Let’s be honest. No matter how old we get, we all have that inner child that needs to come out and play with some toys to help keep us young at heart. As adults, we play in many different ways and in many different forms—from building intricate LEGO sets to going to an escape room or enjoying a monthly game night with one of Hasbro’s classic board games. This holiday season, celebrate your inner child with the children in your life and enter for a chance to win awesome toys for them from WowWee, Kool Karz, Little Buddies, and MIKO.
Why are toys and games important?
Games are how we learn to create social bonds, destress, develop creativity and problem-solving skills, and perhaps most important of all, have fun. We know that play is important for us as adults because we learn these things as children. These days I nurture my inner child by building 3D puzzles and going down slides in playgrounds (when there are no kids around of course), but you can just as easily throw paint at some paper or play a series of harmless pranks on your partner around the house.
Kids’ brains are unique and still forming and so need a lot of stimulation in order to develop neural pathways and thinking patterns that they will use in adulthood. That’s why children cannot just sit still and only do one thing for too long. They need toys to help them catch glowing fairies in a jar or stage a race between Mario and Luigi plushies. This helps develop their imagination, and what is creative thinking in adulthood, if not imagination?
Give your kids the skill of play
All too often we see adults who have forgotten the skill of finding a way to play in their grown up lives. And that’s understandable—responsibilities of life get in the way. But just like taking a vacation or meditating is hugely important and beneficial to our mental health, playing—or to put it another way: doing an activity purely for your own joy and delight, not productivity—is hugely important too.
That’s why we have hobbies! You can make sure your child grows up with the skill of play (and it is a skill because the more you do it, the better you get at it, and the easier it becomes to integrate into your life) by giving them good memories of playing. And if you’re looking for ideas for gifts for the adults in your life this season too, check out our holiday gift guide and give them the gift of play.
With the awesome toys we’re giving away this holiday season, your child could make happy memories of building and racing on unique marble run tracks, talking about their feelings with a robot friend, or loudly yelling Yahtzee! when they roll their dice. The memories of fun play time will be even stronger if you join in with them and engage your own inner child too! Learn more about some of the toys we’re giving away in this contest by checking out our toy reviews on the blog.
How to enter
Entering this contest is easy and you can enter in three different ways.
- Take a look at all the toys we are giving away in the table below and in a comment under this article, tell us which of the toys you would like for yourself.
- Explore our Toys for All Ages page and in a comment below this article, tell us which toy category you’d be interested in shopping from for a child in your life.
- For up to two (2) additional entries, create a public post on a social media channel (one entry per channel!) sharing with your friends and followers that you are entering a Best Buy blog contest for a chance to win a holiday toy package; include the hashtag #BestBuyHolidayToyContest2022, so we can find your post, and include any one of the pictures showing on this article. Then return here and tell us in a comment below on which channel you posted it and the name of your channel (since many people use pseudonyms) so that we can check and verify your entry. You can use any social media channel (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, etc.), but the post must be public so we can verify it is there.
What you can win
At the end of this contest, we will select 15 winners who will each win one of the following toy prize packages:
This contest runs from November 1st to November 21st
Remember, you can enter this contest a maximum of four times to give yourself the best chance of winning. Share this contest with any parents or grandparents you know so that they can enter too and remind themselves to find ways to play this season. Happy holidays!