Best Toys For The Holidays 2009: From car to bike, wooden toys, electronic toys, dolls, creative play, science and more


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Fisher-Price Big Foot He walks, he talks! He’s a little monster from imaginext with a BIG personality! That’s BIGFOOT from Fisher-Price! He’s happy. He’s angry. He’s sleepy. He’s fun. He throws a ball, chews and burps and exercises! And kids can bring him to life with an easy-to-use wireless remote control. The symbols on the buttons show you what BIGFOOT will do when you push them -- no reading required! BIGFOOT includes one (7.2Volt) NiMH rechargeable battery and battery charger. Remote Control requires 2 AA alkaline batteries. For ages 3 and up.
Gourmet Chef Kitchen by HaPe Young chefs will adore this wood child-size Gourmet Chef Kitchen by HaPe, in which they can create their own mealtime treats. Peek into the oven through the window to check on dinner or the pretend cake that's baking. Big orange knobs can turn the burners "on" or "off" and the sink is ready for washing dishes. Cleanup time is a snap with the hutch and cupboard to store dinnerware, pots and pans. Some young cooks may decide to make the cupboard the refrigerator, instead. The simple classic design and natural colors offer loads of possibilities for playtime. Accessories shown are available separately. For ages 3 and up.
Ready, Set, Art Table by Alex Ready to set your child's imagination free? The Ready, Set, Art Table by Alex will inspire hours of creativity. The set includes a wooden table, two benches and an art supply caddy with 4 multicolored cups. Easy assembly, no tools required. For ages 3 and up.
Step2 Deluxe Workshop Let your little worker in on the fun with the Step2 Deluxe Workshop. This play shop encourages hand eye coordination and pretend play with realistic-looking tools and props. Your little builder’s imagination will run wild with the tool chest cabinet, hanging jars for storage, working overhead shop light and battery operated drill featuring realistic sounds and interchangeable drill bits for maximum realism. Comes complete with a 50-piece accessory set and pretend shop vac. Batteries not included, minimal adult assembly required. For ages 3 and up. .
Step2 Master Chef Kitchen Bake a treat in the oven or make a quick snack in the microwave with the latest multi-level Master Chef Kitchen by Step2. Complete with five electronic features, phone, oven, stove, microwave and phone and light, this kitchen offers the kids’ non-stop hours of pretend-play fun. A 36-piece accessory set is included with the kitchen as well as three “woven” detailed storage baskets for added accessorizing. For ages 2 and up.
Discovery Spaceship and Lift Off Rocket by HaPe Prepare to lift off for endless hours of imaginative play. This educo Discovery Spaceship and Lift Off Rocket by HaPe provides the fuel for imaginative explorations as little astronauts prepare, launch or arrive at their destination somewhere in the galaxy. Includes two astronauts with rovers to explore around, fold-up solar panels and a working elevator. For ages 3 and up.
Fisher-Price iXL The Fisher-Price iXL is part digital book reader, game player, digital art book, MP3 music player, notepad and photo viewer. The base device comes with preloaded software for the various applications for instant out-of-the-box play. It includes a USB cable and software CD that is loaded with both PC management software and base software. It has a 3.5" TFT QVGA color screen, a built-in speaker, action button, tethered stylus, headphone jack, SD memory card slot and built-in memory. For ages 3 and up.
KaZam run bike It is all about balance and has little to do with training wheels and pedals. The KaZAM™ is the only run bike on the market uniquely designed with a foot rest. Children lift their feet up naturally and position them on to the foot rest maintaining proper balance and center of gravity similar to riding a traditional bicycle. It is the most realistic approach to learning coordination and balance; and ultimately teaching kids how to ride a pedaled bike. You have to check out the KaZAM website video to see it in action. For ages 3 years to 55 lbs.
The Shuttle Imagination by Crafty Kids The Shuttle Imagination from Crafty Kids will take your child on a new adventure every day. The unique design allows for a sturdy drawing surface and reliable stability during play. This cardboard playhouse is made in the U.S.A using 100% recycled cardboard material. The Shuttle Imagination is eco-friendly and encourages creative play. This playhouse is perfect for birthday parties, play dates, everyday play and rainy day fun. Measurements (Assembled): 39"L x 34"W x 72"H Fin attachments are 12" in length. Ages 3 and up.
Organeco Blocks by HaPe Organeco Blocks are bright, beautiful big bamboo blocks. The combination of traditional building blocks, vibrant illustrations and the use of eco-friendly bamboo allow this product to stand out from the crowd. "Organeco” comes from "Organic” and "Eco”, which are the two core values that underline HaPe's quality standards and social awareness. Due to the unique Extra Large size, lightweight hollow design and endlessly building possibilities, your children will never grow tired of this product. The Organeco Blocks can help to enhance your children's creativity and imagination. For ages 3 and up.
Prince Lionheart Chop Balance Bike and Whirl Scooter Prince Lionheart’s Chop Balance Bike and Whirl Scooter teach your child how to balance – a crucial skill necessary before transitioning to a two-wheeled pedal bicycle. Your child’s sense of independence and self-confidence will become evident as they learn to balance and steer at their own pace: first walking, then gliding! Designed for comfort and ease of portability, the Prince Lionheart balance bikes’ solid birch wood frame weighs less than 10lbs, has a height adjustable, padded seat, wide and stable 12” and 14” rubber tires, and solid rubber handgrips. These bikes are a great transition from ride on toys to a bicycle. They have a height adjustable, padded seat and are recommended for children ages 2–5.
Junior Quest Activity Center from Maclaren Even "make believe" babies deserve to be pampered. The By Air By Land By Sea color Junior Quest Activity Center from Maclaren does it with style. Dolls up to 16" will be right at home in the umbrella stroller with a 21" handle height, a comfy rocker, a folding travel crib with its own carry case, and a travel bag to keep "mommy" organized. For ages 3 and up.
