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)
Baby clothes are a gift that, when practical and adorable, are always a parent pleaser. The babyGEAR Santa Fleece Footie outfit is one of those Christmas gifts for newborns and even older infants that will bring on the oohs and ahhs. Baby can comfortably sport their holiday wear so much so that you can almost guarantee yourself a “sleeping Santa” picture under the Christmas tree. Just make sure you remember to put on the matching cap! ($12; buybuybaby.com)
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.
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!
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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.

Ready for a fun engineering adventure? The Great Treehouse Engineering Adventure offers fun STEM projects and experiments. Highlights include learning how a block-and-tackle pulley system works, learning how to wire up a chain of LED lanterns, and learning how to build and use a catapult. Who knew learning engineering principles could be this fun?!
Standing 43-inch tall and featuring four levels of play, kids can explore Donatello’s lab, Raphael’s Weight Training Room, Leo’s Rotating Weapon storage wall, Michaelangelo’s arcade, and more with their Turtles action figures in this Epic Sewer Lair Playset. There are seven rooms of play and each of the Turtles has their own room. There is something interesting going on in each room and lots of cool play features. It’s really cool becuase you can literally go from the top to the bottom of the playset.
It’s time to break out those musical toys and instruments! With nine instruments including a busy-bee maraca, caterpillar tambourine and jingle bells, the B. Toys Parum Pum Pum drum will turn your bundle of joy into a onesie-wearing itty-bitty band. Watch as baby enjoys music while fine-tuning their social and large motor skills. Parents love that the drum doubles as a storage bin! Warm up those voices, adults, because with this baby Christmas gift, you’ll be doing a raucous rendition of “Jingle Bells” in no time! ($22; target.com)
They’re totally obsessed with PJ Masks on Disney Jr so you know they’re going to love one of the best-selling in the PJ Masks family right now!  This really fun play set comes with 1 Catboy play figure (and Cat-Car mobile), 3 levels of play, a zip line, a surprise ceiling trap, working elevators, a pop-out exit hatch, and so much more.  They’ll be ready to fight crime and look cute doing it all at the same time!
Babies will enjoy using their feet to push the keys when laying in the crib or touching the keys with their hands when on the floor. When they do, they’ll be rewarded with lights and musical notes. Parents like that the unit can be set in one of three modes to play longer or shorter musical sounds, or introduce shapes, colors, and numbers. With a variety of ways to use this toy, baby will have many opportunities to work on his or her motor skills with the Fisher-Price Kick & Play Piano.
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.

Once your baby starts learning to sit up and crawl, a whole host of new toys can enter the scene. The VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker—an Amazon’s Choice product—is recommended for kids from nine months to three years of age, and comes with all the bells and whistles to keep him occupied for hours at a time while also developing those important sit and stand skills.
These super cute Little Live Wrapples do just that….wrapple around your kids wrist.  Their tail is like those snap bracelets we all used to have in the 80’s and the 90’s, so they stay on their wrist securely.  Plus, these cuties have over 50 different sounds and reactions and their eyes even light up to match their mood!  There are 4 different Wrapples to choose from.  See all the options here!
Surprise your L.O.L. fan this holiday season with L.O.L. Surprise #OOTD Outfit of the Day. This limited edition set features an exclusive L.O.L. Surprise! doll and over 25 surprises. In fact, fans can celebrate with a new look each day. With 24 exclusive fashion pieces, fans will enjoy dressing up their doll and going on all sorts of fun adventures.
Babies Christmas gifts are fun to buy and even more fun to give, which is oh-so-true of the Lamaze Mortimer the Moose toy. It is equipped with various textures, colors and sounds, making it the perfect addition to their collection of sensory-centered toys. Deck the stroller with this multitasking moose or connect it to baby’s carrier or car seat and see little faces delight. Make sure Mortimer the Moose is with you on the go to help entertain and keep baby company. ($16; amazon.com)

