The hit lollipop-filled scented plush mini collectibles, Pikmi Pops Surprise, introduce brand new surprises to discover in Season 2 like notebooks, nail decals, charms, and more. With the new season, there are more than 45 Pikmi Pops Surprise plush figures to collect. They are going to be a lot more wearables. You can wear them as rings, hairclips, and backpack clips.
Toy vehicles provide kids with a mobile aspect of play that’s fascinating. Toddlers are drawn to anything with wheels or that moves on its own. There are plenty of vehicle options, from trucks that help with digging to cars that transport dolls, so you’re sure to find one that your tot will love. Just avoid cars that have small or loose parts that could be a choking hazard.
Babies at 10-months-old are generally pulling themselves up to a standing position at the coffee table or couch. There are many options for sturdy walking toys that include shopping carts and strollers. Many walking toys in this age range have great long-term use, transforming into ride-on toys. They are a good investment, often being passed on to another younger brother or sister.
Storytime is a beloved activity for many young children. Listening to stories and looking at pictures can be mesmerizing for little ones and is a time-honored bedtime tradition. Read books to your toddlers while they’re young to help them develop a love of reading in the future. Board books are a must for younger toddlers who are still learning to be gentle with books.
What if you could transform a skateboard into a scooter in seconds? Imagine one board that lets you skate, ride, balance, and bounce. The MorfBoard is a high-performance deck that transforms in seconds. Using lock-and-release technology, it allows you to easily swap out the components. It was absolutely wild to watch the demonstration and see the board instantly transform. It’s like a Swiss Army knife for skateboards.
Although this basketball set may look challenging for a 2-year-old, Dr. Golinkoff says that children this age can learn pretty fast once you show them how it’s done. It’s also a time when they’re improving their motor skills. “They’re also learning patience,” she says, “which is a type of self-regulation, how to wait. They are increasing their executive functionability, which is the fancy name for being able to control their inhibitions.”
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!
You may not think to add toys to your baby registry list, but there are a host of play items that can help babies develop some early age-appropriate skills. Developmental toys for babies also make for great baby shower gifts. When in doubt, gifting a fun and smartly designed plaything is always a winner! The trick to the best baby toys is sneaking in a little something to make their brains work hard while still keeping them engaged and happy. Here, some of the best age-appropriate toys for newborn babies up to one year old.
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.
Bright Starts Hide 'n Spin Monkey: This fun game is for the most curious-minded babies. A playful monkey is home to a number of brightly colored balls that baby or mom can pick up, drop in, and watch spin round and round. By pressing the bright lights on the monkey’s belly, baby will hear the names of colors, and activate silly monkey sounds, melodies, and lights. It’s great for sitting or standing play, and is one of Bright Starts' bestsellers.
Our church has a set of these Magna-Tiles and my kids love them. Technically the manufacturer only recommends these toys for 3 years and older, but I would be comfortable letting my nearly 2-year old use them as long as she was being supervised. Magnets as toys can be extremely dangerous so please use extreme caution and vigilance with children who still put things in their mouths.
Things for using their large and small muscles—large and small balls for kicking and throwing/catching, ride-on equipment including tricycles, tunnels, taller climbers with soft material underneath, wagons and wheelbarrows, plastic bats and balls, plastic bowling pins, targets and things to throw at them, and a workbench with a vise, hammer, nails, and saw
Preschoolers and toddlers will love My 1st Wagon from Radio Flyer. While it’s not designed for sitting on, it’s designed to be safe for kids with no sharp edges and is perfect for transporting toys and more. You can even use it as a gift basket wagon for kids. What’s cool? The handle and steering actually are functional so you can take it on fun adventures to the park, around the house, or in the backyard.
Why experts love it: "There's more than one way to play with nesting bowls—make them fit together, stack them, knock them down, use them to pour," says Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD, a developmental psychologist at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and co-author of A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool. "They can be taken apart and put back together, which builds imagination."
Want your child to learn chemistry in a fun way? Grow Your Own Crystal Mini Worlds allows them to do just that by growing a rainbow of dazzling crystals in this fun STEM kit. The set includes everything you need to get started. Kids will have fun crafting their own crystal worlds, displaying it for all their friends to see, and learning about the science of crystals. Are you ready to build exciting worlds?
We are obsessed with this new interactive Fozzie Bear from Muppet Babies! When you press his paw he’ll tell jokes, sing a song, giggle, wiggle, and more! When he laughs his tie even lights up! We love the message of Fozzie’s ‘never give up’ attitude and know your kiddos will love him too. He’s now listed as one of the must-haves of the holiday season. Learn more about Fozzie here!
