While the most skilled shoppers and planners among us might already know this, buying kids' toys during huge sales events like Amazon Prime Day, which is now running from June 21-22, is a parenting move that will save you more than just money. Not only can you score discounts on all-time faves like LEGO kits, doll houses, and slime, but you can also set yourself up for a summer free from boredom, friends' birthday parties with no last-minute present scrambles, and even that far-off holiday season with less stress. And while there were tons of early Prime Day toy deals over the past few days, the best have finally started rolling out now that the two-day shopping event is in full swing.
We had a chance to preview the list of the best toy deals available for Amazon Prime Day 2021 (really, days), and it is full of gems your kids will love at prices that are sometimes more than 50 percent off. Got a dinosaur-obsessed tot in the house? You're set with nearly half-off. Looking for games to entertain your tween on a rainy day? They've got those on sale too. How about some STEM toys to inspire your budding engineers? Handled.
Of course, the full list of Prime Day toy offers is long, and deals pop up and sell out throughout this event - which makes it a fun hunt if you're into that sort of thing, but also sometimes overwhelming if you're, say, taking care of children all day too. That's what we're here for, with this little cheat sheet for some of the best deals on every toy your offspring have dreamed of, and many they haven't yet.
When you're looking at toy deals on Amazon Prime Day, you may notice some smaller brands you're unfamiliar with mixed in with the Legos and Barbies. Consider this your opportunity to discover smaller toy makers whose products have equally high customer reviews (and will equally please the littles). Speaking of opportunities, while these deals are available to you even if you're not an Amazon Prime member, if you sign up for a free 30-day trial now, you'll get free shipping on all your orders.
These are the deals available as of this writing, but we'll be updating this list as soon as new discounts pop up throughout the week, both during and post Prime Day 2021.
Playhouses, Tents, and Make-Believe
Beaure Princess Pop-Up Play Tent, $19.99 (originally $32.99); amazon.com
FoxPrint Rocketship Tent, $21.54 (originally $34.99); amazon.com
KidKraft Vintage Wooden Play Kitchen, $94.90 (originally $159.99); amazon.com
Alex Toys Ideal Magic Amazing Magic Hat Set, $9.90 (originally $19.99); amazon.com
Melissa & Doug Stainless Steel Pots and Pans, $16.79 (originally $29.99), amazon.com
Melissa & Doug Examine and Treat Pet Vet Play Set, $18.09 (originally $29.99), amazon.com
Create magical spaces in real life and in kids' imaginations with these pop-up tents, role-playing toys, and costumes. We're especially excited about deals on KidCraft's impressive line of play kitchens, as well as some great deals on Melissa & Doug make-believe sets.
BAMGO Electric Bubble Machine, $12.74 (originally $16.99), amazon.com
BAMGO Hover Soccer Ball, $10.97 (originally $15.95), amazon.com
Ayeboovi Baby Shark Pool With Canopy, $26.34 (originally $39.99); amazon.com
Letosan Water Blasters, $15.99 (originally $29.99); amazon.com
Winique Splash Pad, $16.99 (originally $34.99); amazon.com
Ginmic Outdoor Explorer Kit, $21.24 (originally $35.99); amazon.com
Discovering DIY Slime Kit, $12.39 (originally $17.97), amazon.com
Laevo Mermaid Slime Kit, $21.59 (originally $26.99), amazon.com
National Geographic Stunning Science Chemistry Set, $24.49 (originally $34.99), amazon.com
Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit, $43.99 (originally $79.99), amazon.com
Jeannie Hydrolic Robotic Hand, $6.61 (originally $12.02), amazon.com
Elenco Snap Circuits Extreme, $71.59 (originally $139.99), amazon.com
King Me Dinosaur Excavation Kit $9.50 (originally $18.99); amazon.com
Do we all secretly wish our kids will one day be Nobel Prize-winning scientists? Maybe. But mostly we just love it when a toy, like a robotic hand, a slime kit, or even a full-on chemistry set, engages them so fully, they don't even notice they're learning.
Create and Build With LEGO, Art, More
Lego Trolls World Tour Volcano Rock City, $27.10 (originally $39.99); amazon.com
Lego Hidden Side Newbury Abandoned Prison, $23.99 (originally $39.99); amazon.com
Tegu 8-Piece Magnetic Wooden Block Set, $17.49 (originally $25.00), amazon.com
Magna-Tiles 32-Piece Clear Colors Set, $32.89 (originally $49.99), amazon.com
K'Nex 35 Model Building Set, $16.99 (originally $27.99), amazon.com
Melissa & Doug Snap It! Barnyard Farm Animals Beginner Craft Kit, $10.09 (originally $12.99), amazon.com
Ouiros Domino Construction Set, $13.49, (originally $24.99); amazon.com
Creative Mosaic Electric Drill Puzzle Set, $13.99 (originally $25.99); amazon.com
ZCraft DIY Dinosaur Sewing Craft, $11.43 (originally $22.85); amazon.com
Tondozen Kids Digital Camera, $22.09 (originally $28.99); amazon.com
As during previous Prime Days, you can expect to see great deals on Lego kits popping up throughout the coming days. Don't miss out on other opportunities for your kids to create too - whether that means sewing, drawing, or making slime.
Cars and Trucks and Things That Go
Green Toys Pink Dump Truck, $11.09 (originally $27.99), amazon.com
Dazmers Battery Powered Fire Truck and Police Car, $6.64 (originally 9.49); amazon.com
Morwant Snap Together Pull-Back Car, $18.47 (originally $32.99); amazon.com
Sanrock U61W RC Drone, $39.99 (originally $49.99); amazon.com
Cradream RC Stunt Car, $17.00 (originally $28.99); amazon.com
Dolls, Action Figures, Collectibles
Courtesy of Amazon
Barbie Extra Doll #4, $19.99 (originally $24.99); amazon.com
Barbie Inspiring Women Sally Ride, $21.99 (originally $30.99), amazon.com
Calico Critters Woolly Alpaca Family, $9.99 (originally $22.95), amazon.com
Playmobil Spirit Untamed Miradero Festival, $27.99 (originally $39.99), amazon.com
Jizhi Realistic Newborn Baby Dolls, $47.99 (originally $69.99); amazon.com
girlzndollz Elana Soft Doll, $12.25 (originally $14.99); amazon.com
Urban Explorer Doll Clothes (Fit American Girl Dolls), $17.58 (originally $28.97); amazon.com
Dinosaur Play Mat (With 11 Dinosaur Figures), $9.99 (originally $19.99); amazon.com
We're going to see so many deals on big brand baby dolls, Barbie, animal figures, and action figures this Prime Day. Don't miss out on the accessories, like clothing for American Girl Dolls, that make playing with those toys fun for years.
Puzzles and Games
Dog Man: Attack of the Fleas Board Game, $12.63 (originally $19.99); amazon.com
Exploding Kittens Party Pack, $17.56 (originally $29.99), amazon.com
Taco vs. Burrito, $19.99 (originally $24.99), amazon.com
Ticket to Ride: First Journey Board Game, $20.99 (originally $34.99); amazon.com
Fast Sling Puck Tabletop Game, $25.99 (originally $54.99); amazon.com
There's no more entertaining way to keep brains of all ages active than by gathering together for family game night, when you can try your luck with Exploding Kittens, take an imaginary journey, or work on those motor skills with a tabletop game. Come to think of it, bring on a hot summer day for games, too.
Check back here for more Amazon Prime Day 2021 toy deals in the days to come!