Here are a bunch of toys that are $15 or under for when you need a little something. We have a lot of these and my kids would be happy with any of them! They’re perfect for when you have a lot of nieces and nephews or need an idea for donation to a child in need.
Here are my affordable finds this year:
It doesn’t matter how many baby dolls my daughter has, she is always excited to get another! This one is well made and suitable for younger children.
I got this sloth for my son on his birthday and it’s one of his favorites. Wild Republic has lots of affordable choices.
He or she will feel very grown up with their own watch! And these have the voice of the main character and a few games to recognize patterns and identify animal tracks.
These sets with different parts and carrier are great to encourage pretend play!
A doctor kit is great for pretend play as well. He or she can be a doctor or a veterinarian. You are going to laugh when you hear all the stories of how they got “hurt!” Our best one so far is “a monkey pushed me out of a tree into shark waters.”
Animal figurines have always been a huge hit around here.
Kids LOVE play-doh. Fact. I like this set because it encourages them to create.
I’m always looking for a game that little ones can play and that don’t have a million pieces to get lost. This one is a classic!
Remember Lite Brites?! I thought this was so cool as a kid.
This silly looking cow is a huge hit at our local kids’ museum. Kids practically push each other off to use it. The best part is that it’s small and affordable!
Water Wow is great for mess-free art with littles. It works well for travel or when kids need to sit still too!
One of the best things I bought this year and all our time at home was a craft kit. I love putting the pieces out and seeing what they create! I have a whole post on making a kid crafting station here.
If you have a sticker lover, these reusable stickers are awesome. There are animal, car, town, and house pads to choose from — the animal pad is boss around here. Each pad has five scenes and over 150 stickers to play with. You can use the pad, but you can also use them on a sliding glass door/window or in the bathtub! They’re great to take on a trip too. Not bad for five bucks.
Kids love bubbles. All of them. Period.
And we can’t forget dress up! We have a bin at our house full of all kinds of hats and vests and capes. Be whoever you can imagine! Here are a few ideas.
I’m a big fan of the Jesus Storybook Bible. It tells Bible stories in a way kids can understand, but not overly simplified. And it brings every single story back to Jesus. My boys’ favorite story in this book is David and Goliath, mainly because Goliath tells David he’ll eat him for breakfast. They think that’s pretty great. The Bible isn’t full of sweet little stories — there is war and mistakes and adventure. This children’s Bible doesn’t skip over these things and keeps the interest of little boys.