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.

Another example of what Dr. Cornett calls “real life” toys, this food encourages kids to go shopping and to cook. We’re big fans of the Learning Resources Farmer’s Market Color Sorting Set which, unlike many of the other options, is not just french fries (high in sodium and easily lost) and cheeseburgers. In addition, it can do double duty as a color sorting tool.
Children can learn to explore the world through a number of toys — or just through simple household items like pots and pans. For parents and caregivers, the important thing is to facilitate this experimentation. Says Lytle: “You really want parents to be there playing with their children, following their lead, allowing them to figure out what happens, and asking them questions about it like, ‘Oh my gosh, did you see that? Did you see what happened? Do you think that would happen if we did it again?’ If you think about it, asking those questions get at the scientific method.” No wonder this award-winning toy is beloved by parents and children everywhere. In addition to being a musical instrument, it allows kids to experiment with cause and effect.
Hot Wheels is known for its physical play, but now it is blending the physical and virtual world with Augmoto. Augmoto adds AR on top of a classic Hot Wheels race track. In order to race your opponent around the track, players have to complete mini games using an app. For example, players can earn missile attacks, which can be used to slow down your opponent. The AR component adds a strategic element to the classic Hot Wheels track, making it feel more like a video game.
What’s in it? The Teach My Toddler Kit includes flashcards, puzzles, posters, and board books to keep things fun and interesting for young children. In addition to picking up core preschool skills, kids will improve their spatial reasoning and hand-eye coordination while playing with the kit. It’s also a great way to get kids away from the TV and incorporate some screen-free time into their routine!

This is a good little ride for a baby who can sit up with complete control and is at least very close to crawling. You will need to closely supervise to ensure safety, but the action of rocking back and forth for a baby is their version of a wild roller coaster and the look on his face when he’s riding will have you convinced you’re the best gift-giver in the world.
Enchantimals celebrates the special bond between kids and animals. These 6-inch lovable dolls share a special connection with their animal friends. Their outfits and shoes feature bright colors, floral prints, and furry accents. The look is completed with animal-inspired ears and headpieces. The newest dolls are inspired by a headgehog, parrot, and cheetah.

Launching this fall is Mecard Mega Dracha. This large-scale Mecardimal fighting dragon comes with an extra powerful game card. Roll a Deluxe Mecardimal down its back to watch it transform into its awesome dragon form. What’s cool? If you can roll your Deluxe Mecardimal far enough to reach a card, you can experience a double treat — a transforming Dracha and Deluxe Mecardimal that transforms into a powerful warrior.


