11 Great Battery-Free Toys for Toddlers

November 3, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Toys, Books, Activities

I have written about this earlier too – I have a not-so-secret pet peeve: all those flashing, beeping, buzzing, battery-operated toys that are flooding the market these days. I do not even find that they are very engaging for children either. Not too mention, constantly having to buy and replace batteries. I much prefer simpler battery-free toys which are activity-based, stimulate creativity and challenge the child in some way, either to use his cognitive ability, memory, imagination or motor skills. These are some of our favourite battery-free toys for toddlers.

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Read my post on our favourite battery-free toys for babies here.

1. Blocks:

Blocks foster imagination, creativity, spatial skills, hand-eye coordination and of course motor skills. Being able to build things from scratch is also an initiation for the child into the concepts of design, engineering and mechanics. Blocks come in  variety of materials (wooden, foam, plastic) and sizes.

2. Shape sorters:

Shape sorters are a great way for children to learn shapes and colours while practicing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

3. Stacking and nesting toys:

These seemingly simple toys are great for kids to learn dimensions, spatial skills, numbering and sequencing.

4. Hammering and pounding toys:

Another great toy to develop hand-eye coordination and practise fine motor skills. And let’s face it, kids that age anyway just love pounding on everything, might as well make a game out of it!

5. Activity cube:

Activity cubes are a great way to encourage independent play, promote fine motor skills and stimulate multiple senses. And you have some great wooden options as well. My boy can spend hours a day playing with his activity cube alone.

6. Identification trays:

Identification trays are a fun way to learn first words and picture associations. You can get wooden or magnetic trays for a variety of different themes.

7. Magnetic doodle board:

Baby N is at that age, where he wants to imitate adults by trying to hold a pen and writing. A magnetic doodle board is a great way to to explore this skill and express his artistic and creative side as well. Best of all for me, it is completely mess-free! I recently carried this along with us on a road trip and he was occupied for a whole hour sitting in his car seat and doodling away!

8. Pretend play toys:

Baby N loves to pretend that he is a doctor giving me my medicines, or he is a masterchef cooking up a storm in the kitchen! Pretend play fosters imagination and creativity. It also helps the child develop social and emotional skills by playing different roles. Most importantly, pretending to perform these important duties makes the child feels grown-up and responsible, which is a huge boost to their self-confidence. 

9. Tents, tunnels and ball pools:

These are a lot of fun! Baby N can spend hours crawling, hiding and jumping in these. In fact he takes his toys with him and plays on his own inside the tent as well.

10. Sports equipment:

Its always great to introduce kids to various sports early on. It is a lot of fun, good exercise too. We play racquet-ball, football, cricket and bowling with Baby N.

11. Vehicles:

This one’s a no-brainer. Kids love to play with toy cars, scooters, autos, buses. Our favourite game to play is to race the vehicles against each other. We also use old boxes to make an entire course with tunnels, ramps and bridges.

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  1. manveen said on November 7, 2017 7:12 am:

    This list is great specially for first time parents who an actually find the scores of toys so confusing. Our top favourite in the family has been the magnetic board.

  2. karuna chauhan said on November 7, 2017 3:04 pm:

    I loved this list. Not only these toys are fun but perfect for early child development too!

  3. Priya said on November 7, 2017 3:51 pm:

    What an awesome list for parents! I love the fact that most of these toys are open-ended and allows kids to think and explore their creativity and different skills. Puzzles have always been our favourite.

  4. Priyadarshani Panda said on November 8, 2017 2:54 am:

    toys need to be engaging and the ones listed by you are definetly going to be the best for kids as we have used these and still using…these are pretty engaging

  5. anupriya said on November 8, 2017 12:19 pm:

    I love the shape sorter and shape trays. And my kids have develop an instant liking for them. Love your exhaustive list.

  6. Charu Sareen said on November 9, 2017 1:10 am:

    That’s a well compiled list. All these toys are great source of fun and learning for kids.

  7. Sharvari Paivaidya Mehan said on November 9, 2017 1:13 am:

    Perfectly listed toys. Stackers and cars are my son’s current fav toys. Agree with giving them more functional toys than the beeping ones.

  8. Deepa said on November 9, 2017 8:32 am:

    It is a great list of toys for kids. The fact that they are battery-free is the big plus point.

  9. Disha Bhandari said on November 10, 2017 11:52 pm:

    I like the fact that these stoys are all battery free. My baby personally loves stacking toys