Ever dreamt of playing Rocket League in real life? Now you can. Featuring an immaculately detailed Rocket League Arena, this Hot Wheels set allows players to wrestle with each other to knock the soccer ball through their opponent’s goal. The set features app-controlled vehicles and comes with a car charging station. Each car lasts about 15 minutes on a charge. What’s amazing? Mattel has somehow managed to capture the wacky, addictive fun of the video game.
This is another area where your pediatrician’s input may be needed. Depending on your baby’s overall health, he or she may recommend medical-grade silicone, which has the advantage of being the same silicone used in hospitals. Your pediatrician may also recommend specific sterilizing techniques since germ control is just as important as the grade of material.
The toy measures 8.5" and is designed in vivid colors and patterns that will help your baby to focus. Crisp textures and sounds such as grasping loops, squeakers, and crinkle paper will teach baby to touch and grasp. There is also a self-discovery mirror that will have your baby starting at the image that looks back at them. It also has a funny looking face on it which babies are hardwired to recognize and relate to from birth. This soft toy can be attached to the crib to keep baby stimulate as well as used when traveling in a stroller or car seat.
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Dance with your personalized cartoon! Just take a picture with the built-in camera and select one of 11 funny cartoon characters to create your own personalized cartoon creation. Then laugh and sing along as your character dances with you on-screen. My Toon TV includes five songs, but use the auxiliary plug-in to play additional songs from any device.
“There’s actually been some research looking at kids using blocks with parents and it turns out that building blocks are a really good way to promote early STEM and math skills,” says Lytle. “Think about the language you’re using when you’re building blocks: bigger, smaller, shorter, taller. If you have kids and parents building bridges with blocks together, you’ll start talking about concepts like stability. Even if you don’t actually use the word stability, you’re still talking about complex engineering concepts.” The pastel-hued wooden building blocks in this 14-piece set have built-in magnets, so they won’t fall down as easily as regular blocks. Plus, they’re made in Honduras, with the goal of creating living-wage jobs for Tegucigalpa residents.
They can sing along songs about counting, engage in a role play and pretend they talk on the phone, press buttons to see animations. Thanks to this toy children learn to count 1 to 10, practice social skills, imagination and creativity. They can also learn conversional skills and common phrases like “hello, how are you”, “nice to talk to you”, “goodbye”. Perfect for kids over 18 months.
The Cozy Duet Baby Swing from Graco is great for a new baby. Equipped with multiple swing speeds, vibration settings, and a mobile, the swing provides entertainment as well as a comfy place for your baby to fall asleep. Keep your baby close in this swing that doubles as a rocker when you need your hands free. Bonus: It also includes five songs and sounds to soothe your little one. ($99+; hayneedle.com)
Introducing Laser X – it’s the ultimate high-tech game of tag! Select team Red, Blue or go rogue and blast anyone. Supporting an unlimited number of players, you can play one-on-one or take on the entire neighborhood. Experience pin-point laser accuracy up to 200 feet! The vests count your hits and the blaster’s power indicator shows you when to reload. An interactive voice coach keeps you focused on the game. Laser X inside or out, day or night – it’s like a laser arena right in your own backyard! It’s the real-life laser gaming experience.
Ready for a fun engineering adventure? The Great Treehouse Engineering Adventure offers fun STEM projects and experiments. Highlights include learning how a block-and-tackle pulley system works, learning how to wire up a chain of LED lanterns, and learning how to build and use a catapult. Who knew learning engineering principles could be this fun?!
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The manufacturers of the items listed here were careful to keep baby in mind when choosing the materials for their toys. Knowing that infants would be teething and gnawing on these toys, most of them are made with nontoxic or BPA-free materials to keep your baby safe. The fabrics are all super soft so the baby will not be scratched or have problems with its tender skin. Even the toys with crinkly fabrics for the crunchy sounds are soft to the touch and ready for nibbling and teething infants.
The Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy is great because it provides baby with seven classical music tunes (including Mozart, Vivaldi, Chopin, and Rossini) at the touch of a button, but there’s more to love about this toy than just the tunes. Baby’s senses will be delighted as she watches the lights dance with each note and as she learns to grip the toy with its easy-to-hold (and adorable) giraffe sidebar.
"When your toddler cooks dinner for his furry friend or gives him a bath, he is practicing adult roles in a way that helps him make sense of the world," says Amy Flynn, director of the Bank Street Family Center, in New York City. Preschoolers get even more dramatic by giving their dolls and stuffed animals human qualities as they act out conflicts and frustrations. You may walk in on your 3-year-old as she's angrily telling her stuffed animal, "You're going in to time-out!" (You won't be the only mom who feels slightly horrified, wondering if that's how you sound to your child!) Next, you may see reenactments of events, but with an outcome that suits your child better -- for example, letting all her dolls have cookies before dinner.
Milestones in sensory skills will develop in toddler phase one. These toddlers will want to touch, see, hear and feel virtually everything in their environment. Milestones include learning to perceive and identify different colors, shapes, textures and noises. They’ll start learning how to respond to their parent’s voices and understand when their name is being called.
To figure out which toys are the most popular with toddler-aged children, we went beyond the recommended age range from the manufacturers. Instead, we wanted feedback from the real-world experiences of our customers. Fortunately, we have an active community of parents, teachers, caregivers and family members who have provided us with detailed reviews of our toys to help us figure out which ages respond to them best. This collection of the best toddler toys includes the products that kids ages 1 through 3 truly adore. From cute puzzles and games to active outdoor toys, we offer a little bit of everything so every parent can find something their child will love.
Laser tag is great because you don’t have to worry about ammo, breaking anything, or somebody getting hurt. You can run around outside or even inside on Christmas day. It’s definitely more fun with more people. With a range of up to 300 feet, the blasters feature cool lights, sounds, and even immersive sensations to make you feel the action. Let the fun and games begin!
Turtles like to take it slow, and your little learner can also take her time learning her 123s with this shelled friend by her side. Push the light-up buttons to hear the turtle count and say each number, then use the addition activity to practice early math skills. Ready for more? Switch to Spanish mode to do it all over again in a different language.
There more than likely isn’t a more adorable teether than Sophie the Giraffe. Composed of natural rubber and colored with natural dyes, this giraffe is perfectly safe to go into your child’s mouth. She is designed with two teething rings, each with a different texture. The ring near Sophie's head is designed with raised bumps, while the ring near her feet is designed with ridges. This teether arrives in an adorable gift box which makes it the perfect baby shower gift.
We recently spoke to Dr. Nick Cornett, a play therapist in northwest Arkansas — the play therapy center of the United States — to get his take on what toys he’d recommend for toddlers. According to Cornett, “the more open-ended the toy, the better.” It’s just like how an interviewer avoids yes / no questions; they circumscribe dialogue. Cornett divides toys up by “real life” toys, “active or constructive” toys, and “creative expression” toys. Each genre offers the kid a chance to truly express himself, and therefore a therapist to observe. Here, per Cornett, are some parameters of — and our choices for — seven great toys for toddlers.
You better watch out…because, let’s face it, Christmas is around the corner. It’s never too early to get a jump start on the coolest gifts for kids. There’s nothing worse than being under the gun, while people continually post the countdown to Christmas on social media (the stress is real!). We’ve scoured some of the top toy wish-lists and all-around great gift ideas . As a result, we’ve uncovered the best selling toys and games from the top toy retailers – and found the best prices so you don’t have to. Shop some of the best toys below!
A: Quite a few of these teethers do work wonders for older kids with oral motor problems. They’ve even been known to calm down children with the developmental disorder when they act out at home or in public. Of course, you should always get your doctor or therapist’s approval beforehand. Kids with autism, for example, may need a really thick, meaty chew to calm them down when they’re at peak frustration levels. In such cases, it’s nice to have different chewing levels to fit your child’s needs.
