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    61 Of The Best Toys For The Toddler In Your Life

    Just a few things that might make the twos and threes a little less terrible

    1. A 116-piece Lego Duplo "Wild Animals of Asia" set with a foldable, 3-dimensional playmat to colorfully "contain" all that hands-on play, piece by piece. Also, OMG cuteness alert: it's got two red pandas! 

    Box art of Lego Wild Animals of Asia set
    Wild Animal of Asia Lego set including elephants, pandas, tigers, and more
    Child and adult model playing with Lego set for scale

    This set includes adult and baby elephants, pandas, and tigers, a monkey, two birds, two red pandas, bamboo, and a cherry blossom tree! But wait, there's more: a special "sound brick" that plays realistic noises. Sounds grrrrrrrreat! 

    Get it from Lego for $99.99

    And to avoid some Lego-meets-bare-foot catastrophes, here are some of our picks for the best storage bins!

    2. A hedgehog named Spike that helps build motor, counting, and sorting skills by fitting peg-shaped pieces into its back. Just don't ask him if he knows Sonic.

    A child model playing with the plastic pegs from a toy hedgehog

    3. A set of Magna-Tiles for recreating the works of children's author Eric Carle while building 3D versions of beloved characters like "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."

    4. A Red & Olive Mr. Beary + Beanie Set handcrafted to be a "soft, durable, and timeless" best-stuffed-buddy for years to come. The best part? The matching hat that will fit kids ages one through ten!

    Stuffed brown bear wearing yellow beanie next to child's yellow beanie

    5. A classic Lego set so your little one can build all kinds of things and let their imagination run wild.

    6. A set of handcrafted, nontoxic constellation blocks to learn the symbols, names, hemispheres, and scale of magnitude for 16 constellations in the night sky.

    Side-by-side views of a set of wooden blocks that show different versions of constellations and their locations in the sky

    7. An Educational Insights "Design & Drill Bolt Buddies" rocket, because there's no better way to get kids into STEM than by building a spaceship for an astronaut and his puppy pal and using the eco-friendly packaging as a play set.

    8. A "Silly Poopy's Hide & Seek" game (from the makers of What Do You Meme?) that actually involves hiding a fake plastic poo that talks and gives clues to its whereabouts.

    9. A "Learn-A-Lot Avocados" game, because one's love of guacamole's main ingredient should start at an early age. Plus this toy really helps with the old color identification and matching skills.

    Child model playing with green plastic avocado

    10. A two-sided, A-frame art easel with chalk board, magnetic dry erase board, storage, and paper feeder for aspiring artists who are still experimenting with their preferred mediums. Plus it's a great way to teach kids about writing "thank you" notes!

    Two kids using the blue easel with shelves below

    11. A Fisher-Price "Laugh & Learn Crawl-After Cat On a Vac" that plays songs while encouraging toddlers to crawl, toddle, and walk (and maybe even clean).

    Child playing with cat vac toy

    12. A talking and singing LeapFrog Yum-2-3 Toaster for learning all about numbers, colors, and the most important meal of the day!

    Teal and orange plastic toaster toy with a face along with a plate of toy food and utensils

    13. A 12-pack of durable and sustainable all-natural pure beeswax crayons that are nearly unbreakable and even come with a money-back guarantee. You better bee-lieve it!

    An open box of large, multi-colored crayons with some spread in a circle on a table

    14. A not-as-noisy-as-it-looks VTech electronic drum set, which your kid can freestyle to (like Animal from the Muppets) or they can follow the lights as they learn about letters and numbers (and maybe even want to become a real drummer).

    A blue and orange plastic electronic drum kit with drum sticks

    15. A durable, indoor/outdoor ride-on "Up & Down" Roller Coaster to make every day of play (no matter the time of year) a "great adventure" thanks to nine feet of track (as well as an expansion pack for even more room to roll. 

    GIF of child model riding red scooter down a multi-colored ramp

    For ages 2–5 years

    Promising review: "The item is light enough to take apart and move or store. My 2-year-old grandson loves this not just for riding down in the car itself, but he also uses the ramp portion for his own entertainment (i.e., racing his toy cars down it, or trying to use it like a balance beam). It's very sturdy and I feel it is worth every penny spent." —PL

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with four-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $139.99

    16. An Animal Island Learning Adventure "Sit & Play" intelligent monitor and "edutainment" system for early learning with high-quality, ad-free, subscription-free educational content that automatically updates.

