7 Toddler Toys to Replace Screen Time

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I don’t know about you, but this mama is tired of all the junky toys that have accumulated in my home over the past three-years. I’ve recently done a BIG declutter around here, and it’s safe to say that this Christmas, we plan to buy less toys and reduce screen time. Our goal is to buy more engaging and mindful toys for our boys.

I’m all about toys that will stimulate the mind AND actually keep my children occupied, engaged and keep them coming back for more! Yes, it is totally possible to find toys like that and I’ve made a list of some of the most popular screen-free toddler toys just in time to start your Christmas shopping!

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And the best thing about this list (other than the fact that these toys totally reduce screen time) is that they can all be bought right in the comfort of your own home. Who doesn’t love shopping in their PJs?!

7 Toddler Toys to Replace Screen Time

1. Melissa and Doug Water Wow

My oldest LOVES these very fun and super-engaging activity books from Melissa and Doug.

Product Details: Reusable pages for continued use. Reusable water pen with easy-to handle grip for tiny hands. Pictures fade within minutes for quick re-use. Mess-free. Great for on-the-go or travel!

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2. Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag, Classic

Add these building blocks to your holiday shopping list for your toddler. Let their imagination run wild with building whatever their heart desires!

Product Details: 80 building blocks for hours of play. Encourages hands-on exploration as children imagine and create. Compatible with all Mega Bloks sets for endless building possibilities. Portable, PVC-free bag zips to store all pieces.

3. Toy Vacuum- Dyson Ball Vacuum With Real Suction and Sounds

Make clean up a fun thing for your toddler this year– we love our toy vacuum because they can ‘vacuum’ right alongside mama!

Product Details: A direct replica of the latest Dyson “Ball” model, this creates realistic role play for exploring imagination and developing social skills. Features a simulated cyclone action with colorful balls. Promotes independence, problem solving and cognitive skills.

4. Melissa and Doug Food Groups

Is your toddler interested in helping in the kitchen? Then the Melissa & Doug food groups painted wooden pieces would sure delight your child this holiday season.

Product Details: Sturdy wooden food set featuring items from the five food groups for healthy pretend play. Includes watermelon, corn, milk, cheese, cereal, fish, eggs, and more. Stores neatly in four wooden crates. Fun and educational whether as a stand-alone or as part of a play kitchen

5. Imagination Generation Wooden Wonders 5-in-1 Deluxe Activity Cube

A fun and entertaining activity cube is great for the creative little minds in your life! My children still love their activity cube!

Product Details: Five multimodal activities packed into one activity cube and connected by a fun traffic theme. Multimodal play engages many learning process at once, encouraging seamless transition between them. Develops fine motor skills, logic, vocabulary, and creativity.

6. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel

A standing easel is an excellent gift for inspiring creativity in your child!

Product Details: Includes dry-erase board, chalkboard, locking paper-roll holder, child-safe paper cutter, 4 easy-clip grips and 2 large plastic trays that can be removed for easy cleaning. Folds flat for easy storage.

7. Joyful Premium Doctor Play Set with Lab

Product Details: Develop your child’s imagination communication skills with over 20 different doctor simulation pieces and tools! Includes: lab coat, surgical cap, thermometer, stethoscope, eyeglasses, instrumental tray, and more! Great for developing cognitive, motor, and social skills. Durable and high-quality!

There you have it: 7 screen-free toys that you can buy your toddler for Christmas. What do you think of the list? Do you have any of these awesome toys already? I’d love to hear about your favorite toys for reducing screen time in the comments!


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Laura Bower
When she’s not chasing after her two tiny humans, Laura blogs about postpartum depression and struggles with motherhood over on her site, excuse-the-mess.com.