It may be early in the holiday shopping season, but I've already logged some hours on Amazon, hunting for just the right gifts for my own tots, as well as their similarly aged cousins. But before any toy can make its way into my cart, I ask the question, "How long will they really play with this thing?" That's because no matter how bright and shiny a toy is, if it doesn't have staying power, it's not getting Primed. So, if you're looking for Amazon Prime toys that'll keep kids occupied for hours, then this round-up is for you.
I'm a proud mama of both a toddler and a preschooler, and if there's one thing I've learned up to this point, it's that most toys are going to get discarded as fast as you can say, "What's next?" But the toys that really hold a kid's attention, oh, those are worth their weight in gold. The funny thing is, these toys aren't always the ones you'd expect, and often are the ones you'd least expect.
So, if you're shopping for a toddler or preschooler this holiday season, it's good to know what toys have been field-tested. Below you'll find 21 toys that all get the kid (and parent) stamp of approval.
1Jump, Jump Around
3Roll the Dice
Squigz Limited Edition 24-Piece Set
Fat Brain Toys
My toddler first encountered this toy at the library, and not only was she transfixed, but so was I. These colorful suction cups are totally addicting. You stick them together to build all kinds of wobbly creations, and you can even take them in the bath.
125 Piece Play Food Set
I bought this play food set for my daughter two years ago and it remains one of the most played-with toys in our house. It's great for playing "picnic", "grocery store" or "restaurant." The only down side is that there are so many pieces, it takes a while to clean-up!
11Clean Up, Clean Up
14What a Hoot
Pretend & Play Teaching Cash Register
With a built-in scanner, scale, lights, sounds, voice messages, and coin slot, this cash register feels pretty much like the real thing. It even comes with a credit card and coupons. Just note that it's designed for ages 5+ because some of the coins are quite small.
17Dress Up, Take 2
20Drop It Like It's Hot
21Art Project Time
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