Sag Harbor Castle by Pacific Play Tents Kids will have the ultimate Sag Harbor experience with the Sag Harbor Castle” by Pacific Play Tents. Big enough for all the neighborhood kids, they can play with all of their toys inside. The circular design allows the tent to be taken indoors or out. Easy to assemble and no batteries needed – just add imagination!  For ages 3 and up.
Fair Maiden Castle by Pacific Play Tents Kids will love the Fair Maiden Castle” by Pacific Play Tents. This is the royal castle experience, big enough for the whole neighborhood. Kids can play with all of their toys and stuffed animals or royal court with plenty of room left to move. Because of the unique circular design, this large diameter tent can easily fit in your house or be used outdoors. Easy to assemble and easy to clean. For ages 3 and up.
LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Introducing Leapster Explorer™ from LeapFrog, an extraordinary new learning experience that encourages children to discover something new every day with endless ways to play and learn--from games, e-Books, videos, and online play to customizable learning skills and more. Activities include cartridge games, downloadable learning apps (games, e-Books, videos, flash cards and more), a camera/video recorder and more. Children can learn school skills like reading, math, science and geography, plus creativity and life skills like music, health and problem solving. Parents can connect to the online LeapFrog® Learning Path to see what their child is playing and learning, and explore ways to expand their child's learning journey. For ages 4-9.
The Creation Cottage by Crafty Kids The Creation Cottage from Crafty Kids is a children's playhouse made from 100% recycled cardboard material. The unique design allows for a sturdy drawing surface for your child. The white exterior is a blank canvas that your child will be able to design on their own. It will provide hours, days, even weeks of fun and allow your child to create their own "home". Although the possibilties are endless, this cardboard playhouse is perfect for birthday parties, play dates, and rainy day fun. Measurements (Assembled): 42.25"L x 39.5"W x 54"H. Ages 3 and up.
Furreal Friends Gogo My Walkin’ Pup from Hasbro From neighborhood strolls to playing in the park, there’s nowhere your loveable Furreal Friends Gogo My Walkin’ Pup from Hasbro doesn’t want to walk with you! While you two are out exploring together, he’ll make barking sounds and wag his tail to show you how much he’s enjoying his walk. Use the remote control leash to guide your little friend wherever you want to go and just see where your adventures take you! Plush, electronic puppy figure comes with a remote control leash and includes 4 “C” batteries. For ages 4 and up.
LeapFrog My Own Leaptop Personalize pretend computer play with My Own Leaptop™ from LeapFrog. Choose and download songs for a custom playlist, choose from 8 email messages and personalize for your child to enjoy (Internet connection required). Explore the alphabet, pretend play, music, animals and computer literacy with 6 learning activity stations. For ages 2-4.
HABA Technics Wooden blocks The building blocks get into action and constructive ideas start rolling with the Technics Wooden Blocks from HABA. The blocks can be stacked and, thanks to the wheel clamps, converted into fabulous vehicles. This set fosters spatial thinking, perseverance and motor skills; introduces the principle of cause and effect and fosters cognitive development, in a playful manner. Ages 3 and up.
Kushies Shangrila The whimsical, soft-textured, multi-sensory Kushies Shangrila is a reversible activity mat with removable toys and portico pop-up-fold-down leg armature to make setup and storage a breeze. The signature clip is compatible with other Kushies Zolo toys. For ages 0 and up.
GeoTrax ® Christmas in ToyTown On the night before Christmas, all through ToyTown, Santa and his elf bring the presents around! Kids can push the GeoTrax ® Christmas in ToyTown train by Fisher-Price, or use the remote control to activate lights and holiday music as the train drives by the bridge, the skating pond or the Easy Rail station! The Easy Rail station has special track area that makes it easy for preschoolers to get their train on track to ToyTown. It’ll be a happy holiday, fueled by your child’s imagination—and a little help from Santa and his elf Jingle—the “jolliest” team in GeoTown! Includes 15 AAA batteries. For ages 2 and up.
Discovery Toys Star Explorer Kit Kids enjoy using this Star Explorer Kit by Discovery Toys for night-sky discovery to pinpoint and identify popular seasonal constellations. Portable light-up device with compass comes complete with 15 constellation transparencies for convenient night-time use. The additional constellation fun fact cards and seasonal star charts promote interest in science, nature, and astronomy. For ages 6 and up.
Mattel Matchbox® Stinky™ The Garbage Truck Boys will really be cleaning up this holiday season with Stinky™ the Garbage Truck, a new Matchbox® from Mattel. Every boy’s best friend, Stinky™ will provide hours of entertainment. He is first and foremost a real working garbage truck that boys can drive around, load and unload. But, he also comes to life to interact with the boy. He loves to talk and tell jokes, eat, sing and is always ready for fun. Watch out, Stinky™ has a couple of funny surprises that will surely make boys laugh out loud. Stinky™ will keep boys engaged by asking questions, initiating sing-a-longs, exercising and playing games. He knows when he is being played with and when it's time for bed. Stinky™ snores and then goes quiet. With over 80 phrases, various movements and sounds Stinky™ is the ultimate in open-ended play. Ages 3 and up.
Go Anywhere Grill by HaPe Kids can pick up and go anywhere to grill a feast for family and friends with the Go Anywhere Grill by HaPe. The 33-piece compact grill has two-sided charcoal with graphics on one side to suggest it is "ready" to grill food. Set includes 2 steaks and fish and shish-ka-bobs, and cotton bag to hold the charcoal and tongs. The steaks are "rare" on one side and "well-done" on the other, perfect for pretend grilling. For ages 3 and up.
Superstructs™ Custom Kit Long ago, when parents and grandparents were in preschool, they’d sit on the floor, open a box with dozens of toy pieces and construct things. Then along came the technology years and a whole generation has tuned in to handheld devices, computer games and toys that required a cord, a battery and chargers. Today’s savvy kids are getting back to toy basics, but with a twist and a pop. Sitting on the floor and building things again is cool, especially when it’s a custom kit, uniquely yours, from Superstructs™ by WABA Fun. Award-winning Superstructs are the vibrant plastic rod and connector style construction toys that feature safe, durable EVA foam panels that 'pop' between the rods and joints. New this year, the Custom Kits offer an easy online system where anyone can design and personalize their own toy building set and make the perfect gift for a young builder. Ages 3 and up.
