Christmas is around the corner and many of you have started Christmas shopping but for those who have not (myself included) and need some ideas on what to get your child, the below guide has some cool toys for children ages 2-6 years old. Happy shopping!!
One of this season’s hottest toys is Monster High® and they introduced a new assortment of dolls called 13 Wishes to coincide with the 13 Wishes movie and DVD release. In 13 Wishes, Howleen Wolf® discovers a genie lantern and she turns Monster High® upside down! Creature chaos ensues, particularly when Lagoona Blue® is turned into a freshwater sea monster! That’s not all! Along the way, the ghouls make two new friends: Gigi Grant™ and Twyla™.
Gigi Grant™ is the daughter of a Genie, and so she must grant the wishes of her finder – whether good or bad! Daughter of the Boogie Man, Twyla™, is shy and misunderstood, she hides under normies’ beds to capture their nightmares rather than adding to them like her dad. Lagoona Blue® doll, the resident Sea Monster, is wished from Saltwater to Freshwater and has an all-new look to match! This special Lagoona® doll shimmers in a pink and black dress with a sheer blue glittery overlay and sea-sational accessories – like a fishbowl purse. Howleen Wolf® doll finally steps out of her sister Clawdeen’s shadow with a clawesome new look, in an animal print dress, colorful accents and hip accessories, including mesh fingerless gloves and tall black lace-up boots. The Monster High dolls are recommended for ages 6 and up and have a suggested retail price of $19.99. The dolls are available for purchase at major retailers such as Toys R Us and Kmart.
Fashion Doll Ariel Ship
The Little Mermaid is my daughter’s favorite Disney movie. She loves Ariel as do most of her friends. You can imagine how happy I was that The Little Mermaid movie came out of the Disney vault this year and was available for purchase. Along with the release of the film came fun cool toys such as this Ariel Fashion Doll Ship. Aboard her two-level, expandable ship, Ariel can steer from the top deck or slide below to her underwater world complete with purple vanity and mermaid-princess bed, jellyfish chandelier, treasure chest and various “treasures” to store in this secret hiding place. Find magical surprises, such as her best friend Sebastian who is hiding under the serving platter, or say hello to Flounder who is swimming outside, just like in the movie. Dolls sold separately. This toy is recommended for ages 3+ and is available at Toys R Us for $49.99.
Are you on the hunt for a great product that will keep your child entertained for hours and not get tired of it? Listed as one of Hot 20 Toys for holiday by Laurie Schacht of The Toy Insider, the LeapPad Ultra is exactly what you have been looking for! LeapFrog recently introduced its newest tablet, the LeapPad Ultra, the only children’s tablet with an integrated kid-safe web browser and a learning library of 800+ educator-approved games, apps and more. Also, unique to the LeapPad Ultra is the seven-inch DUO TECH™ high-resolution screen, which is designed to help children learn to write using a stylus while supporting interactive touch experiences. LeapPad Ultra has many great new features including a sleek new look, a long-lasting rechargeable battery, front and back cameras, video recorders, 8 GB of storage for photos, apps, videos plus new parental tools including a four-digit security code so you as the parent is in control of what your child is able to access.
My daughter has a LeapPad Ultra and she absolutely loves it! It’s the one toy that she consistently asks to play with everyday. As a parent, what I like most about this product is that it provides a safe and age-appropriate experience for my child. In this technology-driven world, the LeapPad Ultra is a great learning experience for children. The LeapPad Ultra has a suggested retail price of $149.99 and is recommended for children 4 to 9 years old. Downloadable apps are priced at a suggested retail price of $5.00 and up and game cartridges at a suggested price of $24.99. The tablet is available for purchase at LeapFrog.com and major retailers such as Toys R Us.
Littlest Pet Shop Playtime Park with Russell Ferguson Playset
Your Littlest Pet Shop fan will love this Playtime Park with Russell Ferguson Play Set. It’s playtime for Russell Ferguson! Put him on the exercise wheel and carousel and watch him “run.” Russell the hedgehog really runs inside of his wheel and wiggles his ears when you feed him. The carousel works with other Magic Motion pets, sold separately. This playset is recommended for ages 4 & up and has a suggested retail price of $29.99. It is available at most major toy retailers nationwide such as Target and on HasbroToyShop.com.
Wild Walls from Uncle Milton
Wild Walls is a cool lightshow for your kid’s room that creates a light and sound experience on your wall. It gives new meaning to a nightlight to your child’s room. Wild Walls come in various scenes including Garden of Fairy Friends (Tinker Bell), Dinosaur Expedition, Dolphin Voyage, Safari Adventure, Amazing Web Attack (Spider-Man), Full Power Aerial Pursuit (Iron Man), and Shark Encounter. Each one comes with peel ‘n stick decals in order to design a scene on your kid’s wall and a FX Activator that mounts easily to the wall (hardware included). The Tinker Bell Garden of Fairy Friends is really fun. Use the decals to design the wall scene and pixie dust light effects gently fade in and out, illuminating your wall, just like being in Pixie Hollow. With real nature and pixie dust sound effects, the synchronized light and sounds bring the scene to life! Wild Walls is recommended for ages 5 & up and has a suggested retail price of $29.99. It is available for purchase at Amazon.com.
