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.
Why experts love it: "There's more than one way to play with nesting bowls—make them fit together, stack them, knock them down, use them to pour," says Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD, a developmental psychologist at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and co-author of A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool. "They can be taken apart and put back together, which builds imagination."
There's no better way to get kids excited about science than with hands-on activities. The GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope can help preschoolers explore hidden worlds at a range of magnifications, from 2.5x to 8x. The two large eyepieces and chunky focusing knob are specially designed for little learners, and the large, fixed sample tray can hold flat and 3D objects. (Recommended ages: 3+ years)
The other toy, Baby’s First Blocks, is all about sorting, matching and stacking. The top of the box has holes cut in various shapes (square, circle, star, etc.) and there are blocks that match each shape. Kids have to try to find a match to fit them in. Once they’re all in, they can dump them out and start over again. Both toys are great for learning new skills and developing hand-eye coordination, plus they’re just fun.
The iPad mini 4 is a great alternative to the iPad. First off, it will save you some money. It sports a smaller 7.9-inch Retina display, is lighter, and packs great power and responsiveness as its bigger brother. You also benefit from that amazing 10 hours of battery life so you can use it several days before recharging. Kids will love the smaller size as it better fits in smaller hands. The best part? It has thousands of free and paid apps and games that your kids will love interacting and playing with. Discover the tech they’ll love.
How do you tackle an unpredictable race? The Air Hogs Drone Power Racers 2-in-1 RC is exactly what you need. Speed it across land or take to the skies. When you crash your vehicle, the detachable stunt drone pops out so you can finish the race in the air. What’s cool? You can even pull off insane stunts with a stunt button. Get ready for a total blast with the Air Hogs Drone Power Racers!
In escape rooms, players work together to solve puzzle to escape before time runs out. Now the fun of an escape room is making its way to board games. If you like narrative-driven games, Thinkfun has some great board games that vary in difficultly. For kids, there is Stargazer’s Manor, which contains easy puzzles that kids can solve on their own. If you are looking to join in on the fun, check out Dr. Gravely’s Retreat. The game contains a series of puzzles to solve in sealed envelopes.
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.
So simple, yet so perfect for baby’s first mobile. Not only does this mobile play music, but it can also rotate the toys as it does so. Colorful toys entertain your little one anywhere he or she goes because this mobile is so versatile, it will clip almost anywhere. Baby will be entranced by the music and the toys moving above the head. Great for the little one to go to sleep by.

Push the buttons on BeatBo’s belly or feet to trigger a medley of toe-tapping songs. There’s even a baby DJ option where you can record short phrases for BeatBo to remix into a dance tune — great for a tot who’s beginning to discover music. “Young kids love to make music and noises and exploring things, like, Can I make it softer? Can I make it louder?” Lytle says. “What happens when I hit it harder? Does that make it louder? That’s a really interesting learning process.”
Board books are the best. They are durable, short little stories that kids love. He are some of my faves that are tried and true but without the really popular ones like Guess How Much I Love You, Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny because most people have those. If you read this site for any amount of time you know how much I love I Am a Bunny. BEST. BOOK. EVER!
This is the most natural choice….I mean, literally, the most natural choice when it comes to a teething toy.  All the concerns and certifications on safety out the window!  It’s a simpler design for a more advanced teether -- the two looped handles of varying textures can be seen as more for gnawing than for massaging sore gums.  And, the handles are more than a handful for baby’s grasp!
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).
"When your toddler cooks dinner for his furry friend or gives him a bath, he is practicing adult roles in a way that helps him make sense of the world," says Amy Flynn, director of the Bank Street Family Center, in New York City. Preschoolers get even more dramatic by giving their dolls and stuffed animals human qualities as they act out conflicts and frustrations. You may walk in on your 3-year-old as she's angrily telling her stuffed animal, "You're going in to time-out!" (You won't be the only mom who feels slightly horrified, wondering if that's how you sound to your child!) Next, you may see reenactments of events, but with an outcome that suits your child better -- for example, letting all her dolls have cookies before dinner.