Marshmallow Mazooka Blow away the neighborhood with high-powered, soft-hitting, marshmallow artillery, the Marshmallow Mazooka from the Marshmallow Fun Company is available in classic red and blue or camo. Use your drop-down, illuminated, cross-hair site to dial in your target. Battery-powered, micro-processor controlled, launches a large marshmallow approximately 30 feet. The Mazooka brings an innovative, new touch to marshmallow combat – where the battle is hard and the victory is sweet. For ages 8-12.
Pallina by HaPe Be careful when pulling out these sticks! With Pallina from HaPe you need a very sensitive touch and thoughtful strategy. Excitement and challenge awaits young players! For ages 3 and up.
Barbie® Video Girl™ Doll from Mattel Lights, Barbie®, Action! The Barbie® Video Girl™ Doll from Mattel is the must-have holiday toy that allows girls to create movies from Barbie® doll's point-of-view with a real video camera inside Barbie® doll. With the camera lens in her necklace and a color LCD video screen on her back, girls will have endless fun recording and playing back their digital masterpieces with close to 30 minutes of recording time. Editing software available at Barbie.com enhances videos with the ability to add music, visual and sound effects! Ages 6 and up.
HEXBUG NANO with the Bridge Battle Habitat Set The HEXBUG NANO is the robotic creature that behaves like a real bug. Battle your HEXBUG NANO with the Bridge Battle Habitat Set. NANOs enter the arena through one-way gates and battle against one another until only one remains! Each Bridge Battle Habitat Sets comes with 2 extremely rare NANO mutations and 29 easy connect pieces, giving you the freedom to get creative and see how many ways your NANOs can battle! For ages 3 and up. 
Junior Belle Époque Doll Stroller An elegant pram, the Junior Belle Époque Doll Stroller from Chicco has been designed to take baby dolls on long strolls. It features high quality fabric, an adjustable sun canopy, a basket, and a baby bag for doll accessories. The carry cot can be turned to face either forward or toward “mommy”. For ages 3 and up.
Wonder Walker by HaPe Toddlers will discover the world at their own pace with the help of the wood Wonder Walker from HaPe. Setback wheels provide a stable base to pull up and glide easily when pushed, encouraging the first of many steps. Features offer practice with shapes, colors and fine motor skills. For ages 1 and up.
EasyBake Deluxe Delights Cake and Cookie Kit by Hasbro Create your own little "pastry shop" right in your kitchen with your own home microwave, a dash of creativity and this Easy-Bake Deluxe Delights Cake and Cookie Kit from Hasbro! With twelve different tools and mixes for making pink sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, raspberry cake, chocolate cake and more, the yummy possibilities are almost endless! Choose what you'd like to make, mix it up and then bake it right in your very own microwave. While it's cooling, mix up a batch or two of colored fondant so you can decorate you treats just like a real pastry chef would. Your cakes and cookies will be scrumptious -- and "deliciously" pretty! Ages 8 and up, requires adult participation.
Mattel World Wresting Entertainment® Electrovision™ WWE® Championship Belt Kids can make an electrifying entrance on Christmas morning just like their favorite Superstars with the World Wresting Entertainment® Electrovision™ WWE® Championship Belt from Mattel. Adding a new twist to the role play experience, the new Electrovision™ belt takes advantage of innovative engineering to combine more than 450 frames of animation with real Superstar theme music allowing kids to recreate the entrance experience for six of the hottest WWE® Superstars! Boys will raise their championship belt high in the air to experience Electrovision™! One-time adjustable waistline is designed to fit kids. Ages 8 and up.
Tegu These aren't your ordinary building blocks! tegu blocks made of a hardwood with a unique grain, are perfect for creating masterpieces. Sets include Cubes, Long Planks, Short Planks, and Jumbo Planks for creative masterpieces. The blocks come in various finishes. Magnetic connections between the blocks make for novel play that defies gravity and increases a child's creative freedom. Even adults will spend hours building things never possible with traditional blocks! Ages 3 and up.
Kids Preferred Pooh plush characters Winnie the Pooh is a beloved character all over the world with a rich storytelling heritage. He represents friendship, simple joys, and the curious nature of a child's imagination. The Hundred Acre Wood has always been a better simpler place where “young at heart” resides. It can be viewed as a respite for Moms and their hectic lives, allowing them to rediscover the joys and comfort of their own childhood. We have combined the classic Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger 9" plush characters from Kids Preferred. These adorable characaters, made of the softest plush, will amuse baby or a big sister or brother. Kids love snuggling with these fluffy guys as parents read them a Pooh adventure or they watch a Pooh cartoon! For ages 1 month to 10 years.
Superstructs™ Kits Kids will fun constructing with Superstructs™ kits by WABA Fun. The award-winning 126-piece Big Builder set provides everything you need to build detailed, hard working, construction vehicles such as a working forklift, dump truck, crane, or utility truck. Creativity Goes Exquisitely "Pink" with The Fairy Garden that young builders create themselves. It includes plastic rods, connectors, wheels, and decorative EVA flowers, leaves, and wings. The Flight Set includes all the pieces you need to make a biplane, helicopter, rocket, or space ship and 2 pilot characters. The 175-piece Wacky Machines building set includes 16 large gears and plans to build 7 truly wacky models. Step by step plans illustrate how to create a crazy clock, geared-down Ferris wheel, a thumping whatcha-ma-call-it, a drilling car, and 3 more fun and zany contraptions. Build BIG with the award-winning 230-piece Super Set! The enclosed step-by-step construction guide illustrates how to create a working Ferris wheel, a carousel, a large crane, cars, trucks, and more. This set also includes 8 large tires and pieces to build 4 fun characters. Ages 3 and up.
