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Gifts for infants, toddlers and preschoolers

Looking for Christmas or Hanukkah 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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Think & Learn Rocktopus

Rocktopus from Fisher-Price teaches kids about different instruments,
Photo Credit: Fisher-Price

Rocktopus from Fisher-Price teaches kids about different instruments, rhythmic patterns and more. The set features 15 instruments so kids can create songs and remixes by changing tempo and adding in fun sound effects. For ages 3 and older. Price: $59.99 at fisher-price.mattel.com.

Power Action Pikachu

Pikachu lights up, speaks, has sound effects and
Photo Credit: Wicked Cool Toys

Pikachu lights up, speaks, has sound effects and a light-up tail. Kids can play with this Pokémon character by squeezing its hands to light up or hear him speak. The more he is played with, the more varied his responses become. For ages 4 and older. Price: $29.99 at wickedcooltoys.com.

Power Wheels Jurassic World Dino Racer

Go on a dino adventure with Blue the
Photo Credit: Mattel

Go on a dino adventure with Blue the raptor. Blaze over hard surfaces and grass at up to six miles per hour. Open and close Blue’s mouth manually for some fierce chomping action. A parent-controlled option is included. For ages 36 months and older. Price: $279.99 at amazon.com.

Magic Touch Piano

Baby Einstein and Hape's Magic Touch Piano is
Photo Credit: Baby Einstein

Baby Einstein and Hape's Magic Touch Piano is a wooden piano where there are no buttons or keys. With two modes of play, tots can make their own music or play along with classic melodies. Three sheets of music are included with notes matched to the colored "keys," which promotes color recognition and coordination. The volume can be adjusted for quiet play or full-concert mode. For ages 1 and older. Price: $24.99 at  kidsii.com

Fancy Nancy Interactive Doll

This interactive doll from Jakks Pacific, based on
Photo Credit: Jakks Pacific

This interactive doll from Jakks Pacific, based on the popular children's book "Fancy Nancy," comes with a light-up butterfly bracelet for kids to wear to hear Nancy say 38 phrases or sing songs. Her bodice lights up in six different colors: Blue, yellow, orange, green, pink and purple. For ages 3 and older. Price: $49.99 at  jakks.com.

'Incredibles 2', Jack-Jack Attacks

Jack-Jack Attacks from Jakks Pacific is an interactive
Photo Credit: Jakks Pacific

Jack-Jack Attacks from Jakks Pacific is an interactive doll representing the baby in Disney's "Incredibles 2," which opens in theaters this year. Press on his tummy and he'll laugh, giggle, babble, cry and make electric sparks sounds. Continue to press on his belly to cycle through his powers: He turns red to show his fiery flames, flashes yellow and creates spark sounds to show off his electric sparks and his eyes glow blue when his laser eyes kick in. The doll also comes with a raccoon. For ages 4 and older. Price: $39.99 at jakks.com.

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Mickey Magical Wonderland

The little drivers can ride the Ferris wheel,
Photo Credit: VTech

The little drivers can ride the Ferris wheel, slide down the ramp, spin the gears and open the peek-a-boo windows. There are five SmartPoint locations where kids can listen to Mickey Mouse say fun phrases. For ages 1 and older. Price: $49.99 at vtechkids.com.

Little Tikes Shop 'n Learn Smart Checkout

Featuring an interactive electronic conveyor belt and scanner,

Featuring an interactive electronic conveyor belt and scanner, this checkout playset reads groceries like those at a supermarket. The set can be used with or without a free app. It comes with a cash register, scanner, aisle light and more than 35 scannable foods and accessories. For ages 2 and older. $169.99 at littletikes.com.

Rideamals Scout Interactive Pony

This Walmart exclusive pony named Scout is just
Photo Credit: Kid Trax Toys

This Walmart exclusive pony named Scout is just like having the real thing with its motorized eyes, ears, head and wheels. Programmed with more than 100 sounds and movements, kids can listen to Scout munch on his food, watch him perform a special dance and more. Kids may hop on Scout for a musical trot (3.5 miles per hour) or gallop (4 miles per hour). It also comes with a grooming brush, carrot, apple and saddlebag. For ages 3 and older. Price: $398 at walmart.com.

