These blocks are amazing and are on our toy gift wish list! They might look like ordinary wooden blocks…but they stick together because they are magnetic! The magnets are placed inside the wood, an important safety feature. The manufacturer says they are appropriate for children 6 months+, but I would still be hesitant to use the smallest cubes with toddlers who still put toys in their mouth. The only bad thing about these blocks is that they are pretty pricey. They are extremely well-made, however, and would last for years to come.
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.
This adorable pay mat and ball pit is unbelievably packed with activities for your little one to enjoy for hours. Used as a play mat for play or sleeping, the hanging toys can be used separately or linked together. This will develop baby’s motor and cognitive skills. Then as a ball pit with the mesh siding up, baby can play with the plastic balls and put them through the side holes or the turtles head. A true activity set with so much to do! The arch can be removed as baby grows older and just wants to play with the ball pit.
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.
Everything about babies is so exciting, but when it comes to toys that’s when shopping really gets fun. However, every toy is not ideal for babies and it’s hard to know which toys are developmentally appropriate, fun and safe for infants. At Fat Brain Toys, we know there is a smarter way to play when it comes to toys for babies. We collected data on the most popular baby toys as well as the toys our customers purchase frequently to target the best baby toys for 2018. Since we understand babies explore with their mouths, we make certain the toys that make our best of list are completely safe for babies. So, parents, caregivers, friends and relatives can feel god about choosing a toy from our top baby toys of the year.
Is it super difficult to get your kiddo to calm down and pay attention? We hear you! Bring home an educational activity table so your little one can take all of that energy out in a productive way. This option features more than 70 learning responses, sounds, and songs, plus activities that will increase your kid's knowledge of numbers, letters, colors, and shapes!
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)
Toddlers love to take apart, put back together, pull out, put in, add on, and build up. Choose toys that are “open-ended” in the sense that your child can play many different games with them. For example, wooden blocks or chunky plastic interlocking blocks can be used to make a road, a zoo, a bridge, or a spaceship. Toys like this spark your child’s imagination and help him develop problem-solving and logical thinking skills.
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.
One fundamental truth of babies is that they love to grow up. And in hand with that, they love to act just like mommy and daddy. The buttons and music with this toy remote will have baby thinking he’s just like daddy by pointing and clicking. And, while you love having baby around you, having him turn the TV channel while you’re watching a big game is not ideal. This is a great toy to use for the old switcheroo.
It’s time to head back to the 90s! Polly Pocket is making a big return in 2018 with the Polly Pocket World Assortment. These compact Pocket Worlds are perfect for taking the fun on the go. Each has its own theme and comes along with micro dolls, accessories, and other neat surprises. Look for Polly Pocket to make its debut in fall, retailing for $4.99 – $19.99.
Building blocks are popular toddler toys that provide an early lesson in the laws of physics. Your kids can learn about gravity, cause and effect, and the importance of a stable foundation without even realizing it. Blocks are a smart buy for young ones since kids typically maintain interest even as they get older. Start with a set of wooden blocks or big plastic ones that interlock. Both are a good size for toddlers who are still mastering fine motor skills.
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.
Young toddlers who are starting to practice their walking skills will get a kick out of this push toy and activity walker. For ones who aren't quite walking, this toy will help them learn to keep their balance. For when they are officially on the move, they'll love to zoom this around the house (and probably into your walls and furniture, so watch out!).
The first phase of block play is what MacDonald terms "tote and carry." Your 2-year-old is doing little or no building, but she can pile, haul, and drop -- and in the process learn about weight, stability, and balance. Of course a toddler's favorite lesson will probably be the noisiest and messiest: gravity. To the outrage of many an older sibling, toddlers learn quickly that what goes up must come down -- and that knocking down blocks brings an exciting reward. "Children like order and structure, but at a young age they love to create chaos even more," says MacDonald. "Just by stacking one block on top of another, they learn that unstable things fall down, while stable things don't."
