Virtual learning, canceled camps and more mean it’s been a rough year for kids. And while we should, of course, be tending to their emotional needs, sometimes a great gift can be a highly effective way to cheer children up (not to mention a way to distract them long enough so you can actually get some laundry done). And with Prime Day happening right this second, parents can scoop up a brilliant selection of toys for bargain prices.

In case you're wondering what all this Prime Day hype is about, it's a two-day stretch of major sales on Amazon, and it's happening on June 21 and 22. It’s exclusive to Prime members—so make sure to sign up for a Prime account if you don’t have one yet. Ready to go? Here are the best kids’ toys to add to cart right now.

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1. Wonder Workshop: Dash Robot, Challenge Cards & Catapult Launcher (Ages 6+)

Sure, we hear you—whatever happened to wooden blocks? But more than 1,100 5-star reviews for this Amazon exclusive robot toy won us over. It toodles out of the box fully charged, and there's a compatible app that lets kids program it to do everything from dance to catapult small balls.

$200; $136 at Amazon

2. Animal Zone Animals of The World Playset (Ages 3+)

Over 60 different pieces, from safari animals to sea life to coral to palm trees. Plus, dinosaurs, which came way before, but are absolutely necessary in any animal set because they are so cool.

$30; $21 at Amazon

3. Marvel Classic Hasbro Legends SERIES ALPHA FLIGHT 6 PACK (AGES 4+)

Psst: The mega retailer is offering up to 45 percent off on Marvel and Star Wars toys today and tomorrow. There are plenty of cool playthings to choose from, but we're especially loving this six-piece action figure set that includes Snowman, Shaman and Aurora.

$110; $70 at Amazon

4. Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus (Ages 3+)

Ages 36 months to six years will delight in this toy that sneaks teaching about math into musical composition. Kids plug their choice of 15 musical instrument pods into the octopus's tentacles to mix-and-match sounds. (There's even an iPad app you can use to make videos.)

$60; $36 at Amazon

5. Hasbro Gaming Rubik's Solve The Cube Bundle 4 Pack (8 and up)

The object is to get each side a solid color, and this set of four Rubik's Cubes of increasing difficulty teaches kids (and yes, growns too) to solve it in stages. Ingenious!

$35; $16 at Amazon

6. VTech Touch & Learn Activity Desk (Ages 3+)

An interactive desktop and four double-sided cards make up this activity table that teaches little ones about animals, numbers, letters, music and people. It's suitable for toddlers, and the LED display demonstrates how to write letters and numbers. (And psst—you can flip the top up to turn it into an easel or chalkboard.)

$58; $41 at Amazon

7. Days of Wonder Memoir '44: New Flight Plan (Ages 14+)

Two players deploy air units (fighters, fighter-bombers and bombers) to support troops on the battlefield. Streamlined rules for 16 small planes lets players really get into World War II theaters of operation.

$60; $36 at Amazon

8. Crayola Baby Shark Art Set, 90 Pieces (Ages 4 to 7)

Finally, your kid can scribble and draw to their heart’s content—and you don't have to worry about them getting "artwork" all over the living room walls. With 15 coloring sheets, two colorable sticker sheets, 40 crayons and 35 washable mini-markers, this fun set lets children get as creative as they like with all the baby sharks.

$23; $19 at Amazon

9. Little Tikes Real Wooden Train and Kids Table Set with Over 80 Multicolor Pieces Activity Table (Ages 3+)

This playset's got your rains, tracks, cars—and best of all for parents, storage.

$130; $77 at Amazon


Nine tools to play doctor are included in this sweet little set, including a thermometer, blood pressure cuff and stethoscope (which mimics the sound of a heartbeat).

$22; $15 at Amazon


Your kid has been begging you for a pet for the last couple of months but there’s no way you could add another family member to your brood right now. Enter this genius toy that moves and makes sounds, including babbling, nuzzling and snoring. And the best part? There’s no shedding.

$100; $60 at Amazon

12. Disney Treasures from The Vault, Limited Edition Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Plush (Ages 3+)

This pair of collectibles is part of an exclusive Amazon drop of monthly Disney icons. You can display these boxed 1930s-era Mickey and Minnie figures as is, or enjoy them as loveable, huggable 20-inch-tall playmates.

$60; $42 at Amazon

13. Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition (Ages 8 and Up)

Mad respect for this G-rated version of the adult card game that carries the tag line "Sorry, not as fun as Xbox."

$25; $16 at Amazon

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