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.
That’s right folks, the people that brought you Hatchimals present, LuvaBella, an interactive baby doll that laughs when you tickle her, learns how to say certain words when you feed and play with her and, well, just about has the most life-like reactions and features we’ve ever seen on a doll. Some say creepy, we say “futuristic.” These were all the rage last year, but are much easier to get this year.
What do you get when you combine the hot trend of squishy toys with the exploding success of collectibles? Poopeez, of course! Poopeez from Basic Fun! are a collectible line of squishy poo collectible characters based on entertainment. They have names like Pooji, Skid Mark, Dumpling, T.P., The Toot Fairy, and Lil’ Squirt to name a few to amuse kids. From the world of Kerplopolis, the toilet-themed world that Poopeez call home, there are about 36 Poopeez characters to collect in all. Who’s ready to get this potty started?!
The Baby Einstein Discover & Play Piano: This soft piano responds easily to baby’s touch. It has three modes: Instrument, Numbers, and Animals. In Numbers Mode, baby can hear numbers in English, Spanish, and French. There are over 20 classical melodies and fun sounds, and a bright, light-up display. There is a built-in volume control too, so you can listen to baby play and still maintain your sanity.
The rings have different sizes and color which stimulate baby’s vision and help to develop motor and cognitive skills. The rings can be put in any order therefore this toy is great for babies that can’t sort objects by size yet – but this toy will help them to learn how to do this! It’s very durable and provides super fun to toddler and even preschoolers.
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"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.
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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.
Build your Happy Holidays with LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 2018 edition. This 500-piece set includes 24 gifts for fans to unwrap for each day leading up to Christmas. From a Santa mini-doll to four animal figures and more, there are so many fun surprises to discover and build. Kids will love the variety of designs and the bright color palette LEGO Friends is known for.
Set in beautiful Britain, Forza Horizon 4 amps up the fun with dynamic seasons in a shared open-world experience. Seasons change everything and actually impact gameplay. Paths previously blocked off can be opened during different seasons. The game allows you to play with other people in the community. The visuals and gameplay couldn’t be different. It’s a completely new take on Horizon. Fans have been asking for 60 FPS mode, and the developer has delivered. The game will also be available on Xbox Game Pass.
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?!
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How cool is this new game! Connect 4 Shots is similar to the one that we all grew up with, but with a twist! This time you have to bounce the balls into the right slots to try and get four of the same color in a row (or diagonal) to win! This is one that you’ll not only want to play with your kids, but will probably end up taking over and playing with your own friends. And, well, drinks may be involved.
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.
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)
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.
The Bumpy Ball is so cute and colorful, plus it is a great teaching tool for baby to learn how to use those tiny fingers. It has multi-textured fabric and plastic nubs that are easy for baby to hold, grasp, and even throw when a bit older. A wonderful teething toy on the fabric nubs and a rattling joy in the plastic nubs to entertain baby with the plastic beads inside. Baby’s senses will be alive with visual and audio effects that the Bumpy Ball provides.
With five sides of fun, interactive play, this activity cube keeps infants entertained and strengthens fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. In includes games like a shape sorter and two electronic panels that teach colors, numbers, animals, and music. This cube also has a book page that plays two nursery rhymes and a spinner that lights up. It's a universe of activity for an infant in one compact and portable toy.
With the Cutie Mark Crew Collectibles, there’s a fun surprise awaiting fans. Each blind pack contains a 2-inch adorable small and stackable figure. Fans will discover our fun friends are in different things, such as sandwiches and Rainbow Dash is in sushi, which is really cute! They come with stackable casings, accessories, and a background geared toward one of the two series: Party Time or School Days. Interestingly, this is the first time ever where you can get all of your favorite characters in their three forms – Equestria Girls, Seaponies, and Ponies. There will be 24 figures and accessories to collect in each wave.
Our church has a set of these Magna-Tiles and my kids love them. Technically the manufacturer only recommends these toys for 3 years and older, but I would be comfortable letting my nearly 2-year old use them as long as she was being supervised. Magnets as toys can be extremely dangerous so please use extreme caution and vigilance with children who still put things in their mouths.
The Fire 7 Kids Edition is the newest addition to the Fire family of tablets. This is an affordable, fully-featured tablet with a durable kid-proof design and a beautiful 7-inch display. It features the best parental controls of any tablet on the market and it’s the ultimate for learning and entertainment. One year of FreeTime Unlimited provides access to a vast library of apps, games, educational content and more from PBS Kids, Nickeledeon, Disney, and more. The tablet features 16 GB of storage for apps, games, music, and more and it is expandable to 256 GB via microSD media. The best part? Amazon offers a 2-year unconditional replacement guarantee if your child breaks it, they replace it with no questions asked! Choose from three fun color varieties – blue, pink and yellow.
