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December 7, 2021

Top Toys of the Year!

Local toy shops bring you the best gifts for your kids this year!

Check out the coolest toys to make your kids go wow!

(Sponsored By: Once Upon a Child)

ONCE UPON A CHILD (LOCATIONS IN GREATER CINCINNATI AND NORTHERN KENTUCKY); ONCEUPONACHILD.COM
Your one-stop-shop for the best gently-used toys! Something old to one kid, is something new to another. Buy and sell, and then browse a wide selection of toys, games and even kids and baby clothing. Need a lightly used holiday gift? They have it. This is where parents go to recycle their kids’ nearly new items and get paid on the spot. We all strive to live a more sustainable life, and that’s not always that easy; trying to recycle more at home, figure out what is compost and what is not; being resourceful by passing down clothing from big brother to little brother; it’s tough! Shops like this help make our life just a little easier by taking the hard work off our hands and helping make the world a better place. We are giving away a $50 gift card to Once Upon a Child! Click HERE to enter to win!

Find a Once Upon a Child near you, learn more about what they do and how you can sell your gently used items and more at onceuponachild.com.

Coolest Toys on Earth
Locations in Greater Cincinnati; coolesttoysonearth.com
Toys come from all over the world for kids big and little.

King Arthur’s Court
3040 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 513-531-4600; kingarthurstoys.com
Legos, Playmobil items, Melissa and Doug toys and tons more. Look, play and build memories.

Learning Express Toys
2812 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills, Ky; 859-331-2094; learningexpress.com
Cool brands, free gift wrapping, personalization, in-store events and a Birthday Box gift registry program.

Puzzle Pieces – A Sensory Sensation
11912 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, Oh; 513-583-1874; puzzlepiecesohio.com
This special needs store stocks sensory items and more.

Stoney’s Village Toy & Game Shoppe
323 W 6th St., Covington, Ky; 859-655-9571; stoneystoys.com
Toys including STEM, board games, puzzles, crafts and more.

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Enter to win one of these cool toys right here!

Lego Ninjago Catamaran Sea Battle
King Arthur’s Court; $70; 9+
This unique 780-piece set also has a mini prison that will surely give your kiddos hours of imaginative play.

Lego Creator Nasa Apollo 11 Lander
King Arthur’s Court; $100; 16+
This detailed replica of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing will give the big kids an out-of-this-world experience!

Gravitrax Vertical Starter Set w/Vertical Extension
King Arthur’s Court; $110; 8+
A STEM toy like no other! Use creative minds and design and build race tracks while experimenting with gravity, magnetism and kinetics.

Sensory Bin Dinosaur Dig
puzzlepiecesohio.com; $21; 3+
A reusable play bin filled with sand, excavating tools and dinosaur toys. Imagine and learn with the senses.

Playlearn Sensory Bubble Tube Lamp
puzzlepiecesohio.com; $90; all ages
Uplifts, soothes and calms. Ten life-like, fish exist in this four-foot high sensory remote control lamp.

Slumberkins Otter
stoneystoys.com; $44; 3+
Cozy up and enjoy a book and a snuggle! Each animal addresses themes including gratitude, self-esteem, etc.

Cornelius the Mouse
stoneystoys.com; $19; 3+
Encourage literacy with this plush mouse, of the Farlee and Friends series. Includes a tiny book of poems.

Kinetic Sand Sandisfactory Set
Amazon; $19.99; 3+
Create a mesmerizing sand surprise! Comes with different tools and molds and two pounds of Kinetic Sand. The magic sand flows through your hands and never dries out for endless play.

EDITOR PICKS

PUZZLE PIECES OF OHIO

Crazy Aarons Putty; $12.99; 3+
Think, with putty! Stretch it, bounce it, pop it, sculpt it – you name it! What’s even cooler, it changes color with the warmth of your kids’ hands! Made in the US; non-toxic silicone; never dries out.

Magna Tile Jungle Animals; $39; 3+
Go wild with the Magna-Tiles! Kids can create their very own animal adventures, by using the magnetic tiles that mirror vibrant greenery and wildlife. Learn about creatures through engaging, hands-on play; STEM-approved; compatible with other Magna Tile sets.

Nee Dohzee; $12; 3+
Groovy! It’s a super size stress ball; three times the size of the regular Nee Doh ball in fact! Go ahead, give it a squeeze! Comes in three assorted fun colors.

