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    38 Toys Under $50 That'll Probably Make Your Kid Smile

    A Speak 'n' Spell, a Radio Flyer tricycle, a Baby Yoda plush, and so many more toys you just might want to play with too.

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    1. A Baby Yoda plush toy you might want to keep for yourself because he's so cute you'll smile whenever you give him a quick cuddle.

    Kohl's, Heather / Braga

    Seriously, check out all the other Star Wars merch Kohl's has to offer! I have this Baby Yoda doll (naturally) and it feels It's the perfect, cuddly weight. You'll never want to put it down!

    Promising review: "I'm almost 30, have no kids, and have never been a doll person, but I LOVE this rendition of Baby Yoda. I'd seen some pictures of this adorable little guy and I told my boyfriend to convince me not to buy him. Instead, he convinced me TO buy him. I'm not exaggerating when I say that this silly little alien has brought me more joy than anything else during this time of social distancing. He's so cute that the moment I opened the box he came in, I laughed out loud. He's cuddly (his body is a beanbag), very detailed, looks just like the character from the show, and is fun to pose all over the house." —Schmergo

    Get it from Kohl's for $24.99.

    2. A roll-and-play cube game for toddlers to help them develop motor skills while having a darn good time giggling and acting out silly activities like roaring like a lion or spinning around two times.

    the cube and colorful cards

    The game comes with 48 game cards, each one with a color that matches one of the sides of the cube. Simply roll the cube and whatever color it lands on is the card you'll instruct your toddler to act out.

    Promising review: "I can't say enough about this game. Santa brought it for my autistic 3-year-old son, in the hopes that it would be simple enough for him to attend to. It's PERFECT. He's extremely smart, but doesn't really play appropriately...until now! It's the first game that he could understand, follow the instructions, and tolerate turn-taking. The commands are simple enough for him to do (he needed some guidance the first time through a few of the cards, like 'make a silly face,' which doesn't come naturally for him), and now he knows what the cards say. It has been a confidence booster for him (and me, too!) and we're now seeking out other similar games." —M&MsMom

    Get it from Amazon for $21.25.

    3. Little Tikes Rescue Tales Adoptable Pet – it'll teach them about caring for animals and provide them with a furry best friend to snuggle with — each pup has lifelike movements and sounds.

    the golden retriever toy in a dog house

    The packaging can be turned inside out and colored, making in the perfect doghouse for their new puppy!

    Promising review: "This little guy is super cute and comes in the cutest little carry case. It is a similar to a Build a Bear box if you have seen those. You get the puppy in 'sad mode' where it basically just whines and cries. When you take it out of the box, you flip it over and change it to 'happy mode' because it is adopted and then it pants instead of whines. I have not ever heard it bark. It does move its tail and head slowly. The mechanics inside the puppy are super loud and you can hear it moving every time it does. The material on the outside itself is soft and cute. The eyes are large and it does sort of look like a golden retriever. It comes with an adoption certificate which your child can fill out. Overall, it is super cute and I would recommend." —Taylor Hindermann

    Get it from Amazon for $24.88.

    4. A set of four soft and squishy waterproof BabyBibi floating baby bath books with squeaky noisemakers inside that'll not only make bath time fun *but* also teach little ones about colors!

    Promising review: "These are super cute and our son loves to play with them during his bath. They float and have very clear colors and words. Very simple books but very enjoyable for baby. They don't take on water like a lot of other bath toys. They are soft as well so there is no chance of getting hurt if baby tosses them around or puts them in his mouth. Great buy!" —Marissa A.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99

    5. A portable floor activity mat/rug for the parents who suddenly have a toddler (who *loves* to make messes) on their already-busy hands.


    Promising review: "Larger than I realized! Which is great! We have used it under the highchair to catch food and then just toss in the washer, as a play mat, as a on the go diaper bag just clipped on the small diaper pouch and tossed in his toys and blanket and on the go we are. It's also big enough for me and him to sit on outside so no itchy grass! And the hedgehogs are to perfect for my little hedgehog guy!" —Ashe W.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.24+ (available in three animal prints).

