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.
Babies and toddlers can have their very own tablet with My First Learning Tablet. Through 25 pretend apps and activities and over 20 songs and melodies, this toy introduces little kids to numbers, shapes, colors, and more. It features a touch-sensitive light-up screen and kids can even swipe on-screen. Touch an activity icon to choose an activity to play or hear phrases, music, and sound effects, depending on the mode. There are 3 modes of play: Explore, Learn and Music. The 5 dock icons introduce kids to more phrases and sounds about greetings, time concepts, pretend play, and music. This is a cute toy that helps little ones feel big with a tablet all their own. They’ll love swiping on the screen and tapping the icons just like Mom and Dad. The lights and fun sounds make the learning play fun and engaging.
Welp, Christmas is just around the corner (hooray?) and your kids are already asking for everything under the sun, so we’ve narrowed down their toy demands to the ones that are the most popular and must-haves of the 2018 season. Why not stay on-trend and ahead of the curve all at the same time? Plus, if you’re running out of ideas on what toys to gift them this season (just in case you’re totally over giving them all kinds of candy), their birthday (geesh didn’t they just have one of those?!) or just want to pick them up a little something for no reason at all, we’ve got you covered.
Tiny tots are rapidly developing new connections, refining motor skills, acquiring new speech and honing their balance so they can eagerly explore the exciting world around them. And we’ve found the top gift ideas and some learning toys that will not only help build those social, emotional and cognitive foundations, but are fun, engaging and entertaining.
Things to create with—large and small crayons and markers, large and small paintbrushes and fingerpaint, large and small paper for drawing and painting, colored construction paper, preschooler-sized scissors, chalkboard and large and small chalk, modeling clay and playdough, modeling tools, paste, paper and cloth scraps for collage, and instruments—rhythm instruments and keyboards, xylophones, maracas, and tambourines
Tummy time will be so much more entertaining when you get down on the floor to play with baby with one of our best 2018 best baby toy picks. Choose from infant mainstays like sensory rollers, board books, colorful squishy blocks and more. Many of our best 2018 baby toy picks are also great for car trips and stroller rides. Pack the diaper bag with the top baby toy picks of the year and watch your baby smile.
Capture the speed, thrills, and excitement of a roller coaster with this awesome Creator Expert set from LEGO. This 4,124-piece set features incredible details, such as a working rollercoaster, ticket booth, cotton candy cart, concession stand, and more to bring the experience to life. Fans will love watching these gravity-driven cars hurtle through the twists and turns. What’s cool? You can even upgrade to a manual or automated chain lift with LEGO Power Functions or LEGO Boost, respectively. Get ready for thrilling, high speed fun ahead!
Little kids can get a smart home of their own. Like other Laugh & Learn products, it is designed to grow with your child. As babies crawl though the door, they enter a world of learning. There are so many different activities for baby to explore. Not only can they play pretend kitchen, but babies will learn numbers, shapes, weather, and more. The pretend fridge is actually a cleverly designed shape sorter. It’s just like Mommy and Daddy’s smart home.
Frozen fans can recreate their favorite magical moments from the movie with Frozen Icy Lights Elsa. Attach the snow flurry to Elsa’s hand and wave it to see the snow flurry in her palm light up icy-blue to bring the action to life. Place Elsa’s hand on Olaf’s head and press down to see him light up blue and speak 2 fun phrases! Icy Lights Elsa comes with Olaf, outfit, cape, and shoe accessories.
Using the grocery shopping analogy, I would say that some toys are more nutritionally dense than others and we want to make sure our babies and children are getting some exposure to those toys that encourage exploration, creativity, sustained attention, social interaction, sensory processing skills, motor development and learning. My aim is to pass along some new ways of thinking about toys so that you can balance your child's "toy diet" with some developmentally powerful toys and activities.
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.
Surprise your L.O.L. fan this holiday season with L.O.L. Surprise #OOTD Outfit of the Day. This limited edition set features an exclusive L.O.L. Surprise! doll and over 25 surprises. In fact, fans can celebrate with a new look each day. With 24 exclusive fashion pieces, fans will enjoy dressing up their doll and going on all sorts of fun adventures.
It’s all about the interactive toys this year. Introducing ‘Lil Gleemerz!’ There are currently three different ones to choose from and they have over 100 different reactions and interactions like purring, growling, farting (of course), light shows, light up tail, and so much more. Oh, and did we mention they can say funny things, their eyes glow, and you can simply press their nose to enjoy them three different ways (game mode, light party, or hangout). They’ve already been named one of the top toys of the year, so get ’em while you can! See all the different color options here!
Since younger babies can't exactly wander over to the toy bins and pick out something that catches their eye, it falls to you to select playthings that give baby the chance to practice and refine new skills. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry. Read on to get age-appropriate play ideas and learn about the best developmental toys for babies at every age and stage.
