Gifts for infants, toddlers and preschoolers
Looking for Christmas or Hanaukkah gifts for the little ones in your life? What toys are best for infants, toddlers and preschoolers?
"The best toys are the ones that kids will play with and love," said Laurie Schacht, co-publisher of "The Toy Insider." "They will teach, and sometimes those toys use 'stealth teaching,' in other words, kids are having so much fun playing they don't realize they're learning."
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Pajama Dance Party Cabbage Patch Kids(Credit: Wicked Cool Toys)
Boogie down baby and get into the groove with the first ever Dancing Cabbage Patch Kid. These talented dolls are ready for adoption from BabyLand General Hospital. Simply squeeze their hand to hear everyone’s favorite dance song “I Feel Good” and watch them dance; $37.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1OlENvG; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1M9Wo43.
Rotisserie and Grill Barbecue Set(Credit: Melissa and Doug)
The Rotisserie and Grill Barbecue Set from Melissa & Doug comes with 24 pieces, including a rotisserie chicken that spins on a skewer and vegetables for grilling kabobs as well as a kid-friendly wooden basting brush, spatula and tongs. For ages 3 and older; $49.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1XdjspL; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1LXLBZF
Cozy Comforts Kitchen(Credit: American Plastic Toys)
American Plastic Toys Cozy Comforts Kitchen features the latest in realistic kitchen design, including a single-cup coffee machine. Recommended for kids ages 3 and older. Suggested retail price: $74.99; More information: http://bit.ly/1RQbaRw; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1ZOIQEj
'Inside Out' Plush line(Credit: TOMY)
The Inside Out Plush line from TOMY comes out in conjunction with the Disney Pixar animated movie of the same name, featuring the five emotions personified in the film -- Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust; $9.99 each; More information: http://bit.ly/1LXLPjF; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1QIYPO9
All Paws on Deck/lt(Credit: Paw Patrol)
This "Paw Patrol"-themed play set called All Paws on Deck from Paw Patrol features crawl-through openings, peek-through windows and 20 balls; suggested retail price $39.99. Available at walmart.com, toysrus.com and amazon.com. More information: http://bit.ly/1hRg97J; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1GRjMko
Switch-A-Rooz(Credit: Wild Republic)
Switch-A-Rooz from Wild Republic lets kids switch between two stuffed animals; 24 Switch-A-Rooz offer 48 animal choices; $14.99; More information: http://bit.ly/1W0TSqA; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1GdfEk9
Worry Eaters(Credit: The Haywire Group)
Worry Eaters from The Haywire Group are plush dolls with a zipper pocket mouth. Kids write down their stress of the day and feed it to their doll, and as the child sleeps, mom and dad can read the worry and be ready to talk about it with kids; $15.99 small, $22.99; More information: http://bit.ly/1RiJFzc; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1MxzYtd
Care Bears Sing-a-Longs(Credit: Just Play)
The Care Bears Sing-a-Longs from Just Play interact with each other and can talk, sing and dance to three different songs. Recommended for ages 3 and older. Kids can choose from Cheer, Grumpy, Funshine and Share Bear; suggested retail price: $29.99 each; More information: http://bit.ly/1knk6mt; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1XivOwK
Frozen Castle Light-Up Karaoke Machine(Credit: Toys R Us)
Kids will have a blast singing along to their favorite tunes by syncing the karaoke machine up to an iPad, iPhone, iPod or other tablet. It comes with one microphone, flashing lights and two songs from the movie ("Let it Go" and "Do You Want to Build a Snowman"); $99.99 at toysrus.com.
Equilibrius Stacking Game(Credit: Lilliputiens)
The Equilibrius Stacking Game from Lilliputiens lets kids ages 3 and older sculpt crazy creatures from the critter cards; $17.99 at habausa.com.
LeapPad Platinum with Imagicard(Credit: LeapFrog)
This Wi-Fi-enabled tablet features a high-resolution, shatter-safe touch screen with more than 1,000 games available. With Imagicard (sold separately), kids use a camera on the tablet to capture cards for magical learning games that comes to life on the screen; $129.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1vD4rDO; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1PWl2Ku.
