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AMAV Edible Sweet Art

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AMAV Edible Sweet Art
Price $19.99
By AMAV
Age
6+
Top Toy

Here's a creative enterprise that truly hits the spot! Kids become kitchen artists with Edible Sweet Art, a smorgasbord of tasty dough in several colors, ready to be kneaded, rolled and molded to your heart's desire with the array of tools included in this set. A rolling pin, several shape cutters, a dual-size popsicle mold, multi-shape candy mold, skewers, sticks, and more, make it a snap to create treats that look as delectable as they taste. Water acts like glue on the dough, allowing you to craft and attach small, finely designed pieces, making genuine works of edible art. The finished results are so varied, beautiful, and full of detail it's almost a shame to see them go once the eating commences. An illustrated chart provides inspiration, the tools and dough endless possibilities. Putting creative young minds and small hands in motion is what this kit does best.

Duple

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Duple
Price $12.95
By Anomia Press
Age
10+
Top Toy

Duple is a fast-moving, quick-thinking game. One way to describe it would be 'controlled chaos.' The rapid, sometimes hectic pace - players flipping cards, sputtering words - is a major part of the fun, and never quite spins out of control. The energy remains high from start to finish. Most of the cards in the deck are Letter Cards, each of which displays both a letter and a symbol. Two other types of cards always appear face-up on the table throughout the game - Category Cards, each of which names a category (Verb, Noun, Animal, etc.) and Wild Cards, each of which displays two symbols. Players rapidly take turns flipping cards from the tops of two draw piles until a Face-Off is triggered. This most commonly occurs when two different players show the same symbol on their cards. Those two players immediately race to be first to say a word that is at least 5 letters long, contains the letters shown on both their cards, AND conforms to the Category Card on the table. A Face-Off can also be triggered by two players each displaying one of the two symbols shown on the current Wild Card. The winner of a Face-Off collects the loser's top card, and the player with the highest number of wins at the end is the winner. Face-Offs often occur one after another in quick succession, making this action-packed fun for the entire family. 2 to 6 Players. (Toy Fair Booth #5959)

Where Do Balloons Go?

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Where Do Balloons Go?
Price $0.99
By Auryn, Inc.
Age
4+
Top Toy

Auryn, Inc. is an absolute master at creating breathtaking apps that are magical worlds unto themselves. There are so many wonderful things going on in this interactive storybook app. Page after page is loaded with stunning visuals, sounds, activities, and games. The charming introduction by actress Jamie Lee Curtis (who is also the author, with illustrations by Laura Cornell) explains how she conceived of this story of a balloon's journey. You can read along with a voice-over by Curtis or turn it off to read on your own. Hints on each page convey how to trigger games and activities. Create custom postcards and send them to friends. Make a constellation in the night sky by touching a succession of stars. A recurring fan icon can be dragged around the page, blowing balloons and characters along with it. You can even inflate an onscreen balloon by blowing into your device, and then twist and fold it into animal shapes. Enter the Balloon Theatre, where you create custom characters and record them in a play, capturing audio and video that is often quite hilarious. Many pages become absolutely enchanting when activated by your touch. Our favorite was the Big Balloon Dance, in which the screen continuously scrolls through dozens of varied balloons dancing to spellbinding music while you take in the gorgeous visuals. Don't miss this app!

CampAntics

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CampAntics
Price $24.95
By Bereb Enterprises, Inc.
Age
5-11 Yrs.
Sterling Fun

Talk about a game for rainy days - CampAntics enables you to enjoy summer camp fun, regardless of the season or weather! Players move around the board on rolls of the dice, participating in camp activities and getting themselves and others into mischief. Each player starts with 3100 points (little acorns of different colors and point values). Spaces on the board provide opportunities to add to (or lose some of) your acorns, while Mischief Cards let you and others risk winning or losing points on rolls of the dice. There are 3 progressive levels of play based on experience, making it easy for young players to get in on the fun. The instructions are written and illustrated as an actual comic book, making even learning to play enjoyable. Decide up front how long a game you want by choosing to spend from 1 to 7 days at camp (each day is a trip around the board). The player with the most points at the end is the winner. There's skill, luck, and plenty of social interaction, with players sharing stories and personal experiences. Summer camp fun is here to stay, come rain or come shine! For 1 to 4 players.

Rockin', Rollin', and Ridin'

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Rockin', Rollin', and Ridin'
Price $8.99
By Big Truck Music
Age
2 & Up
Top Toy

This highly energetic disc contains a diverse set of songs by the wonderful Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck, music that will get just about anyone up on their feet, boppin' and groovin' and singin' along. Our personal favorite was Hey-O, an irresistible song with call-and-response listener participation, sung with special guest Roscoe Orman (Gordon from Sesame Street). Big Truck, Rock Like This, and Motorcycle Boy provide rock-solid rock 'n roll, with great guitar work by Ivan Max, while the acoustic guitar and lovely melody on the slower paced Smiling Moon allow Rebecca Frezza's beautiful voice to shine through with crystal clarity. The rest of the disc, which includes colorful instrumentation, great backing vocals, and a bonus music video, is excellent as well.

Speedeebee!

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Speedeebee!
Price $14.99
By Blue Orange Games
Age
7 +
Top Toy

Speedeebee! keeps players immersed in nimble-minded word fun, with all players happily engaged every step of the way. There's no turn-taking. Just read a challenge from one of the cards, roll the alphabet dice and go. Any player can answer, and the first one who correctly does so wins the card. Get it wrong and you have to give up a card previously won. The player with the most cards at the end of each 20-card game is the winner. There are 50 cards in all (a total of 150 different challenges) and 4 alphabet dice, some or all of which are rolled each time. The challenges are nicely doable and wildly diverse (Name a city containing one of these letters . . ., Name a cartoon character containing none of these letters . . ., Find a word containing this letter twice . . .). As a result, the game moves swiftly, with all players hunting inwardly for a word that intersects the challenge with the required letters. That's part of Speedeebee's beauty - that there is no one correct answer. Its diversity, ease of play, speed, and all-hands-on-deck game play mean everyone's on their toes, brains whirring, from start to finish. For 2 to 6 players.

NADA!

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NADA!
Price $14.99
By Blue Orange Games
Age
7+
Top Toy

Fast, simple games can pack a special kind of wallop, and as dice games go, this one has it all - speed, fun, excitement, and lots of dice (18 white and 18 orange to be exact). The dice are covered with an abundance of playful symbols (ghost, rocket, palm tree, bunny rabbit . . .), and NADA! is played in rounds. Each round begins by rolling some of the dice. There are two ways to score in a round, either by being first to spot and call out matching symbols that appear on at least one white and one orange die, or, if there are no such matches, by being first to call out Nada! A player who correctly spots and calls a match collects all dice showing that symbol. A player who correctly calls Nada! collects all of the dice just rolled. But be careful! It is surprisingly easy in your haste to make a wrong call, and if you do, it will set you back. The player with the most dice after three rounds is the winner. For you to be that winner, you'll need sharp eyes and quick mental reflexes. To switch things up, there are two additional, equally exciting game variations in the instructions, so the fun just keeps on rolling. For 2 to 4 players.

Spot it! Party

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Spot it! Party
Price $19.99
By Blue Orange Games
Age
10+
Top Toy

This edge-of-your-seat fun is a blend of intense competition and silliness that makes for a rollicking good time. Regardless of which of the 6 Spot it! Party mini-games you're playing at any given moment, the goal is always to be the fastest player to spot the matching symbol between 2 cards and call it out. Each card bears 8 (out of more than 50) symbols, and only one matching symbol exists between any two cards. Spotting a match might mean gaining a card or losing one, and the object might be to end with the fewest cards, or the most. Several mini-games incorporate the Hand Mascot, a quirky one-eyed hand standing on the table that can work for or against you. One of our favorite mini-games is Dynamite, in which a series of cards in front of each player is a 'fuse,' burning down based on the speed and skill of that player. Only when you reach the end of your fuse can you call out a match between your hidden card and another player's, an ability dependent on keen attention and a good memory. Another, Hot Potato, consists of lightning strikes in which players spot matches and dump cards into the palms of one another's hands until somebody holds them all and loses. The Tower, The Well, Double Frenzy, and The Race are equally fast fun, and the player who wins the most mini-games in a sitting is declared champion until the next time you play. For 2 to 8 players.

Flash

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Flash
Price $14.99
By Blue Orange Games
Age
7+
Top Toy

Fun doesn't get any more rapid-fire than Flash, a dice game in which players race to complete 8 different challenges. Each challenge consists of a specific dice combination (six-of-a-kind, 3 pairs, all odds, . . .). Players roll and re-roll, each time putting aside the dice whose results they want to keep and rerolling the rest, until they've achieved the desired result. One side of each die displays a flash symbol (lightning bolt), which is wild and can represent any number. Being good at Flash isn't just about who can roll the fastest. It's about how quickly and accurately you can assess the results of your roll and make a good decision about what to keep before launching the dice through the air again. This requires focus, a quick mind, and fast hands. As players complete a challenge, they grab the highest value scoring chip still available on the table, so that each player's score per challenge is based on the order in which he or she finished relative to the other players. Everyone's score is written on the special score pad before moving on to the next challenge. Once all the challenges have been completed, the player with the highest total wins. Two exciting game variations keep things extra-lively. For 2 to 6 players. Includes 36 Dice (6 colors), 6 Scoring Chips, Scoring Pad, Pencil, and Travel Bag.

Doodle Quest

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Doodle Quest
Price $24.99
By Blue Orange Games
Age
6+
Top Toy

Doodle Quest is unlike any drawing game we've ever seen. It's not about your ability to draw an object or to get someone to guess your drawing. It's an obstacle course for the mind. Players work from an existing drawing, adding elements to it where they've been instructed to while avoiding obstacles. For example, one doodle quest requires players to add 12 little triangles (teeth) anywhere inside a shark's empty mouth without going outside the white area. Here's the mind-blower: you're not writing directly on the existing drawing. You can look at the drawing while you work, but each player is drawing on a separate transparent sheet, with nothing but their eye to guide them. When finished, each player overlays their sheet on top of the drawing to see how well they've done, earning points for fulfilling requirements and losing them for hitting obstacles. There are 18 double-side Quest Cards with kooky, clever sea-themed scenes that include beginner and advanced levels, making it easy for the entire family to enjoy. Also included are dry-erase pens, drawing boards, erasers, stencils, and scoring sheet. And, as always with Blue Orange Games, everything is top-notch. 1 to 4 players.

The Mighty Sky

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The Mighty Sky
Price $10.99
By BNC Records
Age
0+
Brain Child

One doesn't entirely expect an album intended to inspire and teach children about the mysteries of the universe to be drenched in the sort of high-level musicianship and first-rate songwriting found on The Mighty Sky. The lyrics alone are something to marvel at for the easy way they incorporate scientific concepts while sounding natural and catchy. The vocals and harmonies are exceptional throughout, and the songwriting encompasses a wide range of styles, from folk, bluegrass, and a cappella to full-out rock & roll and the blues. The energy and rhythms are often irresistibly danceable (try staying seated during Zodiacial Zydeco), and frequently interlaced with humor (check out the rousing Test, Re-test & Verify, a faux lofty paean to the scientific method). And therein lies one of the many keys to this album's success - taking a seemingly weighty subject and making it buoyant, playful, and wildly entertaining.

Slackers 70' Eagle Series Zipline

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Slackers 70' Eagle Series Zipline
Price $139.99
By Brand 44
Age
8+
Top Toy

It was not so long ago that backyard fun consisted almost entirely of tossing a ball or Frisbee, a game of tag, or, if you were lucky, a swing hanging from a tree. Be prepared to have your world rocked when this zipline kit turns your backyard into a fun zone beyond your wildest dreams. All you need to get set up are a couple of good-sized trees, a wrench, and plenty of soft grass to glide above. You'll be zipping along in no time. This Eagle Series kit includes a special rider seat and rope that, in addition to providing an easier ride for those not so athletically inclined, reduces the necessary riding height, making longer rides possible over any given terrain. And for those who prefer hanging by hand, the seat is easily removable. The quality and appearance of this equipment, from the easy grip trolley to the 70' stainless steel cable and accompanying hardware, is extremely high. Installation is straightforward but must be performed by an adult. And as with any ziplining activity, there should be adult supervision at all times during use.

I Can Build Lower Case Letters

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I Can Build Lower Case Letters
Price $29.99
By Carolina Pad
Age
5-6 Yrs.
Brain Child

Nothing attracts kids like fun, and one of the many great things about this kit is the sense of freedom and play it fosters while providing structure that enables children to explore and learn. Kids warm up with Muscle Movers, a game in which a roll of the die determines which card to flip and animal to mimic. They then use Magnastix (17 colored magnetic pieces) to form letters on the magnetic dry-erase board, with a special color-coded key to guide them. Next, the colorful Lower Case Writing Tablet has Max the Monkey providing playful instructions that make forming each letter seem like a game in itself. The back of the tablet contains reward stickers for when each page is completed. Both the tablet and dry-erase board (includes a marker) use a green-at-the-top, red-at-the-bottom approach to help kids remember to start letters at the top. Kids will improve fine motor skills, sharpen visual perception, learn proper letter sequencing and, best of all, enjoy every minute of it!

About Time

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About Time
Price $39.95
By Circa Circa Ltd.
Age
14 & Up
Sterling Fun

Travel through time as you traverse the About Time board, venturing guesses as to the year in which historical events occurred! Although only one team advances on the board with each roll of the die, all players are in on the action from start to finish. Every team ventures a guess, and the team whose answer is closest to the correct year collects a token. And collecting the most tokens is the key to winning! There are many twists and turns that spice up the game, one of our favorites being the Joker. The Joker is one of three types of Time Cards, and can turn the tables on the competition in a heartbeat. While the other two types give you an extra nudge towards the answer, the Joker allows you to force an opponent to put half their tokens at stake, with the winner of the round collecting them! Questions are far-reaching, spanning pop culture to ancient history. Put on your thinking caps. It's time to play!

Dozy Dolphin On The Go

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Dozy Dolphin On The Go
Price $24.00
By Cloud B
Age
All
Brain Child

Dozy Dolphin On The Go is a travel-size plush toy that plays four water-based sounds to help children sleep when away from home. Our favorite was the authentic-sounding underwater dolphin call. There is a built in timer that allows you to set the sounds to turn off after 23 minutes or 45 minutes and a velcro strap for easy attachment to car seats and strollers. Made with hypoallergenic bamboo fabric. Comes with storybook, adoption certificate, and 2 AA batteries.

Gentle Giraffe On The Go

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Gentle Giraffe On The Go
Price $24.00
By Cloud B
Age
All
Brain Child

Gentle Giraffe On The Go is a travel-size plush toy that plays jungle-based soothing sounds to help children sleep when away from home. There is a built in timer that allows you to set the sounds to turn off after 23 minutes or 45 minutes and a velcro strap for easy attachment to car seats and strollers. Made with hypoallergenic bamboo fabric. Comes with storybook, adoption certificate, and 2 AA batteries.

Build Your Box Chalk

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Build Your Box Chalk
Price $0.99
By Crayola
Age
4+
Top Toy

Outdoor art is a phenomenal way for kids to express their creativity while enjoying the outdoors. It makes sense that Crayola, with so many years of helping kids explore the world of color and self-expression under its belt, would come up with such an exciting, dynamic concept for sidewalk chalk. Each Build Your Box Chalk package contains a unique combination of colors, four large chalk sticks that, together, convey a specific mood or feel and thus inspire a different creative energy. Each of these combinations has a name reflective of its feel - Thunder & Lightning, Pool Party, Arctic Fire, Desert Dawn, Martian Moon, and many others - vibrant colors that pop like crazy on the sidewalk, driveway, or playground. These washable chalk sticks (just spray or wipe the ground with water to erase) resemble large crayons with squared edges, making them easy to hold and to use and keep them from rolling away. And with 18 different color combinations to collect and explore, kids can mix and match to their heart's content!

X-treme Sticker Maker

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X-treme Sticker Maker
Price $30.00
By Creativity for Kids
Age
6+
Top Toy

This sticker maker is beyond fun. It takes about 2 seconds to learn how to use and includes a really cool sticker art assortment (butterflies, peace signs, words, birds, paw prints, and dozens of others) and markers you'll use to add your own creative touches. It comes pre-loaded with 20' of sticker tape (plus a 20' replacement roll). It also includes a sticker journal whose themed pages, with dramatic patterns around the borders, are the perfect canvases to decorate with your creations. It's so simple. Just choose a piece of sticker art from one of the four sheets (metallic, glitter, velvet, or regular paper), color it in, feed it in to the sticker maker, then tear it off as if it were a piece of tape. What you have instead is an individual sticker, ready to be removed from its backing and applied. You can also design your own original stickers, using little photos, cuttings from magazines, pieces of ribbon - anything small enough to fit through the top of the sticker maker. The possibilities are endless. Once you've burned through the 40' of sticker tape provided, refills are available at toy retailers and online. (Toy Fair Booth #1673)

Road Trip

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Road Trip
Price $24.99
By Daddy O Productions, Inc.
Age
8 & Up
Sterling Fun

This is a fun, fast-moving board game that anybody can play. Moving in clockwise fashion, players take turns. On your turn, draw a card from the Challenge deck, read it aloud, then roll the Alphabet Die. Each challenge involves the turn-taker providing words that start or (in some cases) end with the letter on the die. There are four different types of challenges. The first three types involve providing a list of words that begin or end with the given letter. The fourth involves completing a sentence with words that start with the letter rolled, often to great comic effect. This is one of the most nicely packaged games we've seen. It comes in a nifty tin case designed as a vintage trailer, with station wagon playing pieces and a retro map of the U.S. for the board. Keeping things lively, there's a second deck of cards that throws curve balls (that can work for or against you) every time a player lands on a 'Rest Stop.' Well, what are you waiting for? It's time to hit the road!

Telegruv

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Telegruv
Price $24.99
By Dance Telephone, Inc.
Age
8 & Up
Laugh Out Loud

If you're looking for lots of action, loads of laughter, and tons of fun, Telegruv is the game for you. Telegruv takes the classic game of Telephone to the dance floor by having teams pass a series of dance moves down a chain of players. Until just before your turn to go, your back is turned away from the action, ensuring that your dance moves come strictly from observing the player who went directly before you. The very first player on your team who danced got her moves from a dance card (drawn from a deck) that detailed the moves in photos and words. Each turn requires 3 - 5 dance cards be drawn and danced at a time, so it's no surprise that the final player's moves often bear little resemblance to those of the first. Meanwhile, the other team awards one point for each move that accurately makes it to the end (or half points for partial accuracy). This is a fun, fast-moving game that keeps temperatures high and the laughs rolling! For 6 or more players.

Sofia the First: The Floating Palace

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Sofia the First: The Floating Palace
Price $4.99
By Disney Publishing Worldwide
Age
0-5 yrs.
Top Toy

Disney Publishing continues the adventures of Sofia the First with this brand-new Story Theater app, which includes the very popular Puppet Theater feature. Sofia and her family are on a royal vacation when Sofia not only discovers a real mermaid, she becomes one herself through the powers of her magical amulet! Among the mermaids she meets underwater is Princess Ariel from 'The Little Mermaid,' who arrives just in time to help Sofia save her friend Oona from a sea monster. Watery sound-effects and finger-tap triggered animated bursts add interactive excitement to the story. Puppet Theater lets kids record their own onscreen action story, choosing from a variety of backgrounds, characters, and music before hitting the record button. By controlling the characters' movements with a finger and supplying the dialogue, it's surprisingly easy to make creative, exciting, often hysterically funny, adventure videos of your own to play back for friends and family. A wonderful addition to the ongoing story of Sofia the First!

Guess What!

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Guess What!
Price $24.99
By Edustic
Age
5+
Brain Child

Playing Guess What! develops a variety of aptitudes and skills (critical thinking, mathematics, pattern and shape recognition, among others). One of the things that makes Guess What! such fun is that even when it's not your turn, you're as much a part of the action as if it were. One player is the designated builder whose task it is to build an object indicated on a card just flipped from the top of the card deck. The builder uses colored geometric shapes placed on a laminated playboard. If one of the other players correctly guesses the object before time runs out (did we mention there's a two minute timer?), both he and the builder receive two scoring discs. The guessing players frequently call out guesses, with the builder responding 'Yes' or 'No.' It is very much a group enterprise, with all players actively engaged from start to finish. The main deck of cards contains the names of 6 objects per card, each numbered so that a roll of the die determines which of the 6 to build. For players who prefer to have a visual model to work from, there is also a Junior deck whose cards show an image of the object to be built, constructed of the geometric pieces. The player with the most disks at the end of 5 rounds wins. For 3 to 8 players.

Bowling Game Funny Bunch

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Bowling Game Funny Bunch
Price $47.20
By Egmont Toys
Age
0+
Top Toy

Bowling Game Funny Bunch has several outstanding qualities - simplicity, variety, visually and tactilely stimulating, and promotes dexterity - that make it thoroughly enjoyable and beneficial for young children. Each of the five bowling pins would make a fine children's toy all by itself. Super-soft, each with a different animal head on top (hedgehog, donkey, rabbit, mouse and bear), these lightweight plush bowling pins are weighted to stand. A gentle nudge will cause them to fall, and a youngster can become quite engrossed simply holding and squeezing or tipping and re-standing any one of them. While the base of each pin is identically shaped, each has a different combination of colors, textures, and patterns that appeal to hands and eyes. And each contains a small rattle, adding sound to the hand-eye mix. On top of all that, the adorableness factor is quite high. Lining these lovable guys up in a row and rolling the equally soft, colorful 'bowling ball' is a game that brings squeals of delight from the mouths of babes.

EzyRoller

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EzyRoller
Price $99.00
By Ezyroller
Age
4-14 Yrs.
Top Toy

The EzyRoller is aptly named, in that it is easy to assemble (two screws, one minute - bam - you're done!) and it is easy to ride and navigate. It might just as accurately have been named the FunRoller, the AwesomeRoller, or the WowRoller, because it elicits all those responses from those experiencing it for the first time. Seated incredibly low to the ground, legs extended in front of you with feet placed against a metal bar, the user has simply to push with alternate feet in order to propel this delightful 3-wheeled contraption forward. To turn, simply push harder with one foot than the other. The ride is surprisingly smooth, and the method of locomotion enjoyably strange to observe, as there are neither pedals nor feet pushing off the ground - just a gentle wiggle-like motion caused by feet on the bar.

Duct Tape Doggie Fashions

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Duct Tape Doggie Fashions
Price $22.00
By Faber-Castell/Creativity for Kids
Age
6+
Top Toy

If a product named 'Duct Tape Doggie Fashions' doesn't make you smile, what will? This playfully themed craft kit provides everything you need to clothe, decorate, and bring to life one Doggie (8-1/2 inches X 6 inches tall) and one Puppy (4 inches long X 2-3/4 inches tall). More importantly, it provides a very high level of creative gratification for the budding artist. With its high quality materials and super easy-to-follow instructions, kids get results they're proud of, encouraging and inspiring them to explore and express their creativity. The kit includes 5 rolls of designer duct tape, duct tape stickers, wiggly eyes, velcro, mini fabric marker, scissors, printed papers, patterns, instructions for making outfits and accessories, and two specially designed blank white stuffed animals that are the canvasses for all that creative adornment.

Pizza Night Family Dinner Game

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Pizza Night Family Dinner Game
Price $24.95
By Family Time Fun
Age
5 & Up
Laugh Out Loud

Even the pizza-box style packaging on this wonderful family game makes players laugh. Pizza Night comes with 150 pizza-slice shaped game cards separated according to six different colors that match the colored die players roll to determine which card to play next. Each card has super-simple instructions to a lightning quick game (e. g., Everyone take a big sip of their drink and see who has the biggest drink mustache). Take a turn, play a game, pass the die - there are no losers, only winners, laughter, and happy Pizza Night Family Dinner Game players.

THE BIG IDEA

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THE BIG IDEA
Price $24.99
By FUNFORGE
Age
12 +
Laugh Out Loud

Open up the THE BIG IDEA box and, boom! - you're instantly playing and laughing, creating outlandish, sometimes intricate, inventions. The best ones gets the most votes, leading to an ultimate winner after several rounds. Total time per game is a sweet, satisfying 25 minutes or so. Each round, all players receive 3 item cards and 3 description cards whose function is to inspire and generate ideas. This they do surprisingly well - for example, magical shampoo that turns your hair into Krispy Kreme donuts, and atomic sunglasses that convert the sun's rays into caffeine were a couple that came up during our playtime. The beauty and creativity of the game is that the cards provide only a rough foundation for your ideas, paving the way for your brain to make crazy connections and concoctions that have everyone laughing uncontrollably when you make your colorful sales pitch. THE BIG IDEA moves at a snappy pace, and everyone's in on the action from start to finish, making it an ideal party or family game. But only if you like laughing and having a good time!