Based on Alicia Vikander’s likeness from the new Tomb Raider movie, Mattel has unveiled a special Tomb Raider Barbie for collectors and fans alike. The doll bears a striking resemblance to Lara Croft and comes complete with a map, axe, journal, doll stand, and certificate of authenticity. Lara is fully articulated for bringing your action scenes to life.
Paw Patrol fans will love the PAW Patrol Advent Calendar. It’s jam-packed with 24 fun surprises hidden behind various doors. Each day leading up to Christmas, kids can uncover a new surprise. From holiday-themed Paw Patrol characters to friendly animals and accessories, there’s so much fun awaiting fans. Kids will be inspired to create their own Paw Patrol missions in Adventure Bay.
Got a super geek who loves Voltron? Standing 15-inches tall, this is one of the most awesome LEGO Voltron figures we’ve ever seen! Built from over 2,000 pieces, the level of detailing is simply incredible. In fact, it is the biggest LEGO Mech ever. Fans will love building it and showing it off to all their friends. It is the perfect gift for any Voltron fan – sure to make them smile from ear to ear.
Build your Happy Holidays with LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 2018 edition. This 500-piece set includes 24 gifts for fans to unwrap for each day leading up to Christmas. From a Santa mini-doll to four animal figures and more, there are so many fun surprises to discover and build. Kids will love the variety of designs and the bright color palette LEGO Friends is known for.
Hooray! It's Marshall's Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck to the rescue. For all the tiny PAW Patrol fans out there (we know there's a lot of 'em!), heroic adventures await. Featuring an extendable ladder, mini fire cart, water cannon launchers and more cool gadgets making this the ultimate rescue vehicle and one of the hottest toddler toys this Christmas. ($44; target.com)
Designed to look like a very enticing cream-filled cookie, the BeBe by Me Cookie Teethers & Gum Massagers is a teething toy that is unusually effective. Its cookie-like texture allows for gentle massaging of your baby’s gums, helping him or her relieve the soreness. It is also made of medical-grade, not food grade, silicone giving it unparalleled safety. It’s free from phthalates, lead, PVC, BPA, latex, and cadmium.
What better way to find the coolest toys for kids? Got older kids? Check out gifts for 13 year old girls and gifts for 13 year old boys. We got the children to help out and tell us about the toys they are asking Santa for. With the help of kids, we’ve chosen hundreds of awesome toys. This year we have categorized our list to make it easier to find the perfect gift to put under the tree. We also have identified “Buzz Toys.” A “Buzz Toy” is a toy that is extra awesome.
Here’s a nice surprise! With the Equestria Collection, it’s the first time fans can collect all of their favorite friends in one package. Available this fall, this collection features the Mane Six – Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinky Pie, Rarity, Applejack, three princesses – Princesses Celestia, Luna, and Cadance – and our favorite – Spike the Dragon.
Hatchimals CollEGGtibles are one of the hottest toys this year. Now kids can bring the fun of CollEGGtibles to their favorite holiday season with Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Advent Calendar. This Advent Calendar features 24 surprises to hatch and over 50 surprises to discover. Each day leading up to Christmas, pop open a door to reveal paper craft decorations, small presents, stickers and accessories for your Hatchimals. What’s cool? Kids can build their own little winter wonderland scene with this set and play out endless creative adventures in Hatchtopia.
If you’re in the market for a retro arcade experience that doesn’t break the bank, Arcade1Up’s new arcade cabinet fits the bill. You’ll save hundreds to thousands compared to the original arcade machines. Standing 4-feet tall, the company offers 5 custom cabinets with 3 to 5 games. The game library ranges from Street Fighter II, Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Command, among others. This Street Fighter arcade includes Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Super Street Fighter II, and Super Street Fighter II Turbo.
This collection of the best gifts for toddler girls is based on real customer feedback. This has helped us discover which toys appeal to which corresponding ages and genders. The result is our incredibly accurate age rating system found on each product page that delivers even more detailed information about product features and the top ages for each toy. Click on some of the products in this collection to discover more about our best toddler girl toys from Fat Brain Toys.
Mattel has brought to life the flying dinosaur from Jurassic World with its cool new drone. With a ton of safety features, this kid-friendly drone has a patented design that prevents the propellers from spinning if you grab it. The coolest part? The flapping wings bring the dinosaur to life. The drone makes flying easy for little ones with its innovative auto-flight and auto-landing features.
For gross motor skills milestones, the toddler should achieve ability in walking, climbing and stomping around. By age two, they should be able to walk at ease, perform basic running and catch, throw, and kick objects such as balls. Another milestone of this skill for toddlers is the ability to sit upright in the very early stages of this phase as well. Lastly, walking up steps should happen without assistance and toddlers should be able to bend, squat without falling over.
Seriously how cute is Ricky the trick loving pup!?  He’s new from FurReal and totally interactive.  In fact, not only does he respond with over 100 sounds and motions, but he actually performs the cutest little tricks ever like flipping his bone, ‘shaking paws’ with you, barking a catchy little tune, and so much more!  Did we mention he’s affectionate too?  The kiddos can help ‘train’ him and reward him with treats.  When they do that, Ricky the pup will eat them and, well, when they pet his back he’ll poop them out.  This one comes with 18 dog treats, a treat pouch, and a fun little bone toy too!  We love him!
Designed for newcomers, Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee are new mainline Pokemon RPGs for Nintendo Switch. Although the mobile game is not required to play, you can connect the Let’s Go games with Pokemon Go on your smartdevice. The game will feature the familiar turn-based battles of prior Pokemon games and will be set in the Kanto region. Start collecting, trading, and battling this Holiday season.
These app-enabled droids are perfect for the Star Wars enthusiast. Welcome to the Dark Side with BB-9E App-Enabled Droid from Sphero! The droids look spectacular with incredible detailing to make them look life-like. He’s probably not as friendly as BB-8, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have fun playing with it and taking it on your own adventures. Download the app to bring BB-9E to life. Use it to control him, draw paths to follow, and even interact with a cool augmented reality function that allows you to view different ships from the perspective of BB-9E. You can even watch the Star Wars films with BB-9E.
The Wonder Crew Buddies are fantastic new action dolls. They merge action figures with the doll and stuffed animal play. Now kids get the best of both worlds – action, empathy, and nurturing play. Best of all, boys or girls can enjoy them and take them on fascinating adventures. They inspire endless creativity and spark the imagination. And your little kiddo can join in the fun with their own matching superhero mask and costume!

LEGO DC Super Villains now allows players to play as the villians. How cool is that?! There are over 100 villains included in this game, and you’ll even be able to create your own villain to play with and level-up in the game. Players can expect a first-rate story written with DC that’s funny and engaging. The story revolves around the bad guys trying to be the good guys. Kids will have a blast reprising the role of the villain.


Step into the ring for epic bot battle action! The Vex Boxing Bots are a cross between Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and a Segway. These buildable, self-balancing, boxing bots play to win. Your objective is to knock off your opponent’s bot’s head before they knock yours off using jabs and uppercuts. Control your bot with your smartphone and smash and bash your opponent until you’ve knocked their lights out. It’s win or go home with no-holds-barred action. What will it be? When you win, celebrate in style with an epic victory celebration. What’s not to love?
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Molded for easy-gripping by little hands, this Safety 1st Teether is the perfect fit for butterfingered babies. The design is reminiscent of an elephant, though in a more abstract manner, and comes in a vivid blue to stimulate baby’s senses. The teether is top-rack dishwasher and freezer safe, making it easy to clean, and giving you the option to chill it if your child suffers from sore gums and the cooling sensation brings some relief. The textured shape encourages little ones to touch and hold on. You may not be able to pry it away from them once they get their little hands on it.


This shape puzzle and travel case is great for packing a bag and taking off for the weekend with baby in tow. You could even just leave it in your car for unexpected trips or doctor’s appointments. It’s ideal for the baby who can sit upright and grab onto things and is starting to try to problem-solve these types of puzzles. The colored shapes will engage him and the bag will provide plenty of hiding places for his other toys, as well.
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.
The DeltaBurst is a 3-round burst car beam blaster. The accuracy and range are in line with the AlphaPoint. The blaster features built-in haptic feedback as well as AR to increase your sense of immersion. What’s cool? It feels like something right out of Halo. Although you can use this blaster without the app, it does enhance your experience. The app offers a leaderboard along with other stats like accuracy. Upgrades can be performed via in-game tokens. Overall, Nerf has done a great job of delivering a captivating laser tag experience.
Boys are now really familiar with all the colorful pictures and words from one side, I think we will switch to the Farm side soon. This mat was also very helpful for crawling and learning how to walk – it’s definitely better than a hard floor, so all the falls didn’t hurt so much 🙂 I love this mat – it engages baby in many ways, it helps in baby’s development and makes learning so much fun.
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