With Avery entering toddlerhood very soon and Harlan who is still somewhat of a toddler, I am always on the lookout for toys that they can both have fun with and can also learn something from as well.
When I made my visit to New York City’s Toy Fair last week, not only was I on the lookout for the best baby toys, but I also wanted to find the very best toddler toys on the market or soon to be released in 2013.
There were so many great toys for your little tots and it was hard to narrow down my list, but I’ve found my absolute favorites that I know your toddler would love to play with!
WonderWorld Wonder Glow Blocks 1 of 13This was probably one of my favorite toys at Toy Fair. Let might look like ordinary blocks at first glance, but turn off the lights and your tot (and you) will be amazed that they glow in the dark and show off a different pattern than what you see in the light. They also have a New York City skyline set which I am particularly fond of for obvious reasons. Wooden blocks are such a great classic toy that with grow with your child and these glow in the dark blocks just take them a step further to make them even more fun!
Get it from WonderWorld, $22.99
Kickboard USA Mini Micro 3 in 1 2 of 13My daughter received her very own Mini Kick when she was just two years old. I can't wait to get this 3-in-1 for Avery who is soon to be 1. This all in one kit comes with everything you need to let the scooter grow with your child. The first set lets it become a ride on toy and can be used with little ones as young as 1! At 2 you can add the little handle with the O ring to help them steer and by age 3 they will be ready for the T-bar and scoot anywhere they want to go!
Get it from Kickboard USA, $114.99
Step2 Thomas the Train Roller Coaster 3 of 13This toy looked so much fun that I wanted to get on and take a ride for myself. Thomas the Train, a toddler favorite, will soon be available to give your tot a ride on this mini roller coaster. Whether you put this outside in the backyard or inside in the playroom, it will sure bring on some fun for your toddler and kids a little bit older. Give them a little bit of a thrill with this one of a kind roller coaster!
Available Later 2013
Infantino Colors and Textures Puzzle 4 of 13Puzzles are so much fun for kids, especially ones with bright colors, fun textures, and great patterns. This puzzle will help teach them their colors, favorite animals, patterns, and different textures. So much learning and fun to be had with this puzzle.
Get it from Step2, $11.99
Step2 Easy Turn Coupe 5 of 13Give your tot a ride of their own in this stylish new coupe. Complete with cup holders, a sun roof, working horn, and even an ignition key, your child will love riding around in his new wheels. I love that this car allows for both the parent to steer, but when they get old enough the footboard can come out and they can drive on their own. My favorite feature of this car is the small wheel in the front that allows for the car to easily be turned 360 degrees by mom or dad.
Get it from Step2, $59.99
Haba Pegging Game Color Buttons 6 of 13This is a fun spin on regular wooden blocks. Your little one can stack the buttons as high as they can with different height arrangements. They will also be able to sort and make patterns with the colorful buttons. I loved that the creativity level was endless with this game and it is also a great educational tool for sorting and learning colors.
Get it from Haba, $49.99
LEGO Read & Build Peekaboo Jungle 7 of 13My 3 year-old received a LEGO Read & Build last year and she could not put it down. After going through the story with her once and helping her build the different animals, she wanted to do it all on her own. She "read" the story to herself and did the best she could with the picture instructions to put the animals together that were mentioned in the story. I am so excited for this new book and lego set to come out because I know that both of my girls with have so much fun playing with it!
Available August 2013
NPW Tube Toy 8 of 13Turn an ordinary tube into hours of fun for your little tot! Let your little one's imagination run wild with this Tube Toy from NPW. With a little bit of assembly your toddler can have their very own fire truck to roll around the house. Everything you need for assembly comes in the tube and the tube itself is used for the project, which helps reduce waste! They can get creative and apply the sticker to complete their one of a kind toy!
Get it from Uncommon Goods, $15.00
Playskool Poppin Park Press N Pop Pinball 9 of 13Let your tot enjoy some pinball fun with this poppin' game. This game brings some fun with jungle animals. They get to press levers and see the ball go down the different ramps and run into each animal. There are lights and sounds as the ball goes through which makes it even more fun. Both of my girls have always love the Poppin Park collection from Playskool and I know that this fun game that makes the animals look like they are gobbling up the balls with be so much fun for both of them to play with.
Available Fall 2013, $19.99
Big Hugs Elmo 10 of 13Who wouldn't love a hug from our favorite little red monster, Elmo? This lifelike Elmo will wrap his hands around your little one and give them a hug when they need it most. He will also sing lullabies and encourage pretend play. Elmo has always been a favorite of my oldest daughter and I've just started to notice that Avery is taking a liking to the furry red monster. She loves giving hugs and I know she would definitely love a nice cuddly hug from Elmo.
Available Fall 2013, $59.99
PlayHut Doc McStuffins Ball Pit Jr 11 of 13If you have a little one that is anything like mine, she loves to roll balls and throw them anytime she can get her hands on them. This mini ball pit from PlayHut gives them the popular Disney character, Doc McStuffins and lets them have fun with the multi-colored balls all within a confined space!
Available Later 2013
LEGO Toddler Starter Set 12 of 13Now your toddler can get started with LEGOs at a young age! The set comes with larger DUPLO pieces that let them get creative and build whatever their heart desires. The extra large pieces are also compatible with regular sized DUPLO pieces so they can use them well beyond the toddler years. I particularly love that the lid of the box can be used as a building plate. The bright colors and the friendly faces on the blocks will definitely get your little one excited to start building.
Get it from LEGO, $19.00
Melissa & Doug Nesting & Sorting Barns & Animals 13 of 13I fell in love with these wooden barns and animals not only for their great pretend fun, but also for the educational value that comes with it. Help your little one match the numbers with their barn and they can also stack the barns in number order. A great way to let your child learn their numbers as well as matching.
Available Later 2013
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