Grab a Santa hat, mittens, and a scarf. Let’s take a sleigh ride to the North Pole and look at some of the best toys of 2018 that inspire creativity, spark the imagination, and push the boundaries of fun engaging play experiences. Remember to vote for your favorite toys by clicking the heart button. No login is required! Have fun looking at our guide. We hope it helps. From everyone at Toybuzz, Happy Holidays.
Get ready for exciting adventures with the Hidden Temple with T-Rex. Use the ancient structure as a research base in search of the hidden treasure. Rub the map to reveal the hidden path – where X marks the spot. At the base, protect the team from the ferocious T-Rex or enemies with the functional laser blaster. The working temple gate keeps unwanted visitors away. The T-Rex features movable arms, legs, and jaw to bring the action to life. What’s cool? Kids can use the UV flashlight to reveal glow-in-the-dark features, such as the ruin’s crystal eyes, jungle plant, and more. There’s even a pulley to transport equipment to the top floor. The set includes the Explorers team (Nick, Emma, Will), their dog Sammy, T-Rex, and several accessories to enhance your play experience.
Finding the best baby toys for children under one can be a bit of a challenge. Newborns need simple bright toys that stimulate the mind, while six month olds may want something a little more interactive. Once they are close to one, they are moving whether that is crawling or walking so you'll want a toy that either keeps them contained or helps them master their new skills.
70s classic toy Stretch Armstrong is returning to store shelves. Discover what made Stretch Armstrong one of the timeless classic action figures enjoyed by countless generations. Stretch his arms and legs as far as you possibly can and even tie him in twists, and it instantly returns to its original form like magic. In fact, it stretches up to four times its size. The fun never gets old. Kids will enjoy stretching him over and over and coming up with fun, creative adventures.
So you want to be a raptor trainer? It’s not going to be easy but if you have the patience and discipline to learn, it’s a whole lot of fun! Say hello to Mattel’s newest robot – Alpha Training Blue. It’s a fully interactive veloceraptor that you can control and train just like Chris Pratt’s character in the film. This is one advanced toy. In fact, it’s the most complex toy Mattel has ever created. Seven motors provide fluid, realistic animation to the neck and head while also allowing you to walk it around. It’s very responsive to controls and features the same rapor sounds from the movie. Blue loves being petted and she has touch sensors under her jaw and on the top of her nose to bring her to life. Hands-down, it’s the coolest robot toy this year. It’s so fun to play with something so detailed and fluid.
The manufacturers of the items listed here were careful to keep baby in mind when choosing the materials for their toys. Knowing that infants would be teething and gnawing on these toys, most of them are made with nontoxic or BPA-free materials to keep your baby safe. The fabrics are all super soft so the baby will not be scratched or have problems with its tender skin. Even the toys with crinkly fabrics for the crunchy sounds are soft to the touch and ready for nibbling and teething infants.
Black Panther was a big hit at the box office and made an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War. This 12-inch Legends Series action figure features a premium sculpt and details along with accessories to enhance your play experience. Kids will love reenacting their favorite scenes from the movies and bringing the action to life with more than 30 points of articulation.
Give your newborn a brand new, ultra plush pal to cuddle up with while they dream. These forest furries will keep your infant warm and comfortable. Each plush doll comes with a color-coordinated blanket. Bunnies, owls, puppies, racoons, reindeer, hippos, bears, ducks, giraffes, monkeys, lambs, and elephants all line the shelves, waiting for the chance to move into their favorite baby’s crib. The combination of the extra-soft material, sweet pastel colors, and darling baby animal lovvies will have babies reaching and grasping for their favorite blanket and buddy duo in no time. Infants develop and flex fine-motor skills when presented with the proper inspiration, and this gift is one such example of a toy they’ll want to hold onto for as long as they can. The stuffed animal is not reinforced heavily and so easily detaches from its blanket if you would prefer that they be usable as separates. Both items can be machine washed at 40 degrees Celsius, and then air-dried. BENEFITS Encourage baby to continue developing their fine-motor skills by giving them something they can’t wait to grab. These cute stuffies and blankets are the perfect security blanket for nap-happy newborns. PROS