Minions Interactive Action Figures(Credit: Thinkway Toys)
Minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob (sold separately) include sayings from the "Minions" movie and make funny sound effects as they interact with their accessories. Each figure has articulated arms and a soft skin upper body, for kids ages 4 and older; $39.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1ilL9Nn; Find the best prices: http://bit.ly/1NaBrtW.
VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway(Credit: VTech)
This ultimate play set features interchangeable tracks, eight mechanical features, nine SmartPoint locations, a steering-wheel-shaped remote control, music, sounds and more; $60.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1zP1Llq; Find the best prices: http://bit.ly/1PWlpoo.
Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space(Credit: Fisher-Price)
The interactive light bar responds to baby's touch with music, lights, and songs. Grows with baby and teaches colors, numbers, the alphabet and cause and effect for ages 6 months and older, while keeping baby busy with ball ramps, a spinner and more; $59.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1cQ6AzH; Find the best prices: http://bit.ly/1WkG2KG.
Disney Frozen Sing-A-Long Elsa(Credit: Jakks Pacific)
Girls ages 3 and older can pass the included microphone back and forth between themselves and Elsa to sing the full-length song "Let It Go" together. Elsa's necklace and dress light up, and she says more than 15 phrases in both English and Spanish; $39.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1XBks79; Find the best prices: http://bit.ly/1LZEMYq.
Tomy Toddler Toys Jumbo Jamboree(Credit: Tomy)
When pushed along, this one-man-band plays five instruments at the same time. Each body part can be removed and played separately, including the saxophone nose, jingle bell ears, a drum, a harmonica and a xylophone, for kids ages 1 and older; $32.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1P00VvG; Find the best prices: http://bit.ly/1M3ehou.
Play All Day Elmo(Credit: PlaySkool)
This lovable monster features more than 150 responses and eight games and activities. Tickle Elmo's belly, hold his hand, give him a kiss or clap his hands together. Features two play settings for toddlers and preschoolers, for ages 18 months and older; $59.99. More information: http://hasb.ro/1MkpihO; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1NpMNpF
Paw Patrol Paw Patroller(Credit: Spin Master)
The ultimate Paw Patrol play set features enough room to hold up to three vehicles and displays up to six when open. There's a working elevator to lift the vehicles, a functional Ryder's Command Center, a launching pad for Skye and her chopper and more; $59.99. Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1RM6yM3
Fisher-Price Smart Toy Bear(Credit: Fisher-Price)
The Smart Toy Bear adapts to developmental changes while remembering your child's name, favorite colors, foods and more. The toy suggests adventures that they should go on together, along with stories and games; $99.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1PQfhfa; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/20KSzvS
Journey Girls 2015 Italy Holiday Doll - Giovanna(Credit: Toys R Us)
A Toys R Us exclusive, the Journey Girls 2015 Italy Holiday Giovanna Doll wears a long red ball gown, drop earrings, a furry shrug, a clutch wristlet, a bracelet, gloves and shows; $49.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1GuSORl
Bright Moves Dance & Move BeatBo(Credit: Fisher-Price)
Fisher-Price Bright Moves Dance & Move BeatBo features a multi-color LED grid belly and introduces little ones to the alphabet, colors, counting and more. BeatBo also dances to the music, shakes his hips and nods his head; $39.99. More information: http://hasb.ro/1HqLavl; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1MJwCTy
Fisher-Price Little People Big Animal Zoo(Credit: Fisher-Price)
Little ones can explore the zoo with the big elephant featuring music and sounds, a monkey that rocks back and forth on the teeter-totter tree top and more. Use the tools to clean, measure and weigh. The playset comes with Mia, the Zookeeper, the elephant, classic scale monkey figure, two food pieces and a fence connector; $39.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1HqMkqE; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/20KTrR7
Paw Patrol - Mission Chase(Credit: Spin Master)
Mission Chase comes to life with his spring-loaded backpack that includes a real launching net and a working flashlight. He says more than 130 phrases, he sings and moves his head to the "Pup Pup Boogie" song and more; $69.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1OzCXYd; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1GVGjCn
