Fun with Magna Tiles.
With the holiday season around the corner, you may be looking for some ideas on what to get your kids. I know before birthdays and Christmas arrive I like to look around for gifts that will hold the boys attention for more than 20 minutes. (Even though 20 minutes is nothing to shake a stick at. AMIRITE?!)
Since I have two boys, it makes me an expert on what toys your little boys will like.
Okay, I'm not really an expert. BUT, these toys both my boys really love. They come back to these toys time and time again.
I enjoy hearing personal accounts of toys that are really well loved by parents. I appreciate the recommendations. I find this gives you some great ideas as well as some unique ideas instead of your run of the mill toy store stuff.
So I thought I would share some of the toys that both my boys (ages 3 and almost 5) really enjoy in case you need a few ideas.
Actually, these toys would probably be great for any kid. Because what kid doesn't like throwing stuff like ninja stars?!
The first time I got the stomp rocket, J was 3 and L was 1. They both loved it! It was so easy to use that my one year old could even use it.
You stomp on the air pad and the rockets go soaring through the air. We all enjoyed playing with this one, even the 8 year old boy next door. They played with this one until all of the rockets got stuck on the roof of the house.
Easy to assemble, easy to use and inexpensive.
Letters and Numbers Foam Tiles
Hubby and I bought these on a whim at the toy store. They are letters and numbers in foam tiles that pop out, put them together to make a large floor mat or assemble them to make a fort.
This is a fun toy and we have used this toy a million different ways. We set up the mat and can only jump on one color to get across. I call out a letter and the boys have to drive their cars to that letter. Or, my personal favorite, Hubby and I divide into two teams, each with a kid, and use the foam letters as ninja stars.
Also easy to use, inexpensive and tons of uses.
Recently purchased these for L's 3rd birthday. Both boys love these tiles. They have strong magnets and will stick together to make 3-D objects. Great for teaching them about geometry and whatever their imaginations can think up.
I have kept these out in the middle of the kitchen table since we got them. The boys will go over to play with them at least once a day.
We got the clear color magna tiles. So, the next purchase will be a light-up board so they can have their creations lit up. Cool, right?!
They are costly but they are well-made and they keep coming back to them.
If you can afford it, get some.
Playhut Mega Fun Tent
Our Playhut Tent is over three years old. In kid years, that is a lengthy amount of time for a toy to survive. Needless to say, this toy does look a little rough.
However, the boys love this toy. Sometimes, I take it out and leave it sitting out in our living room for a couple of days so they can play in it. Other times, I put it away for weeks at a time, just to bring it back out again for them to play in.
We play inside and outside with the tents.
We play Hide-And-Seek, Hungry Giant (where I am the hungry giant looking for kids to eat) and we all just throw the plastic balls at each other.
It comes with plastic balls, a small basketball and a hoop.
Never. Ending. Fun.
While ours doesn't look exactly like this one, I still think your kids would enjoy playing with this one.
If you have the space, this one is a fun one.
Which ones are your kids favorites? I'd love to hear from you.
I hope this gave you some ideas.