This simple concept soother is a plush stuffed toy attached to a Soothie pacifier. The easy-to-grab animals come in different options like elephant or giraffe, and even if your baby doesn’t like a pacifier, some like to chew on the soft rubber section. Since pacifiers are small, they notoriously get lost when flung out of a crib. But the animal part of this soother makes it easy to find and keep up with for routine nap and bedtimes.
Let’s face it most of us take our hands for granted. Handimonium is a tiny hands challenge game from Mattel. There are 112 challenges featured in this game and two different ways to play. Simple things become outrageously difficult with the tiny hands. Players have to act out various things with the tiny plastic hands for comedic effect. You’ll have loads of fun. And, yes, the tiny hands are included!
Bright Starts Hide 'n Spin Monkey: This fun game is for the most curious-minded babies. A playful monkey is home to a number of brightly colored balls that baby or mom can pick up, drop in, and watch spin round and round. By pressing the bright lights on the monkey’s belly, baby will hear the names of colors, and activate silly monkey sounds, melodies, and lights. It’s great for sitting or standing play, and is one of Bright Starts' bestsellers.
The Labo Robot Kit allows kids to get creative and make their very own Toy-Con robot suit. What’s cool? After building it, you can wear it and play as the robot in the game. You can demolish anything in your path and tackle various challenges to gain new abilities. Creators can explore new ways to play with their robot and even create their own projects.
The 4-in-1 Radio Flyer Stroll ‘n Trike is designed for youngsters from nine months to five years old. For babies, the trike has a wraparound safety tray that can hold snacks and a sippie cup, a five-point harness, back and head support and a sun canopy. Mom or dad can push the trike from behind, just like a stroller, with parent-controlled steering, adjustable push handle height and a storage pocket for things like a wallet or cellphone.
A floor mirror is a perfect tool to help babies become aware of not only themselves but of a human face in general. Mirrors are a great way to let them explore the world around them and see their own features which will help them grow cognitively. This mirror features several fun things to appease their senses, such as textured leaves and various cute insects that will encourage their sense of touch.
The Grand Department Store is central to the Calico Critters’ new series. Its design allows kids to customize the layout by moving around the terrace, balconies, windows and awnings. Kids can let their critters enter the store via the revolving tower doors and explore the various levels with the elevator. This set includes one Stella Hopscotch Rabbit figure to bring your imaginative storytelling adventures to life.
The Touch & Learn Activity Desk Deluxe is an interactive learning system for toddlers. Jam-packed with 5 interactive activity pages, over 100 vocabulary words, over 20 learning activities, and over 20 songs and melodies, there’s plenty of engaging learning fun! The set includes a small stool. Expand the fun with expansion packs that expand the curriculum. The desk can even transform into a an easel and chalkboard for even more creative fun!

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)
With over 80 Hatchimals CollEGGtibles to collect in Season 4, this one dozen pack is a great way to quickly build your collection. This set contains two exclusives not found elsewhere. What’s cool about Season 4 is they shine bright when you shine a light source on them. Collect ’em, trade ’em, and share ’em with your friends. So much hatchin’ fun!
Introduce your baby to the wonders of nature early with this three-piece wooden puzzle. The toy will also introduce your child to shapes (triangle, circle and rectangle), and matching pictures underneath will help your baby recognize where each piece should go. The plywood pieces are made with a non-toxic, water-based finish, according to P'kolino. (Recommended ages: 6+ months)
4. Sensory simplicity : Every object in the world has sensory properties - weight, color, texture, sound when banged or tapped or rubbed or squeezed. I find that baby products labelled "sensory" are often just busy for the sake of being busy. A baby is just as likely to be be as interested in sensory exploration of a simple wooden maraca toy as a light up, vibrating, singing octopus pirate with a different whirlygig doo-dah hanging from each tentacle. 
Toddlers love to take apart, put back together, pull out, put in, add on, and build up. Choose toys that are “open-ended” in the sense that your child can play many different games with them. For example, wooden blocks or chunky plastic interlocking blocks can be used to make a road, a zoo, a bridge, or a spaceship. Toys like this spark your child’s imagination and help him develop problem-solving and logical thinking skills.
In addition to being safe (see Safety and children's toys below), good toys for young children need to match their stages of development and emerging abilities. Many safe and appropriate play materials are free items typically found at home. Cardboard boxes, plastic bowls and lids, collections of plastic bottle caps, and other “treasures” can be used in more than one way by children of different ages. As you read the following lists of suggested toys for children of different ages, keep in mind that each child develops at an individual pace. Items on one list—as long as they are safe—can be good choices for children who are younger and older than the suggested age range.
With 878 pieces, this set includes house banners, a tower with movable spiral staircase, a potions room and treasure room.  Also includes 10 inhabitants!  Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Susan Bones, Professor McGonagall, Professor Quirrell with dual Lord Voldemort face, Hagrid, Albus Dumbledore and nearly headless Nick.  Phew!
Darth Vader is now a buildable figure in the LEGO Star Wars universe. Built from 168 pieces, Darth Vader looks movie-accurate with incredible detailing. In fact, it features the most accurate head detailing yet and is not just another re-release. The coolest part? You can actually remove Darth Vader’s helmet to reveal the face behind the mask. It has an action feature and full articulation along with a cape and lightsaber.
Storytime is a beloved activity for many young children. Listening to stories and looking at pictures can be mesmerizing for little ones and is a time-honored bedtime tradition. Read books to your toddlers while they’re young to help them develop a love of reading in the future. Board books are a must for younger toddlers who are still learning to be gentle with books.

