Screen time may mean a few precious minutes to yourself, but this holiday season take it old school (remember those pre-iPad days?) for toys powered 100% by imagination. From a colorful Sudoko game to an alphabet made of robots, flip through the gallery to see our favorite picks for gifts that’ll make you not miss those electronics at all.

Don’t Dump Dumpty

Your curious cuties will love this brand new balancing act game, based on the favorite children’s rhyme. Simply stack the numbered bricks and set Dumpty firmly on top. Try to keep him from falling as you remove bricks, one by one. Play with all the king's horses and all the king's men (your whole fam) or even fly solo with this versatile counting game.

Available at, $30.

  • Don’t Dump Dumpty
  • Maker Studio Gears Set
  • Magbot
  • Mini Squigz
  • Zoingo Boingo
  • ColorKu Sudoku Game
  • Lost Civilization Excavation Kit
  • World Village Playset
  • Alpha Bots
  • Visit the Vet Magnetic Book
  • Superhero Comic Kit
  • Nubble Rumbler Dino
  • Discovery Kids Building Set
  • Hand-Crocheted Rattles

Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, all items were available for purchase.

Do you have a favorite toy that’s not on our list? Tell us about it in a comment.

— Allison Sutcliffe

All images courtesy retailers.