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31 Best Toys & Games For Kids & Families Under $50

Looking for some new toys and games for spending time at home, family games night or for an upcoming birthday present? 

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Be inspired by Amazon Australia’s bestselling toys and games list and have a sneak peek into what everyone else is buying!

Better still – all of these items are under $50 (free shipping available for orders over $39) and you might even be able to score a great discount deal.

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Note as there are delays with international items arriving into Australia at the moment all of the items listed below are shipped from Australia (ie not imported into Australia) and sold by Amazon themselves and not third parties using Amazon’s online platform. This means the items are stored and packed from Amazon Australia’s warehouse in Dandenong South and are more likely to get to you on time. 

Personally, I am finding Amazon Australia’s items to be the most reliable for delivery at the moment. Everything that I’ve ordered has arrived in the estimated time frame and the only time I’ve received a cancelled order has been for an item (a trampoline panic buy!) sold by a third party.

Plus with an Amazon Prime membership, you can even get free shipping with no minimum spend (as well as the other member benefits). If you sign up to the Amazon Prime free trial you get free, fast 2-day delivery from Amazon, great entertainment, exclusive early access to deals and more. You can cancel anytime within the trial period at no cost OR if after the 30-day trial you find it’s saved you heaps of money it’s only $6.99 a month (and you can still cancel at any time). 


1. Play-Doh Sparkle Compoundir?t=joycewatts 22&l=ur2&o=36

Reinvigorate your Play-Doh set with 6 tubs of Play-Doh Sparkle Compound and two shaped cutters. 

Play Doh Sparkle
Play-Doh Sparkle Compound

These tubs of bright and shiny Play-Doh are perfect for adding some extra fun to sensory play with sparkly embellishments or whole creations.

Other best-selling Play-Doh sets include the Play-Doh – Numbers, Letters & Fun Play Set, Super Colour Pack including 20 Tubs of Dough and the Play-Doh Starter Set


2. Crayola Sidewalk Chalk

This pack contains 48 bright and bold ground chalk for outdoor art on footpaths and driveways.

Crayola Sidewalk Chalk
Crayola Sidewalk Chalk

If comes in a nifty carry case and the anti-roll shape keeps the chalk from rolling away!


3. Crayola Inspiration Art Case

Your little artist will DIE when they open this deluxe art set containing 140 crayons, pencils, markers and paper

Crayola Art Case
Crayola Inspiration Art Case

The portable carry case snaps shuts and means that it’s handy to transport and store.


4. Crayola My First Safety Scissorsir?t=joycewatts 22&l=ur2&o=36

Set of three pairs of safety scissors, each with a different cutting pattern – straight, wave and zigzag. 

Crayola Scissors
Crayola My First Safety Scissors

The plastic blades are excellent for cutting paper, but don’t cut little fingers or hair!


5. Crayola Washable Kids Fingerpaints

In my experience, washable fingerpaints are perfect for any and all painting that younger kids want to do.  Partially because it is always more washable, and also because fingers inevitably end up in the paint!

Crayola Waashable Finger Paint
Crayola Washable Finger Paint

These four no-spill bottles contain non-toxic and non-runny paints in bright bold colours.


6. Polymer Clay Starter Kit

This Polymer Clay starter kit contains 26 different colours of soft DIY modelling moulding clay, baking clay blocks, 5 sculpting tools and jewellery-making accessories

Polymer Clay Kit
Polymer Clay Kit


7. Pipes Building Bath Toy

Make bathtime a whole lot of fun with this set of Pipes Bath Toys. Great for toddlers and preschoolers, though my older kids still love them!

Pipes Building Bath Toy
Boon Pipes Building Bath Toy

Use the multicoloured pipes individually or in a chain to experiment pouring water through them in the bath while they’re suctioned to the wall tiles.  Each pipe has a different feature or shape so there’s lots of opportunity to experiment!


8. Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks & Boardsir?t=joycewatts 22&l=ur2&o=36

Melissa & Doug are famous for their creative and imaginative toys and games. This set of 120 colourful wooden shapes and 5 double-sided pattern boards are a more complicated version of tangrams. 

Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks And Boards
Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks & Boards

Kids can recreate patterns or build their own unique designs. Great for spatial awareness, colour recognition, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving.


9. Dyson Cord-Free Toy Vacuum Cleanerir?t=joycewatts 22&l=ur2&o=36

Do your kids love to vacuum? Well, with the Dyson Cord-Free Toy Vacuum Cleanerir?t=joycewatts 22&l=ur2&o=36 toy you can put them to work!

Dyson Toy vacuum
Dyson Cord-Free Toy Vacuum Cleaner

It’s a replica of the popular Dyson cord-free vacuums which replicates the cyclone action and even has suction! There are various attachment heads, just like the real thing. 


10. Ravensburger 1000 piece Jigsaw Puzzle

I think we’ve completed more family puzzles in the last month than in our whole lifetimes! Ravensburger makes excellent quality puzzles and out of the thousands of puzzles, it produces this 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle of Beautiful Germany is an Amazon top pick. It will keep the whole family entertained for hours – and you could even frame it at the end! 

Ravensburger 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Ravensburger 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Ravensburger also produces specialist children’s puzzles – this dinosaur puzzle and Disney princess puzzle are favourites with kids. 


11. Fisher Price Chatter Telephoneir?t=joycewatts 22&l=ur2&o=36

Encourage role play and speech with this pull along telephone for babies and toddlers.

Fisher Price Chatter Telephone
Fisher Price Chatter Telephone

The fun vintage rotary design introduces the numbers 0-9 plus there are fun ringing sounds and eyes that move up and down. It’s a #1 bestseller for electronic learning toys. 

Other best-selling Fisher-Price toys include the Little People Disney Toy Story 4 RV Playset and Baby’s First Blocks.


12. Melissa & Doug Wooden Alphabet Magnetsir?t=joycewatts 22&l=ur2&o=36

Make learning (and messages on the fridge) fun with this Melissa & Doug set of 52 magnetic uppercase and lowercase letters.

Alphabet Magnets
Melissa & Doug Wooden Alphabet Magnets

Everything can also be stored away in a sturdy wooden box. 


13. ir?t=joycewatts 22&l=ur2&o=36LEGO Harry Potter Quidditch Match

LEGO and Harry Potter have got to be my two favourite things!

Lego Harry Potter Quidditch Match
Lego Harry Potter Quidditch Match

In the LEGO Harry Potter Quidditch Match, you can build the four towers of each of the Hogwarts houses, goalposts and rings then play an imaginary game of Quidditch with the Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Severus Snape, Oliver Wood, Lucian Bole and Marcus Flint minifigs!


14. LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box

Perfect for open-ended play, this LEGO set has a wide range of pieces to create with.

Lego Classic Medium Box
Lego Classic Medium Box

LEGO Classic sets are an ideal supplement to any existing LEGO collection.


15. LEGO DUPLO Number Trainir?t=joycewatts 22&l=ur2&o=36

This bestselling LEGO DUPLO set helps kids to practice their number recognition. 

Lego Duplo Number Train

The set includes two LEGO child figures, a cat figure and train carriages.

Other LEGO DUPLO bestsellers include the LEGO DUPLO Train Bridge and Tracks and LEGO DUPLO Farm Animals.


16. LEGO City sets

LEGO City is the LEGO range that has builds with all the features of a bustling city!

Lego City Police Dog Set
Lego City Police Dog Set

The LEGO City Police Dog Unit building set is an action-filled way for first-time builders to experience the exciting world of LEGO City. Other LEGO City bestsellers include the LEGO City Monster Truck and LEGO City Satellite Service Mission.


17. Hot Wheels 10 Car Packir?t=joycewatts 22&l=ur2&o=36

Supplement an existing collection or start a new one with 10 Hot Wheels cars. The pack comes with an assortment of car designs. 

