Kids are going to enjoy going on countless adventures with the Teeny House Dollhouse, a mobile dollhouse for fashion dolls, from KidKraft. There’s just so much to do and discover that kids will love it. It comes with a walk-in shower, loft bedroom, kitchen with hideaway table and more. The ladder can be moved outside so your fashion doll can climb on up and have her own patio seating, view the stars, and go on millions of adventures.
There is something about rattles that fascinates little children. With the My First Bead Buddy Giraffe for Baby, babies can now create all the sounds they can muster with colorful beads creating the rattle in the circular ring of the giraffe’s body. The neck is adorned with colorful wavy rings and with colorful plush head and feet, this can be a great toy for infant development.
Take your little one’s imaginative play to the next level with Play-Doh Buzz ‘n Cut. This set takes the fun of Play-Doh and takes it up several notches with a creative and fun little set. Kids will be delighted to give their buddy the hairstyle of their dreams. What’s cool? The buzz tool features cool buzzing sounds to heighten the play experience.
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.
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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!'
Especially suitable for kids who are experiencing or otherwise coming into contact with the healthcare system, doctor’s kits are also just plain fun. They encourage a range of imaginative play that can help a child enact the role of caregiver. The Battat B. Deluxe Doctor’s Kit for Toddlers, which we dig, includes a sturdy carrier kit and is almost scarily thorough. With nine pieces such as a stethoscope with heartbeat sound, an otoscope, a blood pressure cuff with gauge, a safe syringe, (kid) scissors, a thermometer, and a beeper. A beeper!
It’s time for another tried and true baby gift -- Maracas! Since babies are stimulated by their five senses as each develops differently and according to their age, maracas can be a great toy for helping to sharpen those senses. They’ll give babies a sense of sound and control as they slowly bridge the connection between their own movements and the sounds that they’re hearing.
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.
It’s an old-fashioned jack-in-the-box, except instead of a creepy clown, it’s an adorable Curious George! It also happens to play “Pop Goes the Weasel.” “This deals with the concept of object permanence, meaning that even though you can’t see the toy that’s in the box, it still exists,” says Lytle. “Kids start picking up on this idea when they’re 1, and they continue learning it throughout childhood. Toys that surprise children are interesting because they appeal to a 1-year-old’s understanding of routine and patterns, and they’re always fun and playful. But if you have a child that will have a very strong, scared reaction, this is perhaps not the best toy for them.”
Let’s Dance Elmo loves nothing more than to get your child movin’ and groovin’ to different songs. There’s three different remixes. Press the rainbow to learn about colors and Elmo’s heart lights up different colors to reinforce learning. The paw print teaches kids about different animals. So, for instance, he’ll say ‘Let’s hop like a kangaroo’ to get kids moving around. Since the headset doubles as a handle, kids can take their buddy with them.
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!).
Baby can shake, roll, squeeze, and chew this delightful Bendy Ball. With plastic so flexible, even a baby can bend it and explore the wonders that the Einstein Bendy Ball contains. The caterpillar in the middle of the ball has multiple colors to teach baby sights and the sounds of the rattle just add to the charm of this toy. Small enough for tiny hands to manipulate and squeeze, the Bendy Ball will certainly be a first favorite for your child.
The Farm To Table Kitchen set allows kids to pick carrots from their farm and chop and prepare them in the kitchen. The kitchen comes complete with a stove with working knobs and sound effects to make for an immersive play experience. There’s also an oven, refrigerator, sink, storage and more for endless imaginative fun. You can even hang your pots and pans for extra storage.
Dr. Golinkoff likes this cleaning set because it not only promotes being active, it also encourages them to be helpful. “Kids always want to be like big people. So if they see you using something, they’re going to want to do it, too,” she says. And if they can play with another kid, even better: “[This and the other toys below] require children to be active and can spur the development of the imagination as well as increase social interaction when used with another child.”
LOL dolls continue to be popular. There is something that is so fun about revealing the layered surprises inside. The latest series is the Eye Spy series, which is Series 4. The Series has secret messages on each layer that can be revealed with the included spy glass. Kids will feel like spies as they try to decode what Lil Sister is hidden inside.
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?
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!
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.
Hooray! It's Marshall's Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck to the rescue. For all the tiny PAW Patrol fans out there (we know there's a lot of 'em!), heroic adventures await. Featuring an extendable ladder, mini fire cart, water cannon launchers and more cool gadgets making this the ultimate rescue vehicle and one of the hottest toddler toys this Christmas. ($44; target.com)
Love discovering hidden treasures? Then you’ll love Treasure X available in a single or double-pack. It allows kids to dig and fizz their way to their hidden treasure. There are over 24 action figures to collect and discover. What’s cool? You could even possibly find real gold-dipped treasure. Will you find the golden-dipped treasure on your adventure?
They can sing along songs about counting, engage in a role play and pretend they talk on the phone, press buttons to see animations. Thanks to this toy children learn to count 1 to 10, practice social skills, imagination and creativity. They can also learn conversional skills and common phrases like “hello, how are you”, “nice to talk to you”, “goodbye”. Perfect for kids over 18 months.