Sesame Street Let's Dance Elmo

Elmo encourages kids to dance and sing along
Photo Credit: Hasbro

Elmo encourages kids to dance and sing along to three musical modes (colors, animals and music remix) that are activated by Elmo's headphones. Elmo's heart lights up to the beat and he swings his arms, tilts his head and shakes his hips. His headphones double as a handle. For ages 18 months and older. Price: $ 39.99 shop.hasbro.com.

Star Wars Yoda Electronic Mask

Now you're the wise master with this Yoda
Photo Credit: Hasbro

Now you're the wise master with this Yoda electronic mask. Put it on, open your mouth and activate the classic Yoda sounds and ear wiggle. For ages 4 and older. $34.99 at hasbrotoyshop.com.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Epic Sewer Lair Playset

This big playset stands 43 inches tall and
Photo Credit: Playmates Toys

This big playset stands 43 inches tall and features four levels and seven rooms. Kids can check out Splinter's Dojo, Raphael's weight training room, Michaelangelo's arcade, hidden projectile launchers, rotating skateboard ramp, collapsing balcony and more. Action figures are sold separately. For ages 4 and older. Price: $119.99 at playmatestoys.com.

Farm to Table Play Kitchen

KidKraft's Farm to Table Play Kitchen features a
Photo Credit: KidKraft

KidKraft's Farm to Table Play Kitchen features a window box with planted carrots and purple onions that can be pulled, a stovetop with light and sounds, a large farmhouse sink with lights and running water sounds, a refrigerator with a working ice maker, storage crates, hanging hooks and a large chalkboard to feature daily specials. The set has EZ Kraft Assembly. For ages 3 and older. Price: $199.99 at kidkraft.com.

Ryan’s World Giant Mystery Egg

Reveal a lights and sounds vehicle, rare figures,
Photo Credit: Bonker's Toys

Reveal a lights and sounds vehicle, rare figures, special putty, a limited edition plush and more. No two Ryan's World Giant Mystery Eggs are the same. For ages 3 and older. $34.99 at  bonkerstoys.com

Scruff-a-Luvs

The Scruff-a-Luvs from Moose Toys are a mystery
Photo Credit: Moose Toys

The Scruff-a-Luvs from Moose Toys are a mystery at first. Each comes as a matted ball of fur, only showing its eyes. To reveal your rescue animal (dog, cat or bunny), simply wash it in water, towel dry, blast drying it with a hair dryer and brushing and styling its fur. Each plush comes with a collar, name tag, adoption certificate, brush and hair clips. For ages 4 and older. Price: $19.99 at moosetoys.com.

Safari Learning Station

The Safari Learning Station
Photo Credit: LeapFrog

The Safari Learning Station" from LeapFrog grows with children while keeping them entertained through interactive learning. The three-in-one arch adjusts from floor play to standing height. Three different modes allow Giraffe, Lion and Zebra to introduce the ABCs and 123s while playing safari-themed tunes. The light-up piano lets tiny tots discover shapes and colors. Kids are extra engaged when they spin Elephant's bead spinner, twist Chameleon's tail and drop the balls through Monkey's tail to practice motor skills and learn about colors. For ages 6 months and older. Price: $49.99 at leapfrog.com.

Mr. Banks Armored Truck Machine

This vehicle helps kids track and save money.
Photo Credit: Jakks Pacific

This vehicle helps kids track and save money. Coins are counted and visibly sorted into the side of the truck. The truck's motorized mouth eats bills and keeps them safe. Use the keypad to track bill deposits and withdrawals, and use the LCD screen to count coins. For ages 3 and older. $39.99 at  jakks.com

Furreal Shaggy Shawn Pet

Furreal Shaggy Shawn Pet is a Yorkie that
Photo Credit: Hasbro

Furreal Shaggy Shawn Pet is a Yorkie that can be groomed using the included pretend buzzer. Pat the top of his head to hear real puppy sounds or move his legs to create the perfect cuddling position. For ages 4 and older. Price: $24.99 at shop.hasbro.com.

Fancy French Phone

The Fancy French Phone by Jakks Pacific has
Photo Credit: Jakks Pacific

The Fancy French Phone by Jakks Pacific has telephone sounds, light-up effects and more than nine fancy phrases from Nancy herself. For ages 3 and older. $14.99 at  jakks.com.

