If you plan on spending the next few weeks at home with little to do, we’ve got you covered. From inspiring and imaginative toys to creative craft kits, there are plenty of easy-to-order products you can order on Amazon to keep your kiddos active and learning. Keep scrolling to see our faves.

For Toddlers

Large Aqua Doodle Mat

Because laying out butcher block paper for your sweet tot isn’t always on your to-do list, there’s Miserwe’s Doodle Mat. Spread it out, fill the included six pens with water, and let your tot have at it—drawing with stamps, stencils and rollers to create a memorable masterpiece. The best part? It dries to a clean slate in just 10 minutes making creating and clean up easy as pie.

Available at amazon.com, $19.99.

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Shape Sorter

Classic and timeless, Melissa & Doug's shape sorter helps littles with colors, shapes and is a great screen-free option. The engaging toy is made from sturdy wood and perfect for kids ages two to four.

Available on Amazon, $12.14.

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HABA Kullerbu City Stroll Play Track

This 58-piece wooden and plastic track comes with three track variations, momentum motor vehicle and two free-wheeling ball convertibles. The classic play track is outfitted with ramps, straight and curved pieces and fits perfectly with expander sets.

Available on Amazon, $119.99.

 

For Everyone:

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Fort Boards

Afternoons spent indoors just got a whole lot more fun! Fort Boards are the perfect open-ended building toys that combine imagination and STEM skills and will keep littles busy for hours. Construct domes, vehicles and various-shaped forts with these colorful and BPA-free pieces that can build up to 20 square feet of construction but fold down for easy storage.

Buy a 90-piece set on Amazon, $99.98.

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Longest Hidden Pictures® Puzzle Ever

Possibly the coolest hidden pictures book ever, Highlight's new 16 foot long fold-out puzzle is fun for the entire fam. Made on sturdy paper and featuring 280 hidden objects, this unique activity can be used on the go, completed in sections, or spread out all at once!

Get it here, $14.43.

Brain Flakes

Kids don't just use their imagination when they play with brain flakes, they are enhancing their spatial thinking, too! With over 500 pieces per container, there is no end to the creations your kiddos will come up with. It's a perfect STEM activity for future engineers!

Available on Amazon, $13.98.

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Egg & Spoon Relay Game

Simple and oh-so-fun, this egg and spoon relay game will have your littles burning off energy in no time! The classic game comes with coordinating wooden spoons, eggs and a carrying case. Play a simple relay back and forth or make it interesting by creating an obstacle course!

Order a set here, $11.95.

Yuckology! Slime Lab

Your little scientists can create their own slime concoctions with this easy to use kit that gives preschoolers their first lesson in early chemistry and making observations. The kit comes packed with all the tools you need to make slime from common household ingredients. The plastic tools can easily be washed to use again and again.

Available on Amazon, $19.99.

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LEGO Classic Bricks

With 484 pieces, there's plenty of creativity to be had with the LEGO Classic Bricks set. The multi-colored collection has tons of classic piece, tires, mini-windows and propellers to keep kids entertained for hours.

Find it here, $27.99.

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Goodminton

Don't worry about balls in the house when your kids play Goodminton! The two-paddle game comes with two different speed birdies and is great for indoor fun.

Get it on Amazon, $9.98.

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PicassoTiles

Let little imaginations soar with STEM-friendly magnetic tiles. The multi-colored tiles let kids learn with their hands and get a grasp on 3D forms.

Order a set here, $48.98.

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Wiggle

Great for kids ages three to 10, the Wiggle game comes with 60 wiggly movements on wooden coins. The U.S. handcrafted game is different every time and makes for a good afternoon activity or a perfect way to break up screen time or other sedimentary activities. 

Find it on Amazon, $24.99.

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Pretend Camping Set

So you're stuck inside? Bring the outdoors in with this adorable camping set. It comes with a tent, faux fire, canteen and other camping supplies your little will need to survive the great indoors.

Buy one here, $36.99.

