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    33 Toys For Boys That Kids Of All Ages Will Love

    From building blocks and guitars to coding robots and pet dragons, find the perfect prezzie for babies, toddlers, and kids all the way up to 8-years-old and above.

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    Under 1 Year Old

    1. A Fisher-Price Stack & Slide Magic Mountain populated by a singing purple blob and sliding blue bear which combine counting and colors with problem-solving skills.

    Baby model playing with colorful stackable mountain and plastic bear toy

    This isn’t so much about introducing your child to the basics of geology and topography as it is about sacrificing a plastic bear with a belly full of rattling crystals to a very happy-looking volcano — all in the name of learning of course. Honestly, I think I play with this toy more than my child does. We love it so much it's the only toy we don't put away. I’ll stack up the rings of the mountain and drop “Bullet Bear” (the name we’ve given him) as a bunch of catchy songs and catchphrases play.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    2. A hedgehog named Spike that helps build motor, counting, and sorting skills by fitting peg-shaped pieces into its back. Just don't ask him if he knows Sonic.

    Child model playing with a colorful hedgehog toy

    Promising review: "Love this product. It says 18+ months but it was fun for both of my kids (11 months and 3). It’s meant to help with fine motor skills. The spikes are rubber with different colors and you can put them in and take them out of the holes in the hedgehog. The best part is that when they’re done playing the hedgehog opens and you can store all the spikes in there so they don’t get lost." —Tony Wexler

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99

    3. A Fisher-Price Rollin' Rovee with four play modes as the baby grows from an infant to a toddler to a preschooler teaching the alphabet, counting, opposites, and how to follow directions while busting out 190+ sounds, songs, and phrases.

    Child model's hand playing with Rovee toy on floor

    Promising review: "Oh my goodness! My 20-month-old son adores Rovee! The singing, dancing, stretching, and ball play, Rovee is the best!" —Nisella
    Get it from Amazon for $38.88.

    4. A "gravity-defying" stackable set of Fat Brain Toys Tobbles Neo that'll balance baby's first lessons in physics with training for future family Jenga tournaments.

    Colorful set of stacking sphere toys

    Promising review: "His 2-year-old sister stacked the balls with ease, and they both loved knocking the stack down and watching the balls wobble around. I was amazed by how long this toy held the attention of a 6-month-old baby." —Vanessa Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95.

    1+ Years Old

    5. A Buckle Toys Blu Whale with snaps, clicks, and, well, buckles for teaching all sorts of math, coordination, and motor skills. Plus its mouth doubles as an easy-to-zipper hidden pocket.

    Blue plush whale toy with colorful straps and buckles

    Promising review: "This is my 2-year-old's new favorite toy. He loves to buckle and unbuckle everything, and use the zipper. Plus, he holds it and plays with it as a normal, very cute fish. I also use it to reinforce colors and shapes to him. When he grows older, I will try teaching him to cross the buckles (some of the colors are the same type of buckle, some are different, but the ones that are the same are just long enough you can cross-connect them). This is also our favorite new toy because it doesn't drive us crazy while making noise and it keeps him occupied easily for 15-30 minutes every time! —Bryant Fong

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99

    6. A 112-piece "Build-a-Flower" toy set, because any aspiring botanist or florist needs to start somewhere especially when tracking dirt into the house is never the preferred parental option.

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

    Axel Adventures is an Etsy shop and family run online toy store established in 2020 and based in Nevada.

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

    Get it from Axel Adventures on Etsy for $33.87.

    7. An easy-to-assemble, indoor/outdoor, three-piece space astronaut play tent with a castle tent, crawl tunnel, and square tent so kids can reenact your favorite scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey or, you know, use their own imagination for playtime. Totally their call.


    Promising review: "My 2-year-old loves this tunnel and play tent set. It appears well-made, the tunnel is flexible and easy to adjust to different spaces (ha). Sadly, no plastic balls are included in this product (despite the images, which appear to be merely a suggestion), but for a child as young as mine perhaps this is for the best. My daughter loves pointing at the planets and other celestial objects and identifying them. So it's an educational toy, too." —MamaMaiasaura

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    8. A Little People version of Elsa's Ice Palace for your children to re-create the story of an imperial with terrifying superpowers and self-control issues who nearly destroys her kingdom by nearly plunging it into a state of permanent winter. That's the plot of Frozen, right?

