvers without tipping over. Plus, the speed is just right (up to 3 mph) — fast enough to feel thrilling but not so fast that I can't keep her from crashing into things. It has definitely become her favorite outdoor toy and she has even been begging to ride it to school. 

    Promising review: "After we received the Rollplay Powersport ATV, my son's reaction was everything I'd hoped — a scream of delight, a 'you're the best mommy ever,' and a lot of nagging to put it together. In just a few short days my 5-year-old son has already logged hours and miles of fun. Some of the benefits of the ATV are the tires, which aren't just hard plastic but have rubber grips, meaning the vehicle can go on pavement, up small hills like our driveway, and even over packed dirt. It also has enough functionality to move easily forward and backward, meaning my son can practice turning, parking, and fit through narrow areas like the backyard gate on his own. This is a fun, functional, sturdy toy and we're delighted with it." —Meredith

    Get it from Walmart for $269.99 or from Amazon for $219.99.

    4. A marble run set for providing 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.

    Reviewer's photo showing the marble run set
    Reviewer's video showing the marble run set in action

    Promising review: "My 5- and 3-year-olds (and me) have spent hours building towers and watching marbles clatter down these chutes, steps, gears and spirals, HOURS! And they’re not bored yet! It’s also educational learning the physics of slopes by experience. Plus, it comes with enough marbles that losing a few doesn’t matter." —Joyce Parker

    Promising review: "This is a really neat toy that has provided literally hours and hours of enjoyment for my 4-year-old nephew (and me!). The pieces fit well together, it is very sturdy and stands up well even on carpet. There are an infinite number of ways to build these runs, and this toy never gets boring. Highly recommended." —Becca

    Get it from Amazon for $40.99 (available in three styles).

    5. A Silly Poopy's Hide & Seek game, which involves hiding a fake rainbow-colored poo that says "yoo-hoo" and gives other hysterical clues about its hiding place. Kids who delight in toilet humor will get a total kick out of this.

    reviewer holding the rainbow poop toy
    A GIF of the multi-colored plastic Silly Poopy lighting up
    www.amazon.com, John Mihaly / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Let me tell you that if you want hours of endless fun of hide and go seek without having to hide yourself, this is a must get! When its hidden it makes various toot noises and says stuff so the kids know if they are close. And when they find it and press the button to do and sing the silly poopy dance....even you will dance and sing along!!! Doesn't need batteries and come on, its poop? Who doesn't think poop and toot noises are funny and if they don't they are lying to themselves. A must have for fun with your kids without barely doing any work!!." —andrea kelli gorman

    Promising review: "The Easter Bunny brought this for the kids, and it has been such a hit! Months later, they play with it almost daily! We adults even got into the fun and had a three-hour game of "hide-and-seek." One of my favorite Amazon purchases EVER! Hours of fun!" —Rochelle P.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

    6. An Encanto necklace activity set if your child is obsessed with the movie. They can mix and match colorful beads, necklaces and character charms to create bling worthy of a Madrigal, while singing "We don't talk about Bruno."🎶

    Encanto necklace activity set
    Three Encanto-themed necklaces
    Amazon

    My preschooler is OBSESSED with making these necklaces and I love that it keeps her off the screen. She totes her creations around in the adorable carry case and enjoys making Mommy (and Daddy!) wear them.

    Promising review: "My 3-year-old twins loved it, entertained for hours which is rare and so worth $7. Perfect for teaching coordination, color patterns, encourages creativity. The necklaces are a soft, stretchy material with a safe breakaway clasp but that also stays on well. I wore a necklace for hours around the house and didn't fall off. The beads are cute and a good variety of colors. Overall great project, loads of fun for toddlers." —Lyss

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 17 styles).

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

    the scratch art with a rainbow castle on it and wooden drawing utensils
    a reviewer's artfully drawn sugar skull

    Promising review: "I can not give these enough stars! These are the best thing ever, they keep my 5-year-old entertained for hours!" —turbo1795

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    8. And speaking of retro toys, a classic Playskool Sit ‘n Spin toy because it'll bring back so many fond memories from when you were little. What's better than bringing the same joy to your kiddos and watching life come full circle, or should I say full ~spin~? BRB, feeling dizzy.

    Recommended for ages 18 months+.

