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15+ Battery-Free Toys


    Wooden Train Set
    No electric trains here—your little conductor can go for hours on end, building bridges and tracks with this wooden set. Toy trees, workers and traffic signs add authentic touches.

    Melissa & Doug Wooden Railway Set, $130, available at


    Building Blocks
    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.

    50 Unit Blocks, $18.95, available at


    What exactly is a Bilibo? It’s whatever your child wants it to be. Good for use in the house, pool, grass or snow, this versatile, lightweight toy makes a cozy seat, spinning top, sled, silly hat and more.

    Bilibo, $25, available at


    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.

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar Puzzle, $14,


    Big Barrel of Play-Doh
    Tap into your kid’s creative side with this Big Barrel of Play-Doh. It holds six cans of the pliable dough and a variety of molds, presses, cutters and other accessories.

    Play-Doh: Big Barrel, $15, available at


    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.

    Leaning Tower of Pisa World Architecture Blocks, $40, available at


    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.

    LEGO Harry Potter the Knight Bus, $34.99, available at


    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.

    Nothing Up My Sleeve Magic Set, $44, available at


    Puppet Show Theater
    Step right up for the greatest puppet show on Earth! Your kid can put on a real deal puppet play with this showstopper theater. The chalkboard playbill panel and velvet curtains add to its authentic feel.

    Deluxe Puppet Theater, $90, available at

  • Doctor Kit
    Think of this as Operation, sans the ear-splitting buzzer. This kit comes full of doctor and nurse gadgets for kids, including a plush stethoscope, thermometer, blood pressure cuff and bandage.

    Haba Doc Haba, $39, available at


    Wooden Shapes Toy Train
    This toy has a lot going for it. Each train car has an activity unto itself, giving your toddler plenty to choose from, or he can pull the whole thing along as one.

    Shapes Train Wooden Toddler Toy by Boikido, $45, available at


    Breakfast Set
    Breakfast in bed? Your kid will be bringing it to you daily with this cute food set, including toast, a croissant, fruit and a boiled egg. The retro colors and design make it unique.

    Djeco Breakfast Set, $84.99, available at

  • Moby the Fish
    Moby makes a great toy for babies 6 months and up. He can bend and twist in little fists, and his soft rattling sound and vibrant colors keep baby’s interest.

    Haba Moby the Fish, $15, available at


    Ball Track Ski Jump
    Your kids can set their marbles flying with this ultra-cool ski jump. They can build it as one big jump (pictured) or set up the individual incline tracks racecourse style.

    Ball Track Ski Jump, $29, available at


    Cardboard Playhouse
    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!

    Corrugated Playhouse, $29.99, available at


    Wooden Easel
    Your budding artist will love this pro-looking easel, complete with clips to hold her paper steady and a tray to hold supplies. Bonus: It also features a chalkboard and a dry-erase board.

    Deluxe Floor-Standing Wooden Easel, $79.99, available at


    Discovery Blocks
    No need for a play set with flashing lights and sounds; the bells, mirrors, peepholes and kaleidoscopes in this six-block set are enough to catch your toddler’s interest.

    Discovery Blocks, $23, available at