The LEGO Technic Racing Yacht is an impressive 2-in-1 set that many fans have been looking forward to for a while. It features a bright color scheme and looks very interesting indeed. It has a rather interesting pivoting action steering wheel. What’s cool? You can even steer the steering wheel and it all feel very smooth. The two winches actually are functional. Overall, the lines, colors, and mechanisms all look and feel great. There’s a great amount of detail, given that the set only uses 330 pieces in the build.
“Shape sorters are my No. 1 favorite 2-year-old toy,” Dr. Golinkoff says. “They love them because they’re just starting to pay attention to things like shapes and colors, and they can hold things, and they love shoving things through holes. They can put things in, take things out. It’s just got it all.” This one, in pleasantly muted and pastel colors, also has a sound for each corresponding shape.
Love arcade classics like Pac-Man? Now you can bring home the classic Pac-Man arcade experience to your tabletop with this mini arcade Pac-Man cabinet. What’s cool? They feature authentic retro-styled arcade cabinets complete with working joysticks, buttons, and full color-screens to bring the classics to life. Choose from Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Galaxian.
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.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is the game that caught everyone by surprise at E3, earning critical-acclaim and praise from industry experts. The game has been described as Mario meets XCOM. A comment like that shouldn’t be taken lightly because that’s a big deal. Even Nintendo’s legendary game designer endorsed this game, which takes Mario on an all-new adventure unlike any before. The graphics and unique gameplay make this a must-play turn-based combat game starring your favorite Nintendo characters and those hilarious rabbids for an all-out fun time! And there will be new DLC featuring a Donkey Kong adventure.
Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 is a faithful recreation of the Marvel comic brand. The graphics, gameplay, presentation, and characters all look awesome. TT really nailed the character mini-figs and they have new abilities. It really delivers a great roster and the story is genuinely thrilling. It will also feature fun battle arenas. The cool thing is not only can you play with any character you’ve unlocked, but you can also use custom characters. It’s a kid-friendly package that’s almost hard to resist.
Cardboard blocks are great, says Dr. Cornett, since a kid can build forts, walls, and towns with them. Sounding like a parent, Dr. Cornett notes that you want to look consider, “durability and affordability.” We like Melissa & Doug’s Jumbo Extra-Thick Cardboard Building Blocks. This set of 30 blocks, from toy whisperers Melissa & Doug, are, well, extra-thick and come in three sizes.
Babies love taking toys apart and putting them back together. They also like to "dump and fill" putting toys in and out of containers over and over again. Look for nesting and stacking cups, as well as soft toys that attach and un-attach with velcro. These important toys help babies learn to develop their problem solving and fine motor skills, while they practice over and over again.
What kid doesn’t love emojis? Uno Emoji is a fantastic new take on the original game. Kids love emojis and this game taps into that love with cards featuring cool emojis. It’s not only the emojis that have changed. There’s a special rule involving playing a special card and face card. The following player has to attempt to make and maintain that expression over the next two turns. If this player fails, they need to pick up four cards. This will be a top game your family turns to for family game night since it’s incredibly fun to play.
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!
By the time your child is 3, she'll enter the next phase of block play: "stack and row." Now she can stack the blocks vertically or lay them down and configure them horizontally. She's not building with a specific purpose yet, but she is beginning to try her hand at patterns. The first patterns are usually identical blocks placed on the floor one after another until she adds a twist, such as putting a square after a rectangle, and another square after the next rectangle, and so on. "Math is the study of patterns," says MacDonald, "and encouraging block-patterning lays the foundation for math skills." Here's where fractions come into play. When she puts down two blocks side by side, she can see that, together, they form the same size and shape as one larger block.
This game is seriously a riot! You gotta see it, for real. All you have to do is add your favorite foods (think fruit, marshmallows, etc) to each fork and then place the hat on your head, turn it on, and when the music starts the snacks spin and you have to eat as many and as much as you can before the music stops. This is the game this year that will make almost any family famous on Instagram!
