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Top Toy Picks for 2020 Get your gift list in order with these must-have toys

Are you searching for the best toys for every good girl and boy on your gift list? Search no more. We’ve put together a list of this year’s top toy picks for kids with help from the Baltimore-area’s toy experts: Lorie Kolesa at aMuse Toys, Dr. Lisa M. Swayhoover (aka Dr. Sway) at Better World Imaginarium and Bridget Q. Stickline at Wee Chic.

Baby      

           

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SpinAgain Stacking Toy*
Teach your baby hand-eye coordination, color recognition and scaling with this stacking and twirling toy. $36, ages 1+ years.

NogginStik Developmental Rattle***
More than a rattle, this toy strengthens your baby’s visual acuity through play. $24.99, birth-1 year.

Woke Baby Board Book***
Introduce the importance of social awareness and activism from an early age to your baby. The book contains bright, playful art that will catch your child’s attention. $7.99, ages 1+ years.

Happy Quartett Stacking Game***
This collection of sensory-rich stacking blocks will help your baby to develop their motor skills while also providing an introduction to colors. $19.99, ages birth+ years.

3-in-1 Triangle**
“The high-contrast graphics aid in visual development and the crinkly flaps and ribbons encourage motor skills,” says Dr. Sway of the 3-in-1 Triangle toy. $26.99, ages birth+ years.

Pacifier Blankie**
Manufactured by Maison Chic, this practical gift is difficult to grow out of. “I really like these blankies because when a baby outgrows the pacifier, it can be removed by detaching the Velcro loop, and the growing child still has his or her lovey,” says Dr. Sway. $12.99, ages birth+ years.

Preschool

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Plush Dinos and Volcanoes*
Teach children about dinosaurs while also offering them a cuddly companion. $36, ages 3+ years.

Ride-on Plane*
Offer your child mobility and adventure as he or she “soars” through your home. $136, ages 3+ years.

Animambo Ukulele***
Manufactured by Djeco, this four-string guitar will provide hours of entertainment while teaching your child about music. $29.99, ages 4+ years.

Magna-Tiles Metropolis Set***
This toy set has many imaginative uses and seemingly endless possibilities for kids to be creative in building. $129.99, ages 3+ years.

School Bus**
Manufactured by Green Toys, this fun vehicle is a fan favorite for children and is fully made from recycled materials. $29.99, ages 3+ years.

Magicube**
Manufactured by Geomag, these magnetic and colorful blocks encourage open play and building which helps develop fine motor skills. “The best part is that Geomag has a commitment to sustainability and social responsibility,” explains Dr. Sway. $11.99-$39.99, ages 4+ years.

Topper Takes a Trip**
Manufactured by MindWare and Peaceable Kingdom, this game supports pretend play, naming and matching, and creative thinking. $17.99, ages 2+ years.

Early Elementary

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Retro My Little Pony*
These ponies are one of the hottest sellers, and your kids could collect their favorite ponies to enjoy hours of nonstop play. $16.50, ages 5+ years.

Tepee*
This toy offers a tenting or fort-like experience from the inside of your home. The tepee can also be used as a home for stuffed animals and other toys! $86, ages 3+ years.

Ride-on Unicorn*
This unicorn lights up and makes noise. The ride-on toy holds up to 150 pounds and offers hours of entertainment. $104, ages 1+ years.

World Animals Floor Puzzle*
This puzzle helps children learn about the different species of animals while also giving them the opportunity to create something. $22, ages 4+ years.

Monza Board Game***
This game encourages tactical thinking and encourages a deeper understanding of colors. $24.99, ages 4+ years.

AirFort***
Take a break from the messy creation and cleanup of traditional furniture forts. The AirFort comes in many colors and designs so that you can find one that suits your child best. $49.99, ages 3+ years.

The Colored Sand Rainbow Fish**
Manufactured by Djeco, this arts-and-crafts toy uses glitter as the coloring tool, which makes it very popular among children of all ages.
$19.99, ages 6-11 years.

Funny Freaks 3D Coloring**
Manufactured by Djeco, this coloring book is elevated to a new level. When you put on the 3D glasses, the colorful art transforms into an optical
illusion. $29.99, ages 7-13 years.

Super Telly Teaching Time Clocks**
Manufactured by The Learning Journey, this toy is a time-teaching tool that looks like a superhero. It also includes an alarm clock, timer and night-light. $44.99, ages 3+ years.

Tween

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I Dissent*
This picture book celebrates Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and teaches the difference between disagreeing with others and being disagreeable. $18.99, ages 4-8 years.

Fashion Design Light Up Sketch Pad*
Here’s a great option for a child who loves to draw. This sketch pad allows children to express themselves through a fashion-themed sketch set. $30, ages 10+ years.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls***
This storybook focuses on 100 immigrant women’s stories. The full-page portraits along with inspirational stories will encourage children to better
understand others. $35, ages 6-9 years.

The Festive Cross Stitch Kit***
Offering a fun way to get into the holiday spirit, the kit comes with a ring, cloth and embroidery template. $19.99, ages 10+ years.

Pandemic: On The Brink***
This strategy and team-work centered board game can be fun for the whole family. Take on different roles and help stop outbreaks in order to win. $49.99, ages 10+ years.

My Robotic Pet Tumbling Hedgehog***
A fun alternative to getting a real pet, this animatronic hedgehog has 172 pieces that will have to be assembled. After assembly, the hedgehog is programmed to react to different sounds so that your child is able to control its actions. $39.99, ages 7-12 years.

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty**
This safe, nontoxic putty will never dry out. “It is also a great stress reliever and many parents are buying it to help their kids stay focused during online learning,” says Dr. Sway. $3.99-$17.99, ages 3+ years.

Mega Cyborg Hand**
Manufactured by Thames & Kosmos, this toy is a great way for kids to learn STEM concepts such as hydraulics, pneumatics and robotics. Once assembled, this toy fits on the hand like a glove. $39.99, ages 14+ years.

Sources:
*Wee Chic, Green Spring Station
2360 W. Joppa Road #115, Lutherville
410-878-7400 | weechic.com

**Better World Imaginarium Benefit LLC
924 Frederick Road, Catonsville
410-709-9107 | bwitoys.com

***aMuse Toys
1623 Thames St., Baltimore
410-342-5000 | amusetoys.com

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