I see the same thing every year at the New York Toy Fair: There are some toys out there that parents gravitate toward, and others that are designed purely for kids. Those in the latter group are usually bright, fun, engaging — and slightly annoying.
Here are the top 12 toys of 2012 that kids will love and parents will reluctantly tolerate. (Or you could always just hide the batteries …)
Come ‘N Play Cookie Monster Kitchen Café | Ages 18 months – 4 years
Rather than a standard wooden play kitchen, this Sesame Street version (featuring Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Abby Cadabby) is actually interactive — singing songs, making sizzling sounds, and even talking back. You’ll want to tear your hair out, without a doubt — if not from the constant muppet voice chatter, then from the multi-colored plastic pieces scattered around the house and the eyesore of a kitchen. But I can see toddlers just lighting up with this one.
Coming in fall 2012, $59.99
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