it’s for Christmas, a birthday, or “just because,” kids are on the receiving
end of gifts quite often – from mom and dad, friends, and other family members.
But the trends change fast, and you want to make sure you get the child in your
life a toy they’ll cherish and be proud to own.
are many different types of toys – some that stimulate learning or creativity,
that nurture pretend play and more. You’ll find many toys that serve a dual
purpose – one that benefits your child and isn’t just for the sake of having
toys can inspire kids to imagine, learn and grow. These toys are not only a fun
and creative outlet for children, but they can also increase cognitive
function. One of these toys is the Avengers Gauntlet.
item is based on the movie and sparks kids’ imagination. It’s designed with the
important Infinity Stones. These 6 stones all pulse on the gauntlet. When kids
press the stone in the middle of the toy, it begins to emit sound.
of the fingers can open and close. Like in the movie, the toy can also clench
into a triumphant fist. This type of toy helps your child transform into a
movie character and also consider some moral and ethical questions as they
in electronic toys is the Educational Insights Artie toy. This is a coding
robot that guides children in the world of programming. It’s made with
preprogrammed designs with STEM learning.
gets a series of activities for him to use with coding skills. This learning
toy delights kids and allows them to explore the world of coding. The toy also
comes with built in Wi-Fi.
and crafts teach kids things like math, literacy and motor skills. But besides
learning, these toys are just plain fun and they spend hours playing and
creating. The Crayola Super Art Coloring Kit can spark a child’s imagination.
the perfect indoor or outdoor toy. This kit comes with a selection of crayons,
including the popular glitter crayons, as well as colored pencils. Some markers
are also in the kit.
will enjoy coloring the pages that come with it, as well as designing their own
crafts using the construction paper. They can use the glue stick to create
everything from paper puppets to paper worlds.
items in the kit are non-toxic. It comes in a storage tub, so they can keep all
their things together in one place and make it easier on mom and dad in terms
of messes. Next on the top toys list is the Crayola Scribble Scrubbie.
easy to see why this one is a child and parent favorite. This arts and crafts
toy allow kids to pick from a set of four pets. These pets are a yeti, a
dragon, a narwhal or a unicorn.
the child picks out his pet, he can use the markers to color the creatures.
What makes this toy different from many is that these creatures are 3-D rather
than paper printouts.
the child is finished coloring or creating designs on his pet, he can then use
the scrub tub to wash the animal completely clean. All kids have to do is press
the button that’s by the tub showerhead and the water washes the toy, turning
the tub water a variety of colors.
the animal is clean, your child gets to create all over again. The markers that
are included are washable. The kit also comes with a scrub brush as well as a
background that kids can color. Because the designs are washable, the child can
constantly create something new!
toys not only help teach kids about creative development, but they also help them
learn fine motor skills. One of the most popular building toys this year is the
LEGO Harry Potter set.
set is a replica of the great Hogwarts Castle. It has everything that the
castle had in the book and movie series and will provide hours of fun and
imaginative play. The set is over 6,000 pieces and is the perfect gift for
the castle is complete, it’s over 22 inches in height. The attention to detail in
this toy is what makes it one that kids are going to return to time and time
again. The set has the same moving staircases as the ones shown in the movie.
also has the gorgeous stained-glass windows. It even has the shiver-worthy
Chamber of Secrets complete with the basilisk. Kids can build the Great Hall as
well as the Whomping Willow.
set comes with some minifigures, including Dementors. LEGO also has the Friends
Rescue Boat building set. This cruiser set is just over 900 pieces and allows
kids to explore the imaginary seas while rescuing creatures.
boat has a function that allows it to launch. It also has a crane that kids can
use to imagine lifting animals during rescue missions and treatment. The boat
contains a lab, cockpit and a bedroom. A floating island is also included with
the set, along with three LEGO friends.
and their accessories are always a huge hit when it comes to gift giving for
kids. A good choice is one of the Baby Alive dolls. These dolls come in a
variety of different styles.
can pretend to feed the doll, which moves and opens her mouth when you use her
spoon. When the doll is fed, it will then pee or poop. Baby Alive dolls are interactive
and have over 50 sayings.
