If you know a kiddo who already knows that they’re a “cat person,” keep reading to find out what the best cat toys for kids are this year!
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Cuddly cat toys for kids
Features: This set includes one carrier, one plush kitten, bottle, food, food bowl, rattle, wrist cuff, and shampoo bottle.
Features: Feed this kitty the included treats, take it for a walk and she will poop them out!
- Ages: 4-7 years old.
- Skills: Empathy, fine motor skills, gross motor skills.
- Notes: This cat is great for children who in the thick of repetitive play and/or fascinated by the bathroom (as many children are). Note that to “walk” the cat, it moves on little wheels. These wheels work well on tile and hardwood but not on carpet. This cat requires 2AAA batteries, which are not included but can be purchased separately here.
Hands-on cat toys for kids
Features: This vet set comes with everything the animal-lover you’re shopping for will need to take their new cat & dog friend to the vet, including a pet prep pad, exam table, bath tub, and office. The small dog and cat figurine are made to be decorated with the included markers. Once they’re done, the markers wash right off, so they can design them over and over. Children can rinse and scrub them in the included station, sink, or even bath tub. Once they’re done, the vet station folds up and is great for on-the-go.
- Ages: 3-7 years old
- Skills: Fine motor skills, empathy, creativity.
- Notes: These figurines are pretty little, and so this toy is best for children who are over 3 years old. Some reviewers note that, while the vet station folds up, it isn’t made to be a stand-alone carrying case (as it may come open). But, since it’s self-contained, it does fit easily in a suitcase or backpack.
Features: This digital camera comes with a detachable, water-resistant shock cover that’s perfect for cat lovers. It has selfie and video functions and is perfect for children who are interested in learning about photography.
- Ages: 3-10 years old.
- Skills: Photography.
Features: This cat doodle pad can be reused over and over again! It’s great for on the go– restaurants, road trips, waiting rooms–you name it.
- Ages: 2-12 years old.
- Skills: Fine motor skills, creativity, literacy.
- Notes: This uses batteries to light it up, but they come included. Reviewers note that the pen is not attached so it is easy to lose, but it comes with an extra pen.
Features: This vet comes with a lab coat, stethoscope, and kitty!
Features: This book is chalk full of information about cats and kittens. It is a perfect guidebook for cat-lovers to learn about habits, breeds, and characteristics.
- Ages: 3-9 years old.
- Skills: Literacy, language skills.
Features: In this cooperative game, players join Pete the Cat to work together to get missing cupcakes. It is for 2-4 players, and children do not need to be able to read to navigate the game.
- Ages: 3-5 years old.
- Skills: Language skills, problem solving, imagination.
- Notes: This is a wonderful game for young children, but not advanced enough for children over ages 5 or 6.
Features: This hands on set includes 2 miniature toy cats, 1 toy cat tree with platforms, cat basket, and staircase.
Features: This Fuzzikins camper set comes with a camper van and three cats that children can decorate with markers over and over. Once they’re done, they can be rinsed with soap and water and the marker will come off. It also includes stickers that children can use to decorate the van.
Features: This cat-themed game allows children to use deductive reasoning to problem solve. Reviewers note that it’s not violent or “too grown-up,” but just right for 8-10 year olds.
- Ages: 8-10 years old.
- Skills: Problem solving, cooperation, deductive reasoning.
There are only a few years where our kiddos will permit us to rope them into (adorable) family costumes, so we have to take advantage of that while we can. There are an infinite number of costumes on the market for kids, but many of them need to be hand washed.
Raise your hand if you’ve got time to hand wash costumes.
There are some wonderful doctor toys for kids on the market now that can help you bring a doctor’s office right into your home. These toys can help children gain some control by allowing them to take a step into the driver’s seat, so to speak. Plus, they can practice empathy and creativity as well.