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Gift Guide 2020: 6 Top Toys for Kids (That Don’t Have Screens)

November 4, 2020

Note: This post contains mentions of third-party brands whose offers are available on Grand Giraffe. We may receive a commission for purchases made from these brands.

Buying gifts for children can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a little overwhelming. Sure, there’s a universe of toys and games to choose from, but who’s got time to figure out which are the real crowd-pleasers? To help you navigate the chock-a-block world of children’s brands and baubles, we’ve assembled our 6 top toys for kids. Oh, and none of them include screens.

1: Get creative with art supplies.

A new stock of art supplies is always a winner. (Source: Shutterstock / Tiplyashina Evgeniya)

A new stock of art supplies is always a winner. (Source: Shutterstock / Tiplyashina Evgeniya)

At the end of the day, kids love to create and they’re happy to use just about any media: crayons, markers, paints, collage materials, glue, clay, you name it. Even if kids have some of these items lying around, most parents will tell you that supplies tend to get lost, broken, or dry out.

There’s no question, then, that a fresh box of crayons with the latest colors (“Bluetiful” anyone?) is sure to be on anyone’s list of top toys for kids. To start, have a look at Crayola on our site — the world’s go-to brand for all things creative for kids. Right now you can get free shipping on your order of $50 or more!


2: Experiment with a science kit.

Science kits and projects are available across all sorts of interests. Source: Shutterstock / BAZA Production)

Science kits and projects are available across all sorts of interests. Source: Shutterstock / BAZA Production)

Who knows, someday junior might become a rocket scientist. Get those experimental juices flowing with a kid’s science kit for easy-to-do experiments and projects at home. Kits are available for most learning levels and across a wealth of interests.

For an inspirational selection, check out S&S Worldwide for kits on coding, robotics, gardening, snap circuits, and chemistry — just to name a few.

3: Tease the brain with a puzzle.

Good brain teasers are hard to resist and can entertain a kid (or adult) for hours. (Source: Shutterstock / Treter)

Good brain teasers are hard to resist and can entertain a kid (or adult) for hours. (Source: Shutterstock / Treter)

Destined to keep them occupied for hours, and one of our favorite top toys for kids, is a good brain teaser — it’s worth its weight in Rubik’s Cubes. Head to Toynk Toys for a wide selection of puzzler options with six levels of difficulty, including several requiring you to take an item apart and put it back together again. Sound easy? Have a go yourself…

Or, for the child that prefers a puzzle with a story, pick up a “Sherlock Holmes The Case of the Treasury Safe 3D Brain Teaser Puzzle.” The puzzler must help Detective Holmes discover the clues to unlock a mysterious old safe.

4: Hit the road with a bike.

What’s better than cruising with the neighborhood gang? (Source: Shutterstock / Sergey Novikov)

What’s better than cruising with the neighborhood gang? (Source: Shutterstock / Sergey Novikov)

Remember your first set of wheels? Chances are there were only two of them, along with a banana seat, and some brightly colored handle-bar streamers. While bike styles have a come a long way in recent years, the thrill of peddling around the driveway or zooming through the neighborhood with the gang remains one of childhood’s most enduring memories. Make your kid’s dream come true with a bike of their own.

We like the Classic Pedal Bike from The Tot. With just enough classic styling and modern safety and performance, it makes a perfect first pedal bike. Looking for one without pedals? They have those, too. Oh, and get free shipping on orders over $75 through the rest of 2020 — that amounts to a lot of savings on a bike!

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5: Beat the boredom with board games.

Classic board games remain popular for a reason. (Source: Shutterstock / Roman Samborskyi)

Classic board games remain popular for a reason. (Source: Shutterstock / Roman Samborskyi)

Sure, it’s a little old-school, but board games have always ranked among the top toys for kids, and for good reason. Nothing beats proclaiming “checkmate” in an epic chess battle or rolling double sixes when you’re behind in Parcheesi. For the little ones, try Sorry! Checkers, Candyland, or card matching. For pre-teens and older, you can go classic with Monopoly, Risk, or Catan.

You can find an amazing selection of board games from Discount School Supply on Grand Giraffe, including classics, new favorites, and those requiring cooperative play among participants.

6: Dress up with a roll play costume.

For the doctor (and construction worker) in the house (Source: Shutterstock / StockImageFactory.com)

For the doctor (and construction worker) in the house (Source: Shutterstock / StockImageFactory.com)

Someone once said, “Clothes make the man [or woman].” So for the aspiring fire fighter, princess, or astronaut, how about getting the threads that help them get the job done? We like Melissa & Doug for great offers on a huge range of high quality dress-up clothes for the under-10 set. In fact, you can get up to 50% off in the Melissa & Doug Outlet Store through year-end. There’s a chef, veterinarian, mermaid, spy, and knight costume (complete with sword and shield) — just to name a few.

For more inspiration and offers on top toys for kids, check out Grand Giraffe’s Children & Teens category page.