Fortnite has become the biggest phenomenon in gaming. Show your fandom by picking up your favorite Fornite character as a POP figure. Due to the immense popularity of the game, Fortnite POPs are expected to be the most popular gaming POPs this year. Choose from the Black Knight to Omega to Merry Marauder and more! It’s the perfect gift for Fornite fans who can’t get enough of the game.


There are a variety of developmental milestones toddlers have to achieve and each milestone should ideally be achieved by a certain age. Do not worry if your toddler doesn’t reach a certain milestone quickly as possible like other toddlers as each toddler is different and develops at their own rate. However, if there is a slight concern of delayed development, please speak with your chosen child physician.
This wonderful play mat has a lot to offer the newborn baby in your life. The multi-textured toys that hang for baby to reach help with teething and feeling different objects. The musical element of the gym is special because not only does it detach for versatility, but it has two play modes. Baby can kick to play one note or music for several minutes. With its variations in positions, baby can play, nap, or sit and enjoy the many levels of this first toy.
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.

What do you get when you combine the hot trend of squishy toys with the exploding success of collectibles? Poopeez, of course! Poopeez from Basic Fun! are a collectible line of squishy poo collectible characters based on entertainment. They have names like Pooji, Skid Mark, Dumpling, T.P., The Toot Fairy, and Lil’ Squirt to name a few to amuse kids. From the world of Kerplopolis, the toilet-themed world that Poopeez call home, there are about 36 Poopeez characters to collect in all. Who’s ready to get this potty started?!
What’s harder than playing Jenga? Playing Jenga without a table. Jenga Pass Challenge moves Jenga off the table for a new twist. Players stack the blocks on the platform to build their tower while holding onto the platform handles and passing to their opponents after each turn. The last player to successfully stack a block and pass the platform without crashing the tower wins. Do you have what it takes to become the Jenga Pass Challenge Champion?!
Oball Rattle: A classic baby toy gets a little rework with the Oball Rattle. This smooth, flexible rattle lets baby shake, rattle, and roll. With 28 finger holes, it’s easy for baby to grasp and shake. There are four built-in rattles with bright and colorful beads within, so your baby can make fun sounds as they shake it. This rattle was featured in Care.com’s “29 Best Toys for Babies Under 1.”
A parent's first and more important responsibility in life is to keep his or her children safe. But a parent also wants their kids to take pleasure in every stage of life -- indeed in the first few years of life, playtime directly equates to learning and development. Thus it is that many parents embark on a search for baby toys that are both amusing and safe.

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)

