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Presents are fun at any age.
Everyone loves the holidays, but they’re particularly magical for kids. Lights, candy, and quality time with family: what could be better? Well, the presents! Although with so many options available, it can be hard to know the best ones to pick. Luckily, there are resources like the Toy Insider that release themed lists like the Hottest 20 Toys of the Year, 12 Toys Under $12, The Best Stem Toys and reveal top trends like games and puzzles, and at-home activities. I tapped them to get a couple of picks for baby and toddler gifts, which editor-in-chief Marissa DiBartolo described as having “incredible play value.” I also threw in some other options to consider. Check out the list below.
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Grow-The-Fun Garden to Kitchen
This toy is bound to keep your little one busy for hours.
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It’s always a win when you find a toy that can hold a little one’s attention span for longer than a few minutes. Well, the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Grow-The-Fun Garden to Kitchen ($79.99) manages to do just that thanks to the two-sided activities. Children can pick fruits and vegetables from the garden on one side and use them to play in the kitchen (think a light-up juicer) on the other. It also features 125 125 songs, sounds, and phrases. No wonder The Toy Insider named it as one of their top toys of the year.
Busy Baby Mat
Toys won’t get tossed about.
Busy Baby Mat
Let’s face it; a happy parent makes for a happy baby. So, having a toy that keeps toys from flying across the room is good for everyone. The Busy Baby Mat is the first-ever placemat to keep toys in place, wherever that may be. This baby silicone placemat sticks to any smooth, clean surface and allows caregivers to attach baby’s toys to the mat thanks to innovative tethers. It comes in 6 colors and is available for $24.99.
The Dyson Ball Toy Vacuum
Get your tot into doing chores now.
Get your tot into cleaning now.
Get your tot to enjoy cleaning while they’re young with The Dyson Ball Toy Vacuum ($29.99). They can push it and make the colorful balls pop while you’re actually getting some chores done. It both excites them to think they’re helping and helps youngsters develop real-world skills. What’s more is it features a bit of suction, so they actually can pick up some small messes.
The ultimate practical toy.
These transforming stuffed animals to jacket lovables are the perfect gift for kids this holiday season. A one-of-a-kind travel buddy, Cubcoats ($35-$50) encourages kids to unfold their adventures as they sport their plush friend. With famous characters from Paw Patrol, Winnie The Pooh, Star Wars, Marvel Super Heroes, Minnie & Mickey Mouse, and the brand’s cuddly critters, there’s a perfect style for every cub.
This brand new toy provides hours of screen-free fun.
This brand new toy just launched in September and provides kids with screen-free audio entertainment. Developed by two dads, the soft Toniebox cube comes to life when paired with the collection of tonies, aka hand-painted characters. They provide hours of stories and songs meant to foster imagination and active, independent play. The tonies Starter kit ($99.99) includes a Toniebox (6 different colors) and a Creative Tonie. There are 17 unique tonies characters ($11.99-$14.99), including Disney faves The Lion King, Cinderella, Cars, and The Little Mermaid.
The New York Transit Museum Wooden Trains
A classic toy with a modern twist.
New York City Transit Museum
One of the most classic children’s gifts is a wooden train set. But you can bring it squarely into the modern era by choosing ones from the New York Transit Museum. They added two new trains to the collection this year—- the NYC Subway Wooden 7 Train Express and NYC Subway Wooden F Train Express—but still feature the same traditional wood characteristics. And if you’re new to the train game, there’s also a 20-piece set available ($29.95) with tracks, two cars, scenery, and a play figure.
Blue’s Clues & You! Dance-Along Blue Plush
A favorite kid’s character comes to life.
Perfect for that toddler in your life, the Blue’s Clues & You! Dance-Along Blue Plush ($49.99) incorporates the beloved Nick Jr. character with interactive music and dancing. Simply push the buttons on Josh’s guitar to make a plush Blue dance and wiggle her ears. Pressing the different guitar strings will make Blue’s dancing speed up or slow down for a hilariously good time. This was yet another pick by The Toy Insider on their Top 20 list.
The Active Reader
These cards are a fun and educational.
The Active Reader
We always want to find ways to make learning fun. That was the goal for teacher and mom of two Rebecca McAllister when she launched The Active Reader ($35) along with Robyn Keystone. The set of 30 educational cards (built as alphabet cards) offers more than 200 interactive and straightforward activities that foster creativity and essential skill development. They incorporate multi-sensory techniques that focus on letter and sound associations and vocabulary building, all while being fun!
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