He's always up for giving horsey back rides. And there isn't a swing pusher in town who can get your tot higher. If you haven't guessed, we're talking about dads, a.k.a. your kiddo's best bud. When it comes to playtime, he doesn't need much coaxing. But if you're looking for toys that'll entertain dad as much as the kids, we've got some suggestions.

Hubelino Marble Run
When it comes to fun with Pop, LEGOs are always a great place to start. And while breaking out your toddler’s DUPLO building set never fails, adding in a DUPLO-compatible Hubelino marble run turns up the volume on play. Dad won’t be able to resist engineering twists and turns for colorful marbles, and neither will your kiddo.

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gofindit Outdoor Nature Scavenger Hunt
In the spirit of keeping things simple, it’s hard to go wrong with this set of outdoor scavenger hunt cards. Dad can play along, looking for objects that are furry, round, huge, rough… you get the idea. Or he can kick back and relax with a cold one in hand, challenging the kids seek, find and report back on their amazing discoveries.

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Loog Mini Acoustic Guitar
Got a dad who totally rocks? Call a family jam band sesh. Dad can play rhythm guitar, while his sidekick burns sweet licks on this pint-sized guitar made just for kids. Its three strings make it so easy, kids as young as three can learn. And the flashcards that help with finger placement, plus the app that teaches kids simple songs in just a day, means tots will find the motivation they need to keep on rockin'.

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Fisher-Price Bubble Mower
They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Won’t dad get a kick out of his lawn-mowing sidekick’s just-like-dad toy when they take on yard duty together? Expect freshly mowed grass, plus bubbles and giggles, as the pair work their way around the green stuff on a sunny weekend afternoon.

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MOLUK Bilibo
It takes a creative mind to max out the fun on this funky toy. Enter Dad with his penchant for zany antics. Whether he’s using it as an oversized kid spinner, donning one as a playful hat or scooping waterfalls of fun during bath time, he knows exactly how to play to his audience. No doubt he’ll get three cheers from his biggest fans.

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Coogam Wooden Blocks Stacking Game
Dad already loves the big kid version of this game. Now he doesn’t have to miss out on similar fun with his little one. He and his half-pint can play this wooden block stacking game Jenga-style, with a dice roll to make things toddler-friendly. Or they can go freestyle, using the colorful blocks to set up a domino run or make designs and scenes.

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Sand Pal Building Kit
We’re not sure who’ll love this sand building kit more—dad or his mini construction crew. What we do know is that your family’s glorious structure will be the envy of the beach. Dad will have a blast stacking sand bricks as high as they’ll go; the kids will have one seriously epic sandcastle when he’s finally done.

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Sesame Street Hooper’s Store Magna-Tiles
When it comes to father favorites, there’s plenty of love for Magna-Tiles. This set offers the added bonus of nostalgia. As your kids work to click Mr. Hooper’s store together, dads will be transported in time to the place where sunny days sweep the clouds away. A great way to share and build memories!

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Little Tikes Cook ‘n Grow BBQ Grill
Dads who are raising the next generation of grill masters will love showing their kiddos the ropes on this playset. It’s got all the bells and whistles that yours does, plus the food’s pre-made. Set it up inside or out for hours of play with your chef-in-training.

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—Allison Sutcliffe

Allison Sutcliffe is a writer, educator, and mom of three. When she’s not wrangling kids, you’ll find her hiking, baking or (dreaming about) enjoying a quiet cup of coffee. She is the Seattle City Editor at Red Tricycle. Read more by Allison here.