come with a set of accessories, too. These include a bib, diapers for changing
the doll, a comb, food packets and a bottle. You can order additional
accessories – such as the refill package or separate diapers or food packets.
doll that makes the toy gift list is the Journey Girls Meredith doll. The doll
is 18” in height and comes dressed in her outfit, shoes and a purse. It has
blonde rooted hair, blue eyes and the facial features are hand painted.
can choose from a variety of different dolls in this line. There’s Callie,
Kyla, Chavonne and more. These dolls also have a lot of different accessories
you can choose from to build the Journey Girls play world.
accessories are items such as the pink Jeep, the scooter or the horse.
Additional items in the line include a kitchen set, a styling salon, a travel
set and more. You can also buy different wardrobe accessories and even pets for
Up and Pretend Play
love to dress up and pretend play. Doing this sparks their imagination and
allows them to express themselves creatively. The Rainbow Unicorn Tutu is a
beautiful dress that can transform any day into one that’s filled with magic.
dress is made with polyester, but the bodice of the dress has a silk lining so
it can be worn all day in comfort. The bottom of the dresses are lovely pastel
tulle strips that are looped into the bottom of the bodice.
love how the dress poofs out and swirls around when they turn while wearing it.
The dress up outfit also comes with a headband featuring a unicorn horn. If
you’re looking for a dress up outfit for everyday heroes, then you can get the
Melissa & Doug Fire Chief set.
love this because it has so many realistic accessories. You get the red fire
jacket, the fireman’s helmet, a badge, a bullhorn and even a play fire
extinguisher. Since kids love pretend play toys, you’ll also want to look at
getting ones that have plenty of accessories for hours of play.
top-rated toy is the Fun Food Truck. This comes with over 20 pieces and has an
interactive kitchen area featuring both a sink and a grill. Customers can pay
for the food that kids ring up. The truck also has learning levels that will
teach more than 125 phrases, songs and sounds to help your child learn and
Animals and Plush Toys
animals and plush toys are always at the top of a toy gift guide. This year,
Flappy the Elephant is on the list. This adorable elephant is soft and perfect
for hugging. This little plush play peek-a-boo and sings the funny song, “Do
Your Ears Hang Low” that’s sure to elicit giggles.
stuffed toy’s ears will flap as your child interacts with the elephant. When
the toy’s left foot is pressed, it plays a game and when the right one is
pressed, it’ll play the song. It’s a hand washable toy and does require
batteries for the interaction stages.
is when kids love to have plush toys to hold as they drift off to sleep.
Snuggle Up Skye is the perfect toy for that. The toy is part of the Paw Patrol
line, which has delighted kids of all ages for years now.
plush toy is a child favorite and one of the many reasons why is the way the
pup’s stomach will light up in the dark. This light emits a soft glow that
soothes kids as they drift off to sleep.
pup can also sing a sweet lullaby or say certain phrases. The toy comes with 8
different sounds to thrill your child. When it’s time for bed, and your little
one wants to see the nightlight or hear a lullaby, all he has to do is give the
pup’s belly a squeeze.
nightlight doesn’t stay on all night long. It will shut off on its own after a
minute or so. And you don’t have to worry about the songs being too loud,
either because they play softly.
kids play with collectible toys, they can expand the worlds and characters so
that there’s always something new to spark their imagination. One collectible
set that’s popular with kids is the Heroes Transformers.
toys are great for little fingers. These figures are 4.5 inches in height,
which makes them easy to grasp and move around. These toys are able to easily
change from robotic to a vehicle in one quick move, so there’s no struggling
with the conversion.
toys come with four main rescue bots, but kids can grow this collection. One of
the collectibles is the construction bot known as Boulder. He’s ready to spring
into action. In this set, kids also get the helicopter, which is known as
flight-bot quickly swoops in for the rescue. Heatwave, which is the fire-bot,
is also included in the set. This bot transforms into a firetruck. There’s also
a police bot known as Chase that transforms from a police car into a robotic
are also popular collectibles because kids create play scenes and act out parts
of the movie franchise. This Marvel set comes with 10 of the characters that
are based on the Avengers movie.