Flip and Riff Keytar

The Flip and Riff Keytar from Baby Einstein
Photo Credit: Baby Einstein

The Flip and Riff Keytar from Baby Einstein combines a piano and guitar so kids don't have to choose. Tap the piano keys or simply flip the handle up to strum the guitar. There are six instrument sounds, more than 30 different melodies and an acoustic or electric guitar option. For ages 1 and older. Price: $19.99 at kidsii.com.

Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby

Kids can practice important potty skills with Baby
Photo Credit: Hasbro

Kids can practice important potty skills with Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby. When the baby is thirsty, fill her bottle with water and let her sip. When she needs to go, sit her on the potty, hold her hands and watch her sing and do a potty dance. Then, wash her hands and put a sticker on her reward chart to show her progress. Additional to the toilet, bottle, and reward chart, the doll comes with an outfit, a soap dispenser, underwear, a comb and says silly phrases. She will only go to the bathroom on the toilet, so there are no messes. For ages 3 and older. Price: $48.82 at amazon.com.

Calico Critter Town, Grand Department Store

The Grand Department Store is the focal point
Photo Credit: Epoch

The Grand Department Store is the focal point of the Calico Critters' new series. The design allows kids to alter the layout by repositioning various features such as the terrace, balconies, windows and awnings. Kids can let their critters into the store through the revolving tower doors, then explore different levels using the elevator. The set also comes with a Stella Hopscotch Rabbit figure. For ages 6 and older. Price: $129.95 calicocritters.com.

Vampirina Rock N' Jam Touring Van

Just like in the show, kids can
Photo Credit: Just Play

Just like in the show, kids can go on tour with Vampirina and The Ghoul Girls band with the Rock N' Jam Touring Van from Just Play. The van transforms into a stage with music, rock and roll sounds, lights, signature phrases and more. The driver's seat becomes a couch, the bunk beds flip up to reveal speakers and the spiral stairs are piano keys. The set comes with Vampirina, Poppy and many accessories. For ages 3 and older. Price: $39.99 at justplayproducts.com.

Playdate Rapunzel

Playdate Rapunzel from Jakks Pacific comes with her
Photo Credit: Jakks Pacific

Playdate Rapunzel from Jakks Pacific comes with her signature purple dress, shoes, a brush and a tiara. Her head moves and her arms and legs bend as you play. For ages 3 and older. Price: $59.99 at jakks.com.

Furreal Ricky, the Trick Lovin' Pup

This playful pup is full of tricks. He
Photo Credit: Hasbro

This playful pup is full of tricks. He can flip his bone, shake his paws and look for food when hungry. Kids can reward Ricky with treats and a pat on the back. He comes with more than 100 sound and motion combinations, with sensors on his cheeks, nose, mouth, paw and back. Accessories include a bone, 18 treats and a treat pouch. For ages 4 and older. $129.99 at hasbrotoyshop.com.

Hairdorables

These new surprise dolls with unique hairstyles in
Photo Credit: Just Play

These new surprise dolls with unique hairstyles in bright colors are based on the 12 girls from the Hairdorables videos on YouTube. Each doll comes with 11 accessories. There are 36 Hairdorables dolls to collect in Series 1. For ages 3 and older. Price: $12.99 at hairdorables.com.

Pomsies Patches Plush

Pomsies are wearable pom-pom pets. They react when
Photo Credit: Just Play

Pomsies are wearable pom-pom pets. They react when you touch and play with them, with more than 50 different responses such as purring, eating and singing. A brush is included with each Pomsie to give them extra love and care. For ages 3 and older. Price: $14.99 at amazon.com.

Electric Light Blocks

Create a nightlight, skyscraper, glowing robot and more
Photo Credit: Uncommon Goods

Create a nightlight, skyscraper, glowing robot and more with this set of interlocking blocks that light up when connected to the base. It's compatible with other construction block systems of the same size, such as Lego Duplo blocks. Choose from 36 or 102 blocks. For ages 3 and older. $30 and up at uncommongoods.com.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn 3-in-1 Smart Car

Your baby is in the driver’'s seat of
Photo Credit: Mattel

Your baby is in the driver’'s seat of this Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Crawl Around Car. The car comes with more than 75 songs, tunes and phrases for interactive learning and features a grow-with-me design so little ones can stick with the car as they learn to sit, crawl and walk. The entertainment lasts with the interactive lights and sounds, windshield wiper, horn, built-in ramp and the shapes and colors sorting door. For ages 6 months and older. Price: $59.99 at  fisher-price.com

The Incredibles 2 Family 5-Pack Junior Supers Action Figures

This five pack of the Incredible Junior Supers
Photo Credit: Disney

This five pack of the Incredible Junior Supers Figures comes with Elastigirl, Mr. Incredible, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack. The figures are for use with  =Incredibles 2 Junior Hydroliner Playset (sold separately). For ages 3 and older. Prices start at $27 on amazon.com.

