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Best Toys for Toddler

  • Cabbage Patch Kids Limited Vintage Edition 1 of 25
    Cabbage Patch Kids Limited Vintage Edition

    Hands up, who remembers the Cabbage Patch craze of 1983? Here’s hoping we won’t see similar lines at stores this year, ’cause the kids are back in town.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $49.99 »

  • Chuggington Interactive Railway Engine Wash and Fuel Set 2 of 25
    Chuggington Interactive Railway Engine Wash and Fuel Set
    We’ll always love Thomas, but for our kids in the Chuggington generation, this set provides hours of fun, complete with literal bells and whistles.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $29.99 »
  • CitiBlocs Little Builder Rattle Blocs 3 of 25
    CitiBlocs Little Builder Rattle Blocs
    CitiBlocs’ award-winning sustainable-wood blocks get the toddler treatment in this chunky, 22-piece set that’s perfect for beginning builders.
    Get it from Amazon, $30.87 »
  • Disney Lion King Limited Edition 12 Simba Plush 4 of 25
    Disney Lion King Limited Edition 12 Simba Plush
    Though pricier than the 11” Simba plush ($16.50 from the Disney Store), this poseable, leaf collar-bedecked stuffed doll just can’t wait to be king of your playroom.
    Get it from the Disney Store, $59.50 »
  • Educo Whip-It-Up Mixer 5 of 25
    Educo Whip-It-Up Mixer
    We’re all about letting kids help out in the kitchen, so we especially like that this sustainable-wood mixer gives kids the experience of helping — minus the usual mess.
    Get it from Amazon, $21.80 »
  • Eric Carle Count to 10 with Animal Friends Write-and-Erase Book 6 of 25
    Eric Carle Count to 10 with Animal Friends Write-and-Erase Book
    Kids can push buttons to hear numbers and colors spoken aloud, while the included erasable marker also lets them interact creatively with Carle’s pictures.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $12.99 »
  • Fat Brain Toys Tobbles 7 of 25
    Fat Brain Toys Tobbles
    Available in pig, giraffe, or turtle, these adorably soft plush animals convert into even softer blankets that are perfect for naptime.
    Get it from Fat Brain Toys, $24.95 »
  • Fisher-Price Retro Teaching Clock 8 of 25
    Fisher-Price Retro Teaching Clock
    Way more affordable than the 1968 original, this classic toy teaches time analog-style — or in other words, the old-school way.
    Get it from Fat Brain Toys, $16.95 »
  • Fisher-Price Little People Zoo Talkers Animal Sounds Zoo 9 of 25
    Fisher-Price Little People Zoo Talkers Animal Sounds Zoo
    Besides having lots of fun, movable parts, this set includes an interactive zoo hut that plays the sound and speaks the name of whichever Zoo Talker animal kids place in it.
    Get it from Amazon, $34.88 »
  • Fisher-Price Rock Star Mickey 10 of 25
    Fisher-Price Rock Star Mickey
    The school of rock is in session, and Mickey is looking for a star pupil! Giggle as he gets down and sings, or play along with the Rock Star Guitar ($21.99), sold separately.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $39.99 »
  • Geoform Wooden Magnets 11 of 25
    Geoform Wooden Magnets
    Tikes will enjoy simply applying and removing the 42 magnetic shapes, but as kids get older, they can build designs using cues from this set’s included cards.
    Get it from Fat Brain Toys, $29.95 »
  • HABA My Very First Games First Orchard 12 of 25
    HABA My Very First Games First Orchard
    Thanks to adjusted rules and bigger pieces, HABA’s classic color- and shape-recognition board game Orchard gets simplified for kids as young as one.
    Get it from Moolka, $25.64 »
  • Hape Organeco Blocks in Bamboo 13 of 25
    Hape Organeco Blocks in Bamboo
    We love that these blocks are made from sustainable bamboo and finished with non-toxic paints, and kids will love how easy it is to build using the big, bold shapes.
    Get it from Amazon, $63.58 »
  • LEGO DUPLO Play with Letters 14 of 25
    LEGO DUPLO Play with Letters
    Kids can use the ABCs in this set to make shapes, vehicles, and words. The set even includes accents for non-English words — which we think is just süper.
    Get it from LEGO Shop, $29.99 »
  • Little Tikes Big Adventures Construction Peak Rail 15 of 25
    Little Tikes Big Adventures Construction Peak Rail
    No lights, no sounds — just pure imagination is all it takes to power the truck, train, and crane in this spacious construction set and railway.
    Get it from Little Tikes, $49.99 »
  • Matchbox Smokey the Fire Truck 16 of 25
    Matchbox Smokey the Fire Truck
    This talking robotic fire truck has a silly personality all his own, but kids can manipulate him to light up, sing and dance, and even blast pretend “water” balls.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $49.99 »
  • My First LEGO DUPLO Set 17 of 25
    My First LEGO DUPLO Set
    Every brick builder has to start somewhere, and this 31-piece set that’s easy to snap together provides a great foundation.
    Get it from the LEGO Shop, $14.99 »
  • Pkolino Geared Shape Sorter 18 of 25
    Pkolino Geared Shape Sorter
    This robot-styled spin on the classic shape sorter includes gears that kids can manipulate, as well as a slide that returns the blocks when they’re fit into the right slots.
    Get it from P’kolino, $29.99 »
  • Plan Toys Build a Robot 19 of 25
    Plan Toys Build a Robot
    While we hope that “happy” is their favorite, kids can express four different moods through this wooden robot’s interchangeable heads.
    Get it from Plan Toys, $29.94 »
  • Plan Toys Planactivity Snail Measuring Tape Discovery Set 20 of 25
    Plan Toys Planactivity Snail Measuring Tape Discovery Set
    Kids will love sizing up everything in the house with this eco-friendly rubberwood tape measure, part of a set that also includes a telescope and magnifying glass.
    Get it from Amazon, $18.82 »
  • Pocoyo 21 of 25
    Pocoyo
    Simple to take apart and build, this battery-powered train and track put tikes in the role of conductor for TV’s Pocoyo and pals.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $29.99 »
  • Sesame Street Lets Rock Elmo 22 of 25
    Sesame Street Lets Rock Elmo
    Get yer ya-yas out with this moving, grooving, singing edition of our favorite furry red monster. You can even join the band with the Let’s Rock Guitar ($19.99), sold separately.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $59.99 »
  • TykeRider Early Rider 23 of 25
    TykeRider Early Rider
    The baddest balance bike on the block comes in his or hers colors, but we’re more gender-neutral around here, so bring on the flames and faux leather.
    Get it from TykeRider, $160-$200 »
  • Wishbone Flip Rocker and Ride-on 24 of 25
    Wishbone Flip Rocker and Ride-on
    We love the design smarts behind this sustainable-wood toy, which starts as a rocker and converts into a wheeled ride-on as kids grow into it.
    Get it from Amazon, $169.99 »
  • Zoobies 3-in-1 Pets 25 of 25
    Zoobies 3-in-1 Pets
    Available in pig (pictured), giraffe, turtle, and other styles, these plush critters convert into super-soft blankets and pillows, making them perfect for naptime.
    Get it from Amazon, $26 »
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