Oh, how I love December. We just made it through all 3 of our boys birthdays and Christmas all in the same week. Needless to say my boys receive a lot of gifts in a very short amount of time. One thing that has frequently annoyed my husband and I is how some toys are packaged. There are some that require scissors, muscle strength, laser vision and usually a broken nail or two just to get the darn toys out. After all that you then realize you need batteries, which then turns into needing to find the "small" screwdriver and hoping you have the right size batteries that aren't already dead. By this time the kids have moved on to something else and have lost interest. This year my boys received some very cools toys that did not require any batteries and were conveniently packaged. These toys have also sparked their imagination and creativity which we love. I was so impressed with these toys that I'd like to share our list. Our age range is 1-8 years old so these may not be appropriate for ages below or above this range.
This toy box was simple to open and you could use right out of the box. My oldest son had a blast "pumping" the handle to create the marker spray. This toy works great and the kids have designed some beautiful artwork.
These magnets are super cool. You can build all sorts of different structures using the different shapes. You can follow the directions or create your own sculpture.
3. Hot Wheels Fusion Factory
After following a couple simple steps you can create your own hot wheels straight out of the box. No batteries needed. After you mold your very own car, you can design it any way you'd like. Then send it down a track or take it for a ride on the floor.
4. Q-Ba-Maze Ultimate Stunt Set
Out of all the toys my kids received this year, this has been the most popular. The pieces are easy to assemble and the fun is endless. Following the structure in the instructions does take some time, but once it's built it is so. much. fun!
5. Mega Bloks Build n Learn Table Learning Set
This was meant for my toddler, but all three boys love playing with this (with him of course).
All we had to do was attach the legs and the building began.
6. Qixels Design Maker
The design maker is simple and fun. All you need is water. The kids loved building their own figures and of course getting to spray them with the squirt gun!
7. Yet in my Spaghetti
This game is great for the younger ones. Its fun and kept their interest.
8. Blink card game
We love to play card games like Uno and War. Blink is a combination of both games, it's quick fun and really works your brain.
9. World of Nintendo Mario Figures
The boys are huge Mario fans and loved getting some of the figures to play with.
10. Magnetic Learning Station
The boys also received lots of great books (check out the Extreme Dot to Dot series), lego sets, board games and activity books. What are you favorite non battery toys?