This year Magformers introduces a new line called Clicformers. This 34-piece Speed Wheel set allows little builders to construct different vehicles with these magnetically attaching pieces. You can create a buggy, nitro vehicle, cruiser, hot rod, desert truck, turbo vehicle and more. Wheels are included so that you can race your car into action. It’s a real game-changer in the world of Magformers.
Babies are learning new skills every day, as they are soon quickly motivated to interact with people and their environment. The best toys for infants help babies learn to develop attention, hand-eye coordination, motor skills for rolling and crawling. Many baby toys excite babies and encourage them to babble and speak their first words. Parents do a lot of research on the best baby toys in order to find ways to offer their children ways to learn during playtime.
VTech is a leader in kids electronic learning toys. The KidiBeats Drum Set promotes interactive learning that keeps little hands and minds busy. With three drum pads and a cymbal, the KidiBeats Drum Set lets toddlers rock ‘n’ roll to their own beat or to nine different melodies. The set has four different modes that teach letters, counting skills, phonics and memorization with follow-along tunes. Little rockers can feel like real drummers in free play mode as they bang out new rhythms with the included drum sticks to four different musical genres: jazz, rock, dance and pop. The drum and cymbal pads light up in follow along mode to help kids keep the beat. In free play mode, they light up every time the pads are hit. Number jams, Alphabeats, follow me, and free style will keep kids learning and jamming for hours. And when parents need a break there’s a quiet-play feature and an auto-shutoff to preserve battery life.
Exersaucers and jumpers encourage babies to take weight through their feet in a standing position while they play. For babies that are the recommended age range, who can not climb out, they give baby a contained place to play. However, developmentally, parents should be mindful of the time babies spend in exersaucers and always balance their playtime with floor time so baby can learn other developmental skills, too.
More than toys for any other age, picking the right playthings for babies is important — interest, entertainment, development and of course safety are all factors that come into play. This year’s 10 best baby toys are excellent choices, having not only the “fun factor,” but also have received wonderful positive reviews from parents and other shoppers.
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).
“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.”
The endless loop rings and facets will keep the baby constantly engaged in trying to find the end point! The quiet rattle has a subdued effect that’s just enough as a teaching tool in understanding cause and effect, while not loud to annoy parents and other adults. Manhattan has been a trusted manufacturer since 1979, and makes this teething toy BPA-Free, so safety and health are never a main concern.
Hot Wheels is known for its physical play, but now it is blending the physical and virtual world with Augmoto. Augmoto adds AR on top of a classic Hot Wheels race track. In order to race your opponent around the track, players have to complete mini games using an app. For example, players can earn missile attacks, which can be used to slow down your opponent. The AR component adds a strategic element to the classic Hot Wheels track, making it feel more like a video game.
Simply stick the suction cup to any flat surface and watch your child become mesmerized by the spinning wheel. The centerpiece spinners enhance visual tracking and strengthen fine motor wheels, while also encouraging your baby to reach, tug, and bat, which helps develop hand-eye coordination. The colorful beads within the clear structure of the toy also help baby connect the idea of sound to sight. Multiple texture points are optimal for baby’s developed play, as well. This toy is recommended for kids six months and up.
Yes this is the magic Harry Potter wand your kids (and you!) have been waiting for. They’ll actually build this themselves and learn to code all at the same time! From there their magic wand will be able to do things like make pumpkins grow, make feathers fly, multiply your magical goblets, make fire flow, create spells and so much more! Plus, did we mention this will all interact via their tablet or computer? Pretty amazing. Learn more here.
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.
Now’s the time to start them on a wonderfully classic set of wooden train tracks. “Kids love running cars on tracks,” says Dr. Golinkoff. “They’re not very sophisticated at putting the track together, but they love to take the different engines and cars to run them around. As they get older they grow with it and can start to rearrange the tracks themselves.”
Because if your kids are giving their Hatchimals a major eye-roll, they’re probably in the market for the new creepy Fuggler. These Fugglers (which stands for ‘Funny Ugly Monster’ but we don’t see how) are said to be one of the must-haves of the year. There are dozens of these creepy little devils to choose from and they’re perfect for any kid who’s over the cute and cuddly stuffed animals that are being marketed to them all day long! Learn more here.
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.