Among our picks for toddler Christmas gifts, consider this the perfect multi-purpose toy. It’ll give little ones practice counting and recognizing numbers and colors. Each pop shows a number of dots, while the cover shows the numeral and color. Plus, as your toddler slides the covers on and off, his fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination get a boost.
A great choice for baby’s first rattle as it is the softest around. The feet are made of a crinkly material which crunches when chewed on or squeezed. Perfect for the first sensory toy providing sound and touch opportunities as baby grows. The vibrant colors and jingling bells will keep baby spellbound for a good while. The unique ring shape makes this toy easy for baby to hold making it a first toy for developing those motor skills.
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.
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.
Love Barbie and coloring books? Your two favorite play patterns merge with Barbie + Crayola Color-In Fashions, taking creativity to a whole new level! Using 5 Crayola Supertip markers, you bring your creativity and designs to life. What’s cool? Since these markers are washable, you can design and re-design over and over again for endless fun. This set includes one Barbie doll, 5 washable fashions, 2 accessories, one dress form, and 5 washable Crayola Supertip markers.
Love Batman? You can never go wrong with Batman action figures. Dive into missions with these detailed 6-inch Knight Missions Batman action figures. The figures are well-scultped with authentic details and feature 14 points of articulation for bringing the action to life. Choose from Batman, Robin, and more. The 6-inch figures nicely fit in the new Batmobile. Let the epic storytelling begin!
One of the more interesting and creative sets for younger kids is the Magformers Sky Track Adventure Set. Magformers is the leader in magnetic construction toys, which are perfect for introducing children to STEM concepts like math and engineering as well as developing spatial reasoning, critical thinking and creativity skills. What’s cool is that the Sky Track Adventure set allows kids to build several cool configurations and race a battery-powered rocket along the track.
Meet the Big Boy! The Thunderhawk looks pretty long out of the box. Extend the barrel and it stretches out to 41 inches. What?! It’s the largest Nerf blaster ever! It’s spring powered and primed with a bolt handle on the side. Nerf is taking the power of the line and blending it with precision. It features the new Mega Accustrike darts, which has the Accustrike tip that makes them more accurate. It comes with an integrated 10 dart indexing clip and 10 new Mega Accustrike darts.
Play gives children the chance to practice new skills over and over again. Toys that give kids a chance to figure something out on their own—or with a little coaching—build their logical thinking skills and help them become persistent problem-solvers. They also help children develop spatial relations skills (understanding how things fit together), hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills (using the small muscles in the hands and fingers).
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. 

Looking for epic Beyblade battles? The Beyblade Burst Evolution Star Storm Battle Set is designed with new Beyblade tech – allowing fans to change up striking powers and customize the course of battle. These tops are compatible with the Beyblade Burst app. This set features one Beyblade Burst Star Storm Beystadium, two Beyblade Burst Switchstrike right/left spin launchers, and two Beyblade Burst Switchstrike right-spin tops. Let the games begin!
The Ninja Nightcrawler is based on the TV series. It is actually a lot larger than you would expect based on the pictures. It features a muscular racing-type look. Overall, the build quality is very good and it feels sturdy. The wheels are made of rubber and as you roll them and push down on the top of the vehicle, you can fire the studs. It features a spacious cockpit, seating one driver. The set is not particularly difficult to assemble. Set comes with three minifigures and a small motorbike. Kids will really enjoy having this set.

