Calling all bookworms! Rounding out our list of favorite Christmas gifts for kids, the Moonlite Story Projector offers a whole new way to experience stories. This pint-size projector clips onto your smartphone and using its flashlight casts amazing illustrations from classic books onto the walls the ceiling. A sweet addition to any kid’s bedtime routine.
They still may want your keys in the store, but this key ring toy has enough similar features that they may be distracted enough from yours that you can stop worrying about the car alarm going off in the parking lot being yours. The buttons, lights, and sounds will make baby happy, and they have a great little ring that will let you use just about any fastener to strap it to the cart, stroller, or car seat to prevent loss.
When my kids play with stacking cups, I like to think of it as good practice for emptying the dishwasher, but they're actually stockpiling math and science skills. Sometime between his first and second birthday, he'll be able to place the cups on top of one another. He's usually not stacking them in any order, but he's starting to understand size relationships. Don't pressure him to do it the "right" way. As he gets older, he'll realize, If I put the small cup inside the big one, the medium one won't fit. He's starting to understand seriation -- a fancy word for putting things in their proper order.
Moose Toys has something new up its sleeves for its hottest collectible brand, Shopkins. Introducing Shopkins Lil Secrets. They look like small lock boxes that open to reveal small hidden playsets inside. Of course, you’ll need some micro-sized characters to play out your adventures in those miniature worlds. It looks like Polly Pocket has some real competition! Each set features an exclusive Teeny Shoppie and one tiny Shopkin to bring your adventures to life.

Circuit Cubes are a collection of various components, such as battery blocks, switches, relays, and tools, that allow kids to transform Lego sets and even household items. The components can be used to bring toy cars to life, create flashlights or design a noise-making object. Kids will be exposed to the basics of circuitry while learning STEM concepts. Tenka Labs will also deliver online instructional videos to inspire kids and help them learn to build with Circuit Cubes.


This wonderful play mat has a lot to offer the newborn baby in your life. The multi-textured toys that hang for baby to reach help with teething and feeling different objects. The musical element of the gym is special because not only does it detach for versatility, but it has two play modes. Baby can kick to play one note or music for several minutes. With its variations in positions, baby can play, nap, or sit and enjoy the many levels of this first toy.
Harmonix, the creator of Rock Band and Guitar Hero, has a music game called DropMix. It’s a cool new mixing game played with NFC-enabled cards. You can create amazing mixes of your own and score points for doing so. Mix the latest hits from a variety of music genres. The game works with a free app you download to your smartphone. It’s a fantastic party game where fun is the name of the game.
The Touch & Learn Activity Desk Deluxe is an interactive learning system for toddlers. Jam-packed with 5 interactive activity pages, over 100 vocabulary words, over 20 learning activities, and over 20 songs and melodies, there’s plenty of engaging learning fun! The set includes a small stool. Expand the fun with expansion packs that expand the curriculum. The desk can even transform into a an easel and chalkboard for even more creative fun!
In addition to being safe (see Safety and children's toys below), good toys for young children need to match their stages of development and emerging abilities. Many safe and appropriate play materials are free items typically found at home. Cardboard boxes, plastic bowls and lids, collections of plastic bottle caps, and other “treasures” can be used in more than one way by children of different ages. As you read the following lists of suggested toys for children of different ages, keep in mind that each child develops at an individual pace. Items on one list—as long as they are safe—can be good choices for children who are younger and older than the suggested age range.

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.  

Want to make a touchscreen computer? The Kano Computer Kit Touch lets kids make their own tablet. What’s cool is that you can build it yourself with the included step-by-step guide. There are over 100 creative challenges and you’ll even learn to code. You can make art, games, music, and even hack Minecraft. It’s the perfect gift for budding techies.