    Child's hand playing with blue and purple ice castle toy and figures

    Promising Review: "My 2-year-old got this castle for her birthday and she loves it! It’s so cute and the lights are pretty, and surprisingly not annoying at all! Highly recommend!" —girlmom

    Get it from Target for $27.99

    9. A 10-pack of Play-Doh that there was no way in hell that you'd ever be able to avoid buying. Fortunately, it's all nontoxic, nonirritating, nonallergenic and the packaging is recyclable. But, yeah, it still smells like Play-Doh.

    Ten different color containers of Play-Doh stacked in a pyramid

    Promising review: "Colorful, nontoxic Play-Doh has been great for my son who has many allergies including skin allergies. He has had no problem with these. This keeps him occupied for quite some time, often when I am cooking or cleaning. I played with this as a child myself and have fond memories of it." —Brandy P.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.69

    10. A Hape "My First Blocks" 80-piece set made from "child-safe materials and nontoxic finishes" to help little ones recognize colors and shapes and eventually get that engineering degree.

    Child model playing with colorful building blocks

    I've been looking all over for just the right first set of blocks to get my son and what really appealed to me about this set was not only the bright (but not too bright colors) but the convenient carrying case (with a handle) that they came in. As parents well know, these blocks are going to end up everywhere around to house so it's nice they have their own home. And as for playability, well, he sets them up and then knocks them right down! So they do exactly what building blocks need to do!

    Get it from Target for $16.99

    11. A battery-powered, ride-on Kid Trax "Real Rigs" recycling truck with moving windshield eyes and front bumper mouth for teaching about the importance of recycling and, well, trucks. Says over 100 phrases and sound effects, which could very well qualify as trash talking.


    Promising review: "It is easy to assemble right out of the box. It took about 20 minutes, and all you need is a screwdriver. You have to put the stickers on separately, so that also takes extra time. The interactive elements — singing/talking/moving face — are really well done! This truck was a splurge, but I think overall for all the things it does, as well as the accessories that come with it, it’s great value for money." —GC

    Get it from Amazon for $179.99.

    12. A light-up "LeapFrog Pick Up and Count" vacuum with bouncing balls to teach your toddler to pick up after themself while making it seem like "fun."

    A child model playing with a green plastic vacuum with multi-colored discs

    Requires four AA batteries.

    Promising review: "I bought it for my son's birthday. So far so good. He obsessed with the vacuum cleaner. This one seems to capture his attention!" —Miss t

    Get it from Amazon for $27.88 (available in two colors).

    3+ Years Old

    13. A three-chord Loog Mini acoustic guitar so you can start teaching your little punk kid the entire Ramones catalog. Comes with flashcards with chord diagrams and full access to the Loog Guitar app. Hey! Ho! Let's go!

    Child model playing a red, three-string guitar with note codes scattered about

    Promising review: "My daughter and I learning how to play the guitar together. Even if we don't become rock stars the quality time we are spending together is all the justification I needed to make the purchase. The strings are perfect for her little fingers." —JSpriggins

    Get it from Amazon for $79 (available in five colors).

    14. A solar-powered Pretend and Play calculator cash register which makes a "cha-ching" noise every time it opens and will introduce concepts of math and finance to your kids as well as soon-to-be-outdated-in-their-lifetime concepts of cash and coins.

    A plastic, primary-colored cash register that's open with play cash and change

    Promising review: " I bought this for my daughter when she was 2. Now 3, she still plays with it daily. She loves punching the numbers in, but her favorite part is the open button that ejects the spring-loaded drawer. She loves the paper money and the pretend credit card. I can see her and my son playing with this toy for at least ten more years. It is very durable. She has dropped it many times and it hasn't skipped a beat. The plastic is high-quality. I would definitely buy this product again." —Ecinoderm4u

    Get it from Amazon for $33.47 (available in two colors).

    15. A 78-piece Learning Resources "Alphabet Acorns" activity set with a small toy inside each one to help kids with their vocab on animals, plants, and other common words. Just don't let the squirrels in the backyard see these.

    Two child models play with brown plastic acorn toys with colorful tops

    Promising review: "These acorn alphabet toys are a great way for little ones to learn their letters! They have a capital letter on the outside and a lower case on the inside. Then each acorn comes with a toy that starts with that letter. For example, the 'B' acorn has a boat on it. This way children can learn the sounds each letter makes. My daughter is 4 and loved playing with them and finding specific letters. My younger daughter is two and she could take part in the fun by identifying the different color acorn tops. Good quality and durable. Amazing idea!" —Jennifer Strong
    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    16. A Little Tikes Rescue Tales "Scrub 'n Groom" bathtub playset that really works! Kids can practice giving the plush Chocolate Lab an actual bath (with water) and a working shower head. Best of all? No wet dog smell!

