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    36 Toys You'll *Technically* Buy For Your Kids (But You'll Want To Use Them, Too)

    I can't imagine *not* wanting a Baby Yoda doll of your own, honestly.

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    1. A Stormtrooper Helmet Lego kit that'll be the ultimate bonding experience for Star Wars fans of all ages.

    a model building the stormtrooper helmet lego set

    The set comes with 647 pieces.

    Promising review: "My 12-year-old daughter built this with minimal assistance (mostly reassurance that she had interpreted the instructions booklet correctly) in one day, over a 10-hour time span with obvious breaks and meals. Trickiest part is the last three pages... Word to the wise: Press all blocks firmly together through every step of the build process. This will save you frustration when you have to put pressure on certain parts that become structural later-on down the road." —Kenneth Moulton Jr.

    Get it from Amazon for $51.76.

    2. A giant bubble wand to leave your kids (and probably your neighbors) wide-eyed and amazed.

    two kids playing with a massive bubble from the wand

    This three-piece set is great for kids of all ages!

    Promising review: "Beach bubbles make everyone happy! This was so fun to take to the beach and we had a bunch of people stop to take picture. A few little kids were playing trying to catch the bubbles too. Recommend for anyone who likes to have fun and is a child at heart." —Buck and Ashley Pardee

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    3. A five-pack of stretchy fidget tools that won't make a sound so your kiddo can get out their nervous energy without disrupting everyone else around them.

    a model stretching the noodle like toy

    Promising review: "Perfect sensory toy. I’m glad this comes as a multipack because my kiddo with Down syndrome is obsessed. He needs something to twirl pretty much any time he’s awake and this is great. They’re super stretchy, but don’t get long enough during twirling to, say, hit your brother in the face in the car, so that’s nice. (One less battle and everyone is happy!) Easy to clean and sanitize, and they seem to be incredibly durable after a month of the green one being used about 13 hours a day — and as serious fidgeter has been testing the limits. We got the most massive smile when the orange one was presented yesterday. A new color? Life is awesome! Wait until he sees the other three hiding in the closet. Haha! I have no hesitation recommending this item." —I'm me

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. A Fortnite drawing guide book for when they find the strength (or you scold them enough that they listen) to take a break from gaming to focus on one of their other many talents.


    Promising review: "Surprised how thick and big it was when I received it. I was expecting something much smaller. My son loves it and it actually shows steps to draw his favorite Fortnite characters!" —Amber

    Get it from Amazon for $7.30.

    5. Waterproof playing cards, so you can teach your kid to play solitaire outside without worrying about the cards being splashed — maybe you'll both be able to enjoy some me-time.

    a black and gold deck of waterpoof cards in a bowl of water

    Promising review: "I ordered these for my 15-year-old son because he likes to bring them to school to play card games with his friends. This is a great deck for durability. It is harder to shuffle, however. My son likes the color of them and that they are unique." —AvidReaderMom

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in four styles).

    6. And a battery-operated card shuffler that'll ensure your kids won't need to ask you to do the daunting task for them each time they finish playing a round of Go Fish.

    the card shuffler

    Promising review: "This is a great device for shuffling cards. We bought it for our younger children because they love playing cards, but hate shuffling cards (and aren't very good at it). This device does just as described. We actually put a smaller deck of Rook cards in it and it works just fine, so it's useful over and beyond a standard playing deck. I give 5 out of 5......would buy again." —Jessica Dasher

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    7. A "Build-a-Flower" toy set your kiddo will love if they have big dreams of becoming a florist or simply love ripping dandelions out of the ground and sweetly presenting them to you while getting clumps of dirt all over the house. These flowers will last a *little* longer and be keep play time a *touch* cleaner.

    Child model's hand holding multi-colored plastic toy flowers
    Axel Adventures / Etsy

    Axel Adventures is family-run small business based in Nevada.

    Promising review: "The flowers are a big hit, and arrived on time!" —Dean

    Get it from Axel Adventures on Etsy for $30.03.

