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Toy & Game Ideas: Keep Kids Entertained, Healthy, and Active

With winter in full swing, parents of young children have their work cut out for them finding safe, age-appropriate toys and activities that help kids explore, learn, and burn energy while indoors. Here are a few toy ideas that can help teach kids healthy habits, as well as some that will keep your kids active. Note: these toys are not “CareSpot endorsed,” nor is CareSpot being compensated in any way for including them in this article. However, they are great starting points for your own toy research — always use your best judgment on what might be ideal for your family, and be sure to monitor children to ensure their safety. Enjoy!

Toys and Games Encouraging Healthy Habits

Crunch A Color: The Healthy Eating Game for Kids (ages 4+): Endorsed by the likes of Jamie Oliver and Rachael Ray, Crunch A Color makes mealtime into a fun game. Kids earn points for eating balanced meals, trying new foods and displaying good manners.

Play-Doh Doctor Drill ‘N Fill (ages 3-7): Trips to the dentist might be a little easier when your little ones get to brush teeth, use play dental tools, and “fill cavities” at home. If your child associates dental hygiene with fun, it’s a big win. (Does contain small parts, so not suitable for kids under 3)

Magnetic Healthy Foods from Learning Resources (ages 3-6): These food magnets are a good tool for teaching kids (3 and up) about the 5 food groups and introducing them to healthy meal planning concepts. As a bonus, they can learn a bit about table manners and how to set the table!

Pepi Bath (ages 3-7): This critically acclaimed app lets kids practice good hygiene through role-play, as they lead characters through activities at the sink, in the tub, in the laundry room, and yes, using the toilet (it’s okay, the characters have the ability to use air fresheners).

Active Indoor Games and Toys

Kidoozie Foam Pogo Jumper (ages 3-10): Jump around indoors or out with this high quality foam and bungee apparatus. Always read safety instructions and follow to the letter!

Dr. Seuss Super Stretch ABC Game (ages 3 and up): It’s kind of like Twister for kids, but with the added bonus of teaching alphabet skills — letter recognition and letter sounds. The mat contains different letters which kids must twist, stretch and turn to reach.

Diggin Jumpstart Trampoline (ages 3-7): This electronic trampoline with handles teaches through games and songs while kids bounce. (3 AA batteries required, contains small parts)

Toy Monster Monkey Bars Tower (3 years to 6 years): Not the cheapest toy in town, but think of the hours of entertainment this easy-to-put-together, portable jungle gym structure can provide for your young ones.