Little Live Pets Rollie My Kissing Puppy

Rollie is always excited to see you. He
Photo Credit: Moose Toys

Rollie is always excited to see you. He kisses and cuddles like a real puppy, wags his tail and closes his eyes to sleep. He comes with more than 25 cute sounds and actions and an adoption certificate. For ages 5 and older. Price: $54.99 at  littlelivepets.com

Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck playset

Marshall's Rescue Fire Truck set from Spin Master
Photo Credit: Spin Master

Marshall's Rescue Fire Truck set from Spin Master comes equipped with flashing lights and sounds, extendible ladder and a cart that's stored inside. For ages 3 and older. Price: $59.99 shop.spinmaster.com.

Feed Me Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster is hungry. Feed him his cookie
Photo Credit: Hasbro

Cookie Monster is hungry. Feed him his cookie and listen for silly phrases and his signature song. Squeeze his belly to hear it rumble or to hear him speak. For ages 18 months and older. $29.99 at shop.hasbro.com.  

Curiosity Table Activity Station

The Baby Einstein Curiosity Table Activity Station is
Photo Credit: Baby Einstein

The Baby Einstein Curiosity Table Activity Station is a two-sided table that combines art and science. One side is loaded with colorful gears and a circuit that turns on a lightbulb. The flip side offers a blank canvas for creativity. The table is adaptable to kids' needs, as its legs can be removed for seated play and the middle panel can be removed for an expanded play area. For ages 1 and older. Price: $69.99 at  kidsii.com

Design & Drill My First Workbench

Budding builders can hammer, nail and drill bolts
Photo Credit: Educational Insights

Budding builders can hammer, nail and drill bolts into this bench to create fun patterns and more. The set comes with a drawer to store the 120 colorful bolts and nails. For ages 3 and older. Price: $49.99 at educationalinsights.com.

Stem Jr. Wonder Lab

Kids can let their inner scientists shine with
Photo Credit: Little Tikes

Kids can let their inner scientists shine with the Stem Jr. Wonder Lab from Little Tikes. The lab comes with eight unique maze pieces, three maze balls, three test tubes, three stirring spoons, stirring stick, eyedropper and lab goggles. Also included are 20 STEM experiments that use common household ingredients and more than 40 sounds and phrases that bring the lab to life. For ages 3 and older. Price: $119.99 at  littletikes.com

Fingerlings Hugs

Fingerlings Hugs from WowWee have extra-long arms perfect
Photo Credit: WowWee

Fingerlings Hugs from WowWee have extra-long arms perfect for hugs and cuddling. Kids can also swing them, pet them and rock them to sleep. Give them a kiss and they'll kiss back. The recording feature allows kids to record their own voices then throw the toy in the air to hear a funny remix of what they said. For ages 5 and older. Price: $29.99 at fingerlings.com.

PJ Masks Super Moon Adventure Rocketship

PJ Masks Super Moon Rocketship from Just Play
Photo Credit: Just Play

PJ Masks Super Moon Rocketship from Just Play lets kids recreate adventures from the series using special light, sound and lever features. They can push a button to release the toy's legs and ramp, then launch the included gekko figure out on his space rover. The rocket ship cockpit holds up to three PJ Masks figures. For ages 3 and older. Price: $ 39.99 at  justplayproducts.com.

Minnie Mouse Sing & Spin Scooter

Go on a scooter trip with Minnie as
Photo Credit: Disney

Go on a scooter trip with Minnie as she sings to upbeat songs. Simply tap her pink bow and she will start singing a catchy song as you scoot her along with her sweet dog Snowpuff. For ages 3 and older. Price: $39.95 at  shopdisney.com

Melissa & Doug Examine & Treat Vet Play Pet Set

Become a veterinarian and take the included plush
Photo Credit: Melissa & Doug

Become a veterinarian and take the included plush dog and cat in for an appointment. The 24-piece set comes with a stethoscope, thermometer, ear scope, cast, "treatments," "ointments" and more. Easily move from check up to check up with the handy tote bag. For ages 36 months and older. Price: $29.99 at amazon.com.

