If you click around Amazon, you’ll soon discover the “Interesting Finds” subsection, a breakdown of items that have standout appeal. The list updates daily, but for starters, here’s a lead on some of the cool, fun and occasionally weird kid-friendly products.
A giant-sized version of the familiar checkers-meets-tic tac toe game, this set is good indoors or out, and features an easy reset system; $299.99 at amazon.com.
TriceraTACO Taco Holder
This alternative to a flat plate allows you to serve others or just keep your taco steady. Even if it's not Taco Tuesday, the dinosaur-shaped holder looks cool on the table. It can also be used for sandwiches, waffles and other foldable foods; $12.95 at amazon.com.
Giant Inflatable Bowling Game Set
Good for outdoor or indoor fun, the 2-foot-high sand-weighted pins stand just firmly enough so they can be knocked down with the jumbo inflatable 18-inch ball; $13.97 at amazon.com.
Squishable Comfort Food Toaster Plush
A big, squishy breakfast-looking toy, this tart will get hugs from little ones all day; $38.99 at amazon.com.
Elli the Elephant Coin Bank
Kids can slide their coins into Elli's trunk as they build their savings in this charming piggy bank; $14.99 at amazon.com.
Build-On Brick Mug Coffee Cup
Kids can drink from this, but moms and dads can steal it for coffee breaks as well. Hand-wash only, it has a building surface compatible with several brands of bricks; $12.40 at amazon.com.
"Toy Story 3" Peas-in-a-Pod Plush Toy
This 8-inch plush toy brings the cute "Toy Story 3" character to the real world; $11.40 at amazon.com.
'Trolls:' 'Poppy' hair headphones
These headphones sport "Trolls"-style hair. They connect via an audio jack, offer an easy way to control volume and are adjustable for kid-size heads. Also available in "Guy Diamond" white $19.99 at amazon.com.
Giant Clam Hand Puppet
From the Folkmanis puppet company, this plush toy lets users control the shell, expressions and eyes by hand; $23.99 at amazon.com.
LEGO Lunch Box
Available in eight colors, this food-and-drink tote looks much like the brick after which it's designed, plus it's PVC-free and wipes clean with soap and water; $10.25 at amazon.com.
Flying Quadcopter Car Remote Control Car
Take to the air with this remote-controlled car that has quadcopter moves, including the ability to execute a 360-degree flip; $23.99 at amazon.com.
Strider 12 Sport Balance Bike
Giving the youngest among us their first whirl at riding, this balance bike allows for steering and balancing without having to worry about pedaling. Intended for ages 18 months to five years, it weighs less than seven pounds and has puncture-resistant tires and toddler-sized grips; $119.99 at amazon.com.
Fly Young Hawaiian Beginner Ukulele
The ukulele is a small instrument -- a good fit for little hands -- and for wee ones learning to play. This toy can be tuned and has nylon strings suitable for hands of all ages; $25.99 at amazon.com.
Schylling Kids Accordion
One example of a series of kid-friendly musical instruments, it's recommended for ages seven and older, has realistic sounds and includes an instruction booklet; $24.99 at amazon.com.
Remote Control Centipede Toy
Who needs a remote-controlled car when you can roll out this creepy crawly at the click of a button? It goes forward, turns and features glowing eyes for added ickiness and easy find-ability; $9.99 at amazon.com.
Watermelon Beach Ball
This watermelon-styled inflatable also comes in "pizza," "eyeball," "donut hole" and "tears of joy emoji;" $9.99 at amazon.com.
Wildlife Artists: Lynx Plush Stuffed Animal Soft Toy
A fun twist on what constitutes huggable and loveable, this stuffed wildcat is more "cute" than "cougar;" $45.89 at amazon.com.
Pokémon Large Plush, Snorlax
This plush Pokémon is 10 inches tall and looks just as sleepy as the character; $29.99 at amazon.com.
Gigantic Pizza Beach Blanket
One of a series of food-inspired towels, this 5-foot-wide, machine-washable blanket works on the sand, at the pool or even at the bathtub; $24.99 at amazon.com.
Beach Behemoth Giant Beach Ball
Although it's too large for small kids, it's hard to imagine anyone not intrigued with this massive beach toy, which inflates to 12 feet from curve to curve. Made of vinyl with reinforced seams, it's designed to hold its air and be ready for play (you'll need an electric pump, though); $95.96 at amazon.com.
Climbing cargo net
This 30-by-96-inch net can hold climbers as heavy as 150 pounds and is made of durable half-inch rope; $59.99 at amazon.com.