Disruptus

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Disruptus
Price $24.99
By Funnybone Toys
Age
10+
Laugh Out Loud

The creative mind is capable of seeing things in surprisingly new and different ways. This innate human ability is what Disruptus taps into, spurring us to new levels of innovation and creativity, with bouts of silliness and hilarity erupting frequently along the way. Everything about Disruptus has a unique look and feel. Its packaging, cards, die, and especially the instructions (part of which consists of a dialogue between a cat and dog) are perfectly suited to a game whose purpose is turning your thinking sideways. Play is simple: roll the die, flip a card, flip the timer, get busy innovating. Each card contains an image of an object (headphones, flyswatter, skateboard . . .). Players look at images and follow whichever of the four innovation methods (Create 2, Improve, Transform, Disrupt) is face up on the die as they jot down their ideas with pencil and paper. The player with the craziest, most innovative idea for modifying the objects (or, in some cases, achieving their purpose differently) wins the round. The two remaining sides of the die, Judge's Choice, and Player's Choice, add additional spice by allowing a player to pick which innovation method to use. There are several play variations. The most common, with 3 or more players, has a rotating judge determining the round's winner.

Tonka Road Crew Hauler Truck

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Tonka Road Crew Hauler Truck
Price $8.99
By Funrise Toys
Age
3 & Up
Top Toy

When it comes to toy vehicles, Tonka is a quality name than stretches back as far as the memory can reach. Yet the Tonka line continues to route new directions, with quality intact. The Tonka Road Crew Hauler Truck is a recent addition, an emergency vehicle with a hitch on back that comes with a towable flashing 'CAUTION AHEAD!!!' sign. The flashing sign uses new Hyper Glow LED technology and looks like something you might actually see on the road (although it's a bit nicer than its real world counterparts). The Hauler Truck is a handsome, tough-looking vehilce that rolls well on hard floors or carpet. It's fast, light, and durable, and will grab your child's imagination, offering untold hours of playtime entertainment.

Schmovie - The Hilarious Game of Outlandish Films

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Schmovie - The Hilarious Game of Outlandish Films
Price $29.95
By Galactic Sneeze
Age
13+
Laugh Out Loud

Schmovie is the perfect party game. It takes seconds to learn, generates a high volume (both frequency and decibels) of laughs, and can accommodate anywhere from 3 to 24 players. Players or teams compete to collect the most Schquid Trophies by coming up with the best/funniest titles for make-believe movies. On each turn a die is rolled, and a What? card and Who? card flipped from the tops of two different decks. The die provides the genre and the two cards suggest a premise for the film. Players use dry erase markers to write down their made-up titles before submitting them to the designated Schmovie Producer (a different player on each turn), who then chooses the winner of that round. For example, on one turn the die showed Action genre, the What? card said 'undercover' and the Who? card said 'werewolf.' The hands-down winner was the made-up title Dirty, Hairy. The first player/team to collect 4 or 5 trophies wins the game. Schmovie isn't really about winning, though, it's about the fun. No stress, just good times! New York Toy Fair 2014 Booth No. 6356.

Polar Derby

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Polar Derby
Price $14.99
By Gamewright
Age
8 to 12
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Polar Derby is beautifully made, with 25 wooden Polar Bear playing pieces on skates (in 5 different colors) and a pair of high quality special dice. Each Polar Bear is marked with a point value, and players pull them off the board on their turn based on rolls of the dice. The skill is rooted in quick decision-making, as many rolls of the dice result in choices to be made by the roller, not the least of which is whether to end the turn and take the winnings or keep rolling but risk losing everything won thus far on the turn. The player with the most points once all Polar Bears are off the board is the winner!

Take the Cake

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Take the Cake
Price $12.99
By Gamewright
Age
4 & Up
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Another great game from Gamewright! Fine motor skills, as well as shape and color recognition, figure prominently in the game play. Fill the sprinkle shaker with the colored wooden shapes (stars, cubes, triangles, etc.), place the cupcake cards on the table, and you're ready to go. On your turn, roll the die and shake the sprinkle shaker the number of times shown on the die. Any shapes that pour out can be placed on the face-up cupcake cards if they match both a shape and color found there. Cover all the shapes on a given card and you get to collect it and the shapes on it. Once the sprinkle shaker contains no more shapes, the player with the most cards wins. Take the Cake is simple, delicious, fun!

Hide and Eeek!

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Hide and Eeek!
Price $13.99
By Gamewright
Age
8 & Up
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A keen eye, an elephant's memory, a healthy dose of luck, and a willingness to take chances will take you a long way towards winning this fun, quick-moving card and dice game. Roll the dice and move the mouse around the board, seeking cards that are higher or lower than the number on your card or that match the odd or even on the die. When you succeed, roll and try again, if you dare - for you risk losing what you've just gained! Sometimes you'll need to remember the exact location of face-down cards you've seen before. Or, if they're face up, the challenge will simply be in getting to them. If a card that's turned over has a mouse on it, the first player to shout 'Eek!' and grab the mouse figurine gets the card and the next turn. The first player to collect 10 cards wins. Fabulous family fun!

Sounds Like a Plan

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Sounds Like a Plan
Price $19.99
By Gamewright
Age
10 & Up
Laugh Out Loud

Sounds Like a Plan is a great party game, with a flair for sparking silly connections and interactions between players. The basic premise is, given a specific goal (e.g. Pet a wild animal, Build a time machine, Start a cult), be the player whose advice best suits the goal and the type of advice that was sought. A rolled die determines the type of advice you're after - Best, Worst, Grandma, Kid, Wild, or Psychic - and a different player on each turn ranks the suitability of the advice given by the other players. That ranking determines the number of spaces a player advances on the board, and the first to the finish line wins. This is quick-moving, highly interactive fun, loads of laughs from start to finish!

Sumo Ham Slam Game

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Sumo Ham Slam Game
Price $26.99
By Gamewright
Age
6 & Up
Sterling Fun

This has got to be one of the most wonderfully kooky conceptions we've ever seen in a game - Heavyweight Hamster Wrestling in which plastic, player-controlled hamsters go toe-to-toe in the ring! Play is quick-moving and takes no time at all to learn. A roll of the die on your turn determines whether you EAT (place plastic pellets in your hamster's mouth), TRAIN (try to knock unmanned hamsters back to their home spaces), or SLAM (engage in a 3-round wrestling match). During matches, players use magnetic wands to lock onto their hamster from beneath the ring and slide it around the ring's surface in an effort to topple their opponent. The magnet-bottomed hamsters manage to look cute and fierce at the same time, and make no mistake about it - when push comes to shove, there will be only one Sumo Hamster left standing!

Joe Name It

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Joe Name It
Price $9.99
By Gamewright
Age
12 & Up
Laugh Out Loud

This quick-moving, easy-to-learn game is sometimes easy, sometimes not-so-much, with the level of difficulty often impacted by a roll of the die. There are two types of question cards, Just Joe (one player answers the question) and Any Joe (all play). In either case, the first player who correctly answers the question keeps the card, and the first to collect 10 cards, wins. Each question, all of which contain a blank, is completed by the number rolled on the die. So while 'Name 2 types of lettuce,' may be a walk in the park for most of us, naming 6 might be a stretch. The fact that some cards require more specialized knowledge, such as 'Name _ human bones,' while others, (Name _ TV dads) lean toward pop culture or frivolity, creates a balance that allows just about anyone to compete well. The highly compact packaging makes it easy to bring along anywhere, keeping the conversation and fun flowing at all times!

Splish Splash

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Splish Splash
Price $14.99
By Gamewright
Age
4 & Up
Sterling Fun

This is a wonderful game for younger kids, delightfully fun while actively promoting fine motor skills, color identification, and matching. Its components - game board with pond, wooden pebble, special die, brightly colored wooden droplets, and round palette-like player boards - are of exceptionally high quality, beautifully designed and playfully illustrated with a high level of detail. Players take turns dropping the pebble into a 'pond' filled with colored droplets, the goal being to cause some of them to splash out onto the game board. Freed droplets are collected by that player only if they also match an empty space on his or her player board. The number of times the pebble is dropped is determined by a roll of the die, which can also yield a 'free pick,' allowing a player to simply take a single colored droplet from the pond and add it their board. Irresistible fun for 2 to 4 players!

Knock Your Blocks Off

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Knock Your Blocks Off
Price $15.99
By Gamewright
Age
8 & Up
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Knock Your Blocks Off has an irresistibly distinctive look and feel that adds to the already considerable fun generated by playing it. The play consists of two phases. In the Building Phase, players work independently to build their choice of one of five possible structures using wooden blocks. Each type of structure has a distinct advantage, and building requires that you properly match colors on the sides of the blocks, placing a special crown block on top when finished. Speed matters, because the first one to finish building receives a victory token and goes first in the Destruction Phase, in which players employ one of three attack methods, as determined by a roll of the Demolition Die, to try to knock the crown block from an opponent's structure. Succeed, and collect a victory token. Fail, the defender collects one. The first player to collect 8 tokens wins. Both phases are wildly fun and play extremely well across a broad range of ages, making this a great family game. 2 to 4 players.

Zip Zap

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Zip Zap
Price $10.99
By Gamewright
Age
6 & Up
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Zip Zap erupts in flurries of action. Players must be alert at all times, using quick hands to execute fast choices that will help or hinder them mere seconds in the future. Sound intense? It is, in a fun, exhilarating way. Game play occurs in rounds. Players, without taking turns, rapidly rid their hands of cards by playing them in numeric order onto the card just played. The color suit must also be matched, or wild cards used. The goal is to end each round with as few cards as possible. Those remaining in your hand count against you. Players often possess more than one playable card at a given moment, leading to choices good and bad. There are also powerful Zip Zap cards that can keep you rolling. Everyone's in on the action from start to finish and until the final card is played, it's anybody's game. If you like fun, fast-moving card games with a great balance of luck and skill, welcome to heaven! For 2 to 6 players.

Rory's Story Cubes - Actions

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Rory's Story Cubes - Actions
Price $7.99
By Gamewright
Age
8 & Up
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The telling and hearing of tales makes for a fertile imagination. It also can be a raucous good time. So we're fortunate to have Rory's Story Cubes to provide seedlings that sprout into spontaneous full-fledged stories. With this 'Actions' version, each of the 9 cubes has an image on each side, representing 54 different verbs. Just roll the cubes and start talking, spinning a story from the images you see. The cubes act as a creativity tool, sparking wild flights of fancy. Eyes flit from one image to another, activating minds to weave imaginings into a cohesive whole. Tell stories one at a time, or as a group. Relate what you see on the cubes to characters in a movie or other famous story. Or mime the actions shown on the cubes. The possibilities are endless, and there's no right or wrong way to play. Whether solitaire, or as a party and family game, Rory's Cubes keeps the fun and creative juices flowing. For 1 or more players.

Elephant's Trunk

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Elephant's Trunk
Price $14.99
By Gamewright
Age
4 +
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This is a great game for families with younger kids. They'll love the game-play and the components, which include four brightly colored tin travelling trunks, replete with postcards from travels abroad. The idea here is that Emmet the elephant, who's late for a trip, needs your help packing. Players take turns rolling the wooden die and packing a piece of clothing (an illustrated token) into the matching colored trunk. That is, of course, unless you happen to roll a sneaky mouse, in which case the trunk closest to Emmet the elephant will be emptied and you'll have more clothes to pack. There are a couple of nice twists, such as a bonus when you roll the color of the trunk nearest Emmet, as well as the possibility of unloading clothes dumped on you by that sneaky mouse. Playing Elephant's Trunk reinforces fine motor skills, pattern recognition, and color identification. A sweet, fun game with unusually attractive and charming components. A keeper!

Take It  or Leave It

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Take It or Leave It
Price $19.99
By Gamewright
Age
8 +
Brain Child

This is a fabulous game in which players collect colored dice (removing one die on each turn) in an effort to match the dice combinations shown on combo cards held in their hand. Some cards are very specific (a blue die showing 6 and an orange die showing 3) while another might require any combination of blue and orange dice totaling 15. This game is all about decision-making. The biggest risk is that another player will take a die you need before your next turn. So you stay aware of how many of each die you need are available on each turn, and choose wisely. There are 1 or 2 wild dice per round that can be any color you choose, as well as Action cards that influence dice in the tray. At round's end, keep the combo cards you completed - they're worth points. Kids will learn probability, visual discrimination, and strategic thinking. Even with the luck of the draw and the roll of the dice, a keen eye and alert mind are what determines who wins Take it or Leave It! 2 - 5 players.

Future Car

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Future Car
Price $150.00
By Genius Toy Taiwan
Age
8+
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Once you've finished building Future Car, you'll have a sleek-looking remote-controlled vehicle (10 inches long by 6.5 inches wide) at your fingertips. Just download the free app and you'll be steering and driving Future Car by moving your thumbs on the screen of your iPhone or iPad in no time. You can do some pretty nifty moves and get some good speed with it, too. This comes in handy when you activate the Augmented Reality (AR) function and a virtual city springs up onscreen. You can still see the actual vehicle through the screen's lens, but the virtual buildings appear as well, for you to maneuver and do stunts around. As with other fine products from Genius Toy, building Future Car is half the fun, and you don't need to be a model enthusiast to enjoy the extremely gratifying process of doing so. There are 8 very different vehicles you can build with the same components, which snap apart and back together quite easily, so the building fun doesn't ever need to end. The 44-page, full-color manual provides easy-to follow illustrations and fascinating information on each of the real-life vehicles your constructions are modeled after.

What Not to do at the Zoo

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What Not to do at the Zoo
Price $16.95
By Go Be Silly
Age
0-10 yrs.
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Clever simplicity of the sort that speaks to a young child's imagination is hard to come by, even more so when it tickles a child's funny bone. That's why really good children's books are rare, and why What Not to do at the Zoo is so refreshing. The title alone arouses curiosity, and each 2-page illustration and accompanying line of text delivers humorous guidance on exactly what to avoid doing while at the zoo. 'Do not tell a hyena knock-knock jokes,' says one page, as we see a hyena at a microphone, his companions rolling around in laughter while humans look on. 'Do not share your homework with a warthog,' says another, while a bespectacled warthog pores studiously over a math book, an abacus and blackboard at hand amidst the grass and foliage. There are over a dozen such 'Do nots,' each accompanied by a sprawling illustration filled with humorous detail. That intentional, gentle repetitiveness, coupled with the sheer silliness of the suggestions, is utterly captivating to young ones. They'll want you to read it to them, or will read it to themselves, over and over again.

Pulling Figure Crab Calino

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Pulling Figure Crab Calino
Price $30.00
By HABA
Age
1 & Up
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It's difficult to fully convey the charm of Pulling Figure Crab Calino without seeing it in motion, or seeing the light in a child's eyes when he or she puts it in motion. Like all pull toys, it has an attachment (string) that a child grasps in order to pull it along behind them. But that's where the similarity ends. Rather than having wheels as most pull toys do, the crab's body itself is a wheel of sorts (although it does not at all look like one). Most prominently, each side of the crab's body has four legs that flip, rotate, roll, and click with surprisingly fluid motion and speed as Crab rolls merrily along. The effect is quite enchanting and mesmerizing. Like all the Haba products we've seen, the quality here is extraordinarily high, the design colorful and brilliantly simple - in this case just wood and string. But put it in motion and it's pure magic!

Fleeting Foxes

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Fleeting Foxes
Price $21.00
By HABA
Age
5 & Up
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This is a five star game. HABA's games are always strikingly original, among the best on the market suited to younger children and entire families. Fleeting Foxes is especially fun, a race in which players' Foxes strive to catch up to Hen, all of which are being driven forward by rolls of the dice. One of the unique aspects of game play is that, in a single turn, a player moves all pieces on the board, including those of other players. This is where the simple strategy comes in. With one die for each piece on the board, a player rolls them one at a time, choosing which piece to move after each roll (each piece moves once per turn). Hen, who has no player associated with her, has her own die rolled at the end of each turn, moving her along until a Fox catches her or she catches a Fox (yes, Hen can win, too). Special spaces on the board add to the fun. The brightly illustrated board, wooden pieces, and dice have that super-fun, super-high-quality look and feel for which HABA is known.

HABA Treetop Trouble Game

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HABA Treetop Trouble Game
Price $12.99
By HABA
Age
6 +
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HABA's products have a distinctive quality, a uniqueness that makes them incredibly appealing, dynamic, and fun. Treetop Trouble is an outstanding game in which memory, strategy, and luck come together to create a playful race to get all your animals home where they belong. Each player has 6 animal tiles randomly placed face down on the Tree House (game board) and Elevator. The object is to get each of your animals to their proper floor. Each roll of the die sends the elevator up or down one or more floors, where all players swap their elevator tile with their tile on that floor. During the swap you're allowed to peek at your tile as it enters the elevator. Then it's just a matter of getting it to the right floor. When you roll, you control whether to go up or down, and there's a star on the die that, if rolled, lets you choose any floor, enabling you to make clever choices that help you win. Great fun for the entire family! For 2 to 4 players.

Rodeo Rummy by Square Shooters

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Rodeo Rummy by Square Shooters
Price $17.99
By Heartland Consumer Products, LLC
Age
8 +
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Rodeo Rummy is quick-moving fun for 2 or more players. Its 9 special patented dice have traditional playing card faces on the six sides of each die, so that you have a complete deck of cards plus 2 jokers at your disposal with each roll. In addition to playing Rodeo Rummy, you can use the dice to play just about any popular card game. In Rodeo Rummy, the spinner dictates what you're aiming for during the three rolls you're given on your turn. The spinner conveys two pieces of information - what types of sets or runs will be worth points to you, and what bonus or penalty you may receive on that turn. For example, the pointer may dictate that only a clubs run will be worth points AND that any hearts face up at the end of your turn will cost you 5 points apiece. Or it might indicate that you must have sets of Aces and 10s and that 8s are wild. This information will guide your choices as to which dice to put aside and which to reroll on each of your first two rolls. After the 3rd roll, tally your points, adding or subtracting any bonus or penalty. Playing card games with dice has a more exciting, visceral energy than with cards. The clacking of the dice in the Dice Cup and as they hit the table, the fact that the results are suddenly visible for all to see - to the elation of some and disappointment of others - gives it a bated-breath quality, one that produces frequent cheers of delight.

Yamodo! Party Time

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Yamodo! Party Time
Price $29.99
By Idea Storm Products
Age
10 & Up
Laugh Out Loud

This game quickly got the creative juices and silly streaks kicked into high gear for the players who tested it on our watch. Given a made-up word, a silly category, and a doodle sheet, players race against time to write and/or draw their own definition of the word. For example, one might be given the word 'quib,' the category 'something slimy,' and a doodle sheet containing a starter doodle of 3 slightly curved lines. The category and starter doodle help kick-start the imagination and take it in surprising directions, and there were strange and wonderful things coming out of players' minds and mouths in no time. The player chosen by the judge as having the best definition collects the word card, and three word cards wins you the game. A spinner gizmo called the Spindoodler throws wild curve balls during play, making this an unpredictable play-fest of epic proportions.

The Three Little Pigs

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The Three Little Pigs
Price $30.00
By IELLO
Age
7+
Top Toy

This highly entertaining game has humor, whimsy, strategy, and is tremendous fun. Players take turns rolling 5 dice with the goal of building houses with which to ward off the lurking wolf. Dice show either doors, windows, roofs, or a Wolf face. Players are allowed up to 3 rolls on each turn, putting aside those dice they like and re-rolling those they don't. Accumulating multiple dice showing the same house part can enable you to purchase straw, wood, or brick tiles at the end of your turn. In no time, players have numerous houses in various states of progress on the table. If a Wolf face rolls up on your turn, it can't be rerolled, and rerolling the other dice now carries the risk of a second Wolf ending your turn. The upside when this happens is that you get a parting shot at decimating an opponent's house using the Breath spinner. Only completed houses are worth points at the end of the game, so blowing away even a single tile from an opponent can change the game's outcome. Every inch of this game, from the hilarious packaging to its carefully constructed, playfully designed components, promises a good time. And it more than delivers. For 2 to 5 players. See The Three Little Pigs at 2014 New York Toy Fair in booth 137.

Doodle Roll

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Doodle Roll
Price $4.99
By Imagination Brands Co., LLC
Age
3 - 8 Yrs.
Top Toy

This all-in-one drawing activity kit is perfect for spontaneous, creative fun - anywhere, anytime. With it's compact re-sealable packaging, Doodle Roll practically fits in the palm of your hand, yet yields countless hours of inspired entertainment. The E-Z tear edge allows kids to tear off a sheet any size they like (with a nice, even edge) ensuring that the canvas matches the inspiration, large or small. The children we played with couldn't get enough of it, writing stories, comic strips, inventing games, and of course lots and lots of drawing - everything from the most frivolous fun to inspired works of art. The kit comes with a set of different colored crayons and either a 30-foot roll of 6-inch wide paper or a 15-foot roll, 4 inches wide.

Franklin Water Rider Vehicle

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Franklin Water Rider Vehicle
Price $14.99
By Imports Dragon
Age
3+
Sterling Fun

Everybody's favorite turtle, Franklin, is all revved up and ready to roll. His trusty automobile, riding high on four big wheels, is activated by a simple pull-back motion. When released, the toy car and Franklin go zipping across the floor. Even better, this rugged ride is designed especially for fun in the tub, so suds are no deterrent to bath-time adventures with Franklin. He'll float across the surface of the water unless little hands decide it's time for a journey to the bottom of the tub. Small, lightweight, and equally fun whether powered by push, pull, or riding the waves, this vehicle is built to go wherever the fun may take you.

Caillou Lights and Sound Fire Truck

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Caillou Lights and Sound Fire Truck
Price $19.99
By Imports Dragon
Age
3+
Top Toy

Caillou Lights and Sound Fire Truck provides several kinds of play for young children. As a construction toy, the truck stimulates young minds and hands by breaking down into several simple components that reassemble again and again using nothing but proper positioning and gentle pressure. When assembled, the six-wheel truck is an action toy that sparks the child's imagination. Rolling swiftly across the floor, it includes an extendable ladder assembly with a cherry picker at the end in which the Caillou fireman figure can ride to the rescue! Press a button to add the excitement of flashing lights and sound. Miniature fire hydrant and red traffic cones add detail to any number of scenarios. Fans of the popular Caillou TV series and newcomers alike will find that this toy inspires action, creativity, and fun.

I've Never . . .

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I've Never . . .
Price $19.99
By INI, LLC
Age
Teens +
Laugh Out Loud

This silliness-inducing board game, for 2 or more players, is designed to get teens and adults talking up a storm, revealing secrets, and behaving in ways they might not normally behave - all in the name of fun! The game play is simple and quick-moving - roll the die, move your playing piece, follow the instructions on the space where you land. For example, Talk like a baby, Sing a rap song, Imitate your best friend. Every third or fourth space tells you to draw and read aloud an I've Never card, which might say something like, 'I've never received a love letter,' or, 'I've never had a crush on a teacher.' You then have to admit whether the statement is true or false, for which there are further potentially exciting or embarrassing consequences, depending on your answer!

PlayTape

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PlayTape
Price $1.99
By InRoad Toys
Age
3+
Top Toy

PlayTape lets kids build roads in the blink of an eye on any flat surface - floors, walls, concrete, even carpeting and upholstery. PlayTape comes in colored rolls of various widths and lengths, with a two-lane road printed along the length of one side and adhesive on the other. Regardless of your roll's size, the easy-tear nature of PlayTape means you can whip out one length of road after another from a single roll to suit your creative needs. The wide variety of surfaces on which you can build is a consequence of how easily PlayTape adheres and how quickly it can be removed or repositioned without leaving any mess or residue. PlayTape is highly portable and easy to store just about anywhere. When you're finished with a piece, it's not only disposable, it's recyclable. PlayTape also works exceedingly well as a way to enhance other imaginative toys - vehicles, construction blocks, dolls, action figures - by expanding the play possibilities and the look, size, and shape of the play environment. Different size rolls range in price from $1.99 to 12.99.

Henrietta the Pull Along Hen

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Henrietta the Pull Along Hen
Price $19.99
By International Playthings Inc.
Age
1 & Up
Top Toy

Young children will love this fun, highly engaging pull toy. Beginning walkers will want to keep leading Henrietta across the floor - so much stimulation! She clucks, flaps her wings, and lays eggs one by one as you pull her along. Hear a chick peep each time an egg is released. The eggs are marvelously well-designed - a happy chick's head peeking over the top of half an egg shell, weighted at the bottom so that the egg rocks, rolls, but always returns to an upright position. Her bright colors, irresistibly playful design, and high quality durable construction make Henrietta a must-have for the toddling crowd!

JumpSport iBounce Kids Trampoline

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JumpSport iBounce Kids Trampoline
Price $129.95
By JumpSport
Age
2-5 Yrs.
Top Toy

Here's an outstanding way to keep little ones (up to 80 lbs) active and engaged, both physically and mentally. They'll hop their tails off on this specially designed kids' trampoline, burning energy while participating in virtual adventures that let them learn as they play. Built-in handles provide stability and safety, while a special mount securely holds an iPad or other tablet device (tablet device not included) in place so that the trampoline user can view and play along with the 12-minute RompyRoo exercise adventure video cartoon that comes with the iBounce. You'll follow RompyRoo, a young kangaroo in search of his favorite teddy bear. He'll put you through your paces counting, hopping, climbing, and stepping along with him as he covers all manner of terrain, giving you visual and verbal cues on just how to move. JumpSport will keep the adventures rolling by introducing a new video every few months. Fun, active, learning - the perfect triple play!

