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    Sep 27, 2018

    31 Toys And Games You Can Get On Amazon That People Actually Swear By

    A Harry Potter Lego set, massive giraffe doll, chicken Frisbee game, and 28 other products that reviewers can't stop playing with.

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    1. A silly four-piece octopus ring toss that'll ten-tickle your child's funny bone.

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    Promising review: "This is a great bath and pool toy. My wife and I got this for our daughter when she was 10-months-old. It's four months later and she still loves it. She enjoys taking the rings on and off, and she also enjoys playing with the rings alone. She'll often bring some of the rings with her after bathing and play with them as we dry and dress her. We really liked that there were no openings on the octopus, so that no water could get in and potentially cause molding. This is one of our daughter's favorite toys, and I'm sure she'll enjoy it for a long time to come." —Mach V. Manuel

    Price: $6.85

    2. A giant lollipop filled with a full sized, scented stuffed animal. You can easily ~sucker~ your kids into completing just about any chore with a heckin' lollipup as a reward.

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    Promising review: "This is exactly what I hoped for. I got this one as a gift and the girl who received it was beyond thrilled. The scent and quality was perfect." —iscm13

    Price: $19.99 (available in three styles)

    3. A baby doll with a natural curl pattern, for every child who wants a beautiful baby to love. Who runs the world? ~Curls.~

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    This little gal comes with a brush and storybook.

    Promising review: "I chose this doll because she has curly hair just like my daughter. She's very durable and her dress is adorable. And my daughter loves her!! I love that she actually has underwear, which is great while we are potty training. This is a great buy." —Ria L.

    Price: $19.97

    4. A Harry Potter Lego set with so much attention to detail it's gonna feel like you're on the movie set itself. And your kids are gonna have a great time building up the Great Hall.

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    This set has 878 pieces with 10 characters (Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Susan Bones, Professor McGonagall, Professor Quirrell/Lord Voldemort, Hagrid, Albus Dumbledore, and Nearly Headless Nick) a basilisk you can build, Fawkes, Hedwig, and Scabbers.

    Promising review: "My boys just spent the last hour and a half building this. I was helping a bit and watching them build, and I thought several times, 'This is a cool set!'. I asked them about it and they said they LOVE the characters. The first thing they did was get the characters together and line them up. They really like Hedwig, Scabbers, and Nearly Headless Nick. The characters also come with actual wands, not just Lego sticks. The boat is also pretty cool, as are the hidden stairs and the mirror that you can switch out to change the character's reflection. All in all, we'd give this set ten stars if we could!" —Shane Lems

    Price: $99.99

    5. A box of mess-free kinetic sand made to easily mold and form without sticking to your hands, to turn your kitchen island into a day at the beach.

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    Promising review: "This is great sand. It's fun to play around with. I've had it sitting out in a shallow bowl for over a month and it sticks together the same now as when I got it. It does not transfer color if your hands are dry but if even a little damp, it does stick to your skin and leaves a little color. The kit includes little sand castle molds and they work great. This is a good product for kids' imaginations!" —Ginger K

    Price: $12.99

    6. A six piece cleaning set that'll be anything but crummy. In fact, playing pretend with the charming kid-sized mop, broom, duster, and pan is so fun it'll sweep your kids off their feet.

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    This set includes a broom, mop, duster, dust pan, brush, and storage stand.

    Promising review: "I am truly baffled. When my sister-in-law told me to buy my nephew cleaning supplies, I thought we may have a potential child labor crime happening. But she said he likes to help clean the house. So I hop on Amazon and find this toy cleaning set. Before clicking the 'buy' button, I paused, still uncertain if a 2-year-old would really enjoy the housework that plagues my adult-life. A week later I show up to his birthday party with the now wrapped cleaning supplies in hand. I felt like I was walking into the lion's den where tons of judgey parents would see that I bought my nephew a mop, broom, and duster. The shame!!! It came time to open presents and my nephew opens the big box... the parents remained silent but their eyes spoke loud and clear... and then the weirdest thing happened. My nephew took out the broom, squealed with joy, and immediately began furiously sweeping in a fit of baby happiness. One by one, kids dropped the Nerf guns and toy cars to pick up the duster and mop. WTF is happening. From pauper to prince, I strutted like a peacock, basking in the glow of having the 'best gift at the party.' Not going to lie, I can't believe this is a thing or that kids want to play with it but my nephew seemed ecstatic and that's all I was going for so, five stars!" —Matthew B.

