Our Favorite Gifts For Kids From Amazon Prime's Early Access Sale

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Amazon Prime's Early Access Sale is officially here! If you are a Prime member, that means you get first dibs on all the best deals Amazon has to offer. A quick browse on Amazon's site will show you tons of things for way less, like must-have home items and hair products – all for a large percentage off. And while it may be only October, it's never too early to start your holiday shopping, especially when you can get some of the best gifts for way less. 

If you are shopping for kids, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of items available for purchase. Whether it's your own kids, your grandkids, or your friends' kids, it can be hard to decipher exactly what they are into at any given moment. Instead of spending hours searching through Amazon's early access sale, we rounded up our favorite gifts for kids, whether they like arts and crafts or prefer being competitive with board games.

A huge pack of play-doh

Sometimes the simplest things make the best toys. Play-doh is a staple toy for any kid and can be fun for children ages two and up. Not only is the Play-doh brand great for promoting creativity, it is also the highest quality dough, allowing your kids to play with it for years to come. During the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale, there are a ton of options for Play-doh sets, but we love the idea of gifting a big pack of it so your kids can explore with different colors. This set in particular has 3-ounce cans, perfect for sculpting bigger items.

Leapfrog toys that help kids learn

Not all toys are created equally. Leapfrog comes up with toys that are fun for kids but also help them learn everything from shapes to numbers. This picnic basket (only $9.49!) is great for the younger set (6 months to about 3 years old) and helps them learn how to sort with shapes and colors. For the next age group (18 months to 4 years old), this 100 Words Book (also just $9.49) is a staple toy. It introduces over 100 words and is an interactive tool that talks to the kids to help them learn. For even older kids (5 to 7 years old), this globe is an awesome gift. It teaches habitats, cultures, and animals through its interactive interface and even displays videos with fun characters that play quizzes and games for added learning. Plus, it's currently on sale for 54% off.

Board games for the whole family to play together

Looking to introduce your kids to the wonder of board games? Look no further than Amazon Prime's Early Access Sale. There are a good amount of board games on sale, but our favorites are definitely this Zingo game by ThinkFun, which is ideal for pre-readers and those just learning to read. Not only is this a great family game, teachers love to play it in their classrooms too! For $13.99, you can buy one for your home and your kids' classroom.

For older kids, Catan Junior is a must-have for those 6 years and older. If you have played Catan as an adult, you know how much fun this strategy game can be. The junior version is just as fun and geared towards kids, making it fun for kids and parents alike. At 44% off, it's a steal at just $19.49.

Blocks and Magnatiles for creativity

Magnatiles are the ultimate gift — they are magnetic tiles that let kids' imaginations run wild and create towers, cityscapes, and more. During the Prime Early Access Sale, these Magnatiles are 30% off, which is a big discount for these hot ticket items that rarely go on sale.

If you are looking to splurge a bit, these Little Tikes Big Waffle Blocks are sure to please any kid. Ideal for up to 5 years old, these blocks can be used inside or outside and are down 53%, making them just $52.49.

Arts & crafts to feed their creative soul

If you have a craft-loving kid, this Crayola art case is a must have. It features 140 pieces, including crayons, colored pencils, markers, and large pieces of paper, all inside a cute carry case for easy travel.

We also love this Crayola Light Up Tracing Coloring Pad which uses a graphite pencil and tracing papers to help kids enhance their art skills. Ideal for kids 6 years old and up, it's a steal at just $17.99.

The ultimate tech toy

If you have had your eye on a tablet for your kids, make sure you buy one during the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale. The Fire Tablet is extremely popular among the younger crowd and during the Prime sale, it's a whopping 45% off, ringing in at just $59.99. If you want to include the sleeve and stylus, it is also on sale for $71.09 or opt for the larger GB version for $79.99 — all major deals!