That’s right, Pikmi Pops are back! And this one is cuter than ever (and will be kind of tough to get). Meet ‘Cinnabun’ the giant reversible bunny with giant cute and snuggly floppy ears! Inside this giant surprise you just may find one or two exclusive scented Pikmi Flips! Plus, there are 8 surprises inside in total and the most fun part is that your kiddos aren’t going to know which they’re getting until they open it. Seriously, how cute is this bunny?! And you’ll love their scent too!
If you remember the Christmas craze last year for the cute little Fingerlings Monkeys, well Wowwee upped their game and literally just released their new line of Fingerlings called “Untamed Raptors.” These dinosaur toys are cute and ferocious all at the same time. They’ll interact with your kid, wrap around their little finger, learn to talk and roar in dino babble and, based on how they’re taken care of will depend what kind of dino personality you get! This is, for sure, to be one of the hot toy request for Christmas 2018. Grab them while you can at a normal price.
Yes! It’s finally happening! After 25-years, Sony is releasing the original version of PlayStation as a mini console you can just plug-and-play. It’s 45% smaller than the original and comes pre-loaded with 20 of their best-selling and most fun games from back in the day. It’s also a great idea for your tweens and teens too! Grab this one while you can because it’s going to be tough to get as we get closer. Learn more about the PlayStation Classic Mini here!
The DeltaBurst is a 3-round burst car beam blaster. The accuracy and range are in line with the AlphaPoint. The blaster features built-in haptic feedback as well as AR to increase your sense of immersion. What’s cool? It feels like something right out of Halo. Although you can use this blaster without the app, it does enhance your experience. The app offers a leaderboard along with other stats like accuracy. Upgrades can be performed via in-game tokens. Overall, Nerf has done a great job of delivering a captivating laser tag experience.
This cool, cozy activity chair is outfitted with educational sensory toys for infants, and it’s made of firm but soft foam that will support your little one comfortably. The removable tray has toys that squeak, crinkle, reflect and rattle to keep baby busy and teach them about texture and sound. Recommended for babies 3 to 9 months old. ($140; crateandbarrel.com)
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.
Designed for newcomers, Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee are new mainline Pokemon RPGs for Nintendo Switch. Although the mobile game is not required to play, you can connect the Let’s Go games with Pokemon Go on your smartdevice. The game will feature the familiar turn-based battles of prior Pokemon games and will be set in the Kanto region. Start collecting, trading, and battling this Holiday season.
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)
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.
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The colorful Bead Buddy Giraffe is a wonderful sensory toy for baby that offers many textures to explore and teething opportunities on the giraffe’s ears and nose. The rattle tummy filled with beautiful beads will keep baby mesmerized for long periods, plus the neck made of rings that clink together are sure to please even the youngest baby. This toy is a perfect size for grabbing and chewing and and all-around buddy toy.
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.
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Toddlers are constantly learning and growing, which is why educational toys are so popular for this age group. Learning toys are the perfect way for parents to keep their little ones entertained while teaching them new skills like walking, counting, and writing. It’s definitely a win-win when playtime is educational, and that’s why learning toys for toddlers are a great gift.
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."
Music is a wonderful tool for encouraging language development with toddlers. In addition to learning important components of language such as rhythm and rhyme, music also has been proven to use many different parts of the brain. Finger plays, simple songs, and exposure to various musical instruments are all excellent ways to promote language development!
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.
Pokémon Ultra Sun & Moon will be the latest Pokémon adventure hitting the 3DS in time for the holidays. Ultra Sun and Moon will be the follow-up to Pokémon Sun & Moon. Fans can expect new stories, characters, and Pokémon to catch, battle, and trade. This is sure to be a must-have for Pokémon fans. The game features mild animated violence. Gotta catch ’em all!
Who’s ready to get totally grossed out!? One of the most anticipated toy/games of the year is Pimple Pete by Dr. Pimple Popper. Yes, that Dr. Pimple Popper. Carefully try to pull out the gross pimples but, be careful, because if you pull too hard Pete’s nose will squirt you with water. Gain points from a variety of difficult tasks and whoever gets the most (without getting squirted) wins! Gross and fun all at the same time.
This portable toy fun house is full of little puzzles for baby to figure out – so many that it will grow with him well into Pre-K age. The blocks and animals fitting into the proper cut out is the first step for baby, and pulling them back out through the plastic hole will be a fun level of exploration for him as well. The keyboard will keep him engaged with the toy by familiarizing him with music and an instrument. As he ages, there are also math problem blocks located on one side to help with his addition.
