Want your kids to learn coding in a fun, magical way? The Harry Potter Coding Kit from Kano lets kids build a wand, learn to code, and make magic! There are over 70 creative challenges for kids to engage with. Make feathers fly, goblets multiply, fire flow, pumpkins grow, and more. What’s cool? Wave your coding wand to see the magical effects on-screen. Play on tablets and computers. Who’s ready for fun?
Examples: Dress-up clothing, blocks, toy food and plastic plates, action figures, stuffed animals and dolls, trains and trucks, toddler-friendly dollhouses, toy tools, and “real-life” accessories such as a wrapping paper tube “fire hose” for your little fire fighter. The all-purpose large cardboard box is always a big hit for toddlers and is free. (Call an appliance store about picking up one of their refrigerator boxes). Boxes become houses, pirate ships, barns, tunnels—anything your child’s imagination can come up with!
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!
We can’t wait to bust this guy out of his crate and, well, your kids will too! They’ll use the crowbar (that comes with it) to pop open that lock and release this little monster from his prison! He’ll even make over 45 different sounds and when he’s turned upside down, dropped, or knocked over. When they pull his tongue, he’ll make funny noises, vibrate, and his eyes will glow. Even better, your kids can record their voice and this creature will play back their message in their own ‘creature voice.’ There are a bunch of different Crate Creatures to choose from too. See all the options here!
Introducing Laser X – it’s the ultimate high-tech game of tag! Select team Red, Blue or go rogue and blast anyone. Supporting an unlimited number of players, you can play one-on-one or take on the entire neighborhood. Experience pin-point laser accuracy up to 200 feet! The vests count your hits and the blaster’s power indicator shows you when to reload. An interactive voice coach keeps you focused on the game. Laser X inside or out, day or night – it’s like a laser arena right in your own backyard! It’s the real-life laser gaming experience.
In addition to having an adorable zebra face, the walker includes a variety of buttons that play lessons about numbers and letters, all while improving fine motor skills. When kids are sitting in front of the Learn with Me Zebra Walker, they can flip switches, twist dials, and even play peek-a-boo. Then when they’re ready to move, tots can hoist themselves up on the sturdy design, and the walker will cheer them on with music and phrases.
Inspired by the T-Rex in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Super Colossol Tyrannosaurus Rex stands a whopping 3-feet tall for larger than life fun! This T-Rex is hungry and is ready to devour as many as 20 mini dinos at a time. Featuring authentic detailing and sculpting, fans’ imaginations will soar as they act out their favorite adventures from the motion picture.
Kids will be amazed at how cool science can be with this fun science kit from Scientific Explorer. Your little chemist will learn the differences between acids and bases, as s/he conducts 11 different mind-blowing science activities. With help of a parent, s/he will mix chemicals to create everything from a fizzing volcano to jiggly crystals. Are you ready to be blown away with science?
To figure out which toys are the most popular with toddler-aged children, we went beyond the recommended age range from the manufacturers. Instead, we wanted feedback from the real-world experiences of our customers. Fortunately, we have an active community of parents, teachers, caregivers and family members who have provided us with detailed reviews of our toys to help us figure out which ages respond to them best. This collection of the best toddler toys includes the products that kids ages 1 through 3 truly adore. From cute puzzles and games to active outdoor toys, we offer a little bit of everything so every parent can find something their child will love.
Go BIG with your creations with the Crayola Widescreen Light Designer. This new set offers more surface area for your designs than the original. It comes with 6 gel-effects markers, which are proprietary to Crayola. They glow when you draw on the surface. It uses white LEDs and features 3 modes: on, flashing mode, and a fade-in/fade-out mode. It really brings your images to life. A wet erase cloth is included for erasing. The back panel is removable for tracing your favorite pictures. What’s cool? It even promotes social play where you can draw on one side, and your friend can draw on the other. Kids can also display their artwork with the built-in stand.
You have one week until the party of the season: Your first college friend to become a mom is throwing a first-birthday party for her first child. But you’re at a loss. What do 1-year-olds even do these days? “You’re looking for toys that’ll help this particular child develop,” says Dr. Sarah Roseberry Lytle, director of outreach and education at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. “They’re starting to explore complex concepts like gravity through trial and error and trying new things, oftentimes repetitively, just to figure out how the world works,” so you want toys that allow for some experimentation.
These multi-textured balls are designed to acclimate your baby to different textures and stimulate her sensory skills. They’re made of a BPA material so you needn’t worry when they pop them in their mouths, and they’re large enough you won’t need to worry about chocking hazards, either. The different sizes, shapes, and textures also promote baby’s tactile development.
This cute, colorful product includes a child-sized stool where little ones will sit for hours. The interactive activity desk has five learning pages to teach numbers, counting, letters, fruits, and colors. Toddlers can touch different spots on each page to learn about the pictures, and if you want more skills, additional expansion packs are available.
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.
