It seems as if we’re starting our kiddos on electronics and computers earlier and earlier; Our stuffed animals sing at the push of a button, most moms have an app or six for their children on their phones, and there’s even an edition of the Kindle Fire Tablet for children. While those things are well and good and lovely, it’s sometimes nice, and rather important, to have play time with toys that are powered by imagination. It’s hard though, to find a non-Character themed toy that also doesn’t require batteries, or if you’re not a parent, to know what is okay and not okay with a little one as far as electronic toys. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here to help out with your Holiday Shopping are 25 Awesome, Gender-Neutral, Non-Electronic Toddler Toys For The Holidays.
Play kitchens are awesome for everyone. For kids because they get to pretend to make dinner like mommy and daddy, and they’re awesome for mommy and daddy because they occupy the toddler for more than five seconds AND keep them generally in the same area. Win/win.
Plui Rain Cloud Tub Toy
If your toddling child is one of those that really enjoys watching water being poured or dripping out of things, then this will amuse them for at least long enough for their toes to turn into raisins. Also, it only costs $10.
It’s a scientific fact that toddlers and small children love to be in the kitchen. Give them something they ARE allowed to play with in the kitchen with these robot magnets. $18, colorful, happy, and who doesn’t want to design their own robot?
Animal Planet's Big Tub Of Dinosaurs
Do we really need to explain why this is amazing? There are never enough dinosaurs!
Color and Shape Eggs
This is a fun toy to help your little one practice with colors and shapes while also developing those very important motor skills. It comes in a cute bag to help keep parents sane and organized as well!
These are bigger legos for littler hands, literally. They’re made by the same company, which is why Duplos are superior to other toddler building toys. There are many different options for sets, varying in colors and shapes and little duplo people and animals that come hang out too. There nearly as much fun as legos, so mom/dad/aunt/uncle/whoever can get on the floor and play too. It’s almost like bonding.
Sometimes we try to over complicate things with children. Do you remember being a kid and the untold joy of a new box of crayons and a coloring book? Give that joy to a child you love this holiday season. Or give them a *giant* box of crayons because that’s amazing.
The Calico Critters Cloverleaf Townhome
This townhome is like a dollhouse, but better, because the “dolls” are tiny Calico Critters families! The set comes with a rabbit family, but there are 19 different animal families you can choose to add, or you can buy sets of twin babies to expand your family!
"Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear"
This book won the Randolph Caldecott Medal as the most distinguished American picture book for children. Other noteworthy winners to consider: “Gone Crazy In Alabama,” “The Lion and the Mouse,” and “The Tortoise and the Hare.”
Melissa & Doug Make-Your-Own Monster Puppet Kit
Well this sounds…amazing. You get a purple fuzzy monster body and 30 pieces like eyes and arms and eyebrows to customize it. Then you take them off and start over!
The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game
The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game is a game for children ages 3-7. It’s adorable and reinforces color learning and hand eye coordination while teaching them how to play by the rules (and giving parents opportunities to teach about winning and losing with grace).
Pound and Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone
..because not needing batteries doesn’t mean toys have to be quiet! Tap the balls through the holes with the mallet and they fall and roll down the Xylophone.
Little Tikes 3' Trampoline
The pre-naptime/rainy day game changer, the Little Tikes 3′ Trampoline has a bar your hyper child can hold on to while they bounce, and you just sit there and encourage the spending of excess energy.
World of Eric Carle Ride 'n' Roll Caterpillar Ride On
Every kid needs a ride-on toy at a certain stage, and this one is beautiful and enticing without literal bells and whistles. Everyone loves the classic Very Hunger Caterpillar, and now your little one can ride around on him, looking for more snacks!
The Plan Toys Bee Hive
This set for preschool-aged children helps build fine motor skills and reinforces color and matching; plus, the hive pieces can be stacked as blocks.
Wooden Train Set
Every kid wants a classic wooden train set, even if they don’t know it yet. This basic wooden track expansion set fits most major brands of trains so that any they may already have or get in the future will be compatible.
Cuddly Rainbow Teether
This cuddly, bright, happy, rattling rainbow teether was designed to be put into the washing machine. I’m not really sure they could come up with a bigger selling point, honestly.
Nurturing and caring play is important for both little boys and girls, and because of that, a doll is a great toy for a younger child to have. Even children who don’t have younger siblings will often start “loving” and caring for their dolls or stuffed animals the same way they’re cared for themselves.
Tree Top Adventure Activity Center
This treetop activity center is a beautiful wooden toy that will keep your tiny human entertained for hours upon hours, without batteries or a million disconnected pieces to lose.
This is a classic toy for children to build their own little log cabins with. Another toy that’s deceptively simple, but will amuse children and playful adults for hours.
Eco Dough is a “green” alternative to classic Play Doh, though Ye Ole Play Doh itself is still fun and highly recommended. Eco Doh uses plant based dyes, so if you’re a parent or loved one of a child who has dye sensitivity, it’s an great option. Good for stocking suffers, too!
Green Toy Seaplane
Green Toys makes a whole range of adorable, eco-friendly toys from 100% recycled plastic. The Seaplane is a favorite, but they also have submarines, dump trucks, tractors, tea sets, and for the littlest ones, stacking cups.
Jumbo puzzles are good for little ones who are just learning the concept of puzzles, and they’re a good bonding activity for a child and their caregiver. These sets feature cute and colorful illustrations and JUMBO pieces that little hands can easily hold and fit together.
Gears! Gears! Gears!
This is a STEM toy for ages 3+. It teaches simple mechanics and reasoning, as well as helping along fine motor and problem solving skills. It’s also really fun.
Melissa & Doug Wooden Brew & Serve Coffee Set
Tea sets are a traditional toy for small children, but when was the last time most children in the US saw a proper tea set in use by adults? I’m sure it happens but not often. You know what kids do see? Coffee machines. This adorable wooden coffee set comes with with coffee “kcups” like the adults, creamer and two mugs.