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Best Toys for Kids 4-8

  • Angry Birds and Angry Birds Rio 5 Plush with Sound 1 of 25
    Angry Birds and Angry Birds Rio 5 Plush with Sound
    These plush versions of our favorite flightless birds (Rio versions shown here) are soft, silly, and ready for lobbing around the playroom.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $16.99 »
  • A-to-Z Magnatab 2 of 25
    A-to-Z Magnatab
    For littler kids who are still trying to master their letters, this tablet with magnetic stylus makes it easy to trace and learn the alphabetic ropes.
    Get it from Fat Brain Toys, $16 »
  • The Berenstain Bears Learn to Share Game 3 of 25
    The Berenstain Bears Learn to Share Game
    Kids will love moving the Bear family around the board, while parents will appreciate the lessons in polite behavior this game teaches with each new draw of the cards.
    Get it from Patch Products, $22 »
  • Connect 4 Launchers 4 of 25
    Connect 4 Launchers
    Strategy meets random chance in this fast-paced, finger-flicking, checker-launching update of the classic four-in-a-row game, Connect 4.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $19.99 »
  • Hexbug Larva Micro Robotic Creatures 5 of 25
    Hexbug Larva Micro Robotic Creatures
    We’d never want to see a real green larva slithering our way, but we have to admit a fondness for this robotic creepy-crawler.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $12.99 »
  • Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Starter Set 6 of 25
    Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Starter Set
    Hot Wheels cars get vertical in this new edition of the classic track-building set. And we like that it also connects to our other, more horizontally inclined Hot Wheels tracks.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $27.99 »
  • Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Dolls 7 of 25
    Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Dolls
    These quirky alternatives to princess dolls (they also make boy versions!) remind us of rag dolls but have the accessories and back-stories we’re used to seeing in glitzier toys.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $49.99 »
  • LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet 8 of 25
    LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet
    Along with its new curriculum of art, math, science, language, and geography, LeapFrog’s 5” tablet works with the Leapster Explorer games and apps we already own.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $99 »
  • LEGO City Harbor 9 of 25
    LEGO City Harbor
    Not only does this set — which comes complete with crane, truck, and cargo — make for fun on dry land, but the included cargo ship actually floats. Hooray for bath time!
    Get it from LEGO Shop, $89.99 »
  • LEGO Star Wars Ewok Attack 10 of 25
    LEGO Star Wars Ewok Attack
    Kids (and, let’s face it, adults) can’t resist Star Wars’ cuddly Ewoks. This 166-piece set also includes an Imperial scout with speeder bike, so our furry friends can plan a sneak attack.
    Get it from LEGO Shop, $24.99 »
  • Melissa 11 of 25
    Melissa
    Baby, it’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good scoop of pretend ice cream. Bonus: all the pieces store in the container when you’re done serving.
    Get it from Melissa & Doug, $29.99 »
  • NERF Vortex Proton Blaster 12 of 25
    NERF Vortex Proton Blaster
    With no darts to load (or lose), this NERF pistol blasts one chunky flying disc at a time, making it ideal for the smaller sharpshooters in your home. (Safety first, of course.)
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $12.99 »
  • Patch Products Singin Sea Creatures 3D Sneaky Floor Puzzle 13 of 25
    Patch Products Singin Sea Creatures 3D Sneaky Floor Puzzle
    It may look like just another sea scene, but put on the included 3D glasses, and this 46-piece puzzle appears to “swim” — and even reveals hidden letters and numbers.
    Get it from Patch Products, $14.99 »
  • Play-Doh Doctor Drill ‘N Fill Playset 14 of 25
    Play-Doh Doctor Drill 'N Fill Playset
    Kids will love making braces, brushing teeth, and filling holes for this silly-headed Play-Doh dental patient. We, on the other hand, will be hoping the basic hygiene lessons stick.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $12.99 »
  • Playmobil Christmas Post Office Advent Calendar 15 of 25
    Playmobil Christmas Post Office Advent Calendar
    Cardboard and chocolate were as fancy as our Advent calendars got, but with Playmobil’s latest, our kids can count down to the holidays by opening one new figure or accessory pack per day.
    Get it from Playmobil, $19.99 »
  • Prehistoric Anamalz 16 of 25
    Prehistoric Anamalz
    Cute enough for 3-year-olds but fun enough to play with into the kinder years, the newest Anamalz line plays to our prehistoric predilections.
    Get it from Hazelnut Kids, $69.93 »
  • Radica Fijit Friends 17 of 25
    Radica Fijit Friends
    These rotund, rubbery robots want to be every kid’s best friend and go out of their way to prove it by wiggling, dancing, laughing, and reacting to more than 30 voice commands.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $39.99 »
  • Scrabble Alphabet Scoop Word Game 18 of 25
    Scrabble Alphabet Scoop Word Game
    “Grown-up” Scrabble has always been a little daunting for little wordsmiths, but with Alphabet Scoop, kids scoop and match letters, alphabet soup style, to form the simplest words.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $14.99 »
  • Skylanders: Spyros Adventure Starter Packs 19 of 25
    Skylanders: Spyros Adventure Starter Packs
    Part toy, part video game, Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure runs on your PC or game console but works using real-world action figures that sync up with your on-screen characters.
    Get it from Amazon, $59.96 »
  • The Trash Pack Trashies Garbage Truck 20 of 25
    The Trash Pack Trashies Garbage Truck
    Straight out of the dump and into your toy bin (oh, the irony), the Trash Pack line of garbage-themed toys gets around in this vile vehicle. Trust us: your kids will want to collect them all.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $15.99 »
  • Umagine Bizu Style Studio 21 of 25
    Umagine Bizu Style Studio
    This rotating tower packs everything your little trendsetter needs to make bracelets, necklaces, and more from Bizu’s smash-hit universe of character-themed accessories.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $14.99 »
  • UNO Roboto 22 of 25
    UNO Roboto
    Marking the 40th anniversary of the iconic card game, UNO Roboto talks to players and bends the rules with silly activities that go way beyond just calling out, “Uno!”
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $24.49 »
  • VTech InnoTab Learning Tablet 23 of 25
    VTech InnoTab Learning Tablet
    InnoTab games, apps, and e-books (sold separately) use licensed characters to make learning fun, and this 5” tablet also includes MP3 and video players for car trips.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $79.99 »
  • WowWee Lite Sprites Tree of Lite 24 of 25
    WowWee Lite Sprites Tree of Lite
    This colorful playset, which comes with lighted stairs and an elevator, is home to the Lite Sprites, the new line of light-up fairies our kids can'tlive without.
    Get it from Amazon, $46.95 »
  • Xia Xia Hermit Crabs and Collectible Shells 25 of 25
    Xia Xia Hermit Crabs and Collectible Shells
    As much as we like the idea of real hermit crabs, there’s the whole caring-for-a-living-creature-that-doesn’t-love-you-back thing to consider. Not so with these smiling, dancing crustaceans.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $12.99 »
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