Fairy Tale High
Fairy Tale High is a magical and fun new collection of fashion dolls that recently launched in September. Little girls’ favorite fairy tale characters come together for the first time ever in a modern-day high school setting. Toting the latest accessories and sporting designer fashions and hip hairstyles, teenage Snow White, Rapunzel, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, Tinker Bell and Cinderella are brought to life as they might have been before they became fairy tale princesses. As students in a performing arts high school, these hip and trendy teenage characters develop their talents and learn new ones as they study music, dance, art, and acting while dealing with romances, jealousies and personal challenges along the way. The dolls are recommended for ages 3 and up and have a suggested retail price of $17.99. They are available for purchase at retailers such as Toys R Us, Kmart and Amazon.com.
TMNT are back in full force this holiday season with a slue of new toys including these new deluxe action figures called Flingers Deluxe Action Figures, which have the ability to fling out projectiles to take out the enemy. Kids simply load the different projectiles into the backpacks of each figure, roll the figures across a hard surface and watch as the contents of their backpacks launch. Each figure comes decked out in battle armor and with personal projectiles. Leonardo launches 10 sewer lids and Michelangelo includes 10 pizza pie discs. Donatello includes 3 bo staffs and Raphael includes 3 sai weapons that can be thrown to knock out all enemy combatants. These action figures are recommended for ages 4 and up and they have a suggested retail price of $12.99 per action figure. They are available at stores nationwide including Toys R Us.
Doc McStuffins Make Me Better Set
Doc McStuffins is probably the most popular show right now and just about every little girl I know wants something Doc McStuffins this holiday season. The Make Me Better Set is a great gift that will help all little girls imagine themselves a doctor just like Doc McStuffins. Little doctors-to-be will love to nurture and heal Lambie and Stuffy. Each Make Me Better Set includes an articulated figure of either Lambie or Stuffy, as well thirteen Doc-inspired accessories – including one interactive tool with lights and sounds. When their patient get a big boo-boo, kids can take the ouches away with a removable color-change cast, which has special designs only revealed by using cold water. The Make Me Better Set is recommended for ages 3 and up and retails for $19.99 at stores nationwide including Toys R Us and Target.
Doc McStuffins Get Better Check-Up Center
Toy experts, TimetoPlayMag.com and Laurie Schacht of The Toy Insider have named the Doc McStuffins Get Better Check-Up Center as this season’s hot holiday toy! Top toy store and definitely toy experts, Toys R Us have also named it a hot holiday toy and they have a deluxe edition that is exclusive to them! If you haven’t seen the check-up center in person yet, this toy is awesome! It has everything kids need to imagine they are healing toys and giving healthy check-ups right along with Doc McStuffins. Doc’s friend Lambie is included, and lights and sounds are activated when she is on the check-up table. Future doctors can use the electronic Big Book of Boo Boos to make a diagnosis, slide in play x-rays to activate lights and sounds, use the cell phone to speak to Hallie, and move the leaf up and down to measure their patient’s height. Kids can also use the portable scale to check their patient’s weight and take the ouches away with bandage stickers from the dispenser on the clinic door. The deluxe edition only at Toys R Us features a First Aid Kit, which has 14 additional accessories along with a lab coat! The check-up center is recommended for ages 3 and up and has a suggested retail price of $89.99. It is available for purchase exclusively at Toys R Us.
The World of Eric Carle™ Alphabet Floor Puzzle
Eric Carle is the acclaimed and beloved creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for young children. Who isn’t familiar with his best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar? His empire has expanded into so many great products besides books such as games, apparel, DVDs, toys, and puzzles. The World of Eric Carle™ Alphabet Floor Puzzle will keep your kids busy during the holiday break. And they will have fun learning at the same time. Discover the ABCs of the animal world with this alphabet floor puzzle, which helps children recognize letters and create an association between words and related images. This floor puzzle features giant pieces, is 10 feet long and features Eric Carle’s signature artwork. The puzzle retails for $14.99 at Amazon.com and is recommended for ages 3 and up.
Get your kid’s creative juices flowing with the Crayola Marker Airbrush set. Turn Crayola® Markers into spray-on designs. Attach almost any Crayola® Marker, pump it up to activate and spray out a fine mist of color. Works great on paper and fabrics. The set includes 1 Airbrush Sprayer, 8 ct Washable Markers, 4 Bright Fabric Markers, 4 Stencils and 20 Sheets of Blank Paper. The Crayola Marker Brush is recommended for ages 6 and up and retails for $24.99. It is available for purchase at CrayolaStore.com.
The Color Wonder Spider-Man Gift Set from Crayola provides hours of mess-free coloring fun. This set includes 18-page coloring pad, 24-page coloring pad, 6 Color Wonder markers and 6 gel paints. The Spider-Man gift set is recommended for ages 3 and up and retails for $17.99. It is available for purchase at CrayolaStore.com.
Step2 is a brand you can count on for fun toys that foster learning and development through creative play. This fall they have many new products including the Handy Helper’s Workbench™, which is perfect for a child’s bedroom or play room. The Handy Helper’s Workbench will provide hours of fun for your child and at the same time will help increase their fine motor skills with the pretend tools. It has a worktable with built-in bolt holes, power drill holder and real working vise for your little handyman or handywoman. This toy workshop comes complete with a 22-piece accessory set including an electronic drill (requires 2 “AA” batteries, not included), hammer, saw and screwdriver as well as Durafoam™ life-like “wood” building pieces for kids to practice fine motor skills. The Handy Helper’s Workbench is recommended for kids 3 and up and the suggested retail price is $49.99. It is available now at Step2.com, Target, and Amazon.