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We are in the final weeks of the holiday gift buying season and I have had so many people email, text, Facebook message, and down right stop me on the street to ask me what toys and games I think they should buy the kids this Christmas.

As a toy and game “TV segment girl”, I get loads of playthings to review and test out. Between New York Toy Fair, the TimetoPlayMag.com bi-annual toy showcases, and all of the samples that land on my doorstep – I see most of what’s new and “hot” each year.

While I love the fun and frivolous, I hold a special place in my heart for the toys that manage to incorporate a bit of learning as well. It’s that former teacher in me I can’t seem to shake.
I’m not talking solely about toys that teach numbers and letters and colors and shapes, although those are lovely too. I’m talking about anything that opens up a child’s curiosity, challenges their logical thinking, invites in open-ended creativity, or simply makes them ponder in a new way.

Today I got the exciting privilege of stopping by the TODAY Show to share some of my favorite toys to help kids grow, develop, and learn through their natural desire to PLAY.

So if you’re still wondering what to get that grandbaby, niece, nephew, or other special kid in your life, here are a few of my favorite things that entertain and educate all at once.

For more information, including instant price comparison and where it’s in stock, click the photo of the product below.

Tummy Time Activity Toy and Rug from Mamas & Papas

KidiBeats Drum Set from VTech

Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine from GoldieBlox

Goldie Blox and the Parade Float from GoldieBlox

Kiwi Crate monthly subscriptions

My Little Christmas from Kiwi Crate

Polar Expedition from Kiwi Crate

Sparkup The Magical Book Reader from Sparkup

YOXObot “Orig” from Play From Scratch

Magformers Classic Set 30 pc from Magformers

  • alejandra

    nice toys are very instructables are good for kids and fun , i hope i win one for my nephew he is 9 years old