ZipBins by Neat-Oh What if your toy bin unzipped to a play mat and zipped back up, confining the toys in a backpack, tote or bin? That would take the work out of having fun! ZipBins by Neat-Oh! lets your kids take their imaginations on endless adventures. Our favorite bins include the Dollhouse Playpack, Dino Playpack, Lego Racer Tool Box, Small Town Toy Box, and Fairy Castle. For ages 3 and up. and Mansion. For ages 3 and up.
 Tonka Ricochet RC stunt  from Hasbro Show off your "driving" skills with this cool remote-controlled Tonka Ricochet RC stunt vehicle from Hasbro! Use the controller to send it careening around the floor and flip it from side to side. Drive it low to the ground, then activate its Monster Lift Suspension to drive. When it's time to "put the brakes on" your remote-controlled action for the day, hook it up to the charger so your vehicle is all ready for your next "stunt driving" show! For ages 8 and up.
Juicy Couture by Maclaren toy stroller Stripes and signature crowns add charming detail to a stroller designed specifically for dolls and toys. The Maclaren Juicy Couture toy stroller includes a mesh basket, swivel wheels, and reclining seat. For ages 3 and up.
Cracking Contraptions Alarm Clock from Wild Creations Cracking Contraptions Alarm Clock from Wild Creations is possibly the most eccentric alarm clock ever invented! A series of gravity fed ball bearings set off wind chimes, cymbals, and even a coo-coo to ensure you wake up laughing. Ages 5 and up.
CitiBlocs Remember when we used to daydream, invent, build and then knock it all down? One toy company has found a way to transform today’s eKid into a kid off the ole’ block. CitiBlocs are the next generation of wooden construction pieces that stack up to a block party in the family room. Best of all, the precision cut blocks of wood are green, crafted from New Zealand pine. The beautifully simplistic blocks are ideal for solo play or a family fun session with grandparents and siblings. They’re designed for children ages 3 and up. The toughest decision may be which building sets to purchase – natural color? Cool color? Hot colors? All sets come with a colorful building design guide and each set can be combined with another to grow with your child. Ages 3 and up.
Baby Activity Walker from Chicco The Baby Activity Walker from Chicco will help your baby stand up and take those important first steps. All your baby has to do is hold onto the handle and start walking, and the toy will immediately play an amusing melody. When your baby stops walking, the music stops playing, which will encourage your baby to take a few more steps. The Baby Activity Walker doubles as an activity center that will stimulate your baby’s imagination and coordination with the toy’s many amusing games, flashing lights, and sound effects. For ages 9 months and up.
Mattel Polly Pocket™ Pop ‘N Lock™ Stage Polly™ is the ultimate rock star and is ready to go on tour this holiday season with the ElectroPop World™ Pop 'n Lock™ Stage from Mattel. Girls can dress Polly™ for the ultimate rock concert or New Year’s bash in a snap with her Pop 'N Lock™ Fashions. Cruise with Polly™ as she travels around in her boom box tour bus! Once she’s hit her destination she’s ready to rock! Just press the play button on the side of the tour bus and watch it transform into a rocking three story party pad! The first floor features a bedroom complete with bunk beds for a super fun slumber party, a lounge area for Polly™ to hang out with her friends before the show, and a closet to hang all her cool Pop 'N Lock™ fashions. On the second floor, girls can get ready for fashion secrets and surprises in Polly™ doll’s dressing room. Then simply place Polly™ and her Pop 'N Lock™ fashions in the dressing room, close the doors and pull Polly™ up to the third floor concert stage where she's magically transformed into her concert Pop 'N Lock™ fashions, all ready to rock. At the end of the performance, it’s a snap to close the playset and pack up for portable on-the-go play. (Includes car.) Ages 4 and up.
Locktagons from Lauri The Locktagons construction toy from Lauri is the perfect size for little hands to grasp and manipulate. Locktagons allow children to explore their imagination with freeform creations and unlimited possibilities! The 3 different shapes (rectangle, square and octagon) have several slots that lock together to build 3-dimensional structures in multiple ways that are simple, challenging and most important, fun. The magic of these toys is unlocked with a child’s imagination―is it a doll house, car garage, dinosaur or space shuttle? Children will be amazed by the durable pieces that will let them create anything their heart desires. An activity guide is also included that will give parents suggestions on educational ways to build and interact with their child. For ages 3 and up.
Discovery Toys Quibits Exclusive to Discovery Toys, Quibits invite your child to think and design big! Invented by an architect, Qubits are modeled after the hexagonal building blocks of nature, offering a keen awareness of shapes, modular patterns and structural engineering. Young architects can bend the flexible rubber-like pieces into an endless array of shapes and geometric structures. Quibits' unique building system offers practice in math skills related to positioning, patterns, spatial reasoning and logical thinking. For ages 5 and up.
Discovery Toys Castle MarbleWorks The Discovery Toys exclusive Castle MarbleWorks is twists and turns of fun for your toddler. Your child will have fun dropping the 3 weighted chime balls down the track of this marble run building system. As balls race, spin and zig-zag, your little one learns to predict the balls’ course, practice motor skills, understand cause and effect and observe gravity in motion. Includes 8 pieces. For ages 2 and up.
LeapFrog Twinkle Twinkle Little Scout Children get cozy on their way to learning—and then sleeping—with Twinkle Twinkle Little Scout from LeapFrog. As they cuddle Scout, they can explore first words and counting or listen to sweet lullabies. Softly glowing moon helps guide children to nap time or nighttime. Blanket detaches for easy cleaning. For ages 0-36 months.
Zoobie Pets The Zoobies Storytime Collection combines what we love about Zoobie – the cuddly, plush animal friend; a soft, comfy pillow; and a warm, cozy blanket – and combines it with your child’s favorite character friend. Safety tested for all ages. Olivia™, the fun loving, adventure seeking pig comes to life from Ian Falconers storybook. From her cute piggy snout and adorable red dress, to her creative charm, Olivia is by far the nicest and most playful pig around. Enter the World of Eric Carle with Zoobies Very Hungry Caterpillar™ This limited edition plush character folds into a pillow with a butterfly print blanket zipped inside. This product is sure to be a hit for children and collectors alike. Cuddle up in the Spot the Dog blanket as you read the adventurous stories to your child. Spot is sure to become a best friend. Recommended for ages 3 and up but safety tested for all ages.