Barbie Dreamhouse(Credit: Mattel)
Children ages 3 and older can dream up all kinds of stories with three floors, seven rooms, 70-plus accessories as well as a working elevator. You'll also find interactive furniture with lights, sounds and/or motion, for example, the fish swim and you hear bubble sounds in the aquarium; $199.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1kGsHQR; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1OCxGPR
Thomas Shipwreck Rails Playset(Credit: Fisher-Price)
Inspired by the Thomas & Friends movie "Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure," this playset comes with a full track layout with a pirate ship, motorized Thomas train with cargo car and a treasure cargo piece; $59.99. More information: http://bit.ly/20MLiMb; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1OES1Ur
Jakks Max Tow Truck(Credit: Jakks Pacific)
One of the most powerful toy trucks, Max Tow Truck can pull and push up to 200 pounds and climb over just about anything. He also includes 50-plus phrases and sound effects; $59.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1LaBos5; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1GXbmxA
VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway(Credit: VTech)
This ultimate playset features interchangeable tracks, eight mechanical features, nine SmartPoint locations, a steering wheel-shaped remote control, music, sounds and more; $60.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1NhHxci; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1WMZGED
FurReal Friends Star Lily, My Magical Unicorn(Credit: Hasbro)
The FurReal Friends unicorn features lifelike movements, has a horn that lights up in different colors and can spread and flutter her wings; $119.99. More information: http://hasb.ro/1KlJ5jn; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1MoaLSi
Disney Frozen Elsa's Ice Palace(Credit: Mattel)
With this playset, inspired by Disney's "Frozen," little ones can enjoy a magical light show, turn snow to stairs, send an icicle chandelier spiraling downward and make the castle grow. It comes with a throne, mirror and a vanity; $129.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1HIrxK3; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1M7puTP
The Pet Vet Checkup Center comes with an electronic stethoscope, kid-powered EKG, otoscope, play thermometer, brush, bandage sticker dispenser and more. Use the play x-rays to activate lights and sounds, weigh animals on the scale and give them a bath with a pretend water sprayer; $159.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1iURQGv; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1HA0hT4
Adoptimals(Credit: Wicked Cool Toys)
Adoptimals from Wicked Cool Toys are the Cabbage Patch Kids' newest best friends. The nine-inch furry animals for kids ages 3 and older include pet sounds, phrases and a heart locket that lights up. Each pet includes a bowl and brush as well as the Oath of Adoption; $19.99. Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1ROM854
Thomas & Friends Track PlayTape(Credit: InRoad Toys)
Thomas & Friends Track PlayTape lets kids create a track on any flat surface, and is easy to tear, place and reposition and is easily peeled up. It's designed to simulate real train track and is decorated with colorful Thomas & Friends artwork; $14.99 for 50-by-2-inch roll at InRoad Toys. More information: http://bit.ly/1W45bhN
Moto Line(Credit: Candylab Toys)
The Moto Line from Candylab Toys for ages 3 and older offers classic wooden cars; $29.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1lkz6lk
Take Care of Me Lambie(Credit: Just Play)
Doc McStuffins' best pal is the new patient. Take Care of Me Lambie from Just Play is an interactive plush animal that talks and sings as her eyes, ears, mouth and body move along to show how she's feeling, with more than 50 interactive responses. The doll, for kids ages 3 and older, also comes with doctor's tools such as a thermometer, sticker bandages and more; $49.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1SjUy4c; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1NLJ5ey
Magnetic Game Fairy Garden(Credit: Haba)
The Magnetic Game Fairy Garden from Haba is a two-sided, 28-inch-by-40-inch fairy tale scene for the refrigerator. Kids place 64 magnetic pieces to create their own ever-changing story; $48.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1NEZNfA; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1M6TWNY
