Tiny Green Mom’s Top Toys for 2018
We’ve searched high & low the past few months to compile the latest and greatest toys for a variety of ages… from toddlers to elementary school-aged children. These our our top picks… and yes, some are still available to order in time for Christmas!
Super-soft, cushioned and big enough to grow from baby to toddler, the Mülti Reversible Playmat is an ideal playspace for your little one. Roll it up for on-the-go or leave it open for hours of fun at home. It is waterproof, reversible and made from non-toxic and easy-to-clean material. My two-year-old LOVES this mat… he can stretch out and play with all his vehicles on the roadways for hours.
Encourage a love of vegetables (and growing them!) through this adorable Veggie Farm Sorting Set! From Learning Resources, this educational and engaging playset encourages the development of matching, color recognition, sorting, and early counting skills. My daughter loves to help her little brother sort and count through the vegetables… such a cute and educational activity. It’s not too big, so can be tucked away easily, too! Order today on Amazon.com and it will arrive before Christmas!
Have a little one obsessed with vehicles? Then this toy is perfect! Best for ages 2+, the 1,2,3 Build It Rocket, Train, Helicopter helps to develop fine motor skills as your child builds and rebuilds three different vehicles with a kid-sized wrench. Colorful and easy-to-handle, the set encourages both creativity and matching skills. This set is just adored by my son, who needed a bit of help at first to use the wrench and put the pieces together. Once together, he likes to play with the helicopter the most! Order today on Amazon.com and it will arrive before Christmas.
Eco-friendly, imaginative play… what’s not to love!? The Green Toys line is a must-have in our home, especially since the vehicles are incredibly sturdy and durable! So much to our excitement, this popular line recently introduced an Ambulance & Doctor Kit that comes with everything needed to play doctor, nurse, EMT – or all of the above! Made in the USA from super-safe, 100% recycled plastic, this 10-piece set encourages motor skill development, imaginative play, and pro-social behavior, while also helping to ease anxiety about doctor visits by making the components of a check-up familiar and fun. The ambulance has the features, size, and durability of a classic Green Toys truck, as well as lights that flip-up into a handle to create a unique carrying case. All the pieces included in the set – a stethoscope, reflex hammer, syringe, forceps, thermometer, and otoscope, as well as a doctor’s notepad and two sheets of assorted stickers – can be stored in the back of the ambulance for quick, eco-friendly transport to the next emergency. No BPA, phthalates, or PVC. Dishwasher safe. Packaged with recycled and recyclable materials and printed with soy inks. For ages 2-8… and definitely popular with our 2 year old son. Best part? Order today on Amazon.com and it will arrive before Christmas!
What’s not to love about dough? For your Sesame Street obsessed little ones, the Elmo & Friends Dough Activity Set comes with everything needed to create your favorite furry faces – out of dough! Use the tools to create the shapes and figures, then finish off your creation with the pop-out features. The safe, non-toxic dough is made in a food-safe facility from organic flour (which we love!), and easily wipes off the activity card. This 12-piece set promotes sensory exploration, develops fine motor skills, and encourages creativity and imagination. The set includes 1 star extruder, 1 spaghetti extruder, 1 scraper, 1 knife, 1 roller, 1 rolling cutter, 1 scissors, 1 two-sided activity card, 1 pop-out features sheet, and 3 dough tubs. This set is simply adorable and we love that the dough is made from better-for-you materials! Want it before Christmas? Order on Amazon.com.
So… Lakeshore really gets it right with this Take-Along Train Station! Whether you fold it up for on-the-go or set it up for play at home, this durable wooden set boasts all the features of a lively travel town! From a bank and post office to road signs and trees, your future engineer will adore this train station! My son loves any and all things that have to do with trains, so this is a tried & true favorite currently!
Have a budding equestrian on your hands? Here’s everything your little one need to feed, groom and train 2 show horses, including a feeding trough, a grooming brush and 2 jumping gates. Exercise the horses in the corral, or put them in stalls with real-working doors. All 13 pieces even fit inside the stable for on-the-go fun! This set is just too cute… and my 6 year old has been really enjoying it!