Scoot & Scurry City from Hasbro Tizzy Tumbles acts shy and sweet, but bounces around so quickly that she often escapes. For this hungry bunny, nothing beats finding a yummy treat! There's a lot of hustle and bustle in any city, but there's lots more in this itty bitty Hasbro Scoot & Scurry City for your furry friend Tizzy to explore. She'll zip and zoom all over, making the hilltop sign spin as she races past and tipping over buckets as she goes! She'll push the ball when you put it in front of her and she'll escape out the gate if it's open. How can you keep her attention? Dress her up with hat, sunglasses, collar and clip accessories and she'll be happy to show off her stuff. But this little bunny was made for running and in no time, she'll be off racing around again! For ages 4 and up.
Magic Window Talking Farm from Chicco The Bilingual Magic Window Talking Farm from Chicco features a unique color LCD display that brings the farm animals to life with smooth animation. The toy features 3 levels of play to keep the fun engaging while your child learns by listening, watching and interacting with the animals on the farm. Keeping time with the music, the child also learns to sing the first letters of the alphabet and the first numbers, both in English and Spanish. For ages 1 and up.
Talk of the Farm by Alex The Talk of the Farm interactive talking play mat by Alex will be the talk of toddlers! Little farmers can drive the truck over the musical notes and listen to the fun at Buttercup Farm while learning simple phrases, counting and following direction. For ages 18 months and up.
Kushies Stacrobats The Stacrobats Magnetic Stacking Acrobats by Kushies lets kids create their own circus. Kids will build their imagination, balance, and dexterity while they play. The magnetic figures, balls, and base are easy to attach. Connect them in zillions of ways. Begin with simple magnetic discovery and grow to learn stacking and balance. The many ways to play and succeed encourages self-expression and builds self confidence. For ages 1 and up.
Kids Preferred Madeline The spunky literary character, beloved for seven decades on both sides of the Atlantic, is the star of books, a television series and a feature film. Madeline is often seen wearing her signature yellow sailor hat and blue uniform coat. As any little girl can recite from the pages of Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic tale, Miss Clavel oversees the education of 12 little girls, the smallest of whom is the mischievous Madeline. This Dressable Madeline by Kids Preferred stands 13.5-inches tall and comes in a collectible acetate can bag. We have added two additional outfits (raincoat and pajamas). For ages 3 months and up.
HABA Zoolino Building Blocks Here a giraffe, there a cat and then all of them are all mixed up. The little animals can be piled up on top of each other in all sorts of ways with the Zoolino Building Blocks from HABA. For ages 1 and up.
Multi-Solution Shape Puzzles from P’kolino Creative Problem solving…and so much more! Develop a child’s ability to creatively solve challenges, fine-tune hand-eye coordination, and strengthen fine motor skills with these Multi-Solution Shape Puzzles from P’kolino. With as many solutions as a child can imagine these puzzles hold their attention longer than the standard one-and-done puzzle. For ages 2 years and older.
Discovery Toys Try-Angle The Discovery Toys Try-Angle lets infants twist, turn, whirl and twirl for lots of discovery with colors, shapes, and sounds! This portable, foldable hands-on activity center intrigues tiny eyes, ears and fingers. Try-Angle features 5 sides each with different colorful parts to observe, listen to and manipulate. Lay flat for early tummy time; then, as baby grows, fold for sit-up or tabletop play. For ages 6 months and up.
Organic Mac the Puppy and Ella the Elephant by Maclaren Organic Mac the Puppy and Ella the Elephant by Maclaren are perfect hand-held plush friends from birth and up. 8” high and covered in organic cotton fabric velveteen, these plushes are made with safe, all natural, non-toxic fabrics that are untreated and unprocessed. Dyes and pigments are from plants and minerals From ages 0 and up.
Bamboo Dump Truck by HaPe Travel, tip and load - that's the plan of action for this unique Bamboo Dump Truck from HaPe. With its flame graphics, this rugged, modern design combined with durable bamboo body will be able to tote and load for hours of construction play. For ages 3 and up.
Hearts for Hearts Girls dolls Hearts for Hearts Girls dolls, a new line of multicultural dolls from Playmates Toys, are beyond what’s expected. Aside from being gorgeously detailed with authentic ethnic clothing and accessories, the story that comes with each doll encourages young girls to think about how they can contribute to and change their own communities. We are featuring Tipi from Laos and Lilian from Belarus. To further emphasize goodwill toward others, a portion of each Hearts for Hearts Girls purchase is donated to global charities. Ages 6-10.
Kimochi Kimochi (KEY.MO.CHEE) means "feeling" in Japanese. Kimochis™ characters come with small pillows with a feeling (happy, sad, silly, brave…) printed on one side, and a corresponding facial expression on the other. A how-to Kimochis™ Feel Guide is also included introducing the personalities of each character and offering parents easy tips and engaging activities to help strengthen the parent-child connection and teach children to identify and express feelings in positive ways. Cat is a leader and can be very persuasive. She comes with five bandages to help heal hurt feelings and three feelings: Happy Curious and Cranky. Cloud, like the weather can be a bit unpredictable. Huggtopus is all smiles and giggles. She is very affectionate and strong and sometimes gets a little carried away by her big friendly personality. For ages 3 and up.
Patch Sid the Science Kid Learning Science Kit: Why Do I Need A Jacket? Preschoolers are naturally curious and love to experiment with their world and figure out how things work. Patch’s new Sid the Science Kid Learning Science Kits let kids do just that! In these kits, kids will have hands-on play while they do actual science experiments. The kits come with a journal to encourage kids to ask questions, draw their observations and explore the answers. Why Do I Need A Jacket? kit will blow you away! This kit encourages children to investigate weather and what it means for them. Children can learn about all aspects of weather—rain, wind, temperature, sun and more. Ages 3 and up.