The hit lollipop-filled scented plush mini collectibles, Pikmi Pops Surprise, introduce brand new surprises to discover in Season 2 like notebooks, nail decals, charms, and more. With the new season, there are more than 45 Pikmi Pops Surprise plush figures to collect. They are going to be a lot more wearables. You can wear them as rings, hairclips, and backpack clips.
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)
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Babies always need these. They get lost or used, and you can just simply never have enough. Link them together when baby is first grasping things and put them directly in her hand so she can feel the sensation of grabbing something; let her pull on them from her activity mat mobile. When she starts moving her hands more, she can shake them as a rattle. You can even use them as a chain to connect a sippy cup or pacifier to the stroller or car seat to prevent loss.
Even the squeaky-clean Mattel is getting into the poop action with Flushin’ Frenzy. The new game has a toilet bowl, plunger, and poop character. You can probably guess what you have to do, right? Kids have to use plunging action without having the poo fly through the air. Players take turns to determine how many plunges they get. Eww … gross! It’s just like in the real world!

This isn’t your average playmat. Made for tummy time, diaper changes, naps, or simply cuddling, the DockATot Grand is for babies 9–36 months with a design that can grow with your baby. Transport the DockAtot easily from room to room so your baby doesn’t have to be confined only to the nursery or playroom. There’s a reason the DockATot is the most-registered baby product on Babylist. ($275; buybuybaby.com)


Toy shopping is serious business. Toys that are too easy will bore your babe. Those that are too advanced will aggravate him. But pick one that's just right for his skill level, and you'll be giving him hours of education, exploration, and enjoyment "Toys are an investment in a child's development," says Marianne Szymanski, founder and president of Toy Tips, Inc. and co-author of Toy Tips: A Parent's Essential Guide to Smart Toy Choices. Ready to shop? We've compiled a list of age-appropriate toys -- as well as ones to avoid -- for each developmental level.
Do not blame yourself if your toddler does develop a delay or disability. It doesn’t make the toddler any less intelligent nor does it mean they are destined for a life of mediocrity. However, while you shouldn’t stress out over it, neglecting or refusing to accept that your toddler does have a delay or disability could hinder them in the years to come. Just like it’s best to start the nurturing of developmental milestones early, it’s best to start the nurturing of delay and disability healing early as well.
The big kids have the Apple Watch and Fitbit – so where does that leave kids? Featuring a new sleek and stylish design, kids can get in on the smartwatch action with the Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2. In addition to telling time, it shoots photos and captures video. The watch features two cameras for photos and selfies. It features a fun monster-catching game a la Pokemon Go. Kids can play fun games and activities.
The Grossery Gang Series 5 Time Wars introduces a completely new theme to the line. The new collectible figures are from the future so the gross is gone. They come back in time and are sucked up from The Grossery Gang. The only way the guys can fight back is if they call all their brothers throughout time to galvanize together to do battle against Cyber Slaught Pizza. Who’s ready for war?!
“Babies love looking at faces of other babies,” said Nina Lindsay, president of the Association for Library Service to Children, adding that it’s particularly important to look for diverse faces because kids learn bias from a very young age. “It’s really important for all children to see children like themselves and different from themselves in books on a regular basis.”
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.

Who doesn’t love superheroes? There are several figures in the True-Moves series including everybody’s favorite cape crusade. This Batman figure stands 12 inches tall! Batman features a ton of moving joints for kids to create all sorts of epic battle poses. The best part? You can bend Batman’s arms and legs in almost any direction. Designed for kids 3 and up, it’s designed for rough play.
Who knew it could be so hard to chow down? Chow Crown from Hasbro Games is a new game that puts a twist on viral food eating challenges. You start by loading the six hanging forks with various food items, like candy and such, and place the crown on your head. Your challenge is to eat as many snacks before the music stops to keep the crown. It’s simple and wacky fun! Who will be the Chow Crown Champ?
A soft, cuddly giraffe that glows and play soft music just cannot be beat for an infant to cling to for bedtime and naptime. Soon baby will learn that when he or she squeezes the toy, it will then reward it with music and a soft glow. This will develop its cognitive and motor skills to recreate the effect when it wants. When squeezed, the music plays for up to 15 minutes at a time, giving baby plenty of time to fall off to sleep before it stops playing.
Do not blame yourself if your toddler does develop a delay or disability. It doesn’t make the toddler any less intelligent nor does it mean they are destined for a life of mediocrity. However, while you shouldn’t stress out over it, neglecting or refusing to accept that your toddler does have a delay or disability could hinder them in the years to come. Just like it’s best to start the nurturing of developmental milestones early, it’s best to start the nurturing of delay and disability healing early as well.
A parent's first and more important responsibility in life is to keep his or her children safe. But a parent also wants their kids to take pleasure in every stage of life -- indeed in the first few years of life, playtime directly equates to learning and development. Thus it is that many parents embark on a search for baby toys that are both amusing and safe.

