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The Best Quiet Toys to Keep Your Toddler Happy Without Distracting You

Jun 22 2021 - 9:15am

Spider-Man [1] is great, but when he won't stop shouting catchphrases about shooting webs while I'm trying to work from home or he starts boasting about the Avengers [2] at 10 o'clock at night (when the kids have been asleep for hours — creepy!), I can't say I'm his biggest fan. I appreciate how entertaining interactive, talkative toys can be, but I'm a huge fan of quiet toys for my 3-year and 2-year-old [3]. It's not just that loud toys are annoying, but playing with quiet toys also helps foster creativity [4], cognitive skills, and more, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. It's a win for everyone! They can have their fun, and I can have my peace of mind. Check out a few of my favorite quiet toys for toddlers [5] ahead, and enjoy the bliss of knowing your little ones are having fun while you're enjoying the quiet.

deMoca Quiet Book For Toddlers

Your toddler will stay busy and quiet with the amazing deMoca Quiet Book For Toddlers [6] ($37, originally $50). All the pieces are tethered to this Montessori toy (meaning it's also perfect for traveling), and your toddler can match Velcro shapes, practice buckling and telling time, and more.

My First Crayola Double Doodle Board

Kids will love coloring on one side of the My First Crayola Double Doodle Board [7] ($9, originally $13) with the included reusable, washable crayons, then flipping it over to doodle with their fingers on the sealed gel surface. It's so fun, your little one will be entertained for hours!

Haba Town Maze Magnetic Game

Explore a fun new town from the comfort of a board with this Haba Town Maze Magnetic Game [8] ($23). Toddlers can use the attached magnetic stick to move the colorful blocks throughout the city.

Melissa & Doug Pet Place Puffy Sticker Activity Book

With reusable stickers of adorable animals and accessories, the Melissa & Doug Pet Place Puffy Sticker Activity Book [9] ($8) offers plenty of opportunities for quiet fun. Toddlers can flip through the 10 unique pages and use the 115 reusable stickers however they please.

Coogam Clamp Bee to Hive Matching Game

Match the bees into their correct slots with the Coogam Clamp Bee to Hive Matching Game [10] ($16). Kids will learn matching, colors, and hand-eye coordination — assisted by some jumbo tweezers.

Hrayipt Wooden Puzzles For Toddlers

Puzzles are a great toy to keep toddlers happy while flexing their brains. The Hrayipt Wooden Puzzles For Toddlers [11] ($20, originally $23) include six easy-to-solve puzzles featuring a crab, a bear, a butterfly, an owl, a turtle, and an airplane.

My Gifted Education Wooden Stacking Balancing Rainbow Stones

Toddlers and adults will love creatively stacking and playing with the My Gifted Education Wooden Stacking Balancing Rainbow Stones [12] ($29, originally $32). They're completely captivating.

Imooore Montessori Animal Building Blocks Puzzle

Your toddler will love the fun shapes and colors of the Imooore Montessori Animal Building Blocks Puzzle [13] ($24). These animals are fun for stacking or getting creative and acting out fun stories.

Blockaroo Magnetic Foam Builders

Half the fun of building a tower is knocking it down afterward. Your toddler can now do so in a quiet way with the Blockaroo Magnetic Foam Builders [14] ($49, originally $65), which fall down in a wonderful silence. This set comes with 35 foam magnetic blocks.

Play-Doh Starter Set

Play-Doh is a fun sensory toy that will boost your toddler's creativity. The Play-Doh Starter Set [15] ($5, originally $10) comes with four different Play-Doh colors, cookie-cutter shapes, and accessories for rolling and cutting.

Melissa & Doug Service Station Parking Garage

Kids can get gas, drive around, and park with this city-inspired wooden Melissa & Doug Service Station Parking Garage [16] ($30). The only noise you'll be listening to will be your toddler's vroom vroom sound effects.

Panda Brothers Montessori Screw Driver Board

Who knew a little handyman could be this quiet? My kids love playing with this Panda Brothers Montessori Screw Driver Board [17] ($24), which features a wrench, screwdrivers, and multiple different screws. It's a great way to foster confidence working with tools at a young age.

Wellchild Magnetic Drawing Board

Color without the mess with this Wellchild Magnetic Drawing Board [18] ($11). This drawing board has a magnetic pen attached to create whatever you can imagine and also includes fun shapes and a carrying bag, so you can take it anywhere.

Sesame Street Elmo's On the Go Letters

This fun Sesame Street Elmo's On the Go Letters [19] ($20) toy features colorful letters and fun Sesame Street characters. It comes in a specially designed carrying case, so your little one can play at home or on the go.

Jollybaby My Quiet Book Playing House

The Jollybaby My Quiet Book Playing House [20] ($19) comes with a doll who can act out different activities in the book, like taking a bath or playing hide-and-seek. And as a bonus, this book is bathtub safe.

Easy Anywhere Rainbow Pop Fidget Toys

Toddlers can relieve anxiety and entertain themselves with these colorful Easy Anywhere Rainbow Pop [21] ($11, originally $20) fidget toys. It comes with two toys, one a circle shape and one a square, and it's just as fun — but much quieter — than popping a roll of bubble wrap.

Moonwood Wooden Lacing Toy

Kids can quietly learn hand-eye coordination with the Moonwood Wooden Lacing Toy [22] ($20). Choose from a bear, a sheep, a cat, or a rabbit, and have your toddler weave the string in and out for tons of fun.

Disney Princess Magic Ink Coloring Book Set

Tired of markers getting on every surface in your home? Try the Disney Princess Magic Ink Coloring Book Set [23] ($17), which comes with three Imagine Ink books and magic markers that can only color on paper.

Götz Natasha Baby Doll

Playing with dolls is a classic toddler activity, and this Götz Natasha Baby Doll [24] ($69) is one of the best. It is totally cuddle-able, with lifelike eyelashes and eyes that really close. Of course, it also has plenty of extra accessories you can buy for even more dress-up fun.

Disney Spider-Man Plush

Finally, a Spider-Man toy that saves the catchphrases for the movies. The Disney Spider-Man Plush [25] ($17) is soft for cuddling, and totally cool for fighting bad guys. Your toddler will love it.


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