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)
Moreover, this toy is very interactive and educational, great for older babies and toddlers! Is plays many melodies, phrases and 45 songs that baby can sing along, and it makes different sound effects. This remote also engage role-play, therefore older babies can pretend surfing through nine channels and listen to familiar phrases like “breaking news”.
With 878 pieces, this set includes house banners, a tower with movable spiral staircase, a potions room and treasure room. Also includes 10 inhabitants! Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Susan Bones, Professor McGonagall, Professor Quirrell with dual Lord Voldemort face, Hagrid, Albus Dumbledore and nearly headless Nick. Phew!
Experience the most incredible recreation of the most famous starship in the galaxy with the LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 75192. This 7,500-piece set from the Ultimate Collector Series is packed with amazing details to satisfy the most die-hard Star Wars fans. It’s designed for experienced builders and comes complete with an extensive user’s guide. Crew members include Han Solo, TFA Han Solo, Rey, Finn, BB-8, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, C-3PO, 2 Porgs, and Mynock. Prepare to defeat the First Order. The perfect gift for any Star Wars lover.
Seriously how cute is Ricky the trick loving pup!? He’s new from FurReal and totally interactive. In fact, not only does he respond with over 100 sounds and motions, but he actually performs the cutest little tricks ever like flipping his bone, ‘shaking paws’ with you, barking a catchy little tune, and so much more! Did we mention he’s affectionate too? The kiddos can help ‘train’ him and reward him with treats. When they do that, Ricky the pup will eat them and, well, when they pet his back he’ll poop them out. This one comes with 18 dog treats, a treat pouch, and a fun little bone toy too! We love him!
In all honesty, deciding what is safest for your baby requires speaking with your pediatrician. He or she can make recommendations based on your baby’s unique medical and developmental needs. Babies with certain conditions, for example, may need to avoid very specific contaminants, and perhaps even certain shapes and textures that can pose physical hazards. Your pediatrician may also recommend specific cleaning and sterilization methods, such as boiling in hot water and air drying, rather than using the dishwasher.
Using the grocery shopping analogy, I would say that some toys are more nutritionally dense than others and we want to make sure our babies and children are getting some exposure to those toys that encourage exploration, creativity, sustained attention, social interaction, sensory processing skills, motor development and learning. My aim is to pass along some new ways of thinking about toys so that you can balance your child's "toy diet" with some developmentally powerful toys and activities.
While newborns are notorious for packing their schedules with only a handful of activities—namely sleeping, eating, and pooping—at around three months you will start to notice a marked change in your baby. At around that time babies tend to spend a bit more time awake, they notice more about their surroundings, they’re better able to hold things in their hands, and you might even hear those first coos and giggles.
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.
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.
We always love a ‘toy’ where the kids can actually learn. Go figure!? This is one of the latest must-haves of the season and will come with 5 award winning games that allow your kids to transform their iPad into a hands-on learning tool. It helps with things like math, spelling, and more! It’s perfect for children between the ages of 5 and 12, but the only thing we don’t love about it is that it’s only compatible with the iPad. So if you have another brand’s tablet, it’ll be a no-go.
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.
There’s no other way to say it… kids will have a ball with this toy. Much more than just a traditional ball, this is one rolling, electronic source of fun and learning. The battery-powered ball (three AA batteries are included) wobbles, wiggles and rolls itself about after receiving a slight push, which encourages kids to get moving and crawl or toddle after it.
Black Panther was a big hit at the box office and made an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War. This 12-inch Legends Series action figure features a premium sculpt and details along with accessories to enhance your play experience. Kids will love reenacting their favorite scenes from the movies and bringing the action to life with more than 30 points of articulation.
This spring be on the lookout for an exciting and innovative next big battle-action card game involving transforming figures a la Transformers. With Mecardimals, there’s no need for a physical transformation and it combines vehicles, action figures, and cards. Simply launch your Mecardimal vehicle over the cards and watch them magically transform right before your very eyes.
Following the traditional design of the Razer A, the Power A Electric Scooter has taken that beloved product and now made it electric. It’s powered by a silent brushless motor which delivers a smooth ride and reaches thrilling speeds up to 12 MPH. At 12 pounds, you won’t believe it’s electric. The Power A is easy to fold and transport. What’s cool? Even if you run out of power, it will still continue to function as a kick drive. In addition to the quick-fold technology, the scooter features anti-rattle technology to deliver a smooth riding experience.
This is a great way to introduce baby to new foods. Because it’s in the shape of the pacifier he or she is already used to, this will just seem like a new, tasty pacifier. It won’t require learning any new skills, and there won’t be as big a mess with this. You will still need to teach him how to eat with a spoon, but this is perfect for times when you’re in a rush or on the go.
