Editor’s Picks: Top Toys

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When it comes to shopping for the holidays ... we've rounded up the ones you'll want. Here are our favorite top toys of the year.

AGES 0 – 2

Pop Pop Piano

Mirari Pop! Pop! Piano
by Patch Products
$26.99 | patchproducts.com
Your toddler will love pressing the keys of this piano. Not only does it react with sound, a star pops up out of the tube from within the dome — watch to see where it lands. The dome is removable to allow the stars to bounce along the floor, too. Ages 12 months and older.

Play with Me Laptop

Play with Me Laptop
by B. Kids
$30 | bkidsfun.com
Your little tech baby will love learning with this cute laptop. The touch panel and track ball allows learning about shapes, colors, objects and letters while listening to melodies. There are 40 learning activities in all. Ages 6 – 36 months.

Busy Bop

Busy Bop
by Manhattan Toy Company
$18 | manhattantoy.com
Little ones can have fun exploring cause and effect with this delightful toy. Every time Baby bops the mouse’s head with the plastic mallet, the multi-colored animal-face tower rises higher. Ages 12 months and older.

Micro Mini Scooter

Micro Mini 3-in-1 Scooter
by Micro Kickboard
$114.99 | microkickboard.com
This durable scooter changes as your child grows! It starts out with an “O-bar” and toddler seat then evolves into a T-bar once your child’s old enough to balance sans seat. This smooth glide comes in a variety of colors, including pink, blue, purple, green, aqua and red. Ages 1 – 5 years.

Parum PumPum Drum

Parum Pum Pum Drum
by B. Toys
$34.95 | mybtoys.com
Little music makers can march to the beat of their own colorful drum with this parade-ready outfit including a drum with strap, centipede drumsticks, a jingle bell ant, bee maraca and clacker, a caterpillar tambourine and shaker egg. Ages 18 months – 3 years.

Stages chair

Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair
by Fisher-Price
$39.95 | fisher-price.com
This sturdy little chair is loaded with songs, phrases, sounds and activities. It’s surprisingly light-weight and offers your little one three levels of play. Ages 1 – 3 years.

Mozart Cube

Mozart Magic Cube
by Munchkin
$22.99 | munchkin.com
This colorful interactive toy lets little ones combine sounds to make pretty symphonies. Use the harp, French horn, piano, flute and violin sounds — what a wonderful way to introduce Baby to the wonders of music! Ages 1 and older.

Melissa and Doug pullback

Pull-Back Vehicles
by Melissa & Doug
$24.99 | melissaanddoug.com
Four soft pull-back cars come in this cute item from the popular Melissa & Doug line. Pull’em back on their wheels and watch’em zoom across the floor. The cars have washable fabric surfaces and removable wipe-clean wheels. Ages 9 months and older.

AGES 3 – 5

KidiZoom

Kidizoom Smartwatch
by VTech
$49.99 | vtechkids.com
Your on-the-go child will enjoy playing with this splash-proof watch that provides endless fun with learning games plus photo taking and video making! Connect the Smartwatch to a computer to download more games or upload your photos and videos. Ages 4 and older.

Zoomer DinoZooerZuppies

Zoomer Dino and Zoomer Zuppies
by Spin Master
$99.99 dino
$39.99 zuppies (each)
zoomerpup.com
Kids can share secrets, play interactive games and watch their Zuppies (Candy, Roxy, Scarlet and Spot) share their own secret tricks as they respond to your touch! The more you nurture, the more they share. They play fun, interactive music, have articulated legs and interactive LED eyes that light up bright as you play with them. Boys who love dinosaurs are sure to love the same engagement with Zoomer Dino as you get with the Zuppies. However, he can get angry, spin around, chomp and roar all while balancing on two wheels! Ages 5 and older.

Chatsters

Chatsters
by Spin Master
$79.99 | chatsters.com
Little girls will love this new digital friend, Gabby. She comes with six interactive accessories that unlock games and activities kids can play to their heart’s content. Gabby chats away with her eyes displaying different colors and images. She also says more than 300 unique words and phrases. There’s just so much going on with her. Ages 5 and older.

Battle Masters Captain America

Marvel Battle Masters Figures
by Hasbro
$14.99 each | hasbro.com
If you loved the Rock’em Sock’em game growing up, then introduce your kids to that style of play with the new Marvel Battle Masters. They are controlled nearly the same way and their heads pop up once they’re knocked, too! Available in Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor and more. Ages 5 and older.

