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Gift Ideas for Siblings: Toys That Encourage Cooperative Play

Having four kids who a relatively close in age means that our house needs to be stocked with toys that promote cooperative play. This is probably one of the biggest criteria I look for when shopping for new toys: Can they play with it TOGETHER?  I’m hesitant to invest in toys that will result in multiple kids fighting over it, so I am all about toys that can be shared. Here are some of the favorite toys in my house that encourage the kids to play well together.

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  • Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace 1 of 6
    Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace
    My girls love this Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace. It's  a great cooperative play castle with beloved Disney princesses in Little People sizes, with enough space so that both girls can comfortably sit and role-play.
  • Little People Wheelies Loops ‘n Swoops Amusement Park 2 of 6
    Little People Wheelies Loops 'n Swoops Amusement Park
    If you have younger kids, the Little People Wheelies Loops 'n Swoops Amusement Park is a fun toy for both genders. This roller-coaster play set has two side, so it's easy for more than one child to play.
  • Thomas & Friends: Take-n-Play The Great Quarry Climb 3 of 6
    Thomas & Friends: Take-n-Play The Great Quarry Climb
    My boys love playing with the Thomas & Friends: Take-n-Play The Great Quarry Climb.  It is a portable play set that kids can set up on their own, so it involves both building and role-play.
  • Kid Tough Walkie Talkies 4 of 6
    Kid Tough Walkie Talkies
    They are simple but time-tested: Walkie Talkies are a great toy for cooperative play, and my kids can spend hours making up games with each other on the walkie talkie.
  • Fisher-Price Servin’ Surprises Kitchen & Table 5 of 6
    Fisher-Price Servin' Surprises Kitchen & Table
    The Fisher-Price Servin' Surprises Kitchen & Table is an interactive play center that brings kitchen and food role-play to life. This is another toy that appeals to both genders, and my kids play with this more than any other toy we own.
  • Master Moves Mickey 6 of 6
    Master Moves Mickey
    My kids usually end up in a puddle of laughter whenever they play with Master Moves Mickey. This computerized toy teaches children dance lessons, and it's a perfect accessory for family fun.

 

If you have multiple kids, I’d love to hear some of the toys that your kids enjoy together.

 

 

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