Kids’ schools are off for too many random days, especially for toddlers. If you’re home with your kid and need to take a work call or get something done, you need to get Plus-Plus, the greatest quiet toy I’ve encountered in a while.

Plus-Plus is a system of tiny plastic pieces that are shaped like the offspring of a plus sign and a hashtag. They fit together to make flat or 3D sculptures, and toddlers can spend hours lining them all up to see how long a “snake” they can make, or what letters they can assemble out of the pieces.

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I like buying sacks of pieces like this, but they also have kits containing instructions and the pieces you need to make something specific (a jellyfish a dinosaur etc.) and these come packaged in cool tubes, making them perfect for tossing in your bag for a restaurant outing, an office visit or something that would otherwise bore children.

Like Legos and Duplos, they also offer a baseplate, though this seems superfluous if you’re building on a flat surface like a table or floor. They also offer a larger size (Plus-Plus BIG) for younger kids, whose motor skills may not be up to the task of handling the the regular Plus-Plus pieces). Note that both sizes are recommended for kids 3 and up, I guess because that’s the age when kids usually stop trying to eat random stuff.

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As someone who buys too many damn toys, this is one of the few that I’ve really loved recently, so much so that I stocked up on a few additional packs for the car, for the grandparents’ house, for travel. I think they’d also make great gifts, and parents will not be mad at you for giving their kids something with no batteries, no flashing lights, and and no noises.