This year Babble sent two of its bloggers to the New York Toy Fair to scope out the latest and greatest products for kids and the family. Joslyn Gray and Lauren Jimeson lived every child’s dream, playing with hundreds of the hottest toys to narrow down their favorite picks based on educational value, originality, and overall entertainment factor. While Lauren rounded up toys for babies, toddlers, and kids 3+, Joslyn covered kids 5+, kids 8+ and the top family games. Their final list features brands as big as Hasbro and as small as SweetLocks Brushes (which is still seeking crowdsourced funding) — so you’re sure to find some new toys for your little ones that will earn you an extra hug or two! —Babble Editorssee the full list »
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FAMILY GAMES | Words With Friends Race
Another game based on an addictive Zynga game app, Words With Friends Race is a high-speed word game that takes the fun off your smartphone and into (gasp) real life. Forget about taking turns; just grab your tiles and build words as fast as you can in this version. I was surprised to see that this game is recommended for ages 13 and up — but then I realized that’s probably because my younger kids would cry when they realize how much I will DOMINATE at this game.
Available August 2013 from Hasbro, $9.99