Here are the top toys found locally for ages 0 - 2.
My Very First Games: My First Orchard
Perfect first game for little ones. Work cooperatively to keep the crow from taking the colorful fruit. Large pieces easy for little hands to manipulate. Great for teaching turn taking and working together. Available at Jungle Jim’s Toy Balloon.
Learn to Dress Monkey
ALEX Toys, $39.99
Kids can learn to snap on straps, hook and loop, button, zipper and more. The monkey includes sneakers, socks, t shirt and overalls which are all completely removable. Available at Jungle Jim’s Toy Balloon.
Peek N Peep Eggs
The eggs are brightly colored, sturdy, and large enough for little hands. They teach colors, shapes (the bottom of each egg has a shape that fits into a certain spot in the egg carton), facial expressions and matching. Available at Joseph-Beth Bookseller.
Multi-use toy helps kids develop their gross motor skills. They can use it as a walking buddy or to ride on. It moves in many different directions too! Available at King Arthur’s Toys.
My First Thomas & Friends: Pop & Go Thomas
A fun spin on the traditional popper toy! A Thomas that pops! Kids can use their gross motor skills to push Thomas around your house. You can also remove the yellow handle and they can crawl around while pushing Thomas. Available at EnterTRAINment Junction.
SmartMax Magnetic Discovery Start Plus
Smartmax allows kids to explore magnets in a safe way. The large poles and balls are safe for kids 1 and up and give them the opportunity to use their imagination to build. Available at United Art & Education.
Totally Amazing Roller Derby
A two-sided toy with lots of fun. Includes colorful wooden balls, “peek-a-boo” holes and tracks. Kids can learn about concepts such as fast/slow and in/out while they play. Available at Jungle Jim’s Toy Balloon.
Green Toys, $20
100% recycled material. Shape Sorter helps develop recognition of shapes and colors while also encouraging eye-hand coordination, problem solving, and fine and gross motor skill development. Available at Blue Manatee.
chewbeads, $32 and up
A gift for Mom AND Baby! These beautiful necklaces come in a variety of colors and designs to add flare to Mom’s wardrobe while soothing Baby’s tender teething gums. Available at Fort Thomas Central.
Jungly Tails Book
Little Jellycat, $18
Little ones will love exploring this fabric book. Your jungle tiger will roar with delight at the many exciting colors, patterns and textures found in this toy. Available at Fort Thomas Central.
My Forest Friends Cabin Carrier
Infants will love this woodland critter cabin carrier. Hours will be spent taking the animals out to squeak the raccoon, shake the moose rattle, squeeze the bear and squirrel, and then put them back in their happy forest home. Available at Stoney’s Village Toy Shoppe.
Pop Blocs Farm Animals
Melissa & Doug, $16.99
A cow-sheep? A horse-chicken? Kids will love creating silly farm animal combinations with these mix-and-match barnyard friends. Available at Parent Teacher Store.
Picnic Basket Fill & Spill
Melissa & Doug; $24.99
Encourage kids to play with their food! Infants will love packing (and unpacking) a picnic with this set as they crinkle, rattle and jingle. The meal is complete with a sandwich, watermelon slice, drink and an ice cream cone for dessert. So sweet! Available at John R. Green Company.
The World of Eric Carle Bathtub Squirt Toys
Kids Preferred, $10
Even the hungry little caterpillar needs to take a bath! Your favorite little bookworms will adore splishing and splashing with these Eric Carle bath squirters. Available at The Blue Marble.
Rich Frog, $9.95
Babies will have a ball with this soft, stimulating toy! Available in assorted colors. Available at Cincinnati Museum Center’s Store to Explore.
Laugh & Learn Dump Truck
Fisher Price, $28.95
Puppy is back again to teach shapes and colors. This dump truck also allows little ones to practice fine motor skills when they put their “trash” in the dump. It’s educational AND fun! Available at Cincinnati Museum Center’s Store to Explore.