Buying for a toddler may seem easy until it is time to do the actual shopping. You are met with countless toys and, of course, your little one is going to want every single one of them. The challenge is that you can’t buy them all, so you must pick and choose and hope the toys that you select will keep your toddler engaged for more than five minutes. How can you accomplish this incredible feat? All you need to know is what is hot in the toddler toy market this year, and you’re home free.
Let's Rock Elmo
Elmo has been popular among toddlers for a long time because of his high-pitched child-like voice and his squeezable nature. The Let’s Rock Elmo has Elmo behind a set of bongo drums while your toddler shakes the tambourine or sings into the microphone. It’s like your tot having his or her personal garage band without the bad notes and ear-shattering noise. Instead, you get a cute display of six classic songs, including the “Elmo’s World” theme.
To the Tool Shed!
Boys and girls will like having their own tool set. There is nothing like creating something with their own little hands, which is what the To the Tool Shed allows with its nuts, bolts, and battery-powered reversible drill. All the tools and parts are used to build four cars that have spinning wheels.
Rock Star Mickey
“Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” is a hit with the kids, so Rock Star Mickey is going to be a hit, as well. Mickey looks rather hip with his sunglasses and electric guitar. He plays hit songs like “You Really Got Me” and bobs his head along. You must watch out, though, because Mickey will pull a mouse-ka-split while strumming the strings with his nose. Your toddler will be dancing along in no time.
A, B, C Play Duplo Set
All toddlers need to have a LEGO Duplo set. They are the perfect size for tiny hands, and the hand-eye coordination benefit is on point. The A, B, C Play Duplo set is colorful and teaches them the alphabet. Because there are blocks of different sizes, they can use their imagination to build anything their little heart desires.
Toddlers love boxes because they love to hide. This is what makes tents and products like Kidscraft Playhouses so popular with the kids. However, these playhouses not only allow a child to have their own space; your toddler can decorate them. There is nothing like seeing those toddler scribbles decorating the outside of their playhouse, which is made of 100% recycled cardboard. They come as castles, rocket ships, and many other designs.
Imaginext Big-Foot the Monster
This toy is really going to excite your toddler and keep him or her interested because Big Foot is remote-controlled. Using the foot-shaped remote, he can walk, roar, and even throw a ball. When your toddler is done, Big Foot can be put to sleep. While sleeping, he snores. The snoring sound alone will put your toddler in a frenzy, as he or she will be excited to wake him up and do it all over again.
Weebles Musical Treehouse
The Weebles Musical Treehouse has been around for years and has not waned in popularity. Crank the handle and a line of Weebles climb to the top to slide down the slide. At the bottom of the slide, the Weeble hits a button that plays a sound. The sound can vary as each Weeble reaches the bottom. Furthermore, Weebles can dwell inside the treehouse or on a platform at the top. This is a toy that your toddler will want to enjoy with the entire Weeble collection. The handle on top makes it easy to carry the treehouse and the Weebles inside.
School Bus Activity Gym
When tots see a school bus, they get excited. Now they can have the School Bus Activity gym so they can pretend to drive the bus to school. There are buttons, clickers, a steering wheel, and a stop sign on the side that folds in and out just like the real thing. On the backside of the activity gym is a small slide that they will love.
Imaginarium Wooden Block Set
Wooden blocks will never go out of style because toddlers love to build things. The Imaginarium Wooden Block Set has different colored blocks of all different sizes. Your tot can build houses, castles, or anything his or her heart desires. Tots love the texture, weight, and the fact that there are a lot of blocks in this set that will keep them engaged.
My First Crayola Little Hands Art Set
If you have a Picasso on your hands, giving your tot an art set can be thrilling. Give him or her some paper and this set, and your toddler will be ready to start filling the refrigerator door with his or her work. The art set includes the storage case, a coloring and sticker book, eight triangular anti-roll crayons, eight colored pencils, safety scissors, eight washable watercolors, a paint brush, and eight washable markers. It’s the ultimate kit for a little person learning how to color and draw.
It is hard for anyone to resist a game of limbo, including a toddler. Giraffalaff Limbo is a classic limbo game that plays music as your toddler slides under the foam bar. Each round, the bar moves down a notch. If the giraffe hanging in the middle of the bar is knocked off his perch, he giggles uncontrollably along with your tot.
Little Jumper Trampoline
The Little Jumper Trampoline is just the right size for your toddler. It has a small jump area, but the padded bar gives him or her something to hold on to. The edges are padded, as well, and the trampoline is very colorful. Assembly is easy, and it stores away under the bed when playtime is over. This is a good energy burner during the winter or on those rainy summer days when your little one can’t go outside to play.