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.
The toddler’s language skills start to develop during this phase. They should be able to achieve language milestone of speaking several basic words by eighteen months and then speak simple phrases and sentences by twenty-four months. This is also the time they start to be able to understand very simple instructions and directions and another milestone is they’ll easily pick up new words from everyday conversations and other verbal sounds.
What’s better than Louis Vuitton bag? A Pooey Puitton bag! Made out of poop, this might be the most stylish poop you have ever seen. Inside it contains all types of supplies for making unicorn slime poop from beads to slime powered bottles. There’s an instruction manual that walks kids through the many slime recipes. It even contains containers inside for storing slime. The best part? It comes with an exclusive Poopsey character with groovy 2019 glasses.
A soft, cuddly giraffe that glows and play soft music just cannot be beat for an infant to cling to for bedtime and naptime. Soon baby will learn that when he or she squeezes the toy, it will then reward it with music and a soft glow. This will develop its cognitive and motor skills to recreate the effect when it wants. When squeezed, the music plays for up to 15 minutes at a time, giving baby plenty of time to fall off to sleep before it stops playing.
The Scravenger is the first accessory based Zombie Strike blaster. Nerf is introducing the Zombie Strike Survival system. Similar to the Modulus line, it is all about customization. With a cobbled together look, it comes with a flashlight and spray paint can barrel, which can be swapped out with other accessories in the line. This spring-powered magazine fed blaster has a switch on the side that enables slam fire. In case you run out of ammo, the included stock contains a backup 2 shot blaster.
Keep things fun for your kid during bath time with the Munchkin Wind Up Swimming Penguin Bath toy. This Amazon’s Choice product has wind-up arms that, when released, make the penguin swim through the water. The easy-to-use toy encourages imaginative play, audio, and visual stimulation, and helps develop hand and eye coordination. This toy is recommended for kids nine months and up.
Fingerlings are new baby monkey collectibles that you wear on your finger. They are interactive – reacting to motion and even touch! Your monkey friend even greets you with cute monkey babble. It can even sense its position whether its right-side-up or upside down. Hold it upside down by its tail … it loves monkeying around. It interacts with you in different ways. You can pet it and it reacts. You can blow a kiss and they even respond to sounds. You can even use it on your pen, mug, backpack and more! Your monkey can even sing and with more than one they sing together. Fingerlings are friendship at your fingers! The two-tone Fingerlings Baby Monkey is new this year.

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.

Blocks are the educational equivalent of a multivitamin. Children playing with blocks aren't just honing their gross and fine motor skills, they're learning everything from fundamental math concepts to problem solving. One study even showed that preschoolers who were adept at playing with blocks had higher math grades and test scores when they got to middle school than those who were not. As Sharon MacDonald, a trainer of early-childhood teachers and author of Block Play (Gryphon House), explains, "When your child works with blocks, he develops an understanding of fractions, shapes, and counting." Of course, it's not as if your 2-year-old is mastering halves and quarters. Math lessons unfold in different stages for different ages.
There’s new fun coming to the world of Pikmi Pops in the form of Giant Pikmi Flips. This reversible plush changes from a plush pom pom into a giant-sized Pikmi Pop. That means more huggability and fun for kids. Cinnabun The Bunny is part of the Cotton Candy series so – you guessed it – it will smell just like cotton candy! And that’s not all! Pikmi Pops fans will also find an extra one or two smaller reversible Pikmi Pops surprises hidden inside.
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.”
Every week I take my kid to a play therapist. My son is great and, because he’s six and also my son, has a hard time expressing his emotions through words. His play therapist is great too but out-of-network and so crazy expensive. Regardless, it’s totally worth it. Play therapy allows my son a way to express himself non-verbally and provides a professional to, to some extent, decode his play. (Like most therapists, she meets separately with us.) But you don’t need to be in a play therapist to offer your kid the ability to work through their shit — or simply express themselves in a more natural way — with toys. You just need the right toys.

Exciting toddlers about the notion of brushing their teeth can be quite challenging. As they are still adjusting to the idea of a foreign object in their mouths; this can cause new or uncomfortable sensations that may, for example, activate their gag reflex. The banana-shaped teething toy provides a dual purpose in helping your baby get through these critical and uncomfortable milestones. It serves as a toothbrush meant to help your little one develop good habits for a healthy mouth while simultaneously providing your baby with a soft massaging effect to soothe sore gums and help teeth to break through. The gentle silicone bristles are made of 100% food grade materials that have been FDA approved and is also free of BPA, Latex, and other harsh substances.
Want a fun new way to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? The upcoming Labo Vehicle Kit will allow kids to build their own Toy-Con Car steering wheel and control their kart of choice in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The included pedal can be used for drifting and revving up your engine at the beginning of races to get a boost start. Honking the horn will allow players to throw an item. If that wasn’t enough fun, you can also build a Toy-Con submarine and plane.
This shape puzzle and travel case is great for packing a bag and taking off for the weekend with baby in tow. You could even just leave it in your car for unexpected trips or doctor’s appointments. It’s ideal for the baby who can sit upright and grab onto things and is starting to try to problem-solve these types of puzzles. The colored shapes will engage him and the bag will provide plenty of hiding places for his other toys, as well.