LEGO Mindstorms EV3 allows you to build 5 different robots. LEGO’s made this set fun, easy to get into, and brought a lot of functionality to its bricks. The faster processor and added memory translate into a better play experience for kids. The models are full of personality and it’s amazing to see your LEGO creations come to life. There’s even a basic programming component to code behaviors. Even after all of these years, it’s still one of the best robotics sets.
If your child is itching to pick up a new instrument, but you're not sure if you have the time or cash to shell out for lessons, bring home this quality 61-key keyboard. It functions just like a regular piano keyboard, but it also features the ability to teach your child new music by connecting to an app. The keys will light up and show your kid how to play songs.
Meet the Big Boy! The Thunderhawk looks pretty long out of the box. Extend the barrel and it stretches out to 41 inches. What?! It’s the largest Nerf blaster ever! It’s spring powered and primed with a bolt handle on the side. Nerf is taking the power of the line and blending it with precision. It features the new Mega Accustrike darts, which has the Accustrike tip that makes them more accurate. It comes with an integrated 10 dart indexing clip and 10 new Mega Accustrike darts.
Baby clothes are a gift that, when practical and adorable, are always a parent pleaser. The babyGEAR Santa Fleece Footie outfit is one of those Christmas gifts for newborns and even older infants that will bring on the oohs and ahhs. Baby can comfortably sport their holiday wear so much so that you can almost guarantee yourself a “sleeping Santa” picture under the Christmas tree. Just make sure you remember to put on the matching cap! ($12; buybuybaby.com)
Your kid has so much fun at home, right? It's brilliant to turn play time into learning time. The toy market is so vast these days, there seems to be learning toys for everything, which is so cool. Whether you have a silly scientist who seems to take to biology, or a little learner who's an empath at heart, there are toys that encourage intellectual development across the board.
The LEGO Star Wars BB-8 is an impressive and special new set inspired by The Last Jedi. This is an exciting set to build and it looks incredible. The set includes a cool display stand. The coolest part? When you turn a control it makes the head turn and bobble which is spectacular. Spin the other control to reveal the lighter to give the thumbs up like the scene from the movie.
With colorful and multifunctional wings, the Clip & Go Firefly Freddie is a great toy for your newborn baby and an excellent accessory to his or her stroller or even baby carrier. It can also be added to his or her existing mobile. It features a ladybug teether, clacking rings, a peek-a-boo mirror, a squeaker, and crinkly wings. It can also play a friendly and melodic jingle anytime anywhere. It is made of high quality and soft materials especially for the delicate skin of your baby.
Who’s ready to get totally grossed out!? One of the most anticipated toy/games of the year is Pimple Pete by Dr. Pimple Popper. Yes, that Dr. Pimple Popper. Carefully try to pull out the gross pimples but, be careful, because if you pull too hard Pete’s nose will squirt you with water. Gain points from a variety of difficult tasks and whoever gets the most (without getting squirted) wins! Gross and fun all at the same time.
It comes with six classic nursery rhymes, which play as the pages are turned, and there are buttons that slide and twist on each page for added sounds and music. The book can be placed in vocabulary mode to teach them new words or in music mode where the sounds of various instruments will fill the air at the push of one of five buttons. In all, there are more than 40 songs, melodies, sounds and phrases to explore.
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.
Vroom! Vroom! Counting down the days to Christmas just got a whole lot more exciting. Now you can count down the days to Christmas with Hot Wheels. There are 8 vehicles and 16 accessories to unbox inside. The best part? Compared to last year, this time around there are no stickers so you get actual toy accessories. It’s the perfect Advent Calendar for car lovers.
The Super Learning Headquarters offers a dozen different activities and teaches everything from science and letters to counting and problem-solving. A retro 90s-inspired Gameboy dot matrix screen allows kids to engage with several fun games ranging from games reminiscent of OutRun and Pipe Dreams. By placing your Owl Glider, Gekko Mobile, or Cat Car over the controls, players activate different variations of the game. Kids can chase down villains, learn about famous locations, solve mysteries, perform letter matching and more.
These super cute Little Live Wrapples do just that….wrapple around your kids wrist. Their tail is like those snap bracelets we all used to have in the 80’s and the 90’s, so they stay on their wrist securely. Plus, these cuties have over 50 different sounds and reactions and their eyes even light up to match their mood! There are 4 different Wrapples to choose from. See all the options here!
