This is one of the newest (and best-selling) games so far in 2018.  In fact, it’s one of Kickstarter’s 50 most backed projects of all time.  Pretty impressive.  This super fun/crazy unicorn-based game is for the older kids.  They say 14+, but plenty of parents who’ve reviewed and played feel like 10-12+ was perfectly fine.  Either way, the goal is to build your own unicorn army (mainly by betraying your friends).  Be the first to to build the army of 7 unicorns and win this strategic card game!

Capture the speed, thrills, and excitement of a roller coaster with this awesome Creator Expert set from LEGO. This 4,124-piece set features incredible details, such as a working rollercoaster, ticket booth, cotton candy cart, concession stand, and more to bring the experience to life. Fans will love watching these gravity-driven cars hurtle through the twists and turns. What’s cool? You can even upgrade to a manual or automated chain lift with LEGO Power Functions or LEGO Boost, respectively. Get ready for thrilling, high speed fun ahead!

It comes with six classic nursery rhymes, which play as the pages are turned, and there are buttons that slide and twist on each page for added sounds and music. The book can be placed in vocabulary mode to teach them new words or in music mode where the sounds of various instruments will fill the air at the push of one of five buttons. In all, there are more than 40 songs, melodies, sounds and phrases to explore.


Harmonix, the creator of Rock Band and Guitar Hero, has a music game called DropMix. It’s a cool new mixing game played with NFC-enabled cards. You can create amazing mixes of your own and score points for doing so. Mix the latest hits from a variety of music genres. The game works with a free app you download to your smartphone. It’s a fantastic party game where fun is the name of the game.
The VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker helps babies 9 to 36 months go from crawling to walking with plenty of fun. Start with the activity panel for floor play, then remove it to step up with the walker. Spinning gears, piano keys, songs, and light-up buttons will keep babies entertained for hours while helping them develop their senses and motor skills.
Looking for something fun, exciting, and new in the world of collectibles? Meet Sizzle. This oddball-looking creature comes locked up in a box that states: “CAUTION!!!” Dare you to open it with the play crowbar. Beware: If you pull his tongue, he vibrates, makes noises, and his eyes glow. What’s cool? The crate is reuseable and he reacts differently based on his orientation.
One of the author and illustrator Eric Carle's favorite characters, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, takes on the role of a lifetime: The World of Eric Carle Very Hungry Caterpillar Wood Pull Toy. Babies and toddlers will love wandering around their room or playroom with one of their favorite children’s books characters following close behind. Baby girl and baby boy Christmas gifts, such as this classic wood pull toy, are enjoyed now, handed down later and treasured for years to come. ($16; amazon.com)
This 150-piece set offers young builders ages 4 and older an easy build. For younger kids this is most likely going to be the big hit for many fans, as it is an incredibly detailed Juniors set based on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom for larger than life fun. Who said only big kids can have all the fun? Kids will enjoy bringing their imaginations and stories to life with this amazing new set slated for release this April. Recreating the T-Rex breakout scene will be really exciting for fans. The set includes nice set pieces based on the Jurassic World universe, a large raptor, vehicle, 3 minifigures, baby dino, and more accessories.
The SNES Classic was long rumored after the discontinuation of the NES Classic Edition. It’s official the SNES Classic Edition will feature 21 built-in games including the previously unreleased Star Fox 2. The console will feature two SNES controllers. The stellar lineup includes favorites like Super Mario World, Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, Super Punch-Out!!, F-Zero, Donkey Kong Country, Star Fox, Street Fighter II Turbo, Super Mario Kart, Contra III and more! Now this is classic gaming heaven!
“One-year-olds are starting to notice routines and patterns in the world around them, so to the extent a 1-year-old is getting into a car or taxi and going somewhere,” explains Lytle, “that’s a fairly basic routine that they might like to role-play with toys that reflect their experience.” They might appreciate this Taxi Push Toy by Manny and Simon, which is known for its ecoconscious, American-made toys. It’s perfect for city babies who’ll learn how to hail a taxi before they can speak a full sentence.
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We encourage parents to do their own extensive research since many teething toys out there do still contain some trace levels of BPA. Even some of the cooling gels and agents used on some products to aid in relief may leak after extensive use or improper treatment. It can be a lengthy process, but your child’s health is always worth it. Also, as part of our evaluation and suggestion to parents, don’t look for a quick and easy–or cheap–fixes! The more you do this, the more likely you are to get a product with toxins, or a product that peels and is a choking hazard. Even something like food- and medical-grade silicone can be deceptive.
Made of high grade and premium polyester material, the Kick and Play Piano Gym by Fisher-Price provides 5 activity toys as well as soft newborn-friendly classical music and children’s songs for optimum comfort. The headboard is designed as a set of piano keys and the bed is adorned with an arch where the activity toys are left dangling. It includes an elephant clacker, a hippo teether, and 3 other fun animal characters. 
Get ready to take a T-Rex-sized bite out of your next adventure! Designed with preschoolers in mind, the Imaginext Jurassic World Jurassic Rex stands over 2-feet tall. It features plenty of articulation points. This dino toy allows kids to play out the role of Owen with the included figure and this massive T-Rex toy. Set Owen atop the Power Pad and turn him to make the T-Rex respond. Her eyes will change from green to red, indicating it’s in predator mode. Take control of the dino by the handle to make it roar and lunge forward and take a bite into the included playset or jeep. Kids are going to love the ability to grab the jeep with its teeth. Overall, it’s jam-packed with fun, interactive lights and sound effects as well as chomping action for thrilling dino adventures.
From my personal experience as a mom of three, I have found that learning animal sounds as a young toddler is a huge stepping stone to language development.  Once my children started saying animal sounds, they quickly began saying many other words as well.  We have a farm set nearly identical to this one and it has been a favorite toy for all three of my kids!
Paw Patrol fans can spark their imaginations and go on exciting, fun-filled adventures in Adventure Bay with these Paw Patrol mini vehicles. The vehicles are TV show-accurate, heightening your child’s play experience. What’s cool? These mini vehicles can connect to your Ultimate Rescue Themed Vehicles. Collect all your favorites to recreate fantastic rescue missions just like in the show.
Got a little one who loves helping you cook? This set makes one of the best Christmas gifts for budding chefs. Their imaginations will thrive as they bake, decorate, count and sort these cookies in preparation for the block's next fun tea party. All cookies fit into a handy, dandy tube, so you can throw them in your purse for an easy on-the-go toy. ($10; macys.com)