Singing Rainbow Dash is one of our favorites! Singing Rainbow Dash sings 5 songs and features 15 different phrases. If you pull down her glasses, she will sing a song, like ‘My Little Pony’, and you can also activate her with her Cutie Mark. Here’s a cool surprise: You can also sing a duet with Rainbow Dash. How cool is that?! She also comes with her own glasses. Too cool! Singing Rainbow Dash is going to be a very fun gift if you want to sing karaoke with your favorite friend.
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?!
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.
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.
Shopkins Season 10 was officially unveiled at New York Toy Fair 2018 in a closed off showroom. With Season 10, many favorite characters will return from prior seasons. There are so many fun and colorful collectibles to collect in Season 10. The coolest announcement surrounding these new Shopkins is that the packaging will be made to look like treats and sweets to make your ‘Big Reveal’ that much sweeter!
They still may want your keys in the store, but this key ring toy has enough similar features that they may be distracted enough from yours that you can stop worrying about the car alarm going off in the parking lot being yours. The buttons, lights, and sounds will make baby happy, and they have a great little ring that will let you use just about any fastener to strap it to the cart, stroller, or car seat to prevent loss.
Your newborn might look super-relaxed in his swing or bouncer, but it’s important to work in opportunities for movement throughout his day. "While it's easy to assume that our squishy newborns just need a cozy spot to lounge and watch the world go by, what they really need is time and space to wiggle, stretch and strengthen their bodies in order to master those mini-milestones of early development," Coley says.
For the kid who loves to cook, why not get them a kitchen of their own? This gorgeous kitchen set—one of our favorite Christmas gifts for kids—boasts incredible attention to detail. It features fridge, freezer, microwave and cabinet doors that open and close, oven knobs that click and turn and a rack that slides out, raised burners, a cordless phone and a removable sink for easy cleanup.
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.
Love playing pretend grocery shopping? You’ll love it even more with the Fresh Mart Grocery Store from Melissa & Doug. This realistic grocery play set has tons of play features to inspire endless creative, open-ended play. Constructed of wood, the set includes a scanner that beeps, conveyor belt, credit card swipe machine, cash drawer, display shelving, refrigerator, and more. Combine with play food or your own food to bring the experience to life. Kids can play the role of the cashier or the shopper and they’ll have loads of fun on their shopping adventures.
Inspired by the hit TV show PJ Masks, Cat Boy, Owlette, and Gecko fans will love this super-sized toy with three different character-themed levels. The Control Center allows kids to choose a mission, activate their favorite heroes' sayings and play the theme song. Other features include a zipline, elevator, figurines and vehicles. Needless to say, this toddler toy has been topping Christmas wishlists for a few years now. For ages 3 and up; some assembly required. ($68; amazon.com)
Skip Hop’s cute little shakers come with an owl, hedgehog, and fox that make original rattle sounds. Each character has a different textured belly for little hands to grip and hold and we love Skip Hop because all their products are made phthalate free. With bright colors and distinctive textures these rattles are sure to stimulate your baby’s senses for healthy auditory and visual development.
5. Relevance to real life : Babies are learning about the world around them. They're trying to associate words with the pictures in books and the toys in their world. The objects that they play with and interact with on a daily basis can contribute to that understanding of the world. I advocate for at least some of a baby's toys to be related to or resemble real life objects. Look for baby books with real photos or realistic drawings of animals and toy animals that actually look like animals (as opposed to the singing octopus pirate previously mentioned). Let your baby play with cups and wooden spoons, wooden blocks, mirrors, scarves, etc.
Plasticine is the original no-dry modeling material. It’s been around for over 100 years! This pack of 12 is great for inspiring your child’s creativity and imagination. There are 24 rainbow colors to inspire creativity. There are endless creative possibilities and your child’s imagination is the only limit. The best part? The modeling material never dries out. So play on!
Pomsies could be the next big hit to take on the Fingerlings. Kids don’t even know they want this yet, but it’s sure to make their wish lists. They are cute, cuddly, interactive wearable pets that wrap around your wrist and feature 50 different sounds and reactions. They sing, dance, and can be worn on clothing or attached to your backpack or hair. You know when they are happy, sleepy, or hungry by the color of their eyes and cute kitty sounds, and they even respond to your voice and touch. What’s cool? The more you touch and play with it, the more it reacts. Kids will enjoy taking their new BFF wherever their adventures lead them.
With over 80 Hatchimals CollEGGtibles to collect in Season 4, this one dozen pack is a great way to quickly build your collection. This set contains two exclusives not found elsewhere. What’s cool about Season 4 is they shine bright when you shine a light source on them. Collect ’em, trade ’em, and share ’em with your friends. So much hatchin’ fun!
Ok so Pomsies is actually pretty cute. These little balls of fluff (we think it might be an electronic cat, but we can’t be 100% certain) can latch on to your wrist, arm, backpacks and more! Plus they’re totally interactive, have 50 different reactions, and love it when you pet them and take care of them. There are 4 different Pomsies to choose from in a variety of different colors. Learn more here.
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