K'NEX Thunderbolt Strike Roller Coaster Building Set

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K'NEX Thunderbolt Strike Roller Coaster Building Set
Price $119.99
By K'NEX
Age
9+
Top Toy

It's hard not to feel self-congratulatory after assembling this set, in part because the results are just so darned awesome. Finished, this motorized roller coaster sits over 3 feet high and more than 5 feet long. And while the classic K'NEX components interconnect with characteristic ease and versatility, the patience and gumption involved in diving in and seeing it through to the end (there are, after all, more than 800 pieces) are impressive. There are so many rewards though - both the finished result and the enjoyment of taking your time putting it together among them - that rather than being daunting, the experience is 10 times the fun it would be if someone just gave you the finished product. In addition to the aforementioned parts, the set includes a motor, vertical chain lift, 2 cars, and 2 fully articulated K'NEXmen figures. Enjoy the ride!

Guilty Pleasures Pop-Culture Trivia Game

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Guilty Pleasures Pop-Culture Trivia Game
Price $29.99
By Kheper Games
Age
Adult
Laugh Out Loud

Let's face it. Knowing stuff feels good. It doesn't much matter what that stuff is. With Guilty Pleasures, a fast, fun entry from Kheper Games, that stuff happens to be the amazing amount of seemingly useless information you've accumulated through years of watching movies and television, reading tabloids, and gossiping around the water cooler. How awesome is it for that knowledge to finally make you proud? Roll the die, move your playing piece, draw a card, answer a question. If you get it wrong, you'll find the correct answer fascinating and mindlessly educational. If you get it right, puff out your chest and move again. If you get it right while on a special Token Space, excellent - collect a token and you're on your way to winning. Pure social fun, an excellent party game for 2 or more players.

Power Block 9100

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Power Block 9100
Price $28.00
By Laser Pegs Ventures, LLC
Age
6+
Top Toy

With the flick of a tiny switch, Laser Pegs' uniquely-designed rolling model cars cast an ethereal glow that emanates from within, spreading throughout their many multi-colored pieces. This particular set consists of 83 Construction Parts, 4 Tire Pegs, 2 Laser Pegs, and 1 Power Block that assemble into 8 different sports car models. The Power Block is the base on which you build, a nerve center of sorts that allows the light to spread throughout the reaches of the finished vehicle. The ease with which the pieces connect to one another using nothing but gentle pressure, and the clarity with which the image-based instructions guides you, bring an added sense of gratification to both the process and results. The accompanying instructions show how to assemble one of the eight sports cars, while manuals for the other seven (Roadster, Truck Hot Rod, F-1 Racer, Land Speed Record, Modified Racer, Rally Car, and Utility Truck) are downloadable for free from the Laser Pegs website. Requires 3 AAA batteries.

olelo

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olelo
Price $29.99
By Little Squash
Age
8 & Up
Sterling Fun

olelo is a highly social board game less about competing than about sharing yourself with others - who you are, where you've been, what you think - and having as much fun as possible doing so. A quick look at the instructions and you're off and playing. Players are dealt 12 Question Cards apiece, either Adult Cards, or, if age 10 or younger, Children's Cards. One at a time players roll a die, move their playing piece, and answer a question from a card they hold whose color matches the space they're on. The goal is to be the first player to answer all your question cards. If you don't have a card whose color matches the space you're on, you lose your turn, so it behooves you to know the colors you still hold and to try to move your piece so that it lands on one of those colors. The fun spikes whenever a player lands on a purple space and has to draw from the Silly Cards. olelo provides a nice low-key, no-pressure evening of fun for 2 to 6 players.

PlayMais Basic Large

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PlayMais Basic Large
Price $19.99
By Loick Biowertstoff GmbH - PlaiMais Canada
Age
3+
Top Toy

Set your imagination free with PlayMais, an almost magical crafting material that lets you quickly and easily make almost anything your mind can see. PlayMais Basic Large contains over 700 PlayMais pieces in 9 different colors. In look and feel they resemble the foam peanuts used in packing. But PlayMais is made out of corn starch, food, and water - natural, safe, and 100 percent biodegradable. PlayMais can almost effortlessly be cut, squeezed, rolled, molded, and most importantly, with just a small amount of moisture you can join them together in an instant. No glue, no fuss, no muss. Just wet the included piece of cloth with water, wring it out, and touch the wet cloth with the side of one piece you wish to stick to another. Press them together, and voila! You'll build miniature houses, barns, cats, dogs, farm animals, trees, tractors, skyscrapers, anything you can imagine. PlayMais can also stick to glass and paper, making decorating windows or creating your own greeting cards a snap. It's amazing, the level of detail you'll achieve. With PlayMais, your creativity knows no limits.

Q-bitz Extreme

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Q-bitz Extreme
Price $24.95
By Mindware
Age
8+
Brain Child

Your hands and brain work together in crucial, sometimes frenetic, ways while playing Q-bitz Extreme. Players race one another to recreate a pattern shown on a card, using wooden cubes with various shapes on all sides. Each player is given a tray and 16 cubes. A pattern card is flipped and everyone launches into action. The first player to complete the pattern wins the card from that round. Mental muscles flex, stretch, and grow, with each of the four rounds stimulating a different kind of mental gymnastics. Round one allows players to manually rotate their cubes in any way, freely seeking the shapes they need. In round two, cubes are rolled like dice and must be played as rolled, with unusable cubes rerolled only after as many cubes as possible have been placed. Round three brings memory to the forefront, and round four requires players to create the reverse of the image they see. From your highly energized neural pathways to the tips of your fast-moving fingers, Q-bitz Extreme puts you in a state of pure, dynamic fun. For 2 to 4 players.

My First Sandpit

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My First Sandpit
Price $49.00
By My First Sandpit
Age
3+
Top Toy

Ah, the sandbox, that familiar outdoor play environment revered by generations, and for good reason. And yet, how many people do you know who have one? My First Sandpit, which is quite affordable and assembles in minutes (with no tools needed) makes it very easy to turn your back yard into a unique play haven. Four corrugated steel panels slide easily into the PVC posts that make up the corners of the pit and hold everything securely together. It's extremely sturdy, with rolled safety edges and a 5 year warranty. A weed-proof liner (included) is placed inside the base and filled with sand, and voila! Your children have a highly stimulating, creative play environment par excellence - a veritable beach in the back yard. Decorate the sandpit's panels with colorful alphabet magnets (included). Break out the pail and shovel. Build sandcastles. Let your imagination run wild. And when not in use, cover it with the included waterproof tarp.

Sphero

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Sphero
Price $129.99
By Orbotix
Age
8+
Sterling Fun

Sphero is the robotic ball you control with your smartphone or tablet. Make Sphero zig, zag, spin, change color, follow any path you desire. Sphero will do your bidding. You can instantly create a pattern for Sphero to follow using your fingertip on the screen, or choose tilt mode and have your device become a multi-directional steering wheel, with Sphero following every subtle angle of your wrists and hands in real time. Or give Sphero a turbo boost and watch his sudden burst of speed. There are more than 20 free apps to download and use, including Sphero Golf (control Spero with a flick or a swing and aim for a hole in one), Draw & Drive, Zombie Rollers, and Sphero Tag. The Sharky the Beaver app lets you take a virtual 3-dimensional beaver for a walk around your house and feed Sharky by launching virtual cupcakes into his mouth. One of the first things my daughter said when she saw Sphero in action was 'Teddy would love this.' (Teddy is a ball-obsessed dog we know.) Sure enough, there's an app, Sphero Pet, for that. The apps are all very easy to use and include lots of neat tricks, surprises, and fun games for both solo and group play.

Sphero

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Sphero
Price $0.00
By Orbotix
Age
8+
Sterling Fun

There are more than 20 free apps to download and use with Sphero the robotic ball (see current Tillywig review in the Toys category), including Sphero Golf (control Spero with a flick or a swing and aim for a hole in one), Draw & Drive, Zombie Rollers, and Sphero Tag. The Sharky the Beaver app lets you take a virtual 3-dimensional beaver for a walk around your house and feed Sharky by launching virtual cupcakes into his mouth. One of the first things my daughter said when she saw Sphero in action was 'Teddy would love this.' (Teddy is a ball-obsessed dog we know.) Sure enough, there's an app, Sphero Pet, for that. The apps are all very easy to use and include lots of neat tricks, surprises, and fun games for both solo and group play.

Cluck 'N' Chuck

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Cluck 'N' Chuck
Price $16.99
By Patch Products
Age
4 +
Laugh Out Loud

This game is literally bursting with fun. The Chicken Coop in Cluck 'N' Chuck never fails to take players by surprise when it suddenly pops up, sending chickens flying through the air. Players jump, squeal with delight, and of course, count their chickens. The object is to get rid of all 9 of your chickens of various colors, and the only way to do that is by tossing them on top of the Chicken Coop, one at a time, based on repeated rolls of the color die. There's good news and bad news to that die. Being in possession of it is your only chance to rid yourself of chickens, by rolling a matching color. But if the Chicken Coop - a time bomb of sorts - blows while you still have the die, some of those chickens will be coming home to roost. And here's the big catch - you have to keep rolling until you roll a color that doesn't match one of the chickens in your front line. It's not like you get to say, 'I've had enough,' and pass the die by choice. When you do pass it, another player immediately begins rolling and chucking, fast and focused, enjoying the glory while taking the risk that the Chicken Coop is about to blow. And blow it will. You can count on it. For 2 to 4 players.

Chimp and Zee - Shopping Cart Dash

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Chimp and Zee - Shopping Cart Dash
Price $15.00
By Pressman Toy
Age
2 - 4 Yrs.
Brain Child

Kids will love this beautifully constructed, exceptionally well-designed game. Parents will adore that it's easy to set up, fun to play, and teaches colors, counting, matching, movement, objects, money sense, and a balanced approach to food. The goal is to be the first player to fill your shopping cart with six items (from five different food groups plus one treat). Players store purchases in brightly colored little shopping carts they wheel around the board on rolls of the die, seeking items from their shopping list. A vibrant, two-sided stand holds items available for purchase, separated according to food group. Payment slots for coins are located below each food group, and if a player forgets to pay, he or she must return the item. For 2 to 4 players.

Radz Toy Candy Dispenser

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Radz Toy Candy Dispenser
Price $5.99
By Radz Brands
Age
3+
Top Toy

Radz bridges the gap between the physical and virtual worlds, putting both kinds of fun right at your fingertips. The kooky, quirky Radz characters, wild-looking little creatures that deliver candy to your hand on command, can go anywhere with you. Clip them to a belt loop, strap, buttonhole, or just carry them in your pocket. Need a treat? Slide the Radz' hat back on its head, and a little scoop-like tongue emerges holding a small piece of colorful, delicious candy. There's also an online world of fun awaiting Radz fans. Just go to Radzworld.com and enter the 16-digit code that came with your Radz candy dispenser to gain access to online games, videos, and apps. You'll have a blast playing games like Peps Peak and Antic's Bounce (our favorite) among others, and downloading fun Radz apps to mobile devices. There's also Radz TV, featuring many highly amusing animated videos, as well as an array of other entertaining features from contests to fan art. Roll Call allows Radz collectors to get to know the personalities and characteristics of each of the Radz characters they've either already grown to love or wish to add to their collections.

Radz Toy Candy Dispenser

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Radz Toy Candy Dispenser
Price $5.99
By Radz Brands
Age
3+
Top Toy

Radz bridges the gap between the physical and virtual worlds, putting both kinds of fun right at your fingertips. The kooky, quirky Radz characters, wild-looking little creatures that deliver candy to your hand on command, can go anywhere with you. Clip them to a belt loop, strap, buttonhole, or just carry them in your pocket. Need a treat? Slide the Radz' hat back on its head, and a little scoop-like tongue emerges holding a small piece of colorful, delicious candy. There's also an online world of fun awaiting Radz fans. Just go to Radzworld.com and enter the 16-digit code that came with your Radz candy dispenser to gain access to online games, videos, and apps. You'll have a blast playing games like Peps Peak and Antic's Bounce (our favorite) among others, and downloading fun Radz apps to mobile devices. There's also Radz TV, featuring many highly amusing animated videos, as well as an array of other entertaining features from contests to fan art. Roll Call allows Radz collectors to get to know the personalities and characteristics of each of the Radz characters they've either already grown to love or wish to add to their collections.

Radz Toy Candy Dispenser

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Radz Toy Candy Dispenser
Price $5.99
By Radz Brands
Age
3+
Top Toy

Radz bridges the gap between the physical and virtual worlds, putting both kinds of fun right at your fingertips. The kooky, quirky Radz characters, wild-looking little creatures that deliver candy to your hand on command, can go anywhere with you. Clip them to a belt loop, strap, buttonhole, or just carry them in your pocket. Need a treat? Slide the Radz' hat back on its head, and a little scoop-like tongue emerges holding a small piece of colorful, delicious candy. There's also an online world of fun awaiting Radz fans. Just go to Radzworld.com and enter the 16-digit code that came with your Radz candy dispenser to gain access to online games, videos, and apps. You'll have a blast playing games like Peps Peak and Antic's Bounce (our favorite) among others, and downloading fun Radz apps to mobile devices. There's also Radz TV, featuring many highly amusing animated videos, as well as an array of other entertaining features from contests to fan art. Roll Call allows Radz collectors to get to know the personalities and characteristics of each of the Radz characters they've either already grown to love or wish to add to their collections.

Educational Balls

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Educational Balls
Price $5.95
By Rubbabu
Age
0 - 6 yrs.
Brain Child

Stimulate the brain and the senses with these unique, brightly colored, highly squeezable, soft rubber foam balls. Their already substantial tactile nature is enhanced by the fact that each ball has plenty of numerals, shapes, or letters on them, raised three-dimensionally so that they can be 'seen' by the fingers as well as the eyes. Ball play does so much for hand-eye coordination development. Bounce them, roll them, dribble them, have a game of toss. And given their variety, collect them. Excellent for both indoor and outdoor play.

Amazing Science! Volume 1

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Amazing Science! Volume 1
Price $19.99
By ScienceAndMath.com
Age
7 +
Brain Child

This is one of the best educational DVDs we've ever seen. It's hugely entertaining. The experiments are easy to do. And your jaw will drop at the things you see while performing these experiments. You'll learn fundamental principles of science the good old-fashioned way - hands on, with your sleeves rolled up. The DVD's host, Jason Gibson, is excellent, a natural, relaxed presence who's easy to follow. There are a whopping 23 experiments, most of which take just a few minutes to perform. Jason takes you through them, step by step, helping you ask the right questions about what you've observed before sharing the science behind it. Some of our favorites - Color Changing Milk, for example, or Amazing Magnetic Force - play out much differently (and more excitingly) than their titles might suggest. You'll perform every experiment. Then you'll want to perform them again for friends and family, just to see the looks of amazement on their faces!

Lullaby Light Cube

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Lullaby Light Cube
Price $29.95
By SCS Direct
Age
0 - 2 yrs.
Brain Child

Making sure you and your baby get enough rest are high priorities for parents of young children, because the caliber of that rest time directly impacts your entire day. Lullaby Light Cube provides tremendous help in that regard by creating a consistent, controlled environment that soothes your baby to sleep with calming music and a gently lit sky. Lullaby Light Cube is wonderfully sturdy, attractive, and compact (measures just over 3" x 3" x 3"), the perfect portable companion wherever your busy day takes you. To activate lights and music, just touch the side labeled TOUCH SENSOR. Each additional touch toggles through several different sound and light modes in addition to turning it on and off. Play well-known lullabies, Heartbeat Mode, or light only, and watch the color of the projected stars and moon change with each setting. Another touch-sensor lets you choose from various volume levels, and a nifty little white base lets you angle the unit, giving you the choice of projecting on walls or ceiling. Lullaby Light Cube is available in pink or blue and requires 3 AA batteries.

Lullaby Light Cube

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Lullaby Light Cube
Price $29.95
By SCS Direct
Age
0 - 2 yrs.
Brain Child

Making sure you and your baby get enough rest are high priorities for parents of young children, because the caliber of that rest time directly impacts your entire day. Lullaby Light Cube provides tremendous help in that regard by creating a consistent, controlled environment that soothes your baby to sleep with calming music and a gently lit sky. Lullaby Light Cube is wonderfully sturdy, attractive, and compact (measures just over 3" x 3" x 3"), the perfect portable companion wherever your busy day takes you. To activate lights and music, just touch the side labeled TOUCH SENSOR. Each additional touch toggles through several different sound and light modes in addition to turning it on and off. Play well-known lullabies, Heartbeat Mode, or light only, and watch the color of the projected stars and moon change with each setting. Another touch-sensor lets you choose from various volume levels, and a nifty little white base lets you angle the unit, giving you the choice of projecting on walls or ceiling. Lullaby Light Cube is available in pink or blue and requires 3 AA batteries.

Dreaming Dragon

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Dreaming Dragon
Price $36.00
By Simply Fun
Age
6 +
Top Toy

This game is so much fun you're almost afraid you'll wake up and discover it was all a dream. You know you're dealing with something special from the moment you open the box. The game's components are beautiful and unusual - a sizeable 3-dimensional green dragon with purple horns on her head, back, and tail, 29 soft, plastic lizards, and 15 hard golden eggs. Place all the lizards on top of the dragon, and the 15 golden eggs on top of the lizards, creating a precarious tangle of limbs and eggs. Each player gets one set of pinchers, to be used to extract as many lizards as possible without causing any eggs or lizards to fall. Each lizard you get is worth a point. Anything falls, and your turn is over, whether you've snagged a lizard or not. Each falling egg costs a point, and trust us, eggs will roll. You'll treasure Dreaming Dragon. It's a game your kids will remember when they're all grown up, along with the wonderful times they shared with friends and family. For 2 to 4 players.

Unravel

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Unravel
Price $26.00
By Simply Fun
Age
6 +
Top Toy

This fast-moving, fun game combines color recognition, mental mapping and quick thinking. After rolling the Color Die, players race to figure out which character on the Game Board is flying that particular color kite. There are six different kites at the top of the board and six different characters at the bottom, each holding a string that connects to a single kite. The spacious blue sky in between is lined with twisting strings that cross and loop around one another before connecting character to kite. Using eyes only, players mentally follow the string to its source. The first player to get the correct answer wins a pinwheel tile (used to keep score). The Game Board is made up of 4 reversible panels, with different string configurations and character order on either side, so there's no memorizing the board. There's no turn taking - everyone's in on the action from start to finish, and a couple of special twists help keep everyone on their toes. For 2 to 6 players. Great family fun!

Foodle

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Foodle
Price $38.00
By Simply Fun, LLC
Age
8 & Up
Sterling Fun

Much of the pleasure in playing Foodle comes from the fact that it's about something we all know - food, that essential ingredient of life. Most of us carry around a surprising amount of information about food and nutrition - some correct, some not - making it fun to put to the test. Playing Foodle will certainly enhance and hone your knowledge, and win you some bragging rights in the process. Players move forward or backward on rolls of the die based on whether or not you answer a question correctly. The questions are either True/False or multiple choice, making it easy to save face. Some of the answers are fairly well-known facts, some intuitive, and others are just plain fun to figure out (How many strands does a cup of cooked spaghetti contain - 15, 32, or 85?). There are special spaces on the board that require a quick physical activity (jumping jacks, jog in place). This is a fun, fast-moving game that will smarten you up with essential facts for good, healthy living.

Bee Alert

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Bee Alert
Price $30.00
By SimplyFun
Age
5 +
Top Toy

Bee Alert has components that are equal parts charming and brilliant. For example, the six colored bees whose positions players try to recall throughout the game, their weighted bottoms causing them to rock, roll, and weave on the table. They've got personality. In fact, the entire game is bristling with it. That's part of what sets it a big cut above other games. At the outset, those six bees are placed in a circle and covered with equally charming Beehives. The goal is to collect the most Beehives. Players take turns drawing from a deck. If you draw a bee card, lift the hive you think that color bee is under. If you're right, pull the Beehive, bee intact, in front of you. It's yours, for now, but that bee is still in play. If a subsequent player draws that same color, they must recall not only that you're the player who has it, but if you have multiple hives in front of you, which of them exactly it is. There are two other types of cards in the deck. Drawing a Beehive card entitles you to take any hive from the table's center, or if none are left, from another player. Drawing a Beary (the bear) card requires you to put one back. It's fairly easy to track the bees at the outset, but things get very interesting very fast as the bees start moving around. Concentration will boost your chances of winning, but you may not even care. It's just that much fun.

Rolling Bones

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Rolling Bones
Price $32.00
By SimplyFun
Age
7 +
Brain Child

Rolling Bones is an ingenious game that requires making strategic decisions as you go. The goal is to assemble a human skeleton by placing special bone dice into their proper places on the board. On your first roll, all 18 dice are used. After placing as many as possible, you may re-roll the remaining dice. But each subsequent roll requires a given number of unplaced dice to be taken out of circulation, reducing your scoring potential and eventually causing you to run out of dice. All dice placed on the board must be connected - no gaps. To avoid a gap, a bone can be placed incorrectly, but doing so costs you points. Also, in order for bones you've placed to be worth points, you must first roll and place a Checkmark, an act which ends your turn. Thus, a player is in a frequent quandary - to place the Checkmark now and take the current score, or go for more points and risk not getting a Checkmark, resulting in a zero. There's nothing dry about this game. It's tremendous fun, so much so that it's highly entertaining even when playing solo. The decisions players must make - whether the cost of placing a bone incorrectly is worth the gain, which bones to take out of circulation when re-rolling, whether to place a Checkmark and accept the current score or re-roll and risk no score at all - are part of what makes it truly exceptional. Both its entertainment and educational value are off the charts, and its replay value is endless. For 2 - 4 players.

Word Bits

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Word Bits
Price $22.50
By SimplyFun
Age
8+
Brain Child

Here's a fun, quick-moving word game that will get your brain and word skills moving in high gear. Two of its strengths are its simplicity (less than 30 seconds to learn) and the fact that everyone plays at once from start to finish. There's no waiting your turn. Just flip a card, roll the dice, and let everyone's brains jump into action. The card reveals a category and number of Letter Dice (from 1 to 4) to be rolled. The first player to call out a word that fits the category and contains all the letters shown on the dice wins the round and keeps the card. For example, let's say the category and number on the card were Dog Breed and 2, and the two dice showed the letters P and D. A player might call out 'Poodle' and in so doing (if first), win the round and the card. Since all the letters rolled must appear in your word, the higher numbers can be more challenging. Cards that require 4 Letter Dice to be rolled allow players to choose any word containing those letters, with no category specified. The player with the most cards at the end wins the game. For 2 to 4 players.

Katachi

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Katachi
Price $36.00
By SimplyFun
Age
8+
Brain Child

The beauty of Katachi is that it gets you thinking in new and different ways. In a sense, you even begin to see differently. You know you're in for something special as soon as you open the box. The tiles that form the foundation of the game have a unique allure. Brightly colored and imprinted with various geometric shapes, they have a distinctive look and feel that just makes you want to play. Line them up randomly in six rows of six, and you've got your playing field. The goal is to be the first player to move a specified number of tiles onto your corner tile without letting any pile get more than two tiles higher than an adjacent tile. Two special dice displaying color, shape, and size map to the characteristics of the tiles. Rolling the dice determines both which tile you can choose to move on your turn and which tiles you can move it across. After just a few moves, strategies begin to reveal themselves. Not thinking ahead can create obstacles for you later on. The ability to spot various paths while thinking strategically goes a long way towards winning. Play moves along quickly and easily, but as with any great game, skill levels in Katachi can run very deep. For 2 to 4 players.

Hook'em

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Hook'em
Price $28.00
By SimplyFun
Age
6+
Top Toy

This game is a joy to play. The ease and playfulness with which it leads players to take calculated risks adds up to a very good time. The goal is to catch as many fish as possible from a pond board in the middle of the table. Each turn consists of one or more dice rolls by the same player. The player places the number of fish shown on the die after a roll into a blue boat. Any dice showing 'water' or 'net' must be put aside before the next roll. The player must then decide whether to end their turn and keep the fish or continue rolling and risk losing them back to the pond if no fish are rolled. There's plenty of strategic decision-making in Hook'em, as well as counting, simple multiplication, and risk & reward, but the real payoff in this gem of a game is the fabulous time you'll have playing it. For 2 to 6 or more players.

Bubbles and Puddles

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Bubbles and Puddles
Price $24.00
By SimplyFun
Age
3+
Top Toy

Bubbles and Puddles is one of our all-time favorite games from a company that consistently produces outstanding games. One thing that makes it special is how well it plays with children of a young age. There are actually two games, 1) Bubbles, and 2) Puddles, each of which has the same set-up and game play, but a different objective. In either game, players take turns moving a Rubber Duck around a circle of tiles (sections of which belong to different players) based on rolls of the die. Each time the Duck is moved, the tile it lands next to is removed and discarded. If the duck symbol is rolled instead of a number, a previously discarded tile is returned next to the Rubber Duck and the die is rolled again. When playing Bubbles, the objective is to be the last player with one or more tiles left in front of you. When playing Puddles, the goal is the opposite - to be the first player with NO tiles in front of you. The two games complement one another perfectly. The very outcomes that excited your opponent while playing Bubbles (winning back a discarded tile, watching other player's lose tiles) will have him groaning during a game of Puddles. The game moves quickly, is easy to learn, has loads of active participation, and teaches counting, number recognition, and taking turns. For 2 to 4 players.

