No batteries. No bells and whistles. No bright lights or loud noises. If you’re looking for tech-free toys this year to inspire imagination, spark creativity and encourage open-ended play, we’ve got you, mama.
Here are our 14 favorites for a quieter, more creative holiday season!
1. Classic Rattle
A simple, beautiful hardwood rattle that’s easy for little hands to grip + shake and gentle on teething gums.
2. Pinch Toys Retro 80’s Cars
Bring back the decade of big hair and wood-paneled station wagons with these awesome retro push cars handcrafted from alder wood and painted with non-toxic, water-based paints.
3. Kiko + And GG Wooden Camera
Smile! Your little one will love snapping photos just like a grown up with this imaginative pretend camera.
4. PlanToys Preschool Big Drum
While we can’t promise this one will provide lots of quiet play, we can promise little ones will love exploring their sensory skills and banging on this drum perfectly sized for preschool hands.
5. SensoryPlay Wooden Rainbow Stacker with Acorn Sorting Bowls
This handmade rainbow stacker can be stacked however your little one’s heart desires. The acorns and sorting bowls teach colors and help with fine motor skills.
6. Kid O Free Play Magnatab
Get creative with this learning tool that provides sensory-reinforced learning and provides hours of free-play fun. Kids will love the audible click of the magnetic pen, and you’ll love that the beads stay securely captured inside the board.
7. Maileg Mice
File this one under “toys we wish we could play with as adults.” No detail is spared in the world of these whimsical mice, from beautifully stitched mouse clothes to ohh-inducing accessories. Your little ones will never want to leave this magical pretend world!
8. Prince Lionheart Balance Bike
Balance bikes teach kiddos how to balance, a crucial skill before learning to transition to a traditional bicycle. This beauty has a 100% birch wood frame and an adjustable height seat for easy customization.
9. BEKA Traditional Wood Blocks
These solid maple, heirloom quality blocks are a staple of childhood and will be played with for years . Kiddos will love stacking them up, knocking them down and building their own creative masterpieces.
10. Peg and Awl Wooden Tree Swing
Let your little one feel the wind through her hair and the freedom to fly with this beautifully handcrafted tree swing. It’s easy to secure to any large tree branch and comes with 20′ of rope.
11. Petit Collage USA Floor Puzzle
Work on your spacial skills and your geography skills while putting together this bright, vibrant floor puzzle.
12. Hazel Village Dolls
Few toys inspire the spirit of play more than dolls. From whimsical forest creatures to exquisitely crafted dolls, these heirloom quality toys will inspire countless hours of imagination.
13. Seedling Design Your Own Superhero Cape Activity Kit
Unleash the power of creativity! We love this art project and dress-up costume all rolled into one.
14. The 50 States
One of our go-to gift books of the year, this fact-packed volume explores the 50 states through vibrant maps packed with everything you’d ever want to know about the U.S. of A.
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