Lego Duplo Sofia the First Royal Castle(Credit: Lego)
Chuggington StackTrack High Speed Rescue Motorized Playset(Credit: TOMY)
The Chuggington StackTrack High Speed Rescue Motorized Playset from TOMY features an engine-powered turntable and a motorized Wilson engine that climbs steep and races fast, for children ages 3 and older; $39.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1ROwlmO; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1iUyFwn
Color 'N Create Inkoos(Credit: The Bridge Direct)
Kids ages 4 and older can design the two-sided surface of their favorite characters with the Color 'N Create Inkoos from The Bridge Direct. New characters this year include Elsa, Anna and Olaf from Disney's "Frozen," Minions Bob and Stuart from "Despicable Me," Ariel, Rapunzel and more; $19.33. More information: http://bit.ly/1ROxrir; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1GX57tO
Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors Color Shock Slinger(Credit: Hasbro)
With the Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors Color Shock Slinger from Hasbro, kids ages 5 and older will be able to fire web fluid when they pull on the glove and attach the gauntlet. Run out of Spidey Shot? No worries, the set comes with a special water canister that kids can load with water to soak the bad guys; $24.99. More information: http://hasb.ro/1kN6CQI; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1SjgFrI
Little Live Pets(Credit: Moose Toys)
Little Live Pets from Moose Toys are owl families that talk to each other. They come in pink, blue or white; $19.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1kpuGtp; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1Nrt3lG
Groovy Girls Style Scents(Credit: Manhattan Toy Co.)
Groovy Girls Style Scents from Manhattan Toy Co. are dolls and sidekicks that come with a signature scent. Choose Mia & Taffy, Lilly & Parfait, or Sadie & Shortcake; $25. More information: http://bit.ly/1kNblC1; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1NrtyMB
Stay Asleep Buddies(Credit: Cloud b)
The cuddly new Stay Asleep Buddies from Cloud b helps kids ages 12 months and older understand when it's time to stay in bed and when it's OK to wake up. The interactive plush Hedgehog plays gentle melodies and glowing reminders at bedtime and playtime. Parents can set the timer for desired wake-up time and a motion sensor reactivates a lullaby and lights to remind babies it's still bedtime; $30.95. More information: http://bit.ly/1gSpFqE; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1WNfnvz
Thomas and Friends Turbo Flip Thomas(Credit: Thomas and Friends)
Thomas and Friends Turbo Flip Thomas - Kids ages 3 and older can simply press a button forward and Thomas is off. He features new tricks and exciting phrases - he can spin in reverse, pop a wheelie and do a back-flip; $50. More information: http://bit.ly/1M7LopX; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1HAxhe1
Imaginext Ultra T-Rex(Credit: Fisher-Price)
Little dino lovers will be able to bring the Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex to life. Kids ages 3 and older turn on the Power Pad behind his tail and he will start walking. He also has LED lights in his eyes and comes with realistic sound effects. The T-Rex comes with three Imaginext figures with helmets and accessories, four boulders and four projectiles; $99.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1kpXpOM; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1ML4Fe1
The interactive Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair from Fisher-Price features new technology that updates content automatically as your baby grows. The seat features a light-up remote, a flip book, a lift-up cushion and more; ages 1 and older; $34.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1OzCXYd; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1MHgbHq
Gabby(Credit: Spin Master)
Gabby from Spin Master features touch sensor glasses that function as her eyes and can interact with her chocolate cupcake, eye shadow palette and her puppy, Sprinkles; ages 4 and older; $79.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1kGsHQR; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1iOfW5E
Jurassic World Chomping Dino Head Hand Puppet(Credit: Hasbro)
Kids ages 4 and older can pretend they are a Tyrannosaurus Rex with the Jurassic World Chomping Dino Head Hand Puppet from Hasbro. Simply slip it on and chomp down on other Jurassic World figures and vehicles. Pair with the Velociraptor claws (sold separately); $14.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1NEZNfA; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1iOh752