    17. An inflatable (but sturdy), easy-to-clean "Bouncy Pals" unicorn hopping toy to help kids learn to balance and develop some core and leg strength in the most magical way imaginable. 

    Split image of child sitting on white unicorn with rainbow horn and pink hooves and snout toy
    iPlay, iLearn

    For ages 18 months to 4 years

    As one reviewer notes, it's technically an alicorn (due to the wings) and not just your run-of-the-mill unicorn. 

    Promising review: "It was super easy to inflate, came with an extra 'plug,' and is cute enough to give a T-rex a cavity. The material is VERY sturdy…reminds me of what you would make an inflatable raft with…really tough! My granddaughter loves it, even just to sit on and watch tv. The cover is easy to clean (by hand, allow to air dry) and not difficult to put back on and zip. I’m pretty sure it will be around for a long time!!!" —Athena L.Stallman

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99.

    18. A Playmobil Noah's Ark, because toddlers tend to lose a thing or two and this play set comes with pairs of figures (doubles!) that can be played with on land and sea (but preferably not thrown into the air).

    The packaging for a Playmobil ark with lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and human figures

    19. A three-wheeled micro scooter with an adjustable handlebar to grow with your toddler as they improve their balance and motor skills while whizzing by at seemingly breakneck speeds. Also includes a two-year manufacturer's warranty.

    A child model riding a three-wheel scooter outdoors while wearing a helmet

    20. A solar-powered Pretend and Play calculator cash register that makes a "cha-ching" noise every time it opens and will introduce concepts of math and finance to your kids as well as soon-to-be-outdated-in-their-lifetime concepts of cash and coins.

    A plastic, primary-colored cash register that's open with play cash and change

    21. A 22-piece shaking, tapping, beating, and blowing wooden instrument set to serve as your toddler's very own beat-lab, just as long as they don't actually beat anyone with their new musical toys.

    A colorful array of wooden instruments

    22. An indoor or outdoor Wiwiurka wooden trapeze bar that will give acrobatic kids the gift of strength and balance while they spin themselves round in circles (and hopefully don't puke).

    Child swinging upside down from wooden trapeze

    23. An 18-piece Fisher-Price "S'more Fun" campfire play set that trades all the danger of wood-chopping, roaring-fires, and grizzly bear attacks for kid-friendly wood accents and soft fabric. Plus no marshmallow and chocolate stains!

    24. A horn-honking, headlight flashing remote control race car with three removable driver figures for toddlers to get their first taste of simplified RC-fun with forward and reverse left functions.

    A bright red, gree, and yellow plastic race car toy with a driver being operated by a child model while supervised by an adult model

    25. A Manhattan Toy wooden pony activity center with flapping ears, gliders, spinning dials, bead runs, a shape sorter, and letter recognition which makes total horse sense for your toddler.

    A colorful and detailed right- and left-side view of a wooden pony toy

    26. A thoughtful (but still fun) Educational Insights Playfoam "Shape & Learn" counting set so kids can squish, squash, and sculpt not only numbers (based on the included flash cards) but whatever their burgeoning imaginations come up with!

    Split image of children's hands playing with foam

    27. A sports center that should inspire you and your kid to get up off the couch, stop watching Sports Center, and learn about numbers and counting through the scoreboard and all the gears and buttons. Also, please resist the urge to dunk on your child.

    A child model playing with a small soccer ball near the colorful plastic sports center

    28. A 600-piece set of Plus Plus interlocking puzzle blocks (made in Denmark so you know that it's quality) for building flat or 3D creations that's less likely to injure adults who step on any errant pieces in the middle of the night.

    Two child models playing with vehicles and animals created with colorful puzzle blocks

    29. A Fisher-Price "Laugh & Learn Smart Stages" Puppy or Sis with 75+ songs, phrases, and sounds that teach the kiddos about shapes, numbers, the alphabet, and parts of the body (by squeezing its ears, feet, and hands).

    30. A Learning Resources "Peekaboo Learning Farm" with five barnyard finger puppets (and their respective colorful barns) for little hands to develop motor skills and little minds to begin to master some math.

