As a family, we really want to inspire our kids to use their imaginations and creativity as much as possible. So, with that in mind, we started putting a list together of our favorite battery free gift ideas. This is not a list of random things our family just threw together. We’ve fallen in love with so many of these games and books as a family. Many of these items, we’ve gathered over the last few years, and they continue to be a go-to for our kids…a sure sign they were worth investing in. And while we don’t have every single item on this list, some of our friends do (and highly recommend them) or they are on our children’s wish lists.
We hope this resource is helpful to you in your search for great gifts for the kids in your life.
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Tenzi Dice Game This is our newest, most favorite family game!!! Great for ALL ages, including younger ones with shorter attention spans. Be sure to also pick up 77 Ways to Play Tenzi to increase the fun!! It’s well worth it.
Fiddlestix Classic Wood Connector Set, 144-Pieces Remember this classic toy? We LOVE these!
Kinnetic Sand 2.2 lbs. This is one of the BEST things we ever introduced to our boys (ages 4-10). They LOVE it and the clean up is very easy.
Low Temp Glue Gun for Kids (to use with craft sticks and other projects)
Paper Airplane Book (includes designer paper as well) We bought each one of our children one of these books a few years ago and they STILL bring them out to use and create awesome paper airplanes all the time. We’ve gone through the paper and now just use whatever we have on hand.
Extreme Dot-to-Dot books We’ve started collecting these and our kids love them. There are lots of themes to choose from!
Mad Libs (many to choose from!)
Structures 200 Plank Set This one’s on our kids’ wish list!
Rubber Band Looming Kit If you’re looking for more bands, this is a great deal: 4800 Loom Bands in 8 assorted colors.
Q-Ba Maze Marble Run: Colorful cubes that interlock to form a marble run. The big difference? You can create marble maze sculptures in the form of animals, geometric shapes or any other design!
Magformers Rainbow 30 Piece Set We have two of these fun magnet sets. They’re the perfect size for all ages and they get played with often!
Magic School Bus Science Kits (many to choose from!)
Suspend: a FUN game for the entire family!
Noodlers: spacial puzzles to noodle your noggin!
AWESOME Christian Book Series for Kids (9-12ish):
Bible Heroes and Bad Guys (this is the one our 10 year old is currently reading and LOVING!)
Chronicles of Narnia Series This book includes all seven books in the Narnia Series. ::HINT:: Read them in this correct order: 1) The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, 2) Prince Caspian, 3)The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, 4) The Silver Chair, 5) The Horse and His Boy, 6) The Magician’s Nephew, and 7) The Last Battle
Hot Wheels Tracks There are lots of options for adding onto these cool tracks, so be sure you check those out too.
Table Top Tennis Set To Go (net extends and can be set up on your dining room table or any other table.)
Razor Scooter This is the exact one that all of my kids have and they’re very durable!
Radio Flyer Scooter for younger kids Our youngest has enjoyed this one since he was 3. He’s now 4 and still loves it.
Ultimate Sticker Books (many MANY to choose from!)
Yahtzee One of our favorite family games!
Battleship The original version is the BEST!
5,000 Awesome Facts Nat Geo This is one of our 10 year old’s favorite books!
Sewing Machine This is the sewing machine our 8 year old bought with his own money. It’s been a great machine for him to learn how to sew with and we’ve enjoyed lots of sewing time together with it.
Erector set (lots and lots to choose from!)
Young Architect – Building set for aspiring architects with a reusable design.
Slackline For families looking to have a fun backyard adventure!
Boochie: an action packed backyard game for the whole family!
Dare U 2 Open This Book: Draw it, Write it, Dare 2 Live It A devotional for boys…this is a great book!!
Just Sayin': Write ‘Em, Draw ‘Em, Hide “Em In Your Heart A devotional for girls, also an excellent book!
Scramble Squares There are many designs to choose from. This is one of our favorite types of puzzles because there are so many combination options but only one solution.
Ball of Whacks : magnetic blocks that can be rearranged to create many different shapes.
Stained Glass Coloring Books by Dover (many different themed books to choose from!)
Do a Dot Art Marker Rainbow, set of 6 All of our kids have loved these dot markers at all ages!