Toys dominate the landscape in any family home, yet hardly any toys get played with for more than a few minutes before cries of, "I'm boooooored!" echo down hallways and through walls. As long as there have been families, parents have searched for the perfect toy, the one that one keeps children entertained for hours. This quest is perhaps magnified now more than ever, as we're all sheltering at home.
We've surveyed our friends and family, conferred with colleagues, and our social media audience and asked them all the same question: What toys keep your kids busy for hours? The answers probably aren't too surprising to longtime parents. The gimmicky toys your kids just have to have didn't make our list of all-star toys. Instead, here are 12 classics that did. All of these highly recommended picks force kids to use their imaginations and build worlds of their own, which, in turn, translates to more extended playtime, and a little more peace for parents.
For more ways to keep kids busy at home, visit our Stay-at-Home Guide, which is filled with boredom busters and hundreds of things to do with kids of all ages. We've also got parent-tested picks for the best outdoor toys to entertain kids and this great big list of ways to keep kids busy while Mom and Dad are working from home.