Encourage your child's love of reading with a book club subscription from Bookroo. Recommended for kids ages 0 to 10, Bookroo delivers hand-picked books right to your door every month. Choose the appropriate club for your particular kid—board books, picture books, or chapter books—and get ready to explore a whole new world of children's literature.
Want to raise a math whiz? Start your baby on the path to counting with the Learning Journey Counting Cookie Jar. The adorable red cookie jar comes with 10 chocolate chip "cookies" and two different modes of play that introduce counting and numbers (plus it has a really funny little voice). A great choice for babies as young as six months, this cookie jar will keep them laughing and learning until about age 2.
For a 12-month
Building blocks are a great way to encourage small motor coordination, but classic wooden blocks can be heavy for little hands. Mega Blocks are made from colorful, lightweight plastic, and can be clicked together to build tall towers and other structures. This set includes 80 blocks—some with curved shapes—as well as a zippered bag for easy clean-up and storage.
For an 18-month
Little ones who love nothing more than a trip to the zoo will be thrilled with PlayMobil's new Zoo Set. Sized just right for toddlers, the brightly-colored set features monkeys who swing from trees, a penguin slide, and enclosures to keep the wild animals away from the human visitors. Expand the fun and purchase the Lion Enclosure, which can be connected to the zoo set for more wild-animal playtime.
The long winter months can be torture for kids who prefer life on the sports field. Keep your tiny sports fan entertained during snow days with an Indoor Bowling Set. The pins and ball are made out of rubber, so you won't have to suffer through the cacophony of crashing bowling pins, and it comes with a pin set-up template as well as a see-through plastic backpack so the game can easily be transported out to the lawn once the weather turns.
Learning to read and spell can be fun—especially if your child has a set of Alpha-Bots. With just a few twists and turns, the large plastic upper-case letters easily transform into action-figure robots. Ideal for children ages 3 to 5, the Alpha-Bots are a great way for kids to learn while they play.
If your kids have been begging for a pet but you're an overworked, exhausted parent who can't imagine taking care of yet another living being, get them a Juno My Baby Elephant. Kids can play games with Juno, feed her, and train her to do tricks;
she even responds to your child's touch and gives kisses. The more you interact with Juno, the more fun she becomes, and kids will love seeing her personality blossom—and will get a kick out of her little giggle.
Hatchimals have been all the rage for a few years now, but the new Wow version is sure to impress even the most jaded toy connoisseur. The new Hatchimal Wow can be hatched over and over and over again, and the giant furry "llacorn" grows to 32 inches tall. With over 250 interactive sounds and reactions, the Hatchimal Wow has become the star of our family dance parties.
Surprise toys may be all the rage this season, but If you want something that's more than a one-trick wonder, opt for a Rainbocorn Sequin Surprise. The adorable stuffed animals arrive in a giant plastic egg, and once they "hatch" you'll discover loads of surprises inside. The one my daughter got came with a cute unicorn headband, two ribbon hair clips, a charm bracelet, glitter, stickers, and three smaller eggs filled with mini unicorns. Plus the detachable heart can be clipped on to a backpack and has flippable sequins.
Pixie Belles are the ultimate take-along toy thanks to the magnetic power pods that enable kids to wear them on their clothing. Sure to be the in-demand tween accessory this Holiday season, Pixie Belles come with interchangeable wearable tails so that kids can use them as bracelets, hair bands, or keychains. The interactive creatures spin around, light-up, and even have a Pixie power dance mode so kids can break out their best moves anywhere they go.