    31. A Yookidoo Baby Bath Spin 'N' Sprinkle Water Lab for sneaking some "science" into bathtime by turning the tub into a water park complete with "Googly Eyes" and spinning wheels.

    A child model in a tub pouring water into a multi-colored water lab

    32. Or an interactive floating octopus bath toy so they can have a splash-time pal that isn't your run of the ~bill~ rubber ducky. This tentacled friend is wayyy cooler, since it's equipped for ring toss. 

    For ages 18+ months

    Promising review: "Awesome toy for bath time. My baby loves it. It doesn't let any water get in it, so it doesn't get moldy inside. The material is similar to silicone, so it's easy on the baby's gums when he chews it and no risk of it hurting him when he kicks around in the tub! Totally recommend! —Aaron Ryan Welch

    Get it from Amazon for $7.53

    33. A Hape Quadrilla Super Spirals building blocks set for all the marble madness and Rube Goldberg goodness a kid could possibly enjoy.

    Adult and child models playing with block set and marbles

    34. A VTech "Touch and Learn" activity desk with five interactive pages and more than 200 "touch and learn spots" on each card, a music player, toy phone, and LED light-up display for nonstop learning and playtime. Also transforms from a desk into an easel and chalkboard for more lo-fi fun.

    A plastic  red, blue, and yellow chair and activity desk with numbers and fun characters

    35. A Little Tikes rocking horse that'll keep the kiddos from falling forward or back whether they're galloping into the final furlong in the living room or just taking horsey for a quick ride in the backyard. 

    Reviewer's image if child riding atop a magenta Little Tike rocking horse
    Reviewer's photo of magenta rocking horse

    For ages 12 months to 3 years

    Promising review: "If you want to win over your grandbaby, this is the gift! My grandchild was not quite a year old and she loved it. Immediately upon opening it, she wanted to get on it. She rocked and rocked on it. She would scoot the thing through the house and climb on it and set and play. Surprisingly, her older sister and brother also would sit on it and watch television. It has held up for almost two years while getting rained on, but they still sit on it and it still looks like new and has not faded or broke down." —becky harlow

    Shipping info: Usually ships within 2–3 weeks. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $51.95

    36. An eight-pack of popping tube sensory toys they can use to build shapes, letters, numbers, and everything in between, all with a simple *pop* into place!

    a heart made out of multicolored pop tube sensory toys with a child model holding a green tube
    a child model connecting blue and orange pop sensory tubes

    For ages 3+

    Promising review: "These are fun for kids of all ages. My grandbabies love them because they can hold them in their baby hands. They are brightly colored and flexible. Unlikely to hurt anything. Older kids like them for the noise they make when they are stretched or closing. They create long chains (they attach to each other) and wild twisty things. All in all, a good toy for this grandma to have in her house." —Katy 

    Get it from Amazon for $7.62 (also available as a four-pack). 

    37. A 10-pack of Play-Doh that there was no way in hell that you'd ever be able to avoid buying. Fortunately, it's all nontoxic, nonirritating, nonallergenic and the packaging is recyclable. But, yeah, it still smells like Play-Doh.

    Ten different color containers of Play-Doh stacked in a pyramid

    38. A 36-piece wooden pattern blocks animals jigsaw puzzle with patterns for creating animals, vehicles and whatever else your child's rampant imagination can come up with while "developing spatial awareness, color and shape recognition, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving."

    39. A three-chord Loog Mini acoustic guitar so you can start teaching your little punk kid the entire Ramones catalog. Comes with flashcards of chord diagrams and full access to the Loog Guitar app. Hey! Ho! Let's go!

    Child model playing a red, three-string guitar with note codes scattered about

    40. A set of Blockaroo magnetic foam building blocks sure to "click" with the young builder in your life. Plus they'll take a beating but come back looking nice and clean after bath time play or a run in the dishwasher.

    Purple, red, and yellow Blockaroo toys turned into different creatures and vehicles

    41. "Rock me, Amadeus!" A magic cube so kiddies can compose and remix some of Mozart's classical music masterpieces. It's baby's first beats lab but, like, totally classy and classical.

    42. A four-wheeled, Hape "Scoot Around" ride-on" wood bike with rubber wheels that'll take it easy on your f