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“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.”
Toddlers love the Easy Score Basketball set. It’s one of the best-selling basketball sets. The set features a basketball hoop with three junior-sized balls. The best part? The hoop can be adjusted to grow with your child from two to four feet. The basketball rim is oversized to build confidence in your toddler. Some toddlers may even be able to dunk the ball. It’s a super fun game building eye-hand coordination as well as social and motor development skills. It’s slam dunk fun!
Designed to elicit optimum visual stimulation for your baby, the Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim Mobile To Go Travel Toy is characterized by high-contrast black-and-white patterns on reversible cards. The other side of the cards are composed of colorful patterns as well as images to allow for instant switching. The mobile can be attached to any standard stroller, car seats, and infant or baby carriers. It has a sturdy and easy-to-secure plastic clamp.

Perfect for the aspiring chef, this Play-Doh Kitchen Creations set allows toddlers and young kids to knead, chop, and shape their way to the perfect meal. (Note: These foods are just pretend; they’re not supposed to be eaten.) The best part about this Play-Doh set is when your chef is done making their creations, there are no dirty dishes for you to clean up. ($25; toysrus.com)
“Kids love to recreate scenes they see in their daily life,” says Dr. Cornett. A cash register is a great example. (though, a Square reader would be even more realistic.) We Like Fisher-Price’s Classics Retro Cash Register. A throwback to the golden oldie Fisher-Price from 1975, is sturdily made, comes with eight coins, and kinda looks like a slot machine, a nice if subtle jab at late market capitalism.
It’s hard to imagine anything better than a cold winter’s night snuggled up with a sweet babe in a soft baby blanket. This adorable Sock Monkey Blanket ranks at the top of our list of baby Christmas gift ideas because it’s sure to have baby settling into your arms for a long winter’s nap in no time. As a gift giver, you can also feel good about the fact that this super-soft blanket is made of 75 percent recycled cotton, which means you’re also helping to save the planet. We call that a win-win! ($44; uncommongoods.com)
The Safari Learning Station is designed to grow with your child. Young kids can sit, play and learn first words, numbers, shapes, colors, animals, Spanish, music and more. When your child grows the arch can be raised so kids can crawl under or stand and play with the animals. There’s also fun drop-through ball play with the monkey’s tail and a light-up piano to keep kids engaged.
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.
Are you ready to create your own BattleBots?! Everybody’s been asking for it, and now you can finally build your own BattleBot. When you buy the kit, it comes with a basic chassis with armor and weapon attachment points. So choose your armor blades, choose your wheels, and choose from 1 of 3 weapons to attach on the top. Every weapon will be able to spin and move like its real-life counterpart.
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).

LEGO Disney Princess Ariel’s Royal Celebration Boat is an awesome new set for 2018. It features a Build and Swap design so you can easily transform the design into various configurations. It’s such a pretty and beautiful looking set that fans will be proud to display and build. It’s all the small little details that make it stand out. The set includes Ariel, Prince Eric, and Sebastian mini figures. The special pieces beneath the boat allow you to easily play with it on any surface without scratching it.
Once you are satisfied a toy is safe, also make sure to consider your child's interests. Give the musically-inclined youngster instruments like a compact xylophone with a soft and oversized mallet, for example, or a lightweight piano that sits low on the ground. It's best to hold off on stringed instruments until a child is a few years old, though.
This teether may seem like any other by the look, but the hidden selling point is that it vibrates. If bit on in just the right spot, the entire star vibrates and the effect will both tickle baby and, if pushed long enough, numb her gums to the pain of incoming teeth. If she bites down and holds it, she can even twirl the little spinner on the handle for more pain distraction. And that handle provides a convenient way to latch and secure the teether to a seat, stroller, or activity center.
One of the simplest and most reliable steps a parent (or other caregiver) can take in evaluating a potential toy's safety is to look for the ASTM seal of approval. The American Society for Testing and Materials is in fact an international organization that evaluates products based on rigorous safety standards; their approval of a product says much about its quality and reliability.

Once you open this package and put the rings on the octopus’s tentacles, they may never connect again, but that works out just fine with this toy. Baby may want to spend hours in the tub putting the rings back on, or if she keeps them apart, the rings still make great teething toys. The octopus will engage baby with its bright colors, and with curled tentacles you can expect it will get plenty of teething on as well.


