Kid-tested, parent-approved toys for kids of all abilities!

 

 

The Original Fidget Cubes-Marvel Superheroes
$9.99; ZURU.com
The Original Fidget Cube is a versatile fidget toy featuring six different sides with multiple buttons, dials and switches so fidgeters can quietly focus while clicking, spinning, rolling and gliding their nervous energy away. They are now available in eight super cool, stylized Marvel superhero characters, including Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, Drax, Spiderman, Thor, Hulk and Ironman.

 

 

Walkie Chalk
$14.99; WalkieChalk.com

Walkie Chalk is a one of a kind, easy to assemble three-piece chalk wand that allows everyone to “Stand Up and Draw!” with sidewalk chalk. Putting a new spin on an old classic, it gives kids, parents and grandparents a new way to play.

Kids HearMuffs Trio
$39.95; LucidAudio.com
Choose Trio for active compression of sounds and the unique ability to let in outside voices so parents or siblings can speak with a child who can fully engage safely and comfortably. Options include protect only and conversation mode allowing voices to be heard while compressing potentially harmful noises to comfortable levels. Sensory sensitivity involving noises is common among children, especially youngsters on the autism spectrum. Once a child is oversensitive to loud sounds, it can limit where his family goes or the kinds of activities his family does.

 

Autism Puzzle Piece Charm
$40; Chamilia.com

The “Autism Puzzle Piece” charm from Chamilia is a sterling silver representation of a piece from a puzzle. The charm symbolizes the need to develop a greater understanding of the condition of autism and its impact on our society.

My Little Sports Medicine Kit
$49.95; LittleMedicalSchool.com
Put on the white coat, write your name on the enclosed name tag then check out the hand magnet with removable 27 bones of the hand, skeleton stickers, resource posters, ACE-bandage and much more. The enclosed workbook engages little doctors with activities that are as fun as they are enlightening: how to treat an ankle sprain, learn the bones of the skeleton and hand, make models of different joints and even try your hand at simulated Tommy John Surgery.

The Coping Cue Cards Discovery Deck
$20; CopingSkillsForKids.com
This deck of cards is designed to help kids learn healthy coping skills. It has 40 coping skills cards with simple strategies children can use to manage stress, anxiety, and anger. The deck is sorted into five Coping Styles: Relaxation, Distraction, Movement, Processing, Sensory. Use the discovery deck in so many ways: to help kids identify which coping skills work for them, as a visual reminder to use a coping skill, or as a way to find new coping skills to expand their toolbox.

LEGO DUPLO My First Emotions
$19.99;
Shop.Lego.com
Help your toddler learn to recognize and understand different emotions, using these bright, buildable characters made from chunky LEGO DUPLO bricks that are specially designed to be fun and safe for small hands. Turn the double-sided face bricks to explore different facial expressions, and use the double-sided story bricks to create your own tales around moods and feelings.

 

Lakeshore Character Kids
$29.99; LakeshoreLearning.com
Cooperative, kind, responsible, honest and brave—these are the traits our Lakeshore superheroes stand for. Equipped with removable bases, the characters function as play figures…or visible rewards for children who demonstrate positive traits.

 

uKloo Treasure Hunt
$19.95; Ukloo.com
uKloo is a multi award winning children’s literacy game that is suitable for beginner readers, reluctant readers, ADD and ADHD children, autistic kids and English as a second language students. This educational learning game makes reading fun, builds confidence and promotes independence.

 

Q-Time Buddy
$19.99; Amazon.com
This lovable plush Q becomes a furry friend that helps develop focus and attention span with a simple breathing exercise. The perfect cuddle buddy for the daily quiet time your little one needs to slow down breath and control emotions. Perfect for the classroom, car rides, and at home. Weighted doll for extra calming comfort. Q’s neck is tilted up, so that eye contact can be maintained during the breathing exercise.

LeapFrog Stack & Tumble ElephantStack & Tumble Elephant
$14.99; LeapFrog.com
Stack the five brightly colored, textured rings on the elephant’s trunk to help build fine motor skills. As each ring is placed on the trunk, he will introduce colors, numbers and shapes. Press the music note button on the elephant’s trunk to hear playful songs. Push down on his tail and watch him sneeze, sending the rings tumbling off his trunk. Jessica says, “There are several ways to use this toy. Push the button for music or lights, put rings on the trunk, turn the ears or push the tail to make the rings fall.”

Akin Suctakingameion Cup Game
$19.99; FunnyBoneToys.com

This is a game where you race to use your suction cups to “suction” up cards on the table that are related – or “akin” – to the card that is turned over during that round. The first person to suction up two valid related cards wins the round. The person with the most wins after 10 rounds is the winner of the game. “This game targets vocabulary, development, critical thinking and speaking skills,” says Renee.

01812_RubiksBattleTinBeauty_Final-2Rubik’s Battle Card Game
$9.99; UniversityGames.com

Earn Rubik’s Battle Cards by shouting out the unique Cube color first. The player holding all of the Rubik’s Battle Cards at the end wins. “Children have to use visual discrimination and critical thinking skills,” says Renee.

