2012 Christmas’ Favorite Toys
Christmas is coming, and do you know what your kids are getting this year? Rather than relying on your child’s “wish list,” why not get him one of the toys that the experts feel is a great value? If you are still shopping, these popular highly rated toys can be a great choice.
Top 2012 Toys for Ages 0 to 2
If your child is age 2 or younger, her wish list is probably nonexistent, but you still may wish to lavish on some holiday cheer. After all, adding some new toys to your collection can make playtime more fun for you as well as for her, and these are the years when she is learning all she can about the world.
If your toddler is starting to venture into the world of art, consider Alex Toys’ Tot Art Start, which the Toy Insider recommends as a first art kit. All of the projects in this package are toddler-friendly, and your youngster will love the feeling of accomplishment of making his own project out of stickers, tissue paper and crayons.
The Roll and Play game from ThinkFun is another popular choice. This is designed to be your child’s first game and is quite simple to play. Roll the soft cube, find a card that matches the color and perform the action. Bring your toddler to family game night with this addition to the game closet.
Top 2012 Toys for Ages 3 to 5
The preschool years are filled with imagination and wonder, and your toy picks should capitalize on that. Dress up clothes, kitchen sets and other role-playing toys are all popular with this group. Parents’ Choice particularly recommends the Servin’ Surprises Kitchen and Table.
This is also the age when kids and electronics begin their lifelong relationship. Several manufacturers have made tablets for preschoolers that are loaded with educational games and have the durability this age group needs, and handheld gaming consoles are also popular. Of these, LeapFrog products stand out, with the LeapPad earning Parents’ Choice recommendation and the Leapster GS receiving a silver medal from Parents’ Choice. While these are some of the pricier options, you can find deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to get these popular gifts for less.
Top 2012 Toys for the Elementary Years
As kids leave behind the imaginative preschool years, they still love toys. Electronics remain popular with elementary kids, as are toys that allow them to explore the world around them.
Toy Insider recommends Scientific Explorer’s Disgusting Science. This science kit is more than just a microscope and some chemistry experiments. It allows kids to actually collect bacteria from their environments and make it grow. Not only will they be learning about science, but they also just might be more motivated to wash well after performing a few experiments.
Legos are one of the most timeless toys out there, and in 2011 and 2012 Lego expanded their line to include a large selection of Legos for girls, the Lego Friends line. Now, both boys and girls can create using the classic plastic bricks, and gender stereotyping is far less of a problem with this toy.
With Christmas just around the corner, you need to be armed with the right gifts to ensure that yours are not only a hit with the kids, but also something that will be played with long after the wrapping paper is tossed and the tinsel is packed away for another year. With these options, you can’t go wrong on Christmas morning.
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