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Sure, these wooden blocks look a little plain, but that’s the beauty of them. They work for pretty much any kid at almost any age. Babies can play with (and gnaw on) the non-toxic, organic blocks; toddlers can learn stacking skills and older kids can create buildings and play lands.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Puzzle
The beloved children’s book is now in puzzle form. Perfect as a stocking stuffer, the puzzle’s sturdy, cardboard pieces are great for little hands, but with 42 pieces, there’s enough to keep them stimulated.
Leaning Tower of Pisa Architecture Blocks
Get a few history and architecture lessons in with your kid as she recreates Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa in wooden block form. The set’s 21 solid wood pieces make this a sturdy, timeless toy.
LEGO Harry Potter Knight Bus
The Harry Potter movie hoopla may be over, but the fans are still here. Your kiddo can recreate Harry’s journey on the purple double-decker Knight Bus from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with this intricate LEGO set, complete with a mini Harry and owl Hedwig.
Nothing Up My Sleeve Magic Set
You definitely won’t find any batteries needed here—these tricks are powered by magic, of course! We love the old-fashioned feel of the velvet trick bag and magic box. And Houdini, Jr. can learn tricks such as the “Vanishing Coin” and “Secret Silks” to amaze the rest of the fam.
Good for indoor or outdoor use, this cardboard playhouse’s best feature is that your kid can make it all her own—it comes with a set of four washable markers for personalization. Check out the cardboard pirate ship and castle, too!