The Gotrax is a self-balancing hoverboard with a stylish design and great battery life. It’s new and better that before! It provides great stability and a super smooth ride. It achieves speeds up to 8 miles per hour and operates for up to 2 hours. It features a stylish new design. The GOTRAX Hoverfly is UL certified, meaning it’s safe for riders and has passed rigorous testing. It supports riders up to 220 pounds.
One of the biggest developmental milestones for a newborn in the first month is stretching out of the curled-up fetal position they grew so used to in the womb. "Baby’s muscles are loose and floppy in this first month but will develop more muscle tone in the second month," Coley says. While his movements are largely dominated by infant reflexes at this point, many of those are setting baby up for tummy time success.
When you come to Fat Brain Toys, you can peruse our collection of the 2018 best baby toys to find the ideal one for your baby. Whether you are shopping for your little one or for a gift for a relative of friend's baby, our selection of top baby toys has a mix of the classics and the hottest toys for baby. Shopping for a shower gift, baby's first birthday, upcoming holidays or just because is fun and easy at Fat Brain Toys. We even offer a flat shipping rate of $3.99 and ship the same day if you order before 3 p.m. CT.
That’s right folks, Hatchimals is back!  And this time they’re a total mystery.  Hatchimals Mystery were just released and are already climbing the toy charts.  Here’s the best part; you have no clue which Hatchimal you’re going to get until it hatches.  It’s a total mystery!  What we do know, for sure, is that these new guys are super fluffy (fluffier than the older ones) and they’ll actually be able to learn and speak your name!  Plus, there are 4 different ones you could hatch…like Bunwee, Pandor, Hedgyhen, and Elefly.  Collect all 4!  Learn more here.
Welcome to the magical kingdom of Cinderella’s Dream Castle. It utilizes the new 2018 Build and Swap modular building system. The castle itself is a sight to behold and something you can be proud to display. It features nice colors and a lot of small details that make it shine. There’s a lot of room to pose your figures and kids will have fun acting out various fun scenarios. What’s cool? With the modular design you can mix and match pieces from this set with other sets to expand the fun and even experiment with different designs. The set includes 2 minifigures, a horse, and carriage.
A: Both solid and gel-filled toys provide their own lists of benefits, so choosing between the two is easier than you think. Consider your baby’s developmental level. To determine which is best for your little one, consider at which stage of teething they are currently experiencing. For example, your baby, aged 3 months, may experience increased tenderness as their teeth are brand new and still breaking through the gum’s surface. A solid teething toy may apply too much pressure to your baby’s delicate gums. Additionally, consider how experienced your baby is with chewing or gumming as new objects in the mouth can be a little off-putting or frightening, a softer or gel-filled toy will be less abrasive. If your baby is a little older and has already been exposed to some solids, then a firmer toy is likely to be more effective.
This playmat has 17 different activities and includes such items as a mirror, crinkle and squeaker toys, a mirror, and overhead hanging toys for baby to look at. The mat is machine-washable — a definite bonus! Parents report that this playmat was entertaining and met the needs of their baby through various ages. For young babies just beginning to spend time on the floor, the set includes a tummy support pillow.
Get ready for exciting adventures with the Hidden Temple with T-Rex. Use the ancient structure as a research base in search of the hidden treasure. Rub the map to reveal the hidden path – where X marks the spot. At the base, protect the team from the ferocious T-Rex or enemies with the functional laser blaster. The working temple gate keeps unwanted visitors away. The T-Rex features movable arms, legs, and jaw to bring the action to life. What’s cool? Kids can use the UV flashlight to reveal glow-in-the-dark features, such as the ruin’s crystal eyes, jungle plant, and more. There’s even a pulley to transport equipment to the top floor. The set includes the Explorers team (Nick, Emma, Will), their dog Sammy, T-Rex, and several accessories to enhance your play experience.
A great choice for baby’s first rattle as it is the softest around. The feet are made of a crinkly material which crunches when chewed on or squeezed. Perfect for the first sensory toy providing sound and touch opportunities as baby grows. The vibrant colors and jingling bells will keep baby spellbound for a good while. The unique ring shape makes this toy easy for baby to hold making it a first toy for developing those motor skills.
Celebrating 50 years of Hot Wheels fun, Mattel will launch The Hot Wheels Original Sweet 16 – based on the original 16 toy cars in the line. While the Hot Wheels line has sold more than 6 billion toy cars and garnered the title of #1 Selling Toy in the World, each car still costs $1. Still an unbeatable value! Build your Hot Wheels collection with this awesome 50-pack set.
Bright Starts 3-in-1 Step ‘n Ride Lion: With this fun, game-inspired toy, baby can sit and play, walk behind, or sit and ride. Even the youngest baby can sit and feed balls into the lion’s mouth, then lift the door to rediscover them. It easily converts to a ride-on with a sturdy seat and easy-to-grip handles, and it plays sounds and music to keep baby even more entertained. The Step ‘n Ride Lion received the UK's “Highly Recommended Rainbow Toy” award.
Teething is arguably the most unpredictable process in a baby’s development. Some babies are born with one or two teeth, others don’t have teeth even by the first year. There’s also no way to predict how long it will take your baby to have a full set of teeth from the time the first ones come in. That means your baby can go through many different stages of teething over a long period of time. Hence, versatility–specifically, adaptability–was one of our primary criteria when we looked at baby teethers and teething toys.