Patch Sid the Science Kid Learning Science Kit: How Do Plants Grow? Another fantastic kit in Patch’s Sid the Science Kid Learning Science Kits series is How Do Plants Grow? Children will see how fun and simple science can be. This kit encourages them to investigate plants and growth as they learn about how seeds sprout, what plants need to grow and what makes dirt dirty. Ages 3 and up.
Patch Sid the Science Kid Learning Science Kit: Why Are Wheels Round? The Why Are Wheels Round? kit in Patch’s Sid the Science Kid Learning Science Kits series is perfect for the child that’s always on the move. This kit investigates wheels and movement, and children will learn about how the shape of wheels affects car movement and what happens if they race a car on different surfaces or at different angles. Ages 3 and up.
LeapFrog Cook & Play Potsy Get children's imaginations brewing with Cook & Play Potsy from LeapFrog. Spice up the learning with colors, counting, opposites, and healthy choices. Hear food facts and sounds as you cook up a meal of your own imagination. Stirring adds music and rhymes to the mix. For ages 12-36 months.
Rainbow Activity Phone from Chicco This Rainbow Activity Phone from Chicco is a pull-along telephone filled with manual activities, lights, fun sounds and melodies. It is designed to entice babies and stimulate their motor-sensory skills. The colorful spheres on each corner double as visually stimulating wheels. For ages 6 months and up.
HABA Bingo Animal Kids The fox and little sheep meet with all the other animal kids to play together. Four animal kids always meet on a picture card. With a bit of luck you are the quickest and the first to find the animals of your picture card thus winning the game. Bingo Animal Kids from HABA is an assigning game with animals. It includes 24 wooden pieces, 6 cardboard picture cards, and can be played by one or up to 6 players. For ages 2 and up.
 Joovy Just-Like-Mine! Toy Car Seat Children learn early to imitate what they see around them. Joovy’s Just-Like-Mine! Toy Car Seat is just like the real thing! Comfortable two-position handle grip is ergonomically designed for small hands. 5-Point harness is fully adjustable for height and width. Fits dolls or stuffed toys 12 to 20 inches in length. Crash Tested for Passenger Safety, safety base locks securely to vehicle seat using seat belt or LATCH restraint system. Washable fabric removes for easy cleaning. Joovy has developed the first doll car seat that helps children understand the importance of good passenger safety, without sacrificing play-time fun. And parents find that their child is more cooperative about using their own car seat as a result! For ages 2-5.
 Joovy “Just-Like-Mine” Doll Booster Seat The Joovy “Just-Like-Mine” Doll Booster Seat is ngineered to perform similarly to a real car seat. It attaches to vehicle seat using a seat belt or the LATCH car restraint system. Can be easily released for playtime activities. Great for bringing friends along on a drive, indoors, or for the child transitioning to a booster themselves. For ages 2-5.
 Joovy Toy Caboose The clever Joovy Toy Caboose is a perfect replica of the popular Caboose Stand-On Tandem stroller. The design features of the Toy Caboose allow your child to secure and transport two or three cherished toy friends at once, for hours of role-playing fun. And with the toy car seat attachment system the Joovy Toy Caboose is fully compatible with the Joovy Just-Like-Mine! Toy Car Seat – just like the real thing. For ages 3 and up.
Hide & Seek Junior Lion or Elephant from R&R Games Play Hide and Seek with your new animal friends, Hide & Seek Junior Lion or Elephant R&R Games! Hide the animal indoors or out. Your seeker wand tracks the hide and seek junior animal with a signal that only they can hear. When the animal hears it, they'll call out to you! So listen for their sounds and hunt around to be the first to find where the animal is hiding! Junior wands work with all hide and seek safari junior animals. Batteries are included so hide and seek safari junior is ready to play right out of the box! For ages 2 and up.
Turbo Touch Speed Truck from Chicco This fun, free-rolling Turbo Touch Speed Truck from Chicco makes fun engine noises and transports up to five Turbo Touch vehicles (one is included). Best of all, it opens up into a race track over 3 feet long. A working race light signals the beginning of the race, and a sensor on the track senses when the cars cross the finish line... charge your Turbo Touch vehicle and let it race, if it crosses the finish line with a green light you’ll hear claps and cheers as the vehicle exits from the hidden door chute at the front of the truck. For ages 2 and up.
Young Scientists Club's Magic School Bus Back in Time with the Dinosaurs The popular Magic School Bus series goes Back in Time with the Dinosaurs with this fun set by the Young Scientists Club. Ms. Frizzle and her students take Young Scientists on a wild ride back in time with the dinosaurs through these marvelous experiments. Young Scientists create a timeline, design a diorama, build a wooden dinosaur replica, make cast and mold fossils, mold clay dinosaur teeth, simulate a dino dig, fold 3D dinosaurs, and much, much more! Seatbelts, everyone! Get ready to travel Back in Time with the Dinosaurs. For ages 5 and up.
Young Scientists Club's Magic School Bus Solar Energy to the Rescue The popular Magic School Bus series puts Solar Energy to the Rescue with this fun set by the Young Scientists Club. Ms. Frizzle and her students take Young Scientists on a wild ride with solar energy to the rescue. Young Scientists explore the greenhouse effect, collect real carbon dioxide, recreate global warming in a bottle, use a solar panel to spin a fan, make a solar secret code, design solar spinners, watch solar energy inflate balloons, and much, much more. Seatbelts everyone! Get to the Rescue with Solar Energy! For ages 5 and up.
Young Scientists Club's Magic School Bus Going Green The popular Magic School Bus series is Going Green with this fun set by the Young Scientists Club. Ms. Frizzle and her students take Young Scientists on a wild ride by going green with experiments and activities that can Save our Earth. Young Scientists recreate the water cycle, build a compost tube, shrink plastic, magically make packing peanuts disappear, decompose food with fungus, form pulp, create new paper, design recycled paper shapes, learn about the 3 R’s, and much, much more. Seatbelts, everyone! Get ready to explore and Go Green. For ages 5 and up.
