The Best Toys for a Grandparent’s House for Hours of Fun and Years of Memories!

Entertaining the grandkids is easier when you have a supply of their favorite toys on hand. Look for toys that are entertaining, educational, and that you can play with together. Here is my list of the best toys for a grandparent's house.

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Are you a grandparent looking forward to having the grandkids visit? You want to keep the grandkids entertained as much as possible while they’re visiting you. At the least, you owe it to their parents to return them happy and healthy when the parents finish their badly needed break. Or you might just want to keep the young ones busy while you visit with the parents. At best, you can spend time playing with your grandkids, which you can’t do for long considering how fast they grow up.

Personally, I have very fond memories of visiting my grandparents as a child and heading straight to the “toy closet.” My grandparents always kept toys right there – in the same place. And they were still there when I brought my own kids over for visits. Great memories!

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Keep reading for 12 great ideas for toys to keep around for your grandkids, broken down into infant, toddler, and school age categories.

Some of these choices are obviously classics, such as wagons and checkers, but others are more innovative and newer traditions. Opting for unique toys from overseas can make you a real hero in the eyes of your grandkids. Depending on how your own life is going, you might just have more free time to look around for great toys than the parents do, so make it count. Your grandkids are worth it!

Toys for Infants

They’re so sweet and innocent when they’re so young, but their toys need to be kept safe and simple:


  • This mesmerizing maze of safe, soft, continuous tubes is a perfect baby teething toy
  • Infant toy promotes clutching and two-handed play; middle cube contains a pleasing rattle sound
  • Multiple newborn toy award winner, including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Award
  • Safe, teethable plastic loops are BPA free
  • Baby teether suitable for ages 0-24 months; Do not boil or steam clean; Hand wash only

It’s easy to find baby gifts, but not necessarily easy to find fun ones. If you’re looking for something unique your grandkid doesn’t already have, this top-rated toy might just be it. It’s very effective for building up dexterity and teething.


  • The musical color-changing lullaby owl plush will keep your little one calm and comfortable. Its soft and cuddly body is perfect for snuggling at naptime. Press the end of its wing to hear "Twinkle Twinkle little Star" Tune as it gives off a glow that goes between shades of red, blue, purple, green and yellow.
  • *If left alone, The song will play for 20 minutes straight-helpingg them fall fast asleep. The light and song can be set to play together or separately.
  • *On/off switch
  • *Requires 3 ""AAA"" Batteries.
  • Approx. 10""L. Polyester. For newborns and up. Imported.

Made with soft, plush materials, this musical owl pull toy is a truly comforting thing that eases your youngest grandbabies to rest the first time they come for a sleepover. Your grandbabies can hug and cuddle it while it plays lullabies with glowing stars.


  • 【Soft Material】Made of high-quality PP cotton, softer than plastic to avoid injury by babies and toddlers. One touch and you'll feel the exceptional quality for yourself. Safe for your baby and soft to the touch.
  • 【Unique Design】Cutely crafted with 6 rings including a beeping duck, a windmill rattle, a sunflower rattle, a teether ring, and a crinkle ring. The crinkle sound is used to calm fussy babies because of its similarity to the white noise heard in a mother's womb.
  • 【Brain Development】Vibrant colors and multiple playing rings help develop color recognition, fine motor skills, counting skills, and spatial reasoning in your little loved one.
  • 【Perfect Gift】Each ring has its own unique gameplay. Whether you purchase for your 12 months and up to develop hands-on skills, or for your 3 months and up for rattles, all fit perfectly.
  • Best for unisex, baby infants, boys, girls and infants. Perfect for birthday parties, festivals and holidays (Children’s Day, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving & New Years). Give your child a gift that creates endless happy moments!

What child doesn’t have these at some point? Babies can get badly needed practice with their motor skills. But as they get familiar with the toy, they can also develop spatial skills in figuring out the sequential sizes of the rings. This toy also gives early exposure to learning basic colors.


  • Item arrives in frustration free, easy to open packaging that’s 100 percent recyclable; For a gift ready box, select “Ship in Amazon packaging” at checkout
  • Includes Deluxe Kick and Play Piano Gym and Rattle 'n Rock Maracas
  • 4 ways to play as baby grows: Lay & Play, Tummy Time, Sit & Play, and Take Along
  • Learning content changes with baby's age and stage with Smart Stages technology
  • Detachable keyboard with 5 light up keys, 5 repositionable activity toys for the gym and 2 rattle maracas

As much as you want to protect the youngest from the world, you can’t keep them swaddled up, in your arms, or in the crib forever. The right play mat gives them just a bit of breathing room to start taking in the world around them. Colorful imagery on the mat and dangling toys from the arches can keep a baby entertained on the ground, exploring in every direction, or truly reaching up for the sky as they learn how to stand and walk.