    6. A construction vehicles playset that includes a gantry crane, a pickup truck, a tow truck, a logging truck, a magnetic crane vehicle, and forklift as well as a bunch of road signs, barricades, barriers, and safety cones that *might* actually keep a child busy for a while.

    Multiple plastic yellow construction vehicle toys and accessories

    Promising review: "This set is AWESOME! Our 3-and-a-half-year-old is all about construction, and these had different vehicles than the standard sets. They hold up really well to tough play! It's easy to snap any parts together and place the stickers at the beginning, then he mastered the rest on his own. It has really kept his attention." —Jelyca

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    7. A working vending machine from one of the most popular (and richest) YouTubers around — it dispenses fake treats that'll keep them entertained long enough for you to take a shower (fingers crossed).

    Ryan Kaji holding a doll next to the Ryan's World Vending Surprise set

    Promising review: "As a grandmother of many grandkids, I try hard to select toys for my house that the grandkids will absolutely LOVE. On a scale of one to five, I would give this a 10!! One of my 4-year-old grandsons and my 5-year-old granddaughter played it for the first time yesterday. They did not want to stop playing it. I wanted to play with it too!" —Diane

    Get it from Walmart for $39.82.

    8. An ambulance from Hess (the first ever!) for kids and adults alike who have been collecting the classic toy for as long as they can remember.

    the ambulance

    Promising review: "Awesome looking trucking and great tribute to all the the medical professionals that worked so hard this year." —Karen

    Get it from Hess for $36.99.

    9. A Baby Alive Grows Up doll with accessories to transform her from a newborn into a toddler, so your child will feel like they've scored three dolls in one!


    My mom had a Baby Alive doll when she was a kid and made sure my sisters and I had one when we were little as well. This iconic toy's modern makeover is so incredible. Not only does it say over 75 sounds and phrases (what will her first word be!?) but kids will be surprised by her hair and eye color as she "grows up." They also won't know which doll they've ended up with (Shining Skylar or Star Dreamer) until she starts to grow. So fun.

    Promising review: "My daughter who just turned 7 and got this for her birthday is obsessed with this doll and plays with it all day. She loved the 'blind bag' element of not knowing which complexion the baby was at first and the fact that you can repeat the 'growing up process' over and over again. Her older (9-year-old) and younger (4-year-old) siblings (brother and sister) enjoy it too! So perfect for many different ages! You can change the setting for the doll to say 'daddy' instead of 'mommy!' Only complaint is sometimes the legs go limp and the doll won’t sit or stand when it’s supposed to. When this happens we just have to reset it a few times then it usually works fine. Great gift! Worth the money!" —Heather

    Get it from Target for $49.99.

    10. An Anna or an Elsa Frozen 2 musical adventure singing doll that belts out "Some Things Never Change" and "Show Yourself," you might be surprised to discover *any* Disney fan would appreciate (not just kids!).


    Promising reviews: "Daughter absolutely loves it! It's a beautiful doll, a lovely dress, and a nice singing clip from the film. Worth the wait for all those (like us) who had been holding out for this version of Elsa." —arzneitrank

    "I was very upset when I first purchased this because it had just a short song sample. I tested it in the box before giving it to my niece for her birthday and was furious when there was only a five-second song sample...turns out there is a switch on the back for demo mode." —JF

    Get them from Amazon: Anna for $17.49 and Elsa for $17.49

    11. A Buddha Board they can use to exercise their imagination and create wonderful works of art that'll then disappear magically before their eyes so they can start fresh.


    Promising review: "Amazing item! All children should learn the skill of letting go from an early age. The lesson is valuable and extremely profound! The earlier one learns the better! Thank you for creating such a deep tool to continuously practice the art... So grateful!" —Answers

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95.

    12. A pair of "Fly-noculars" kiddos can use to explore *and* keep their cool as it can also be used as a fan. Don't worry, I won't tell if you pick these up to discretely spy on the neighbors.

    iPlay iLearn Toys

    Promising review: "Firstly, there's so much to this toy, I've never seen anything like it! It has these cute binoculars to look through to explore your surroundings. Then it's also a super cute toy airplane (Amelia Earhart is my daughter's favorite) and its propellers double as a handheld fan! My daughter, who is 2, absolutely loves this thing and has been carrying it around with her everywhere (the included lanyard is a nice touch)." —dolaiye

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two colors).

