The Best Toys for Kids That Will Earn You Extra Brownie Points

Want to earn extra brownie points with the little explorers in your life? These are the best toys for kids of every age.

Minka M.
ByMinka M.

Every parent knows that there is virtually no limit to how many toys a kid can have. Whether you’re shopping for your own kid or browsing for someone else’s little one, pinpointing the right toy can be challenging. There’s just about an infinite number of products on the market for each age-and-stage of your kid’s life—so how do you narrow it down?


Three key factors are essential to the perfect toy: it’s fun, exciting, and educational. Here are the best toys for kids that check all the boxes and will earn you extra brownie points with the mini-adults in your life. 




BabyBibi Bath Books



Swap out the rubber ducky for fun and educational bath books! Four books come in a variety of colors and have adorable illustrations of animals, plants, fruits and veggies. The built-in squeaking noisemaker will keep your bundle of joy engaged and learning through bath time.

Price: $19.96


Nuby Ice Gel Baby Teether Keys



Seeing your baby’s first tooth start to grow is exciting, but it could be a sign that they’re experiencing growing pains. After just a few minutes in the fridge, this multi-surface teether becomes a gentle cooling tool that reaches front, middle and back teeth to relieve pain and discomfort.

Price: $3.89


GUND Flappy The Elephant



This singing elephant is an award-winning toy that infants can’t get enough of! With a push of a button, Flappy, and his floppy ears, come alive to play an interactive game of peek-a-boo or sing Do Your Ears Hang Low in a cute child’s voice. With super soft limbs, your baby won’t want to let go of their huggable new best friend.

Price: $30




Battat Wooden Activity Cube



We’re going back to basics with a true childhood classic. The beautifully crafted wooden cube is sturdy, colorful and has plenty of spinners, tractors and friendly farm animals that will keep your toddler busy for hours.

Price: $59.95


My First 2-in-1 Laptab



Make your toddler your WFH buddy! My First 2-in-1 Laptab features lights, sound effects and speech to keep kids engaged. The laptop-tablet hybrid also includes learning games with colors, numbers, shapes and animals. We think Steve Jobs would agree that this is one of the best toys for kids!

Price: $39.95




Carsdon Toys Dyson Ball Toy Vacuum



Teach them while they’re young! This vacuum-replica is one of the best toys for kids that's actually true-to-life. It's designed to encourage exploration and help your little one develop essential skills. It’s so life-like that there’s even an original vacuum sound!

Price: $26.99


VTech KidiBeats Drum Set



In theory, all toddlers are mini-drummers, using whatever they can grasp as their drumsticks. The Vtech set comes with 4 drums, 9 pre-set songs and 4 different sounds: regular drum sound, animal noises, silly sounds, an DJ voice. You never know, your child might be the next Tommy Lee!

Price: $17.99


Pacific Play Tents Jungle Safari Tent and Tunnel Combo


The at-home jungle safari is filled with colorful critters that inspire adventurous play and a sense of curiosity for nature. The durable tent is designed for both indoor and outdoor use and has top skylight windows to view the stars and moon. It’s easily assembled and can be be taken anywhere with its own carry bag!

Price: $34.99




Micro Kickboard Deluxe Scooter



This scooter is lit—literally. The approximately 23-inch-long scooter has motion-activated light-up wheels and a lean-to-steer design that makes is the smoothest 3-wheeler on the market. Strap in the helmet and send your kid cruising.

Price: $139.99


Gingerbread Dress Up Holiday Kit



This is one of the best toys for kids who enjoy craft kits! I’m The Chef Too! makes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fun with unique projects and tasty recipes. The kit comes with 1 gingerbread recipe, pre-measured ingredients, craft supplies and 2 STEM activities to keep your creative genius on their toes.

Price: $45




Pottery Barn Faux-Fur Bean Bag Chair



Luxuriously comfy and perfect for lounging, this bean bag chair will be a great addition to any pre-teen’s room. The insert is crafted of partially recycled materials with a removable plush faux-fur cover that is easy to clean.

Price: $89-$104


Mianova LED Bluetooth Speaker



Designed with 6 color-changing features, the portable speaker sets good vibes with unparalleled music quality and 8-10 hours of playing time. The device comes with a USB cable, but most prefer to connect through the Bluetooth option.




What toy will you be getting for your little one?!