Love Barbie and coloring books? Your two favorite play patterns merge with Barbie + Crayola Color-In Fashions, taking creativity to a whole new level! Using 5 Crayola Supertip markers, you bring your creativity and designs to life. What’s cool? Since these markers are washable, you can design and re-design over and over again for endless fun. This set includes one Barbie doll, 5 washable fashions, 2 accessories, one dress form, and 5 washable Crayola Supertip markers.
MLB The Show 18 has a familiarity to the gameplay that doesn’t quite excite as much as it used to. The list of improvements lack the punch, we’ve come to expect from a top-tier game. It was surprising to see mainstays like Season and Online Franchise mode disappear. However, fans are still getting a reliable and high-quality product. The Show’s gameplay and atmosphere have never felt better. Hitting, fielding, and the overall physics feel tighter, acting more like their real-life counterparts. It’s the most authentic on-field baseball game ever produced with its TV-style presentation.
Lastly, communicative skills milestones become achievable for this toddler phase. The toddler should be able to be understood more clearly and learns how to use proper pronouns to express concepts such as ownership and identity. Once they are three, the milestone of being able to speak hundreds of words plus understand instructions and directions that involve multiple steps should be the achieved. This gives an easy to path to the development of friendships. The milestone of understanding and developing friendships, expressing and using their emotions in social settings and how to interact properly with different kinds of toddlers and people in general will be achieved.
Go on your own thrilling Jurassic World adventures with the Power Wheels Jurassic World Jeep Wrangler. Featuring authentic Jurassic World decals and styling, kids will love recreating their favorite Jurassic World moments. The vehicle features cool dino and Jeep sound effects to heighten overall the experience. A working light bar allows kids to see the terrain day or night. It’s capable of traversing hard terrain to grass and more and cruises along at 2.5-5 MPH.
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!'
It’s best not to underestimate your baby’s strength, even at just a few months old. Early teethers may have fragile gums, but they can still gnaw through weak, poorly made toys. We want to assure you that we’ve chosen teethers with proven durability, thanks to innovative construction methods and durable materials. Solid constructions can come from numerous processes, such as individual knotting for beads, one-piece construction for loops and beads, or the usage of premium-grade silicone.
It seems like babies are constantly growing and changing — and keeping track of all the memories can be a tall task! After eight weeks, parents are (probably) starting to get a little more sleep, and it might seem more within reach to begin making a keepsake memory book. The First 5 Years Memory Book from C.R. Gibson is a popular choice for recording all the moments and memories that are too precious to forget.
Teething is arguably the most unpredictable process in a baby’s development. Some babies are born with one or two teeth, others don’t have teeth even by the first year. There’s also no way to predict how long it will take your baby to have a full set of teeth from the time the first ones come in. That means your baby can go through many different stages of teething over a long period of time. Hence, versatility–specifically, adaptability–was one of our primary criteria when we looked at baby teethers and teething toys.
Hatchimals CollEGGtibles are one of the hottest toys this year. Now kids can bring the fun of CollEGGtibles to their favorite holiday season with Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Advent Calendar. This Advent Calendar features 24 surprises to hatch and over 50 surprises to discover. Each day leading up to Christmas, pop open a door to reveal paper craft decorations, small presents, stickers and accessories for your Hatchimals. What’s cool? Kids can build their own little winter wonderland scene with this set and play out endless creative adventures in Hatchtopia.
By now you've probably had it drilled into your head that whole or real foods - usually from the perimeter of the grocery store - are healthier for your family than processed, refined foods from a box. But grocery shopping can be confusing because many of those processed food boxes (filled with easy, convenient food for busy families) claim to be "natural", "organic", "whole grain" and more. 
It’s already the #1 ‘new’ best seller on Amazon in the toy department and, go figure, it’s already so tough to come by!  This is an advent calendar of sorts where they’ll open the first little case on Dec 1st and get a fun surprise and then open up each individual case each day (up until Dec 25th) for more surprises.  There are 25 in total, plus an exclusive L.O.L doll! Learn more here!
The Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar is not only an adorable character that comes to life with lights, sounds, and actions, but he also helps little learners be big thinkers by enhancing their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. It comes with 8 individual segments as well as a motorized head. At an early stage, kids can explore and discover different possibilities of putting these different segments together. This creates a code or sequence to take him on his journey. Each segment represents motion or a reaction. Now as your child gets more advanced with their coding, they can challenge themselves with the two target discs. So you would have to generate the code to go from start to finish. And if that wasn’t fun enough, a companion app adds more fun games, more learning content, and it brings the Code-A-Pillar to life with new animation.
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!

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!

