Water play adds another splash of science. As John Cerio, PhD, a professor of school psychology at Alfred University, in Alfred, New York, points out, kids are capable of learning a difficult concept on a very basic level. If you pour water from one container into a different-shaped container, you still have the same amount of water. Without hands-on play, most kids would tell you that the taller container must hold more.
This may be a bit on the religious side, but you know your friends. And if the gift is for your baby, you know you! The wooden figurines will allow baby to identify animals and, if you work with her, animal sounds, too. And there are so many nursery themes of Noah’s Ark that you may find this is the perfect gift to accompany nursery rhyme time. We just couldn’t miss putting this on our list.
New for 2018, fans can now build their own Brick Headz with this 708-piece Go Brick Me set. Go Brick Me is a blank Brick Headz that you can turn into any character that you want. You could make yourself or your favorite character from a movie or TV show. It has a variety of parts in a full range of colors and allows you to get creative by allowing you to customize your very own BrickHeadz buildable figure to show off to all your friends. Look for Go Brick Me to hit store shelves this April.
Even little ones can get in on the Advent Calendar fun with the Little People Advent Calendar set from Fisher-Price. Each day leading up to Christmas, kids can look behind each door to reveal a different surprise. They will discover 24 Little People friends along with holiday-themed accessories. Little ones will be so excited as they reveal their gifts and get closer to Christmas.
Toy vehicles provide kids with a mobile aspect of play that’s fascinating. Toddlers are drawn to anything with wheels or that moves on its own. There are plenty of vehicle options, from trucks that help with digging to cars that transport dolls, so you’re sure to find one that your tot will love. Just avoid cars that have small or loose parts that could be a choking hazard.
“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.
If they’re not into ride-on unicorns, this is the ride-on animal for them! Meet Scout the Pony! He makes over 100 unique sounds and motions and is totally interactive (and so cute). You can feed it, walk it, ride it, and watch it perform a very special dance. Plus, Scout’s ears, eyes, and head moves. You can even hear Scout make cute little munching sounds when you feed him. We just assumed it was a ‘he’ but could totally be a ‘she.’ You decide! This one is hard to come by and is already the ‘must have’ for this upcoming holiday. If you’re having a hard time finding it, be sure to check out Amazon too.
A: Extreme temperatures, as mentioned above, can cause damaging effects. There are some products that state they are designed to withstand that kind of heat. If you find yours is not one of them, or just don’t care to take that kind of risk, you can rinse them in warm soapy water. Let them soak for a few minutes. Scrub in a circular motion as this action can help to agitate and lift bacteria from the toy’s surface. Finish with a rinse and let them sit to air dry. Be sure the toy is completely dry because moisture creates a perfect environment for lingering bacteria to regrow.
Ever wish you could cast magic spells like Harry Potter? Experience how it feels to be Harry, Dumbledore, and Voledemort with the Harry Potter Wizard Training Wands. Using gestures and motions, you can ‘cast’ 11 different spells. What’s cool? You can even challenge other aspiring wizards. One mode is like laser tag, but magical. There are 5 modes of play. While you can’t cast any real spells her, it’s the closest experience fans can get their hands on.
Based on events in Sons of Garmadon series, Temple of Resurrection features architecture and styling that will be familiar to long-time fans. A cool feature is that this set features a couple of trap doors for creative play. The windows can even be spun around for cool effect. The best part? The Temple features a cool transformation that will reveal Garmadon. This set includes eight Lego minifigures.
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)
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.
Why we love it: It's small enough to tuck into your changing bag but the Whoozit's BIG on baby entertainment – with loads of differently patterned and textured fabrics to see, touch and feel, and a little mirror hidden behind his nose. Our tester Marley's mum loved the dangling legs and the little Velcro strap that lets you attach the toy to your baby's car seat or pushchair.
Toddlers learn and grow so quickly during these early years. It's up to parents and the other adults in their lives to make sure these kids have access to toys and games that will help them to grow and reach important developmental milestones. When you choose from our collection of the best toys for toddler girls, you'll find dozens of educational toys designed to provide enriching experiences for kids. These toys will help them develop fine motor skills, language skills, social skills and so much more by encouraging them to embrace their natural curiosity and creativity.
A vigilant parent therefore must take the time to research a toy carefully before its purchase, but should also check in with manufacturer and government agency reports periodically to make sure the toy is still considered safe after it has been in real world situations for an extended period of time. Infancy does not last long; it's well worth the time and effort to ensure that a young child is safe during this precious but occasionally fraught period of life.
Laser tag is great because you don’t have to worry about ammo, breaking anything, or somebody getting hurt. You can run around outside or even inside on Christmas day. It’s definitely more fun with more people. With a range of up to 300 feet, the blasters feature cool lights, sounds, and even immersive sensations to make you feel the action. Let the fun and games begin!
Vroom! Vroom! Counting down the days to Christmas just got a whole lot more exciting. Now you can count down the days to Christmas with Hot Wheels. There are 8 vehicles and 16 accessories to unbox inside. The best part? Compared to last year, this time around there are no stickers so you get actual toy accessories. It’s the perfect Advent Calendar for car lovers.
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.
Inspired by the hit TV show PJ Masks, Cat Boy, Owlette, and Gecko fans will love this super-sized toy with three different character-themed levels. The Control Center allows kids to choose a mission, activate their favorite heroes' sayings and play the theme song. Other features include a zipline, elevator, figurines and vehicles. Needless to say, this toddler toy has been topping Christmas wishlists for a few years now. For ages 3 and up; some assembly required. ($68; amazon.com)
The rings have different sizes and color which stimulate baby’s vision and help to develop motor and cognitive skills. The rings can be put in any order therefore this toy is great for babies that can’t sort objects by size yet – but this toy will help them to learn how to do this! It’s very durable and provides super fun to toddler and even preschoolers.