The holiday toy books are out, and this year’s crop of fun-looking new toys can be overwhelming. Which will get played with? Which should you skip?
What makes a good toy?
Good toys have certain things in common. They
- Can be used in more than one way as kids grow and learn.
- Let kids be creative. They allow kids to create imagined worlds and scenarios.
- Encourage extended attention. Kids play with them for more than a minute.
- Foster skill development. The best toys help kids build language, motor, social or problem solving skils while they play.
- Appeal to the senses. They’re fun to look at, touch, and listen to.
I’ve pored through the biggest of the books and chosen toys appropriate for tots two to four years old that could easily be contenders for future Toys that Get Played with Lists.
I’ve linked to the toys at Amazon so that you can learn more and read customer reviews. I’m also including Buy-It-Now prices.
“Buy-It-Now” (BIN) prices are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Don’t confuse these with the “lowest price ever” price or the current price. You may be able to beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.
- LeapFrog Learning Friends Play and Discover School Playset ( 2 to 5) List Price $30. BIN Price: $21
- LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set ( 2 to 5) List Price $20. BIN Price: $14
- Disney Frozen 2-in-1 Castle and Ice Palace Playset (3 and up) List Price $110. BIN Price: $77
- Lego Duplo Deluxe Box of Fun (18m and up) List Price $50. BIN Price: $35
- Fisher-Price Thomas the Train TrackMaster Avalanche Escape Set ( 3 and up) List Price $65. BIN Price: $45
- Fisher-Price Thomas Wooden Railway Up and Around Sodor Adventure Tower ( 3 and up) List Price $200. BIN Price: $140
- Fisher-Price Imaginext Supernova Battle Rover ( 3 to 8) List Price $120. BIN Price: $84
- Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart ( 3 and up) List Price $50. BIN Price: $35
- Fisher-Price Shake ‘n Go Spinout Speedway ( 3 to 7) List Price $50. BIN Price: $35
- Chuggington StackTrack Brewster’s Big Build Adventure Set (3 to 6) List Price $50. BIN Price: $35
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