Introducing Laser X – it’s the ultimate high-tech game of tag! Select team Red, Blue or go rogue and blast anyone. Supporting an unlimited number of players, you can play one-on-one or take on the entire neighborhood. Experience pin-point laser accuracy up to 200 feet! The vests count your hits and the blaster’s power indicator shows you when to reload. An interactive voice coach keeps you focused on the game. Laser X inside or out, day or night – it’s like a laser arena right in your own backyard! It’s the real-life laser gaming experience.
Give baby the fun of an aquarium this holiday season with the sweet Melissa & Doug Deluxe Fishbowl Fill and Spill. This super-soft baby toy comes with four ocean friends including a fish, seahorse, octopus and sea star that all conveniently stash in the splash-free aquarium. Whether on the go or at home, babies will love playing with the various creatures that rattle, jingle, squeak and crinkle as they develop those motor skills. ($27; amazon.com)
Ever dreamt of playing Rocket League in real life? Now you can. Featuring an immaculately detailed Rocket League Arena, this Hot Wheels set allows players to wrestle with each other to knock the soccer ball through their opponent’s goal. The set features app-controlled vehicles and comes with a car charging station. Each car lasts about 15 minutes on a charge. What’s amazing? Mattel has somehow managed to capture the wacky, addictive fun of the video game.
Welcome to Princess Twilight Sparkle’s Magical School of Friendship! This playset is inspired by Season 8 of the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. When you enter, the doors open magically, creating an experience for fans – complete with a light show and music in the background. What’s cool? There are 3-levels and 360-degrees of play fun! Our pony friends can go on an elevator and head upstairs to the library where there is a magical scroll. The scroll features scenes from entertainment and if you are into fashion, you can head down to Rarity’s Classroom, where there is a magical reveal on some of the accessories. This set includes a 3-inch Twilight Princess pony figure to bring your storytelling adventures to life. So there’s lots of magical fun in this Magical School of Friendship.
Launching this December, gear up for epic superhero adventures with the Spider-Man Mech vs. Venom Mech set from LEGO. Step into Spider-Man’s mech suit and get ready for an epic showdown. The build quality is excellent and they feature nice attention to detail that fans will truly appreciate. Fans will not only love building this awesome 600+ piece set, but also they will love playing out the battle between Spider-Man and Venom in their mech suits. Who will win the showdown?
A: Babies drool, this is unavoidable. If you find with these toys, your baby is drooling more excessively than before, it’s because the extra stimulation causes more salivation. Keeping a burp rag or extra cloth on hand will help you with the clean-up. Consider also switching toys out regularly as this can help minimize drooling. Differing textures will provide stimulation to different areas of the mouth and gums, helping to break the amount of occurring salivation.
With Ashtonbee’s five-pack of baby teething toys, you can always be prepared for the next time your child becomes fussy because of their painful gums. Each of the five teethers are free of BPA, PVC, lead, BPS, and phthalates, thus your child will not come into contact with any harmful chemicals while they are chewing. Your little one can easily grasp each teether as they are designed with a handle. Furthermore, your child will increase their fine-motor skills as they grasp the handles. The variety of curves and textures will stimulate your child’s teeth to grow as well as massage their gums. The bright colors of each teether will stimulate your child’s sensory development. The silicone material makes them easy to clean if accidentally dropped. Receiving five at one time will allow you to keep one in your car, house, bag, and anywhere else you might need to keep one.
That’s right folks, Hatchimals is back! And this time they’re a total mystery. Hatchimals Mystery were just released and are already climbing the toy charts. Here’s the best part; you have no clue which Hatchimal you’re going to get until it hatches. It’s a total mystery! What we do know, for sure, is that these new guys are super fluffy (fluffier than the older ones) and they’ll actually be able to learn and speak your name! Plus, there are 4 different ones you could hatch…like Bunwee, Pandor, Hedgyhen, and Elefly. Collect all 4! Learn more here.
Once you are satisfied a toy is safe, also make sure to consider your child's interests. Give the musically-inclined youngster instruments like a compact xylophone with a soft and oversized mallet, for example, or a lightweight piano that sits low on the ground. It's best to hold off on stringed instruments until a child is a few years old, though.
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.
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