Do your kiddos love to build and create? Then Clicformers is a neat option for truly endless building possibilities! The Clicformers Car 25Pc Set racecar lets you design race cars and trucks with the 18 building blocks and 7 accessory pieces… or simply come up with your own designs! All Clicformers sets are compatible. When playtime is over, we love that you can simply stack and store!
My 6 year old daughter is obsessed with games… and winning! So, to challenge her a bit, we checked out the Kanoodle Head to Head Game where you go head to head with friends or family in the Kanoodle puzzle challenge for two! Challenging for her… but fun for mom and dad to get in on the action, the game enhances problem solving skills, develops spatial reasoning, and encourages critical thinking. For the ultimate check-mate, with the simple press of a button, you can launch your opponent’s pieces! We love that this packs up easily for travel, too!
Voted as one of Amazon’s Top 100 Toys of 2018, it is no secret why PlayFoam Pals are super popular! Kids get to dig and search through foam material to discover a tiny hidden collectible inside! Then, you can play with the foam, molding new shapes and designs. With so many sets, your kiddos can create a collection of figurines pretty quickly! Best for ages 5-10. These are a hot item right now for my 6 year old daughter! The Snowy Friends set is perfect for the holidays, and is still available on Amazon.com with delivery in time for Christmas!
From Alex Brands comes a new take on the ‘surprise inside’ trend! With Break Away Ballz™, each 5” ball consists of 8 identically sized foam pieces that break apart when thrown against a hard surface, revealing a 2” bouncy ball surprise inside. We know how much kids love bouncy balls! The identically sized pieces allow your child to easily piece everything back together…and even hide something else inside! There are 6 available to collect. Amazon.com still has some available to ship in time for Christmas.
Like the regular sized doll, the Cupcake Surprise Minis transform from cupcake to a tiny beautiful doll. They are available in many new styles and 6 different delicious scents, such as strawberry, vanilla, and lemon… and come with their own hairbrush! Your little one will want to collect them all! They are perfect companions to the regular sized Cupcake Surprise dolls. Ages 3 and up. There are a variety of Cupcake Surprise Dolls available on Amazon.com with delivery before Christmas.
So… my daughter made the cutest little video for Santa and she said she didn’t want much, just a skateboard and a new scooter! The skateboard threw us for a loop, but she’s in luck because The Razor Berry, with its skateboard-style plastic deck and vibrant color combo, will be making an appearance under the tree this year! Available in a variety of bold colors and at a price point that is extremely affordable, this is a hot ticket item this year!
Now little brother can kick it with his big sister! For junior riders, Razor Jr. Lil Kick Scooter offers larger urethane wheels and a wider deck, made especially for little riders learning to balance and steer. The Lil’ Kick Scooter is designed for stability, and will give your little one hours of fun in style.
Plush & adorable, your unicorn-obsessed child will love the latest addition to Wild Republic’s popular Cuddlekins line. Irresistibly soft, the Unicorn is perfect for snuggles and cuddles. The plush is available in two designs, white starsor pink hearts.
These make an ultimate stocking stuffer…especially since they are already wrapped so beautifully! Another super cute take on the surprise trend, Li’l Fairyland Cuties, is a line of cute collectible fairy dolls wrapped in three layers of shiny foil for the ultimate “surprise” fairy fun. Your little one will love unwrapping each layer of foil to reveal all-new surprise accessories to decorate the fairy doll. There are 14 fairies to collect and trade with friends. Discover the 7 surprises featured in each Fairyland Cutie, including the doll, wand, gemstone stickers, fairy hair accessory and collector sheet with stickers. Appropriate for ages 4 & up. Want it before Christmas? They are available on Amazon.com!
A bright, beautiful board game based on Eric Carle’s best-selling book, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, children ages 3 & up will love to transform their caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly with this fun game of counting, collecting, and building! For 2 to 4 players. There is still time to order this educational game on Amazon.com in time for Christmas delivery!
*Companies generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*