    8. Friends-themed Monopoly for the teens in your household who *just* started the timeless debate of whether Ross and Rachel were on a break or not, and want to let the obsession with the show seep into everything they do. Ah, to be young again.

    the friends themed monopoly board

    Promising review: "A wonderful gift for my Friends-obsessed daughter. It is fun to play and all the correlations to the iconic TV show will make you laugh and smile. High quality as well." —cjphoenix1911

    Get it from Amazon for $23.27.

    9. A Razor scooter that'll remind you of your own childhood as you watch your kiddo scoot around for hours.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    I got reacquainted with a Razor scooter last year (see above) and have been smiling ever since — seriously. I'm very accident-prone so pretty much everyone in my life begged me not to get on this bad boy, but I was determined to relive the fun I've my childhood. Mission accomplished — it's SO fun. The bigger wheels make for a smooth ride and, honestly, it was quite a workout! I'd suggested snagging a helmet for your little one.

    Promising review: "My 10-year-old daughter got an electric scooter for Christmas last year. This year she wanted a manual one. We live in New England. Have had a relatively mild winter so far, but she has kept the scooter inside. All three of my kids ride it in circles around our first floor! (My oldest is 16.5!) BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER! It was very inexpensive, but its rugged. Well made. Can't believe they are all getting so much use/fun out of such a simple toy. I will actually miss it when they have to take it outside. (Once it goes outside, it stays outside!) GREAT scooter!!" —Heather Adamson

    Get it from Amazon for $29.92+ (available in eight colors and with or without a wheelie bar).

    10. A Stomp Rocket, capable of launching up to 200 feet, to keep your kids busy and remind them to *literally* shoot for the stars.

    a group of kids watching as one of the kids jumps on the stomping portion of the rocket to send it into the air

    The set comes with a stomp launcher and four foam rockets. It's recommended for ages 5+.

    Promising review: "Bought for my 3-year-old nephew but became great outdoor fun for the whole family. 3-year-old loved it and could stomp and jump on the launcher without problem, sending the 'rocket' into the sky about 20 feet. The adults didn't hold back after a few trials and the toy held up to the heavy feet and launched the rockets extremely high, not 200 feet, but more like 75–100. Very fun trying to catch them on their way down too! Soft nerf and lightweight plastic made the toy safe and fun." —Brandy

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    11. An interactive The Floor is Lava game that'll get you and your kiddos out of your seat and bouncin' around the house — in a good way!


    Promising review: "This is one of my son’s (age 8) absolute favorite games. We have a blast playing as a family and will play multiple rounds at a time. Being able to adjust the difficulty by putting the pieces closer or further apart is helpful when playing with younger kids or when trying to make it harder. We also adjust the game to allow furniture to be climbed on when trying to get to hard to reach tiles (just as long as you don’t fall in the lava). I’ve even taken this game along to adult parties (shhhh don’t tell my son)." —Alicia A. Atkinson

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    12. Handcrafted, nontoxic constellation blocks you and your mini-me can use to learn the symbols, names, hemispheres, and scale of magnitude for 16 constellations in the night sky. Will I pressure my kids into learning about their horoscopes? Yes, yes I will., Amazon

    BuzzFeed editor (and father-of-two) John Mihaly has these blocks:

    These are perhaps the most beautifully designed and interesting set of wooden blocks that's I've ever encountered. I liked them so much I bought them way before my kid would even be to use them. Having nearly failed my astronomy course in college, I figured this would be a great way for us to learn all about the constellations together as I pretend to know what I'm talking about. So when my kid asks, 'Dad, where is Orion's belt?' I won't have to answer, 'Around his waist.'" —

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    13. Or a 360-degree-rotating 3-in-1 LED globe, constellation map, and night light that'll teach them about both the night sky and the planet where we live. Pretty exciting stuff!