These 10 BPA-free rattle teethers are also musical instruments that allow your baby to explore different sounds and feel like a bandleader in their very own home. They help babies develop fine motor skills while learning how to grip various shapes and textures and — once your infant starts to use them to relieve gum discomfort — you can worry less knowing they're made from safe, non-toxic materials.
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Young toddlers who are starting to practice their walking skills will get a kick out of this push toy and activity walker. For ones who aren't quite walking, this toy will help them learn to keep their balance. For when they are officially on the move, they'll love to zoom this around the house (and probably into your walls and furniture, so watch out!).
Does your child love to draw? What little artist wouldn’t love a case filled with 140 art supplies from crayons to washable markers? There are several different cases to choose from, but we love the look of this cute case. The best part? There are so many fun tools inside for your budding artist to experiment with. Fuel their imagination with this awesome art set from Crayola.
Now this is one of the biggest surprises that’s most anticipated for the upcoming holiday season! You can officially order it right now, since it’s finally been released to the public! This one comes with over 60 new never-before-seen surprises, all with exclusive dolls and the cutest accessories ever! This is the perfect one to add to their collection and, hopefully, you can get your hands on it before it’s gone! Learn more here!
Water play adds another splash of science. As John Cerio, PhD, a professor of school psychology at Alfred University, in Alfred, New York, points out, kids are capable of learning a difficult concept on a very basic level. If you pour water from one container into a different-shaped container, you still have the same amount of water. Without hands-on play, most kids would tell you that the taller container must hold more.
Playhouses are the perfect catalysts for pretend play, whether your toddler is playing alone or with friends. They can resemble imaginative structures, like a Victorian home, a castle, or a teepee, and some feature fold-and-collapse designs for easy storage. Keep in mind where you will set up the playhouse so you can choose one that fits best in your space.
VTech is a leader in kids electronic learning toys. The KidiBeats Drum Set promotes interactive learning that keeps little hands and minds busy. With three drum pads and a cymbal, the KidiBeats Drum Set lets toddlers rock ‘n’ roll to their own beat or to nine different melodies. The set has four different modes that teach letters, counting skills, phonics and memorization with follow-along tunes. Little rockers can feel like real drummers in free play mode as they bang out new rhythms with the included drum sticks to four different musical genres: jazz, rock, dance and pop. The drum and cymbal pads light up in follow along mode to help kids keep the beat. In free play mode, they light up every time the pads are hit. Number jams, Alphabeats, follow me, and free style will keep kids learning and jamming for hours. And when parents need a break there’s a quiet-play feature and an auto-shutoff to preserve battery life.
Baby can shake, roll, squeeze, and chew this delightful Bendy Ball. With plastic so flexible, even a baby can bend it and explore the wonders that the Einstein Bendy Ball contains. The caterpillar in the middle of the ball has multiple colors to teach baby sights and the sounds of the rattle just add to the charm of this toy. Small enough for tiny hands to manipulate and squeeze, the Bendy Ball will certainly be a first favorite for your child.
Is anything cuter or cozier than a Squishmallow? When it comes to Christmas gifts for toddlers, this stuffed animal pillow named Hans the Hedgehog has stolen our hearts. He's more than just a bedtime buddy: super soft, easily washable and oversized for extra comfort, Hans and pals are made from marshmallow-like material, perfect for comfort, support and warmth at home, at a sleepover, while traveling in the car and beyond. ($26; amazon.com)
The holiday season will be upon us soon, and it's time once again to start navigating the season’s softest, silliest and smartest of baby playthings. Whether you’re searching for the best baby Christmas gifts for your own bundle of joy or another little one that you love, make sure your list includes these adorable Christmas gift ideas for baby from Melissa and Doug, Fisher-Price, LEGO, Lamaze and more!