Hot Wheels 10 Car Pack

Then put your Crayola Sidewalk Chalk to good use to create an outdoor race track!


18. Connect 4

This classic game is a race to who can get 4 in a row first!


Connect 4
Connect 4

Connect 4 is a great game for younger kids who aren’t able to read yet or follow detailed instructions (just beware of the disks going into mouths). The pop out feature adds excitement for littlies too!


19. National Geographic Mega Fossil Dig Kitir?t=joycewatts 22&l=ur2&o=36

Excavate, and learn about, 15 real fossils including dinosaur bones.

National Geographic Fossil Dig Kit

It comes with a 16-page learning guide illustrates how fossils are formed and helps young scientists identify each specimen as it’s discovered.

Related: Best dinosaur experiences in Melbourne for kids


20. STEM Robotir?t=joycewatts 22&l=ur2&o=36

This awesome voice and touch-controlled robot will sing, dance and talk with kids! 

Remoking Stem Robot
Remoking STEM Robot

The robot is so smart that it can understand your voice command and respond. It can respond to you and act accordingly, and play with your kids anytime and anywhere.


21. Smart High Speed Cube 3×3ir?t=joycewatts 22&l=ur2&o=36

Test kill and dexterity and solve this 3×3 speed cube or Rubiks cube.

Smart High Speed Cube


22. Pop Up Pirate Action Game

Pop Up Pirate is a barrel of fun for the whole family! 

Pop Up Pirate Action Game
Pop Up Pirate Action Game

Push the pirate into the barrel, then each player takes a turn to insert a sword into the barrel slots.  If the pirate pops up, the player is out. Pop Up Pirate is suitable for 2 – 4 players.


23. Shopping List Game

This fun and popular memory game for 2 – 4 players and is recommended for ages 3 – 7. 

Orchard Toys Shopping List Game
Orchard Toys Shopping List Game

Race to collect your shopping before your opponents!


24. UNO

If you don’t have Uno in your game collection, you really should! It is compact, portable and easy to learn and play for younger players.


 There’s also the UNO Flip version, which includes a double-sided deck and special FLIP card to give classic game a competitive edge.


25. Jenga

Kids of all ages can play Jenga, the classic wooden stacking game. With skill, strategy and luck the tower won’t crash down during your turn!



26. Monopoly Classic

Perfect for play with family or friends, Monopoly Classic is for 2 – 6 Players, and includes the new token lineup.

Monopoly Classic
Monopoly Classic

There’s also the Monopoly Deal version which is all the fun of the classic Monopoly Board game played with cards.


27. Guess Who?

The original guessing game Guess Who? is still lots of fun.  

Guess Who
Guess Who?

Play one on one and ask yes or no questions to narrow down your opponent’s mystery character is before they figure out yours!


28. Bounce Offir?t=joycewatts 22&l=ur2&o=36

Recreate patterns on the game cards by bouncing balls on the grid – whoever completes the pattern first wins the round.  For 2 – 4 players.

Bounce Off
Bounce Off


29. Cluedo

Cluedo is the classic murder mystery board game.  Was it Professor Plum with the candlestick in the parlour?


Designed for 2 – 6 players, move from room to room and work out who is the culprit to win the game.


30. Orbit Tennisir?t=joycewatts 22&l=ur2&o=36

If you can’t get to a free tennis court then you can still play hit-the-ball with your family and friends!

Orbit Tennis
Orbit Tennis

Play Orbit Tennis, the classic outdoors game with a tennis ball attached to a pole and two bats with wrist straps.


31. Wild & Wolf Table Tennis Set

OK so this table tennis set is a little bit above $50 – but I couldn’t help including it in this list! Play table tennis on your desk or dining table – basically any table can become a court!

Table Tennis set
Table Tennis set

 The table tennis set includes a retractable net, table tennis bats and balls.


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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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