The Cozy Duet Baby Swing from Graco is great for a new baby. Equipped with multiple swing speeds, vibration settings, and a mobile, the swing provides entertainment as well as a comfy place for your baby to fall asleep. Keep your baby close in this swing that doubles as a rocker when you need your hands free. Bonus: It also includes five songs and sounds to soothe your little one. ($99+; hayneedle.com)
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.
This cute plush owl plays ten different lullabies and has an optional night light that projects a soothing starry light show. After 30 minutes, the owl automatically turns off — eliminating the need for parents to sneak back in to turn the unit off. It’s powered by batteries, so you will need to change them occasionally to keep the owl operational.
Babies get so cold during their first year of baths. And while there’s nothing cuter than a baby fresh from a bath squirming in a big fluffy towel, baby being unnecessarily chilly for the sake of cuteness just doesn’t settle with us. If you want to keep your baby warm as you dry and dress him, this hooded towel is a great option. It will keep baby’s head warm while dressing the rest of him until you can dry and brush hair or get a hat on him.
Collaborate and use the family’s abilities and powers to construct massive LEGO structures in LEGO Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles. The game offers an open-world experience and you’ll tackle iconic villains and action-packed side missions along your adventure. What’s cool? Players can even customize their look and abilities in the game. The game will be available on Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.
Exciting toddlers about the notion of brushing their teeth can be quite challenging. As they are still adjusting to the idea of a foreign object in their mouths; this can cause new or uncomfortable sensations that may, for example, activate their gag reflex. The banana-shaped teething toy provides a dual purpose in helping your baby get through these critical and uncomfortable milestones. It serves as a toothbrush meant to help your little one develop good habits for a healthy mouth while simultaneously providing your baby with a soft massaging effect to soothe sore gums and help teeth to break through. The gentle silicone bristles are made of 100% food grade materials that have been FDA approved and is also free of BPA, Latex, and other harsh substances.
Featuring a highly detailed aerodynamic body, the Batman Knight Missions Air Power Cannon Attack Batmobile is any Batman fan’s dream vehicle. What’s cool? This new Batman vehicle is fully equipped with two air-powered weapons with pump-and-launch technology. The weapons are also detachable and can be held by the action figures or positioned on various ports on the Batmobile. It also fits your 6-inch action figures to bring the action to life.
What kids don’t love their Hot Wheels tracks! This one is the super crazy Corkscrew with the ginormous 3-loop challenge! Your kiddos will try to launch their cars into the track and complete the loops without crashing. Eh, maybe they want to crash. Isn’t that half the fun? Even better is that if they have other Hot Wheels tracks this one is compatible with others! This one comes with one Hot Wheels car, but you can buy more of the cars here!
Does your girl love unicorns? This 15-inch plush Gund Unicorn Head makes for fantastic wall décor and adds personality to your space. The unicorn features a sparkly horn and beautiful rainbow-colored mane. The package includes a wall mount for hanging on nurseries, bedrooms, and play rooms. It’s great that the unicorn is surface washable for ease of cleaning.
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.
What’s harder than playing Jenga? Playing Jenga without a table. Jenga Pass Challenge moves Jenga off the table for a new twist. Players stack the blocks on the platform to build their tower while holding onto the platform handles and passing to their opponents after each turn. The last player to successfully stack a block and pass the platform without crashing the tower wins. Do you have what it takes to become the Jenga Pass Challenge Champion?!
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.
“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.
This has all the hallmarks of a great education and socialization toy, along with its practicality! The key ring not only keeps all of the teethers in one place and graspable, the fact that they are aligned on a ring aids in developing functions in counting, causal relationship, and the subtle manipulation of objects through the selection of one teething key over another. In addition, the varying colors of the keys provide visual stimulation, adding to the soothing quality of relief from sore gums.
Inspire a world of creativity and imagination with the Crayola Fabulous Art Kit from Crayola. The Fabulous Art Kit contains 24 Crayons, 12 Colored Chalks, 12 Short Colored Pencils, 16 Glitter Crayons, 6 Paint Pot Strip Special FX, 10 Coloring Pages, 8 Fine Line Markers, 1 School Glue, 1 Paint Brush, 1 Color Your Own Sticker Sheet, 1 Desktop Caddy, and 1 Reusable Storage Tub. It has everything for your various art projects and makes a great gift idea for artists.
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.
Yes your kids (and you) are 100% addicted to all things Fortnite. Well, here’s a way they can still kind of play, but not on any of their devices. It’s the new Fortnite Monopoly game! It’s not really so much about what you own, it’s about if you’ll survive and for how long. And if you’re looking for fun Fortnite costumes or accessories that double as great gifts, look here!
There is also a piano that lights up, peek-a-boo owl, cloud with colorful beads, a spinner and swaying trees. This active center also grows with the baby and when he/she outgrows the seat we can convert it to a sturdy table for playing, coloring, writing and more! It is recommended from 4 months to toddlerhood. Therefore it can be a gift that will serve for few years.