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Richard Scarry's Busytown Eye Found It Game

Richard Scarry's classic world is brought to life in this Busytown Eye Found It Game. Fun for kids of all ages, as well as adults, teams must work together to meet their goal on this six-foot-long board game.

Get it on Amazon, $22.04.

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Fashion Plates

You kids may not be able to strut their stuff because they're stuck inside, but they can still dream up dressy duds. Classic Fashion Plates come with 15 interchangeable plates for countless outfits, plus paper, crayons, drawing tablet and more.

Grab it here, $22.05.

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Eat2Explore Box

Each box from Eat2Explore transports you to another country, with three unique recipes and essential spices and sauce mixes. Help your kiddos experience the great world with recipes that feed four each and include a shopping list. Choose from destinations like Greece, Brazil, China, India and Japan, to name a few.

Available on Amazon, $29.95.

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Head-to-Toe Human Body Science Lab

We're all learning a lot about the human body and now your kids can, too! This fun kit comes with a six-page illustrated storybook lab guide, eye chart, eye patch, tooth chart, toothbrush, stethoscope, dry erase marker, magnifier, washable ink pad, slime, red foil confetti, blue foil confetti, white foam balls, and mixing container. Kids will learn from 10 activities all about science and first aid concepts.

Find it on Amazon, $34.99.

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Discovery Kids Planetarium Projector

Discovery Kids Planetarium Projector is double sided and comes with two different modes: stationary and moving. Settle down for a night of looking at the stars with 32 different images!

Order it here, $23.21.

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Jumbo Chess & Checkers Set

Use indoors now, then save for summer! This oversized chess and checkers set makes the kids a little more excited to learn and play, and even comes with a storage bag.

Available on Amazon, $89.97.

Marble Genius Marble Run Super Set

Learn STEM skills, but more importantly, have fun! This 100-piece set comes with plenty of glass marbles, funnels, wheels and more to make an epic marble run.

Order it here, $36.99.

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Arts & Craft Jar

This 1000+ piece set is bound to keep the kids happy for a while. Choose from pipe cleaners, pompoms, sequins, googly eyes, foam letters, flowers, plastic beads, wooden sticks, paper scroll and more––all in a handy plastic bucket.

Find it on Amazon, $17.99.

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Made By Me Create Your Own Window Art

Make up to 20 gorgeous pieces of window art that will make the world a little brighter. Each set comes with suncatcher shapes, cords and suction cups to hang your work with pride.

Find on Amazon, $10.97.

Tabletop Pinball Set

Since you won't be going to the local arcade for a while, why not invest in this fun family game from Brio? This tabletop version of pinball is easy for kids as young as six to play, and it'll be fun once this period of social distancing is over. 

Buy one here, $59.99.

 

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Creatto Moonlight Elephant Safari | Light-Up Crafting Kit

Creatto kits require only two building components, but countless results. The beautiful sets not only put your creative juices to good use, but also doubles as a work of art to keep on display!

Available on Amazon, $9.95.

smArt Pixelator

Steam learning and creativity come together with the smART Pixelator. Kids can learn to pixelate any design and build 2D and 3D projects using Bluetooth connectivity, lights and creative tools. Start out with the included 50 step-by-step designs!

Available on Amazon, $43.99.

BIC BodyMark Temporary Tattoo Marker

For kids 13 and older, BIC BodyMark Temporary Tattoo Markers promise hours of entertainment. The cosmetic-quality markers come with broad and thin tips and wash off with purposeful scrubbing.

Find a set on Amazon, $22.43.

GraviTrax Marble Run

The marble run of the modern age, this incredible STEM toy from Ravensburger will keep the kids entertained while they learn a little something, too. There are 122 pieces included in the starter set, which makes it possible to design unique marble runs, which in turn helps kids learn about engineering, gravity, magnetism and kinetics. A 2019 Toy of the Year finalist, Ravensburger just released a new line of accessories for the tracks, including a double trampoline!

Buy a starter set here, $54.88.

––Karly Wood

 

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