We’ve always been big on creative play in this house. But being stuck inside the house has made playtime that more valuable. Yes, there is plenty of work to be done but I’m a firm believer that playing is just as beneficial for young kids. So, I thought it would be fun if I shared some of our favorite kid’s toys and games with you. Some of these items are fun for the entire family.
Creatable World Dolls
Creative play that lets the child pick the options is one of my favorites and Creatable World Dolls does just that. The dolls are modern-day customizable Barbie Dolls. You can customize the dolls hair, clothing, and accessories to make a doll look just like you. There are even several boy doll options (especially for the boys with sisters, poor guys). I loved Barbie’s as a kid but I feel these dolls are way better because of all the options. Check them out!
UNO is a classic card game that kids can learn at an early age. It’s best with a big group, however, you only need two people to get the game started. It’s recommended for ages 7+ and is very family-friendly. With a big crowd, this card game gets very exciting. I’d recommend it for big family dinners where you need something to do. Don’t forget to shout “UNO” when you only have one card remaining!
My kids both love Legos. They are the ultimate creative play because you can truly create whatever your mind can think of. My son is currently building a standing sloth just because that’s what he wants to build. Lego sets are nice because you pick from different collections. If your child has a favorite character that they like, then a Lego collection is perfect. You can also shop by age, which will determine level of difficulty and even the size of the blocks. You’ll never regret in investing in these classic building block.
Slime, slime, slime. Does it ever get old? Probably for us Mom – YES! But my kids still get excited about making slime. Here is my homemade slime recipe if you’d like to get it a tray. If you’d like a slime kit, check out this Elmer’s Ultimate Slime Kit or this Jumbo Slime Kit for Boys and Girls. Let your kids make slime (in an area that is easy to cleanup the mess). Put in an airtight container and save for tomorrow. Mom, you’ll be the best (at least today).
Pie Face is a fun game for all ages. We’ve played with an array of family and friends and it’s always pure FUN. Everybody laughs and is nervous to get whip cream in their face. You even have some that love whip cream and are excited to get hit in the face. Either way, keep the paper towels handy and have fun. This is a game that brings everyone down to the same level. Don’t forget to pickup a fresh can of whip cream!
This is something you won’t pull out every day but during quarantine, everything helps. How many times have you completed a Rubix Cube? With a little strategy and some time, you can conquer a Rubix Cube. And who doesn’t have a little extra time, even if on the weekends? This cube is not just for kids, adults of all ages can combine billions of combinations to solve the cube. There are 43 quintillion moves! Do you have one?!
Etch A Sketch
An Etch A Sketch is referred to as “The World’s Favorite Drawing Toy” and you may have had one as a kid. I definitely owned this toy but could not draw. I still loved it though! Even if you can’t draw, you can draw something with an Etch A Sketch. These are great for road trips, creative play time (no devices allowed), or free play during quarantine. Do you own an Etch A Sketch?
We love our family robots! We have a couple but by far, our favorite robot is Boxer. He has emotions and is sensitive. And though you probably you don’t believe me – sometimes I say “Aw, somebody help Boxer!”. He may be wailing somewhere because he’s upside down or in a weird position. His moves are quick and swift. Novie is another good smart robot and also can perform many tricks. We can vouch for him as well. Do you own any robots?
Slip and Slide
Slip and slides have been around for a long time but they are still good fun – for cheap too! All you need is a little yard space, a water hose, and you’re setup in minutes. We don’t have a pool so a slip and slide is the next big thing for my kids. If you follow us on Instagram, then you know every spring we break out our slip and slide.
Discovery for Kids Science Kits
Discovery for Kids has a ton of science kits that are great for older kids (ages 6+). This Robot Spiral Art Station was one of our first kits that we tried. The kids actually really enjoyed it especially when it was complete. My son loves to see how things are made which involves him taking things apart. I think we may need to pick up this Discovery Kids Break Your Own Geodes Activity Kit for him. With being stuck inside, every kit and activity helps.
Even though it’s been a rather odd start to the year, if you have kids, then you need to keep them busy. School is out for the remainder of the year and summer is approaching fast. I hope that you were able to gather some inspiration from one of our favorite toys or games. This is not an exhaustive list of everything we do. Amongst other things, we have made paper bag puppets and did some gardening. We take one day at a time, learning we can and having a lot of fun along the way.