Let’s face it most of us take our hands for granted. Handimonium is a tiny hands challenge game from Mattel. There are 112 challenges featured in this game and two different ways to play. Simple things become outrageously difficult with the tiny hands. Players have to act out various things with the tiny plastic hands for comedic effect. You’ll have loads of fun. And, yes, the tiny hands are included!
The LEGO City Mountain Police Headquarters is the main core set for this series for 2018. It’s a police station built atop a mountain. There’s even a large garage paved under the police station. There’s also the main police station and holding cell. There’s a functional turret that helps with imaginative play. A really cool feature is that the jail bars can be broken off so the prisoner can escape. The police station has a nice lookout area. There’s a good amount of detail inside the police station and a cave beneath the holding cell featuring fun action for the cougar. The set comes with 7 minifigures, a police vehicle, motorbike, and two helicopters.
Ok so these spiders actually are pretty cute! They’re new, from Hasbro, and there are 10 different ones to collect! They’re interactive, voice activated, and move faster or slower based on how loud (or soft) you are! All are different colors and have different personalities, plus they can totally interact with each other when all put in a setting together. Think of how much fun it will be to race them! Learn more about Yellies here.
Instead of drinking from her bottle and wetting herself, the new Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby doll tinkles in her potty because she is potty trained. She’ll do her little potty dance when she has to go, so there are no accidents and no mess. She even farts while sitting on the potty. What’s cool? You can make her interact with Mommy or Daddy. She features over 50 sounds, phrases, dances, and interactions to take the Baby Alive experience to the next level.
Capitalizing on the rescue pets phenomenon sweeping social media, Moose Toys introduces Scruff-A-Luvs. When you unbox this little creature, he looks so helpless and starts out all scruffed up in a ball. Add a little water and brush him out to take him from scruffy to fluffy. The cool part? You won’t know what pet you have until you rescue him. You could have a bunny, dog, or cat. Who will you rescue?
A: Babies drool, this is unavoidable. If you find with these toys, your baby is drooling more excessively than before, it’s because the extra stimulation causes more salivation. Keeping a burp rag or extra cloth on hand will help you with the clean-up. Consider also switching toys out regularly as this can help minimize drooling. Differing textures will provide stimulation to different areas of the mouth and gums, helping to break the amount of occurring salivation.
Put away the clunky expensive VR headset, Merge is bringing affordable “virtual reality” to the toy market. Blending digital and physical play, the Merge 6DoF blaster immerses you in the game using just your phone and a blaster accessory. It delivers six degrees of freedom, meaning it tracks your position and orientation so when you move, it moves. It’s something you have to experience. The tracking felt surprisingly accurate, and it was a pure blast to play without any heavy headsets or cumbersome wires. There are many AR toys, but hands-down, it’s the best VR/AR toy we have seen and our Toy of the Show.
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.
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?
Why we love it: It's small enough to tuck into your changing bag but the Whoozit's BIG on baby entertainment – with loads of differently patterned and textured fabrics to see, touch and feel, and a little mirror hidden behind his nose. Our tester Marley's mum loved the dangling legs and the little Velcro strap that lets you attach the toy to your baby's car seat or pushchair.
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!
Overcooked 2 ups the ante with new recipes, chefs, kitchens, and levels. The game will now feature an online multiplayer mode. In addition to the original cast, there will be a handful of new characters to choose from. Cook everything from pasta and sushi to cake, pancakes, and more. A new fun twist is that you can throw raw ingredients while plates can’t be throw, adding new strategy to the game as you quickly scramble to ready orders. Even the order in which you complete orders matters for scoring combos. The game supports 1 to 4 players. Grab a couple friends and get ready for some insane cooking fun!
The new Fire 7 Tablet is an awesome portable tablet that gives you great bang for the buck. Yeah, it’s not an iPad, but you get a similar experience for a small fraction of the price. It’s a great entry-level tablet that delivers great entertainment and now Alexa, the personal assistant, is included making it easier to use and better than ever. Choose between 8 and 16 GB storage capacities. Battery life is decent at about 8 hours. What more could you ask for? Choose from four fun colors now – black, canary yellow, marine blue, and punch red.
Let your little one’s imagination soar with the Barbie Baby Doctor set. Barbie is the doctor and ready to give the little babies a checkup. The set comes complete with Barbie in her doctor outfit, two babies, and several accessories to bring your play adventures to life. Kids will have limitless fun creating all sorts of scenarios while igniting their imaginations.