Zoo Jamz Stompin’ Fun Drums
$39.99; VTechKids.com

Children will enjoy this fresh way to practice counting and develop coordination as they follow along with the melodies and sing-along songs or create their own rockin’ beats. Mini musicians will love stepping on the elephant bass pedal to see the elephant trunk move up and down and create a fun bass sound effect.  “The kids love hitting the buttons and watching them light up,” says Rebecca.

Step & Learn ScoutStep & Learn Scout
$24.99; VTechKids.com

Watch as Scout energetically moves his head, legs and tail while he happily sings educational songs. Play in three different modes that include letters and numbers, or choose Fun with Scout mode to see animations on Scout’s backpack. Play the game What’s in My Backpack, and kids will explore letters and numbers as Scout tells them about everything in his backpack. “The kids like the buttons and bright lights and it is fun to push as they walk,” says Rebecca.

image001Miffy Hide and Seek Game
$24.99; Amazon.com
Miffy Hide and Seek divides the game into three levels. Each level provides a development assessment and suggests an appropriate game. Comes complete with 24 location cards, game strategies, and Miffy figurine that repeats several phrases such as “I am here” and “I’m hiding.” Kim says, “This toy works on visual scanning and problem solving skills.”

tap n balloon productTap ‘N’ Play Balloon
$19.95; Amazon.com
A multi textured battery-operated music and sounds balloon that easily attaches to the crib, stroller or gym. Motion-activated toy with sound effects and music, teaches cause and effect, tap the balloon for musical feedback, multiple textures for tactile and sensory development. “Attractive toy that encourages newborns to reach,” says Rebecca.

 

 

 

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn First Words Smart Puppy
$39.99; Fisher-Price.com
Interactive Puppy magically unlocks learning content for the entire First Words collection. Includes eight starter blocks that help teach everyday first words. Smart Stages block reader reads a word when child swipes or places a block, unlocking different levels of learning. Light-up shape buttons teach shapes, colors and more. Press Puppy’s nose for light and music. Send blocks down the chute for fine motor development.

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Squishmallows
$2.99-$19.99; Squishmallows.com
The cuddly toy line is perfect for kids, tweens, collectors and toy lovers of all ages. The Squishmallows collectible plush toy line is available in four sizes, clip-ons (3.5”), small (8”), medium (13”) and large (16”) sizes. “Great as a calming fidget toy,” says Felicia. “And so soft, a great sensory toy.”

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$9.99; BuyBuyBaby.com
Blossom Butterfly has crinkle sounds in the wings, an added mirror feature for fun peek-a-boo play, plastic hanging rings and a whistling sound when butterfly bounces. A range of colors and textures for visual and tactile development. “Great toy for a child who likes to put things in their mouth,” says Rebecca. “Helps with fine motor and play skills.

 

Melissa and Doug has some great toys. Here are a few of our favorites:

Snowman Stacker
$12.99; MelissaAndDoug.com
Designed with a solid-wood rocking base for safety, it features eight wooden pieces. With his jaunty scarf and hat and a sweet smile, this cold-weather friend is sure to warm up snowy days.

Giddy-Up and Play Activity Toy
$79.99; MelissaAndDoug.com
This precious pony has rattles, textured tabs, crinkle fabric, and fringe to capture your childs’ attention, and plays trotting and neighing sounds when patted or ridden. It’s huggably soft and packed with whimsical details to engage the senses and nurture growing skills. A non-slip bottom prevents slipping and sliding.

Hungry Pelican Learning Toy
$24.99; MelissaAndDoug.com
Children can open the pelican’s big bill (which squeaks when squeezed!) to drop four mini plush animals into his open mouth. Then the crinkly shrimp, squeaking octopus, and rattling fish and crab drop right into the bird’s big belly. A peek-in, reach-in window on the pelican’s front lets kids spot them easily and pull them out to try it all again.

 

Peaceable Kingdom has fantastic games. Here are our top picks:

Count Your Chickens
$15.99; Amazon.com
Players work together to help mother hen collect her chicks and bring them back to the coop; if they are successful everyone wins. Children learn counting and important social development skills with no reading required.

Feed the Woozle
$19.99; Amazon.com
Players work together to feed the hungry big-mouth woozle 12 silly snacks from the spoon before they run out.  Children learn fine and gross motor skills, counting and social development skills with no reading required.

 

The Learning Journey has great toys. Here are some great selections:

The Learning Journey Rocket Shape Sorter Toy
$14.99; ToysRUs.com
With the ABC and 123 cut outs on the top and sides, your little one will get lots of practice beginning to learn about the alphabet and numbers and where they fit. The shapes also conveniently store inside the unit.

The Learning Journey Learn with Me, Count and Learn Cookie Jar
$22.99; Target
Select a cookie and insert it into the top of the jar and cookie will tell you what number and how many chips are on the cookie. Push the nose again and the game changes. “Can you find the number six?” Children search their selection of cookies and choose the cookie that they think answers the question. They have three tries to select the correct cookie and will be rewarded with some fun phrases.