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

    Promising review: "This is a wonderful globe. I bought this for my nephew and this is a fun way to give him the basics. He enjoys learning countries and he loves the night-light. The constellations are pretty cool in the dark. The size is perfect and the quality is amazing. The countries and regions are clear and they are easy to read. The base is strong and stable. It doesn't tip when spinning. The guidebook has more detailed information about the constellations and it's location. This globe definitely captured my nephew's attention and he is learning with interest. Overall, this is a perfect globe and can't go wrong with it." —Lucky10z

    Get it from Amazon for $46.95.

    14. Tiny cars your little one will love zooming around the house and you'll probs find yourself pushing back and forth while on the phone with your mother-in-law.


    Recommended for ages 12 months and up.

    Promising review: "My son loves these cars. He is learning to crawl to them. The tops are soft enough for him to chew on. Even my 11-year-old likes to play with them." —Alexandra G.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99+ (available as either Mickey/Minnie or Tigger/Pooh).

    15. A standard swing set you'll pat yourself on the back for setting up when you see how much time your kids will want to spend outside on it — and it'll save you a trip to the park!

    a swing set with two swings and a trapeze bar in the middle

    Each swing can support 115 pounds and is ideal for ages 3 months to 10 years. You can also purchase a baby swing attachment so little ones can join in on the fun!

    Promising review: "This swing set was easy to assemble and our kids love it! My husband and son had it done in under two hours. The *only* minor complaint I have is the photos featured on the product page are a little misleading. The set is not as large as it appears. For us, this was totally okay, but if you are expecting something very tall, this is not that. We have only had it up for a few days, but my husband and I are both so happy with this purchase and so are our children. We love it so much we are purchasing a second set for when friends come over." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $256.21.

    16. A Haunted Mansion board game that'll take you and your fam on a journey through the rooms from the classic ride. The goal? Collect Ghost cards to earn points while also paying tribute to your favorite part about visiting Disney.

    the haunted mansion board game

    Promising review: "I’m a huge Disney Parks fan, and have been looking forward to the release of a proper Haunted Mansion board game, especially since it was designed by the same company that worked on Villainous. I was initially worried the game would be too simple and not that re-playable, but I was wrong! While it’s still definitely simple, we played four games after opening the box and still wanted to play more! The instructions are very easy to understand, and get you playing quickly. The games aren’t very long, so it’s easy to start another game. Because of how simple and easy to learn it is, it’s a great game to break out for a game night with new players, unlike how Villainous takes a few games in order to get a grasp on the rules." —Hayden Allred

    Get it from Amazon for $18.02.

    17. A too-cute Stitch nuiMO doll they can dress-up like a lil' hipster and take along on your daily errands to discover all kinds of things — the latest trendy place to grab a latte, a bookstore off the beaten path, a cool new record store, y'know how it goes.

    a stitch doll wearing a denim jacket and beanie

    I have a Minnie Mouse nuiMO and cannot get over how adorable these dolls are — you can't put an age limit on that kind of cute. If Stitch isn't your kiddo's thing, check out the various nuiMO dolls and outfits here.

    Promising review: "Stitch is very cute, I really like the design of his face, He makes a sweet couple with Angel, they can stand on their own on most surfaces, they have bendable arms with small magnets in their hands so they can hold on to metal objects, very fun." —Sweetiemama23

    Get it from ShopDisney: Stitch nuiMO for $19.99, outfit for $12.99.

    18. An outdoor play cottage you might find yourself wanting to hide out in for some peace and quiet while your entire family is home — I wouldn't blame you.

    three kids playing inside a well built wooden play house with a curtain and a full kitchen inside

    This play house is perfect for kids ages 3–10.

    Promising review: "Such a cute little house! We painted the door black, along with all the other brown pieces (to go with our deck). My 3-year-old and her neighbor friend play with it the most, but my 6- and 8-year-olds also play in it often! All pieces arrived together and unbroken. Very happy with this purchase!" —Yusun

    Get it from Wayfair for $348.48.

    19. A Baby Yoda plush doll that'll make you want to drop everything and dash for your credit card faster than the Millennium Falcon jumps into hyperdrive.

