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Top 5 Kids Toys that Are Fun, Unbreakable, and Don’t Need Batteries

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Kids toys are supposed to be fun and kids love good toys.  A match made in heaven, right?  Well, not necessarily. Shopping for good kids toys can be a real challenge.

The Difficulty With Picking Good Kids Toys

The problem for the person doing the toy shopping is that it is hard to know which toys will actually be fun for that little person you are buying it for.  It takes a bit of luck, even after you have done your due research (like you are presumably doing right now).

Compounding the problem is that many toys are built very poorly and they fall apart soon after being taken out of their always-very-hard-to-open-packages.  If they built kids toys as strongly as they build the multiple layers of packaging that they are encased in, these toys would last a lifetime.

The final difficulty is that fact that so many toys need batteries.  Not just one or maybe even two batteries, but often upwards of six or even eight batteries.  Kids toys never seem to take regular batteries like a AA size, they always seem to take those massive D cells or those tiny little thin round ones that you put in calculators and stuff like that.

Becoming aware of kids toys that are fun, unbreakable, and which don’t need batteries is a good thing to do for everyone concerned.

Selection Rationale

How were these kids toys selected?  Personal experience.

Here is a summary of my qualifications:

  1. Former young boy.
  2. Father of an almost three-year-old daughter.
  3. Current elementary school teacher.

The toys here are ones that I had as a child which I thought were really fun.  I still have many of these original toys and my daughter seems to be having as much fun playing with them today as I did as a child.

The Top 5 Kids Toys (in no specific order)

LEGO

LEGO building blocks are one of the best kids toys ever built. One of the coolest toys on the planet to me during the 1970s, LEGO is still loved by young children (both boys and girls, even though it is seemingly only marketed to boys).  Dump a bin of LEGO on the floor and watch the fun and creativity commence.  LEGO also comes in numerous themed kits including Star Wars and Ninjago as well as different structures like the White House, a log cabin etc. LEGO is a great toy for kids because it is very fun, it encourages creativity, it’s virtually indestructible, and it doesn’t need batteries.

Action Figures or a Plush Doll

Believe it or not I still have each and every Star Wars action figure that I ever owned.  I even have them in their original storage case.  No, I don’t play with them anymore, but they sure meant a lot to me as a kid and I can’t bear to part with them.

I used those figures all the time; at school, in the sand, on the sidewalk, on my bedroom floor, etc. They fought many battles and got hurled through the air many times.  They were used and loved.  And you know what? They’re still in good shape.  I presume action figures are still built that way today (please correct me if I’m wrong).  They are a fun toy for kids.

My daughter and her Pablo (the penguin from The Backyardigans) are inseparable.  She takes him everywhere and calls him her “buddy”.  Pablo has been pulled, dropped, stretched, and put through the washing machine and the dryer numerous times, yet he is still here.  Action figures and plush dolls are great toys because they are fun, unbreakable (or at least very durable), and they don’t need batteries.

Play-Doh

Play-Doh is another one of the best kids toys ever.  It can be made into any shape imaginable and can be reused over and over again (as long as you store it in its container and don’t let it dry out). You can get lots of different Play-Doh kits like a zoo or a barber shop, or you can just use the Play-Doh by itself.  The possibilities are virtually endless.

 

Crayola Crayons

I think Crayola Crayons don’t really need much of an introduction. They’re a great product that virtually guarantee endless hours of trouble-free fun. Yes they can break, but you can still use them even if they’re broken. Crayola has the best colours in my opinion and their crayons also seem to be more durable and long-lasting than other brands.

They don’t seem to make the 64 colour box with the built-in sharpener anymore.  That’s a shame because I can assure you that it was one of the top ‘need to have’ items when I was a kid.  Kids would sharpen already sharp crayons just for the sheer thrill of it.

Best Kids Toys - A Ball                                                A Ball

And finally, a ball.  Any ball will do.

Conclusion

Many of the best kids toys are the simple ones.  These toys are fun, long-lasting, and simple to use and to maintain.  As a frugal father, I view each of these toys as representing great ‘fun’ value and I highly recommend each and every one of them.  View my other TOP RATED PRODUCTS.

Thanks for dropping by.  I hope you visit again very soon.

What do you consider to be the best kids toys?  Are there any toys that you would not recommend?

Author: Jason Milburn Google

Frugal dad – focusing my money and energy towards happiness and the things that matter most since around 1985.

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  1. Ahh, play-doh and legos, the simple things I miss about being a child. Great outline of toys…I can’t wait to have kids of my own to buy them for!

    • Jason on August 28, 2013 at 10:52 am
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    Hello Josh,

    It’s wonderful to hear from you again. Don’t wait for kids … go get yourself some Play-Doh and LEGO right now (if kids enter the picture later on you’ll already be set and you can have lots of fun in the meantime).

    Cheers, Jason (froogalist)

  2. I don’t have any young kids, but these look like good choices, particularly the LEGOS. I was a Lincoln Logs kid growing up!

    • Jason on August 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm
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    Hello James,

    Yes, Lincoln Logs are a lot of fun. Thanks for reminding me. They could easily have been added to this list.

    Maybe in a follow up post …

    Cheers, Jason (froogalist)

  3. Hey Froogalist, I like the way you look at that. I better go prepare for kids! lol! Hey, I’d love to see what you think of my decision to invest…http://cnafinance.com/ive-finally-started-invest/

    • Jason on August 29, 2013 at 7:23 pm
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    Hey Josh, Thanks for leaving your comment. Just remember not to mix the Play-Doh colours because you can’t unmix them. I did read your article and have recommended it on Google+ – Congratulations! You have given yourself a big advantage by starting young. Hope to hear from you again soon.

    Cheers, Jason (froogalist)

    • Laura Alary on March 27, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Great suggestions, Jason. Here are a few more, similar to yours in that they are simple and open-ended, and can be used in many ways:

    1) Blocks. Although they are expensive, good quality wooden blocks do not wear out and kids never really outgrow them.

    2) Keva or Kapla planks. Same benefits as above.

    3) Fabric. As everyone knows, an old sheet makes a terrific play house (and if you do your lego building on it clean up is a lot easier). Felt can be cut into roads and rivers and lakes—great habitats for toy animals and dolls. A length of blue fabric can become a river running through your living room (or classroom).

    4) String. String games are a fun form of play and storytelling used in many cultures. Check out Cat’s Crade, Owl’s Eyes: A Book of String Games by Camilla Gryski. I think Klutz publishes its own version of string games.

    5) A skipping rope.

    6) Sidewalk chalk.

    • Jason on March 28, 2016 at 10:49 am
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    Those are some terrific ideas, Laura. Thank you very much for sharing – you have inspired me.

    Kind regards, Jason @ froogalism

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