Toys that kids will play with for many years

A list by Kristy Dahl in Toys • 7 items • 2 followers Comment

This is a list of toys that my kids have played with on a consistent basis for many years, from the time they were toddlers until their tween years. They are high quality, creative, and open-ended, which makes their appeal last for a long time.


The One and Only Kinetic Sand, 3lbs Beach Sand for Ages 3 and Up (Packaging May Vary)

The One and Only Kinetic Sand, 3lbs Beach Sand for Ages 3 and Up (Packaging May Vary)

$11.38
Rating: (618 reviews)

Just when I think I've cleaned this up for the last time, my kids find the container of kinetic sand at the bottom of a drawer and gleefully get it out again. It's so pleasing to work with (and vacuums up well).




Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 72 Pack

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 72 Pack

$50.99
Rating: (12,272 reviews)

Kinda spendy for colored pencils, right? Well, maybe. But these have lasted us about 5 years with heavy use. They sharpen beautifully, go on smoothly, and come in lovely shades.




Dinosaurs! Matching Game

Dinosaurs! Matching Game

$14.99
Rating: 4.1 (12 reviews)

Doesn't have to be this one, of course, but matching games last a long time. When they're very little, you can simplify by using a smaller subset of the cards.




LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698

LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698

$47.99
Rating: (825 reviews)

If your kid likes LEGO, this will never be enough on its own. But it's a good starter set.




PicassoTiles 100 Piece Set 100pcs Magnet Building Tiles Clear Magnetic 3D Building Blocks Construction Playboards, Creativity beyond Imagination, Inspirational, Recreational, Educational Conventional

PicassoTiles 100 Piece Set 100pcs Magnet Building Tiles Clear Magnetic 3D Building Blocks Construction Playboards, Creativity beyond Imagination, Inspirational, Recreational, Educational Conventional

$49.99
Rating: (1,955 reviews)

The name brand here is magna tiles, but these picasso tiles are just as good. They've lasted for years. And any toy that has your 3-year old saying "equilateral" and "isosceles" is a winner, right?




KEVA Maple 400 Plank Set

KEVA Maple 400 Plank Set

$143.27
Rating: 4.4 (122 reviews)

You cannot have too many of these.




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