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.

World Village Playset

Give your little explorer a passport to play, destination China! This World Village Playset, which debuted this year, packs hours of play and learning into each set. Your culture hound follows Emma and Joe on their journey around the beautifully detailed China play mat, using wooden puzzle pieces, an exciting travel journal and 14 story cards to guide the way. Add on a few wooden building extras, and your mini Marco Polo have a whole new world to explore!

Available at:, $4.99-$59.99.


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

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