Mega Bubble from Wild Creations Mega Bubble from Wild Creations is one of Science Museum’s most popular demonstration products. Its inflatable base holds the bubble liquid around the perimeter, allowing people to stand inside while the bubble wand is moved up over their heads. It's a great way to learn the physics behind bubbles. Ages 5 and up.
Yamodo Party Time Get ready to use your imagination with Yamodo Party Time, the award-winning game of made-up words that will keep everyone laughing. Played in quick rounds, players scramble to create their “best” definition to a made-up word and theme with the hope of being picked by the judge. Be creative, be quick, but when time runs out, the Spindoodler is spun, and the consequences only add to the fun. Write a funny definition, add a quick doodle, and feel free to lobby the judge on why your definition is best. Ages 12 to adult.
 OgoSport OgoBild The OgoSport OgoBild is the whacky, crazy, aerodynamic inventive play that provides hours of fun and exercise. Part ball, part sculpture – hundreds of ways to make it roll, bounce, and fly. The basic form has 12 sockets so every time you add or remove pieces you change the dynamic. For ages 3 and up.
LeapFrog Fix & Learn Speedy Get little gears turning for fun play and learning with Fix & Learn Speedy from LeapFrog. Children can learn about shapes, counting and more as they play with a car that will tune up their motor skills and fire up their imaginations! For ages 18-36 months.
Foil Bead Maker by Alex Make beautiful beads from foil with the Foil Bead Maker by Alex. Just roll out the foil and string with lots of shapes to make necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. For Ages 7 and up.
Summer Infant Tub Time Tea Party Set The Summer Infant’s Tub Time Tea Party Set is a the perfect gift for any little girl. Your little princess can have a tea party right in the comfort of her own tub! Set includes: teapot, sugar bowl, sugar cubes, and two tea cups. For ages 3 and up.
Discovery Toys Story Stacker Rated one of the best 10 toys by Dr. Toy, the Discovery Toys Story Stacker is a 9-piece wooden stacking set that offers so many Layers of Learning! As your child develops hand-eye coordination, they also learn about colors, numbers, geometric shapes and size relativity. Toddlers enjoy many "ta-da" moments with 3 animal heads, and the ability to stack and restack the pieces in a variety of combinations. For ages 1 and up.
Discovery Toys Caterpillar Shape Sorter The Discovery Toys Caterpillar Shape Sorter is a versatile, open-ended puzzle friend with countless opportunities for math exploration and configuration. Your child will have fun counting, sorting, mixing and matching colors, geometric shapes, and patterns. Helps development of hand-eye coordination, early math skills, and an understanding of spatial relationships. For ages 2 and up.
ZabaZoo GLIDE™ Introducing GLIDE™ from ZabaZoo, the fold-up tabletop shuffleboard game that's sure to be a hit with young and old alike! Take aim and carefully push the handmade GLIDE stones across the supersonically slippery board to land in the target. With a 4 foot long board, only the most skilled will have the aim to knock an opponent out. For ages 6 and up.
Tie Dye Fashion Best Friends Scarves by Alex The Tie Dye Fashion Best Friends Scarves by Alex kit lets you make two scarves with cool tools that make tie dying easy. Includes two 54” cotton scarves, tools, dye, beads, and easy instructions. For ages 6 and up.
Fun & Music Bag from Chicco The stylish Fun & Music Bag from Chicco features manual activities, electronics and colored lights. Pop up the MP3 player to listen to the music or open the small mirror to activate dreamy melodies. The removable mobile phone rings and with the puzzle it’s possible to create 3 different characters. The key ring features a soft little bear which squeaks. For ages 9 months and up.
ZabaZoo Junior RUK-SHUK™ Junior RUK-SHUK™ from ZabaZoo is the multi award-winning point scoring game of rock-balancing. Players make the best use of their specially designed Game Rocks to balance as much of the formations shown on the cards as they can and score points before time runs out! Each formation is based on a real rock formation somewhere around the world - from Devil’s Tower in the USA to Pinnacle Rock in the Galapagos Islands and Pigeon Rock in Lebanon. Play some or all formations in a game and the highest score wins! For ages 5 and up.
Patch Singin’ Sea Creatures 3D puzzle Patch’s Singin’ Sea Creatures 3D puzzle is sure to fascinate. This 46-piece vibrant floor puzzle is full of surprises. Put together the colorful sea and then slip on the included sturdy 3D glasses for a magical experience! Children will be astonished as they watch the sea creatures swim towards them and try to reach out and touch them. But the magic doesn’t stop there! Hidden within the puzzle are all of the letters of the alphabet and numbers 0–9…pretty sneaky, huh? Race to be the first one to find them all or bond with your child as you help them recognize each letter and number in the large 2 x 3 foot picture. For ages 3 and up.
Talking Vacation Car from Chicco Let’s set off for a new adventure and learn many new words every day with the multiple award-winning Talking Vacation Car from Chicco. It will accompany you on vacation and talk to you in English or Spanish. Children will first discover new words, complete stories, and finally when they become an expert, complete the car’s riddles. Three increasing levels of learning with which to play: Words mode: discover the names of the objects and the corresponding sounds; Story mode: complete the stories by recognizing the missing objects; Riddle mode: solve the riddles in English and Spanish. The child can also follow the stories by using the included picture book, which is in the shape of a suitcase. For ages 1 and up.
Kushies Beanstax Stack, build, tumble and toss with Kushies Zolo Beanstax. Builds self-confidence by encouraging exploration and building through open-ended play. Ages 1 and up.
Learn to Dress Kitty by Alex Learn to Dress Kitty by Alex is a plush cat with 11 different activities that help develop motor skills while letting kids practice buttoning, snapping, buckling, tying, lacing, and hook and loop. For ages 18 months and up.
North Star Games Wits & Wagers From North Star Games, Wits & Wagers is the most-award winning party game in history. Not a trivia buff? It doesn’t matter! Each player writes a guess to a question such as “In what year did the bikini swimsuit makes its first appearance?” or “How many feet wide is an NFL football field?” and places it face-up on the betting mat. Feeling confident? Bet on your guess. Think someone else knows better? Bet on their guess. Strike it big and you’ll be cheering like you just hit the jackpot! Great for a family gathering or party, for ages 10 and up. 