Another Amazon’s Choice product, the Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys have more than 2,500 customer reviews, and they are the optimal toy for your teething baby. Multi-surface teething makes the toy perfect for assisting in the eruption of the front, middle, and back teeth, and when placed in the refrigerator, the Nuby PurICE technology provides gentle cooling to sensitive baby gums.
Now, why do we need a teething toy? Well, remember the baby teeth will be breaking out of the gums which can lead to inflammation, causing soreness, swelling, and even some pain. Teething toys serve to relieve the pressure off your baby’s gums. This helps them feel a lot better during the whole teething process. And since we are talking about babies, it is often a lot better to use a teething toy that can also help develop their other senses as well as psychomotor skills. This way, we are tending to the overall development of our babies.
Infants who are less than 28 days old are generally classified as newborns or, in medical parlance, neonates; although it is not uncommon to see some parents calling a 3 month old baby still a newborn. This stage of a child’s development is very crucial as he or she is still adjusting to life outside the protection of the mother’s womb. Neonates are especially vulnerable to infections, injuries, and other illnesses. Unfortunately, it is also a very critical stage in his or her development because anything that he or she experiences or senses by this time will already be imprinted on his or her very young mind.
Learning new words has never been more fun. Guided by pals Turtle, Tiger and Money, toddlers can broaden their vocabulary by touching the words on the pages to hear them spoken aloud, along with exciting sound effects and fun facts. Bonus: The words and songs can be heard in both English and Spanish, making it one of the best toddler Christmas gifts for bilingual families.
He may be cute but beware when Jack-Jack attacks! This poseable baby doll lights up to signify the character’s polymorph abilities. This interactive doll laughs, giggles, babbles, cries, shouts, and makes electric sparking sounds when you press its tummy. Kids can explore his different abilities ranging from laser eyes to electric sparks and more. The doll also comes with a cute raccoon figure so kids can recreate their favorite scenes from the movie. But the coolest part? Play with him long enough and his face really turns to a fiery red. Better not mess with Jack-Jack when he’s in that state.
You thought the Porsche model was the most detailed, but you’ve seen nothing yet! The new Bugatti Chiron is the most detailed Technic car to date with 3,599 pieces. It features an aerodynamic body with functional engine, suspension, working steering, and a rear spoiler. The final build looks incredible with meticuous attention to detail. You’ll definitely want to show this beauty off to your friends. Fantastic gift for your Lego enthusiast.
This toy grows with baby from when he’s just learning to sit upright to when he’s walking with ease. Once laid flat, baby can bang and spin the attachments, and when raised, he can use it for crawling or to aid him in learning to walk. There are so many buttons with sounds and music that he’ll be sure to stay interested in this for much longer than his other toys.
Inspired by Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War hitting theaters on April 27th, the Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown, a 3-level New York City building, is a real blast to assemble. Fans will love creating their own thrilling battle scenes based on the movie with this 1,004-piece set. The coolest part? Without revealing any spoilers, the set features a ton of Easter eggs, surprises, and even allows for customization. The set comes packed with a great assortment of minifigures from members of Black Order Cull Obsidian, Ebony Maw, and Dr. Strange to Iron Man and Iron Spider-Man.
Many, many toys for toddlers are ablaze with buttons, levers, lights, music, etc. Often these toys are marketed as “developmental” because the toy has so many different functions. Unfortunately, this often has the opposite effect for the child. The more a toy does, the less your child has to do. If your child can sit and watch the toy “perform,” then it is likely more entertaining than educational. In addition, these toys can be confusing to a child who is learning cause-and-effect. If a toy randomly starts playing music, or it is unclear which button made the lights start flashing, then your child is not learning which of his actions (the cause) produced the lights and music (the effect). In short, the most useful toys are those that require the most action on the part of a young child. The more children have to use their minds and bodies to make something work, the more they learn.
The epic Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition is like an Ultimate Collector’s Series set but for Marvel. It’s massive and dwarfs even the last Hulkbuster figure. The build quality is amazing and seriously it looks spectacular from any angle. The figure has good stability and can be posed in a number of different ways, although you can’t make it walk. The set also includes a display stand for The Hulkbuster and an exclusive Iron Man minifigure.
Lights, camera, action! The Kidizoom Action Cam 180 is perfect for capturing life’s adventures as they happen. It features a 180-degree rotating camera allowing kids to shoot photos, selfies, and video. You can even mount the camera on your adventures. The water-resistant case even allows you to go on 6-feet deep underwater adventures so there’s no limit to your adventures.
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?
These four soft block have different colorful pictures and patterns and introduce baby with letter, numbers and animals. Each block has crinkles, satin tags and knotties. They all make sounds: rattle or jingles. Baby can explore, stack, built up or knock down. This toy stimulate baby’s senses and makes the playtime a blast! It is suitable from 3 months.