    13. A Barbie Color Reveal set you'll wish you'd had when you were a kid — when you dip Barbie or any of her accessories into water they transform!


    Promising review: "I totally love how this was also a game to play and unwrap particular packages. I only wish I would have taken a few photos for this review, but we were so involved with the unboxing we forgot all about it." —Cottontail

    Get it from Walmart for $37.49.

    14. A 150-piece puzzle filled with Disney characters kiddos will recognize from their favorite movies.

    a puzzle of bubbles with disney characters inside each one

    Promising review: "Bought this for my Pre-K class. They're 4- to 5-years-old and the puzzle isn't super easy for them (or too hard). They love the Disney picture on it. The best part of this is that the pieces don't break easily (they've put it together about five to six times and none of them have broken or bent yet). The pieces are sturdy." —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $15.49.

    15. A "Speak & Spell" electronic game so parents who grew up in the '80s can subject their children to the same specific creepy but educational experience they had.

    Red Speak & Spell toy with black screen

    Includes three AA batteries

    Promising review: "We bought this for our 2-and-a-half-year-old but my husband and I play with it more. We had the original version growing up. This version seems way lighter than my old one from the '80s. We love it!" —Lana21

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    16. A scooter or tricycle from Radio Flyer you can count on to put you in the lead for best aunt or uncle.


    Whether you go for the scooter or the trike, you'll have one happy tyke speeding around the house on Christmas morning.

    Get them from Amazon: scooter for $34.49, tricycle for $49.99 (available in two colors).

    17. A Micro Machines car wash play set they'll absolutely love if they've already started helping their parents clean the car or are overjoyed every time you take them through an actual car wash.


    Promising review: "I used to love Micro Machines and am glad they still are sold. There aren't very many tiny toys for kids and it seems like what they want to play with so I was excited to get this for my 4-year-old. I'll likely get more of these sets for him in the future if he continues to play with this one." —vcm

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    18. A Spirograph design set kids of all ages will have a blast with — it'll be so easy for them to create beautiful designs you might actually want to save (shh I won't tell them about the scribbles you quietly tossed in the trash while they were napping).

    the spirograph set

    I had one of these as a kid and loved crafting with it — it was very soothing *and* I didn't have to be an artist to make something nice!

    Promising review: "This is a classic favorite that has transcended time. My parents, myself, and my older children have all had a Spirograph before. My last and youngest daughter is who I bought it for this time. She is 7 and a tad younger than the recommended age but it took just a little while for her to get the gist of it. Now, with some practice has created some very cool designs. My husband and I have drawn some art ourselves with this. It brings back fond memories as a child. I spent many hours just creating art over and over again and got so much enjoyment out of it." —Skylamor

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    19. A Minecraft LEGO set that'll encourage them to hit "pause" on their game and settle in for some hands-on building instead.

    two children playing with the lego set

    Promising review: "My son loves this set! It was a gift for his birthday. He's a true engineer brained kid, so this was a perfect way for him to keep his hands busy and let his imagination wonder!" —Natalie Ambrose

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    20. Or a Beauty and the Beast–themed Lego set for the little one who has seen the movie a million times and wishes they could live in an enchanted castle.

    the beauty and the beast castle

    Promising review: "Great product, kept my child busy and engaged, and now we have another piece to play with." —lisa r

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    21. Fisher-Price's Laugh and Learn My Smart Purse, to prevent your little one from digging through *your* purse during your outdoor picnic and teach them about numbers, colors, and more at the same time.

    a baby playing with the keys and assorted toys with the purse

    Promising review: "I bought this specifically for a trip which involved a 9-month-old taking a long plane ride to Alaska and a round trip drive from Fairbanks to Seward and back. We chose it because it was compact and light and had sounds and light triggered by the baby's actions. Our strategy was successful and the toy continues to entertain. The toy didn't impress me at first glance. Babies will play for a while with any bag, putting things in and taking them out. This purse is truly several steps above that. Something about the weight of the plastic top of the purse and magnetic closure makes it more fun to open and close. The sounds and adorable heart-shaped light prevented the baby from getting bored and needing another toy." —Anonymous

    Get it from Target for $15.99.