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.
Choosing the most popular teething toy for babies is quite easy. Just look at the number of positive reviews and you should already have an idea of its popularity. Unfortunately, this is not the only thing that you need to consider. Our team of researchers also had to consider the overall safety of the materials used in the design and manufacture of the teething toy. The use of harmful chemicals in the finishing of the product is a big no-no for us. Additionally, we had to look at the overall quality of the teething toy as well as the trustworthiness of the teething toy manufacturer. More importantly, we believe, the best teething toy should be able to provide the necessary sensory and psychomotor development that babies need.
Love hatch and play surprises? Launching this fall the Jurassic World Hatch ‘N Play Dinos Assortment brings the hatching fun to life with cute Jurassic World baby dinos that hatch from eggs. Who will you hatch? Each egg will feature a unique dinosaur species and each figure will have a special feature unique to its species. What’s cool? Kids can have endless hatching fun and the eggs can also be used to store your baby dinos.
The 4-in-1 Radio Flyer Stroll ‘n Trike is designed for youngsters from nine months to five years old. For babies, the trike has a wraparound safety tray that can hold snacks and a sippie cup, a five-point harness, back and head support and a sun canopy. Mom or dad can push the trike from behind, just like a stroller, with parent-controlled steering, adjustable push handle height and a storage pocket for things like a wallet or cellphone.
These magic sets have surely come a long way from the ones we had when we were little! This one is a magic set and science kit all in one. It comes with over 27 different tools, ingredients, and parts so your kiddos can learn to make really cool things like dancing holograms, optical illusions, disappearing coins and more! Check out all their different themes here!
Want your child to learn chemistry in a fun way? Grow Your Own Crystal Mini Worlds allows them to do just that by growing a rainbow of dazzling crystals in this fun STEM kit. The set includes everything you need to get started. Kids will have fun crafting their own crystal worlds, displaying it for all their friends to see, and learning about the science of crystals. Are you ready to build exciting worlds?
How many Lego Millennium Falcons do we have to buy? Inspired by the upcoming Star Wars flick, Solo: A Star Wars Story, hitting theaters this May, the LEGO Star Wars Kessel Run Millennium Falcon set faithfully recreates the starship with incredible attention to detail. This 1,414-piece set features a detailed cockpit, laser turret, and the Falcon even opens to reveal cool inner details.
Looking for a great gift for your Pokemon fanatic? Consider the Pokemon TCG: Shining Legends Trainer Box. This complete set includes 10 Booster Packs, 65 Card Sleeves, 45 Energy Cards, Shining Ho-Oh Foil Card, Player’s Guide, 6 Damage Counter Dice and more. Pokemon fans will be on their way to becoming the ultimate Pokemon Master. When they open it, they will be smiling from ear to ear. Let the games begin!
We recently spoke to Dr. Nick Cornett, a play therapist in northwest Arkansas — the play therapy center of the United States — to get his take on what toys he’d recommend for toddlers. According to Cornett, “the more open-ended the toy, the better.” It’s just like how an interviewer avoids yes / no questions; they circumscribe dialogue. Cornett divides toys up by “real life” toys, “active or constructive” toys, and “creative expression” toys. Each genre offers the kid a chance to truly express himself, and therefore a therapist to observe. Here, per Cornett, are some parameters of — and our choices for — seven great toys for toddlers.
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.
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!
Ever wish you could take control of your LEGOs? This first Powered Up kit from LEGO allows kids to build Batman’s Batmobile and control it with their smart device using a companion app. Later the kit will be updated to support coding and allow users to alter the vehicle’s performance and sound. It’s great for teaching kids the basics of coding and making your LEGOs more interactive and fun.
Children can learn to explore the world through a number of toys — or just through simple household items like pots and pans. For parents and caregivers, the important thing is to facilitate this experimentation. Says Lytle: “You really want parents to be there playing with their children, following their lead, allowing them to figure out what happens, and asking them questions about it like, ‘Oh my gosh, did you see that? Did you see what happened? Do you think that would happen if we did it again?’ If you think about it, asking those questions get at the scientific method.” No wonder this award-winning toy is beloved by parents and children everywhere. In addition to being a musical instrument, it allows kids to experiment with cause and effect.
Instead of Words With Friends, we call this one Words With Tots. Take your little one's spelling session outdoors with this super-sized version of the popular crossword puzzle game. It's a race to see who can use up all of their jumbo letters as fast as possible. The water-resistant tiles pack up neatly into the banana-shaped tote for trips to the park.