PJ Masks Romeo's Lab Playset

With a light and sound panel, working crane,
Photo Credit: Just Play

With a light and sound panel, working crane, laser launcher and rolling lab charger, Romeo's Lab Playset from Just Play offers kids dual-level play. The set includes a Romeo figure, Romeo's robot figure, lab charger and three tools. It can also be transformed into a mobile lab by using the attached wheels for transport. For ages 3 and older. Price: $39.99 at  justplayproducts.com.

Fisher-Price Little People Take Turns Skyway

Kids share the tracks and learn to take
Photo Credit: Mattel

Kids share the tracks and learn to take turns with the Little People Take Turns Skyway Playset. The playset stands at over three feet and has three different tracks that feature a launcher, racing sounds and phrases, and play stops like a gas and repair station along the way. Two easy-to-grip Wheelies cars are included. For ages 18 months and older. Price: $39.99 at  fisher-price.mattel.com

Peppa Pig Fun Fair Playset

Ride the Ferris wheel, hop on the merry-go-round,
Photo Credit: Walmart/Jazwares

Ride the Ferris wheel, hop on the merry-go-round, make silly faces in the fun house mirror or visit the game booth with Peppa and George at Peppas Fun Fair. A Walmart exclusive for ages 2 and older. Price: $34.88 at walmart.com

Kingdom Builders Hex Castle

Hex Castle comes with more than 30 pieces
Photo Credit: Little Tikes

Hex Castle comes with more than 30 pieces so the cornerstone of Kingdom Builders can be rebuilt and rearranged. Use targets and action bolts to reveal different parts of the castle, such as a dungeon, working drawbridge, dropping balcony, hidden trapdoor and more. King Hex is included. For ages 3 and older. $69.99 at  littletikes.com

Explore and Write Activity Desk

Discover letters, numbers, music, colors and more with
Photo Credit: VTech

Discover letters, numbers, music, colors and more with the Explore and Write Activity Desk. The writing pad lights up and helps kids learn numbers, shapes and letters through tracing. The desk also transforms into an easel and chalkboard to let the imagination thrive. For ages 2 and older. Price: $54.97 at vtech.com.

Power Wheels Barbie Dream Camper Ride-On Vehicle

Hit the road for a camping adventure in
Photo Credit: Walmart

Hit the road for a camping adventure in this Walmart exclusive Power Wheels Barbie Dream Camper van. Barbie leads the way with her voice as you drive the car at up to 5 miles per hour. Upon arrival, open the back to reveal a play kitchen with a fold-out grill and sweet snacks inside. The vehicle can drive over hard surfaces and grass, and has a parent-contolled speed option. For ages 3 and older. Price: $398 at walmart.com.

CozyPhones

CozyPhones are lightweight, comfortable and washable headphones. They
Photo Credit: Wicked Cool Toys

CozyPhones are lightweight, comfortable and washable headphones. They feature thin speakers in the fleece headband for a comfortable fit for most head sizes. Built-in volume control and a cable are included. Styles include a unicorn, fox, frog and panda; $19.99 at cozyphones.com.

Playfoam Pals

Hidden inside this Playfoam pod are wild animal
Photo Credit: Educational Insights

Hidden inside this Playfoam pod are wild animal figures that can be taken apart and swapped with the other collectible critters. Series 1 features 12 animals; $7.99 at educationalinsights.com.

JoJo Siwa Singing Doll: "Kid in a Candy Store"

This new JoJo Siwa doll sings
Photo Credit: Just Play

This new JoJo Siwa doll sings "Kid in a Candy Store" and features an oversized pink bow, and poseable arms and legs. She also comes with a pink microphone and a hairbrush; $19.99 at justplayproducts.com.

Bright Lights Soccer Ball

This soft, bright soccer ball introduces opposites and
Photo Credit: Vtech

This soft, bright soccer ball introduces opposites and numbers, plays three songs and says playful phrases with a push of a button. Kids can kick, pass or shake the ball to activate the motion sensor to hear fun sounds; $14.99 at vtechkids.com.

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