This is a list of well loved toys from our house. They’re probably not on any 2014 hottest toy list, but they’re things my boys actually play with again and again, and they’ve withstood the abuse that a multi-boy household dishes out, so they’ve got some staying power.
A lot of these tend to be on the upper end of the price scale. I would rather purchase fewer toys of a higher quality that will last, then lots of little toys that end up in the trash by New Year’s. Some of ours were given by grandparents or extended family, and some of them were given as a group gift to all our boys (or the big two or little two).
My guys love building things, and zoobs are fun and unusual building blocks. There is a variety of packages available, including zoob cars and robots, which make nice add on gifts to a basic set.
2.Quercetti Georello building gears
We like to build, and the turning gears make this an especially fun set. There are also additions to the basic sets, such as farm and jungle sets.
3.Wooden Castle Blocks
We have two sets of these, the better to build extra large castles with.
Do yourself a favor, and grab a bag of marbles at the dollar store, the marbles inevitably gravitate towards the corners of the room.
5. Kidoozie Build a Road X Track
Half of my boys are seriously obsessed with transportation, the other half are mildly obsessed. Kids that like building and transportation will love this build a road.
6. Nowhere To GoA fun game that encourages thinking and strategy
I think monopoly of any variety is good for kids to play in order to learn about money. We have Dog-opoly, and our boys love to play for hours and hours.
My guys are getting a second set of these this year, because this is one toy they will all play with together, (boys ages 4-9), and as easily as these click together, the boys quickly run out of tiles.
9. Thinkfun Rush HourThis game of strategy can be played by children and adults alike, it comes with playing cards with all different levels of difficulty.
10. Thomas Trains
We have a giant box of Thomas Trains and tracks. Our living room often has elaborate tracks looped all over it. I bought a big set on clearance, almost ten years ago. They no longer connect with the new style of tracks, but thankfully I bought an extra box of track.
11. Elenco Snap Circuits
We supervise our boys when they play with this electric set–it stays up on a high shelf in the closet, to keep it safe, but the older two have spend many hours playing with this. They also have add on sets such as a rover vehicle, lights set, and a green alternative energy set.
12. Nerf N-Force Vendetta Double Sword
I believe we got these swords two years ago for Christmas, and they are played with almost daily. They have stood up really well, you can see from the picture one tip cracked a little, and was repaired with duct tape, but the swords are remarkably sturdy. One of our boys has asked for his own set this year, so we’ll have a total of four swords in the house now.
13. Legos We’ve had legos of every shape and size in our house. Currently the two big boys love Star Wars legos, which drive me crazy because they’re so small, but they do result in quite a bit of creative play.
14. Kinetic Sand
I suggested this to grandparents for our November birthday boy, and I wondered if I would sorely regret it, but I’ve been very pleasantly surprised. Kinetic sand really does stick together, and hasn’t made too much of a mess (yet). It’s a very unusual texture, you pick it up and it almost moves by itself. Our preschooler loves the sandbox at preschool, but it’s closed until warmer/drier weather, so I thought he would enjoy this, and he does (the older boys do too).
What do you have to add to my list? What do your kids play with over and over?