Color A Fashion Bag by Alex Color A Fashion Bag by Alexis big enough for school books and binders – and creativity. Includes 6 brightly colored permanent markers to create a dazzling bag. For ages 7 and up.
Time's Up!® - Title Recall from R&R Games From R&R Games, Time's Up!® - Title Recall is the same great classic game but with a completely new twist that challenges players to guess the titles of books, films, songs, and more. Players try to get other players to guess the same set of titles over three rounds. Inside you'll find new rules for odd numbers of players, a hilarious new 4th ROUND and of course... all new cards! Instead of famous people, they crammed famous things into this game! For ages 10 and up.
Twisterz Twisters Toys are safe, easy to use, and perfect for quiet play or travel, and inspire early development skills including creativity and imagination, logic, spelling, problem solving and hand/eye coordination. A child twists the rings on The Story Starter and creates one of several thousand combinations of story introductions. Adults or children can continue to tell a story from the introduction. Alphabet Matcher challenges children to choose a letter and find the five corresponding images that begin with that letter. Word Builder challenges children to build new words by twisting the rings in order to create different letter combinations. The rings are easily removed and rearranged, creating thousands of possibilities! Ages 3 and up.
Griddly Headz Baseball You don′t need to know anything about sports to get into the action with Griddly Headz Baseball theme game. Simply set up the board, roll, and go. The Grizzly Headz Baseball game will hit a home run with any family. Roll your dice in the stadium and bring your players out of the locker room and get ready for a whole bunch of fun. Beat your opponents by out running them, taking uniform pieces, or sending their players out of the game. Ages 8 and up.
Griddly NASCAR® Racing Players... start your engines! Bring the NASCAR® race excitement home and share it with your family and friends with the Griddly Headz NASCAR® Racing theme game. Bring out your monster car and use it to send your opponents to the garage for repairs. Win a fastest pit crew challenge and score points to bring you closer to victory! Ages 8 and up.
E-Z Bat from Monkey Business Sports The E-Z Bat is Monkey Business Sports' answer to a problem that has existed probably since baseball was invented. How can a child hit the ball if their coordination skills aren't yet up to the task? The answer, he/she doesn't. Slide the 'ball' on the bat and let them swing away. After just a couple minutes, your kid will be consistently swinging for the fences. Give it a swing! Ages 3 and up.
Space Chips from Monkey Business Sports Space Chips from Monkey Business Sports are a new intuitive building toy that allow kids and adults to explore shapes and space. Each box comes with 50 Space Chips and a "tips-and-tricks" product sheet where you can learn how to build the First Five Drons and cool Combo-Drons like Quacks the Duck and Salty the Crab. The Space Chips packaging has a display window that features a pre-built Space Chip 3D shape inside. The set includes the three Space Chip shapes — Triangle, Square, and Pentagon. With a 50 piece set you can of course start by building the First Five Drons as well as many other creative and expressive Combo-Dron shapes. Ages 6 and up.
Wacky Wigglin’ Doodle Desk Machine from NSI International The Wacky Wigglin’ Doodle Desk Machine from NSI International lets you create the most awesome squiggly art using ANY KIND OF markers, crayons or paints! Place ordinary paper on the drawing surface, turn the Wacky Wigglin’ Doodle Desk on and it starts to shake and jiggle. Your ordinary drawings become amazing squiggly art. Even the youngest artists can create amazing pictures that they can be proud of because everything looks great when it is squiggly and wiggly! The dial lets you control the size and shape of the squiggles. It’s compact size and lap-friendly design makes it an ideal travel companion for kids. It includes 3 markers, 15 sheets of paper and detailed instructions. Ages 5 and up.
Tri-Cross from Games For Competitors Tri-Cross from Games For Competitors is a multi-player, abstract thinking game that challenges players to think strategically, anticipate moves and problem solve in a unique way. Being hailed by educators as the “new chess,” Tri-Cross has six optional variations of play, varying in degrees of difficulty, making it an instant favorite among strategists, parents and teachers. For 2-4 players, ages 8 and up.
 OgoSport OgoDisk With its lightweight foam outer-ring and soft, stretchy mesh center, the OgoSport OgoDisk is an easy grab for even the smallest of hands! Play a volleyball-style game with the OgoSoft ball provided, add water balloons for splashing wet fun in those hotter months, or jump in the pool for water polo-style floatable entertainment! Great for children and adults and can be adapted to any sport using any type of ball! For ages 3 and up.  
My Wrap® Craft Kits My Wrap® Craft Kits jump-start creativity and enable kids to easily create their own unique wrapping paper that is extra special, memorable and a "Gift in Itself" -- all while having fun! Kids can customize their My Wrap and personalize it for parents, grandparents & other relatives, friends, teachers, coaches and other special people. Each multiple project My Wrap craft kit contains two 31.5" x 23.5" sheets (a total of over 10 sq. ft.) of captivating, partially-complete, partially-colored wrapping paper designs that inspire kids to draw, color and decorate with the kit's multiple stencil shapes, gift tag labels, oodles of colorful stickers, eight crayons and pencil! This My Gingerbread Theme Kit is perfect for the holidays. For ages 3-11.  



the details


Expectant moms and moms with children up to age 12


Dinner, laughter and opportunities to view the Best Toys for the Holidays, and to meet and mingle with other moms/expectant moms


Thursday, December 2, 2010 from 6:30-8:30pm


The Dream Cafe near the Dallas Galleria at Village on the Parkway, 5100 Beltline, Addison, TX 75240


Moms will draw numbers at the event to determine the order in which they each will choose one Best Toy


$35/mom. Metroplex Baby Savings Card holders receive a $5 discount off their tickets.


Space is limited. Tickets are not transferable. Last day to cancel for a full refund is November 25. Please see our cancellation policy.


This is a mom's night out; no children will be permitted; no exceptions.



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