As I’ve written here before, RetailMeNot is basically my must-visit destination before I make any purchase online. Because hey, coupon codes. So I was thrilled when they asked me to write an article for them sharing my own picks for the best interactive toys to keep kids engaged, entertained, and even learning through play.

I somehow managed to narrow it down to six favorites, all chosen for their longevity, their value, their fun factor, and their ability to grow with your kids. In other words, no shoving these toys in the back of the closet after a few hours.

Click over to and see what I chose as the best interactive coding toy, the best educational interactive toy, and more. In fact, my favorite just might be my pick for the best interactive toy on a budget (under $15!) — which may even be one you played with as a kid yourself.

Please note that while RetailMeNot sponsored this post, they had nothing to do with my writing or editorial picks. Just the stuff I love, after years of testing out toys. 

Photo © Liz Gumbinner