    22. A WubbaNub lovey/pacifier combo you can hand over to your little one as you plop 'em down next to you for an outdoor chill sesh on your favorite blanket. Sounds cozy, right?

    a mom laying on a blanket next to her baby who has a lion plush with a pacifier attached to it
    wubbanub / Via

    I know so many parents who swear by these lil' plushies! They're made with a medical-grade silicone pacifier that's latex-free, BPA-free, PVC-free, and pthalate-free. Ideal for newborns through 6 months.

    Promising review: "We love the Wubbanubs — we’ve got two different animals for each of our boys. They’re easy to clean (we throw them in with the laundry) and the animals help keep the pacifier in the boys’ mouths." —Liz Lima

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95 (available in an array of other creatures).

    23. A TouchWords book filled with raised words for hands-on learning will fill your kiddo's *appetite* for sensory activities.

    Amazon, chroniclekidsbooks / Via

    Each page offers a new food for little ones to learn about and touch.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.69.

    24. A classic push toy like the one you probably had when you were a wee little one — a perfect way to bring a dose of nostalgia into your home and joy to your baby.

    a toddler pushing the toy

    Promising review: "Bought this for my twin grandsons (age 2), and they LOVE it. It was in great shape, and the balls pop in all directions. It's pretty sturdy, as the boys have rolled it and thrown it! But, a classic toy that still appeals to kids today!" —Crockett

    Get it from Target for $7.89.

    25. A fairy garden to teach them to use their tiny green thumbs to grow and take care of lil' sprouts and Isla the garden fairy! This toy is simply too cute.

    a child model playing with the fairy garden cottage

    Promising review: "My 6-year-old daughter is in heaven playing with this. All of the tiny frogs, bugs, butterflies, etc., are absolutely adorable. There are a lot of cool little features...tiny tea cups and table, a floating stair case, doors that open with a little space to play inside the cottage. Even without the plants this is awesome — the plants are just a bonus!" —SailorEve1112

    Get it from Amazon for $27.43.

    26. Unicorn-inspired instruments so your tyke can express themselves *musically* ideally at the same time you plan to read the stack of magazines you've accumulated over the last few months.

    a xylophone and tambourine shaped like unicorns
    Pottery Barn Kids

    Get them from Pottery Barn Kids for $19+ (tambourine and xylophone sold separately).

    27. Foot rattles that'll be the perfect distraction for any little one who just realized, "OMG, I have feet!"

    a baby wearing the foot rattles

    Promising review: "My baby loves these. They are easy to put on her so she can learn where her feet are or enjoy a rattle before she has figured out how to grasp. She just loves to kick, kick, kick with these rattles on her feet!" —Michelle B.

    Get them from Amazon for $12.66.

    28. An LOL Surprise OMG Remix Lonestar Fashion Doll complete with 25 surprises that'll have any wannabe cowgirl or boy hootin' and hollerin' about how excited they are over this gift.

    the doll wearing a cowgirl hat and outfit

    Promising review: "Quality doll for 5-year-old granddaughter. She absolutely loved it! I enjoyed playing with her with the doll too and wish they had them like this when I was a young girl. The hands and arms articulate, as well as at the hip joint. Firm sturdy construction, especially at the articulated joints. Cute quality outfits and accessories. I will be buying more of these for the rest of my granddaughters." —April

    Get it from Amazon for $34.88.

    29. A Minnie Mouse barista play set, because your kiddo has probably seen you whipping up an at-home latte countless times and likely wants to get in on the fun.

    the minnie mouse toy espresso machine

    Get it from shopDisney for $25.

    30. An inflatable bouncy unicorn for ages 18 months and up that'll encourage tykes to get outside and play pretend — AKA galloping like royalty throughout your yard or house. I'm kind of jealous, TBH.

    a toddler riding on the unicorn toy

    I gifted this to one of my friends who's been quarantining with their little one and was happy to have *anything else* to keep her entertained. It was a hit! The videos she's sent me of her daughter bouncing along on this toy has had me giggling for days.

    Promising review: "Bought this for my 3-year-old granddaughter. She LOVES it. Her favorite toy by far and good exercise for her. Fun times — it seems sturdy and it was easy to blow up. I like that the cover is washable. Our number one toy!" —Robert Sean Hamilton

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (also available as a horse or a cow).