Just make sure you keep the camera handy if that magical first walk happens at your home without the parents around. They’ll never forgive you anyway, but they’ll be less mad if you can share it with them digitally.

Toddler Toys

The infant years are so precious and yet so fleeting. As they grow up just a little, their taste in toys is going to change a lot.


  • 150 classic colored blocks, including new shapes
  • Perfect for small hands
  • Reusable duffle bag for easy storage
  • Compatible with all Mega Bloks toddler block sets
  • Use the classic colored blocks to build tall towers, crazy castles, funny creatures, or whatever else your child can dream up

This classic toy is still around and for every good reason. The various shapes and colors give a toddler the chance to start exploring and expressing their creativity. Simple shapes with oversized prongs work well in small hands, and this toy lets your grandkids build animals, houses, and whatever else strikes their fancy. They won’t realize it, but they’ll be developing critical thinking and fine motor skills along the way.

The big, bright blocks have other advantages too, namely not being choking hazards for them and being things you can see easily before you step on them. (Pro Tip: Bribe your grandkids with cookies to use every single block in building something. You both win.)


  • Designed in Australia and made from sustainable wood and plush materials
  • Eco-friendly, pose-able animal figurines that kids will love to get their hands on
  • Made from child friendly materials, sustainable wood and eco alternatives to plastic
  • Every AnaMalz that finds a home, a percentage is being donated to preserving nature forever
  • Collect all your favorite AnaMalz Pals

In a consumer-driven culture that loves showering kids with things, they’ll eventually see and have it all at some point, maybe even before they hit kindergarten. If you want to be the hero that offers them something to play with that they haven’t actually seen, then look to the Anamalz toy line.

These are created in Australia, but have recently become available in the United States. These whimsical posable animals include a range of funny creatures, including a triceratops, llama, and rhino. Made from sustainable textiles and maple wood, they are available with a combination storage bag and playmat for convenient storage and portability.


  • 3 wagons in 1 – Hauling, 2 rider seating, & bench seating
  • Only Radio Flyer folding wagons pass ASTM f963-16 toy safety Standard
  • Folding wagon with easy one hand fold and zippers transform into bench seating
  • 2 cup holders on front, quiet ride tires, telescoping handle for easy transport
  • Product Dimensions = 39.37 inches X 21.26 inches X 32.68 inches , Carton Dimensions: 25.5 inches L x 19.75 inches W x 8.5 inches H

Whether it’s around your yard, up and down the street, or through the local park, this wagon has lots of room for carrying your grand-toddlers around for you to show off. There’s also room for snacks, sand toys, and plenty more. Fold it up for simple, compact storage when you’re done showing off your grandkids.


  • FOLDING WOODEN MEDIEVAL CASTLE: The Melissa & Doug Folding Medieval Wooden Castle opens for expanded play and royal adventures. It includes a trap door, working drawbridge, and removable turret.
  • STURDY WOODEN CONSTRUCTION: The Melissa & Doug wooden castle is made from high-quality wood and with precise manufacturing standards. It’s designed to hold up against constant opening and closing for extended life.
  • CLOSES FOR COMPACT STORAGE: This wooden folding castle opens easily for expanded pretend play and closes with ease for more compact storage.
  • GIFT FOR AGES 3 TO 6 YEARS: This castle makes an exceptional gift for kids from 3 to 6 years. Add the Melissa & Doug Wooden Castle Furniture Set to round out the hands-on play experience and give kids another engaging option for screen-free fun.
  • “THE GOLD STANDARD IN CHILDHOOD PLAY”: For more than 30 years, Melissa & Doug has created beautifully designed imagination- and creativity-sparking products that NBC News called “the gold standard in early childhood play.”

Gender norms might be an occasionally testy topic these days, but the fact remains that grandkids love playing like they own their own house. They see their parents enjoying a home, they see you enjoying your home, and they want to follow suit, even if it’s with a toy. Whether it’s a dollhouse, farmhouse, fire station, or something else, let them live it up in their own little world for a while.

Toys for School Age Children

This might be the time of their lives when you start seeing them less frequently, but it also means they can start enjoying more sophisticated entertainment. They’ll be much closer to you in terms of skill, reasoning, and vocabulary, so you’re likely to enjoy playing with them more yourself.