SlickSugar Belly Banter

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SlickSugar Belly Banter
Price $14.99
By SlickSugar, Inc.
Age
0 +
Top Toy

Belly Banter is an ingeniously simple, affordable way to share your pregnancy and your baby's special moments with friends and family. Each Belly Banter set includes 15 different 4-inch stickers, enabling you to easily and fashionably communicate a unique moment in your child's development. Just peel-and-stick one on a shirt or onesie and snap a photo. The text makes clear what was being celebrated at the time, and each sticker enriches the occasion with bright colors and good cheer. The Mom-to-be set includes stickers such as '2nd Trimester,' and 'it's a GIRL, ' while the Baby Onesie stickers mark each month of baby's exciting first year of growth. Milestone and Holiday stickers celebrate special occasions such as the first time baby rolls over or sits up, as well as Mother's Day, Halloween, Easter, and much more. There are currently six different sets, each of which would make an excellent, inexpensive gift or a perfect memorable touch for your own growing household!

Smart-Trike Recliner

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Smart-Trike Recliner
Price $179.99
By Smart-Trike U.S.A., LLC
Age
16-24 mos.
Top Toy

Wow - transportation for your young child that modifies and adapts as your child's needs and abilities grow and evolve! The Smart-Trike Recliner is both a stroller and a tricycle, with many fine features allowing for the comfort, adventure, and increasing sense of autonomy and exploration that's an inherent part of childhood development. Parental contol and navigation is simple with the telescopic steering handle, and the adjustable, reclining seat makes it easy for your child to nap. A seat belt, safety bar, and footrests help keep travel safe and secure, and a detachable canopy provides protection from the sun. When the time is right, your child can use the non-slip pedals, either in conjunction with parental steering, or detach the handle and morph into a full-blown tricycle. The Smart-Trike Recliner is smart indeed, responding to yours and your child's needs!

Smart-Trike Zoo

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Smart-Trike Zoo
Price $139.00
By Smart-Trike U.S.A., LLC
Age
10-24 mos.
Top Toy

The Smart-Trike Zoo Collection offers exciting, animal-themed strollers that morph into trikes. As your child evolves and grows, so does your Smart-Trike! Themes include cows, bees, butterflies, and frogs (ours was the Bee - irresistibly bright yellow with black stripes). This exceptionally well-designed ride comes with a steering handle that allows full parental control, while a clutch turns steering over to your child. Footrests allow for passive riding, non-slip pedals for child-powered locomotion. For the early stages, there are safety straps, bottle holder, play phone, ample back support, everything to make this the niftiest ride as you and your little one head out into the world. And it's lightweight, with rubber wheels for a smooth, easy ride. A bucket space on the back provides storage for toys and other gear, and a removable canopy protects baby from sunlight. As your child develops, the pedals come into play for full trike action!

Spy Alley Dice Game

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Spy Alley Dice Game
Price $12.99
By Spy Alley Partners LLP
Age
8+
Top Toy

Spy Alley Dice Game is a fast-moving game of mystery, risks, and educated guesses in which the right balance of knowledge and luck wins out. It's also great fun for the entire family. There are 5 special dice and 6 plastic Spy Identification Cards. The ID cards are divided equally among players and placed face-down on the table. Each ID card (French, American, Russian, Spanish, Italian, German) matches a picture on each of the dice. On your turn, you're allowed to roll up to 3 times (keeping the dice you like while re-rolling the rest) in the hopes of accumulating 3 or more of a kind. 3 of a kind enables you to guess any opponent's identity as being that of the spy showing on the three dice. If you're correct, you get the card. Once a player runs out of identity cards, he's out of the game. Getting 5 of a kind allows you to either guess an opponent's identity as the spy of your choice or let other players risk a card by speculating that your identity is what's face up on the 5 dice. If no one takes that chance and it turns out to be your identity, you've won the game. The other way to win is to be the last player to still have an Identity Card. Highly portable contagious fun for 2 to 6 spies.

Newton and Me

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Newton and Me
Price $16.95
By Sylvan Dell Publishing
Age
4 - 8 Yrs.
Brain Child

This entertainingly written, cleverly illustrated rhyming book gets young minds thinking about something that impacts every moment of our existence - the laws of physics, specifically, Newton's laws of motion. It sounds heady, but the author and illustrator keep it simple, natural, and fun by showing a day in the life of a young boy and his dog, Newton. Balls are pushed. A toy trucks rolls downhill. Try as he might, the boy can't push Dad's car (whose license plate reads m = Mass). Even without the wonderful observations regarding the workings of the world, this book would be a fun read, but its focus - examining the behavior of everyday objects under various conditions - brings it up to a whole different level. A special section after the story features fun facts, questions, and vocabulary to enhance the learning. Bravo!

Curious Chef 27 Piece Foundations Set

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Curious Chef 27 Piece Foundations Set
Price $59.99
By Tailor Made Products, Inc.
Age
3 - 10 Yrs.
Top Toy

A phenomenal way to further your child's interest in cooking and kitchen fun, this highly attractive, durable set of cooking utensils and accessories is designed specifically with the little chef in mind. From the colorful, kid-sized oven mitts, chef's hat, and apron, to the mixing bowl and array of utensils, this set is of the highest quality, designed to be both functional and extremely attractive to children and parents alike. The measuring cups and spoons, grouped and attached by plastic rings to avoid losses, are a boon to any kitchen. The rolling pin is a marvel of style and functionality, and the 3-quart mixing bowl is lightweight and easy to clean, with a non-slip bottom. Appearance-wise, the designs are playful without being too child-like - any chef would be proud to use them, regardless of age or gender. Bon Appetit!

#1 Best Kid's Songs!

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#1 Best Kid's Songs!
Price $15.00
By The Learning Station
Age
3 & Up
Top Toy

Part of what makes listening to this CD so much fun is that you can feel the enjoyment and exuberance of the performers coming through clear as a bell. More importantly, there's a great deal of talent at work, lending authenticity to the often silliness-laced variety of tunes presented here in grand style. From Gospel to Funk, Caribbean to Rock'n Roll (and even some good old down-home New Orleans style), there are plenty of sounds on parade, and lots to do while you're listening. Just pop open the accompanying booklet, and mixed in with the lyrics you'll find dances, moves, sing-a-longs, and other lively activities that map to the songs and take the fun into the stratosphere. The often silly lyrics and matching kooky voice-work will get you laughing but won't overshadow the fact that you're listening to talented musicians with a love for music and performing!

Action! Fun! Dance!

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Action! Fun! Dance!
Price $15.00
By The Learning Station
Age
3+
Top Toy

Get ready to get happy. The music, songs, and rhythms on this action and learning CD are so fun, physical, and contagious that no one will be immune to them. We dare anyone to keep a toe from tapping, a hip from swiveling, hands from shooting up into the air. Fortunately, the idea is not to resist, but to go with the beat and the flow. Let the sing-alongs and lively dance numbers work their magic on you. Many of the songs' lyrics guide listeners through specific actions, coordinating various limbs to move in concert at different times, making sure the entire body gets in motion. Part of The Learning Station's strong appeal lies in its ability to convincingly and skillfully put forth a variety of styles - Reggae, Rock & Roll, Funk, Swing, and more - all in the service of a wily blend of original and familiar material. Their updated version of Singin' in the Rain is as catchy as catchy can be. Zumba Dance and Jamaican Dance are among the numbers that generate an intoxicating international feel. And while humor and playfulness pervade the entire CD, songs like Icky Sticky Bubble Gum and Herman the Worm will have listeners giggling from start to finish. For all the wonderfully diverse, healthy activity you'll experience with this CD, the body parts sure to get the biggest workout of all are your smile muscles!

Stepaire Bandit Nap Pad w/built-in pump & air matress

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Stepaire Bandit Nap Pad w/built-in pump & air matress
Price $69.95
By The Shrunks
Age
2+
Sterling Fun

The Stepaire Bandit Nap Pad seems to beckon to you. Its soft, warm-colored appearance promises comfort and coziness, its all-in-one design, simplicity. Great qualities, these, in a product parents rely on to transport their children to the land of rest and sleep. The internal air mattress inflates in under a minute using the built-in Stepaire Pump, so-named because foot and body-weight do the inflating. The one-inch nap pad protects against cold floors, and the durable, water-resistant bottom layer provides insulation suitable to a wide variety of environments. The pillow, nap pad, and soft fleece blanket form a single unit for quick, portable comfort, nothing to get lost or left behind. Deflating it is just as easy, so that it rolls up quickly and compactly for easy transportation in its own convenient carrying bag. Whether used at home or at daycare, for overnights, camping, or an extended trip, kids bond with the Stepaire Bandit as if it were their new best friend.

Stepaire Bandit Nap Pad w/built-in pump & air pad

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Stepaire Bandit Nap Pad w/built-in pump & air pad
Price $69.95
By The Shrunks
Age
2+
Sterling Fun

The Stepaire Bandit Nap Pad seems to beckon to you. Its soft, warm-colored appearance promises comfort and coziness, its all-in-one design, simplicity. Great qualities, these, in a product parents rely on to transport their children to the land of rest and sleep. The internal air mattress inflates in under a minute using the built-in Stepaire Pump, so-named because foot and body-weight do the inflating. The one-inch nap pad protects against cold floors, and the durable, water-resistant bottom layer provides insulation suitable to a wide variety of environments. The pillow, nap pad, and soft fleece blanket form a single unit for quick, portable comfort, nothing to get lost or left behind. Deflating it is just as easy, so that it rolls up quickly and compactly for easy transportation in its own convenient carrying bag. Whether used at home or at daycare, for overnights, camping, or an extended trip, kids bond with the Stepaire Bandit as if it were their new best friend.

Tiny Princess take along mobile

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Tiny Princess take along mobile
Price $24.99
By Tiny Love
Age
0 & Up
Brain Child

This portable electronic musical mobile will keep baby engaged and happy at home and on the go, providing much-needed visual and auditory stimulation. It's lightweight design attaches easily to a wide variety of cribs, car seats, and strollers. The happy-faced cloth bee, tortoise, and frog that dangle from the slowly spinning three-pronged axis are multi-colored and patterned, swinging and moving in a way that catches baby's attention. The music starts playing automatically when the mobile is on, and four calming musical selections (Chopin, Mozart, Nature, Bach) can either be set so that one of the four plays for a 20 minute duration or so that all four play in succession over that time period. It can be turned on and off manually or using remote control (up to 15 feet), has variable volume (including mute), and a setting that produces light as well. While the dominant color is pink (it's Tiny Princess, after all) there's plenty of variety for either gender. A happy baby is a healthy baby!

InnoTab Doc McStuffins

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InnoTab Doc McStuffins
Price $24.99
By VTech Electronics
Age
4-7 yrs.
Brain Child

One of InnoTab Doc McStuffins' greatest strengths, in addition to being chock full of educational fun, is that kids are magnetically drawn to playing with it again and again. That ongoing attraction may stem from the wide variety of fun and games or the high level of interactivity. Regardless, young players keep learning and growing every step of the way, utilizing skills such as memorization, letter and word recognition, matching, visual discrimination, manual dexterity, critical thinking, creativity, and more. The chief entry point to the educational games is through the Doc's Playtime menu icon. There are 9 marvelous games, including Hide-and-Seek, Marble Rolling, Matching Pairs, and Stack Those Blocks, to name a few. There are also games in which kids help Doc diagnose and fix toys, and in doing so unlock health tips and pages in Doc's Big Book of Boo-Boos. Kids can then use a variety of tools to draw and color those pages. There is also a Doc McStuffins e-book which kids can read at their own pace or touch words and images to hear definitions, voices, and sounds. The interface is marvelous throughout - easy-to-use, entertaining, and full of surprises.

Life on the Farm Board Game

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Life on the Farm Board Game
Price $24.99
By We R Fun Games
Age
8 & Up
Top Toy

This game is an extremely entertaining way to spend the evening (or many evenings) with friends and family. There's not much heavy lifting when it comes to strategy (nice, relaxing fun), yet there's more than enough variety to make it plenty interesting. Players each start out with $10,000 in play money and move around the board on rolls of the dice, following instructions on the spaces as they go. The goal is to be the first player to accumulate 60 cows plus an amount of cash at least equal to what you started with. There are plenty of opportunities to buy cows ($500 a cow), and you get to collect $100 from the bank for each cow you own every time you circle the board (seems like a no-brainer, right?) BUT you have to watch your money - there are lots of expenses that will hit you along the way, and if you can't pay - you're out! There are also ways to lose both cows and money - one minute you're up, the next you're down - but one thing you can count on with Life on the Farm is fun! 2 to 6 players.

Space Checkers

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Space Checkers
Price $15.99
By Wiggles 3D Games
Age
6 +
Top Toy

Which would you rather play, regular old checkers, or Space Checkers - a new game in which alien invaders battle for control of the planet Earth? Yeah, that's pretty much what we thought. With 2 to 4 players, directional movement, flying saucer pieces in four different colors, and the ability to 'warp' your pawns from one edge of the board to another, Space Checkers is light years away from the classic game your ancestors played. What the two do have in common is this - players capture opponents' pieces by jumping over them. On any given turn, one of two dice rolled dictates how many spaces you move, while the other determines direction. There are exceptions. Two sides of the direction die are marked 'WILD,' enabling the roller to choose the direction for that move. Or, when traveling within the last four rows on the opposite side of the board (known as the wild area) from your starting side, the player can ignore the direction die. These variables make Space Chess less predictable and leave more room for strategizing. Certain things can get in the way of your completing a move - that big old planet Earth in the middle of the board, for example. Each player has 10 prison cells on the board - empty at the outset - into which they place opponents' pieces as they're captured. The first player to fill all 10 prison cells wins the game.

Army vs. Aliens

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Army vs. Aliens
Price $15.99
By Wiggles 3D Incorporated
Age
8 +
Sterling Fun

Part of what's so engaging about Army vs. Aliens is the unique look and high quality of its components. Each of the 18 special dice has quirky, fun artwork on each of its 6 sides - for Army dice, things like Troopers, Artillery, and Generals. On Alien dice, you'll find Invaders, Death Rays, Mother Ships, and more. Each side of a die is a different weapon with a specific rank that comes into play when attacking your opponent. The object is to capture all your opponent's dice. After the initial roll of all 18 dice, players take turns attacking or rallying (re-rolling dice). The game is swift-moving - each turn takes but a moment - with plenty of action. The plastic dice cups are also niftily illustrated and snap together to form an easy carrying case. The gratification factor is high on both sides, with each player typically capturing numerous dice during a game. All this contributes to players being very engaged from start to finish. And until the last die is captured, it's anybody's game! For 2 players.

RC Rattlesnake

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RC Rattlesnake
Price $39.99
By Wild Creations
Age
7 & Up
Sterling Fun

This two-and-a-half foot long radio-controlled rattlesnake will slither and turn at your command, moving just like the real thing! The tongue flicks, the tail rattles, and the scaly body moves forward with S-shaped serpentine precision. The controls are easy to use, and this realistic critter, modeled after the very dangerous Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake, will be your faithful servant. Batteries not included.

Roll-Up Roads

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Roll-Up Roads
Price $3.99
By Wild Creations
Age
6 & Up
Sterling Fun

With the near endless array of toy vehicles to be had - cars, trucks, trains, planes, motor-bikes, and more - the only thing missing was adequate roadway to accommodate all that traffic in your home. The clever folks at Wild Creations bring you Roll-Up Roads, realistic road designs that stick to floors, tables, hallways, even walls, and don't leave any goo behind when removed. Want to lay down a quick roadway for your cars without digging around in the closet for all those disconnected (and missing) pieces of plastic track? In the mood for a quick race or two? Just grab a roll of Roll-up roads, tear off the amount you need - no more, no less - and it's go time! Roll-up Roads comes in 20 foot rolls and 6 different designs, available individually or in a six-pack set.

The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science

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The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science
Price $12.95
By Workman Publishing Co.
Age
9 & Up
Top Toy

It's time to get in touch with your inner Mad Scientist! Everything about this book of 50 experiments, from its cover design to the paper, fonts, illustrations, and, most importantly, its content, conveys a feeling of fun and excitement. And content-wise, it's much more than just a book of experiments. Each chapter begins by recounting a major historical scientific or technological breakthrough, followed by an explanation of the scientific principles involved. The reader is then guided, step-by-step, through the execution of experiments relating to that breakthrough. The chapters and experiments follow a timeline from the Stone Age to the present, providing a hands-on guided tour of the history of science. A Catastrophic Meter Chart lets you know which experiments are messy or require adult supervision. Now break out the book, roll up your sleeves, and get busy reinventing the greatest discoveries of all time!

Zipfy Mini Luge Snow Sled

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Zipfy Mini Luge Snow Sled
Price $39.95
By Zipfy Inc.
Age
5 & Up
Top Toy

The Zipfy Mini Luge Snow Sled's solid, lightweight, compact design makes it easy to store and port around. It's speed, and the uniqueness of its look, will have you turning heads on the slope as you zip down the hill. The rider sits feet first, steering with a center lever by leaning into the turn. The Zipfy gives a the rider great control, and, despite it's speed, never feels risky - you're quite low to the ground, so it's easy to roll off in a pinch. The Zipfy comes in several bright colors and has a 250 lb. weight capacity. Fast, furious, fun!

developMAT

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developMAT
Price $25.00
By Prince Lionheart
Age
0+
Brain Child

The first thing most people feel when they see the developMAT is an urge to get down on it, trace it with their fingers and hands, and explore its visuals up close. It has that kind of pull. And that's what you want for your baby, something that stimulates, engages, and activates the mind, precisely what the developMat was designed to do. The artwork on one side of this cushy, textured foam mat is particularly well-suited for an infant. It contains large, bold patterns in red, white and black, varied shapes and geometric figures that seem to jump out at you. So that the mat can grow with your child, the flip side contains far more detail to take in and explore. It consists of a sprawling, colorful image of a bustling farmyard teeming with life - barns, homes, vehicles, tools, people and animals engaged in a variety of activities. The developMat rolls up into a tight cylinder for easy storage and fits snugly in the handy take-it-with-you case in which it comes packaged.

awesomeMAT

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awesomeMAT
Price $100.00
By Prince Lionheart
Age
0+
Top Toy

The awesomeMAT playmat from Prince Lionheart has a uniquely comfortable, supremely squishy feel and a textured, pleasing-to-the-touch surface. One side is covered with a detailed, sprawling illustration of a day at the zoo populated with kids, grownups, animals, plants, trees, paths, ponds - a miniature world to explore. On the flip side, there is an entirely different world, one loaded with interlocking streets, roads, turnarounds, traffic signs, businesses, homes, and people. It's a whole town at your children's fingertips, and just making their way from one end of the mat to the other is packed with fun and adventure. Regardless of which side of the awesomeMAT is being explored, the scope, detail, and colorfulness of the imagery captures and stimulates the imagination while helping develop the intellect. And when not in use, it rolls up like a rug, snugly held together with a take-it-with-you strap.

RC Robo Fish

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RC Robo Fish
Price $24.99
By ZURU, Inc.
Age
3+
Sterling Fun

Fans of Zuru Inc's Robo Fish will be thrilled with this new, remote-controlled version. Using a fully functioning radio control with two joysticks, kids can vary Robo Fish's speed, change its direction at will, even do tricks. The tail fin moves in a life-like fashion, propelling Robo Fish to swim in up to five directions, including submerging and resurfacing. Vary the speed between slow, medium, or fast. Robo Fish swims heartily in any body of water but comes with its own take-it-with-you tank so that you can enjoy fish play anywhere. The set also includes two interchangeable tail fins, one for normal swimming, one for stunt play. The radio control has multiple infrared modes so that you can play with more than one fish at a time. You can also set the device to auto mode, causing Robo Fish to engage in a variety of lifelike behaviors all on its own, even when you're not in the room. Comes in two different styles, Ocellaris Clown Fish and Venustus Chichlid.

Kickoff Countdown for Skylanders SWAP Force

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Kickoff Countdown for Skylanders SWAP Force
Price $9.99
By Activision
Age
5-14 yrs.
Top Toy

Portal Masters and sports fans will be thrilled with the arrival of Kickoff Countdown, a tech element character and new member of the SWAP Force team of heroes. His head, both on the physical toy and in-game, is a soccer ball, and a rather ferocious-looking one at that. In addition to his unique soccer-themed appearance, Kickoff Countdown is fast, fierce, and can fire in multiple directions in the blink of an eye, making him a stalwart ally when confronting Chompies and Trolls in the battlefield. Placing the figure on the Portal of Power catapults Kickoff Countdown into the game, where he brings his powers to bear running, jumping, and blasting away at the forces of Kaos. Endlessly exciting action fun for Nintendo Wii, WiiU, 3DS, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation3 and PlayStation4.

Betcha Can't Win

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Betcha Can't Win
Price $28.00
By SimplyFun
Age
8+
Top Toy

Betcha Can't Win is one of the most exciting and competitive risk vs. reward games we've seen. Players roll dice to match sums shown on Number Cards. Number Cards are worth points, and a player who matches a card using the sum of any two or more dice collects that card. A player starts by rolling all 6 dice and then deciding on which cards to place dice. At least one die must be placed after each roll, but the others can be rerolled in an ongoing attempt to hit target sums. This creates a ticking time bomb - not only must a player's turn end once he or she has no dice left to roll, but placed dice that did not reach a card's sum will remain in place and can be used to the benefit of players who follow. Also keeping things on edge is the fact that cards collected during a player's turn are not automatically his or hers to keep, but must remain face up and available to other players to match until play has moved once around the table. Collecting a card becomes a hollow victory when the next player swoops in and snatches it right back! Fast, furious fun for 2 to 4 players.

SmartMax Mega Ball Run

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SmartMax Mega Ball Run
Price $119.99
By Smart Toys and Games
Age
3+
Top Toy

It is truly amazing, the number of objects and 3-dimensional shapes that can be quickly and easily assembled with SmartMax Mega Ball Run - letters, numbers, animals, geometric shapes, and high-rises, to name a few. Even more impressive are the complex, labyrinth-like structures through which the set's metallic balls will go rolling, following the curves of the plastic tubes and gliding down the long ramp. The design of the magnetic and plastic pieces makes possible inventions that are not only cool to look at, but also have a high level of functionality. With magnetism as the power that holds the constructions together, pieces can be positioned and re-positioned in the blink of an eye. Like other SmartMax sets, everything here is of the highest quality. This 71-piece set includes curved and straight plastic tubes, metal balls, straight and X-shaped magnetic bars, and plastic funnels and panels in a variety of colors. The full-color instruction-guide, loaded with ideas, helps unleash the power of invention made possible by this set's limitless possibilities.

LEGO Friends Jungle Bridge Rescue

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LEGO Friends Jungle Bridge Rescue
Price $29.99
By LEGO Systems, Inc.
Age
7-12 yrs.
Top Toy

As with all of the products in the LEGO Friends series, this one provides an exceptional level of detail and personality. As a building toy, it gives children hours of fun during which their concentration and focus are rewarded with the gratification of working with their hands and seeing the structures, mini-figures, and vehicles take shape. Once the set has been completely assembled, the result is a tremendous imaginative toy that is used over and over again, with countless exciting scenes played out. Jungle Bridge Rescue is particularly stimulating in this respect because its assembled components inspire such action-filled scenarios. The rocky cliffs, rescue helicopter with moving rotor, the off-road medical vehicle with rolling wheels, Matthew and Mia mini-doll figures, and a baby bear that can be saved from the rickety rope bridge - these and the dozens of other detailed components endlessly stimulate children to engage in hands-on, mind-active play.

YOXObot Orig

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YOXObot Orig
Price $19.99
By Play from Scratch
Age
6+
Top Toy

Every once in a while a product or manufacturer comes along that immediately stands out from the crowd. The YOXO (pronounced 'yock-so') line of recyclable constructions sets from manufacturer Play from Scratch does precisely that. YOXO building sets use notched pieces, Y's, O's, and X's, that connect snugly with one another and, more importantly, to lots of stuff you'll find around the house - cardboard boxes, toilet paper tubes, paper towel rolls, notebook covers, playing cards, and lots more. YOXObot Orig is an 18-inch tall robot kit. One of the most startling things about it is just how cool and distinctly different the completed robot looks from anything you've likely seen before. The illustrated instructions are easy to follow, but will no doubt be just a leap-off point for the array of creations that can spring from young minds once they get a taste of what YOXO can do. That kids can easily incorporate found items into their YOXO constructions is a feature that inspires true invention and creativity. YOXO kits are made from recycled materials.