    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed, Target

    Only noteworthy thing to mention other than how adorable this toy is — this version has no feet! He has a beanbag-like body so that he can stand on his own (aww). My coworker Emma Lord has this Baby Yoda and loves him dearly. When I asked her for a few words on her purchase she simply said:

    "Hamilton voice* Look at my SON......"

    Promising review: "This is a great toy for kids, and it doesn't break easily at all. He is cute, fun to play with, and is about the size of a regular plush. I highly recommend this Item especially if you're a fan of Star Wars." —Reviewer

    Get it from Target for $19.89.

    20. A unicorn slime kit with over 22,000 5-star reviews that essentially prove kids and parents alike are big fans. Glitter, foam beads, and a gloopy substance — what could go wrong?!

    Unicorn Slime kit opened to reveal contents

    The kit comes with everything they'll need to make their own slime — and over 12,000 verified Amazon reviewers have raved about it.

    Promising review: "This is the best slime kit I’ve come across. I saw it last minute before my daughter’s birthday (11) and thought I’d get it as an add-on to her presents. It ended up being her favorite gift! Her brother (8) joined in and made slime with her and she still has enough to make more of all types." —Elizabeth & Rick

    Get it from Amazon for $24.90.

    21. A personalized superhero cape you'll likely want to buy for yourself when you see how freakin' cool your mini-me looks running around in it.

    Capes and More / Etsy

    All you'll have to do is choose a cape then you can add on options like a mask, wristbands, and a belt! Finish the order by personalizing it with the color of the cape, the shape and shape color, and the letter and letter color. Additionally,

    Capes and More is small business that was founded in 2014 that makes original superhero capes for kids and adults.

    Promising review: "We love this cape! I got this for my 15-month-old because she loves taking my dish towels and trying to put them on as capes. The cape is a little big for her yet lengthwise, but she still loves it! :) and it came so fast!" —Katelyn Maxson

    Get it from Capes and More on Etsy for $16+ (available with or without accessories).

    22. Disney Princess nail polishes you can use for a fabulous at-home spa day with your little one (good luck convincing them to do your toes for ya').


    This kit comes with 18 different polishes that are designed for small hands and feet (SO CUTE). Each color has a quick-dry formula that can also be easily peeled off, so no worries about using nail polish remover on your tyke.

    Promising review: "My 8-year-old daughter cried when she got this for her birthday. She loved it. She is always trying to use my nail polish, so to have her own was amazing. The colors are quite nice and vibrant. The bottles are glass and very nice looking. The polish actually stays put until you pull or scrub it off. I would by this again in a heartbeat." —nkcacciola74

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    23. A Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite your kiddo has probably been begging you for since they learned Animal Crossing existed. Added bonus? You can play with it when they go to bed and show Tom Nook once and for whose boss.

    nintendo switch lite in yellow, gray, blue, and pink

    When I tell you my Nintendo Switch Lite and my husband's Nintendo Switch has been a true game-changer in keeping us both entertained over the last year I wholeheartedly mean it. From spending hours upon hours building a 5-star island on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and adventuring in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to breaking a sweat playing Fit Boxing 2 and exploring the beautiful world in Ori and The Will of The Wisps, there really isn't anything you can't do on a Nintendo Switch device.

    Promising review: "The Switch is Nintendo's best device since the N64. I use my Switch every day. I commute by train so this has been perfect for me. There has never been a handheld this good. The transition to and from docked mode is seamless. The battery life is also pretty decent. Overall, it is a great device. Nintendo's back!" —Arjun S. Kahlon

    Get it from Amazon: Nintendo Switch for $409.99+ (available in six styles), Nintendo Switch Lite for $199.99 (available in four styles and storage options).

    Learn about the difference between the two products with my breakdown here.

    24. And a steering wheel accessory for the Nintendo Switch that'll make them feel like a real racer. They'll also be a bit more supportive for your hands so you can truly crush all your kiddos who *think* they have what it takes to be a Mario Kart Champion. Psh.

    two black steering wheels with a joycon fitted inside each

    Promising review: "I bought this after watching a review on YouTube. This item allows my wife that has arthritis to play and enjoy Mario Kart. Normal controllers hurt her hands but the motion control and these wheels make the game enjoyable to play for her. The paddle buttons on top of the unit work very well." —Charles C Coogler III

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (also available in a set of four and two color styles).

