New to the list this year is the Doc McStuffins Time For Your Checkup Interactive Doll. This popular playset features Doc McStuffins, Lambie and several accessories. Use Doc McStuffin’s medical instruments to check Lambie’s heartbeat, ears and temperature. Doc McStuffins also talks and sings the “Time for Your Checkup” song. Recommended for ages 3 to 6 years.
The possibilities are endless with the wide variety of Lego sets on the market today. If you are today. If you are looking for a starter set, try this LEGO Ultimate Building Set (also available in pink). This tub features a great assortment of Lego bricks and elements including a building plate, minifigure, windows, doors and wheels. It also includes building instructions for 5 models and photo inspiration for 25 more. Recommended for ages 4 to 12 years.
Dollhouses are a great gift for little girls in this age group and the Fisher Price Loving Family Dollhouse has consistently been a popular model. This Victorian-style dollhouse opens wide for easy access to all rooms and features a curving staircase. It also comes with several dolls and accessories. Another popular dollhouse is the KidKraft Savannah Dollhouse. This stunning house is made of wood and sturdy construction and comes in at over 4 feet tall! Set includes 13 pieces of furniture. What I also like about this dollhouse is that it accommodates dolls up to 11.5″ tall (aka Barbie). Recommended for ages 3 to 6 years.
There is no denying that kids love arts and crafts. Coloring, painting and creating masterpieces with Play Doh are popular! This is the perfect time to tap into your child’s creative side with an easel such as the Step2 Easel for Two or the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel. Both include storage trays and folds flat for easy storage. Recommended for ages 3 years and up.
Another new item this year is the Fisher Price Disney’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates Jake’s Musical Pirate Ship Bucky. Bucky comes equipped with all that is needed in order to fend off Captain Hook and Smee. Includes 3 push buttons which activate special features such a spring loaded cannon, and 25 pirate phrases, sounds and songs. Recommended for age 3 to 6 years.
Kids love to play dress up so why not put together a dress up trunk? For little girls, try something such as the Disney Princess Dress Up Trunk which features costumes of Disney characters such as Belle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. For the boys, try the DC Comics Boys Action Trio Superhero Costume Set which includes Batman, Robin and Superman. Recommended for ages 3 years and up.
It’s an electronic world and kids are mastering these systems younger than ever! Luckily, the learning game systems on the market today are not only fun, but also educational! The LeapFrog Tag Reading System has been a favorite for several years now. There are also several new systems on the market this year – LeapPad 2, Leapster GS Explorer, VTech MobiGo 2 and VTech InnoTab 2. Most are recommended for ages 3 and up.
Fisher Price Imaginext toys are a big hit with little boys and the new Fisher Price Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle is no exception. This adjustable castle unfolds to over 3 feet wide! Include moving parts such as a drawbridge and breakaway walls. It also features Turn-Tech technology which allows it to recognize approaching Dragons, Ogres and battlements. Recommended for ages 3 to 8 years.
Dolls are perfect for this age range. Whether it be baby dolls or Barbie-type dolls, most little girls will spend hours carrying for them. The Baby Alive Baby Wanna Walk Doll is new this year and appears to be receiving positive reviews from kids and parents alike. The Baby Wanna Walk doll walks and talks on her own, saying 40+ phrases and sounds. Recommended for ages 3 and up.
Kids, especially boys, love cars and both Hot Wheels and Matchboxcars seem to be a hot item year after year. Popular this year is the Matchbox Big Boots Dino Adventure Squad Vehicle. The adventure begins as the Big Boots team sets out to catch the vicious T-Rex. Set includes 4 Big Boots figures, T-Rex figure and Dino Adventure Squad Vehicle. Recommended for ages 3 to 10 years.
To view Top Toy Picks for other ages, see this post.