100+ Battery Free Gifts for Kids (that inspire imagination and creativity)

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.

Craft Sticks (1000 count)

Low Temp Glue Gun for Kids (to use with craft sticks and other projects)

Spirograph There are so many of these to choose from. Be sure to check them all out.

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.

Star Wars Folded Flyers: Make 30 Paper Starfighters

Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away….

Perler Beads 6,000 Count Bucket-Multi Mix We love these! And if you are looking for other pegboard shapes, be sure to check these out!

Extreme Dot-to-Dot books We’ve started collecting these and our kids love them. There are lots of themes to choose from!

The Ultimate Maze Book (Dover Children’s Activity Books)

Mad Libs (many to choose from!)

Structures 200 Plank Set This one’s on our kids’ wish list!

Contraptions: 200 piece wooden plank set to create tunnels, funnels, ramps and chutes

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!

Magna-Tiles® Clear Colors 32 Piece Set

Noah’s Ark Large 100 pc. Floor Puzzle Melissa & Doug have created some AMAZING puzzles in all shapes and sizes. Be sure to check them out!

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magic Set

Magic School Bus Science Kits (many to choose from!)

Dinosaur Dig Kit

Straws and Connectors 400 Pieces

K’Nex Model Building Set, 750 Pieces

Temporary Tattoos for Kids

Suspend: a FUN game for the entire family!

Noodlers: spacial puzzles to noodle your noggin!

14 in 1 Educational Solar Robot

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!)

Bible Wars and Weapons

Big Bad Bible Giants

Bible Freaks and Geeks

Creepy Creatures and Bizarre Beasts

Weird and Gross Bible Stuff

Bible Angels and Demons

Seriously Sick Bible Stuff

Art Journal: to encourage kids to creatively tell their stories and ideas through art journaling. Here are some great ideas we found on Pinterest!

How to Train Your Dragon Series

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

Rory’s Story Cubes

Hot Wheels Tracks There are lots of options for adding onto these cool tracks, so be sure you check those out too.

Modeling Clay

Zoobs (there are many kits to choose from HERE.)

The LEGO Ideas Book

LEGO Play Book: Ideas to bring your bricks to life

Ultimate Bugopedia: The Most Complete Bug Reference Ever (National Geographic Kids)


Table Top Tennis Set To Go (net extends and can be set up on your dining room table or any other table.)

Calligraphy Beginner’s Set And here’s a great book for beginners called Calligraphy for Kids.

Activity Cones (set of 8)

Playground Kick Ball

Super Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things (also see Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things, Sneakiest Uses for Everyday Things and Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things)

Bulletin Board for their room

Lego Bricks 650 Pieces

Flat Lego Boards

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!)

Spin Art This is a favorite activity in our home, for sure. Be sure to add small paper plates and extra paint to really enjoy this!)

Standing Easel

Melissa & Doug Easel








Reverse Charades

Yahtzee One of our favorite family games!

Spot It! (many themes to choose from so be sure to check them all out!)

Super Big Boggle

Battleship The original version is the BEST!


Bounce Off


Apples to Apples ( there’s even a Bible edition)

5,000 Awesome Facts Nat Geo This is one of our 10 year old’s favorite books!

5,000 Awesome Facts Nat Geo Vol. 2

Wikkii Stix

Stomp Rocket with Rocket Refills

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.

Knitting Loom

Erector set (lots and lots to choose from!)

Young ArchitectBuilding set for aspiring architects with a reusable design.

Lego Minecraft: The Village (and here are the other available Minecraft sets.)


Wooden Chess Set

Chinese Checkers

Balloonology: 32 fun projects to take you from beginner to expert



Wedgits Deluxe Set,


Lincoln Logs

Slackline For families looking to have a fun backyard adventure!


Learn How to Juggle We also like this set of 6 juggling scarves!


Boochie: an action packed backyard game for the whole family!

Traditional Bocce Ball

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.

Geospace Pop ‘n’ Catch

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!

Do your kids have a favorite battery free game or toy? We’d love to hear all about it? What about books? If you and your kids have enjoyed a particular book or book series, we’d love to hear about that too!

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