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)
One of our favorite toddler toys for several years, Anamalz are handmade, wooden figures reminiscent of your childhood with a fun, modern twist — the perfect classic-cute combo. Toddlers’ imaginations will go wild as they play with the poseable farm, jungle and prehistoric animals. It even comes with a cloth mat to set the stage for a creative landscape. ($19; amazon.com)
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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.
This type of toys is one of my boys’ favorite! We have three different models, one made of wood and two plastic ones like this one. It’s also great for teething! Fisher-price Rock-a-stack has a bat-at rocker base and five colorful rings in different size. Top ring is shiny, has swirling, rattling beads inside and makes rattle sounds which is so much fun for kids!
This plush fish is one of our favorite toys for babies! It’s designed to intrigue your little one while helping them develop motor skills and more. The washable fabric toy is made of different fabrics and hidden features like mirrors and crinkling components to keep baby’s interest. Recommended for babies 1 month old to toddlers up to 3 years old. ($17; macys.com)
Some experts believe that listening to classical music can do a world of good for your baby, including making your baby smarter and happier. As if that isn’t good enough reason to add a little classical listening to your baby’s playlist, think about what a nice change of pace a little classical music will be from the usual “The Wheels on the Bus” and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” that you likely have on heavy rotation.
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.
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.
It’s already the #1 ‘new’ best seller on Amazon in the toy department and, go figure, it’s already so tough to come by! This is an advent calendar of sorts where they’ll open the first little case on Dec 1st and get a fun surprise and then open up each individual case each day (up until Dec 25th) for more surprises. There are 25 in total, plus an exclusive L.O.L doll! Learn more here!
A play kitchen is a great addition to any home toy collection. Not only do they offer hours of imaginative play for your toddler, but they also promote learning. Parents who play alongside their children can help them identify basic foods, colors, and dishes. Your toddler will enjoy making pretend meals, washing dishes, and putting away food in their toy kitchen.
L.O.L. Surprise! Confetti Pop Series 3 is the top-selling toy thus far. Everyone loves collecting L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls. Will you find the new Ultra Rare, Punk Boi?! There are several layers of surprises to unwrap, which make them fun to unbox. Series 3 features over 35 dolls to collect. Series 4 is the eye spy series, which has kids feeling like spies as they uncover the mystery surprise doll inside using a special magnifier glass.
Why we love it: It's very easy for even small babies to grab and is lovely and soft to hold. 'Sophia could give it a good squeeze and hold on to it well,' says our baby tester's mum. 'She loves the mirror side and prefers holding it where she can see that. As she gets older, it will be an ideal toy to do throwing and catching with as it's soft but big enough for her to grab on to. I think she will enjoy it for a while to come!'
Enchantimals celebrates the special bond between kids and animals. These 6-inch lovable dolls share a special connection with their animal friends. Their outfits and shoes feature bright colors, floral prints, and furry accents. The look is completed with animal-inspired ears and headpieces. The newest dolls are inspired by a headgehog, parrot, and cheetah.
Seriously, how cute is this little vet play set for the kiddos?! It’s a great way to show them (and let them learn) how to take care of pets. It comes with 24 pieces, including a plush doggy and kitten and must-have vet accessories like a thermometer, tweezers, bandages, stethoscope, syringe, and so much more. Their imaginations will run wild and your heart will melt!
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.
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.