Best Games and Toys for Unplugged Kids

I was at the toy store recently, perusing the aisles and looking for something my toddler daughter would enjoy. I walked out of the store empty-handed. First off, I didn’t want to buy her anything that made noise, was electronic or needed batteries. Second, so many of the toys were waaaaay too pricey for what they were! Third, I didn’t want to purchase anything that she’d outgrow in a month or two. I was looking for toys she’d be able to play with for several years and games that weren’t one-and-done.

Toys That Don’t Need Batteries

I went home and looked at the toys that I’ve purchased for my kids over the years, the favorites and the classics. These are items that have proven their worth in gold. These are the toys and games that get frequently pulled out, played with and foster imagination. Some I bought when my teens were babies and my littlest one plays with them today!

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Outdoor Toys

Ultimate Frisbee by Wham-O

My big kids are SO into playing frisbee with friends lately! They even play Ultimate Frisbee during P.E. at school. If the frisbee craze hasn’t started in your area, take one to the park and see how many kids ask to join in!

Things that Go

Brio Classic Deluxe Train Set

I bought a Brio train set for my eldest over 15 years ago and it’s still in perfect condition and played with weekly! These classic wooden toys are an investment but quite possibly, your grandchildren will play with them someday too.

Family Games

Apples to Apples Disney Version

Already own and love the original Apples to Apples Game? Try one of the other varieties, including Junior, Disney, Bible or Big Picture. This is a family favorite.

Fostering Imagination

Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia Wooden Dollhouse with Furniture

My dad made me a dollhouse for Christmas the year I turned 8. We would make furniture together with tiny picture frames from magazine pages and food from clay. Those are special memories! This dollhouse is beautiful and simple, the perfect heirloom.

Crafts and Creativity

Crayola Rock Painting Kit

Our community loves to paint and hide rocks for others to find (see this post). And my kids would love this kit that gives them all the tools they need to paint their own designs.

Toys for Builders

Magformers Magnets

Think outside the LEGO box for other creative toys that your builder will love! These magnet sets combine building with movement for maximum creativity.

Water Play

B. Toys Fish & Splish

End the day on a wet note by encouraging water play in the tub. This set is particularly fun because it’s also functional – the toys are also a comb and nail brush.

No batteries needed! These are the best toys for kids that don't need batteries.

Disney Hatch’N Heroes Toy Review

Disney Hatch'N Heroes Toy Review

Disney-themed Hatch’N Heroes convert popular characters from an egg-shape into a functional toy that can be manipulated easily by little hands. These toys are geared for ages 4-7, though my 11-year old was interested in them as well (just to see how they worked mostly, not for imaginative play though). We received Lightning McQueen from Cars and Woody from Toy Story, two of my son’s favorite movies! Naturally his eyes lit up when he saw these great new toys inside the box.

Disney Hatch'N Heroes Toy Review

The back of each box shows step-by-step how to convert each of the Hatch’N Heroes.

Disney Hatch'N Heroes Toy Review

Woody converted the easiest for my nearly-four year old. I have to admit, it’s a little odd to see Woody missing his head!

Disney Hatch'N Heroes Toy Review

Lightning McQueen was a little trickier to convert. There are some small parts to manipulate, including turning out the tires, flipping over the fin in back and flipping up the windshield.

Disney Hatch'N Heroes Toy Review

My son needed help at first getting the parts into position (without pulling the toy apart!)

Disney Hatch'N Heroes Toy Review

My favorite feature, Lightning McQueen’s mouth opens to give a smile, ka-chow!

Disney Hatch'N Heroes Toy Review

Here is our video review –

We Liked –  Because of the compact size and reasonable price point (around $6.99) these toys make for a great stocking stuffer or small gift. I’ve mentioned before how I like having a small toy to use as a souvenir when leaving Disney Parks so my little one is distracted on the way out. Hatch’N Heroes are perfect for this! Also the characters available are current and collectible.

We Didn’t Like – How easily some of the smaller pieces, like the tires and boot parts popped off while changing the shapes. After a while my son got the hang of it and realized that he needed to manipulate them much more gently. But for the first 30 minutes I was constantly popping pieces back into place.

Disney Hatch'N Heroes Toy Review

Hatch’N Heroes come in several versions –

Cars Hatch‘n Heroes– Lightning McQueen, Mater, Francesco, The King, Sheriff and Red Woody

Toy Story Hatch‘n Heroes – Buzz Lightyear, Rex, Bullseye and the Little Green Men/Aliens

Disney’s Big Hero 6 Hatch‘n Heroes – Nurse Bot Baymax and Armored Up Baymax

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We received these toys complimentary for review. All thoughts and opinions here are my own.