This talking picnic set by LeapFrog is designed to help kids learn about shapes, colors and manners with fun learning songs and sound effects. Toddlers can also build their motor skills with sorting, matching and stacking activities. The set includes six food items, two plates, two forks, two cups, one blanket and one basket that all help to stimulate your little learner's imagination. (Recommended ages: 6 months to 3 years)
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).
Your kid has so much fun at home, right? It's brilliant to turn play time into learning time. The toy market is so vast these days, there seems to be learning toys for everything, which is so cool. Whether you have a silly scientist who seems to take to biology, or a little learner who's an empath at heart, there are toys that encourage intellectual development across the board.

Keep your toddler moving, learning, exploring and growing with the help of these toddler girl toys from Fat Brain Toys. Little ones around the ages of 1 to 3 absolutely adore these fun educational toys for girls. These are unique products that are designed with your child’s development in mind. So while she’s having a blast playing, she’ll also be developing new skills and learning about the world around her. Browse our full collection of toddler toys for girls to find the perfect gift for a birthday, holiday or other special occasion.

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)
A toddler will start to achieve milestones in the realm of creativity as well. They’ll start to understand simple fantasy stories and how to develop and use their own creativity for pretend play. During this period, since the imagination becomes very active, it is crucial that the toddler learns how to separate fantasy from reality and an issue with nightmares might develop as well. In response, if your toddler achieves the milestone of simple problem solving and learning what is and isn’t correct, the issue shouldn’t expand into something more.
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.
From my personal experience as a mom of three, I have found that learning animal sounds as a young toddler is a huge stepping stone to language development.  Once my children started saying animal sounds, they quickly began saying many other words as well.  We have a farm set nearly identical to this one and it has been a favorite toy for all three of my kids!
These are one of the most popular baby toys, and for good reason—they’re also one of the best development toys for babies! Help your little learner improve their fine motor skills and problem-solving skills with this adorable block and basket set. This toy also introduces shapes and colors and is easily stored. Recommended for babies 6 months and up. ($8; walmart.com)