Yes your kids (and you) are 100% addicted to all things Fortnite.  Well, here’s a way they can still kind of play, but not on any of their devices.  It’s the new Fortnite Monopoly game!  It’s not really so much about what you own, it’s about if you’ll survive and for how long.  And if you’re looking for fun Fortnite costumes or accessories that double as great gifts, look here!
Fortnite has become the biggest phenomenon in gaming. Show your fandom by picking up your favorite Fornite character as a POP figure. Due to the immense popularity of the game, Fortnite POPs are expected to be the most popular gaming POPs this year. Choose from the Black Knight to Omega to Merry Marauder and more! It’s the perfect gift for Fornite fans who can’t get enough of the game.
If you want a baby rattle that can double as a soft cuddly stuffed toy, then you should get the Winky Lamb Baby Rattle for your newborn baby. The white lamb is made of high quality blend of polyester and other fabric materials to give it a more comfortable feel. The toy’s body also contains rattle beads for additional sensory stimulation. It is also machine-washable.
This is a gift that will last your baby through teen years and possibly beyond. You can set it up to be on an automatic sensor to come on with the darkness and go off with the light. The sound isn’t loud, but it will be a nice soft addition to the nursery to drown out the noise from outside the room. Plus, the lights can spin (or not) to give baby something to watch as he dozes off.
Got a super geek who loves Voltron? Standing 15-inches tall, this is one of the most awesome LEGO Voltron figures we’ve ever seen! Built from over 2,000 pieces, the level of detailing is simply incredible. In fact, it is the biggest LEGO Mech ever. Fans will love building it and showing it off to all their friends. It is the perfect gift for any Voltron fan – sure to make them smile from ear to ear.
Baby can mouth the cups, bang the cups on the floor or table, bang two cups together, put them on her head, cover her eyes with cups to play peek-a-boo, nest them together, stack them, roll them, pretend to drink from them, hide toys under them, put toys in them, shout into them and more. With the drum, baby bangs the drum and it says a letter. Baby bangs with two hands and it says a letter. Baby pushes his face into the top of the drum in an attempt to bite it - it says a letter. Baby bangs hard - it says a letter. Baby bangs soft - it says a letter. Baby bangs it with a toy hammer - it says a letter. I think you get the point that this toy isn't very responsive to baby's discovery and exploration. Baby can't put anything in it or under it, stack it on top of anything else, roll it, or take it apart. This toy is made for one thing only - banging - and it is effectively a giant button. 
You thought the Porsche model was the most detailed, but you’ve seen nothing yet! The new Bugatti Chiron is the most detailed Technic car to date with 3,599 pieces. It features an aerodynamic body with functional engine, suspension, working steering, and a rear spoiler. The final build looks incredible with meticuous attention to detail. You’ll definitely want to show this beauty off to your friends. Fantastic gift for your Lego enthusiast.
Now this is the house of all doll houses! Your kiddos loved their LOL Surprise Dolls all last year (and this year too), but this year it’s all about the giant 3-foot by 3-foot 3-story LOL Surprise House that has a working toilet, lamp, outdoor patio that changes from day to night, a helipad, a swimming pool they can fill with water, a sandbox, and so much more!  Plus, it even comes with an exclusive new family.  Learn more details here.
Shadows In The Forest is a surprisingly refreshing and clever game. You play the game in the dark and light and shadows are a core part of the game. One player is the lantern, a pursuer represented by a small LED lantern. Other players are the Shadowlings, who crave darkness. The Shadowlings have to gather under the tree, while the lantern has to freeze Shadowlings in its light. The catch? Shadowlings can’t cross light beams projected by the Lantern. It’s the perfect game for sleepovers and requires chess-like strategy and cooperative play.
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).

Because if your kids are giving their Hatchimals a major eye-roll, they’re probably in the market for the new creepy Fuggler. These Fugglers (which stands for ‘Funny Ugly Monster’ but we don’t see how) are said to be one of the must-haves of the year.  There are dozens of these creepy little devils to choose from and they’re perfect for any kid who’s over the cute and cuddly stuffed animals that are being marketed to them all day long!  Learn more here.


At 1, kids are learning about the world around them through trial and error and experimentation. Puzzles and shape sorters are great for encouraging them to explore how things work. “Puzzles exercise children’s cognitive abilities to be able to think about both the physical manipulation of the pieces and understanding how something will fit into something else,” says Lytle. “It’s this idea of containment and fitting and what goes where.” This puzzle cube will appeal to the tactile learner, with its rubbery shapes and cutouts teaching little ones to experiment with size and fit. The tethered pieces ensure nothing will ever go missing.
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