Welcome to the 2nd Annual
These toys and gifts are ones that I either have (***) or would buy for my sons personally. This list includes a variety of interests and price points.
Note: The prices are from Amazon unless otherwise noted (as of October 2020). I am an
Don’t Miss These Gift Ideas for Kids
Price: $29.95 (Black Friday $25.95)
This Parents’ Choice Recommended mechanical engineering kit is for ages 5 to 7. Kids can build a series of adorable, motorized robotic animals, including a unicorn, sea otter, fox, bear, baby llama, crab, cat, and narwhal! Other
Escape rooms are great thinking practice and games like Unlock! bring the fun home. There are multiple options with 3 new games in each box. The free UNLOCK! companion app supports integrated gameplay by having players input codes, interact with machines, and receive hints. With one hour on the clock, players must work through a deck of sixty cards as a team, searching for clues, combining objects, and solving puzzles. How fun!
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 is one of the best Pi kits in the world. Get started coding and engineering with this Raspberry Pi, case, fan, cables and more.
Price: $59.99 (Black Friday $38.99!)
These adorable Echo Dot Kid’s Edition speakers have a few special features including a year of Amazon Kids+ (FreeTime Unlimited), which gives them access to thousands of hours of kid-friendly Audible books, interactive games, and educational skills. It’s just 2.99/month after the first year.
The Kid’s Edition also has friendly parental control including daily time limits. Available Oct. 22
Price: $11.51 (also comes in pink!)
- Preschoolers can snap together their robot’s arms and then practice drilling multicolored bolts with the kid-friendly screwdriver
Robotwith swiveling head, arms, and upper body, includes 15 multicolored bolts (Ages 3+)
Price 44.97 (sale)
These electronics kits are great for all ages. There are nearly a dozen different sets to choose from
Price 79.99 (Black Friday $69.99)
Keep those bodies busy while their minds are engaged! The board is a wooden toy that grows with the child and is also very suitable for adults. To get fit, stretch your back (as a seat aid) in yoga exercises, to train balance or just because it’s fun. It’s possible to do a wide range of exercises on the wooden board.
Winner of multiple awards worldwide, the Katamino puzzle builds spatial observation skills, sharpens logical thinking
There is also a pocket version that would make a great stocking stuffer and a deluxe option in wood
Learn magic and trick your friends with this spectacular fun magic kit
Be still my geeky heart! Introducing 100 First Words for Little Geeks, a deliciously nerdy primer for kids learning their first words! Forget apple and dog. Little geeks are ready for
This kit covers the three areas of science (Physical, Earth and Life) as well as activities in Chemistry, Physics, Magnetism, Weather, Biology, Geology and Flight with more than 70 activities. Hours of fun and learning and it all zips back up in the convenient plastic case. There is also this version from Learning Resources for smaller hands that is simpler for your budding young chemist.
Turing Tumble is a new type of game where players (ages 8 to adult) build mechanical computers powered by marbles to solve logic puzzles. Use ramps, crossovers, bits, interceptors, gears, and gear bits to build marble-powered computers that can generate patterns, do logic, count, add, subtract, multiply, divide, and much, much more.
Of all the gifts on my Top Gifts for Kids
The beginning of design knowledge is right here. Math and art combine when children play with blocks, an essential piece of every childhood.
Price 24.99 (Black Friday $23.73)
Break open these tennis ball to ping pong sized geodes to reveal natural crystals. Perfect for your budding geologist.
There is actually a series of Dado Cubes, Dado Squares
Perplexus Rookie ***
This toy is a problem solver’s dream. This version is slightly simpler than the original Perplexus or Perplexus Epic. Enclosed in a plastic bubble you tilt and twist to move a small ball through a series of obstacles. Great for learning patience, motor control, counting and physics! We have 3 and love them all.
The best apps for kids are the ones they build themselves. Bitsbox teaches real coding with crazy fun projects that come in the mail every month. Each level introduces a new computer science concept. Kids build their apps on the Bitsbox website. They start by coding from examples and progress quickly to inventing their own apps.
Learn to play chess and beyond with this electronic chess game. 12 chess modes plus 30 unique chess levels to choose from. 100 preset chess exercise allows you to practice your skills. and more!
Zometool lets you create beautiful structures and patterns to unlock STEM thinking. Amazingly, this large set contains more than 700 pieces, but you can start smaller if you want with the basic kit for less than $30.
Price: Starting at $69.99
Get started with Osmo’s powerful blend of
Price: starting at $7.99 (tube) and up $34.99 for 600 pc box
Looking for a Lego alternative? These
All pieces are shaped the same, but they are anything but boring. Endless building opportunities await. Go for the big open play box of 600 or start with a stocking stuffer tube (unicorn, apollo rocket, alien and more!
Price: $39.99 (Black Friday $29.98)
This 77-piece set includes interlocking bases, gears, connectors, a handle, astronauts, planets, a sun, a spaceship, a flag, stickers, and an activity guide.
Other themed sets and bulk gears available.
Price: $159.95 (Black Friday $127.99)
Meet Vernie the Robot and more!
- Includes 847 LEGO pieces that kids can build and rebuild into 5 cool multifunctional models. The best and most popular robotics toys for
7-12 year oldboys and girls who love to tinker and learn about science. Use the latest tech like color, distance andtilt sensors.
- Construct and code Vernie the Robot to dance, rock out on the Guitar4000, foster Frankie the Cat, interact with the
Autobuilder,or explore a new discovery with the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4). The IQ-boosting activities are endless!
I really hope you and your family find some great ideas on my Gift Ideas for Kids 2020 list. There are a lot of really inspiring, engaging
Comment below and tell me about your favorite Gift Ideas for Kids 2020 and I may add them to my list!