    Promising review: "I had one of these growing up, and couldn't pass it up for our 2-year-old. Just gave it to him yesterday, and he's spent hours on it already. Which is, of course, hilarious when he tries to get up! Good fun for him, good price for me. Win win." —B Thomas

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

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

    The wooden puzzle
    Reviewer's photo showing their child working on the puzzle following a leaflet that shows different diagrams

    Reviewer's say this is a great toy for all ages — from 3 to 12.

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised with how popular this was! I just bought it as a side gift for a child just because it was cheap and it was a puzzle-type toy. However, this kept both kids and adults immensely entertained for hours. It was challenging for everyone but a fun challenge. I’m purchasing another so we can race each other to finish at the next gathering." —Mrs. Dinkleberg

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    10. A pack of Crayola Globbles so your mini whirlwinds can run around the house hurling these sticky globs at the wall or ceiling. Don't panic, parents, reviewers say they don't leave a sticky residue.

    Reviewer holding six squishy balls in different rainbow colors in their hand
    reviewer throwing them all the wall where they stick

    Watch this mom explain why Globbles are her "new favorite thing ever" on TikTok.

    Promising review: "Promising review: "If you are a parent of little (or big!) kids, this is a gift that keeps giving. My kids have played with these for hours and hours. We have dogs and the balls easily wash and do not leave any residue on the ceiling or walls. The kids have created different games with them. Great $10 purchase!" —Abigail.

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $10.69

    11. A Hot Wheels car wash set, basically the most action packed toy in existence with a water-spraying octopus, color-changing car, elevator, and loop and spiral race tracks — really an unbeatable combo.

    The car wash toy
    reviewer's photo of their child playing with the car wash toy

    Promising review: "Best Hot Wheels toy we’ve ever bought! The entire family was impressed by this toy! My 6- (almost 7-) year-old built the whole thing on his own and couldn’t believe how much bigger it was than he expected! The car reveal was awesome as it goes through the wash and it’s very well designed to launch the car around and squirt water etc. We love all the hook ups for other tracks to go through and around the track. Kids (4-year-old girl included) played with this for literally hours on day one because it’s so cool! Minimal fighting over the shower octopus part. 😂 Very impressed, so glad we bought this! More fun than we even expected!" —ShopSui

    Get it from Amazon for $82.48+ (also available bundled with other toys).

    12. A color-your-own haunted castle playhouse to fill a rainy day with creative shenanigans. An ideal solution for parents tired of listening to cries of "I'm bored" 500 times, while stuck inside with the kiddos.

    Models coloring the cardboard haunted castle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My girls (2, 5) have spent hours and hours playing pretend in this castle. They work on decorating it gradually, but often stop to just play. Easy to set up. Great price." —ElaFree

    Get it from Amazon for $32.16.

    13. 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?

    Yellow vacuum with a grey handle and colorful balls in the clear cylinder
    Reviewer's photo showing their child using the vacuum

    Promising review: "Our son is absolutely obsessed with our Dyson (the real one). Which is why we purchased this toy Dyson vacuum for his birthday. He's 2-years-old and he is really enjoying having his on 'working' vacuum cleaner!!! He seriously plays with it for hours during the day. Turning it on and off and pushing it through the house just like we use our real vacuum. I would buy this again! It was his favorite gift!." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    14. Pixicade mobile game maker to turn 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.

    the product shot of pixicade
    a child playing the video game on their tablet that they created with pixicade

    This game comes with washable markers, instruction and quick start guides, and three activity books that cover 50 game design concepts, 30 instructional activities, and over 100 example games. You also need to download the Pixicade app available for iOS and android. The app only requires a camera and an internet connection. (iOS 8.0 and up, android 6.0 and up).

    Promising review: "Such a fun game. My kids love playing this game and have played the game for hours at a time. There is nothing like creating your own video game. We use this as a family game night. Create a game and see who can win." —BDTINY

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    15. A DIY puffy sticker kit easy enough for crafty kiddos (ages 6+) to tackle on their own with minimal supervision.

    Sticker press
    The colorful box
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great craft for my 7-year-old to do on her own! It's quick, easy to use and gives her hours of fun. So much that I ordered another one. I love how this craft kit is something she can do with no help. Yes the stickers are cheap to an adult but to a 7-year-old who colors and makes it on her own, its magic." —Coop

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    16. 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
    Amazon

    The set comes with 36 playing cards, 264 playing chips, caller's mat and cards, and a storage box. This version is a fun twist on the classic, but instead of calling out numbers, the leader calls out words (there are 46 most-used words), players search their cards for a match and place a red chip on the match. Once a player has covered the spaces on their card needed to win, they call BINGO! 