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!
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).
Why we love it: It's very easy for even small babies to grab and is lovely and soft to hold. 'Sophia could give it a good squeeze and hold on to it well,' says our baby tester's mum. 'She loves the mirror side and prefers holding it where she can see that. As she gets older, it will be an ideal toy to do throwing and catching with as it's soft but big enough for her to grab on to. I think she will enjoy it for a while to come!'
We predict a slew of Mickey-inspired dance parties with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Hot Diggity Dance & Play Mickey. This plush Disney doll is dressed in a funky light-up T-shirt and impresses people of all ages wtith his dynamic dance moves! Whether he's bopping along to the hot dog song or playing freeze dance, Dancing Mickey is a rockin' delight. ($40; amazon.com)

Now this is one of the biggest surprises that’s most anticipated for the upcoming holiday season!  You can officially order it right now, since it’s finally been released to the public!  This one comes with over 60 new never-before-seen surprises, all with exclusive dolls and the cutest accessories ever!  This is the perfect one to add to their collection and, hopefully, you can get your hands on it before it’s gone! Learn more here!
Slated for a Holiday 2017 release, Rocket League strikes its way onto the Nintendo Switch for the first time. Millions of players have already discovered the high-octane fun of these rocket-powered flying battle cars. It’s like a futuristic action sports game where rocket-powered cars battle to score goals, make epic saves, and win! Strap in and get ready for insane fun!

From the makers of Magna-Tiles comes Magna-Qubix. These are new three-dimensional building cubes that allow your child to build their spatial reasoning skills. Building in 2D is one thing, but building in 3D brings a whole new dimension to the table. It will make you think differently and it’s a whole lot of fun. The set contains 29 pieces with a variety of shapes ranging from pyramids and prisms to cubes and more. The best part? You can build just about anything you can think of. Your imagination is your only real limitation. What exciting things will you build?
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.

The last but still very important milestone is health. By this phase, the toddlers should have already been weaned off from breastfeeding and have some experience in consuming table food. This milestone focuses on habits such as regular brushing, bath taking and simple, toddler friendly exercise. Since this is the phase where toddlers start to grow in pounds and height, it’s essential for proper nutrition to be included and frequent access to other kids means regular doctor visits for check-ups. The most common milestone is normal growth and physical ability.
LEGO Mindstorms EV3 allows you to build 5 different robots. LEGO’s made this set fun, easy to get into, and brought a lot of functionality to its bricks. The faster processor and added memory translate into a better play experience for kids. The models are full of personality and it’s amazing to see your LEGO creations come to life. There’s even a basic programming component to code behaviors. Even after all of these years, it’s still one of the best robotics sets.

When it comes to holiday gifts for the toddler crowd, Christmas toys that feature Elmo are sure-fire winners. Kids can recreate their favorite Sesame Street faces out of (organic) dough! Use the tools (made of 100 percent recycled plastic) to stamp out the shapes, then accessorize with the pop-out features and have fun with the double-sided activity card.
Toddlers love the Easy Score Basketball set. It’s one of the best-selling basketball sets. The set features a basketball hoop with three junior-sized balls. The best part? The hoop can be adjusted to grow with your child from two to four feet. The basketball rim is oversized to build confidence in your toddler. Some toddlers may even be able to dunk the ball. It’s a super fun game building eye-hand coordination as well as social and motor development skills. It’s slam dunk fun!
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.
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Babies between the ages of 6 to 12 months are beginning to explore and interact with people and their surroundings, like crawling and walking across the living room. New teeth pop up through their gums, so finding durable and safe toys for them to mouth, bite and chew are important. Parents also get a little window into their thoughts, watching their baby touch and activate buttons, or place blocks into a container, or begin to turn the pages of a cardboard book.

Who doesn’t love Mickey? Kids will love as Mickey performs his signature Hot Dog Dance as featured in the show. He dances, spins, and wiggles like no other mouse. Who knew Mickey had moves like that?! Kids will love dancing along with Mickey. In addition to dancing and entertaining kids, Mickey also plays Freeze Dance and What’s That Sound? game. Who’s ready for some fun with Mickey?