In the next stage, "bridging," your preschooler begins to make her own simple structures. She may put two blocks down, then place a third block over the space between them. In addition to learning how to balance, she is beginning to experiment with symmetry. Bridging leads to "enclosures." You can't build without being able to organize and enclose space. How am I going to fill that space? is a complicated question, requiring that your child figure out how many big and small blocks are needed to get the job done. Not only is your child planning ahead, but she is problem solving.


Unleash the terror and excitement of breaking loose from the UNTAMED Jailbreak playset. There’s no telling what will ensue once those raptors break loose. UNTAMED fans will love creating fascinating adventures with their UNTAMED raptors with this awesome playset that houses two UNTAMED raptors. This set includes an exclusive T-Rex and raptor. How long can you keep them captive?

SHIMMEEZ are adorable plush buddies that come as a variety of different animals. From unicorns and cats to dogs and more, there are so many lovely friends to choose from. The coolest part? These plush animals are made of pretty glittery and shiny sequins, so you can shift the color and create all sorts of fun and creative designs with the reversible two-tone sequins. Collect all your favorites and share the fun with your friends.

The SNES Classic was long rumored after the discontinuation of the NES Classic Edition. It’s official the SNES Classic Edition will feature 21 built-in games including the previously unreleased Star Fox 2. The console will feature two SNES controllers. The stellar lineup includes favorites like Super Mario World, Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, Super Punch-Out!!, F-Zero, Donkey Kong Country, Star Fox, Street Fighter II Turbo, Super Mario Kart, Contra III and more! Now this is classic gaming heaven!


Baby Einstein Octoplush: This soft plush pal is a great toy for grasping. By squeezing each patterned leg, baby will hear the corresponding color in English, Spanish, or French. Even young babies can interact with the Octoplush by touching and grasping to feel the various textures, and by squeezing to play classical melodies. This little guy also has volume control, so moms and dads can decide how loud is loud enough. It's a great toy for toddlers, too, as they continue to explore music, sound, and touch.
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!
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.
Standing 43-inch tall and featuring four levels of play, kids can explore Donatello’s lab, Raphael’s Weight Training Room, Leo’s Rotating Weapon storage wall, Michaelangelo’s arcade, and more with their Turtles action figures in this Epic Sewer Lair Playset. There are seven rooms of play and each of the Turtles has their own room. There is something interesting going on in each room and lots of cool play features. It’s really cool becuase you can literally go from the top to the bottom of the playset.
70s classic toy Stretch Armstrong is returning to store shelves. Discover what made Stretch Armstrong one of the timeless classic action figures enjoyed by countless generations. Stretch his arms and legs as far as you possibly can and even tie him in twists, and it instantly returns to its original form like magic. In fact, it stretches up to four times its size. The fun never gets old. Kids will enjoy stretching him over and over and coming up with fun, creative adventures.
Oball Rattle: A classic baby toy gets a little rework with the Oball Rattle. This smooth, flexible rattle lets baby shake, rattle, and roll. With 28 finger holes, it’s easy for baby to grasp and shake. There are four built-in rattles with bright and colorful beads within, so your baby can make fun sounds as they shake it. This rattle was featured in Care.com’s “29 Best Toys for Babies Under 1.”
Get ready for some serious laughs! The Pie Face Cannon game ups the ante on this wild and wacky game. Two players compete against each other. One player has the cannon full of whipped cream while the other has a pair of buttons. This is war! The catch? Now kids can block the pie attack. When you press the buttons at the right time, it will activate a large red hand in front of your face. It’s a fun twist on the popular game that people will love sharing on social.
Your preschooler is likely to take ball play deep into scientific exploration. When he sends a ball rolling down a slide, for example, he realizes that different-size balls roll down slides at different speeds. Emily Vosper, director of the Children's Center at SUNY Ulster County Community College, in Stone Ridge, New York, describes the process as "higher-level thinking arising from basic tools." Also known as physics for 4-year-olds.

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.
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.
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