I’m not sure how I got here, but here I am. I’m the mother of four sons who are growing up, leaving the nest, and embracing adulthood.
None of my kids are looking to get married the day after tomorrow, but as fast as time flies and as quickly as seasons change, I can see weddings and gorgeous daughters and beautiful grandbabies as I peek around this corner. It’s ridiculously exciting as we pray and trust God’s timing and plans for our sons.
This is where my brain lives now, so don’t mind me. But do take note as you think about what toys to buy for little ones for Christmas. You might want to consider those that are worth keeping around forever.
At our house, we’ve gotten rid of all the junk toys. Gone are the toys that were fun for five minutes before they broke or the toys that were trendy but got boring quickly. What’s left? Well, toys that I’m keeping for my future grandbabies. Toys that are worth keeping. Toys that are such good quality that they lived through four boy children drop-kicking them across the house twelve times each day for over a decade.
My friend Kim helped me put this list together of “Timeless Toys.” Toys that never get old. Toys that are of high quality and are very durable. Toys that are wonderful to have for young guests to play with. These are the toys we recommend most highly!
Timeless Toys You’ll Want to Keep Forever
- Lincoln Logs
- Tinker Toys
- Wooden Building Blocks
Cars and Trucks and Toys that Go
- Green Toys (I think these are fabulous!)
- Hot Wheels
- Wooden Train Set
Puzzles of Good Quality
- Wooden Puzzles with Peg Handles
- Melissa and Doug Wooden Puzzles
- Melissa and Doug large floor puzzles
Click over to look at our great big list of family Board Games! But for younger kids, we recommend:
- Hi-Ho Cherry-O
- Candy Land
- Memory Game
- Connect Four
- Uno Attack
- Spot It!
- Apples to Apple Junior
- Pass the Pigs
- Huskerdu (great for younger kids – still fun for adults)
Dolls and Accessories
- Lottie Dolls and Accessories
- Melissa and Doug Dolls and Accessories
Toy Sorters and Stacking Cups
- Green Toy Versions
- Fischer Price Stacking Cups (I remember my babies playing with these over and over!)
- Melissa and Doug Wooden Sorting Toy
- Playgro Rock and Stack Toy
- Melissa and Doug Wooden Pounding Bench
- Learning Resources New Sprouts Fix It Tool Set (the cutest!!)
- Fischer Price Drillin Action Tool Set
- Little Tikes Tough Workshop
Toy Cash Register
- Boley Kids Toy Cash Register
- Fischer Price Cash Register (a classic!)
- Learning Resources Cash Register
Fischer Price Little People
Check out the huge variety of toys and play sets!
Little People Toys and Play Sets
Play Kitchen with Toy Food and Dishes
- Melissa and Doug Wooden Play Kitchen
- Melissa and Doug Wooden Food Pieces
- Melissa and Doug Kitchen Accessories (Pots, Pans, Dishes)
- Green Toys Cooking and Dining Set
- Green Toys Tea Set
- Green Toys Pizza Parlor
- Learning Resources Dinner Food Basket
What are some of your family’s favorite toys that you plan to hold onto forever?
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