2 in 1 Multifunctional Electronic Bowling Game

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2 in 1 Multifunctional Electronic Bowling Game
Price $50.00
By DJ Toys Enterprise Corp.
Age
3+
Sterling Fun

This product, which includes two distinct games using the same electronic mat, is a particularly good fit for younger kids. Both games (Bowling and Whack a Mole) are physical activities that even very young children can do and which encourage development of motor skills. Regardless of which game they are playing, little ones find the mat's flashing lights, music, and sound effects to be exciting and stimulating. Another aspect that's a strong fit for young kids is that neither game is really about competing, but rather about being fun and physical. The bowling game uses 6 lightweight plastic pins on the mat and a bowling ball that is rolled to knock them down. During bowling, the scoring mechanism is mostly for effect, racking up points on an ongoing basis. During whack a mole, a flashing light moves randomly among the mat's six circled spaces, and each time a child touches a lighted space, a sound effect occurs and the score ticks up a point, with cheers sounding out as various levels are reached. The colorfully designed mat can be folded up compactly for easy storage. Requires 3 AAA batteries.

Oriental Culture Discovery

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Oriental Culture Discovery
Price $54.99
By Shepherd Kit, Inc.
Age
3 - 8 yrs.
Brain Child

This is a fine creative and educational kit, both in terms of what children can do and learn with it and its presentation. Its components are at such a high level of quality and arrive so lovingly arranged in their box that the kit seems like one-of-a-kind. Its goal, to introduce ancient oriental/Chinese history to children all over the world, is achieved through a series of remarkable creative activities, the results of which are highly gratifying and long-lasting. Using pre-cut wooden pieces and acrylic paints, kids make beautiful Chest Plate Ornaments that emulate Western Zhou Dynasty Armor. These are affixed to an over-the-shoulders garment (included) that can be worn to proudly display them. Next, kids make their own West Wall Rubbing Art. Using a wooden stamp, one side of which is magnetized, kids arrange magnetic cutouts representing mythical Chinese characters. They then apply ink and stamp those images on reel paper. Once fully decorated, the top and bottom of the paper is attached to wooden reels and becomes a beautiful hanging scroll. The handbook displays step-by-step instructions on each of the above activities and more.

7D Mine Train

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7D Mine Train
Price $0.00
By Disney Publishing Worldwide
Age
6-8 yrs.
Top Toy

The hilarious graphics and genuinely funny humor that pervade this app from start to finish are part of what make it so ridiculously enjoyable - that and the high-speed game-play. Each time through the mine, the dwarf of your choice (each of whom has his own wacky vehicle) goes rollicking along the rickety tracks, through loops and over gaps, picking up valuable treasure and avoiding obstacles along the way. With a keen eye and well-honed reflexes, kids will pick up enough points to buy all kinds of awesome stuff in the store - things like gloom repellant, extra life, a head start, more elaborate vehicles. Some of the funniest moments occur in the introductions each dwarf is given. During these animated close-ups, a baritone voice-over reels off a series of good, clean, one-liners (worthy of a world-class comic) that raise the mirth-meter to levels rarely seen in a children's app. There are also in-app purchases available with which to enhance the game-play. With 7D Mine Train, kids tap, swipe, tilt, shake, and laugh their way to the time of their lives.

Disney Story Central

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Disney Story Central
Price $0.00
By Disney Publishing Worldwide
Age
0 - 5 yrs.
Brain Child

Disney Story Central is a reading wonderland that provides access to more than 100 books and stories containing beloved Disney characters. It has a look and feel children find utterly captivating, and awards kids with stars and trophies as they read. Books are browsed by scrolling up and down or swiping left or right. You can even browse by Disney character. Books are unlocked using tokens (1 per book) after which they remain on your book shelf indefinitely. And each book can be previewed without spending any tokens. The app itself is free, and 4 tokens are earned just by setting up your account. After that, tokens can be purchased individually or in value bundles. Each book offers Read by Myself or Read to Me mode (in which each word is highlighted as it is read aloud by the app). Adding multiple readers to your account is free and lets each child select his or her own onscreen Disney character avatar as well as have their reading accomplishments tracked separately. When reading is this much fun, kids can't get enough of it. That hunger is one of many gifts Disney Story Central bestows upon young readers.

Fitivities

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Fitivities
Price $39.95
By Sandy Spin Slade, Inc.
Age
6+
Top Toy

Fitivities is a great party and family game that keeps the entire group in motion from start to finish. It's exciting, invigorating, and it gets bodies moving in such a variety of ways that playing it with any regularity stands a good chance of making you fit as a fiddle. Even so, most people play Fitivities because it's fast, competitive fun. Each team is given a die, a shoe-shaped playing piece, and a spinner. There is no turn-taking. Teams work independently of one another, racing to move their playing piece all the way around the game mat and complete a final activity in order to win. Rolls of the die determine the number of spaces moved and the current activity a team must do. The spinner dictates the number of repetitions and juices up the fun by throwing some curve balls into the play. Each team's home area, where they perform their activities, is a good distance from the mat, and players zipping back and forth to roll their team's die and move their piece adds to the action and fun. There are 20 different activities - quick jumps, knee raises, lunges, shadow boxing - and others, many familiar, some not, but all quite exhilarating.

Fitivities

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Fitivities
Price $39.99
By Sandy Spin Slade, Inc.
Age
6+
Top Toy

Fitivities is a great party and family game that keeps the entire group in motion from start to finish. It's exciting, invigorating, and it gets bodies moving in such a variety of ways that playing it with any regularity stands a good chance of making you fit as a fiddle. Even so, most people play Fitivities because it's fast, competitive fun. Each team is given a die, a shoe-shaped playing piece, and a spinner. There is no turn-taking. Teams work independently of one another, racing to move their playing piece all the way around the game mat and complete a final activity in order to win. Rolls of the die determine the number of spaces moved and the current activity a team must do. The spinner dictates the number of repetitions and juices up the fun by throwing some curve balls into the play. Each team's home area, where they perform their activities, is a good distance from the mat, and players zipping back and forth to roll their team's die and move their piece adds to the action and fun. There are 20 different activities - quick jumps, knee raises, lunges, shadow boxing - and others, many familiar, some not, but all quite exhilarating.

Key To The Front Door

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Key To The Front Door
Price $24.95
By Avara Educational Quests, LLC
Age
8+
Brain Child

Several parents present during the testing of this game mentioned how ill-prepared they had been to manage their money as young adults. Key To The Front Door deals with precisely that - making good choices about money. Each player starts with $500.00. While moving around the board on rolls of the dice, bills must be paid, necessities purchased, and financial decisions made at practically every turn. Rent is due each time around, and savings must be put aside, with additional expenses triggered by various spaces and cards. Pay Day spaces occur fairly frequently and provide income, but even so, the money goes quickly. Besting your opponents means either purchasing more basic household items than they have or simply outlasting them (anyone who can't pay their bills is out of the game). Budgeting, watching your dollars, focusing on needs instead of wants, and buying items on sale leads to success. With lots of playful twists and turns sprinkled throughout, Key To The Front Door manages to be both fast-moving fun and a remarkably good preparation for real life.

Hot Wheels High Jump Frenzy

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Hot Wheels High Jump Frenzy
Price $49.99
By Toy State International, Ltd.
Age
8+
Top Toy

Wild, high-speed moves of the sort executed by movie stunt car drivers are no problem at all for this R/C custom off-road buggy. The ease and level of control kids can execute from the very first time the controller is in their hands is quite remarkable. 360 degree spins, either from a standstill or while hurtling along at full speed, are particularly dazzling. And if you haven't already guessed from the name, its signature move is an impressive jump and mid-air flip that can be executed while moving either forward or in reverse. The buggy's sudden starts, stops, spins, and precision turns inspire all sorts of impressive do-it-yourself obstacle courses. Fortunately, its rugged exterior was built to take that kind of action. Requires 3 AAA batteries.

Cardboard Tube Craft Kits

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Cardboard Tube Craft Kits
Price $19.99
By Galison/Mudpuppy
Age
6+
Top Toy

Galison/Mudpuppy's knack for creating exciting, distinctive children's products now includes this craft kit that uses cardboard tubes (the sort found in paper towel and tissue rolls) as a prime crafting component. The kit includes several such tubes and kids are encouraged to collect their own, extending the fun and putting to good use what would otherwise go to waste. The real stars of the kit are the more than 80 bits and pieces included - gorgeously patterned papers, kooky pre-cut stickers and shapes, googly eyes, and other clever components that make transforming the tubes into wildly playful outcomes a smooth, highly creative process. The kits come in three different themes: Feathery Friends, Princess Castle, and Monsters, with enough materials in each to craft a large variety of one-of-a-kind creations. When the crafting is done, the finished products are toys in and of themselves - otherworldly creatures and castles that spring to life in a child's mind, inspiring countless hours of imaginative play.

Snack & Play Travel Tray

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Snack & Play Travel Tray
Price $19.99
By Star Kids Products
Age
1+
Brain Child

Travel can be stressful, and every parent knows how beneficial it is to have something that helps keep a child engaged and happy while confined in a car, bus, plane, or even a stroller. Snack & Play Travel Tray is a soft, durable tray with adjustable straps and super-easy buckles that allow it to be quickly adapted to those environments. It has two deep, mesh side-pockets that provide ample storage for toys, books, crayons, snacks, and myriad other things that will be a godsend when they're needed. The tray itself acts as a play surface, while its padded rim provides a two-inch-high wall around the tray to keep items from falling to the floor and ruining the fun. It attaches easily to most car seats, and there are no hard surfaces or edges - just durable, easy-to-clean nylon with foam filler. Kids love it, moms love it. No more staying home just to avoid the struggle - when its time to hit the road, just say 'It's Snack & Play Travel time!'

Teething Tether

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Teething Tether
Price $9.95
By Teethease Inc.
Age
0+
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Babies' insatiable desire to explore everything within reach, combined with their unique propensity for dropping things (and immediately wanting them again), creates a dilemma for parents. Anything used to secure an item to a baby's location will itself become a thing of fascination, subject to all manner of investigation by young hands and mouth. Teething Tether, with its adjustable loop-around connectors at both ends, is a brilliant solution for keeping toys, sippy and snack cups, and many other items anchored to the high chair, car seat, stroller, or play pen. Made from medical grade silicone, its soft, textured surface is perfectly suited for teething. Teething Tether is odorless, tasteless, contains no BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, or VOCs, and is naturally bacteria-resistant. It is dishwasher safe and easy to clean, and the unique poke-through clasp holds items securely in place. Teething Tether makes life easier for both parent and child, and that is no small thing.

Teething Key Set

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Teething Key Set
Price $16.95
By Teethease Inc.
Age
6 mo.+
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Babies who are teething often bite on toys and other objects to relieve pressure in their gums, so it is important to provide them with something safe to chew on during this period. Teething Key Set is a fun, simple solution, carefully designed with your child's safety and needs in mind. This colorful, oversized key ring and pair of attached keys are made from hypoallergenic medical grade silicone, and contain no BPA, PVC, Phthalates, or VOCS. There are no sharp edges, and the set is easily cleaned with soap and water or in the dishwasher. Raised lettering on the keys (one says 'key to my crib,' the other, 'key to mom's heart') satisfies baby's need to chew on bumpy surfaces. The key ring has bumpy surfaces as well, and its size and shape are ideal for reaching any spots along the gum line your child wishes to ease. The ring also serves to hang the keys in handy places and makes it easy to secure to strollers, car seats, and more.

Math Splash War Addition & Subtraction Challenge Cards (T24022)

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Math Splash War Addition & Subtraction Challenge Cards (T24022)
Price $2.99
By TREND enterprises, Inc.
Age
6+
Brain Child

Tell a group of kids that math is fun and you may get an eye roll or two cast in your direction. But put a deck of Math Splash War cards on the table, and in no time they will be proving your point - laughing, calling out answers, and greedily scooping up cards each time they win a round. The deck consists of 54 (3 inch X 5-1/4 inch) two-sided cards with fun Sea Buddies illustrations on both sides, plus 1 activity card and 1 answer card. Each round, players simultaneously flip up their top cards and, in turn, call out the addition or subtraction problem shown there before giving their answer. Careful! Give a wrong answer and any other player can call out the correct one and win your card. The player with the highest answer takes all the cards, bringing greater than/less than skills into play. If more than one player has the highest answer, the tied players flip and answer card after card until someone wins. First player to hold all the cards (or, for a quicker game, first player to win 3 wars) wins.

PowerUp 3.0

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PowerUp 3.0
Price $49.99
By PowerUp Toys
Age
14+
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The PowerUp 3.0 lets you convert hand-made paper airplanes into Smartphone-controlled flying machines. The PowerUp Smart Module consists of a lightweight carbon fiber frame with a propeller and rudder at its back end and an advanced chip with Bluetooth technology and rechargeable (via micro-USB cable) battery at the front. The Smart Module clips onto your paper airplane and is controlled from your device via the free PowerUp app, with a 60-yard range. Your first flight will likely require a tweak or two (the User Guide does a great job telling how to adjust the plane's folds to compensate for various flight behaviors). After those adjustments, you'll find yourself taking some amazing flights - banking, turning, changing altitude, following your planned flight path to your desired landing. The onscreen interface is easy to use and conveys the feeling of being in the cockpit. The future of fun is now!

Lalaloopsy Crazy Hair Dolls

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Lalaloopsy Crazy Hair Dolls
Price $19.99
By MGA Entertainment
Age
5+
Top Toy

These dolls have such an appealing, eye-catching look that even if they had regular doll hair, kids would find them irresistible. But Lalaloopsy Crazy Hair Dolls do indeed have colorful, crazy hair that can be molded and styled in wildly creative ways. Some strands are loose and flowing, while others are capable of standing straight up on the doll's head, being bent at odd angles or rolled into tight coils using the included curling wand. The set also comes with 2 hair clips, a bottle of glitter hair gel (for the doll), and a necklace that goes smashingly with the hip, stylish outfit the doll is wearing right out of the box. Additional hair strands (included, in 3 different colors) allow the hair to be cut and made long again, expanding the styling possibilities. 4 different dolls - Jewel Sparkles, Scoops Waffle Cone, Cinder Slippers, and Confetti Carnivale - are available, and from the tips of their toes to the highest hair on their heads, these dolls shine!

Spectracube

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Spectracube
Price $21.99
By Funnybone Toys
Age
6+
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Liven up any gathering by unleashing Spectracube - fast-moving, easy-to-learn fun that gets the good times rolling in a jiffy. As is always the case with games from Funnybone Toys, the components, packaging, and instructions are of unusually high quality, designed with flair, wit, originality, and humor. The instructions include six distinctly different games, each of which makes use of the unique, colorful, highly roll-able Spectracubes. Game At a Glance Cards make it easy to mix things up right out of the box, so no need to hold back. In the mood for something wild or super quick? Gravitate to Greedy Grab or Rummy Roll. Prefer to take turns? Blotch Out! and Spectra-Slam! will make you happy. Feel like taking risks? Spectacular Shuffle and You Score! will be right up your alley. Everyone will find their favorites, and there's no reason not to play them all. Great fun for the entire family! For 2 to 4 players.

Clemmy Turtle

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Clemmy Turtle
Price $29.99
By Creative Toy Company
Age
10 mo.+
Top Toy

Clemmy is no ordinary toy turtle. Just flip up his shell, and tucked away inside you'll find 15 safe, soft, flexible building blocks, in seven different colors ready to come out and play. The top of his shell provides a base on which those building blocks can rise up in various colorful configurations. In addition to being a storehouse of creative activity, Clemmy's four wheels make him a playful pull-along companion. Children can roll him from one room to another, even with a structure-in-progress atop his shell, and pick up right where they left off with their creative fun. And when the fun is done, everything goes back inside in a flash - no muss, no fuss, just a happy child and friendly-looking turtle ready and waiting to be reunited for their next playtime.

Crayola Sidewalk Chalk Mega Pack

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Crayola Sidewalk Chalk Mega Pack
Price $9.99
By Crayola
Age
4+
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This mighty Mega Pack from Crayola provides an impressive array of colors and special effects with which kids can create dazzling sidewalk art. The Mega Pack contains a dozen heavy-duty sidewalk chalk sticks, 12 different colors in four dynamic special effects. Whether doing solo creations or group art, this arsenal of colors and effects greatly expands the creative possibilities. Kids might start with some of the super-bright Neon effect colors, adding dashes of shimmering Glitter here and there. If cool shadow effects are called for, it's time to pull out the Colorcore double-colored chalk sticks. Throw in hypnotic swirls of color with the Tie-Dye effect, and an indisputable masterpiece might just be under way. However kids choose to mix it up, with this much variety at their fingertips, creativity abounds. Includes twelve washable, anti-roll chalk sticks.

Ideal Red Hot Yott Dice Slide

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Ideal Red Hot Yott Dice Slide
Price $11.00
By Alex Brands
Age
6+
Top Toy

This highly portable dice game provides fast, fierce, family fun at home or on the road. It comes packaged in a case that pops open to become a dice slide players use as a means of rolling. Players drop their dice into the slide's dual chutes with a resounding clatter, then watch them spring into view below, where a raised lip keeps them contained. Each player gets three rolls per turn, deciding after each roll which dice to keep and which to reroll in order to earn points in one of 10 categories on the score sheet. Red Hot Dots are wild. Red Hot Chips (players start with 3 apiece) can be traded in for extra rolls and won back by hitting a Red Hot Yott (5 of a kind) or Natural Yott (5 of a kind with nothing wild). An excellent balance of luck and risk vs. reward choices makes this an invigorating, fast-paced game. Bonuses for certain rolls can create lively last minute upsets. Includes 5 Red Hot dice, 20 Red Hot chips, score pad, and Dice Slide. For 2 to 4 players.

LeapTV Banzai Beans: Ninja Number Challenge

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LeapTV Banzai Beans: Ninja Number Challenge
Price $10.00
By LeapFrog
Age
5-8 yrs.
Brain Child

In this wildly entertaining active learning game for LeapTV, children use a combination of math and physical skills to save Elder Banzai and his Ninja Banzai Beans from the clutches of Shitake Sheffu. Kids deactivate a force field and earn bonus Banzai Beans by adding and subtracting, using ones, fives, tens, and hundreds in any combination to build the needed number. They can then use the Banzai Beans they've earned as projectiles to help release their caged friends. The block towers are a set of interconnected wooden blocks housing cages where Shitake Sheffu holds his prisoners. By cleverly targeting support beams and other key spots, kids can bring down a substantial portion of the towers with a single shot and free the maximum number of prisoners. Pointing the controller at the edge of the TV screen rotates the towers three-dimensionally, bringing more cages into view and beans to free.

LeapTV T-Rex Rush: Egg Spelling Collection Crew

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LeapTV T-Rex Rush: Egg Spelling Collection Crew
Price $10.00
By LeapFrog
Age
5-8 yrs.
Top Toy

When mischievous flying baby dino eggs take off on an adventure, it's Ty and friends to the rescue! Children adore this game in which they use the LeapTV controller to fly their onscreen dino counterpart through an aerial obstacle course, gliding over volcanoes, ducking rock formations, and vacuuming up flying baby dino eggs at the press of a button. Kids find the animation and effects to be quite fun and exciting. The far-out flying machines and vacuum gizmos are thrilling to maneuver, and the fun goes up a notch each time players manage to collide with any of the frequent onscreen power-ups. In doing so, players acquire greater power and speed, the ability to break through obstacles, a mighty dino roar, and more. To deliver the rescued eggs to their proper families and move on to each new game level, kids must first spell several words in a row, flying from letter to letter, vacuuming them up in the proper order.

LeapTV

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LeapTV
Price $99.00
By LeapFrog
Age
3-8 yrs.
Top Toy

This educational gaming system from LeapFrog gets kids' minds and bodies moving in concert as they laugh, play, and learn. Its intuitive, easy-to-use interface was designed with young kids in mind so that simply by pointing, waving, wiggling, dancing, and swiping, players interact with onscreen objects and characters. Depending on the game, kids use either body motion alone or a handheld controller to play. The controller can be used either as a classic two-handed control (with a handgrip for each hand), or can be rotated open into a wand-like pointer. There are already over 100 individual games and videos available for LeapTV (sold separately), with a wide range of playing levels within each game so that kids can continually improve their skills. The development of math, language, science, motor skills, social skills, and more, seamlessly interwoven with active play that engages kids at the highest level. Pure magic!

LeapTV

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LeapTV
Price $99.00
By LeapFrog
Age
3-8 yrs.
Top Toy

This educational gaming system from LeapFrog gets kids' minds and bodies moving in concert as they laugh, play, and learn. Its intuitive, easy-to-use interface was designed with young kids in mind so that simply by pointing, waving, wiggling, dancing, and swiping, players interact with onscreen objects and characters. Depending on the game, kids use either body motion alone or a handheld controller to play. The controller can be used either as a classic two-handed control (with a handgrip for each hand), or can be rotated open into a wand-like pointer. There are already over 100 individual games and videos available for LeapTV (sold separately), with a wide range of playing levels within each game so that kids can continually improve their skills. The development of math, language, science, motor skills, social skills, and more, seamlessly interwoven with active play that engages kids at the highest level. Pure magic!

Castle Combat Cards

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Castle Combat Cards
Price $11.95
By KidRealm
Age
5-12 yrs.
Top Toy

This 2-player game, based on the classic card game war, has lots of nice twists and turns that add to the excitement and fun. Not least of these are the 32 warrior cards, of which there are 16 each from two opposing armies. The playful illustrations are amusing and kid-friendly (a silly-looking dragon named Thermo the Ancient, a comically fierce Yeti chieftain named Kang Kool, and many others). Players go head-to-head in rounds of rapid-fire battle, continually choosing one from three cards in hand to flip up simultaneously. Each player can then roll a battle die to power up their card's strength in hopes of sending their foe to the dungeon! Brief written descriptions on the cards outline any special ability belonging to that warrior. Some abilities take effect automatically, while others are optional. This discretion fits nicely among the quick choices a player must make round after round until only one army is left standing on the field.

Alex Octopus Tub Toss

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Alex Octopus Tub Toss
Price $20.00
By Alex Brands
Age
3+
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This floating menagerie of sea creatures puts the fun in tub-time with a classic game of Ring Toss. The octopus provides the target at which children toss lightweight rings in hopes of landing them on his raised tentacles. Better yet, land one on the starfish on his head! In addition to our octo-buddy, there are 8 soft foam sea creatures and 6 tossing rings, all of which float and are playfully and colorfully illustrated. Even the rings themselves are critters - a happy-looking frog, turtle, crab, whale, and more - each of them bright-eyed and ready for fun and games. The 25-piece set includes a suction cup mesh bag for conveniently storing the game out of the way when not in play. It's a rollicking good time that makes kids happy to take a bath.

Disney Imagicademy: Mickey's Magical Arts World

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Disney Imagicademy: Mickey's Magical Arts World
Price $0.00
By Disney Publishing Worldwide
Age
1-5 yrs.
Brain Child

This app deftly weaves 5 magically creative workshops into the fabric of an enchanting animated town. Children scroll their way along Mickey's Main Street, entering and exiting activities in which they employ curriculum-based tools to create art. Guides Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Pluto help kids experiment with drawing, color, shape, patterns, textures, storytelling, costume design, music, tempo, pitch, rhythm, harmony . . . the list goes on. As kids finish quick projects and earn pins, the town becomes increasingly populated with their creations come to life. Drawings they've made strut down Main Street. Critters they've colored hop and float by. Buildings they've beautified sway and undulate. It's an ingenious interface that tickles children no end, inspiring them to new heights of creativity. The app is free, with in-app purchases available to enhance the fun and learning even further.

iBaby Monitor M6S

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iBaby Monitor M6S
Price $229.95
By iBaby Labs
Age
0-5
Top Toy

The ease and versatility with which iBaby Monitor M6S can be set up and controlled wirelessly from smartphone or tablet makes it a delight to use. The on-screen interface is intuitive and uncluttered, making it a simple matter to choose among the remarkable range of features and options. In addition to being able to watch and listen to baby from remote locations, parents can provide comfort by talking to their child through the monitor or playing any of the soothing lullabyes and stories found in the app's library. Among its many features, the iBaby Monitor M6S provides 1080p video resolution and dual band router support (2.4 GHz and 5GHz), can pan 360 degrees, tilt 110 degrees, and zoom in and out. It also contains a motion sensor, a night vision feature, a basic air quality sensor, and can record photos and HD video. All of this can be executed remotely via smartphone or tablet, providing parents with unprecedented peace of mind.

Prime Climb

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Prime Climb
Price $35.00
By Math for Love
Age
10+
Brain Child

Prime Climb is a cleverly conceived board game in which kids add, subtract, multiply, and divide their way to victory. Each player has two pawns on the board, and each space bears a number. The goal is to get both pawns to land exactly on 101, the center of the board. Players take turns rolling two dice and must add, subtract, multiply, or divide the number a pawn is on by a number they rolled, then move the pawn to the resulting space. Because each of the two numbers rolled must be applied one at a time, moves involve performing twin calculations, with players testing out several operations in varying combinations. The mental gymnastics can get pretty dazzling. Lest those who consider themselves math whizzes get cocky, Prime Climb has plenty of twists and turns (Keeper and Action Cards, bumping opponents back to Start, using the board's colors to quickly perform or check calculations) that level the playing field. Exciting, energizing fun for 2 to 4 players.

