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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Light 'n Go 3-in-1 Activity Walker(Credit: Little Tikes)
This 3-in-1 walker features projected lights to encourage little ones to take their first steps, more than 70 activities, songs and sounds. Best for ages 9 months to 36 months; $39.99.
Shopkins Tall Mall(Credit: Moose Toys)
This set features different play areas with level one for home and garden, level two is where Shopkins can hang out to eat and level three is where kids will find electronics. The Tall Mall folds down for easy on-the-go transport and features extra storage. It also comes with two Toys R Us exclusive Shopkins figures. Best for ages 5 and older; $34.99.
Dreamworks Animation Trolls Hug Time Poppy Doll(Credit: Hasbro)
Poppy includes music, phrases, lights and sounds. She comes with a comb, a tiara and a matching wearable Hug Time bracelet for kids, and when activated, both bracelets and Poppy's hair light up. Best for ages 4 and older; $29.99.
Doc McStuffins Hospital Care Cart(Credit: Just Play)
The Doc McStuffins Hospital Care Cart features a light-and-sound patient scanner, a talking EKG with a printout roller, a kid-powered blood pressure cuff and more. The cart plays "Welcome to the Hospital" and comes with patient Findo; $49.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2cucaP0.
Paw Patrol Zoomer Marshall(Credit: Spin Master)
Zoomer Marshall makes more than 150 real sounds from the hit TV show "Paw Patrol." Press his badge for 80 different interactive missions and tricks. His backpack also transforms into water cannon launchers and two motors in his front paws help him zoom to his next mission; $69.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2dbjySu.
My Life As A Food Truck(Credit: My Life As)
This Walmart exclusive includes more than 40 accessories, such as pretzels, hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, onion rings, soda bottles, ice cream scoops, cones and more. Your kid's doll (not included) can fit comfortably in the driver's seat and the kitchen area expands for additional play; $97.97. More information: http://bit.ly/2dh9RxC.
TMNT Half Shell Heroes Headquarters Playset(Credit: Playmates Toys)
This transforming playset unfolds to reveal new play areas. It features street level trap doors for kids to decide whether to send the Turtles to freedom or Shredder to jail. There are four levels of surprises and it contains two action figures, Raphael and Bebop; $49. More information: http://bit.ly/2cRJb6X.
Go! Go! Smart Wheels Treasure Mountain Train Adventure(Credit: VTech)
Kids can turn on the motorized freight train and watch as it chugs around the tracks, through the tunnels and up hills on its own. There are nine SmartPoint locations featuring fun phrases, music and more; $43.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2dhbMT4.
My Little Pony Explore Equestria Crystal Empire Castle(Credit: Hasbro)
This My Little Pony playset has rotating light-up features and reflects three cutie marks at the press of a heart-shaped button. It also includes two staircases, 16 accessories, two closets that spin and a swing for the Baby Flurry Heart figure. It also includes a Princess Cadance figure as well; $39.99. More information: http://hasb.ro/2cVaonu.
24V Disney Princess Carriage Ride-On(Credit: Dynacraft)
A Walmart exclusive, this pink ride-on carriage features Disney Princesses graphics, gold accents, working doors and ornate interior details. The coach is large enough for two children and includes a detachable "wear and share" tiara, heart-shaped steering wheel and luxurious curtains. There's also a magical light-up wand and enchanting fairy tale sounds; $398. More information: http://bit.ly/2ctAq4o.
Barbie Rainbow Cove Princess Castle Playset(Credit: Mattel)
The rainbow theme runs throughout the playset floors and brightly colored backdrops. At the top, sparkly clouds can hold a fairy doll (sold separately). There's also double doors are decorated with rainbow hues and cutout butterflies, a dining room on the first floor and a shell-shaped mermaid pool outside; $99.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2cZPp6F.
Fisher Price Little People Sit 'n Stand Skyway Playset(Credit: Fisher-Price)
Toddlers can take their Wheelies vehicles at the top and watch as the cars zip and zoom their way around the many spiral ramps to the bottom. The playset changes from a sit-at roadway to a stand-up Skyway. It includes two Little People Wheelies cars; $40 http://bit.ly/2cQXp9V.
Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar(Credit: Fisher-Price)
Kids can develop coding skills with the Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar by arranging the segments in many combinations to send the creature on his path (forward, left, right and more). You can configure the segments in such a way that the toy can reach targets throughout a room; $49.99 at fisher-price.com.
Go! Go! Smart Friends Enchanted Princess Palace(Credit: VTech)
VTech's Princess Palace features a ballroom, music room, kitchen, parlor and observation tower. There are five MagicPoint locations, phrases, lights and more. The MagicChat lets two characters chat and sing with each other (additional characters sold separately); $54.99 at vtechkids.com.
Disney Frozen Northern Lights Elsa(Credit: Jakks Pacific)
When kids wave their hand over the snowflake and hold it there, they can watch as the Northern Lights are restored and sparkle on Elsa's dress. The doll says 40 phrases and sings "Let It Go;" $39.99 at jakks.com.
Lion Guard Training Lair Playset(Credit: Just Play)
The popular Disney Jr. television show comes to life with The Lion Guard Training Lair Playset, which stands 3 feet tall and features lights, sounds and secret surprises. The set comes with two exclusive figures, a rock-climbing area, a bungee launcher, a race track, a telescoping lookout perch and more. There's also a working zip line, rock lift and boulder drop; $59.99 at justplayproducts.com.
Disney My Time Singing Elena of Avalor Doll(Credit: Hasbro)
Press Elena's gem necklace to hear her sing "My Time," a song featured in the hit TV show "Elena of Avalor" on the Disney Channel. The doll's arms allow her to hold the included guitar as she sings; $29.99 at hasbro.com.
Talk-to-Me Mikey(Credit: Playmates)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo recognizes a child's questions and responds in hundreds of unique ways in less than a second. Mikey features movement and position sensors, he signs songs and plays games with kids; $39.99 at playmatestoys.com.
Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy(Credit: Moose Toys)
This puppy moves, feels and responds just like a real pet. Kids can feed this no-mess puppy with his bottle and he'll fall asleep in their arms. Pat his head or rub his tummy and Snuggles will make puppy sounds; $54.99 at moosetoys.com.
Paw Patrol Jungle Playset(Credit: Spin Master)
This interactive playset transforms from a Monkey Temple into Jungle Headquarters. The set includes lights and sounds, trap doors, control panels, vines to slide down into the jungle explorer vehicle and an elevator that takes the pups up safely. The set includes the new pup Ryder; $49.99 at spinmaster.com.
Laugh & Learn Crawl-Around Learning Center(Credit: Fisher-Price)
This learning toy features three adjustable levels to grow with baby and four stations to explore, including a self-discovery mirror, jumbo rattle roller, fishbowl clicker and more. Babies will learn body parts, opposites, colors, shapes and ABCs. Parents can also leave a personalized message for their baby to hear; $49.99 at fisher-price.com.
PJ Masks Headquarters Playset(Credit: Just Play)
Based on the hit preschool superhero animated TV show, the PJ Masks Headquarters Playset features three character-themed levels and stands more than two feet tall. The PJ Picture Player allows kids to choose their mission while using the zip line, working elevator, hanging cat rings, trap door and pop-out hatch. Cat Boy figure and Cat Car are included; $69.99 at justplayproducts.com.
My Friend Pikachu(Credit: TOMY)
Hug the plush Pikachu to make its ears move, cheeks light up and activate cute sounds; $29.99 at tomy.com.
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