There are many factors to consider when evaluating a toy's safety, and a good first step is to remove the potential for one of the greatest hazards small children face: choking. As choking is one of the most common causes of childhood injury (or worse), a baby toy must present no chance for accidental ingestion. Infants and toddlers alike are wont to put things into their mouths; if an object is simply too large to fit in a mouth, that hazard has been mitigated.
Even if you don’t remember how teething goes, you can understandably imagine the discomfort that your child goes through when his or her teeth are coming in. A freezer-safe teether toy can be a huge relief to newborns as they await their incoming pearly whites. The Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys will quickly become your newborn’s favorite toy once they realize how much relief it can bring. Each key is brightly colored and features a different grooved pattern which also makes playing with this teething toy a unique sensory experience for your baby.
Next you must account for all the obvious hazards in the play area, such as electrical outlets, into which covers must be inserted when not in use. Watch out for electrical cords as well, which can present multiple dangers at the same time, namely a strangulation hazard, a risk or shock should the cord be cut or torn (or bitten), as well as the chance for injury should a lamp or other object be pulled down atop a youngster. All electrical cords should be tucked out of the way and/or secured to the wall or floor. Also watch out for any other objects that could fall down onto a child -- this includes heavy books.

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.
Grumblies are the anti-virtual interactive pet. They’re geared towards boys and have fart and burp noises. You have to aggravate them enough to get them into meltdown mode. So you shake and toss them around. It’s something brothers would do to their sister’s virtual pets. At a certain point, he totally melts down and farts! There are four different ones, each with its own personality and each represents a different element.
New for 2018, fans can now build their own cool Iron Man MK50 BrickHeadz buildable figure based on Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. The Iron Man MK50 figure dons his electromechanic armor suit from the movie and also features cool thrusters in the back. The figure will include a display stand and will be hard to pass up for die-hard Iron Man fans. Look for this new Iron Man BrickHeadz to hit store shelves this April.
The toy measures 8.5" and is designed in vivid colors and patterns that will help your baby to focus. Crisp textures and sounds such as grasping loops, squeakers, and crinkle paper will teach baby to touch and grasp. There is also a self-discovery mirror that will have your baby starting at the image that looks back at them. It also has a funny looking face on it which babies are hardwired to recognize and relate to from birth. This soft toy can be attached to the crib to keep baby stimulate as well as used when traveling in a stroller or car seat. 
You’ll be surprised by how long your baby will play with this – both in one sitting and how old he’ll be before he loses interest. This will be his go-to drool contraption, and the colors and cords will engage him. When he ages a bit more, he’ll love to try to figure it out – where does this cord go? And tracing the path of each cord will give him a whole new way … to chew it.
The perfect doll for kids aged 3 years old and up, this baby doll speaks to her mini mommy or daddy in either Spanish or English. Baby Alive's realistic, adorable phrases include childhood classics like "Time to go potty!" and "Yay, I did it!" Not only that, she'll "pee" when given a baby bottle and can even sing a song. Eww or aww, your child will adore her. ($39; amazon.com)
When it comes to playing with babies, how much your child gets out of it is directly related to how much time and effort you put into it. "Baby's development doesn't happen in a vacuum," says Rachel Coley, a pediatric occupational therapist who blogs at Can Do Kiddo. "A big part of baby hitting key milestones and gaining skills has to do with the materials, experiences and opportunities to practice that baby receives. By choosing toys and activities that match what your little one is ready to work on, you make the most of your infant's awake times and set the stage for important early learning."
So you want to be a raptor trainer? It’s not going to be easy but if you have the patience and discipline to learn, it’s a whole lot of fun! Say hello to Mattel’s newest robot – Alpha Training Blue. It’s a fully interactive veloceraptor that you can control and train just like Chris Pratt’s character in the film. This is one advanced toy. In fact, it’s the most complex toy Mattel has ever created. Seven motors provide fluid, realistic animation to the neck and head while also allowing you to walk it around. It’s very responsive to controls and features the same rapor sounds from the movie. Blue loves being petted and she has touch sensors under her jaw and on the top of her nose to bring her to life. Hands-down, it’s the coolest robot toy this year. It’s so fun to play with something so detailed and fluid.