Moose Toys has something new up its sleeves for its hottest collectible brand, Shopkins. Introducing Shopkins Lil Secrets. They look like small lock boxes that open to reveal small hidden playsets inside. Of course, you’ll need some micro-sized characters to play out your adventures in those miniature worlds. It looks like Polly Pocket has some real competition! Each set features an exclusive Teeny Shoppie and one tiny Shopkin to bring your adventures to life.
Muchin’ Rex is a pet baby dinosaur. Now kids can have their own pet dino! Coming this fall, Muchin’ Rex is chock full of excitement. He hops around and demands your attention if he needs to eat or is simply excited to see you. He loves nothing more than broccoli and caveman cookies. Feeding him his favorite food activates various responses like spitting sounds, slurps, and even burps. Rex features 35 sounds and motions that magically bring him to life, and he also responds to sound and touch.
To help little ones get their legs and hands moving, the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Kick & Play Piano is a popular choice. This toy has been around for years, taking on different forms and color combinations. The latest version is as versatile as ever, with the ability to tie it onto baby’s crib, place it flat on the floor, or use the built-in stand to prop it up when baby begins to sit and play. Happy moms and dads find that this toy can keep their little one entertained safely and provide much-needed mental stimulation.
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)
Laser tag is great because you don’t have to worry about ammo, breaking anything, or somebody getting hurt. You can run around outside or even inside on Christmas day. It’s definitely more fun with more people. With a range of up to 300 feet, the blasters feature cool lights, sounds, and even immersive sensations to make you feel the action. Let the fun and games begin!
Here's a hybrid toy and education tool that should be at the top of every parent's toddler toy list: the VTech® Explore & Write Activity Desk. They'll be industriously learning letters, numbers, music, colors and more while you get your own work done. Not only does the writing pad come with a light-up, traceable display, but the desk also transforms into an easel, chalkboard and art supply storage space. Place it in your own home office and both of you can keep focused on getting the job done. ($49; walmart.com)
What do you get when art collides with family game night? You get Scultapalooza, a game where players have to sculpt what’s on their card before time runs out. You scult your creations out of play foam that never dries out. The catch? You may be required to sculpt with your eyes closed or tag team with another member. Players must correctly guess what their team sculpted before time runs out to score a point. The first team to score 20 points wins.
"It's a myth that babies can't play, even if they don't seem to be 'doing much' yet—they’re still taking everything in,” says Amanda Gummer, a research psychologist specializing in child development and spokesperson for the Genius of Play, a movement to raise awareness about the importance of play in kids’ lives. “Playing is a great way for parents and caregivers to build that vital bond with their baby, while sensory stimulations helps baby's brain grow.”
Who wouldn’t want to train to be a superhero? In this preschool game, players take turns flipping over 3 cards. It’s a game that encourages physical activity in a fun way. All of the cards have different superhero actions printed on them. Kids have to pick one of the actions to perform, but watch out for the Green Goblin. The best part? The game comes with props to bring all of your favorite Marvel superheroes to life. Kids will use Spider Man’s web, Captain America’s Shield, Thor’s hammer, and more.
Based on events in Sons of Garmadon series, Temple of Resurrection features architecture and styling that will be familiar to long-time fans. A cool feature is that this set features a couple of trap doors for creative play. The windows can even be spun around for cool effect. The best part? The Temple features a cool transformation that will reveal Garmadon. This set includes eight Lego minifigures.
Between 4 and 7 months, baby is working on sitting independently. If she's still sitting with support, you can encourage her to strengthen her trunk muscles (abs and spine) by putting toys in front of her and encouraging her to reach for them. Once baby can sit without needing to put her hands in front of her (called "tripoding"), she'll be free to use those hands to play with toys and, hopefully, entertain herself for short periods of time (but remember, never leave baby unattended).
There’s a reason why the Little Tikes Shopping Cart has been a favorite toddler toy for generations. This is one toy that boys and girls will use for hours, engaging in imaginative role play as they fill the cart just like mom and dad do at the store. The Little Tikes Cart stands at two feet tall and is made from durable, BPA-, latex-, PVC- and phthalate-free plastic. The easy-push wheels are designed to protect indoor surfaces, yet they’re durable enough for outdoor use. Little shoppers can load up the basket with all the items on their shopping list and there’s even a fold down seat (just like in a real shopping cart) so they can tote along their favorite doll or stuffed animal.
