It’s hard to believe, but it’s been ten years since I posted my first Holiday Top Toy list! This year’s list has many classics as well as new discoveries.
I hope this list makes your shopping easier and you find new toys and games your children love!
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We live in a cold climate, so active toys that can be played with inside and out make especially nice Christmas gifts. One year my son got a Pogo Ball and a Hopper ball for his birthday; both were fun for everyone, even adults. Riding toys for little ones are always great and an indoor trampoline uses up lots of energy on a long winter day.
Educational Toys, Games, and Puzzles
I have to confess, I love educational toys that teach while encouraging creative fun. I also love puzzles and have to resist buying more and more. Our favorites are floor puzzles, Lauri puzzles, beautiful Ravensburger puzzles, and colorful Melissa and Doug Puzzles.
Trains, Trucks, and Cars
We began collecting our wooden train set when we lived in Ithaca, New York, more than twenty years ago and it has seen hours of play by many, many children. Trucks and cars are big favorites as well.
Castles, Doll Houses, and Adventure Toys
My children spent many hours playing with their dollhouse and toy castle. We still pull them out when little friends come over to visit.
Blocks and Building Toys
We have two large bins of Duplos which have been played with for over twenty years – I’m not kidding. Over the years we’ve loved Legos, K’nex, cardboard bricks, and all kinds of building toys. We bought our wooden blocks 25 years ago; you can’t go wrong with classic blocks.
Arts and Crafts Supplies
Good art and craft supplies are worth hours of fun. A fresh set of colored pencils and a new sketch book was a favorite gift of one child. Our easel was well-used for many years.
We love baby dolls and saved many special ones. It was especially nice to add more ethnically diverse dolls to our collection. One of my sons loved his Gloworm which gave off a comforting light when he hugged it close.
These toys provide hours and hours of fun. Truly. Trust me on this.
Electric Snap Circuits, Marble Run, Other Fun Things
One evening we had a crowd of high school and college kids here, so I took a poll of their favorite games. Many of the games below came from their suggestions. We own and play most of these – maybe you’ll find something new or remember an old favorite!
I hope you enjoyed looking through our family favorites and maybe even found some toys and games that will be great gifts this holiday season.
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