Who knew kids’ toys could be so noisy? Seeking out
quiet and fun toys for kids becomes a necessity when rattles, high-tech beeping toys, and talking stuffed animals seem to be the only thing you hear at home. Thankfully, there are some toys out there that recognize the importance of silence.
Loud toys are not all they’re cracked up to be. For one, you’ll get a massive headache hearing your kid bang on the same button over and over again. Also, most of them require batteries, meaning when a toy is drained, all you're left with is a crying tot. Next time you hit the store, save yourself the agony by choosing one of the many
toys that don't make noise. After all, the high-tech toys you see today didn’t exist 20 years ago, and people were just as happy with old-school blocks and dolls. These toys will inspire kids to use their imagination, get creative, plus learn how to count, write, and refine their developmental skills without extra assistance from a talking dog.
Featuring puzzles, blocks, and a few retro toys from my own childhood (looking at you, Raggedy Ann), this mix will give you tons of variety for your kiddos. Hopefully, your kid will find his or her next favorite toy on this list. And if you’re not a mom but looking for a gift for a family member or friend's kids, you can’t go wrong with these
quiet kids toys. The mom will love you forever. Melissa & Doug First Bead Maze, $15, Amazon
portable bead maze will help your kid pass the time at home or while traveling. It features 18 wooden beads that spin, twirl, and slide through rings. Your tyke won't just be mesmerized by this toy's colors and where the beads go, but it also helps with motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
A Colorful Stacking Board
Boxiki Geometric Shape Stacker, $20, Amazon
A fun 3D puzzle for toddlers who are ready to take on a challenge. This
stacking board features colorful geometric shapes that invite your kid to discover the multiple ways it can be put together. It teaches kids colors and shapes, and tunes their hand-eye coordination skills.
A Squeeze And Stack Block Set
Little Tykes Rocking Horse, $30, Amazon
A childhood staple, this
rocking horse will keep your kid entertained for hours. I especially love the seat that looks secure enough to keep your kid from falling off this adorable magenta horse. The only noise you'll hear is the sweet giggles from your kid having a blast. Magnetic Building Blocks, $20, Amazon
The possibilities are endless with these
magnetic building blocks. With 76 pieces, your toddler can create fun shapes from flowers to trucks and more. The set also features a how-to booklet, so your kid never runs out of things to build.
A Quirky Caterpillar Toy
Melissa & Doug Caterpillar Gear Toy, $10, Amazon
This fun, colorful
caterpillar toy suits both babies and toddlers alike. Kids will have a blast taking the gears apart and putting them back together, while youner tots will be fascinated with making the caterpillar move by turning the gears. Raggedy Ann Doll, $19, Amazon
Some more nostalgic fun.
Raggedy Ann is just an adorable, cuddly rag doll that you can't help but love. I mean, look at her embroidered face.
Crayons For Your Coloring Book
Crayola My First Palm Grip Crayons, $12 (6 Count), Amazon
What good is a coloring book without a set of crayons? This
crayon set is ideal for toddlers because the egg-shaped jumbo size of the crayons allows for the perfect palm grip. And good news for parents: they're washable. Play-Doh 10-Pack, $8, Amazon
Come on, remember how much fun
Play-Doh was when you were a kid? This 10-pack comes in a variety of colors, so kids can mold whatever their hearts desire, making it the best quiet time toy. Kid O Wobbles Owl, $9, Amazon
Toddlers will get a kick out of
watching this owl wiggle, wobble, and roll, all without making a sound. No matter which direction this direction this owl goes, it always finds its way back up. I guarantee that this owl will keep your kids entertained so you can enjoy your own "me time." JC Toys, La Baby Soft Play Doll, $20, Amazon
doll that features life-like features and a huggable body – almost like a real baby — only this one doesn't make a peep. No cry noises, lullabies, or any other sounds will be heard from this toy. Just a cute doll to encourage pretend playtime. LEGO Duplo Building Blocks, $24, Amazon
Another favorite from my childhood,
LEGO Duplo guarantees fun playtime. What's great about this set, is that the blocks are bigger, making it easier for tots to handle. The pack also contains fun car shapes and action figures for extra fun. Just whatever you do, don't step on one. Small World Toys Bag O' Blocks, $18, Amazon
block set, just like the you grew up with. This bag features 50 oversized blocks comprised of different wooden shapes. Now your kid can build sky-high castles and towers for hours. Hape Farm Animals Wooden Puzzle, $10, Amazon
Introduce your baby to farm animals with this charming
wooden puzzle. It has 10 cute pieces that your baby will enjoy putting together. The adorable animals are painted on, and have knobs for your little one to practice gripping.