Smart Start - Cheese Dip

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Smart Start - Cheese Dip
Price $17.99
By Patch Products, LLC
Age
3+
Brain Child

Each of the pieces and components that make up this game are so colorfully and cleverly designed, children tend to burst into smiles at the mere sight of them. The mice alone (intensely colored two-and-a-half-inch tall critters with long, crooked tails) inspire glee. Kids can't keep their hands off them, which is a good thing because players must use those mouse tails to try to hook cheesy letters that lie randomly spread in a bright green bowl. The goal is to be the first player to spell the entire word that appears on a card in their possession. Each letter must be hooked and carried, without dropping, and placed on top of the card. Each turn is initiated by the roll of a multi-colored custom die. Depending on the roll, either one player goes for a letter, all players go for a letter, or one player may even have to put a letter back. Multiple word levels allow the challenge to be adjusted to match kids' abilities, providing an exceptional mix of fun and learning!

Stack Attack

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Stack Attack
Price $11.99
By Patch Products, LLC
Age
8+
Top Toy

A good dice game is a pleasure to behold, and this one's a beauty. Stack Attack combines several elements that make for a great family game - luck, strategy, speed, simplicity, and visual appeal. Each player gets five brightly colored dice and matching Dice Cup for rolling. A clever item called the Quake Plate is the foundation on which players build a tower of dice, taking turns rolling and adding any that are 1 higher or 1 lower than the number on top. A player who rolls any qualifying dice must add at least one, but can add more (a player who rolls 4, 3, 3 when a 2 is on top could add just 3 or could add 3, 4 or 3, 4, 3). Each dice added is worth a point to the player who put it there, but the Quake Plate makes the tower unstable. If it falls on your turn you get no points for that round. However, if you get all of your dice on the tower, you are the ONLY player to score for that round. Risk vs. reward looms large. The first player to reach 20 points wins. For 2 to 4 players.

Milestone Baby Cards

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Milestone Baby Cards
Price $26.00
By Milestone
Age
0-1 yrs.
Top Toy

Many of the milestones in your baby's development cannot be captured on film for the simple reason that there is no way to anticipate them and be camera-ready. Nevertheless, Milestone Baby Cards make it easy to photographically document each of these magical moments. There are 30 cards in all, 12 of which are event cards, each bearing a line of text - Today I smiled for the first time, rolled over for the first time, crawled, sat up, said Ma-Ma, Da-da, stood, walked, and many others. Each has a place for the date in the upper left-hand corner and allows you to record what your baby looked like when the event occurred - what they were wearing, where and when it happened. Simply snap a picture of your baby with the card in the frame. Each card is lovingly illustrated with artwork so beautiful, playful, and representative of the moment that it enhances the picture. There are also 2 'This set belongs to' cards, as well as 16 age cards that let you capture your baby at weekly and monthly age intervals throughout their first year.

Fyre

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Fyre
Price $29.00
By YOXO
Age
8+
Top Toy

Watch the way kids react when they lay eyes on a YOXO building set and the excitement is palpable. Fyre, a new 61 piece building toy from YOXO certainly has that effect. The ease and snugness with which the distinctive Y-, O-, and X-shaped pieces (hence the name, pronounced 'yock-so') fit together opens wide the door to creativity. There are other components as well, some bearing vivid colors and dramatic illustrations that intensify the itch to build something fierce or wild. And Fyre doesn't disappoint. The step-by-step instructions show how to build 4 surprisingly different toys - Fyre, a 3 foot long dragon, Scorch, a speedway ready vehicle with dual fiery exhausts, Orbit, a rocket for the ages, and Ribbit, a frog-ish creature like no other. YOXO kits are made from recycled materials and their links connect with household materials (paper towel rolls, cereal boxes, etc.) and other building toy sets, making for unstoppable open-ended play.

Zoku Space Pop Molds

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Zoku Space Pop Molds
Price $16.99
By Zoku
Age
3+
Top Toy

Ice pops have come a long way since the days when traditional popsicles were the primary icy fare, and Zoku keeps upping the game with exciting new molds for making delicious freezer snacks at home. Zoku Space Pop Molds lets kids produce a batch of six interplanetary treats - five distinct rocket shapes and one playful astronaut - with the greatest of ease. Just pour your favorite ingredients into the molds, insert the reusable sticks, and place them in the freezer. The molds all reside within one compact purple base for easy transport from sink to fridge. Once frozen, the refreshing ice pops have a high degree of visual detail. Some kids favor the racy rockets, while others adore the happy little astronaut. In either case, expect a smile on every face when snack time rolls around with Space Pops at the ready.

Sands Alive! Glow: Volcano World

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Sands Alive! Glow: Volcano World
Price $29.99
By Play Visions
Age
3+
Top Toy

This is a remarkably cool toy that inspires a tremendous amount of creative and imaginative play. The kit includes a variety of elements - volcano molds, dino skeletons, rolling pins, UV LED glasses and light pen - but the star component is the 1 lb of Sands Alive!, a substance that looks like a cross between sand and dough. It is almost a shock to find that it is super soft to the touch, yet highly moldable and not at all messy. Placing a handful on the illustrated play mat (included) and running the Dino Track roller over it instantly creates a path with ominously large dinosaur tracks. Use the molds to erect a few well-placed volcanoes, add the 3 different dino specimens, and, in a matter of seconds, you've got a vivid tableau that brings to mind any number of action-filled sequences. Turn out the lights and the UV LED glasses cast an eerie glow on the entire scene, or use the light pen to create patterns and messages in the Sands Alive! that will glow in the dark.

Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Rhythm Instruments and More for Active Learning

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Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Rhythm Instruments and More for Active Learning
Price $16.95
By Gryphon House, Inc.
Age
PreK - 2nd
Brain Child

Children are the ultimate movers and shakers. Nothing could be more natural to them than the unbridled physicality of playing rhythm instruments. Rhythmic sound centers kids' attention in a way little else can, engendering a deep connection that allows them to learn and grow by leaps and bounds. This book provides an abundance of easy-to-do classroom activities through which young students explore making music and inventing movements using a broad variety of rhythm instruments. Kids respond with excitement and exhilaration, and the academic benefits are many. Music is a language that cultivates communication and listening. The math involved in keeping the beat (and divisions thereof) builds a foundational, transferable skill set. Creating and expressing oneself in a group setting accumulates a host of social skills, and the exploration and experimentation of the music-making is nothing less than the scientific method in action.

Waboba Lava Ball

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Waboba Lava Ball
Price $6.99
By Waboba
Age
3+
Top Toy

It's a joy to find a ball that possesses this kind of power bounce while retaining tactile qualities so well suited to extensive and varied physical play. Catching the Lava Ball is as much of a pleasure as throwing it, making it an excellent fit for just about any conceivable game that can be played with a ball. The Lava Ball has some special razzle dazzle above and beyond its ability to bounce sky high, though. Its dark exterior bears specially designed brightly colored cracks that flare from yellow to red in the sun, bringing lava-like spectacle to outdoor fun and games. It's light weight and easy-to-grip surface make putting speed in your throw easier and catching it bare-handed quite comfortable. From gentle tosses and rolls to fast-flung fun, the Lava Ball makes an excellent active-play choice for a wide range of ages.

Waboba Moon Ball

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Waboba Moon Ball
Price $6.99
By Waboba
Age
3+
Top Toy

The Moon Ball is no ordinary ball. For starters, it takes off like a rocket when bounced, flying up to 100 feet in the air. It's a treat for the eyes, ears, and hands that calls the entire body into play by making the acts of throwing, catching, bouncing, and spinning - ball games of any and every kind - especially enticing. The surface of the ball is covered with dark, moon-like craters that add subtle irregularities to its bounce and spin and just plain make it fun to touch. Those craters seem a likely contributing factor in the unique sound the Moon Ball emits (like a large bubble popping) each time it strikes the pavement. All these qualities - its distinctive, playful appearance, strong tactile appeal, tremendous bounce, and, of course, rugged durability, add up to a rollicking good time at your fingertips anytime, anywhere.

Off-Road Mud Madness PlayTape, with Curves

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Off-Road Mud Madness PlayTape, with Curves
Price $3.99
By InRoad Toys
Age
3+
Top Toy

PlayTape is a way for kids to build roads for their toy vehicles almost effortlessly. Mud Madness is a style of PlayTape with the look of a slippery mud path, allowing kids to experience the excitement of off-road fun. The marvel of the stuff is that it sticks firmly to any flat surface but can be repeatedly removed and repositioned without leaving any residue behind. Kids love it for the way it lets their imaginations run wild. Parents love it because it's recyclable, portable, takes up little space (it comes packaged in small rolls), and cleanup is beyond easy when playtime's over. Curves are peel-and-stick curved pieces that fit seamlessly with the tear-and-stick segments from the rolls and that lets kids build roaming, roving roads over which they can glide their toy cars and off-road vehicles to no end. PlayTape is made to scale to fit the most popular toy vehicles in the market (such as Hot Wheels and Matchbox).

Tumble Train

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Tumble Train
Price $24.99
By MGA Entertainment
Age
3+
Top Toy

Whoever came up with the concept for Tumble Train is a playtime genius. At first glance, it might appear to be a simple toy engine with some colorful plastic train tracks. In reality, it's like some miniature wild amusement park ride come to life. Once assembled, the tracks are shaped such that the train traverses four curves - two horizontal and two vertical. Engine guides on the bottom of the train car keep it on the tracks even if it is traveling sideways or upside down. Due to the shape of the track, the weight and forward motion of the engine causes the tracks to roll around and across the room in wild, unpredictable ways. Kids of all ages find this to be endlessly entertaining. To spice things up even further, there is a CRAZY TRAIN MODE which causes the engine to reverse directions at will. Throughout it all, the engine emits an authentic chug chug chug sound and lights its own way with a built-in headlamp. Fantastic fun!

Lalaloopsy Dance with Me Doll

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Lalaloopsy Dance with Me Doll
Price $59.99
By MGA Entertainment
Age
4+
Top Toy

Kids laugh, play, and are inspired to great heights of physical activity and dance party fun by Lalaloopsy Dance with Me Doll. That's because Peanut Big Top is a natural entertainer, a dynamic, interactive ball of fun kids delight in having as a playmate. And she doesn't just dance a little - she's got fast feet and some serious moves. She talks, sings, plays music, makes kooky sound effects, and the bow on her head spins wildly from time to time. Kids can follow her dance steps, or, in a surprising twist, have her follow their movements by dancing at their pace. She'll even play Freeze Dance, calling out 'Lalaloopsy' when she wants you to freeze, and will recognize whether or not you've stopped dancing. The type of interactivity at any given moment is determined by which of the several modes of play she's in and is made possible by a bow controller held or worn by the child that communicates with a built-in receiver on the doll. Requires 5 AA batteries.

Road Rippers Dancing Car

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Road Rippers Dancing Car
Price $19.99
By Toy State International, Ltd.
Age
3+
Sterling Fun

Given the exciting sound, light, and action effects in this vehicle, it would be easy to overlook the obvious - that it's a very cool-looking car! The one we got our hands on was a MINI Cooper S (it also comes in a VW Beetle), with such fine visual details that it gave the impression of being a real auto shrunk down to size. It rolls smoothly when pushed or guided by hand, thus offering the play options afforded by traditional toy vehicles. But four inconspicuous buttons on its roof offer quite different forms of entertainment. The three smaller ones activate highly authentic sound effects with lighting effects mixed in - horn, car alarm, and engine racing with tires screeching. The fourth button triggers the main act. Rock music erupts and colored lights flash as all four wheels pump up and down, causing the vehicle to dance in place with a herky jerky motion. Not exactly behavior one expects from a car, toy or otherwise, a fact that makes it all the more amusing.

Nikko VaporizR 2

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Nikko VaporizR 2
Price $49.99
By Toy State International, Ltd.
Age
8+
Top Toy

This amphibious radio-controlled vehicle is a rugged, fierce machine, both in look and in capabilities. True 4X4 power makes it suitable for land, snow, or in water and able to navigate surprisingly rugged terrain. Full function tank steering makes dazzling maneuvers almost effortless - sudden swerves, rapid turns, quick reversals of direction, swift starts and stops, spinning in place, and, of course, fast straight-ahead motion. Operating on a 27MHz frequency with an outdoor range of 20 meters / 66 feet and an indoor range (and when in water) of 15 meters / 49 feet, it moves at an impressive maximum speed of of 9.3mph / 15.0 Km/H. It comes ready to run with 3 AA batteries and a rechargeable 6.0V Ni-Mh battery that takes only an hour or so to fully charge. Its detailed, tightly-crafted body bears colorful race car graphics that give it the mean, cool look one would expect for a vehicle capable of this sort of speed and endurance.

Crayola Story by Me

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Crayola Story by Me
Price $21.99
By Lulu Jr.
Age
4+
Top Toy

Children are such natural born storytellers that, for most, the idea of writing, illustrating, and publishing their very own full-color, professionally printed and bound book is like a dream come true. Crayola Story by Me makes that process incredibly simple. Using the specially formatted pages and 8 Washable Crayola Markers included in this kit, kids create cover art and up to 14 book pages, along with a dedication page, title page, and an 'About the Author' section (with your child's bio and photograph if you provide them) on the book's back cover. Your young author's anticipation will seem to grow exponentially with each completed page, so that by the time the story is sent to Lulu Jr. in the kit's postage-paid envelope for publishing, that excitement can barely be contained. The day the professionally bound 5.5-inch X 8.5-inch softcover book arrives at your door will feel like your child's birthday and the 4th of July rolled into one.

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway

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Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway
Price $59.99
By VTECH
Age
1-5 yrs.
Top Toy

Kids find this toy to be a feast for the eyes, ears, and hands, resulting in an unusually high rate of SPM (smiles per minute). Play begins by assembling the race track, a visually detailed, 3-dimensional smorgasbord of colors and action zones that is nothing less than a mini amusement park. The remote-controlled Smartpoint Racer passes through 4 Action Zones each time around - a Starting Line with swinging flags, a Pit Stop with a wall of gears and tools that spin during the cars tune-up, a Stunt Zone the racer rocks through on a curved, seesaw-like bridge before going for a ride to the top on the Mechanical Elevator. The 4.5 feet of track contains 9 SmartPoint locations that trigger fun phrases, sound effects, music, and more. The car itself is a durable, adorable vehicle with a light-up driver button that produces entertaining effects when pushed. Kids can add another RC SmartPoint Racer (available separately) to enjoy races and a huge range of collaborative, imaginative fun.

Lil' Critters Soothing Starlight Hippo

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Lil' Critters Soothing Starlight Hippo
Price $24.99
By VTECH
Age
0+
Sterling Fun

Every parent knows the value of giving babies restful down time and a good night's sleep. Lil' Critters Soothing Starlight Hippo provides an array of gentle sounds, songs, melodies, and mesmerizing lighting to help ease kids into deep relaxation and sleep. With 60 peaceful tunes, 7 nursery rhymes, 30 sounds, and 3 lullabies, it's incredibly simple to use. There are four play modes - story, lullaby, nature sounds, and nature sounds with melodies - each with its own play button. A separate button projects a variety of starry light patterns on the ceiling. Repeat pressings scroll to the next song, story, sound choice, or light pattern. A dial controls the volume. To preserve battery life (2 AA batteries), the Hippo automatically stops playing based on three options - after 15, 30, or 45 minutes. Once powered off, a sensor stands ready to reactivate the soothing sounds if it detects your baby's cry lasting 4 seconds or longer, a feature that reinforces your child's ability to self-soothe and minimizes trips to their bedside during the night - good for Mom, good for Dad, good for Baby.

Flipsies Sandy's House & Ocean Cruiser

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Flipsies Sandy's House & Ocean Cruiser
Price $39.99
By VTECH
Age
4+
Top Toy

In addition to offering a rich landscape for imaginative play, this doll and playset is chockfull of surprises. Sandy comes to life when placed at any of several MagicPoints around the playset, speaking fun phrases, triggering sound effects, and expressing her personality and sense of adventure. She also wears a light-up charm that, when pressed, produces similar effects. Children respond with glee, exploring, interacting, and engaging in role play. The possibilities are further multiplied by the two-in-one playset. Lifting the ocean cruiser's side transforms it into a colorfully detailed house interior with several additional play settings that keep the fun rolling along. Numerous included accessories (a wardrobe, silverware, dishes, a bed, . . .) flesh out the surroundings into a fully realized miniature world. Sandy is one of several collectible Flipsies dolls and playsets that can be purchased separately and mixed, with the MagicPoint technology fully intact.

Go! Go! Smart Animals Grow & Learn Farm

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Go! Go! Smart Animals Grow & Learn Farm
Price $39.99
By VTECH
Age
1-5 yrs.
Brain Child

The ability of this playset to be connected and arranged in numerous ways is one of several integrated factors that promote creativity and learning. Another is the technology triggered whenever Reggie the Rooster is rolled onto any of several stations located throughout the set. Kids are more than a little tickled each time he lights up, sings songs, produces sound effects, and speaks fun phrases specific to that location. To help advance motor skills, several manipulative elements occur throughout the set - swinging doors, moving parts, shaped pieces, and buttons that teach kids about colors, numbers, vegetables, and animal names. There's even a watering can that, when rocked, makes a garden grow before your child's eyes. Additional SmartPoint animals are available separately, and the set's tracks can be connected to other Go! Go! Smart Animals and Go! Go! Smart Wheels playsets to further expand the fun and learning.

snu:mee

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snu:mee
Price $129.90
By Baby Stars - rock2sleep
Age
0+
Brain Child

snu:mee is a music box, baby monitor, and MP3 player all in one compact product that's loaded with great features. It can be controlled from your smart phone using a free companion app. That safe connection via Wi-Fi means parents can listen remotely (with a 300m range) and know when baby is fussing or restful. snu:mee comes preloaded with soothing lullabies and nature sounds and has 4GB of internal memory for loading additional music or audio. The manufacturer's portal hosts a variety of rock songs (bands like Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Metallica) arranged and recorded with young ears in mind but still highly pleasing to Mom and Dad. snu:mee owners get 6 downloads free. A 60 decibel volume limiter can be turned on to protect babies' sensitive ears, and a timer lets you decide how long the music will play. A number of soft, colorful sleeves are available separately to transform snu:mee's appearance into that of a cuddly, plush animal-like toy.

Q's Race to the Top Boardgame

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Q's Race to the Top Boardgame
Price $29.99
By EQtainment
Age
3-12 yrs.
Brain Child

It's rare to find a board game so well-suited to young players, both in terms of playability and the benefits children get from the experience. Q, an adorable and highly intelligent dusky leaf monkey, has a great capacity to be both selfless and self-centered. His exploits are detailed in an included storybook and in vignettes that appear throughout one of the game's card decks. Kids easily relate to Q's impetuousness, making him an apt surrogate whose escapades provide a wealth of teachable moments. Players move around the board on rolls of the die, drawing cards from one of three decks determined by the space on which they land. Playfully conceived Q-themed components and carefully thought-out questions and activities prove highly effective in teaching children a broad range of social, emotional, and physical skills. Meanwhile, the immense amount of pleasure kids take in playing the game keeps them happily engaged from start to finish.

Farm Train Set

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Farm Train Set
Price $49.95
By Bigjigs Toys Ltd
Age
3+
Brain Child

Like the Dinosaur Train Set (see review above), Farm Train Set is exceptional in both design and function. The high quality is evident at a glance, in the finely crafted wooden pieces, the captivating artwork, and the ease with which the tracks assemble into a bi-level circuit that crosses over itself. The train, which consists of 3 smooth-rolling, magnetically connected cars, is utterly charming in both color and detail. Each car has a unique character well-suited to the farm theme. The two rear cars have built-in pegs that allow other components, such as a wooden hen, to ride securely on their back as the train moves along the tracks. Free-standing human mini-figures, apple trees, bales of hay, and farm animals (all made of wood) are included to populate the area within and around the tracks. The set inspires a high degree of creative story-telling and manual activity, resulting in many wonderful and beneficial playtime experiences.

TAG the Art Game

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TAG the Art Game
Price $39.99
By Tonni-co, LLC
Age
7+
Top Toy

This highly collaborative game provides players with a framework that makes creating art fun and easy. The playful, structured approach eliminates the second-guessing and inhibitions that get in the way of many an aspiring young artist. The package comes loaded with high quality art supplies - paints, pastels, various types of paper, glitter, glue, scissors, paint brush - along with a color wheel and several decks of cards. The first player flips the top card from each of the decks. These determine whether that player will be drawing, painting, or collaging, as well as the location on the page to work and what types of shapes to explore. The color wheel and a roll of the die determine the color, and the player sets to work creating. The next player continues on the same sheet of paper, guided by the randomness of the cards he or she flipped for that turn. These ever-changing additions to the artwork enrich and substantially alter the look and feel of what went before. The result is often beautiful. More importantly, the process is never less than pleasurable.

Techno Gears Marble Mania Crankster

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Techno Gears Marble Mania Crankster
Price $19.99
By The Learning Journey International
Age
6+
Brain Child

The building kids do with this kit is, in and of itself, a marvelously fun activity, but when the play value of the finished marble and gear run is taken into account, the fun factor goes through the roof. The variety of shapes, sizes, and connectors fitted together during the construction process make for an intellectually stimulating experience that requires careful attention. The looks of excited anticipation on kids' faces as the structure takes shape are replaced by ones of joyful satisfaction once the marble run is ready for action. A marble released at the top of the multi-level run rolls, drops, takes numerous turns, and passes through stepwheels powered by the marble's own weight. Upon reaching the bottom, the marble is scooped up by one of several buckets on a chain pulley system powered by a hand crank and carried to the top where it shoots onto the ramp for another trip through the run. The Crankster set includes over 100 pieces and requires roughly 1-2 hours of construction for completion.

Sleepy Seas Turtle Soother

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Sleepy Seas Turtle Soother
Price $24.99
By GUND
Age
0+
Top Toy

Sleepy Seas Turtle Soother pleases and appeases young children on two distinct fronts - as a captivatingly cute plush animal toy, and as a portable relaxation device that plays soothing, ambient music at the touch of a button. The exceptionally pleasing audio is a blend of ocean waves, bubbling water, and spa-like music that typically calms everyone within earshot. Adults tend to find these sounds to be as relaxing as children do, an added benefit that makes the soother a go-to resource to help baby and/or parent rest and rejuvenate. The music shuts off after 30 minutes or can be turned off sooner with a press of the button. Sleepy Seas Soother is available either as a green turtle, blue whale, or pink octopus, with detailed features embroidered so as to be safe for all ages. A touch-and-close fastener loop secures to car seats, strollers, and in countless other settings. Surface-washable construction makes cleaning easy. Comes with 3 AAA batteries.

Brain Freeze

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Brain Freeze
Price $25.00
By MIGHTY FUN!
Age
5 - 10 yrs.
Brain Child

Very few games help kids develop deductive reasoning as effectively as Brain Freeze does. Children display such obvious pleasure during game play that it comes as no surprise when they insist on rematch after rematch. The object is to be the first player (or team) to correctly guess which of the 100 squares on the board their opponent selected as his Sweet Treat Secret Square. This is done through a process of elimination during which players engage in quick back and forths, repeatedly venturing guesses that include the 4 characteristics that uniquely identify each square/treat on the board - row, column, flavor, and type of treat. Players record information they glean by circling or crossing off items on their board, the culmination of which eventually allows one player or team to identify the other's secret square. Brain Freeze is an exceedingly well thought-out game, a rollicking good time whose fun feel and ease of play belie the depth of logic and thinking kids employ each and every time they play. For 2 players or teams.

Chibi Lights Circuit Stickers STEM Starter Kit

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Chibi Lights Circuit Stickers STEM Starter Kit
Price $30.00
By Chibitronics
Age
13+
Brain Child

This fantastic science and craft kit provides kids with a fun, exciting way to learn electronics. Its centerpiece is the Circuit Sticker Sketchbook, a combination workbook/laboratory whose playful, engaging format elicits an unusual level of scientific exploration and inquiry. Each chapter starts with a project that includes explicit, easy-to-follow, instructions and yields exciting results, an approach that lets children quickly gain their footing. Each of these is followed by a free-form exercise and sections entitled YOUR TURN! and TRY THIS! in which kids creatively explore their newfound knowledge while making interactive artworks. Using the sketchbook and accompanying components (12 LED Stickers, 2 Coin Cell Batteries, 2 Battery Clips, and a roll of copper tape), kids learn to build simple and parallel circuits, switches, and resistance-based sensors. The playful cleverness, functionality, and highly instructive content make for an effective and enjoyable blend of fun and learning.

Sea Sparkles - Pearl

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Sea Sparkles - Pearl
Price $16.50
By Aurora World
Age
3+
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Pearl is just one of seven playfully entrancing Sea Sparkles mermaids, a collection from Aurora World that breaks new ground in the plush/doll industry. These super-soft, 18-inch dolls (other sizes are available as well) have long, shimmering tails, each a gloriously different hue. Each Sea Sparkles mermaid bears a different name and sports a unique boho chic hairstyle ranging in color from blonde to pink to turquoise, and others. The enticing mix of visual flair and distinctive personality wins children over quickly and inspires a good deal of solo and group imaginative play. Parents will likely find kids clamoring for the entire collection, while the very affordable price point will leave Mom and Dad smiling each time a holiday or child's birthday rolls around.