    25. A Buddha Board to help them relax a bit after a tantrum or a tough day at school — you can take a turn when you have a bad day, too.


    I gifted this to my mom and it's been such a hit! All you have to do is fill the stand with water, dip the bamboo brush in, and start creating! It's surprisingly super soothing and is great because you don't have to think long and hard about what to draw since it disappears anyways! It's a great practice in the "art of letting go" and is honestly a lovely way to spend an hour unwinding.

    Promising review: "I work at a college in an environment where I am stressed out a lot, but I also have a lot of stressed out college students in my office! The Buddha Board is incredibly soothing to 'paint' on (only requires water' and helps remind me that tough days will fade away just like my artwork does. Several of my coworkers have this in their office too. And, of course, it's great when you're not stressed out too — just fun to play with!" —Violet Kayjee

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95.

    26. A stamp and colored pencil set you can use to keep your kiddo busy...or hoard yourself to personalize notes for their lunch box.

    a disney princess stamp kit

    This kit comes with nine stamps, five colored pencils, and a two-color stamp pad.

    Promising review: "I got this for my 3-year-old daughter after she developed a sticker obsession. She could go through a sheet of stickers in seconds, so I figured this was the next best thing and would last a lot longer. She loves it! The set is a good quality and includes a nice variety of stamps that all feature recognizable characters. I would highly recommend to anyone with a little princess fan in their life." —Jessica Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    27. An Uno "Nothin’ But Paper" card game made from fully recyclable materials that'll teach your tykes to respect Mother Earth and kick your partner's butt in a classic card game.


    Me (29), my husband (29), my sister (25), and her boyfriend (25) recently broke out a pack of Uno cards and had a surprisingly fun time as a group of adults who hadn't played this game in years and years. Highly recommend!

    Promising review: "Pretty and light weight these cards are just as fun as the original deck. They are not as durable so be gentle but otherwise I'm pleased with my purchase." —Ronnie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    28. A safe wooden knife for any budding chefs who have outgrown their plastic play kitchen and want to get a bit more hands-on with cooking.

    Kids hands holding the wooden "knives" with handles to cut up apple slices
    JUstenbois / Etsy

    JUstenbois is a small business based in Canada that sells handmade tableware from maple wood.

    Promising review: "My 4-year-old grandson cooks with me but moves too fast for a real knife. He made an entire salad with this brilliant, beautifully made knife. Fit his hands and he was a whiz right away using it because of the smart design. Every child should have one. Shipping was fast. Packaging was great." —graceannemchugh

    Get it from JUstenbois on Etsy for $17.30.

    29. A Super Mario Lego set to bring one of their favorite video game characters to life right before their eyes! The battery-powered Mario figure interacts with the custom-built levels by reciting his famous catchphrases and changing his facial expressions.

    Two children playing with a Super Mario Lego set

    Promising review: "My two children are 8 and 7 and they loved building this Lego set. It used up-to-date and immersive technology to make the children have a great play experience. We loved how easy it was to use the app and play along." —Ciaraann21

    Get it from Amazon for $47.99 and Target for $47.99.

    30. A set of four Pokémon puzzles you and your tyke can build side-by-side on a rainy day while watching old episodes of the series. Just try not to judge them too harshly based on which Starter they choose.

    a set of four pokemon puzzles

    Promising review: "Got this for my 8-year-old son. Great set for a reasonable price. He gets frustrated easily, so we've been doing the puzzles together as a family, and it's been fun for him without being either too easy or too challenging." —J. Ortiz

    Get them from Amazon for $17.94.

    31. A glow-in-the-dark fort building kit that'll put the blanket forts you built as a kid to shame. It'll also encourage your kid's imagination to run wild and maybe, just maybe, inspire them to become an architect someday.