Teddy Bear Dress-Up Puzzle
Lewo Wooden Abacus, $16, Amazon
brightly colored abacus will teach your kids counting and basic math skills without the need for talking or music. It has 10 rows featuring 10 beads that are color coordinated to entertain and educate your kid all day. The dragon on the sides adds a nice touch, too.
A Noiseless Activity Center
Boikido Wooden Counting Station, $49, Amazon
Not all activity centers are flashy with lights, sounds, and music. This
counting station proves to do all that, minus the noise. With a bead maze, abacus, and other fun features, your toddler will be on the fast track to preschool and have fun while learning. And this activity station isn't just numbers – there's also a blackboard for drawing and writing. The First Years Stacking Up Cups, $4, Amazon
There is so much your baby can do with
stackable cups. From stacking them to building towers and pyramids, this toy is a simple, quiet way for baby to improve on hand-eye coordination, and learn about colors and sizes. The set comes with eight cups in a variety of colors. Dauber Dawgs Markers, $17, Amazon Dauber Dawgs take markers to a whole new level. They have a sphere top that emits a dotty design when kids color. All markers are BPA-free and non toxic, making them a great choice.
(Relatively) Silent Bowling Set
Melissa & Doug K's Kids Bowling Friends Set, $18, Amazon
bowling sets aren't what people think as "quiet," but these are different. Both the ball and pins are made out of plastic, so you'll barely hear a thing when they're knocked down. Also, I love how the pins look like animals, making this the cutest bowling set ever.
A Form-Fitter Toy That Helps Develop Tons Of Important Skills
Playskool Form Fitter, $10, Amazon
educational toy will keep your little one entertained for hours, and you’ll be grateful that it doesn’t have any noisy bells or whistles. It includes a big cube with cutouts and variously-shaped pieces, with the goal of correctly placing them inside. The form-fitter is made of safe materials and helps develop cognitive, sensory, and fine-motor skills, while providing a fun challenge for kids up to 18 months.
“It doesn't matter that there are only three kinds of same board; it encourages and makes toddlers feel achieved by easily find the right shape of holes,” one parent writes. “Now my toddler carries it everyday, holding it to sleep, when wake up, playing with it immediately.”
A Colorful Dry Erase For Encouraging Creativity
TONOR Magnetic Colorful Erasable, $19, Amazon
Encourage artistic and written development with this
erasable drawing board, which features a multi-color screen display. Suitable for kids 2 years old and up, it includes a pen that’s connected to a cable so it doesn’t get lost, and is made of all safe, non-toxic materials. It features a carrying handle and is super lightweight, so it’s a great toy to keep in your diaper bag to keep kids busy in waiting rooms, the car, and while running errands, all while promoting creativity.
A Peek-A-Book Forest Critter Book That You Can Wash
Lamaze Peek-A-Boo Forest, $12, Amazon
Both silent and sanitary, this colorful
pop-out book is machine-washable and features a story of peek-a-boo animals living in a forest. It was designed with help from developmental experts with babies and toddlers in mind, to encourage hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Parents love that it’s virtually indestructible and is made out of a crinkly material that babies love. Since it’s not too bulky, it makes for a great diaper bag toy.
A Set Of Three Truck Toys For Imaginative Playtime
Friction Powered Cars Construction Vehicle Toys, $16, Amazon
Get three toys for under $20 with this
friction-powered car set, which includes a sweeper, mixer, and harvester. Ideal for toddlers between 1 and 3 years old, each “construction vehicle” does something different: The street sweeper has rotating brushes, the cement truck a turning mixer, and the harvester spins. It makes for totally quiet playing that encourages your child’s imagination, and requires no batteries or setup.
Safe And Silent Building Blocks For All Ages
Click N' Play Non-toxic Foam Blocks, $12, Amazon
Let your child build their own city, castle, or world with this
60-set of colorful foam blocks — without any clicking and clanking. They’re all different sizes and are even waterproof, so they can be brought in the tub, pool, or outdoors. Safe for all skin types, these fun blocks are recommended for kids ages 3 years old and up, though reviewers with young toddlers say they have just as much fun a time playing with them as their older siblings do. Playskool Mr. Potato Head Set, $18, Amazon
Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story may have been a non-stop talker, but this one doesn't make a sound. With a set of more than 15 pieces, your tot will never get bored changing Mr. Potato Head's outfit and face. He may not talk or sing like the other character toys, but let's keep him that way. Romper may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Romper's editorial and sales departments.