When there are countless toys to choose from, we know it can be overwhelming to pick a gift for that terrific tot in your life. Whether it’s for a birthday, holiday or any special occasion, we found some bestsellers that have been around for generations, are mom-and dad-approved, award-winning and loved by little ones.
Tiny tots are rapidly developing new connections, refining motor skills, acquiring new speech and honing their balance so they can eagerly explore the exciting world around them.... And we’ve found the top gift ideas and some learning toys that will not only help build those social, emotional and cognitive foundations, but are fun, engaging and entertaining.
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Award-winning Mega Bloks are the perfect gift for toddlers. The Mega Bloks Big Building Bag comes with 80 durable, high-grade plastic pieces that are ergonomically designed for toddler hands to easily manipulate. They effortlessly snap together for hours of building and rebuilding fun.
This starter set encourages imaginative play and aids in fine-motor skill development. And, when play time is over, all the Bloks can be stored in the reusable storage bag making cleanup a snap. Moms and dads can... keep these Bloks germ-free by easily washing them in hot soapy water or by throwing them onto the top rack of the dishwasher.
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Dollhouses promote imaginative play, object recognition, problem solving and social development through role play. And we found the perfect first dollhouse for toddlers. The Fisher-Price Little People House is an interactive toy with over 50 different phrases, songs and sounds. This set comes complete with Emma, Mom, and Dad Little People figures, as well as a table and two chairs. All appliances and living room, bedroom and bathroom furniture are built into the dollhouse so parents needn’t... worry about losing pieces.
Interactive features include: Open and close refrigerator and oven with lights and phrases, whoosh sound when the toilet seat is lifted, a music player with four fun songs, peek-a-boo kitty or pop-up weather report and an alarm clock to help Emma wake up. When it’s time to pack up, all of the pieces fit inside the dollhouse that can be closed and latched for secure storage. An easy-carry handle makes this house ready for on-the-go fun.
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Young toddlers who are starting to practice their walking skills will get a kick out of this push toy and activity walker. For ones who aren't quite walking, this toy will help them learn to keep their balance. For when they are officially on the move, they'll love to zoom this around the house (and probably into your walls and furniture, so watch out!).
Besides helping them get on their own two feet, they'll also be entertained by the chomping alligators, spinning butterflies and... ladybug beads that clatter as they move this toy. This toy is suited for 12 months and up, so great for the new to toddlerhood set.
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Holy cute costumes, Batman! The legendary set of four Superhero capes and masks will make tiny tots feel like they can leap giant buildings in a single bound and web sling their way to saving the world. This set includes four popular superheroes: Batman, Spiderman, Captain America and Superman.
Each cape is made from high-denier, fully-lined, silk-like fabric that is made to withstand villainous battles and high-flying adventures. Each cape has soft-close, adjustable velcro to comfortably and... safely fit around the neck of kids (and grownups) of all sizes. And the masks have velcro and elastic on them to ensure a perfect fit.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Little Hands Button Art is specifically designed to help toddlers increase hand-eye coordination, develop fine motor skills and to encourage creative play. With chunky buttons that easily snap in and out of place, Little Hands Button Art includes a variety of activities. Preschoolers can complete any of the 10 different brightly-colored pictures.
The set also includes over 40 different buttons in an array of colors for imaginative combinations. Plus, the storage tray allows for easy clean up and... storage. This preschool skill builder will keep kids engaged in quiet play that they can do by themselves. Recommended for kids two years and up.
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P is for Potty — and for perfect present! The toddler years are the time when every parent is challenged with potty training. P is for Potty is a number one bestseller for kids between one and three years old and is essential to helping moms and dads ease little ones into the potty training stage. Potty-training toddlers can follow Albie and Elmo throughout their day while they practice sitting on the potty with an interactive mix of fun and learning. P is for Potty has over 30 lift-and-peek... flaps on 12 pages to keep tots curious and engaged.
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The Number Lovin’ Oven by LeapFrog has a whole lot of fun and learning baked in. Over thirty different songs and phrases and sixteen different ingredients let kids explore numbers, temperature, time, and basic math through interactive play. Designed for kids as young as two, the Number Lovin’ Oven includes an easy-to-follow recipe card for things like fried eggs, pizza, and cupcakes. Little chefs can slice the loaf of bread or pizza for sharing, hear the skillet sizzle when it’s placed on top of... the oven or bake up a batch of cupcakes. Perfect for kids to use with friends and develop social interaction through shared play, the interactive oven includes: pretend play slice-and-share pizza and bread, two cupcakes, a fried egg, spatula, two plates, a skillet, and a baking tray. All 16 pieces fit neatly inside the oven for easy storage or on-the-go fun.
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There’s a reason why the Little Tikes Shopping Cart has been a favorite toddler toy for generations. This is one toy that boys and girls will use for hours, engaging in imaginative role play as they fill the cart just like mom and dad do at the store. The Little Tikes Cart stands at two feet tall and is made from durable, BPA-, latex-, PVC- and phthalate-free plastic. The easy-push wheels are designed to protect indoor surfaces, yet they’re durable enough for outdoor use. Little shoppers can... load up the basket with all the items on their shopping list and there’s even a fold down seat (just like in a real shopping cart) so they can tote along their favorite doll or stuffed animal.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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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.
When baby is ready to graduate to trying to pedal, the... safety tray and canopy can be removed. For kids ready to trike all on their own, parents can remove the push handle and head support so the 4-in-1 Radio Flyer Stroll ‘n Trike becomes a classic tricycle for toddlers on the go. The seat is adjustable for little legs and this trike comes with a handy storage bin located at the back for kids to take their favorite things along for the ride. In the business of making iconic toys for more than 100 years, Radio Flyer has an impeccable reputation for durable, reliable, and memorable toys that withstand the test of time.
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VTech is a leader in kids electronic learning toys. The KidiBeats Drum Set promotes interactive learning that keeps little hands and minds busy. With three drum pads and a cymbal, the KidiBeats Drum Set lets toddlers rock ‘n’ roll to their own beat or to nine different melodies. The set has four different modes that teach letters, counting skills, phonics and memorization with follow-along tunes. Little rockers can feel like real drummers in free play mode as they bang out new rhythms with the... included drum sticks to four different musical genres: jazz, rock, dance and pop. The drum and cymbal pads light up in follow along mode to help kids keep the beat. In free play mode, they light up every time the pads are hit. Number jams, Alphabeats, follow me, and free style will keep kids learning and jamming for hours. And when parents need a break there’s a quiet-play feature and an auto-shutoff to preserve battery life.
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