  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Zoe is my name, and I love to grab onto things... especially your fingers!
  • Fingerlings respond to sound, motion, and touch with blinking eyes, head turns, and silly monkey babble.
  • Blow them kisses and they will kiss you back!
  • Hang them upside-down by the tail and watch them monkey around!

This is a hot gift at the time of writing. They’re honestly adorable, and they’re finger-sized interactive toys. The blue monkey named Zoe is someone that holds onto your grandchild’s finger, responding to touch, motion, and sound, reacting to petting and talking with blinking, head turns, and cute noises. Zoe will even blow kisses.


  • DURABLE EASEL PAPER DISPENSER: The Melissa & Doug Wooden Tabletop Paper Roll Dispenser features a sturdy wooden base that can be placed on any tabletop or flat surface and fits 12” easel paper rolls.
  • STURDY WOODEN DISPENSER: The sturdy wooden dispenser comes preloaded with a 12" wide, 75-foot roll of premium white bond paper, ideal for crayons, pencils, markers, and paints.
  • GREAT FOR ARTWORK OF ANY SIZE: Our Melissa & Doug art roll paper dispenser includes a child-safe tear strip that detaches paper cleanly, making it safe for artwork of any size.
  • KEEPS KIDS ENTERTAINED: This dispenser is a high-quality art tool that helps kids explore their creativity. Maintaining an ample supply of paper rounds out the creative play experience and to give kids an engaging option for screen-free fun.
  • “THE GOLD STANDARD IN CHILDHOOD PLAY”: For more than 30 years, Melissa & Doug has created beautifully designed imagination- and creativity-sparking products that NBC News called “the gold standard in early childhood play.”

Doodle Rolls, Anyone? No, this isn’t competition for your famous biscuit recipe. The Doodle Roll is an innovative way to always have paper for coloring and drawing. You can roll out paper for the grandkids to color on, and then either tear it off or keep it when it’s time to put it away. Don’t forget to post their latest masterpiece on the refrigerator too! Don’t forget the crayons or markers to go with it!

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  • 4 ways to ride: Infant trike, steering trike, learn-to-ride trike and classic trike
  • Removable footrest for younger riders
  • Adult steer & stroll adjustable push handle with foam grip
  • Adjustable seat grows with your child; Add sun protection, seat pad, parent pouch and more
  • Product Dimensions = 35.04" x 19.88" x 40.75"

By the school-age years, your grandkids are past being pushed around in strollers or hauled around in wagons. This toy lets them learn how to pedal, slowly preparing them for their looming bicycle adventures a few years later. There’s even a rear basket to haul necessary items without you having to carry them, leaving you free to wave to people and brag about your grandkids yet again, or just take pictures and videos with your phone or camera.


  • There's a game for every age and every skill level! Includes all the game boards and pieces you need, housed in a wood chest with mahogany finish. Play chess, checkers, backgammon, parcheesi, Chinese checkers, snakes and ladders, tic-tac-toe, mancala, dominoes, Old Maid, Go Fish and more
  • Includes 3 decks of cards and poker dice
  • Wooden Game Center
  • Made out of wood
  • Includes two Interchangeable game tables

What are classic games? Think chess and checkers. Checkers is far better to start with given the simplicity of it compared to chess, but kids do love learning how the pieces move in chess. Many find it utterly fascinating. Either game is a great way to kill an afternoon, and there are many combo sets that you can use for both games in one single kit at the same time to save space. It even makes the transition from checkers up to chess a lot easier to handle when it’s time to do so.

Summary and Final Recommendations

Grandkids love visiting their grandparents. The aroma of freshly baked cookies and welcoming hugs and kisses make them feel as special as they really are. They know that grandparents mean a lot more spoiling and a lot less discipline, but they also know that there are going to be toys, toys, toys. I hope these ideas will keep your home well-stocked for future visits with your family’s youngest.

Do you recommend any other toys for grandparents to keep at their house? Tell me about them in the comments below!

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About Scott Grant, ATP, CRTS®

Assistive Technology Professional, Custom Wheelchair Specialist, Medical Equipment Guru, Dad and Grandfather

I am a lucky dad to four awesome daughters and grandfather to three pretty terrific grandkids. When not working as a custom wheelchair specialist at a regional home medical equipment company, I enjoy early morning runs and occasional kayak trips. I am also a self-admitted nerd who loves anything from the 1980's. Learn More

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