Every Barbie world needs a medic. Featuring a working siren, the Barbie Care Clinic Vehicle races to the rescue in emergency situations. What’s cool? Not only is it an ambulance, but also it transforms to reveal a care clinic! Check in patients at the check-in stand and have them wait for their appointment in the waiting room with a fish tank. Interacting with the fish tank reveals a gift shop for get-well gifts, such as a teddy or heart balloon. The exam room is perfect for medical emergencies or check-ups. Here you can even reveal two x-rays. Accessories include a medical bag, stethoscope, arm cast, leg cast, blood pressure machine, and more to enhance your play experience.
“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.
Crash is back for a new generation of fans! Crash Bandicoot has returned with glorious HD visuals in this remake of the original games in the series. This 3-game bundle is a fantastic value and will take you on an exciting adventure with Crash Bandicoot. Be prepared for classic thrilling platforming gameplay with amped up challenge to put your platforming skills to the ultimate test. Now this is how to remaster a classic.
Experience the lights, sounds, and phrases of this massive 22-inch Peppa Pig Lights ‘N’ Sounds Family home. This four-story house is beautifully detailed and cheerful with four levels of fun and 7 rooms sure to encourage endless imaginative play. Fans of the show will be astounded by this larger than life playhouse and will love decorating the home with 15 accessories.
What better way to find the coolest toys for kids? Got older kids? Check out gifts for 13 year old girls and gifts for 13 year old boys. We got the children to help out and tell us about the toys they are asking Santa for. With the help of kids, we’ve chosen hundreds of awesome toys. This year we have categorized our list to make it easier to find the perfect gift to put under the tree. We also have identified “Buzz Toys.” A “Buzz Toy” is a toy that is extra awesome.
SpinMaster has created the most realistic doll ever with Luvabella. She loves being tickled – tickle her feet or tummy. She’s a really happy baby and loves playing games like Peek-a-boo. She is extremely life-like with blinking eyes and an animated mouth, head, and arms. Her life-like expressions make her come to life. What makes her so special is that she features hundreds of responses. You can even hear her little heartbeat if you put your head to her chest. The cool part? The more you play with her, the more she learns. Bring home this loveable bundle of joy!
“Infants are really learning about their place in the world, so the best toys give them some sense of feedback,” said Tovah Klein, director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and author of “How Toddlers Thrive,” citing the classic baby rattle. “'I hit this and it moves’ is the beginning of having a sense of their place in the world.”
The Xbox One is home to solid first-party exclusives like Halo, Forza, Gears of War and more! It’s also home to one of the best online multiplayer experiences with Xbox Live. The console is a powerhouse delivering amazing HD graphics and immersive gameplay experiences. A new Netflix-like platform will allow you to play at least 100 titles from spanning many of Xbox’s top titles.
“I love puppets. They’re a personification of this really cool-looking thing that seems to talk and engage with them. How fun is that?” Dr. Golinkoff says. “It’s great because it’s another persona that speaks and allows them to engage.” Here’s a set of animals and family members to elevate the bedtime story — and further develop your child’s language-acquisition skills and imagination.
A: Colorful toys help to stimulate baby’s eyesight and engage them in play. High-contrast toys, such as toys with lots of different animals, help your child to switch focus. By pointing out the colors, and talking about the different animals, your baby will learn to follow along with you, rather than staying fixed on one subject. They might not understand the meaning of your words yet, or be able to differentiate between the animals fully, but they’ll develop the mental capacity to change tracks. Deceptively simple concepts and toys can still have a huge impact on your child’s learning to assess and functionally interact with the world around them.
Vroom! Vroom! Counting down the days to Christmas just got a whole lot more exciting. Now you can count down the days to Christmas with Hot Wheels. There are 8 vehicles and 16 accessories to unbox inside. The best part? Compared to last year, this time around there are no stickers so you get actual toy accessories. It’s the perfect Advent Calendar for car lovers.
Blocks aren't the only powerhouse in the playroom. Even infants can follow a ball with their eyes as it rolls across the floor. In doing so, says Maureen Maiocco, early-childhood program director at SUNY Canton, in Canton, New York, they "must follow the direction and anticipate the location of the ball as it moves toward them." This kind of visual tracking helps coordinate your baby's eye movements with his body's movements. Plus, predicting when the ball will reappear reinforces the idea that when something disappears from sight, it's not necessarily gone for good.
It is a great educational toy for toddlers from 1 to 3 years old. It grows with the baby: at first it can be used as a floor toy, then a ride on, baby walker or pull wagon for other toys! There are 10 different activities like clock, alphabet blocks, storybook, gears, all of it help baby to learn the letters, numbers, colors, melodies, phrases, animals and objects and develop motor skills.