Neon 3D Chalk Set

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Neon 3D Chalk Set
Price $4.99
By Crayola
Age
4+
Top Toy

Any and all of the chalk sets available from Crayola provide great outdoor fun, but the 3D feature of this set makes for a particularly exciting time. After kids lay on the colors in whatever artistic direction inspiration has taken them, it's time to put on the 3D glasses (included) and experience the eye-popping effects of the chalk's fluorescent pigments. The already highly energized colors (Shocking Pink, Super Purple, Atomic Tangerine, Laser Lemon, Electric Lime, Extreme Blue) appear to float above the ground at different levels, lending a new and dazzlingly bold look to any drawing or artwork. When playtime is over, removing the washable chalk art is as simple as breaking out the hose and rinsing it away or leaving it until rain comes and washes it away. Includes 6 washable anti-roll Neon Chalk Sticks in different colors and one pair of durable plastic 3D glasses. Virtuoso fun for kids of all ages!

Motorola MBP35S 2.4GHz Digital Video Baby Monitor

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Motorola MBP35S 2.4GHz Digital Video Baby Monitor
Price $179.99
By Motorola
Age
0+
Top Toy

This incredibly easy-to-use digital video baby monitor from Motorola is loaded with useful features. The parent unit includes a 2.8-inch diagonal color screen and simple, intuitive buttons for navigating its features. The camera in the baby unit (which sits in the baby's room) can be remotely controlled, allowing parents to pan left or right or tilt up or down simply by pressing arrow buttons to the left of the unit's screen. Night Vision kicks in automatically in low light conditions, providing remarkably clear video even in near total darkness. The two-way audio feature not only lets parents clearly hear what's going at all times, it lets them speak to their child from afar with equally crystal clarity, offering comfort and reassurance when needed. Also included are volume and brightness controls, in-and-out camera zoom, temperature display, the ability to add additional cameras and keep watch on multiple rooms, and a menu of lullabies - great features parents will be grateful to have at their fingertips.

Motorola MBP853Connect Digital Video Baby Monitor with Wifi Internet Viewing

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Motorola MBP853Connect Digital Video Baby Monitor with Wifi Internet Viewing
Price $249.99
By Motorola
Age
0+
Top Toy

This WI-Fi video baby monitor builds on the many fine features of Motorola's MBP35S (see separate review above) by allowing parents to keep eyes and ears on home even when they are on the go, by using their compatible smartphone, tablet, or computer as the interface. The camera in the child's room can be remotely controlled, letting parents zoom in or out, pan left or right, tilt up or down, simply by pressing arrow buttons. Infrared Night Vision automatically provides remarkably clear video even in very dark room conditions. Two-way audio lets parents hear everything that's going on or choose to talk to their child from afar, with crystal clear sound. When home, parents can opt to use the handheld parent unit that comes with the set and that includes a full-color, 3.5-inch LCD display and easy access to the many features. The free Hubble app, available for iOS or Android, features live video streaming and sound, motion control, room temperature notifications, and a host of other great features.

Dash and Dot Robots

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Dash and Dot Robots
Price $199.95
By Wonder Workshop
Age
6+
Brain Child

Dash and Dot are are remarkably entertaining, interactive robots that teach children how to code. A growing suite of free mobile apps (Wonder, Go, Blockly, Path, Xylo, . . . ) for iOS and Android devices lets kids explore how to program Dash and Dot from a tablet or smartphone by manipulating onscreen graphics. Behavioral commands can be issued either one at a time, or, more importantly, as a series of commands that the robot will execute in sequence. The great pleasure kids take in seeing the immediate effect of their programming efforts - lights, sounds, movements, animations - motivates them to deeply investigate the possibilities. That process of experimentation and exploration is a highly effective path to learning essential computer science concepts. Dash and Dot are available separately or together (199.95 for the pair), with easy to follow tutorials and preloaded missions that get the fun and learning rolling full steam ahead.

Crush-It! Bat

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Crush-It! Bat
Price $14.99
By Tucker Toys
Age
5+
Top Toy

Young ballplayers find the power, design, and adaptability of this innovative bat to be absolutely exhilarating. Its eye-catching appearance arouses instant excitement, and once players experience the power it can bring to their swing, enthusiasm climbs to new heights. With a quick twist of the bat's Power Knob, kids can increase or decrease the tension in the strings that form the striking area of the bat, allowing them to either knock one out of the park or dial the power down a notch for smaller-scale backyard practice. That scalability is a profoundly fun feature that makes the Crush-It! Bat an instant favorite for batters of every stripe. The high-performance foam ball that comes with it is such that even a grand slam power hit can be comfortably caught barehanded. The Crush-It! Bat's lightweight, easy-to-swing design is as cool-looking as it is effective - power, flexibility, and style rolled into one, sleek, cutting-edge bat!

Count & Learn Turtle

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Count & Learn Turtle
Price $14.99
By VTECH
Age
2-5 yrs.
Brain Child

Count & Learn Turtle is an educational bonanza for children aged two to five. This interactive learning toy helps youngsters learn numbers, counting, addition, colors, shapes, musical instruments, English, Spanish, and more. The compact, portable unit has a simple design that makes it extremely kid-friendly and easy to use while encouraging development of fine motor skills. Pressing any of the light-up numbers causes the friendly turtle to count and say each number. Interactive games and songs bolster math and memory skills. Two rollers at the bottom of the unit (one for shapes and colors, the other for musical instruments) can be rotated to trigger a variety of other fun learning experiences. Parent-friendly features include automatic shut-off for power conservation (the unit takes 2 AA batteries), a volume control for quieter play, and a design durable enough to withstand the energetic interactions kids tend to bring to the fun and learning.

Crinkle & Roar Lion

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Crinkle & Roar Lion
Price $14.99
By VTECH
Age
0-36 mos.
Brain Child

Young kids love this cuddly, adorable lion, and not just because he giggles, plays songs, speaks, roars, and engages them in a variety of fun learning activities. In addition to these highly engaging interactive features, Crinkle & Roar Lion's design includes a variety of physical attributes that invite non-stop tactile and visual exploration - colorful patterns, textured fabrics, feet that produce crinkly sounds. An attached baby-safe mirror becomes an object of curiosity and budding self-awareness. A built-in motion sensor causes the lion to roar or play other happy sounds when shaken. Pressing the colored shape buttons on his side teaches children about shapes, colors, and numbers. When left idle a moment, he invites action ('Can you press my blue square?') or sings a little song. If no action is taken, an automatic shut off feature takes over to conserve energy. A textured, plastic ring makes it easy to attach Crinkle & Roar Lion to carriers or strollers for fun and learning on the go!

On-The-Moove Activity Bar

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On-The-Moove Activity Bar
Price $12.99
By VTECH
Age
0-36 mos.
Brain Child

On-The-Moove Activity Bar is yet another great educational plaything from VTECH that combines physical manipulative learning features with highly engaging audio and electronic features. 'Twist, rock, and spin me and my friends,' says the irresistibly cute black-and-white cow that hangs at the center of the activity bar. Those friends happen to be a baby chick and a ladybug, each of which, like the cow, has unique physical properties that invite kids to explore in different ways. Playful sound effects, giggles, songs, and a variety of gleeful utterances are among the ongoing responses and interactions that occur. A textured ring and triangle hanging from the chick and cow, and a baby-safe mirror attached to the ladybug add to the fun and learning. Stretchy straps with velcro fasteners make it quick and easy to attach to carriers, strollers, and more, putting a tactile-visual-audio learning extravaganza at your baby's fingertips at home or on the go.

BubbleBum Junkie In-Car Organizer

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BubbleBum Junkie In-Car Organizer
Price $39.99
By BubbleBum
Age
4+
Top Toy

This cleverly and carefully designed backseat organizer goes a long way toward making road trips, however short or long, peaceful and happy. The secret lies in putting fun, engaging things at kids' fingertips, and the makers of this attractive, durable organizer seem to have thought of everything in that regard. Installation is easy, with safety clips that allow the unit to be quickly secured in the center of the back seat by a seat belt. Two built-in cup holders keep drinks accessible and secure. A tech-viewing mount unfurls from the front to hold devices and tablets securely in place for shared viewing. Two retractable trays swing up and out so that kids have surfaces on which to snack or doodle. Buckles on either side unlatch easily when desired, allowing the internal storage compartment to expand to increased capacity with a gentle pull. Tucked inside is a removable tote with an insulated, zippered pocket that keeps drinks and treats cool.

Holiday and Everyday Songs

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Holiday and Everyday Songs
Price $14.95
By Hap-Pal Music
Age
5-10 yrs.
Top Toy

This uplifting sixteen-song musical collection celebrates holidays and occurrences great and small, days and moments that stand out in our individual or collective histories as being special. The album kicks off with 'We Have a Dream,' a soulful, gospel-tinged song with a resoundingly upbeat feel that celebrates Martin Luther King Day. It's a perfect convergence of sound and concept and representative of the way the artist so successfully tailors each arrangement to the mood of the holiday. The songs traverse a variety of styles (including Bluegrass, Dixieland, Rock & Roll, and others) that are as diverse as the holidays and occasions they honor. Each song has vocals, but instrumental versions (original track minus vocals) are included for most of the tracks so that kids can enjoy singing along solo once they know the lyrics. Holidays include Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, Halloween, Fourth of July, Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo, a Birthday Medley for family and friends, and several others.

ROLLERS A Game of Matching Die and Scoring High

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ROLLERS A Game of Matching Die and Scoring High
Price $19.95
By USAopoly
Age
8+
Top Toy

ROLLERS is an exceptionally fun, fast-moving dice game. The exciting balance of skill and luck plays well across a broad range of ages, making it a great game for the entire family. Highly appealing components - 6 custom dice, 5 game boards, 75 game board markers, 75 chips - seriously boost the fun factor. Each player gets up to 3 rolls per turn, aiming to fill in their game board by rolling sets of like-numbered dice (one 1, two 2s, three 3s, etc.). Rolling Wild Stars can give players a boost, while rolling the dreaded Zap cancels the roll. The skill lies in making good decisions as to which dice to save, which to reroll, and how to apply the dice on any given turn. Once any section of a game board is complete, that player can use certain rolled dice to collect chips from opponents. The player to fill their board first ends the round and earns two points for doing so, while the player with the most chips earns 1 point. The first player to total 5 points wins the game!

Factivity On-The-Go Science Exploration

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Factivity On-The-Go Science Exploration
Price $9.99
By Parragon Books
Age
5-8 yrs.
Brain Child

Factivity On-The-Go Science Exploration packs a whole lot of fun and learning into one highly portable educational activity set. Its compact, colorful packaging provides a sturdy, highly appealing carrying case for the 3 factivity books, 4 colored pencils, and 35 stickers contained within. The 3 books (Natural Science, Awesome Energy, and Cool Chemistry) contain dozens of entertaining and enlightening activities. Topics range from electricity, thermal energy, and life cycles, to key concepts such as Archimedes' use of displaced water to measure an object's volume. Drawn to the playfulness and quick challenges in these multi-part activities, kids happily doodle, ponder, explore, and learn for hours at a time. Parents are impressed by the breadth and substantiveness of the scientific material and the ease with which children absorb it in this playful, enlivening context.

Stratego Classic

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Stratego Classic
Price $27.49
By PlayMonster LLC
Age
8+
Top Toy

Stratego is one of the best-selling games of all time. That popularity stems from incredibly well-designed game play in which two armies are pitted against one another, each controlled by a single player. Each 30-piece army consists of 24 soldiers of varying ranks - Sergeant, Captain, etc. - as well as 5 bombs and a single flag. To either player, all pieces in their opponent's army look identical because rank only appears on the side facing the controlling player. That anonymity dissipates over time. Some identities are revealed and others inferred as attacks are made, pieces captured, bombs set off. The object is to capture the opposing army's flag. How players arrange their pieces at the outset is a key factor in whether they will win or lose. Forethought, boldness, a good memory, and deductive reasoning are some of the skills that come into play in this exciting and timeless game!

Inventor's Studio

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Inventor's Studio
Price $20.00
By Creativity For Kids
Age
8+
Top Toy

Inventors Studio does an outstanding job of guiding children through the wonderfully satisfying process of inventing something new. A 14-page Inventor's Guide takes kids through the stages of invention - Think It, Explore It, Sketch It, Create It, Try It, Tweak It, Sell It - while the 120+ materials included provid everything needed to execute those phases many times over. The kit and its contents are as appealing to the eye as they are well-designed and organized, factors that put smiles on children's faces the moment they open the box. A 3D Idea Starter (a 12-sided die kids assemble and roll during the brainstorming phase) kicks off the fun, while an Inventors Notebook functions as both log and sketchbook as kids explore, create, and innovate again and again. With its playfully engaging, easy-to-follow guide and abundance of colorful, versatile materials, Inventors Studio puts a wealth of creative possibilities at kids' fingertips!

Myland Car

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Myland Car
Price $40.00
By Kid O
Age
2+
Brain Child

In addition to being loads of fun, Myland Car is many things - educational toy, creative stimulus, audiovisual treat, technological wonder. Brilliantly simple (1 car, 2 figures, no buttons or switches), no instructions are necessary. Myland Car's intuitive functionality arouses in kids a great deal of curiosity and inquisitiveness as they play and explore. Some youngsters start by giving the car a push and watching it roll smoothly across the floor. Others immediately experiment with the figures, discovering that when color-matched to the proper seat, each triggers a lighting or sound effect. With both boy and girl in their matching seats, those effects vary based on play patterns. Kids become keenly aware of cause and effect and take much pleasure in exploring every possible play variation. Myland Car fosters imaginative play, logical and creative thinking, and motor skill development. Requires 3 AAA batteries.

Snack & Play Travel Tray 2.0

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Snack & Play Travel Tray 2.0
Price $24.99
By Star Kids Products
Age
18 mo.+
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Being on the go with young children in tow is a frequent occurrence for most parents, one that can, by turns, be challenging and satisfying. Snack & Play Travel Tray 2.0 affords kids a variety of ways to self-entertain, an important skill that can have positive and far-reaching implications at home and in school. Lightweight and highly portable, Snack & Play Travel Tray 2.0 provides a firm, electronic-safe magnetic dry erase surface for drawing, playing and eating. A padded rim encircles the edge, keeping snacks, toys, and writing utensils currently in use on the tray where they belong. Mesh storage pockets, each with a dedicated cupholder, provide plentiful storage for treats and play items. Adjustable, easy-to-use straps make buckling the tray in place a simple matter, whether in the car, stroller, or airplane seat. With Snack & Play Travel Tray 2.0, kids can doodle and draw, do homework, play with magnets, and engage in a multitude of satisfying creative activities anytime, anywhere.

Care for Me Learning Carrier

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Care for Me Learning Carrier
Price $24.99
By VTech
Age
9-36 mos.
Brain Child

Children quickly become attached to the plush puppy that comes with Care for Me Learning Carrier, a factor that helps draw them deeply into the set's diverse play and learning experiences. The carrier, an adorably decked-out, lunchbox-sized puppy home kids use to carry their pet everywhere, is an electronic play center loaded with highly engaging learning activities. Each of the manipulables built into the carrier - a roller, peek-a-boo slider, puppy button, ABC beads - elicits an audio response (60+ songs, melodies, sounds, and phrases in all), a factor that induces a great deal of motor skill activity. Four light-up buttons introduce colors, numbers, letters, shapes, and objects. The open-and-close carrier door teaches opposites, while a mode selector switch makes alternating between Learning Mode and the pretend play-based Pet Care Mode a snap. Includes 4 pet care accessories (ball, bottle, bowl, and comb) that fit nicely, along with the puppy, inside the carrier. Requires 2 AAA batteries.

Sort & Discover Activity Cube

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Sort & Discover Activity Cube
Price $29.99
By VTech
Age
29.99
Brain Child

Sort & Discover Activity Cube is a unique, interactive learning toy with an abundance of activities built into five of its sides. It's a remarkable blend of electronic features and colorful physical elements that get babies' hands and minds going non-stop. The cube's manipulative features get pressed, spun, rolled and flipped. 4 differently shaped sorter blocks get put through matching openings in the side of the cube. Electronic elements built into two of the cube's sides produce lights and audio that respond interactively to babies' actions, teaching them colors, numbers, shapes, and more. Spinning a dial on top of the cube produces enlightening audio and sound effects relating to a variety of animals. Turning the built-in book pages causes nursery rhymes to play. And there's plenty more - light-up piano keys, familiar melodies, playful sound effects, and a multitude of physical activities through which young ones develop language, sensory awareness, motor skills, and hand-eye coordination. Requires 2 AA batteries.

Go! Go! Smart Animals Happy Paws Playland

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Go! Go! Smart Animals Happy Paws Playland
Price $44.99
By VTech
Age
1-5 yrs.
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The centerpiece of this delightful, multifaceted play set is an impressively detailed tri-level Pet House with built-in elevator, secret trap door, balcony, slides, a swinging hammock, a turning telescope, and more. Built into the Pet House are eight different Smart Point locations to which the included Go! Go! Smart Animals cat figure (Chloe the carefree cat) responds with a variety of songs, melodies, sounds and phrases. Even on her own, Chloe is quite entertaining. Pressing the light-up button on her head or rolling her along a surface elicits musical responses, spoken phrases and enlightening comments (C is for cat, I'm orange!, . . .) that kids soak up like sponges. Putting Chloe in the elevator and moving it up or down triggers playful interactions from her at each floor. Three light-up buttons at the top of the elevator introduce colors and time concepts, while the numerous components children manipulate during play (gears, hammock, flip-up board, trap door, . . .) help build fine motor skills.

Learn With Me Pig E Bank

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Learn With Me Pig E Bank
Price $24.99
By The Learning Journey International
Age
2+
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This interactive piggy bank is an effective and highly entertaining way for children to learn their numbers and colors. Flip the switch on, and children are greeted with a cheerful introduction before being called to take action by a highly enthusiastic voice: 'Let's learn about numbers and colors. Please insert a coin!' 10 plastic coins are included with the set, each of which bears a different color and number. By pressing Pig E Bank's nose, kids can toggle between two different play modes. In Let's Learn! mode, Pig E Bank identifies each coin's color or number as soon as it is deposited through the slot. In Find It! mode, Pig E Bank asks children to insert a coin with a specific color or number. When the correct coin is inserted, he offers praise (Great job!). If the wrong coin is inserted, he cheerfully invites them to try again. A small twist-off door at the rear of Pig E Bank makes retrieving deposited coins quick and easy, and a variety of fun phrases and sound effects that sound out throughout play keep the fun rolling along at a brisk, engaging pace. Uses 2 AA batteries.

Stitch And Sketch D.I.Y. Cover Sketchbook

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Stitch And Sketch D.I.Y. Cover Sketchbook
Price $6.95
By International Arrivals
Age
6+
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Children take great pride and pleasure in putting their creative powers to use personalizing this unique sketchbook inside and out. The sketchbook's cover comes with 136 pre-punched holes that act as the foundation through which the included colored embroidery thread can be stitched. Detailed instructions include patterns for letters of the alphabet, 32 sample designs and 4 blank templates with which to create your own patterns. A brightly colored first page shows through the cover, providing a striking backdrop for the stitches. Inside the sketchbook are 42 two-sided sheets of acid free blank paper (5-inches X 8-inches each), an ample, multi-faceted canvas on which kids draw, doodle, sketch and write for hours on end. In addition to the notebook and instructions, the set comes with 9 yards of colored embroidery thread and a plastic needle, everything kids need to embark on a spontaneous and creative journey that can last a lifetime. Available in 4 different color options - purple, turquoise, green, or pink, each sold separately.

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Treasure Mountain Train Adventure

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Go! Go! Smart Wheels Treasure Mountain Train Adventure
Price $54.99
By VTech
Age
1-5 yrs.
Top Toy

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Treasure Mountain Train Adventure provides a variety of creative play experiences young ones just can't seem to get enough of. This seamless blend of physical play and interactive electronic features inspires kids to extended bouts of fun and learning that keep imaginations running full throttle. The playset is over 4-1/2 feet wide and includes a motorized freight train that traverses the tracks, passing through tunnels and up hills under its own power. Distributed throughout the playset are 9 SmartPoint locations to which the train responds with fun phrases, music and more. Three shape-sorter blocks can be inserted through openings in the gold mine where they roll downhill or can be tapped with the plastic hammer through the top of the mine shaft. Pressing the freight train's light-up button causes sing-along songs to play and teaches the letter 'F' along with the name of the vehicle. Kids' creativity and imagination are further fueled by the playset's multiple track configurations and interconnectivity with other Go! Go! Smart Wheels and Go! Go! Smart Animals playsets with tracks (sold separately).

Crayola Air Marker Sprayer

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Crayola Air Marker Sprayer
Price $29.99
By Crayola
Age
8+
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The excitement kids display from the moment they see Crayola Air Marker Sprayer in action hints at the many hours of deeply satisfying creative fun to come. The sprayer functions like a real artist's airbrush but uses Crayola markers to fuel the colors. The result is authentic-looking airbrush art without the mess of paint. Crayola Air Marker Sprayer gets great results and could not be easier to use. Just plug it in, slip a Crayola broad line marker into the nozzle and press the sprayer handle trigger. The spray is directed downward in a surprisingly controlled fashion, allowing children to create very precise artworks, particularly when using stencils. Repeatedly spraying over an area alters the shading, and since changing out a marker takes only seconds to do, there is every reason to bring plenty of color variety to the table. The set includes one compact easy-to-use sprayer unit, 5 washable markers, 2 stencil sheets, a transformer, and super-easy instructions.

My First Crayola Mess-Free Sand Scribbler

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My First Crayola Mess-Free Sand Scribbler
Price $29.99
By Crayola
Age
24 mo.+
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This is great creative fun for toddlers and up, a portable, self-contained unit that lets young ones draw in the sand without ever touching it. The mess-free Sand Scribbler Board has a surface window through which the white sand inside is seen. Pressing the unit's light button illuminates the interior, either one color selection at a time or by launching a light show that automatically cycles through all 12 colors. The fun really takes off when kids use the magnetic easy-grip stylus (shaped and sized for little hands) tethered to the surface to drag a specially designed button through the sand, creating drawings, doodles, letters, or numbers. A quick shake or tilt of the unit smoothes the sand, readying it for the next creative endeavor. Perfectly portable fun for at home or on-the-go! Requires 3 AA batteries.

Robotic Run

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Robotic Run
Price $25.90
By Amazing Toys Limited
Age
8+
Brain Child

It's a toss-up as to which is more fun, building this sporty-looking vehicle or watching it roll down the road powered only by the sun. Fortunately, children get to do both and have an exciting learning experience in the process. Assembling the set's 34 pieces is easy and involves, among other things, connecting a series of wires to 8 spring terminals embedded in the car's surface. A solar panel that rides atop a plastic rod several inches above the vehicle can be pivoted so as to directly face the sun, ensuring optimum power. A switch knob setting determines whether the car will be move forward or backward. For operating the car on cloudy days, the kit also includes a hand-cranked generator. Kids learn principles of solar power generation systems, basic electrical generators and DC generators.

Grabolo

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Grabolo
Price $11.99
By PlayMonster
Age
6+
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Grabolo is party and family fun at its finest, a fast portable game that takes about 2 seconds to learn and in which everyone is in on the fun from start to finish. After laying out all 36 Grabolo cards face up (each of which bears a number and color), the action is immediately kicked into gear by rolling a pair of dice, one for color, one for number. The first player to spot a card bearing that combination of color and number and place a hand over it gets to keep the card. It all happens in the blink of an eye, with the most successful players perpetually alert and at the ready. If a card bearing the color-number combination that was rolled is no longer on the table, another facet of Grabolo comes into play. That card's absence means another player already has possession of it, and the first player to correctly guess or remember that player's name gets the card. An incorrect guess means forfeiting a card. The first player to collect an agreed upon number of cards wins. Includes 36 cards, 1 number die, 1 color die.

Janod Zigolos Trolley with Blocks Pull Along Toy

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Janod Zigolos Trolley with Blocks Pull Along Toy
Price $34.99
By Alex Brands
Age
1+
Brain Child

This extremely well-crafted wooden pull along toy comes bearing a bonanza of colors and shapes. In doing so, it nurtures numerous developing skills in young children: walking, stacking, sorting, counting, color and shape recognition, problem-solving, dexterity and coordination. Curiosity and fun are the driving forces, as children become instantly enamored of the multitude of varying shapes and colors - green trees made up of triangles, a bright yellow sun, polka-dotted mushrooms, cloud-like pieces and other curvilinear shapes that can be stacked and fitted together to create other common shapes. In the midst of all this resides a happy-go-lucky wooden bear! The pull along consists of a 7-inch square wooden wagon into which all these colorful shapes come perfectly organized and nestled. Trolley with Blocks Pull Along Toy uses beechwood and chinese cherry wood, as well as water-based paint.