STONEY’S VILLAGE TOY & GAME SHOPPE

Melissa and Doug Blues Clues & You Wooden Cooking Set; $55; 3 – 5 yrs.
Cook up imaginative play food fun with a wooden stovetop, utensils, and wooden Blue’s Clues & You! This 42-piece play set includes 25 double-sided cardstock food pieces, a durable pot with lid, plate, utensils, spatula, serving spoon, paw print-shaped oven mitt and more.

My Little House; $39; 3+
Three dimensional building set with lots of accessories to keep em’ busy!

ONLINE & BIG BOX STORES

Barbie Dreamtopia Rainbow Magic Mermaid; $20; 3 – 7
This cool Barbie inspires storytelling! Your kids will love brushing and styling Barbie mermaid’s long, colorful hair with styling accessories, and making their own undersea adventure!

Gravedigger Freestyle Force; $59.99; 4+
With this Ultimate Champion Edition Grave Digger, you can be the Monster Jam champion and replicate over 12 stunts. Revolutionary wheelie balancing technology with dual optical sensors for insane balance lets you perform crazy stunts. The beginner and advanced mode make it easy for fans of all ages to master stunts with a push of a button.

Jump Fury; $39.99; 5+
Indoor play just got better. An all-new innovative RC truck! Kids will take remote control trucks to new heights – jump up to 22 inches high on, over and on top of the competition while mastering epic stunts including 360-degree spins, flips, drops, rebounds and more.

Magical Minis Hogwarts Castle; $59.99; 5+
Harry Potter fans unite! Build your world of Magical Minis! This two-foot tall cool replica of Hogwarts Castle will bring kids into a word of excitement with hallowed halls featuring interactive lights, sounds and magical elements for spellbinding adventures around every corner! Let their imaginations do the rest!

Orbeez Challenge; $24.99; 5+
Have you heard of the Orbeez Challenge? This first-ever Orbeez playset includes 2,000 Orbeez, six unique tools and Orbeez storage for mess-free fun. Inspired by TikTok’s #OrbeezChallenge, your kids (and you!) can recreate a soothing, sensory experience, together!

PAW Patrol Movie Marshall’s Transforming City Fire Truck; $54.99; 3+
The littlest Paw Patrol fans will love Marshall’s all-new fire truck as they take on the city streets! Includes the cute pup figure, tallest ladder, rescue slide and net and a water cannon with projectiles plus two modes of transformation and exciting lights and sounds to add on to the fun.

Peek-A-Roo; $59.99; 5+
What do you get when you put a panda and kangaroo together? A soft, adorable plush pet with a magical interactive pouch and a surprise baby reveal plus over 150 sounds and actions. Kids will love pressing Momma-Roo’s foot and watching her pouch open to find one of three possible mystery babies! Includes 10 games and songs for lots of play.

Purse Pets; $24.99; 4+
It’s all about pretend play – in style! You little ones will look fabulous with these cute, interactive pets packed with purse-onality. They respond to touch, they blink and have over 25 exciting sounds and reactions.

WowWee Kids Slide; $29.99; 2 – 5
Bring the playground to you! Don’t let weather dictate when your kids can go to the park to run around. Rain or shine, this indoor slide is ready to deliver hours of fun at the snap of a finger!

BABIES FIRST TOYS

Rainbow Fabric Baby Ball; habausa.com; $19.99; 6 – 24 months
Crinkles, textures, rattles – you name it! Perfect for Baby’s development. Includes eight colorful fabric sections with different textures including rough, smooth, ridges, squeak and more!

World of Eric Carle:

• Koala Activity Toy; amazon.com; $12.99; 0+
Has a nifty on-the-go strap, teether rings, and plays “You Are My Sunshine” at the push of a button. Keep Baby entertained as you take it with you during your morning stroll or shopping trip.

• The Very Hungry Caterpillar Grab and Go Keys Toy; amazon.com; $10; 0+
Comes with three attachable plastic rings, a great sensory toy to help stimulate your growing baby. Features click clack rings, textured teether and a fun rattle. The bright colors and various shapes help engage Baby’s visual stimulation and promotes playful learning, too!

• The Very Hungry Caterpillar Wooden Train Set; amazon.com; $24; 12+
It’s not only charming, it channels Baby’s creativity and curiosity, too! Includes a colorful 12-piece wood train with a lion, caterpillar, bear, elephant and other cool pieces for a fun stimulating experience for Baby.

About the Author

Amanda Hayward

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, a military wife and mom of three. If she's not writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.