Considering these toys are for babies that will get everything dirty with food, spit-up, and what-not, their toys must be easy to clean. Machine washing for the toys with fabrics is a must because otherwise with just spot cleaning, stains will never go away. Most of the toys listed can be cleaned by machine washing or by simply wiping the hard surface off with baby-safe cleansers.


This includes a sturdy wood block puzzle, but if we had to pin down a theme for this set it would definitely be “banging.” Between the xylophone and the pound-a-ball, the child has plenty of appropriate ways to fine-tune that “bam-bam” skill. The xylophone is always a great toy for a kid because of this, and the pound-a-ball actually allows the child to see the physical change to the toy by dropping the ball into the pit below.
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?
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.
Teething is a very common and at times misunderstood phase of development in a child…in much the same ways that growing pains are! Past remedies and treatments for teething ranged from parents putting whiskey on their child’s gums to allowing them to chew on a leather strap or a cured piece of meat! In the ’70s and ’80s, there was the advent of Anbesol and children’s Tylenol to do the trick!
Babies will enjoy using their feet to push the keys when laying in the crib or touching the keys with their hands when on the floor. When they do, they’ll be rewarded with lights and musical notes. Parents like that the unit can be set in one of three modes to play longer or shorter musical sounds, or introduce shapes, colors, and numbers. With a variety of ways to use this toy, baby will have many opportunities to work on his or her motor skills with the Fisher-Price Kick & Play Piano.

There’s new fun coming to the world of Pikmi Pops in the form of Giant Pikmi Flips. This reversible plush changes from a plush pom pom into a giant-sized Pikmi Pop. That means more huggability and fun for kids. Cinnabun The Bunny is part of the Cotton Candy series so – you guessed it – it will smell just like cotton candy! And that’s not all! Pikmi Pops fans will also find an extra one or two smaller reversible Pikmi Pops surprises hidden inside.
While adults and children can play almost anything together, there are some toys that are designed for adult participation. As your child approaches age 3 and beyond, early board games—that involve using one’s memory or simple board games that do not require reading—are fun for all ages to play. Consider starting a “family game night” when all of you play together. Board games encourage counting, matching, and memory skills, as well as listening skills and self-control (as children learn to follow the rules). They also nurture language and relationship-building skills. Another important benefit is teaching children to be gracious winners and how to cope with losing.
Made of high grade flexible plastic materials, the Bendy Ball can be an excellent addition to your newborn baby’s arsenal of toys. It has a center band that is designed as a smiling caterpillar and a colorful smaller rattle ball inside the Bendy. With holes that make up the flexible plastic ball, even the small fingers of babies can grab on to them.
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.
How do you tackle an unpredictable race? The Air Hogs Drone Power Racers 2-in-1 RC is exactly what you need. Speed it across land or take to the skies. When you crash your vehicle, the detachable stunt drone pops out so you can finish the race in the air. What’s cool? You can even pull off insane stunts with a stunt button. Get ready for a total blast with the Air Hogs Drone Power Racers!

Toddlers are naturally curious, which is why it's smart to get them educational toys that challenge their minds and encourage them to use their imaginations. These developmental toys for toddler boys are designed to stimulate their intellect and challenge them to develop new skills. This is a crucial stage for kids, so it's important to pick out toys that provide meaningful results rather than simply distracting them with trendy characters, flashing lights or loud noises. When you look at the product details for any of the toys for toddlers in this collection, you'll see helpful information about how these games, puzzles, books and more can provide a unique learning experience for your child.
While eight weeks may be a little early for babies to squeeze the feet and begin a game or song on their own, they will enjoy the musical song as their auditory senses develop. And a game of peek-a-boo may bring a smile to their face. Parents like this toy since it’s less intimidating than some other peek-a-boo toys. Many people report that this toy was an instant hit with babies and older children alike — meaning that baby won’t soon outgrow the GUND Animated Flappy Elephant.
This plush ball is great for entertaining and learning. It has soft textures and tags that attract baby’s attention and promote tactile development. This ball also help to learn color, number and object thanks to colorful pictures. It also encourage baby to crawl thanks to a motion sensor that triggers sounds and phrases when the ball is tossed or rolled around! So it aid cognitive and motor skills development. Excellent for children from 6 months to 2 years.
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