If you’re like many of us, you struggle to buy just the right toy or game for people under the age of 18. Advances in technology coupled with the rapid changes in popularity of everything from pop stars to television shows have made today’s search for the garage sale item the perfect find.
Combine the fickleness of popularity with the uncertainty of what constitutes an age-appropriate selection and you may find yourself spending hours perusing the options without a clear winner. We’re here to help.
Don’t Miss the 20 Most Popular Toys on Amazon
The 20 most popular toys on Amazon include a mix of classic and soon-to-be classic options that are proven to delight kids of all ages. As always, listed prices may fluctuate over time.
No, we’re not suggesting that you should put in a little work to sort out the sushi you plan to eat. But kids around 6 months to 2 years old will love the Sassy Sushi Sorter, made from BPA-free plastic. You too, because when kids play with it they learn to name colors, locate shapes and become familiar with textures. You can then teach the child how to put shapes into holes and even coordinate colors. This colorful toy is a great gift for babies under 6 months old.
Hey, older kids love toys too. Of course, people over the age of 14 call them by different names. Take the Lego Bonsai Tree Building Kit, which is labeled a model building kit with interchangeable pieces. But let’s face it – it’s a toy. Create your own bonsai with classic green leaves or vibrant pink cherry blossoms that incorporate a fun frog design. It measures 7 inches x 8.5 inches by 7.5 inches, so it turns out to be a pretty display too.
Kids ages 6 and up love the Hatchimal Pixie, but adults want to get in on the action, too. It’s fun to take a pixie and launch it from your base or directly into the air with your hands. Her wings flap as she flies, and you guide her trajectory with your hands and reposition her safely mid-flight. It measures 7.25 inches by 7.25 inches by 10 inches and is designed with an auto-stop feature. You can safely touch his wings even during flight. A USB charging cable powers it.
Kids ages 1 to 5 can try their hand at building almost anything imaginable with the 80 multi-color blocks in the Mega Blocks First Builders Big Building Bag. The locking block is a good size for little hands to hold. The blocks come in a storage bag, which makes cleaning up a snap.
Expect kids ages 3 and up to adopt the 11-inch Star Wars Grogu plush toy inspired by the Disney Plus series Mandalorian. Star Wars fans will notice this squishy figure, which measures 5.98 inches by 7.99 inches by 11.02 inches, is dressed as it is star wars Movies. The character has green skin, big ears, big eyes and a strong base full of beans to stand on his own.
Just because something is a toy doesn’t mean it can’t be educationally challenging as well. Just take the National Geographic 50-Piece Magnetic Marble Run Stem Building Set. Use 18 magnetic connectors, 11 track pieces, and more to build a marble maze that explores physics and engineering concepts. This awesome toy is great for kids ages 8 and up.
All you need are two AAA batteries to start the VTech Pull and Sing Puppy that follow the little ones. You can press the button on the Puppy which measures 4.21 inches x 7.87 inches x 6.69 inches to learn numbers, colors and body parts or to play songs, phrases and even sounds of the puppy. Plus, the puppy’s nose flashes when music and sounds are played. It is ideal for babies from 9 to 36 months.
Children ages 5 to adults can further their artistic talents by drawing with this 36 Crayola Colored Pencil Set. The soft core of the pencils won’t break easily, although they are sharp and ready to use right out of the box. In addition, they are safe and non-toxic.
Kids ages 3 to 10 may not be ready for high-end cameras, but Sujio Kids Camera gives them plenty of opportunities to polish their photo skills. It has a 2.4-inch HD screen and 24 million pixels HD dual lens, both front and rear 1920 x 1080P video. This camera has three modes, five filters, 15 photo frame selections and more. Video and voice recorder capabilities and pre-loaded games mean the camera will keep kids entertained for hours.
Kids will have a “blooming great” time playing with the Senov Flower Garden Building Toys. They learn about shape and size as they bloom, combining colorful stems, leaves, flowers and bases. The kit includes 8 bases, 52 stem and leaf sections, 34 flower pieces and more that you can easily clean with water.
The original Slinky was introduced more than 75 years ago and children ages 5 to adult can still enjoy wiggles, walks, stretches, and other actions. The Slinky moves down the stairs by transferring kinetic energy between your hands and between the coils in other motions.
The Hasbro Trouble board game was introduced in 1965 and is still a fan favorite, as shown by its ratings popularity. Two to four players, ages 5 and up, use the Pop-O-Matic die roller bubble in the middle to determine moves around the board. This classic board game is still a great way to build analytical skills.
Kids can use the MotoWorks Toyo Rocket Launcher to propel a foam rocket as high as 100 feet. It is quite safe for children aged 3 years and above. Plus, the launcher is on a stand that folds up for easy storage. This launcher is a fun way for kids to use different angles and trajectories while learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The Temi Dinosaur Toy Figure with Activity Play Mat is a perfect distraction for getting kids away from technology and into a game of pure imagination. This Jurassic adventure journey features nine dinosaur action figures, including Tyrannosaurus Rex, Giganotosaurus, and a Dino Mat.
Let your child swoon with these colorful maracas. Each Fisher-Price Rattle ‘n Rock Maraca measures 2 inches x 4 inches by 6.5 inches. Shake the maracas and listen to the beads rattle and the soft pom-pom on the other end adds texture.
The Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper is a pogo stick for kids that makes fun, crackling sounds. Kids 3 and older can use it indoors or out to train hand-eye coordination, balance and motor skills. It supports up to 250 pounds, so even “older kids” (adults) can enjoy it.
The Obubi Real Binoculars for Kids is perfect for ages 3 to 12. They are small, lightweight and have soft rubber around the eyepiece to prevent damage. These binoculars are easy to focus and allow the user to see up to 122 feet away. Use the center knob to adjust the width for each user. These binoculars measure 3.5 inches x 2.3 inches x 1.5 inches and come in a variety of colors.
BravoKids LCD Writing Tablet is designed for children ages 3 to 6. This writing tablet features a 10-inch LCD color screen for kids to write more than 100,000 times without fail. It’s fun to draw and save papers. This tablet is powered by a built-in replaceable battery with a life span of six months. It is available in different colors, has an erase button and a lock key that keeps the drawing safe.
Kids can pretend to be making and serving ice cream dishes as they play with the kinetic sand sculptures. This ice cream-themed playset features three colors of scented Kinetic Sand (1 pound total), six serving tools, and six topping accessories. Players use the mold to make waffles and cookies or mold faux ice cream treats.
Children 18 months and older can use the Leapfrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book to expand their vocabulary. When children touch words on the pages, they hear sound effects, words and fun facts in their choice of English or Spanish. Words include words related to pets, animals, food, meal times, colors, activities, protests, outdoors, vehicles, clothes, bodies, and fruits.
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