A variety of up toys in an up close photo.


Top 10 Toys for 2019

November 11, 2019

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Take a look at our top toys and books for the 2019 holiday season.

Kidoodle Council members and museum staff spent time toy testing and ranking the top 10 toys of the 2019 holiday season.

Looking for the perfect gift for the child in your life? All of these Kidoodle Council-approved items can be found in our gift shop, Play Central Toys & Books. This list features our top 10 picks geared for children ages 3-12.

Museum members save 10% off gift shop purchases. Your purchase in our gift shop helps support the mission of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota.

1. Magna-Tiles + Magna-Qubix

View of a variety of Magna-Tile and Mgna-Qubix sets.
Sparks hours of imaginative free play in children. Anything they can dream, they can create! Magna-Tiles and the new, Magna-Qubix which feature an array of new shapes including cubes, prisms, and pyramids are compatible with all Magna-Tile sets.

2. Squigz

A variety of Squigz sets.
Suction Construction! Use Squigz to build, bounce, and stick to almost any smooth, flat surface!

3. Folkmanis puppets

A view of a variety of Folkmanis puppets.
Folkmanis puppets are beautiful and high quality designed puppets. We have finger puppets, hand puppets, and stage puppets. From baby chicks to a monarch butterfly life cycle puppet – we have a variety to choose from!

4. The Sock Game

The Sock Game.
What’s inside your sock? Play the hilarious fast-paced game where your fingers do the seeing! The perfect addition to family game night, Sock Game puts your sensory skills to the test!

5. Off Bits by Fat Brain Toy Co.

A variety of off-bits building sets.
Off Bits brings a unique new twist to classic construction fun. Each character kit comes in 5 fascinating color schemes and include detailed instructions, a SuperTool, and a unique registration code so you can share your creations online.

6. Sculptapalooza

Sculptapalooza game.
The hilariously creative, ridiculously fun, squishy, squashy sculpting party game!

7. Dinosaur lamp

T. rex dinosaur lamp.
A great quirky addition to any room, bedroom, or office decor. Makes a fun gift idea for kids and adults alike!

8. Doodle your own …

Eat Sleep Doodle placemats and tablecloth.
Unique gift ideas to personalize. Eat Sleep Doodle specializes in creative doodle gifts for kids, that provide fun for all the family! We have tablecloths, placemats, pillowcases, bags, and more!

9. Bedtime Shadow Book

Three shadow books: The Night Sky, The Night Before Christmas, and Whoo's There.
Add a bit of magic to your child’s bedtime routine with these unique shadow storybooks! Shine a flashlight (not included) through transparent windows to cast silhouette pictures on the wall as you read the gentle rhymes in each book.

10. Buddha Board

Buddha Board enso and mini displayed.
With just a dab of water, each stroke of the brush appears like black ink on the surface. Similar to watercolor painting, the Buddha Board produces soft, beautiful images. As the water slowly evaporates, your painting fades and a new blank canvas is revealed.

Bonus: Give the gift of PLAY!

Gift cards and play passes for the Museum of South Dakota and Cafe Coteau set on colorful lego board.
Give the gift of PLAY! Give the gift of play and make memories that last a lifetime. Kids never get tired of playing, which makes a gift certificate or membership to the Children’s Museum of South Dakota a great gift that lasts all year long!

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