    Price: $26.99

    7. A GoldieBlox spinning machine with a storybook, cute characters, and detailed (or do-it-yourself) instructions that is gonna delight your own tiny engineer.

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    Promising review: "I gave this to my niece for Christmas. She had a puzzled look when she opened it because she'd never heard of it. I explained saying, 'It's a game. We'll read a story and you put the pieces together and create a machine.' She replied, 'Oh cool!' My sister sent pictures of the first time she played with it. First there was a look of extreme concentration as she put it together and then a look of delight when she got it work. I can't wait to sit down with her and play with it myself one day." —Nikki

    Price: $29.97

    8. A set of four food crates with classic, hand-painted wooden foods for any parent who ~wood~ love it if their child had a few long-lasting toys that won't ever expire.

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    This set includes four crates filled with 21 different types of food in all. Plan on having some delectable watermelon, corn, milk, cheese, cereal, fish, eggs, and more!

    Promising review: "I love these! They are perfect in my toddler's play kitchen and we like the fact that they are wood. There is a great variety of the food groups and the wood is very solid. They do not feel cheap like plastic toy fruit." —Serena

    Price: $13.27

    9. A pack of six potato sacks to have some classic outdoor fun you and your whole family will love.

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    Promising review: "We did an Olympics-themed birthday party for two of our children. We decided to do more of a field day and get children out and moving, so these were how we did races! It was a lot of fun. All the children, from five to 19 years old, had a blast! I would highly recommend them and will be buying more for a future field day." —Moore Ma

    Price: $19.99

    10. A four-foot-tall giraffe for kids whose holiday lists are usually a ~tall~ order.

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    Promising review: "This giraffe is so beautiful! Rarely do I see a stuffed toy that is this well-done and so aesthetically pleasing. The seams are lined up perfectly, which really impresses me. The hair and eyelashes are especially pretty. It's just beautiful! I am so happy I bought this, it's a great bargain for the price too. And, most importantly, my son absolutely loves it! He loves giving it kisses and hugs." —on the watch

    Price: $77.53

    11. A super soft sloth that'll slowly grow to be your kiddo's best friend forever.

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    Promising review: "I love this product so much! It is so soft, floppy, cute, and perfect! I highly recommend buying this product if you want a good soft thing to sit and watch TV with or to put under your arm when you read. Overall an amazing product!" —NatCat

    Price: $12

    12. A glow-in-the-dark rocket launcher, aka the kind of gift that is definitely gonna ~launch~ you into favorite-aunt status.

    Amazon

    Includes a stomp launcher and four glow-in-the-dark rockets.

    Promising review: "This is so much fun! The kids LOVE it and it provides a lot of entertainment! Even our toddler has it figured out and enjoys shooting rockets all over the house and the park." —Megs814

    Price: $14.02

    13. A giant Jenga set great for setting up at family parties, and great for families who always take competitive games to the next level.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are great and such good quality. We used them on the sidewalk for a level surface and I was afraid of denting them but they have held up well. The carrying bag seems sturdy and after a month of fairly regular use it isn't showing any signs of wearing. I would recommend these, we've been having a lot of fun with them." —Duff

    Price: $79.99

    14. A light up Jack Jack doll that is soft enough to snuggle, a perfect Pixar movie-marathon companion, and even comes with a little critter — your kids will think this is incredible.

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    This super toy giggles, lights up, and shows off his many powers when you press on his stomach. It runs on three AAA batteries, which are included.

    Promising review: "I can’t rave enough about this product. It's soft, durable, and easy to use. Most dolls that can do something are hard and not really comfortable to snuggle with. My granddaughter loves sleeping and playing with it. I’m so impressed." —C.M.D.

    Price: $29.84

    15. A bath toy that'll keep your kids entertained so you won't have to keep ~fishing~ for a bribe to keep them in the bath long enough to actually get them clean.

    Amazon

    This includes a fishing pole and three catchable characters.

    Promising review: "My daughter loves this toy. We've had this for a while and she always liked to play with it, but even more so now that she's gone fishing in real life. She tells me she's 'practicing' in the bathtub. One unexpected little bonus is that it's helped her with learning her colors. She can identify the blue, pink, and yellow 'fishies' and catch each one when asked. It's always nice when there's a little learning thrown into a toy when you weren't expecting it. I also like that it helps with motor skills and her precision. You have to line up the magnet on the end of the bobber with the magnet on top of each toy to 'catch' it." —Pinkribbon20

    Price: $7.95

    16. A giant pong set for fun days at the beach with your kids or even more fun nights in the backyard with your grown-up friends. This is a game worth drinking to!