Blocks are the educational equivalent of a multivitamin. Children playing with blocks aren't just honing their gross and fine motor skills, they're learning everything from fundamental math concepts to problem solving. One study even showed that preschoolers who were adept at playing with blocks had higher math grades and test scores when they got to middle school than those who were not. As Sharon MacDonald, a trainer of early-childhood teachers and author of Block Play (Gryphon House), explains, "When your child works with blocks, he develops an understanding of fractions, shapes, and counting." Of course, it's not as if your 2-year-old is mastering halves and quarters. Math lessons unfold in different stages for different ages.
Your toddler is getting good at figuring out how objects in her world work—like television remotes or light switches. She is also interested in playing with your “real” stuff, like your cell phone, because she is eager to be big and capable like you. Toys like this help children problem-solve, learn spatial relations (how things fit together), and develop fine motor skills (use of the small muscles in the hands and fingers).
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.
While it may seem like choosing toys for toddlers should be easy, as you walk into a toy store today, the only thing that’s easy is feeling overwhelmed. There is a huge array of toys that have been developed for the toddler market. How do you choose which are right for your child? How can you tell which are high quality and which will last? Which will engage your child’s interest for more than a few days or weeks? Below are some ideas for choosing toys that will grow with your child, challenge her, and nurture her overall development (her thinking, physical, language and social-emotional skills).
Every Barbie world needs a medic. Featuring a working siren, the Barbie Care Clinic Vehicle races to the rescue in emergency situations. What’s cool? Not only is it an ambulance, but also it transforms to reveal a care clinic! Check in patients at the check-in stand and have them wait for their appointment in the waiting room with a fish tank. Interacting with the fish tank reveals a gift shop for get-well gifts, such as a teddy or heart balloon. The exam room is perfect for medical emergencies or check-ups. Here you can even reveal two x-rays. Accessories include a medical bag, stethoscope, arm cast, leg cast, blood pressure machine, and more to enhance your play experience.
It's time to rock — and learn! The Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus is a musical sea creature that will teach your toddler all about instruments, music styles, counting and more. The rockin' toy has three play modes for math, games and music. Parents can also download the free Rocktopus app to make cool music videos with their kids. ($50; amazon.com)
Your newborn might look super-relaxed in his swing or bouncer, but it’s important to work in opportunities for movement throughout his day. "While it's easy to assume that our squishy newborns just need a cozy spot to lounge and watch the world go by, what they really need is time and space to wiggle, stretch and strengthen their bodies in order to master those mini-milestones of early development," Coley says.
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.
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.
Monopoly Fortnite Edition is designed for teens. In this version of the game you battle your opponents and avoid the storm. Just like the videogame, it’s all about survival — not what you own. The game features battles and loot chests and is inspired by the videogame. It’s a fun new spin on the classic game of Monopoly. Will you be the last player standing?!
How do you tackle an unpredictable race? The Air Hogs Drone Power Racers 2-in-1 RC is exactly what you need. Speed it across land or take to the skies. When you crash your vehicle, the detachable stunt drone pops out so you can finish the race in the air. What’s cool? You can even pull off insane stunts with a stunt button. Get ready for a total blast with the Air Hogs Drone Power Racers!
Kids love toys! Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, or a birthday celebration, we’re always searching for ideas – especially for the kid who seems to have everything. It’s time to put on your Santa hat, and start checking items off your nice (naughty?) list. To get ready for the gift-giving season, we’ve picked toys that run the gamut. From toys that sync, to toys that don’t require batteries. As always, we’ll clue you in on some of the hottest items of the season, but we’ve also chosen toys that aren’t on all the “hot lists.” Because off the beaten path is nice, and we think old school toys – like pogo sticks, knee hockey, and bikes are cool too! And let’s face it, sometimes the (stressful) hunt for the “it toy” just doesn’t work out. Check out our favorite new releases and, time-honored classics below.
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.
Take your little one’s imaginative play to the next level with Play-Doh Buzz ‘n Cut. This set takes the fun of Play-Doh and takes it up several notches with a creative and fun little set. Kids will be delighted to give their buddy the hairstyle of their dreams. What’s cool? The buzz tool features cool buzzing sounds to heighten the play experience.
It’s one of our favorite eco-friendly baby Christmas gifts. The height-adjustable frame is made of 100 percent birch and finished with nontoxic stains. The wooden teething toys are untreated Indian hardwood and buffed with vegetable seed wax. The animal rattles are hand-knit in Peru from organic cotton—and since they’re removable, they can double as stroller toys.