25 Traditional Toys to Buy This Christmas Season

Let's face it, the future is in the past!

Although it’s 2018, lately I’ve been reminiscing about older American traditions. Whether this has been brought on by the now common spectacle of  kids as young as 2 staring at screens all day instead of playing with toys or always feeling like I’m going to multi-task myself into exhaustion, I don’t know, but I’m certainly convinced that something has got to change. 

Kids need to play!

While the fact that most toys do all of the thinking for children these days has bothered me for a while, I’m now cemented in the truth that things really may have been better in the good old days. You know, back when people (including children) interacted with one another and spent their time actually doing things themselves instead of always being spectators.

This reality has convinced me that one of the easiest ways to embrace our traditions is to gift our children with toys from the past. Toys that don’t require batteries. Toys that don’t have a radical social agenda. Toys that don’t dumb kids down but, instead, nurture their learning and encourage traditional societal roles.

I asked some of my friends on Instagram to share with me their favorite #trad toys, and they didn’t disappoint. Here are:

25 Traditional Toys to Get Your Kids for Christmas

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Traditional toys

1. Yo-yo

Sometimes the simplest toys are the most fun!

2. Slinky

One piece of advice- ALWAYS opt for the metal ones. They work so much better than the plastic.

3. Rubik’s Cube

As a homeschool mom, I love that these support math, logic, and fine motor skills.

4. Archery Set

With adult supervision, of course. 😉

5. Wooden Blocks

I remember playing with these for hours as a child!

6. Cardboard Building Blocks

I remember the church I grew up in had these in the nursery, and I LOVED them. I bought some for my kids a few years ago, and they love building walls around each other. 🙂

7. Dominoes

Whether you play the game or just like to set them up and watch them fall, these are so affordable that you can’t go wrong.


Let’s face it. What gift list would be complete without LEGO?

9. Lincoln Logs

I just realized that these would go perfectly with my Little House unit study. Eek!

10. Jenga

Wow. Wooden toys really are awesome, aren’t they? There are so many of them!

11. Spirograph

Ah, memories. Sigh.

12. Art Supplies

Whether you purchase an all-media art set or piece together your own, there is no better way to get your kids’ creative juices flowing.

13. Fishing Tackle

Oh my, this is the perfect idea for my 14-year-old. Shhh!

14. Outdoor Gear

Encourage your kids to explore the great outdoors with binoculars, a compass, a flashlight, and a magnifying glass!

15. Tent

This would go perfectly with that outdoor gear, wouldn’t it? 😉

16. Dress-Up Clothes

Children love to play dress-up – ESPECIALLY homeschoolers. Well, am I wrong??

17. Musical Instruments

Believe it or not, you can get REAL instruments for a good price. While there are instruments advertised for kids, they just aren’t as good as the real thing.

18. Electric Train Set

Right now I’m imagining the opening scene of A Christmas Story

19. Dolls

And I mean the good old-fashioned kind that don’t cry, don’t pee, don’t poop, and don’t eat. I’m talking imagination-supporting dolls like Raggedy Ann or Cabbage Patch Kids. The simpler, the better.

20. Wooden Puzzles

These are fantastic for younger children.

21. Paper Dolls

I’m so sad that paper dolls have seemingly gone out of fashion. Some of my greatest memories are of my mom buying me paper dolls at the grocery store. I had such a huge collection, and my best friend and I would play with them for hours.

22. Tea Set

Tea party, anyone?

23. Kitchen Play Set

I want to be a kid again.

24. Wooden Dollhouse

Yes, wooden. They’re so much more detailed than the plastic ones.

25. Slingshot

Because boys will be boys, after all!

Your turn now. What are your favorite traditional toys?

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Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

8 thoughts on “25 Traditional Toys to Buy This Christmas Season”

  1. You need to remember that these toys are interactive and will take away from the parents are doing because the kid will want the parents to play with them or see what they built. Hate to say this but a lot of parents these days don’t have the first clue about how to interact with regular people much less there own kids. Most in our society are missing some basic social wiring.

    By the way, when my kids where younger I did buy these toys for my kids and we had fun.

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  2. Love this post! I totally forgot about the cardboard bricks! Will be picking some of those up for my kids because I loved them too! I also love giving them sports stuff like roller blades, ice skates, etc. My 2 and 4 year old have been obsessed with these knock off jenga blocks…they build with them for hours!

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