The Problem Solver Play Kit for months 43, 44, and 45 has a lot of unique toys and activities in it. One of our favorite activities of all time is the Liquid Color Lab, which helps teach primary and secondary colors and is an absolute blast for toddlers.
I’m excited to find Amazon alternatives for all of these innovative toys, but I’m going to need all the luck I can get. I’m really not so sure I’ll find good dupes for some of these Lovevery exclusives. Stay tuned!
Liquid Color Lab
The Liquid Color Lab is one of our all-time favorite toys from the Lovevery kits. My daughter will use the eyedropper to mix colors and make art on the included bamboo cloths for an hour or more.
And the bamboo cloths are incredible – they are super absorbent, so she can drop a ton of the colored water on it without any mess. You just ring them out and toss them in the laundry to wash them.
She has so much focus, and I love all the learning concepts we go over as we mix colors and use the eye dropper and beakers.
I found several color mixing kits on Amazon with Blippi and Cocomelon branding on them, but I really think the best way to go about this is to purchase the separate components. You’re going to get higher quality as well as more color tablets (over 100 vs 9 with many of the pre-made kits).
Here are my top picks to recreate the Liquid Color Lab at home:
- 6 Science Test Tubes from Learning Resources
- 6 Jumbo Eye Droppers from Learning Resources
- Mr. Bubble Fizzy Color Tablets
- EcoGurus Super Absorbent Dishcloths
The color tablets are marketed for the bathtub, so you could totally do some fun color mixing in the tub, too. And the dishcloths can obviously double as actual dishcloths for your kitchen. They’re super absorbent and closely mimic the Lovevery version.
If you’re on a tighter budget, skip the test tubes and use whatever clear cups you have laying around at home. You can also use any white towel to make art, but the super absorbent ones are really nice.
Double-check those old infant Tylenol bottles and see if you have any extra eye droppers!
If you have all of these things, all you really need are the color tablets, and the ones I linked above come with a ton, so you’ll be stocked up for a while.
Size It Up Measuring Tape
My kids have always been obsessed with my husband’s tools, so I figured this measuring tape would be an instant hit. It sure was! My kids actually fought over this one quite a bit.
There’s a great measuring tape alternative on Amazon that’s the perfect size for toddler hands from Learning Resources.
It measures up to three feet and has a few different color variations to choose from.
Wooden Wobble Puzzle
The wooden wobble puzzle is such a fun toy, especially to display on your toy shelf as part of a toy rotation. It totally reminds me of the game Tetris, but it incorporates balance and a three-dimensional STEM challenge.
I had to search high and low on Amazon for a good alternative, but I finally found one: this moon equilibrium puzzle.
It’s not identical to the Lovevery version, but it has all the same learning concepts.
Another fun option is this dinosaur balancing game. If your toddler is obsessed with dinosaurs (my daughter was for a long time), this could be the perfect twist on Lovevery’s wobble puzzle.
Montessori Math Bars & Number Tiles with Number Sense Nature Counters
I’m going to be honest here: I hate this Lovevery toy. The concept is amazing, but there are way too many pieces. It’s always a hunt to find them, and you definitely don’t get any extras in case you inevitably lose some.
I get that this toy is wonderful for teaching math concepts, but as soon as I can locate all the pieces, I quickly try to put it back in the closet so it’s out of the toy rotation.
If you’re better at tracking down pieces and ensuring your child doesn’t run off with them, a good Amazon alternative is the ibwaae Wooden Number Tracing Board Set. Instead of the little animals, it uses small beads, but you can teach all of the same math and counting concepts.
Turtle Hatch Game
The Turtle Hatch Game is completely unique to Lovevery. I’ve never seen anything like it, and while it took me a minute to get the hang of it, my daughter loves playing this.
It’s a perfect introduction to taking turns and following simple instructions, something your child will want to have under their belt by school time.
I think you can get the same lessons from other popular children’s games, like Candyland (ages 3+).
‘Uncle Rob’s Pizza Party’ Book
The book ‘Uncle Rob’s Pizza Party’ is a sweet story featuring a loved one with a disability to help your child understand differences.
A great Amazon alternative is I’ll Walk with You, a hardcover picture book that helps little ones learn to show love for the people around them, no matter how they look, sound, pray, love, or think.
Lovevery vs. Amazon Alternatives Price Comparison
Here are the Amazon prices for the best Lovevery alternatives I could find. Please note that Amazon prices fluctuate often – these are the prices I saw at the time of writing.
- Liquid Color Lab alternatives: $72.92 total
- Size It Up Measuring Tape alternative: $13.99
- Wooden Wobble Puzzle alternative: $12.99
- Montessori Math & Numbers activity alternative: $20.95
- Turtle Hatch Game alternative: $12.99
- ‘Uncle Rob’s Pizza Party’ Book alternative: $14.29
The total cost to recreate the Problem Solver play kit on Amazon is $148.13, or $28.13 more than the Lovevery kit.
Once again, it’s cheaper to buy the Lovevery kit, and the items are aesthetically better as well as constructed with higher quality materials than what you get on Amazon.
If I had to recommend Amazon alternatives for this play kit, I’d totally splurge on the Liquid Color Lab alternatives. I know it’s expensive, but you’ll have enough supplies to do color mixing activities for a year or more. At the very least, pick up the color tablets and use what you have at home for the beakers, eye dropper, and absorbent cloths.
The measuring tape is also an inexpensive option that mesmerizes kids – I’d go for that one, too.
Another Lovevery alternative article is completed! You can now see Amazon alternatives for every single Lovevery play kit here: Lovevery Amazon Alternatives for Every Play Kit
Now that all of these alternatives are finished, I’ll be going back through each one and updating as needed to ensure all of the recommendations are current and fresh.
Let me know in the comments if you get any alternatives or decide to go for the play kit. Happy playing!