    Promising review: "We love the fun, creative play generated from the Fun Forts building set. The parts are manufactured in a way to allow children to engineer and construct their own designs. This is our second set purchased since we loved the first and wanted to expand, although expansion is not necessary." —Darcy Davenport

    Get it from Amazon for $31.40.

    32. A popping stress toy you can count on to mesmerize both you and your child. It's super lightweight and easy to take on the go — you might need one for every member of your family!,

    Promising review: "Pop-its are some of the most popular fidget toys and I believe everybody should have one. There is a soft and loud side. The only issue is that the soft side is a little harder to press but it gets easier once you have a technique. It is so fun and feels nice on your hands. Would definitely recommend!" —Charley

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 18 styles).

    33. A glow-in-the-dark mini golf set complete with five holes, two putters, LED golf balls, five tee mats, five obstacles, and black lights to transform your yard into Entertainment City.

    Bed Bath and Beyond

    This kit would be perfect for kiddos who are interested in golf or just for families looking to have another activity on-hand at home. I would honestly play with this myself on a summer day in my backyard — why not?! You can reconfigure the lay out of the holes each time to make it interesting.

    Get it from Bed Bath and Beyond for $159.99.

    34. A geode-breaking activity from National Geographic that'll give you and your kids an excuse to pick up a hammer and smash rocks in half. The best part? The cracked-open rocks will reveal stunning crystal centers you can learn about together.


    Promising review: "We bought this for our boys who are 4 1/2. They loved the goggles and the magnifying glass that came with the kit. Breaking open the rock was a little more difficult than I thought. My boys definitely couldn't do it. You will also need to make sure you have a hammer and chisel to break them open. The rocks we got looked very different which is great! One was black on the outside and one was a creamy white brown color and the insides were very different as well. The lighter colored one was also much easier to open. The rocks are so much prettier in person and they really sparkle in the sun. It comes with a nice picture book as well. Great activity! Definitely recommend!" —Martin

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two styles).

    35. A jar of stress relief therapy dough, because why should anyone inhale that very specific-but-not-necessarily-pleasant Play-Doh scent when you can unwind with a version that's the scent and color you've always wanted?

    Quirky Ginger Uniques/Etsy

    Quirky Ginger Uniques is small business based out of Colorado that specializes in handcrafted goods like ornaments, jewelry, and more.

    Promising review: "I love the dough. It feels amazing! I bought this to fidget with during my therapy sessions and during my online classes, and it really makes a difference! First of all the Stress Away smells like very soothing peppermint tea with hints of minty freshness. All the scents blend very nicely together. The dough itself is a lot like Play-Doh but more malleable and softer. It makes my hand feel and smell good and helps relieve a lot of anxiety and anger. Only con I can think of is that occasionally it gets stuck under my nails but that is solved easily by clipping them. 9.5/10 I strongly recommend for stress relief, anger relief, for fidgeting, for the smell and texture. The owner was very nice and helpful, the item shipped very swiftly, and she even sent in a car freshie! Very satisfied with my purchase. I strongly recommend!!!" —K. Minton

    Get it from Quirky Ginger Uniques on Etsy for $7.50 (available in eight colors and seven scents).

    36. And a flying LED disco ball that might just become the light of your, ahem I mean, your kid's life. No dance party would be complete without it!

    the glowing disco ball in a reviewer's hand

    Promising review: "My kids love this flying glow ball! It’s easy to control, just keep your hand underneath and it will hover right over. I would only use indoors as we took outside and it flew over our neighbor’s fence! A little bit of wind is not good for this toy! Luckily we got it back, however learned our lesson to keep inside. It looks beautiful when it’s flying as the colors illuminate on the ceiling! Very cool in the dark too! Great price and a lot of fun!" —Brian "SpookYouLaterz" Lubecki

    Get it from Amazon for $10.96.

    Your kiddo enjoying their new toys without knowing you'll likely be playing with 'em when they go to sleep:

    The Walt Disney Company / Pixar

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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