The design makes it very attractive to the child because it is in the shape of objects that he or she already associates with things that bring pleasure or relief--baby bottles and fruits!  This naturalistic effect cements positive correlation and a causal relationship with the product.  It is made with 100 percent medical-grade silicone and comes in varying textures, so the child can find just the right pressure for relief.
This is one of the newest (and best-selling) games so far in 2018.  In fact, it’s one of Kickstarter’s 50 most backed projects of all time.  Pretty impressive.  This super fun/crazy unicorn-based game is for the older kids.  They say 14+, but plenty of parents who’ve reviewed and played feel like 10-12+ was perfectly fine.  Either way, the goal is to build your own unicorn army (mainly by betraying your friends).  Be the first to to build the army of 7 unicorns and win this strategic card game!
Do you have a lot of LOL dolls lying around everywhere? Give them a new home with the affordable Pop Up Store. This stand not only gives you a great way to display over 50 dolls, but it also turns into a play area and carry case. It comes with one exclusive LOL doll. The best part! Not only is a great gift for an LOL doll collector, but your floor will thank you.
Mattel’s new partnership with Crayola brings the inspiring creativity of Crayola to the wonderful world of Barbie. Now Barbie fans can design their very own fashionable skirts for Barbie with this design studio. Everything from washable Crayola Gel markers to washi tape and stickers are included for your fashion designer. A Barbie doll, skirts, hangers, pom poms, and more are also included in the set. Fans can look forward to this exciting set launching this spring.
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Keep your toddler moving, learning, exploring and growing with the help of these toddler girl toys from Fat Brain Toys. Little ones around the ages of 1 to 3 absolutely adore these fun educational toys for girls. These are unique products that are designed with your child’s development in mind. So while she’s having a blast playing, she’ll also be developing new skills and learning about the world around her. Browse our full collection of toddler toys for girls to find the perfect gift for a birthday, holiday or other special occasion.
Loved the first Snipperclips? The hit puzzle game returns in Snipperclips Plus with 40 additional stages and worlds and more than 100 unique levels. There will be a host of new challenges to solve that will stretch your imagination to new levels. Additionally, there will be new stages to cooperate and compete in. Plus, there are new random shapes everytime you play.
Introduce your preschooler to the principles of engineering with this 97-piece science kit. Kids can follow a storybook adventure and build amusement park rides (including a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, a roller coaster and a log flume ride) along the way. The colorful plastic building pieces were specially designed for little hands, and the kit helps children develop fine motors skills, visual-spatial skills and reasoning techniques. Kids will also learn basic math, science and physics lessons as they build their amusement parks. (Recommended ages: 3+ years)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch is an insanely fun and entertaining experience. Hands-down, this is the best Mario Kart game in the storied franchise. The game runs super silky, features incredible course designs and gameplay mechanics, oodles of characters and tracks, a thrilling online experience, and an all-new battle mode to create the definitive version of Mario Kart. The game is accessible to all gamers – even beginners with a new mode. A must-own if you own a Switch!
“Babies love looking at faces of other babies,” said Nina Lindsay, president of the Association for Library Service to Children, adding that it’s particularly important to look for diverse faces because kids learn bias from a very young age. “It’s really important for all children to see children like themselves and different from themselves in books on a regular basis.”
If you’re looking to give baby a Christmas gift that is cuddly and soft like a stuffed animal or plush pet, look no further than the West Elm x pbk Plush Animal Thumbies. They come in four different adorable animal faces and help baby self-soothe thanks to the soft polyester sherpa and faux fleece. Babies love to cuddle up with these thumbies everywhere they go, which is a-OK with parents since the blankets can easily go in the wash for a little refresh when necessary. ($16; potterybarnkids.com)
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.
Paint all day -- mess-free! This interactive plug-and-play system includes a base and a wireless paintbrush. Kids can choose from a variety of activities, including painting in one of eight themed worlds (each with unique brushes, stampers, and effects) and creating colorful spin art. Then print your digital art to brighten up the refrigerator door!

Here's a hybrid toy and education tool that should be at the top of every parent's toddler toy list: the VTech® Explore & Write Activity Desk. They'll be industriously learning letters, numbers, music, colors and more while you get your own work done. Not only does the writing pad come with a light-up, traceable display, but the desk also transforms into an easel, chalkboard and art supply storage space. Place it in your own home office and both of you can keep focused on getting the job done. ($49; walmart.com)
The endless loop rings and facets will keep the baby constantly engaged in trying to find the end point!  The quiet rattle has a subdued effect that’s just enough as a teaching tool in understanding cause and effect, while not loud to annoy parents and other adults.  Manhattan has been a trusted manufacturer since 1979, and makes this teething toy BPA-Free, so safety and health are never a main concern.

There is something about rattles that fascinates little children. With the My First Bead Buddy Giraffe for Baby, babies can now create all the sounds they can muster with colorful beads creating the rattle in the circular ring of the giraffe’s body. The neck is adorned with colorful wavy rings and with colorful plush head and feet, this can be a great toy for infant development.
Every day is a new adventure for babies and toddlers. For this age range, choose items that stimulate their minds, bodies and all five senses. These toys encourage experimentation with colors, shapes, sounds and textures. By offering opportunities for hand-eye coordination, motor skills, language recognition and nurturing, parents are providing little ones with the early development skills they need as they grow up. View the skill key.
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