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Best Book: Dear Zoo at Amazon
"In addition to colorful artwork, this picture book has interactive features that keep your toddler entertained during storytime."
"This set includes over 100 tiles that can be snapped together into simple or elaborate structures."
Best for Bath: Toomies Foam Cone Factory at Amazon
"Make bath time fun for your toddler with this soft-serve machine that turns soap and water into foamy bubbles for ice cream cones."
Best for Pretend Play: Melissa & Doug Food Groups at Amazon
"Teach your child to recognize common fruits, vegetables, and other groceries with these beautiful wooden foods."
Best Active: Micro Mini Original 3-Wheeled Scooter at Amazon
"Kids will love zipping around in the driveway or on the sidewalk on this three-wheeled scooter."
Best Creative: Melissa & Doug Water Wow! Activity Pad at Amazon
"Young kids will love 'coloring' on this reusable water activity pad that doesn't require any crayons or paints to make a drawing."
Best Game: Candy Land Board Game at Amazon
"Candy Land is classic for a reason—this board game is simple for little kids to understand, and is filled with fun characters."
Best Musical: Kid’s Classic Banjo at Uncommon Goods
"Get your toddler started playing music early and fine-tune her fine motor skills with this toddler-sized banjo."
Best Personalized: Personalized Name Puzzle With Pegs at Etsy
"Help your toddler learn to spell her name on this personalized name puzzle that doubles as a beautiful piece of bedroom art."
Best Wooden: Wooden Veggie Set at Pottery Barn Kids
"This interactive playset encourages imaginative play (and might keep your toddler occupied while you're cooking dinner)."
Best Book: Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book
This bestselling board book has been considered a must-have since it was first published in 1982. In addition to colorful artwork and an engaging storyline, this book features interactive elements—liftable flaps and touch and feel elements—to capture the attention of even the youngest readers.
Best STEM: Magna-Tiles Clear Colors 100 Piece Set
This colorful building set includes 100 magnetic tiles that snap together to create 3D masterpieces, like houses, bridges, or animals. The durable tiles provide more than hours of entertainment, too—they help children develop math, science, spatial, and tactile skills.
Best for Bath: Toomies Foam Cone Factory
This imaginative bath toy anchors to your shower’s wall for hours of entertainment. Just fill it with bath bubbles, add water, and pull on the handle to create pretend ice cream cones with the included flat-bottomed cones that sit steadily on the sides of the bath. The cherry on top? The set also comes with pretend sprinkles.
Best for Pretend Play: Melissa & Doug Food Groups
It’s never too soon to teach your child about healthy eating habits, and this set of pretend groceries make the process fun for all. The durable set that includes four wooden crates that contain favorites from all five food groups, including watermelon, milk, cheese, fish, eggs, and more.
Best Creative: Melissa & Doug Water Wow! Reusable Color With Water Activity Pad
There’s no need to worry about kids getting crayon or marker on the walls or furniture with this coloring set. The three-book set (farm, ocean, and safari scenes) includes a refillable water pen that reveals brilliant color with a single swipe across the page. What’s even better? When the “ink” dries, the colors disappear, so kids can delight in creating a new masterpiece over and over again.
Best Game: Candy Land Kingdom Of Sweet Adventures Board Game
This classic may have a modern upgrade (a spinner instead of cards and new illustrations), but it’s just as popular as ever. Your kids will have just as much fun as you did moving through the game and encountering all kinds of sweet surprises as they attempt to become the first player to reach the candy castle.
Best Musical: Kid’s Classic Banjo
Any music-loving toddler will go ga-ga over this bright red four-stringed banjo. It’s simple, but fully functional, so as their fine motor skills develop, they’ll learn to create more masterful tunes. As an added bonus, the instrument doubles as a drum for even more musical fun.
Best Personalized: Personalized Name Puzzle With Pegs
This handmade gift is so much more than a simple toy—it helps teach kids about their identity and the alphabet, plus it doubles as gorgeous decor for the nursery or playroom. You can even customize it with fun extra puzzle pieces that represent your toddler's favorite things.
Best Wooden: Wooden Veggie Set
Your little sous chef will love prepping dinner along with you with this wooden kitchen set. The fruits and veggies in this kit velcro together, and your toddler can "cut" them into pieces with the wooden chef's knife. The set comes with a wooden knife and cutting board, two loaves of bread, and assorted fruits and veggies, including an avocado, watermelon, and carrot.
All-in-One Wooden Kid's Art Easel
This large, sturdy easel is the perfect gift for a mini Matisse. It has plenty of drawing surfaces—a chalkboard, a magnetic white board, and an included roll of paper—plus built-in storage with ample room for chalk, washable crayons, markers, paints, and other art materials.
Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table
This interactive water table has a number of different features and two tiers to provide hours of outdoor entertainment. Beginners will love to splash in the basin, while older toddlers will be captivated by the customizable waterfall. As an added bonus, the oblong shape of the table means there’s plenty of room to share the table with a sibling or a friend.
Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car
This classic ride-on toy (it’s been a bestseller since 1979!) is ideal for both indoor and outdoor play, making it an extremely versatile gift for the tot in your life. The handle on the back allows parents to push beginners, but toddlers will be taking the car for a solo spin in no time—it has durable tires and 360-degree front wheels that are easy for little ones to maneuver.
Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug N Secure Swing
You don’t need to fill your yard with a jungle gym to create a fun playspace for the youngsters. This compact plastic swing is easy to hang from a tree or porch and is perfectly safe for toddlers ages nine months to four years and up to 50 pounds.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
This isn’t your average bedtime story—it’s better. Think of the modern compendium as a necessary companion for every young girl. It features 100 bedtime stories about as many extraordinary women throughout history, so she’ll know exactly what it means to be a strong, fearless female. Each story is also accompanied by an amazing illustration by one of 60 female artists from all over the world.
Fisher-Price Little People Big Helpers Home
This interactive dollhouse lights up and plays songs about helping out around the house to teach kids about teamwork, helping others, and imaginative play. It makes a great first dollhouse because the furniture is all built in, which greatly reduces the risk of lost pieces. It can also be closed and latched for secure storage and easy transport.
AMOSTING Color Matching Mosaic Pegboard
This activity set comes with ten different pattern cards, a peg board, and 46 vibrantly colored pegs to help kids finesse their fine motor skills and learn to create beautiful artwork. All they have to do is match the color of the peg to the color on the pattern card.
Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Baby Doll
This makes a great gift for doting, hands-on toddlers fascinated by baby dolls and pretend play. At just 12 inches, this soft doll is easy for little hands to grasp and has realistic features that delight, like eyes that open and close when rocked to sleep and a mouth that can suck her thumb or a pacifier.
Princess Duvet and Pillowcase Set
Help make the transition from crib to big girl bed a lot more exciting and a little easier with this enchanting bedding set. She’ll feel like a real princess as she drifts off to dreamland resting her head on a pillow with a printed crown and snuggled in a duvet that features a glittering dress print.
Mega Bloks First Builders Cozy Cottage Building Set
For kids that don’t yet have the fine motor skills to handle LEGOs, try these bulky building blocks. They come in various shapes and sizes and are easy for little hands to stack and take apart. Though they can let their imagination run wild and build anything their hearts desire, this 41-piece set includes everything they need to construct and then play with a cute cat cottage.
Pacific Play Tents Find Me Multi Color Tunnel
Older toddlers (and their tired parents) will love this fun and colorful play tent. There’s no setup required—simply let it out of the carrying case and untie two strings—and it folds easily back into place when not in use. But what parents will love the most is their child practicing gross motor skills and discovering what it means to go from point A to point B.