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    Includes 12 buckets, two balls, a tote bag, and instructions.

    Promising review: "We purchased this game as a gift for a family we were staying with at their beach house. They had informed us it was a bit of a hike to the beach and everyone needed to pack light. This game was so easy to carry and was a huge hit with all ages. I ordered another set while sitting on the beach for my own family. Think corn hole, but way more portable!" —KR

    Price: $49.99

    17. A light-up ladybug doll that has a warm glow and projects stars on the walls so your kids aren't ~bugged~ by a dark bedroom at night.

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    This lil' bug runs on three A batteries, which are included.

    Promising review: "This really is the perfect thing to put in a child's room for naps and bedtimes. This ladybug has red, green, and blue lights. There is an option for rotating through each color, which is my favorite. The red is a lower light level and would be best for if you are wanting a 'night light' that won't over-light the room. It puts stars all over the room, not just on the ceiling. I also love that it automatically turns off after 45 minutes." —Sandra L. Elam

    Price: $29.95

    18. A Frisby-like game that'll be a laugh-out-loud fun game to play with friends... unless you're too ~chicken.~

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    Promising review: "We love this game! It's genius for leveling the playing field and creating a social environment because it only has a few rules and no real skills apply. No matter the athletic ability, you cannot get 'skilled' at this game because the chicken goes where the chicken wants to go no matter what." —frugalfanny

    Price: $19.99

    19. A wooden shopping cart for kids who love to cart around everything they own and need an easier way to do it.

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    Promising review: "This shopping cart is fantastic. My toddler has some mobility difficulties and is trying to learn to walk. I think I have tried, examined, or researched every walking/push toy on the market. Most of the popular walker toys just don't have the stability she needed and would frequently tip over. I purchased this shopping cart as a walking toy. It is extremely well made — very solid and does not tip. It has the stability I was looking for. The shopping basket is also a great feature because it is very motivating to put things in and out of the cart or push a doll/stuffed animal. The best part is that I know she will be able to use it for many years to come for pretend play. I highly recommend this!" —M. G. H.

    Price: $46.95

    20. A geode kit, so you and your mini-geologist can do an activity together that really ~rocks.~

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    This kit includes four unique geodes in various sizes.

    Promising review: "I bought this as a surprise gift for our science-loving granddaughter during a recent visit. She couldn’t wait to get outside and break these geodes open to reveal the surprise inside. Each one was different. As other reviewers have suggested, use a chisel and hammer along with a little assistance from an adult and these geodes will break open beautifully, revealing the different types of crystals in each. She was able to do it herself with minimum help. The kit comes with a good pair of safety goggles, a book giving info about the geodes, and a stand to display their favorite one. I would definitely buy this product again." —Susan Moore

    Price: $19.99

    21. A candy claw machine that'll be so much fun for your kids to play they won't realize you got it to help them stop going through candy so fast.

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    This machine runs on D batteries, not included.

    Promising review: "I had no idea what to get my nephews this year. I was so glad I stumbled onto this claw machine. It was a hit with kids, teens, and adults alike. A good part of the holidays was spent laughing and being entertained by this machine. The music sound effects sound like a carnival. I would recommend Tootsie Rolls. We crumbled up dollar bills and those were also easy for the kids to grab. I was impressed and pleased with my purchase." —Kelly C

    Price: $39.45

    22. A Hatchimal that is still so popular you know it's gonna be an egg-cellent toy to finally get your own kiddos.

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    Promising review: "My granddaughter literally squealed with delight with this present. Her eyes lit up when she saw she had twins. A great purchase." —sprout714

    Price: $44.98

    23. Or a Hatchimals egg carton for parents who want to ~hatch~ a plan and surprise their kiddos with this silly sweet toy.

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    Promising review: "My daughter is in LOVE with these! You have to rub your finger over the purple heart on the egg. The heart turns from purple to pink, and I'm guessing the heat from friction allows you to 'crack' the egg. You just gently push the heart in with your thumb and the egg cracks apart. Inside you will find all different kinds of miniature fantasy animals. Kids get a real joy from cracking them open." —BillyD

    Price: $17.74

    24. A musical potato so you can play an impressive game of "hot potato" with all of your ~spuds.~

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    This runs on three LR44 batteries, included.