ALEX Spa Fab Foil Nail Roller

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ALEX Spa Fab Foil Nail Roller
Price $20.00
By Alex Brands
Age
8+
Top Toy

Putting bright, sparkly colors on your fingernails is deliciously fun and simple with ALEX Spa Fab Foil Nail Roller. Just apply some double-sided stickers (which come in various shapes and sizes) to your nails, choose a foil strip whose razzle-dazzle strikes your fancy in the moment, and roll on the color! It's easy on, easy off, so there's every reason to experiment with different colors, shiny two-tone effects, even a different color combination for every nail. When you've got the look you like, brush on a topcoat of clear nail polish to protect your handiwork. Includes nail roller, 30 foil strips, clear nail polish 0.17oz. (5ml.), 2 sheets of adhesive double sided nail stickers 5.5in. x 6.5in. (14.5cm. x 16.5cm.), storage pouch and easy instructions. Recommended for children 8 years of age and older.

Janod Gas Station

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Janod Gas Station
Price $79.99
By Alex Brands
Age
3-8 yrs.
Top Toy

That Janod Gas Station is something special is evident from the unbridled excitement and enthusiasm kids have for it. Wooden play sets of this caliber and quality are rare, and this one stands out both for its craftsmanship and size. Each part seems to have been meticulously designed for maximum play value. Together, they form a sprawling, 3-level gas station garage with interconnecting ramps. Four 4-wheeled vehicles (highly engaging playthings in and of themselves) roll from level to level or can be transported via the hand-cranked elevator. The Car Wash includes a washing station with rollers for the vehicles to pass through. The gas pump has a wooden nozzle attached by rope that plugs into an opening in its side when not in use. 3 wooden play characters and a sheet of stickers further bring the set to life. These and many other of the set's fine details serve to inspire children to great heights of imaginative play.

Cat Jr. Operator Combo Hauler

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Cat Jr. Operator Combo Hauler
Price $24.99
By Toy State International Ltd.
Age
3+
Brain Child

This 4 in 1 construction toy is great fun for children as young as age 3 and nurtures the development of a variety of skills in the process. During the building portion of play, kids have the option of replicating one of several vehicle designs (Combo Hauler, Service Truck, Cement Mixer or Recycle Truck) or coming up with their own, factors that stimulate creative problem solving and logical thinking. The interchangeability of the parts makes this possible, as does the ease with which the vehicles can be assembled and taken apart. The primary tool used in securing the parts is a plastic screwdriver with an easy-grip handle that's sized just right for small hands and stimulates fine motor skill development. The vehicles themselves (and the included pose-able mini-figure) inspire hours of imaginative play as kids push, whoosh, and roll them around the room. Set includes 15 pieces in sturdy, reusable carrying case with handle.

Matribus

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Matribus
Price $36.78
By OH' Games ApS
Age
9+
Brain Child

Children find Matribus to be highly engaging fun, in part because game play is easy to grasp but filled with what can be fairly intricate decision-making. The math involved is simple (addition constantly comes into play), but the logic and choices are surprisingly rich. The goal is to get 3 in a row on the game board (a 6 X 6 grid of numbered spaces) either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. The first player to do so 3 times in the same game wins. Players take turns rolling a die. Each move consists of either A) placing a colored piece on a space whose number matches the die, or B) placing a number token that matches the die next to any row as a means of reserving the ability to add that number to a later roll. When the latter occurs, the choice of which row to put a number token next to is vital since its later use will be restricted to that row. Games move at a hearty pace, and the excellent balance of skill and luck (those rolls of the die can be game-changers) make Matribus a game kids enjoy playing again and again. For 2 players.

PlushCraft Patch Studio

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PlushCraft Patch Studio
Price $19.99
By The Orb Factory
Age
6+
Top Toy

PlushCraft Patch Studio contains everything children need to make 6 different colorful patches with which to adorn clothes, notebooks and other personal belongings. The set's special workpad and step-by-step illustrated instructions make it so easy to do. Just choose a patch sticker (cat, dog, butterfly, panda, . . .), place it on the workpad, and use the plastic stylus to punch fabric pieces into the patch. A numbered legend shows which of the 9 different colors of fabric goes where. A shape sticker is then applied as backing, after which a few finishing touches with the set's roller seals it all firmly together. A colorful patch is born, ready to be worn! The plush patches not only look fabulous and feel soft to the touch, they're capable of withstanding plenty of wear and tear as kids move through their day showing off these charming, playful creations. Includes workpad, 2 styluses, 6 patch stickers, 6 shape stickers, jewels, roller, and over 1,000 fabric pieces.

Nikko VelociTrax

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Nikko VelociTrax
Price $39.99
By Toy State International Ltd.
Age
8+
Top Toy

'Wow!' is the first thing most children (and more than a few adults) say when they lay eyes on Nikko VelociTrax, and that's before they've even seen it in action. That powerful impression stems, in part, from this radio-controlled vehicle's sleek, futuristic appearance and design. Dual motors and tank-like treads make dazzling maneuvers near effortless - dizzying 360-degree spins, swift swerves and turns, quick reversals, sudden starts and stops, and the ability to traverse a wide variety of rugged terrains. Ultra-maneuverability and full-function remote controls (with a range of up to 40 meters/131 ft) make fun and adventure the norm as kids gleefully put Nikko VelociTrax through its paces and then some. Includes 7.2V Ni-Mh rechargeable battery with 1 hour wall outlet quick charger.

E-I-E-I-GO!

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E-I-E-I-GO!
Price $19.95
By MindWare
Age
4+
Top Toy

E-I-E-I-GO! is a joyous, fast-moving game that keeps youngsters' eyes, hands and minds moving at all times. Exceptionally playful components evoke smiles all around, and gameplay is simple enough to be grasped in under a minute - a recipe for instant fun if ever there was one! A shake of the silo determines which animal all players need to match, and the race is on. All players roll their dice, keeping the ones that match the desired animal, rerolling those that don't. The first player to match all three of his/her dice and make that animal's sound collects a barnyard token and wins the round! The first player to accumulate four barnyard tokens wins the game. E-I-E-I-GO! helps kids develop fine motor skills, visual perception and counting, while play variations found in the instructions add sorting, classifying and language skills to the mix. Includes silo-shaped die shaker, barn cutout, 13 animal dice, 4 dice cups, 18 barnyard animal tokens, 20 token stands and 4 award ribbons. For 2 to 4 players.

Barnyard Battle

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Barnyard Battle
Price $11.95
By KidRealm
Age
5-12 yrs.
Top Toy

This joyously playful version of the classic card game WAR brings an entire barnyard to the table - chickens, pigs, goats, cows, donkeys and more! Each Barnyard Battle card bears a humorous, kid-friendly illustration with a quirky animal name (Disco the chicken, a cow named HowNow, . . .) and a cleverly worded special ability. The series of quick, satisfying head-to-head battles in which both players flip a card, roll a die and do a little bit of math continues in an entertaining ebb and flow of one-upmanship until one or the other player's cards have all been put to pasture. The simple rules and nonstop action make Barnyard Battle great fun for younger players in particular, while the ever fickle blend of skill and luck keeps the outcome uncertain until the final card is played! Includes 24 Barnyard Battle Cards, two different colored dice (one for each player), and easy to follow instructions.

DMXSLOTS Starter Kit - Next generation slot car racing

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DMXSLOTS Starter Kit - Next generation slot car racing
Price $129.99
By Wing Dynasty Ltd.
Age
8 - 80
Top Toy

DMXSLOTS Starter Kit provides kids and adults with everything they need to experience massive fun: 2 handheld controllers, 28 straight and curved pieces of track, and 2 sporty-looking cars with groundbreaking features that elevate slot car racing to exhilarating heights of enjoyment and skill. A patented rotating mechanism beneath each car gives DMXSLOTS car racers the revolutionary ability to switch lanes at any point on the track. Being able to pass, intercept and block competitors at any time makes for an incredibly exciting racing experience and opens the door to highly skilled tactical maneuvers. The handheld controllers allow racers to smoothly and efficiently shift through 5 speeds, including a booster level that launches the car into top speed for bursts of up to 30 seconds. The unbridled speed, finesse, and excitement unleashed by DMXSLOTS Starter Kit make winning and losing secondary to the all-out fun enjoyed by everyone involved. Requires 2 AAA batteries for each car and each controller.

Bundle Blanket

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Bundle Blanket
Price $69.99
By Next Generation Distributors Inc.
Age
0+
Top Toy

The Bundle Blanket is a soft travel blanket and play mat for use both indoors or outdoors, at home or on-the-go. Its robust size (51in X 51in) fits a broad range of ages, yet rolls up quickly and compactly, with an adjustable shoulder strap for easy carrying when out and about. It has two distinct, equally attractive layers - a padded, water resistant backing on which rests an ultra-soft fleece blanket that is securely connected to the backing with velcro. Together, they form a cushy, cozy environment that is equally comfortable for playtime or naptime. The blanket easily detaches for use as a comfy blanket by older children and adults. The Bundle Blanket is washer- and dryer-safe, making cleaning a snap and is available in two playful patterns, Grey Elephant or Brown Monkey.

Tulio Dream Lights

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Tulio Dream Lights
Price $36.99
By Next Generation Distributors Inc.
Age
0+
Top Toy

The vividness with which this remote controlled LED nightlight conjures colors is almost startling. So beautiful is the effect that adults and children tend to be equally enthralled. Tulio Dream Lights comes in 10 different designs (rocket ship, unicorn, heart, . . . ), each of which consists of a clear shape with frosted embellishments held upright in a white oval base, a stylish appearance that fits well with any decor. The small, lightweight remote contains 12 color selections. Watching the changes that occur in the nightlight with each successive press of a button is something of a revelation, so rich and varied are the resultant colors - deep purples, celestial blues, riveting reds. The function keys incorporate useful features such as a Sleep mode that fades to low light, a white light setting for reading, a timer that causes the light to power off after 15 minutes, and a setting that causes the nightlight to cycle through all the colors of the rainbow.

Escape E.V.I.L.

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Escape E.V.I.L.
Price $35.00
By Kitki
Age
8+
Top Toy

Escape E.V.I.L. is a richly imagined board game through which children develop a healthy curiosity about, and familiarity with, the wonders of chemistry. Players assume the role of scientists invited by Earth Vision Industrial Labs (E.V.I.L.) to help end world hunger. Upon learning that E.V.I.L.'s true intent is to rule the world, scientists/players find themselves imprisoned in the lab. Their only shot at freedom is to collect chemicals necessary to perform a distracting magic trick (the warden loves magic!) and escape via an underground fire escape. Moving on rolls of the die, players steal money from guards and buy (or reserve) chemicals needed to work their magic. A variety of colorful, high quality components (Pawns, Die, Magic Tricks, Chemical Cards, Color Markers, Steal Cards, Change Cards, Action Cards, and more) keep the exciting twists and turns flowing until one savvy player escapes the lab and wins!

Q-bitz Jr.

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Q-bitz Jr.
Price $19.95
By MindWare
Age
3-8 yrs.
Brain Child

Q-bitz Jr. is an exceedingly enjoyable game that plays well across a range of ages and keeps players deeply focused and engaged. It's fast-moving fun in which everyone is in on the action from start to finish. In addition to its considerable entertainment value, Q-bitz Jr. is a marvelous educational tool. Players utilize and develop a host of skills that include enhanced spatial reasoning, pattern matching, problem solving, visualization, and more. Gameplay is remarkably easy to learn. Each player receives a tray and a set of 4 same-color cubes. Someone turns a card from the Q-bitz Jr. deck face up, and players race to recreate the pattern on the card, rotating and positioning their cubes as necessary to do so. A second round of play includes dice-like rolling of the cubes, with players using those dice that match parts of the pattern and rerolling the rest until someone achieves the complete pattern. The winner of each round collects the card, and the player with the most cards after three 2-round sets wins. For 2 to 4 players!

Bounce in Space

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Bounce in Space
Price $38.90
By Amazing Toys Limited
Age
6+
Brain Child

This wonderful 210+ piece construction and science experiment set brings fun and learning to the fore while laying an awesome groundwork for the development of STEM skills. Elaborate chain reactions can be set up and executed in which kids use hands and minds to build structures ideal for exploring and demonstrating potential energy, kinetic energy and other scientific principles. Prominent among these is an amusement park-like construction through which marbles careen, roll and bounce. The instruction manual includes several cool experiments that explore fundamentals of electricity, use of an electric motor, cams & cranks, a mini-trampoline, and the inclined plane, all of which come into play in the creation and functionality of the mini-amusement park. Each hands-on experiment includes a write-up that explains, in easy-to-understand terms, the science behind the physical interactions taking place.

Mr. Game! - The Chaotic Party Game

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Mr. Game! - The Chaotic Party Game
Price $35.00
By Game Revenant
Age
12 +
Top Toy

Those who prefer predictable games would be well-advised to stay away from Mr. Game!, a highly entertaining board game whose twists and turns are a recipe for head-spinning fun! The basic premise is simple: players take turns rolling the dice, moving their pieces, trying to get to the goal space first. But what if the goal had other plans, like moving throughout the game, or all the spaces on the board were subject to change? Welcome to Mr. Game! Each time a player lands on a space marked with '!', a card must be drawn from a deck that contains cards clever, funny, and varied enough to keep the action constantly evolving. Other twists include a deck of tiles that act as movable spaces and robust play variations that catapult the replay value through the roof. Add to that the fact that one player per game holds the power to add rules at will, and you're in for some highly engaging social fun! Includes Game Board, 104 Cards, 18 Tiles, 8 Player Pieces and Player Cards, 2 Special Dice and Goal Markers, Instructions, and more!

PicassoTiles PT49 Kid's 49-Key Flexible Roll-Up Educational Electronic Digital Music Piano Keyboard

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PicassoTiles PT49 Kid's 49-Key Flexible Roll-Up Educational Electronic Digital Music Piano Keyboard
Price $49.99
By PicassoTiles
Age
1+
Brain Child

The PT49 is a digital keyboard so light and compact that a child can easily carry it anywhere it needs to go. The space it takes up when stored is next to nothing, the entire unit rolled snugly into a cylinder roughly 5 inches tall and 4 inches in diameter. When unfurled, its keys are surprisingly 3-dimensional, making the PT49 an excellent practice instrument on which children can build both the muscle memory and ear-training so essential to a young musician's development. There are eight different playing tones to choose from - Acoustic Grand Piano, Orchestral Harp, Church Organ, Tubular Bell, Electric Guitar (Jazz), Violin, String Ensemble 1, and Acoustic Guitar (Steel). Children can plug in headphones to practice quietly or use the PT49's built-in speaker (or an external one) to perform for others. Six different demo songs nicely display the keyboard's capabilities, while the unit's record feature gives kids the power to lay down their own musical performances for later playback.

Sure Shot HD digital console

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Sure Shot HD digital console
Price $79.99
By Super Happy Fun Fun
Age
12+
Top Toy

Sure Shot HD digital console brings high-definition arcade style gameplay to flat screen TVs, enabling players to enjoy their favorite arcade games in the comfort and privacy of home. The console connects to the TV with a single HDMI cable (included). The wireless gun controller has an instant response trigger, rapid reload pump action, and a pistol or rifle convertible stock. Whether playing solo or head-to-head (additional gun controllers sold separately), exciting 3D graphics spring across the screen in 1080p resolution. Upon setup, the popular, adventure-filled Big Buck Hunter Pro is immediately available to play. The action is first-rate, laced with humor, bonus rounds, and serious demands on players' hand-eye coordination. Players who set up Sure Shot accounts (free to do) gain access to features such as live leaderboards, participation in tournaments with players from around the world and additional games and services available from the Sure Shot Shop.

Doodles Canine Coloring Fun

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Doodles Canine Coloring Fun
Price $6.99
By Doodles Ave, LLC
Age
5-7 yrs
Brain Child

Doodles Canine Coloring Fun is more than just an excellent coloring book. What sets it apart are the compelling fun facts that accompany each of the 34 full-page coloring activities and several great educational activities that appear towards the end of the book. Each illustration displays a particular breed (Basset Hound, Dalmatian, Poodle, . . .) and is accompanied by an entertaining fun fact. Those wide-ranging facts and the wildly differing features of the dogs drive home just how diverse are the traits and histories of these beloved creatures. In addition to the mental and physical benefits to be had from coloring, Doodles Canine Coloring Fun offers up a number of excellent dog-themed educational activities including word search, word scramble, crossword puzzle, writing, drawing, and more, several of which build on and reinforce knowledge kids will have picked up earlier in the book.

Singin' Along and Adventure Songs

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Singin' Along and Adventure Songs
Price $12.97
By Mary Lambert Productions
Age
0+
Top Toy

There is a whole lot of fun to be had listening to this captivating collection of music for the entire family. Liveliness and humor are chief among the array of winning ingredients that get kids and parents up on their feet, dancing and singing. Familiar favorites and equally engaging original material (written by Mary Lambert) reveal an unusually high level of musicianship as the band moves fluidly through genres that include blues, rock & roll, swing, and some absolutely electrifying bluegrass. There is a freshness to the arrangements and performances that makes even classic family songs sound new. 'I've Been Working on the Railroad,' with its dramatic train-chug opening, gorgeous vocal harmonies and alternating tempos is a particularly standout arrangement. There is over 50 minutes of music in all, 16 adventure-filled songs that amply demonstrate Mary and the band's ability to put ear-to-ear grins on listener's faces.

SAM's Curious Cars

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SAM's Curious Cars
Price $199.00
By SAM Labs
Age
6+
Brain Child

SAM's Curious Cars is a fun, exciting and innovative set with which kids create, customize and program a variety of vehicles and pilot them wirelessly using a handheld controller. The controller itself gets modified from build to build using the set's core components: six wireless SAM blocks that include two DC motors for making things spin and rotate, a button for turning things on and off, a slider for steering or changing speed, a light that can flash, dim or cycle through colors, and a tilt sensor for reversing direction or boosting speed. The blocks are paired and connected to one another via free SAM apps that can be downloaded and used on either iPhone/iPad, Android devices or a desktop computer. Kids get to explore logic gates and custom code to make their vehicles do surprising things! The set also includes 16 other diverse and uniquely creative projects in the aptly named Book of Crazy Cool Ideas, with many more available online.

Magnetic Mix or Match Junior

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Magnetic Mix or Match Junior
Price $29.99
By Popular Playthings
Age
2+
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The fun kids immerse themselves in with Magnetic Mix or Match Junior is three-fold: visually creative fun, imagination-fueled pretend play, and rewarding physical activities. Each vehicle consists of two parts, a front and back held together by a hidden magnetic locking system. The shape and contours of every front snaps perfectly into place with any back, leading to exotic-looking combinations that look as if they've leapt off the screen at an animated movie. Each vehicle is also a character, with expressive eyes and brows that spur plenty of role play action during both solo and group fun. And each vehicle, regardless of the parts combined, has multiple wheels that allow it to travel smoothly across any surface, promoting the sort of hands-on play that has entertained generations. Kids push, pull and roll them along while supplying their own wacky sounds and silly voices. Includes 1 Fighter Jet, 1 Race Car, 1 Tug Boat, 1 Bullet Train.

Little Cosmetics Pretend Makeup Essential Set

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Little Cosmetics Pretend Makeup Essential Set
Price $21.99
By Little Cosmetics
Age
3-6 yrs.
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Parents are as enthusiastic about Pretend Makeup Essential Set as their daughters, though for somewhat different reasons. While the set's makeup and applicators look very much like the real thing, not one drop of liquid nor speck of powder makes its way onto skin, clothing or furniture. Kids love the way the authentic look and feel inspires countless imaginative scenarios in which they get to act and feel grown up. Parents greatly appreciate the complete absence of mess or need for cleanup: no goop, no spills, no washing or scrubbing. The set's components function strictly as props, and very good ones at that. The textured 'powders' feel real to the touch, and the lip gloss even has a roller ball applicator. Includes Powder Compact with Shatterproof Mirror, Sweet Pink Blush, Fuchsia Raspberry Lip Gloss, Lavender Shimmer Glitter Pot, Spring Flowers Eye Shadow, Makeup Brush Set and a Spring Flowers Cosmetic Bag in which to store it all.

Dexster

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Dexster
Price $119.00
By Ezyroller LLC
Age
6-14 yrs.
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Dexster is a fun new way for kids to get around on wheels, an exciting and innovative design that combines elements of scootering and skateboarding. Its extra wide deck gives riders the flexibility to place feet side by side or wherever best suits their body alignment and skill set, a real asset given the distance a Dexster can cover with a single push off the pavement. That whisper-smooth, long distance roll is a product of high performance bearings and wide, 5-inch diameter wheels that give the rider enhanced stability. The shock treated foam deck and unique handlebar grips (it feels great to squeeze them) bring an unusually high level of comfort to the riding experience. The reinforced steel frame is quite durable and, visually, the Dexster is one sharp-looking ride, a great way for kids to get around with speed and style while enjoying every second of the journey! Available in medium for ages 6-10 and large for ages 10-14.

Mirari Juballees

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Mirari Juballees
Price $14.99
By PlayMonster LLC
Age
6 mo.+
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To observe the expressions of wonder on babies' faces as they explore and discover the captivating properties of Juballees is a delight in and of itself. With a gentle pull, any of these three colorful balls separates easily into two halves. The halves and balls click and hold together in various ways as if by magic, leading to unusual, gravity-defying stacking and rolling combinations. Their mix and match-ability generates new color combinations, fun sounds and unusual stacking possibilities, leading to a great deal of exploration and experimentation: kiddie scientists enjoying every moment while flexing their fine motor skills and achieving new levels of hand/eye coordination. When shaken, the balls emit a pleasing rattle sound, with each of the six halves giving off a slightly different pitch from that of the others. With so many different ways to play, Juballees brings an unusually high level of entertainment and discovery into young ones' lives.

Ezyroller Pro

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Ezyroller Pro
Price $129.00
By Ezyroller LLC
Age
10+
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The first time one sees an Ezyroller Pro in motion tends to be a jaw-dropping experience, heads turning to follow this remarkable machine swiftly and smoothly snaking its way along, rider on board. The real question begging to be asked is, 'how is that even possible?' For there is no motor, and though the Ezyroller is powered by feet and legs, there are no pedals, no gears, no pushing off the ground. Instead, this awesome feat of engineering allows the rider, seated incredibly low and with legs more or less parallel to the ground, to propel him- or herself forward by pushing with alternate feet against a metal bar. It works like a charm, and the fun factor is through the roof. Steering and turning are equally intuitive (just press harder with one foot than the other), and a hand-brake near the hip brings things to a halt as needed. The size-adjustable Ezyroller Pro is for ages 10 to adult.

Ezyroller Mini

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Ezyroller Mini
Price $79.00
By Ezyroller LLC
Age
2-5 yrs.
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The Ezyroller Mini lets children as young as age two enjoy a remarkable riding experience, powered by their own two legs. The Ezyroller's low-to-the-ground, three-wheeled design makes for an incredibly stable ride, a factor that lends kids comfort and confidence as they gleefully get around. The method of propulsion - feet alternately pushing against opposite sides of a metal bar - is so intuitive that youngsters take to it like fish to water. There are no balance issues, no pedals or gears to get snagged in, just get on and go! The Ezyroller's distinctive, serpentine motion and the ease with which kids steer and navigate invariably puts huge smiles on the faces of riders and observers alike. An extension bar allows Ezyroller's length to be adjusted to fit the child's body. A wondrous way for children to get active and be mobile! For riders 2 to 5 years of age.

Lights & Lullabies Travel Mobile

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Lights & Lullabies Travel Mobile
Price $24.99
By VTech
Age
Birth+
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This enchanting 4-in-1 mobile attaches to cribs, play yards, strollers and infant carriers in the blink of an eye, providing entertainment and comfort to little ones at home and on the go! Turn it on, and three soft, colorful stars dangle and spin, each with a cute animal emblazoned on its underside for maximum visibility. Soothing music plays, mingled with the peaceful sounds of nature. Pressing the light-up button changes the selection from one lovely children's tune to the next, a total of 40 instrumental melodies and 3 sung songs from which to choose. A built-in night light provides another source of contentment. A timer enables parents to set music and sounds to play for either 10, 20 or 30 minutes before the unit powers down automatically. When in use in a crib or play yard, the unit's sound sensor detects babies' cries and powers up again, responding with calming music and soothing sounds exactly when they're needed most! Requires 3 AA batteries.

Spooner Freestyle Balance Board

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Spooner Freestyle Balance Board
Price $44.95
By Spooner Inc.
Age
3 - 14 yrs.
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Spooner Freestyle Balance Board serves up a limitless array of fun physical activities ranging from rocking and balancing acts to dazzling tricks that give the rider the feel of surfing, skateboarding, or snowboarding - anytime, anywhere. The 22.5 inch X 11.25 inch board works on all surfaces, indoors and outdoors, and has a weight limit of 500 lbs. The board's centered spoon shape enables just about anyone to quickly gain mastery of balancing, rocking, twisting, walking, and spinning action. Griptape on its surface padded with small foam discs makes for non-slip comfortable fun, with or without shoes. The board's high quality construction comes with a lifetime guarantee and instructions that include a variety of impressive tricks and tips to get the action off to a rollicking start. Spooner Freestyle Balance Board is an excellent way for kids to develop gross motor skills, balance and coordination while having the time of their lives! Made in the USA.