Most times when you’re buying a gift for baby, you’re actually buying a gift for the new mom and dad that will be pleased and baby will like (or at least benefit from). And that makes gift giving a bit more tricky. Even if you don’t get something from our list, though, do the parent a favor and adhere to the recommended age of any toy you get, especially if that parent is you. Storing a gift for years is no fun.
Splatoon 2 is the sequel to the original game on the Wii U. Don’t let the bright, colorful colors fool you! It’s a fun game for all ages 10 and older. Yeah, it features some of the same paint-splatting fun of the original – but it’s addictively fun! It’s somewhat like paintball but a lot more fun. In the 4-on-4 matches you’ll need to cover the majority of the turf with your team’s paint color. You constantly want that ‘one more game’ which is a mark of a great game. In addition to a solid multiplayer online mode, the game will also feature a solo campaign and a handful of new weapons. Let the turf wars begin!
This is a great toy for tummy time or for in the crib, especially if baby needs to hang out in the crib not sleeping while you pop in the shower quickly or run to the bathroom. He’ll be safe and sound in his crib and entertained by the rolling ladybug ball and twisting bee. As for tummy time, his own little face will have him looking up and strengthening his neck muscles for much longer than he would without this motivator.
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).
Bet your Nerf gun can’t do this! Unlike traditional Nerf blasters, kids can have fun learning engineering skills with the VEX Robotics Gatling Rapid Fire Motorized Dart Shooter. Not only can you build it, but you can actually blast away. How cool is that?! Assemble it with over 800 pieces and watch in amazement as you see your Gatling blaster come to life. The barrel actually rotates and it fires 8 rubber-tipped darts.

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.
With an infant on your hands, it might feel like all you do these days is feed, change diapers and catch a nap while baby sleeps (if you're lucky). But while it may seem like baby can’t do much, it's actually never too early to start playing with your child. In the early weeks and months, she isn't exactly ready to kick a soccer ball or put together a puzzle, but there are plenty of fun ways to engage with her that’ll have important long-term benefits for her physical and mental development.
The Grand Department Store is central to the Calico Critters’ new series. Its design allows kids to customize the layout by moving around the terrace, balconies, windows and awnings. Kids can let their critters enter the store via the revolving tower doors and explore the various levels with the elevator. This set includes one Stella Hopscotch Rabbit figure to bring your imaginative storytelling adventures to life.
Curious kids have a ton of questions about their bodies. Now with Disgusting Science from Scientific Explorer they can learn a lot about their bodies with this hands-on kit. Kids will learn why feet stink and they can even make fake snot and blood. They will create a stinky intestine and even learn to grow friendly molds and bacterias. In all, the set features 6 activities to educate your child. Yeah, it’s gross-out science, but kids will absolutely love it.
With colorful and multifunctional wings, the Clip & Go Firefly Freddie is a great toy for your newborn baby and an excellent accessory to his or her stroller or even baby carrier. It can also be added to his or her existing mobile. It features a ladybug teether, clacking rings, a peek-a-boo mirror, a squeaker, and crinkly wings. It can also play a friendly and melodic jingle anytime anywhere. It is made of high quality and soft materials especially for the delicate skin of your baby.
With its protective rubber case, the Fire HD 10 is clearly a tablet made for very active youngsters. But that's not the only smart aspect of this device: it also boasts easy-to-use parental controls that can limit screen time (or protect young eyes from unsuitable content), while simultaneously allowing your kid to meet his or her learning goals through educational games and animated series. What more can you ask from a toddler toy? Price varies by edition. ($200; amazon.com)
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!
When babies are older and can crawl after the ball, they are working on spatial awareness -- How far away is that ball? Where is my body in relation to it? As toddlers become preschoolers, spatial awareness leads to logical thinking. Now that they're getting the hang of throwing and catching, they have to start figuring out how hard to throw and in which direction. In other words, they have to estimate the parameters in which they can throw and catch.
Infants who are less than 28 days old are generally classified as newborns or, in medical parlance, neonates; although it is not uncommon to see some parents calling a 3 month old baby still a newborn. This stage of a child’s development is very crucial as he or she is still adjusting to life outside the protection of the mother’s womb. Neonates are especially vulnerable to infections, injuries, and other illnesses. Unfortunately, it is also a very critical stage in his or her development because anything that he or she experiences or senses by this time will already be imprinted on his or her very young mind.
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.”

It’s one of our favorite eco-friendly baby Christmas gifts. The height-adjustable frame is made of 100 percent birch and finished with nontoxic stains. The wooden teething toys are untreated Indian hardwood and buffed with vegetable seed wax. The animal rattles are hand-knit in Peru from organic cotton—and since they’re removable, they can double as stroller toys.
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