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.
"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.”
Push the buttons on BeatBo’s belly or feet to trigger a medley of toe-tapping songs. There’s even a baby DJ option where you can record short phrases for BeatBo to remix into a dance tune — great for a tot who’s beginning to discover music. “Young kids love to make music and noises and exploring things, like, Can I make it softer? Can I make it louder?” Lytle says. “What happens when I hit it harder? Does that make it louder? That’s a really interesting learning process.”
This adorable octopus can play music for baby in three languages. What a find for families that are bilingual! A great sensory toy with its plush, blue fur and satin designs on face and legs. Each leg teaches baby a new item, such as a leaf, star or flower. The Octoplush is a perfect size for a companion to snuggle and sleep with thus increasing the security level for baby.
What kids don’t love their Hot Wheels tracks! This one is the super crazy Corkscrew with the ginormous 3-loop challenge! Your kiddos will try to launch their cars into the track and complete the loops without crashing. Eh, maybe they want to crash. Isn’t that half the fun? Even better is that if they have other Hot Wheels tracks this one is compatible with others! This one comes with one Hot Wheels car, but you can buy more of the cars here!
Want some glam in your life, then you will love the new Glam Glitter series of L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls. These new dolls feature the most glam styles you’ve seen yet. L.O.L. fans will love collecting these glamorous girls. They are the perfect addition to your collection. Each doll will have a special surprise: Will it be a crier, spitter, tinkler, or color changer?
These magnetic shapes stick to each other, allowing your child to build their very own creations. The magnetic tiles can be built in 3-D shapes or on any magnetic surface. Your son or daughter will have so much fun that they won’t even realize they’re learning, as this set helps them build fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, and sharpens their math skills. ($29; jet.com)
Looking for some Christmas gifts for kids that make a big impression? If your kids have been asking for a pony, here’s your solution. This kid-size ride-on toy features motorized eyes, ears and wheels. Your horse-loving kiddos can hear munching noises as they feed Scout a tasty treat, watch the ears move as they brush the mane and go for a musical pony ride with three speed settings.
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.
Inspire your child’s imagination with the Playmobil Advent Calendar Royal Ice Skating Trip. It features 24 surprises to unbox each day leading to Christmas. Kids will discover holiday-themed characters, cute animals, and accessories to bring their imaginations to life. They’ll love playing out their skating adventures on the Frozen lake. Want more? There’s even a beautiful bracelet that can be actually worn.
Combine exercise, learning, and fun. The Smart Cycle Extreme is one of the hottest new video games on the market. Just plug the stationary bike into your TV and choose one of three ways to play: Driving, Learning Arcade Games, or The Big Race. Once you've maxed out the included software program (Learning Adventure Extreme), you can get moving again with six other titles including Hot Wheels, SpongeBob, and Toy Story.
“There’s actually been some research looking at kids using blocks with parents and it turns out that building blocks are a really good way to promote early STEM and math skills,” says Lytle. “Think about the language you’re using when you’re building blocks: bigger, smaller, shorter, taller. If you have kids and parents building bridges with blocks together, you’ll start talking about concepts like stability. Even if you don’t actually use the word stability, you’re still talking about complex engineering concepts.” The pastel-hued wooden building blocks in this 14-piece set have built-in magnets, so they won’t fall down as easily as regular blocks. Plus, they’re made in Honduras, with the goal of creating living-wage jobs for Tegucigalpa residents.
While eight weeks may be a little early for babies to squeeze the feet and begin a game or song on their own, they will enjoy the musical song as their auditory senses develop. And a game of peek-a-boo may bring a smile to their face. Parents like this toy since it’s less intimidating than some other peek-a-boo toys. Many people report that this toy was an instant hit with babies and older children alike — meaning that baby won’t soon outgrow the GUND Animated Flappy Elephant.
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.
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!
This is a great gift idea for a toddler that will serve a long time. It has two parts: the walker and removable interactive panel. The latter is for early learning, it has two colorful spinning rollers, five piano keys which play music, three shape sorters and three buttons that light-up. All of these features are awesome for developing motor skills and discover new things like animals, colors, shapes and numbers.