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.
Nyko has a cool Labo-inspired PixelQuest Arcade Kit coming this fall. It builds a cardboard mini arcade cabinet using your Switch. You can play supported games like Mario Kart 8, Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, Metal Slug 3, and more. The pixel art looks fantastic. What’s cool? There’s a joystick and two buttons to create a six button layout.
Mattel’s new partnership with Crayola brings the inspiring creativity of Crayola to the wonderful world of Barbie. Now Barbie fans can design their very own fashionable skirts for Barbie with this design studio. Everything from washable Crayola Gel markers to washi tape and stickers are included for your fashion designer. A Barbie doll, skirts, hangers, pom poms, and more are also included in the set. Fans can look forward to this exciting set launching this spring.
Featuring a Barbie chef doll, kitchen counter, appliances, cooking and dining utensils, and 5 dough colors for creating food, the Barbie Ultimate Kitchen is the feature set to look out for when it arrives this fall. This kitchen features a cutting board, stovetop, pot, pie baking sheet, and oven. What will you cook up in the Ultimate Kitchen? You can make veggies, sandwiches, fries, and even dessert. There are molds and several cool interactive features like a light-up stove, buttons, and sounds.
“At 1, kids are probably starting to pull themselves up on furniture and maybe even take a couple of steps,” explains Lytle. “When they’re up and walking, they’re most interested in toys that might support them but can also be part of their playtime.” Try this classic toy that an early (or soon-to-be) walker can operate on their own, while toting around their most prized belongings-slash-some-Cheerios.
Bright Starts 3-in-1 Step ‘n Ride Lion: With this fun, game-inspired toy, baby can sit and play, walk behind, or sit and ride. Even the youngest baby can sit and feed balls into the lion’s mouth, then lift the door to rediscover them. It easily converts to a ride-on with a sturdy seat and easy-to-grip handles, and it plays sounds and music to keep baby even more entertained. The Step ‘n Ride Lion received the UK's “Highly Recommended Rainbow Toy” award.
Experience endless creative fun and possibilites with Sphero Bolt. It’s a next-generation app-enabled robotic ball. Featuring advanced sensors, an LED matrix, and infrared communication, kids can create and customize games, discover a range of activities, or simply drive and play. The best part? Kids will have so much fun they’ll forget their learning.
Created by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Relative Insanity is like Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity, but you can play it in front of the family. It’s a game that you’ll love playing because you’re sure to get lots of laughs. There are punch line cards and setup cards. Someone reads the setup, for example: “When my cousin walked in with my new baby, my grandma blurted out _______.” Then players look at their punch lines and submit the one that’s going to get the biggest laugh. The setup person picks the best answer and that player scores points.
Tegu Magnetic Blocks – Tegu blocks are one of a kind. They are magnetic blocks, which make building more fun! They feel amazing and kids of all ages will love playing with these. They are a bit pricey, but they are unique and will last a long time! Also, make sure to watch for them to go on sale. I got ours a week ago when they were 40% off. I love that when you buy their blocks, they plant 2 trees in Honduras!
Among our picks for toddler Christmas gifts, consider this the perfect multi-purpose toy. It’ll give little ones practice counting and recognizing numbers and colors. Each pop shows a number of dots, while the cover shows the numeral and color. Plus, as your toddler slides the covers on and off, his fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination get a boost.
The New Nintendo 3DS XL plays all 3DS games. It delivers better performance, 3D face tracking, and a new C-stick. It also features amiibo compatibility and NFC support. Play all of your favorite Nintendo games on the go from Mario to Pokémon to Super Smash Brothers and Zelda. The system offers an e-shop for playing classic games. Best of all, it offers a unique 3D experience to experience a new dimension in gaming. The 3DS is the leading portable console with no real competition in sight. Get the best portable gaming experience this holiday.

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?

The Wonder Crew Buddies are fantastic new action dolls. They merge action figures with the doll and stuffed animal play. Now kids get the best of both worlds – action, empathy, and nurturing play. Best of all, boys or girls can enjoy them and take them on fascinating adventures. They inspire endless creativity and spark the imagination. And your little kiddo can join in the fun with their own matching superhero mask and costume!
Calling all animal lovers and future veterinarians! Here's one of the best toys for toddlers who are attached at the furry hip to their dog or cat. This Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set from Melissa & Doug consists of two plush animals, plus a 24-piece pretend vet set including stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, cast, bandages and more in a handy tote. Toy experts recommend it for helping children develop empathy. ($30; amazon.com)
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.

Unleash the terror and excitement of breaking loose from the UNTAMED Jailbreak playset. There’s no telling what will ensue once those raptors break loose. UNTAMED fans will love creating fascinating adventures with their UNTAMED raptors with this awesome playset that houses two UNTAMED raptors. This set includes an exclusive T-Rex and raptor. How long can you keep them captive?
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.
Baby clothes are a gift that, when practical and adorable, are always a parent pleaser. The babyGEAR Santa Fleece Footie outfit is one of those Christmas gifts for newborns and even older infants that will bring on the oohs and ahhs. Baby can comfortably sport their holiday wear so much so that you can almost guarantee yourself a “sleeping Santa” picture under the Christmas tree. Just make sure you remember to put on the matching cap! ($12; buybuybaby.com)
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