will get the Captain America figure, including the iconic shield. The Hulk is also
included, wearing his ripped shorts. Black widow dressed in her gear comes with
the set and so does Hawkeye.
has his bow and arrows included as part of the figurine. Iron man is in the set
wearing his costume. There’s a Thor figurine complete with a mini cape and the
famous hammer. Nick Fury and Ultron are also part of the set your child can
are cool toys that delight any age. The Leap Frog RockIt is a game that gives
kids 12 different options to play. The system has light up controls that allow
kids to do a multitude of activities and games.
an MP3 player with the game, too. One of the things they can do is grow pets
from the eggs. These virtual pets thrive based on the child’s interactive
feeding and care of the pets.
game offers a separate challenge and there’s a variety of fun puzzles that
build a child’s skills in important learning areas, such as math. This game can
expand with the separate packs you can buy, such as the Penelope Penguin or
Nintendo Switch is a gaming system that will give kids access to incredible
game play. Kids can use the game to play by themselves or they can have
multiplayer games. Not only can they use this system at home, but it can also
go with them when they leave home.
they have to do is take it off the dock and it’s ready to go. Your child can
play games like Super Mario Maker 2 or Pokémon Sword. The game system has two
Joy-Con controllers and also comes with parental control if desired.
Disney Jeep Wrangler is a great toy for kids. They’ll drive the vehicle time
and time again. It never gets old for them. As they drive the jeep, they’ll
imagine themselves heading out on all sorts of interesting adventures.
zip along all over the yard in this snazzy jeep that’s designed with some of
the beloved characters from the Toy Story movie. The driver’s side of the jeep
features the lovable Woody, just waiting to take a ride with them.
passenger’s side features Buzz Lightyear ready to join right in with all the
fun. A set of cute graphics await on the rollover bar. These depict the
three-eyed alien characters from the movie that were in the toy machine.
vehicle has driving sounds and the radio comes with phrases from the movie. The
toy can go on grass or hard surfaces. It’ll only move at 5mph in drive, and if
the toy is backing up, that speed slows to 2.5 mph.
aso has power lock brakes and parents have the option to control the speed. It’s
suitable for a total weight of 130 pounds. To bring a smile to your child’s
face, you can get the classic Radio Flyer Tricycle.
childhood staple will be one that your child loves and has plenty of fun
playing on as he imagines all the trips he’ll go on. It’s made of steel, so
it’ll last for many years. The rubber tires provide a solid grip for those
trips around the yard or along the sidewalk.
many toys, the seat in this one can be adjusted so that as your child grows,
they can still play with the trike. It has chrome handlebars, red and white
streamers and a bell that rings.
love to learn, and they enjoy learning even more when it’s coupled with fun and
games. The Fire 7 Kids Edition does just that. When you give this gift, they
can learn and have fun using more than 20,000 apps.
apps include things like audiobooks as well as games. You’ll find educational
material from sites such as Disney or PBS Kids. The Fire comes with 16 GB of
storage that’s expandable for reading, listening to music and learning.
controls allow parents to set time limits and screen content. Because kids can
sometimes be rough on things, if the Fire breaks within 2 years, a full
replacement is given.
fascinate kids and Botley the Coding Robot is one that will be in demand this
year. This toy teaches STEM skills that help your child learn, grow and have
fun. You don’t have to have a phone or tablet to use this learning toy.
can use the remote to send instructions to the robot and watch him respond. As
the robot moves, it can sense things that are in front of it and it will alter
its path so that it won’t run into them.
robot can navigate a determined course and offers a variety of challenges to
kids. One of these challenges involves using lines in the follow mode that the
robot can travel along.
toy comes with 40 coding cards as well as the pieces needed to set up an
obstacle course. The robot can be pre-coded by your child to move 120 steps at
a time. There are 76 pieces included with this toy.
of which toy you decide to buy for your children or someone else’s that’s a
part of your life, just make sure it has positive reviews and plenty of sales
prior to yours, and you’re bound to see a smile on their face when they open