Monday, October 10, 2016

Toy Insider's Holiday of Play #WeKnowPlay

The Annual Toy Insider's Holiday of Play event took place this month.  As a parent I want to know what is the best for the kids this holiday season, makes shopping easier and I know what toys we are investing in also.   I want toys that will last longer than a week with the kids interest.







The Toy Insider’s Hot 20


0-2 years

Laugh & Learn Crawl-Around Learning Center (Fisher-Price)
Go! Go! Smart Friends Enchanted Princess Palace (VTech)

3-5 years

Disney Frozen Northern Lights Elsa (JAKKS Pacific)
Disney My Time Singing Elena of Avalor (Hasbro)
FurReal Friends Torch My Blazin’ Dragon (Hasbro)
Lion Guard Training Lair Playset (Just Play)
PAW Patrol Monkey Temple (Spin Master)
PJ Masks Headquarters Playset (Just Play)
Pokémon My Friend Pikachu (TOMY)
Talk-to-Me Mikey (Playmates Toys)

Mini Tonka Blind Crates

6-8 years

Animal Jam—Club Geoz Dance Party Playset (Jazwares)
Hatchimals (Spin Master)
Hot Wheels AI (Mattel)
Shopkins Happy Places Happy Home (Moose Toys)
Snuggles, My Dream Puppy (Moose Toys)
Skylanders Imaginators (Activision)

9+

LEGO Star Wars Resistance X-Wing Fighter (The LEGO Group)
Nintendo MarioKart 8 Quadcopter (Carrera of America)
Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon (Nintendo)
Speak Out (Hasbro)


Air Hogs Helix Sentinel Drone (Spin Master)
Barbie Hello Dreamhouse (Mattel)
BOSEbuild Speaker Cube (Bose)
CHiP (WowWee)
CodeGamer (Thames & Kosmos)
Kurio Watch (KD Interactive)
LUMI (WowWee)
Mebo (Skyrocket Toys)
Meccano Meccasaur (Spin Master)
Sky Rover Voice Command Drone (Auldey Toys North America)
Sky Viper Hover Racer (Skyrocket Toys)
Zoomer Chimp (Spin Master)


3Doodler Start Essentials Pen Set (WobbleWorks)
Barbie STEM Kit (Thames & Kosmos)
Bloxels (Mattel)
Code & Go Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set (Learning Resources)
Geckobot (Thames & Kosmos)
Mighty Makers Director’s Cut Building Set (K’NEX)
Project MC2 We Heart Chemistry Kit (ALEX Brands)
Roominate Cotton Candy Carnival (PlayMonster)
Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar (Fisher-Price)
VEX Robotics Zip Flyer (HEXBUG)

I know my kids choices include many included on the these lists.  We especially love the Code & Go Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set (Learning Resources), CHiP (WowWee), Hatchimals (Spin Master), Snuggles, My Dream Puppy (Moose Toys), and Disney Frozen Northern Lights Elsa (JAKKS Pacific).  

The Toy Insider‘s 2016 holiday gift guide will appear in the November issue of Family Circle magazine, on newsstands on October 11th, and online at thetoyinsider.com. This year’s guide is the biggest ever, featuring more than 275 toys from more than 110 manufacturers. Parents and gift givers can easily search by a child’s age (broken out into 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9+ age groups) and interests using the handy skill-development key. 

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