    Promising review: "Getting my daughter to do sight words has been a nightmare lately, she pretends she has no idea what anything is and refuses to sit down and try. But, with this game, she wants to play for hours!!! I give her two cards and we all play together as a family, she thinks it is the best game and it really is helping her learn her sight words!! Finally something that gets her excited about learning!!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $9.04.

    17. 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.

    a model placing a marble into the top of clear stacked cubes on the board of the game
    Reviewer's video showing the marble falling through a maze of stacked cubes

    The game comes with 60 challenges that range from beginner to expert so it will hold their interest as they work their way up to the trickier ones.

    Promising review: "What a great combination of construction, puzzles, and games! My 5-year-old and 8-year-old niece were able to challenge themselves to some of the levels (the 8-year-old was was more capable of solving them on her own). The adults also found themselves fixated on playing the different levels as well! It was challenging and fun! We love marble runs and games so this was a perfect fit. This is one of the few games that everyone asks to play and it's perfect when we have guests of kiddos over and keeps everyone busy and engaged for hours!" —Crystal Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $17.41 (available in four styles).

    18. A Stomp Rocket launcher because they'll have such a *blast* as they jump on the launchpad, countdown to liftoff, and watch the rockets shoot up to 200 feet high into the air.

    The stomp rocket launcher
    Reviewer's video showing their child launching the rocket by stomping on the base

    Promising review: "I purchased this as one of my stepson's birthday presents this past fall. He just turned 8, and I was trying to get some more outside toys to play with. I thought that he'd enjoy it, but I had no clue how popular this freakin' toy would be. All of our kids, ages 2–8, LOVE this thing and so do all of the neighbor kids. It is played with every single time the kids are outside, sometimes for hours. I have never seen my kids play with ANYTHING for hours, but they sure do with this. Taking it out guarantees that every kid under the age of 12 will appear in our yard." —TheLeeFamily

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in five styles).

    19. A miniature baking set perfect for the aspiring Dominique Ansel in your life. It's true what they say, "good things come in small buttery, gooey, sugary packages."

    Tiny baking set with cookies
    Reviewer image of a mini pie

    The set comes with a storage tin, rolling pin, wee knife, pizza/dough cutter, mixing spoon, three wee spoons, mixing bowl, pizza/pie pan, pie server, sheet pan, silicone cake and cupcake molds, two silicone finger mitts, and 48-page recipe book.

    Promising review: "This keeps my daughter busy for HOURS! My daughter saw this online somewhere, and she asked for it as a birthday gift. I expected it to be cute, but not useful. As it turns out, I was completely wrong. She has regularly made mini chocolate chip cookies, and she'll be doing mini calzones tomorrow. It's adorable and the recipes totally work. She and her friends LOVE it." —Elura C. Kish

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    20. A scavenger hunt so you can send bored toddlers on a mission to discover *treasure*, aka toys, books, clothing, furniture and other objects around the house.

    A household scavenger hunt card set for toddlers
    A household scavenger hunt card set for toddlers
    Mollybee Kids

    Promising review: "My grandchildren are 4 years apart!! The older one loves this game; sending the little guy running all over the house to find items!! Keeps them occupied for hours!!" —holly

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    21. 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
    Amazon

    To win, players must get three circular pieces of their color in a row in either ascending or descending order; get the same-sized pieces in a row; or get three concentric pieces in the same space, but beware of other players attempting to block you! 

    Recommended for two to four players ages 8+.

    Promising review: "Perfect game for all ages. My 8-year-old daughter, 12-year-old son, and 70-year-old mother enjoyed playing together for hours." —A. Rosen

    Get it from Amazon for $25.50 (also available in a plastic version).

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

    reviewer's opened geodes
    gif of person using a hammer to break open a geode

    This science kit includes four natural crystal-filled geodes, one pair of safety goggles, one display stand, and one learning guide.

    Promising review: "My daughter is 10 and this kept her busy for HOURS! She had so much fun and was excited every time she got a glimpse of what might be inside. A couple of them were pretty cool, while the rest were just white. She didn't care, she loves them all. She was so proud to gift them to her grandparents." —Michelle

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