These are one of the most popular baby toys, and for good reason—they’re also one of the best development toys for babies! Help your little learner improve their fine motor skills and problem-solving skills with this adorable block and basket set. This toy also introduces shapes and colors and is easily stored. Recommended for babies 6 months and up. ($8; walmart.com)
Once your baby starts learning to sit up and crawl, a whole host of new toys can enter the scene. The VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker—an Amazon’s Choice product—is recommended for kids from nine months to three years of age, and comes with all the bells and whistles to keep him occupied for hours at a time while also developing those important sit and stand skills.
“Instruments are great because kids can do anything with them and collaborate with others,” says Dr. Golinkoff. “With maracas you can get up and walk around with them and play with mom and with friends. They’ve got to start learning how to collaborate with others, how to share, how to have impulse control — these predict a lot of what’s gonna happen as they approach school. Forming relationships is the basis of everything.”
Recreate the Gyrosphere experience with this Jurassic World Gyrosphere RC from Mattel. Inside you can fit your 3.75-inch Jurassic World figures. It comes with a non-articulated Owen figure. It features a power switch to toggle it on or off, and it automatically powers down if it’s inactive. There are two buttons on the controller. The bottom one controls the motion, while the top one is for direction. You can imagine what this does to cats.

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.

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.
If you thought Chewbeads, the baby-safe jewelry for moms, were a smart idea when baby was teething, here’s the equally genius older-kid version among our Christmas gifts for toddlers. Not only does this stacker look nice enough to leave out when company comes, but the pieces are chewable, medical-grade silicone, BPA-free and can be popped in the dishwasher.
Lego is bringing back Harry Potter in a big way and everybody is excited. There are going to be additional Harry Potter sets later this year, but the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall was the real showstopper of the show that had practically everyone drooling to get their hands on it. It comes with 11 minifigures so you get a ton of cool characters. The coolest part? It has a moving staircase.
Proceed with caution. Most products that make these claims have not been proven to increase children’s intelligence. In fact, safe household items (plastic bowls for filling and dumping, pillows for climbing and piling up to make a cave, old clothing for dress-up) are often the best learning tools. Remember, the more your child has to use her mind and body to problem solve and develop her own ideas, the more she learns.
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