    Child model playing with stuffed toy dog in the bathtub

    Promising review: "This is a perfect gift! Larger than expected! Rate this a 10!" —Karen Zuendel

    Get it from Amazon for $29.82.

    17. An "itsy pack" of Clixo building toys combining origami, magnets, and building blocks for a completely new and unique way for kids to create and play.


    When I first discovered Clixo I thought, "Wow, that's something I haven't seen before. I bet these will be different than other building toys." Not only are they different, but they're super fun and satisfying to play with (that click the magnetic parts makes just sounds and feels so good). Maybe when I'm done "testing" them out, I'll actually let my son take a shot at playing with them.

    Get it from Clixo for $29.99 (available in three colors).

    18. A five-piece Matryoshka animals Russian nesting dolls set made from natural materials from natural materials and water-based paints and lacquers, to develop motor skills like stacking while revealing the tiniest little hedgehog you've ever seen.

    Five colorful Russian nesting dolls of various animals
    Firebird Workshop / Etsy

    Firebird Workshop is an Etsy shop established in 2018 and based in St Petersburg, Russia that makes traditional, fine art, nesting dolls.

    Promising review: "The nesting dolls arrived much sooner than expected. They are absolutely beautiful and the craftsmanship is excellent! What special Christmas gifts they will be for my grandchildren. Thank you!" —Sally H. Wiley

    Get it from Firebird Workshop on Etsy for $31.50+.

    19. A set of Sesame Street Cookie Monster's Shapes Magnatiles with multiple configurations including an oven (full of cookies, of course) and a birthday cake (also made of cookies).


    Boy, do we love us some Magnatiles around our home! The more thematic sets like these from Sesame Street (there's also an Elmo and a Big Bird) are a great introduction to the line for children under the age of 3. This Cookie Monster set in particular has some larger pieces, which makes it even easier for little hands to handle and build. "M" is for Magnatile and they are indeed good enough for me (us).

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    20. An 18-piece Fisher-Price "S'more Fun" campfire play set to trade all the danger of wood-chopping, roaring-fires, and grizzly bear attacks for kid-friendly wood accents and soft fabric. Plus no marshmallow and chocolate stains!


    Promising review: "My daughter is almost 4 and has recently gotten into building tents and forts out of pillows. We used my phone to 'make a fire' but I wanted to get her something cute she could play with instead of my phone. This fits the bill and is affordable. It’s cool that you can cut the firewood with the felt ax. The marshmallows are double-sided, one side is uncooked and the other is cooked. It’s also nice that the mat for the fire can double as a picnic pad too. The material seems very durable as well. The box that this comes in is cute and doubles for storage as well." —Christie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    21. A FurReal "Moodwings" baby dragon interactive pet toy with flapping wings and eyes and a tummy that changes color depending on its mood. So yes, this dragon is indeed a mood.

    Purple toy dragon with wings extended and fire crystals

    Recently got a chance to play with this little beast and I think it's going to end up being my son's favorite holiday gift this year. When the dragon's eyes change color (blue, green, red, yellow) its mood changes accordingly (sleepy, hungry, cranky, happy). It's a great way for kids to start to pick up on emotional cues (this dragon trains them!) Plus the wing-flapping is beyond cute.

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99.

    22. A Tok Tok voice-changer robot which repeats and even records whatever your kid might say in three different voices. As a bonus for parents, this might remind you of that He-Man character Man-E-Faces from Master of the Universe.

    A blue plastic robot with three different face options

    Promising review: "We've had this for around six months now and my daughter still loves it. It's one of the few toys we have that we've had for that length of time that she still wants to play with." —CK

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in three colors).

    23. 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. The only question is how much time can this keep the kid occupied for?

    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.

    5+ Years Old

    24. A 70-piece Plus Plus Triceratops construction puzzle set which can be turned into anything your child can imagine and also be combined with other sets to make even bigger creations. The best part: the pieces don't hurt when you step on them.


    Promising review: "Easy to travel with. I put these in a ziplock in my purse and pull them out for my 4-year-old at restaurants! They are the perfect entertainment!" —Buntingsnmore

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 27 different sets).

    25. An Educational Insights "Circuit Explorer Rover" for exploring the world of simple circuitry through buildable space-based vehicles and playsets. if your kid shows any interest in engineering or NASA then this is a must-get toy for them.