LiteBrite

Lite-Brite Create With Light
by Basic Fun
$24.99 | basicfun.com
Since the late 1960s, Lite-Brite has dazzled kids, and the newest version comes with reusable templates and new peg shapes — dogs, fish, birds, the sun and more — plus four different light effects, including blinking. There are 200 pegs and six templates (you can also play old-school with black paper for freestyle creativity) and a removable storage tray to keep pegs in one place. Ages 4 and older.

sortingpie

Super Sorting Pie
by Learning Resources
$30 | learningresources.com
Children love play food, and this bright and cheery pie will inspire pretend play plus learning. Count and sort the assorted fruits while learning colors, too. Everything stores handily into the pie case — a lattice top pie crust fits on top to keep everything together and you’ve gotta love that! Ages 3 and older.

Kid Tape

PlayTape
by InRoad Toys
$8 – $13 | inroadtoys.com
Here’s a brilliant idea for young car lovers everywhere! The PlayTape lets you put down road in any room of the house so your little one can drive his cars around no matter where he is. It doesn’t leave adhesive behind, so picking up after play is easy. Ages 3 and older.

radioflyer

Radio Flyer Cyclone
by Radio Flyer
$60 | radioflyer.com
Childhood isn’t childhood without your first Radio Flyer! This sturdy wheel-it-yourself in shiny apple red will have your child active and mobile, zooming and spinning and working those arms! Kids can roll in reverse, too, and the 16” wheels provide a smooth ride for the solid steel frame. Let’s go! Ages 3 – 7.

AGES 6 & OLDER

newpen

3Doodler
by WobbleWorks
$99 | the3doodler.com
If your child loves to draw, then he’ll love seeing his creations come right off the page in 3D! This unique pen is the world’s first 3D printing pen and comes with 50 strands of plastic that feed into the pen like hot glue. Work right onto a surface or into the air! Ages 10 and older.

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Instax Mini 8
by FujiFilm
$99.99 | fujifilm.com
The world of instant cameras is taking young photographers on an adventure. Kids can capture the moment with this compact camera and instantly share the mini photos with friends. No more uploading to social media or waiting for development. It’s here. It’s now. It’s hands-on! Ages 8 and older.

Jungle Bridge LEGO

Jungle Bridge Play Set
by Lego Friends
$29.99 | lego.com
Your Lego lover can build all kinds of items to use together for imaginative play. This jungle set includes a helicopter, a tree house with a bridge, a safari jeep and small distinctive accessories that have made Lego popular with kids: it’s in the details! The Junge Bridge Play Set is a great first set for kids ages 7 – 12.

Disney Infinity

Marvel’s The Avengers Play Set
by Disney Infinity 2.0
$74.99 | infinity.disney.com
Kids will love choosing the character they want to play in this race to stop Loki from freezing New York. Pick your character figure, set it on the base and watch him appear on the screen and play the levels as that character. Available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U. Once you have the base, all you have to do is purchase additional character figures to continue your play. Ages 10 and older.

shark mania

Shark Mania
by Spin Master
$19.99 | sharkmania.spinmastergames.com
Kids race to the end and grab up the gold pieces as fast as they can along this three-foot long game. You want to reach the end before the shark’s fin knocks you off your game! It’s a very fast-paced game with high energy. You’ll be itching to take your turn. Ages 6 and older.

Sew Cool

Sew Cool Sewing Studio
by Spin Master
$34.99 | sewcoolworld.com
Young fashionistas will love sewing their own creations … without thread! This threadless machine is great for a first time sewing experience. It comes with everything you need to create nine projects from start to end including multiple patterns and pre-cut shapes for purses, pouches, characters and more. Ages 6 and older.

Sky Viper Drone

Sky Viper Camera Drone Quadcopter
by Skyrocket Toys
$79.99 | sky-viper.com
Kids who love to take pictures and videos will love getting the actions shots from above! Fly this indoor/outdoor remote-controlled copter drone overhead and capture the view that no one else gets — up to 25,000 pictures. As if flying it wasn’t enough! Ages 12 and older.

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Y Fliker LIFT
by Yvolution
$149.99 | yvolution.com
This three-wheeled, self-propelling scooter lets riders (maximum weight of 220 pounds) carve, drift and spin 360 degrees — plus, they can pop wheelies forward and sideways. The scooter uses the same motions as downhill skiing, so kids just need to move their hops and legs to get going and attain speed. The steel frame features internal brake cables, a spinning trick handle bar and angled steering column. Soft hand grips provide comfort, and the quick response hand brake assures safety. The scooter easily folds up for storage and transportation. Choose from black or red. Ages 7 and older.

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