    31. A 20-piece nature exploration kit, a must-have for the kiddo who is always picking up worms and other creatures.

    two kids playing with the various items that come in the kit

    This kit comes with all the items you'll need to teach your child about maps, bird watching, and backyard insects — perfect for kids ages 4–10.

    Promising review: "This is such a fun explorer set. Comes with everything. My sons favorite thing to do is catch bugs so he is so thrilled with the cage, and the magnifying glass! He also has really enjoyed the compass and being able to put all of his belongings in a sack! We love sets like this and find that we need to replace them every year because they get used so well! Soooo worth the small amount of money you pay here on amazon! We love getting our kids off their electronics and outside! It’s amazing." —Always a Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $27.97.

    32. A camping cooking play set so instead of having to actually sleep in a tent all night and fight off bugs you can leisurely sip your coffee while your kiddo "cooks" up breakfast in their campsite.

    the camping kit

    The set comes with a cooler (where they can store everything in!) double-sided food, a mini cooktop, a fishing pole and pond, and other adorable accessories for the perfect camping set up.

    Get it from KidKraft for $49.99.

    33. Jurassic World's Destroy 'n Devour Indominus Rex any kiddo will think is absolutely *dino-myte* (I'm sorry, I had to).

    a child playing with the dinosaur toy

    Batteries are included and this toy was a 2020 Toy of the Year finalist!

    Promising review: "It’s as large as they claim. My grandson is quite obsessed with dinosaurs and he hasn’t put this one down yet and it’s been days. He loves that he can eat smaller dinos and get them out of the belly." —Nae

    Get it from Target for $19.99.

    34. Gravity Maze, a game that'll challenge kids to use logic to solve the puzzles and figure out how to get the marble to fall to the bottom.

    a model placing a marble into the top of clear stacked cubes on the board of the game

    The game comes with 60 challenges that range from beginner to expert so any kiddo will get use out of it for years to come.

    Promising review: "My 10-year-old son is obsessed with this game. He loves figuring out each maze. It makes him use problem solving skills and logic. This is a great toy for an only child whose parents can't entertain the child every minute. He choses this over video games! Now that is saying something." —Amy P.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    35. A Snap Ship they can build however they'd like then take playtime to the next level with an interaction app and corresponding animated series.


    Promising review: "Snap Ships are a ton of fun and I’ve really enjoyed them even as an adult. It’s a quality toy, great design, and there are endless ways to reassemble and have continuous fun building ships. The packaging is great, and the instructions are on par with other major building toys." —Jeff

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    36. A light-up tracing pad from Crayola for the budding artist in your family to help them refine their drawing skills and make some killer art work for the fridge.


    Promising review: "My 8-year-old loves this! She will trace different designs of horses and then pass them to her 4-year-old sister to color! It is simple. You place the design you want to trace on the trace pad and then put a piece of paper over top and turn the light on and trace! I just use computer paper paper it works well. I also print out drawings from the computer so that she can trace a lot more different variations." —Christi

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    37. A castle with magical string lights inside that'll make any child feel like a member of the royal family when they crawl inside to play with their stuffed animals or read a book.

    a pink princess castle with tulle drapes and string lights throughout

    Promising review: "The rods are sturdy and they lock into a hard plastic connector at the top. It's tall so our 3-year-old daughter is able to stand inside. It's large enough even for mommy and daddy to sit inside and read books to her. We like that each side has a way to get in and get out so we're able to see her at all times. Our daughter's favorite feature is the strand of stars that comes with the tent. She enjoys having them on." —Micheal and Samantha

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    38. And a 65-piece food set to expand the menu of their play kitchen, perfect if you're tired of pretending to eat the same old things from their "restaurant."

    all the different toy foods

    Promising review: "We've had this set for about a year now and most of it is still intact and awesome to play with. My 4-year-old loves to bite his play food, some of the pieces are hallow and broke. I love the variety and the fact you can put the hot dog in the bun and it will stay, the bottles will stand upright and the burger and sandwich pieces are flat enough to stack on each other." —Jillie

    Get it from KidKraft for $16.99.

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