    I had a chance to see this playset in all of its glory earlier this year at Toy Fair and I've been anxiously awaiting its release. It reminds me so much of space-related toys I grew up with like Robotix or Starcom. But these sets are next level and teach the very basics of building a circuit and, well, making things go! Can't wait until my son is old enough to play with these!

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    26. An 89-piece Playmobil Advent calendar packed with 24 surprise items including a snowman and the big guy himself, jolly old St.Nick!


    Promising review: "This is the eight Playmobil calendar I have purchased (two different each year over four years). This one is by far the best of them. All of the pieces are interesting and there are a lot of unique items we don’t already have from our many Playmobil sets. I really like the fun details on the cardboard backdrop too." —jessijane

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95.

    27. A Learning Resources Botley The Coding Robot 2.0 activity set, because it's never too early to get the kids into coding. Botley can be programmed to follow a sequence of up to 150 steps including following plotted courses and avoiding obstacles. The best part, it's all screen-free!

    Two child models playing with wheeled blue robot

    Promising review: "I purchased this toy for my daughter who just turned 5. She absolutely loves playing with Botley and the coding is very straightforward and easy for her to understand. She loves that she is able to program different codes to turn Botley into a frog, train, ghost, and more. I love that she is able to learn how to program things in a sequence and use if/then logic when playing. This is a great toy for children who love to learn about technology, and I love that it's a screen-free activity that encourages children to use their thinking cap and imagination during playtime!" —Southern Made Simple

    Get it from Amazon for $78.39.

    28. A "Speak & Spell" electronic game that can only be described as a "retro-tablet from the '80s" for teaching kids how to spell. The best part is the old school speech synthesizer that's been used in quite a few song samples (looking at you Beck!).

    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.

    29. A Grouch Couch game for teaching children the importance of never losing the remote control! But seriously, they're going to love this seat (get it, love seat!).

    Two child models playing with red plastic couch game

    Here's how to play: Roll the dice and then feed the couch the number of treats that come up. Press the remote and the couch will either grumble and ignore the treats or eat up what you've left. If the couch is "happy" then it will spit out rewards like coins, lost socks, remotes, and even a cat.

    Promising review: "My 3- and 6-year-old love playing this together! It’s cute and they think it’s hilarious. It’s a good game to help my 3-year-old learn to count and follow the rules of a game while keeping him engaged." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    8+ Years Old

    30. A 360-degree-rotating 3-in-1 LED globe, constellation map, and night light to illuminate your child about not only the world they live in but the stars in the heavens above. And if that gets way too scary (or deep) that night-light will sure come in handy too.

    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 $49.99.

    31. A Moving Creations with K'nex building kit for young STEM enthusiasts who'd love nothing more than to build working rockets, catapults, and multiple science-based experiments (that won't result in any damage to the home).


    Promising review: "We have been a big fan of hand2mind kits. I was so excited when I saw they released a new one. I have a 5-year-old boy. This is rated for 8 and older but was still a ton of fun. He just needed help. It created a great bonding experience as we built the different models and tested them. I also like they include different facts throughout the book. It was a great way to introduce engineering as well as pneumatic and hydraulics." —Julie Wodzien

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    32. A National Geographic "Mega Crystal" growing lab that makes chemistry fun and colorful for the kiddies. Grow blue, pink, red, purple, green, orange, yellow, and teal crystals and make them glow with a nightlight display.

    Multi-colored crystal lab

    Promising reviews: "My 6-year-old loved this. It's a great opportunity for hands-on science and teaching basic lab safety and techniques. We made one to two crystals at a time and improved our processes along the way. One batch we left for four weeks and they were a lot larger than the 7- 10-day crystals so let some grow longer if your kids allow! Also, it comes with some sample gems and a small book on gems. My 6-year-old found it really interesting and brought the book and gems to school to share with her class. Great set. Highly recommend." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    33. A talking, joke-telling Bucky the Stag Deer Pong game sure to take parents back to their college drinking days but still fun for the whole family. Bounce or throw the balls into the cups while Bucky trash-talks and try not to call your children "bro" while playing.

    A plastic deer head with colorful cups on the antlers and white ping pong balls

    Promising review: "It’s cool, the kids love it. It made for some fun at a party, and they play from time to time still. The joke setting does get a bit old, but it is a little more than billy bass says, so there is that. It is worth the money, and looks cool hanging on my sons' wall over a fake fireplace." —Kevin Mimms

    Get it from Amazon for $14.92.

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