    Promising review: "This is a really cute game that all ages can enjoy. I purchased this for an activity for the family to do on Thanksgiving. My grandkids are toddlers and my youngest son is 12, so it is challenging finding things to do that the whole group will enjoy. Because it is plush, it is easy to grip and throw. Each player starts out with three cards and gets three strikes before they are out of the game. When playing, the music starts out slow and then gradually speeds up. We had a lot of laughs and I was really surprised that my teenagers liked the game just as much as the little ones." —Things That Make You Go Hmm...

    Price: $12.71

    25. A Crate Creature sure to be a ~crate~ way to remind your kids that the only monsters under their beds are the friendly ones they forget to pick up off the floor.

    Amazon

    This dangerous beast can be opened from its crate with the included crow bar. It can shake, make sounds, and light up. It'll make munching sounds when you give it its favorite treat and you can record your voice and this mighty monster will repeat back what you said in it's monstrous voice. It runs on three AAA batteries, included.

    Promising review: "We love Sizzle! The packaging is awesome since it’s part of the toy and can be reused! It comes with a lock, chain, and crowbar to unlock the cage and then use the crowbar to get him out. It can then be stored on the side of his crate. His eyes light up when you pull his tongue and he interacts. He repeats words well and my kids love that! It's also at a good price point." —Bay Rae Day

    Price: $29.73

    26. An ice cream staking game you may think seems simple but lemme give you the ~scoop~: this game'll be choco-lit for both kids and adults.

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    Promising review: "I bought this toy as a reinforcer for my speech therapy sessions and it’s wonderful!! No matter what activity or skills I am having the children work on, they find this fun and exciting. It's also great for turn taking/sharing skills. Even my older students love it! I would definitely recommend it. I'll be bringing it home from work and playing with it with my own 3-year-old." —MC-R

    Price: $9.99

    27. A game sure to keep your kids laughing and entertained through your nap time when you're the one feeling ~pooped.~

    Amazon

    This game includes a mat, blindfold, four cans of dough, a plastic mold, spinner board, and instructions.

    Promising review: "Our grandchildren are six and nine and they LOVE this game. The adults got involved and the grandchildren laughed and laughed when Grandpa stepped in the poo. :) The item is soft like dough but does not stick to feet or carpet. This is a nice surprise game for kids." —KMMT

    Price: $14.25

    28. A bread plushie so cute everybody is gonna think you dropped a whole lot of ~dough~ for it.

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    Promising review: "People are shocked when they find out I purchased this bad boy, but I'm not ashamed. In fact, I'm quite proud of this purchase. When people are fighting over who loves bread more, I always win when I say that I have a pillow shaped like an actual loaf of bread. I bought it as a gag gift for myself, but I use it unironically because it's so gosh darn cute. I'm certain this thing has the power to mend friendships, stop wars, and use as a great topic to bring up when family gatherings get awkward or political." —Amazon Customer

    Price: $19.12

    29. A set of magnetic blocks you can add to as your kids get older, which will be worth it because kids stick to these things like, well, magnets.

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    This is a 42-piece set and includes standard shapes, strange shapes, and wheels. All are magnetic.

    Promising review: "I love these blocks. I prefer these blocks over all others I've seen people recommend as alternates because I like wooden toys. They are more durable than plastic ones where the magnets could dislodge when broken." —NonaMom

    Price: $86.82+ (available in five colors)

    30. An ice cream Play-Doh kit that'll be ~dairy~ fun to play with with the entire family.

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    Includes sprinkle crank, ice pop mold, two cones, two cookie stampers, four sticks, a push ice pop mold, whipped cream tool, textured roller, cat stamper, two stands, two creation cards, and seven cans of Play-Doh.

    Promising review: "This looks exactly as pictured! My daughter and I had the best time with this product. The theme is so cute. The plastic is high quality and durable. The bright colored dough is included. The sprinkle maker is really cute and the ice cream sandwich, popsicles, and ice cream cone were our favorites. This is such a great buy for a great price. I highly recommend it!!" —A.Shop

    Price: $9.96

    31. And finally, a crystal growing tree that might be the most fun (and beautiful) science experiment you ever do with your kids. Either way, it's sure to be a real ~gem~ of a gift.

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    This kit includes a paper tree form, tray, terraforming solution, instructions...oh, and joy.

    Promising review: "We totally didn't expect how fast this little tree would bloom! In less than an hour the tree had little pink blossoms forming! I suggest for the prettiest, and possibly sturdiest tree, that you take the time to separate and arrange the limbs artistically. The tree lasted about two weeks. Great fun for the cheap price." —B Family Shopper

    Price: $8.48

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