Top 25 Best Children’s Toys

Every parent honestly wants their child to have the best

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Every parent honestly wants their child to be a bright spark. And they want the Best Children’s Toys to encourage their intelligence while remaining fun and holding their attention for a longer period of time.

Best Children's Toys

There are a lot of toys out there that fit this brief, coming with all sorts of promises. It’s a minefield for parents. The Best Children’s Toys we have chosen all aid the developmental stages in childhood through play, which is important for supporting brain development and cognitive skills – play allows children to use their creativity and encourages imagination, physical and motor skills.

Our selection process takes into consideration the quality of material, durability, and customer feedback. All with the intention to help you choose the best for your little one.

Check the table below for a summary of all the Best Children’s Toys:

ProductPhotoPriceFeaturesOur RatingsEditor's Comments
Crayola Light-up Tracing Pad$Lighted pad that helps your child to improve their drawing skills and knowledge ★★★★★ Teaches how to draw better lines and shapes
Improves cognitive abilities
LeapFrog LeapStart Interactive Learning System$$A computer-like system that encourages your child to boost creativity, drawing, learning new things★★★★☆ Plenty of options for play
Can be used as a children's laptop
Boosts mental development
Primo Toys - Cubetto Coding Toy$$$$$An excellent high-quality toy that will introduce the coding to your child in the most basic, fun way.★★★★★ Excellent coding guide for little math geniuses
Easy to master
Good quality materials
Lamaze Stacking Starseeker$Soft Stacking figures that are not dangerous for the youngest.★★★★☆ Soft high-quality materials
Safe for children of any age
Hape Wooden Shape Sorter$$The bright colors will immediately caught the attention of your baby and bring smiles and curiosity to play and learn new things.★★★☆☆A must have toy for building cognitive skills
Sturdy, excellent quality and durability
LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart$$The cart plays sound effects and music when it’s pushed and also has a cute little bell to press when an order is completed. This will occupy young children for hours.★★★☆☆Very easy to play with
Teaching the basics of colors and numbers.
Boosting memory and sequencing skills
Fisher-Price Little People Caring for Animals Farm$$$This new Little People playset focuses on developing emotional intelligence.★★★★☆ Learning about the importance of kindness
Helping others by taking care of the animals
Learning about the animals in general
Magformers 26 Piece Rainbow Set$$$These colorful magnetic shapes enable little ones to build constructions, shapes, and patterns using their imagination.★★★★☆ Boosts cognitive skills
Motor skills and creativity improved
Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach ’n Tag Movi$$Movi’s facial expressions change during play and he can move 360 degrees. He’s educational, entertaining and fun.★★★★★ Great way for your child to be more active in the constructive way
Melissa & Doug Lacing Beads in a Box$Threading beads onto string is a milestone development for young children.★★★★☆ High-quality materials
Teaching shapes, colors and objects
Enhancing motor skills
Orchard Toys Flashcards$Contains 50 large double-sided flashcards featuring pictures, words and numbers. ★★★★★ Valuable educational toy
Long-lasting fun
Memory booster
Interactive Football Table$$It is an interactive football table that also works as an educational toy, teaching numbers through scoring goals.★★★☆☆Develops language skills
Develops hand-to-eye coordination
Playskool Heroes Star Wars Galactic Heroes BB-8 Adventure Base$$the simple press of a button, you can activate lights and sounds.★★★★★ Versatile and very amusing
Kids don't grow tired of it easily
LuvaBella$$$$Accurate responses, feeding sessions, cuddling, and playing.★★★☆☆Long-lasting quality
Easy to play with
L.O.L. Surprise$The ball comes with seven layers of surprises.★★★☆☆Children will love it because it's filled with excitement
Many different collectibles inside
Yeti In My Spaghetti$Yeti In My Spaghetti is a silly and simple game that the entire family can enjoy.★★★★★ Family fun for all ages
Reeves Big Dig Ride-On Crane$$$This sand-digger seat levers, pivots, and dumps sand just like in the working world.★★★☆☆Boosts motor skills
Teaches sense of space and creativity
LEGO Boost$$$$$This robot can be built-up and animated via coding. Your kid will spend hours playing with it and learning!★★★★★ ***Editor's Choice***
Children can boost their coding abilities
Mathematical skills booster
Memory enhancer
Motor skills booster
Enchantimals Lorna Lamb Doll$Kids can't get enough of these whimsical characters.★★★★☆ Children can learn plenty about the animals
Boosts motor skills in younger children
Mommy Please Pretend Food Kitchen Play Set$$If your little chef has the best time ever in his play kitchen, he'll go nuts over this 125-piece food set.★★★★☆ Children can learn all about food
Teaching them basic bonton of eating and serving
Watch Ya' Mouth Family Edition$Stretched out smiles are the best smiles. Kids love the simple concept of the game.★★★★★ Kids love the simple concept of the game
Lots of laughter for the whole family
Hape Checkout Register Kid's Wooden Pretend Play Set$$This wooden toy is every kid's dream come true - this toy is non-toxic.★★★★☆ Boosts memory skills
Teaching children how to count
Teaching resposibilities
Meccano MeccaNoid G15$$$$$Kids have a blast assembling this robot and can learn a lot about coding.★★★★★Children can boost their coding abilities
Mathematical skills booster
Memory enhancer
Motor skills booster
Air Wars Battle Drones$$$Kids (and adults!) go crazy for this intense action-filled game. Makes it easy to build up skills.★★★★☆ Fun for the entire family
Can be navigated in and outside
Anki Cozmo$$$$$The Anki Cozmo robot is packed with enough personality to keep the entire family entertained with fun games and spunky reactions.★★★★★Children can boost their coding abilities
Mathematical skills booster
Memory enhancer
Motor skills booster

Crayola Light-up Tracing Pad

Best Children's Toys

This tracing pad from Crayola will boost your child’s drawing abilities because it guides them to draw straight lines yet gives them the freedom to do so themselves. The LED light underneath the pad will make it really easy to see each line and it looks really fancy.

It comes with 10 tracing sheets to begin with, 12 colored and one graphite pen.

Pros
Boosts the ability for children to draw better lines and shapes
Improves cognitive abilities
Cons
The child needs to be careful with the LED screen because is somewhat fragile

LeapFrog LeapStart Interactive Learning System

Best Children's Toys

This is one of the best early learning systems we tested. It not only encourages skills, from reading to problem-solving but is also really fun and grows with your child, making it suitable for age two right up to seven years old.

Children use the stylus to read and trigger audio, which works by reading invisible dots on the page. Through this, they’ll cover basics like counting, phonics, and animals and you can build on your package by buying more books to suit your child’s age and stage of learning.

From nursery-level reading to covering specific subjects such as space science and maths, you connect your LeapStart to a laptop, register your device and download the audio companion to the physical book and your child is set to go. It sounds complicated but really isn’t.

Then there’s the fact that the LeapStart looks like a laptop or tablet – so kids feel like they’re playing with a grown-up toy, which makes it all the more appealing. Another bonus is you can turn the volume down to a non-annoying level or kids can plug in earphones, making it a fantastic travel companion.

Pros
Plenty of options for play and can be used as a children’s laptop
Boosts mental development
Cons
Can be addictive and children would want to spend a lot of time with it

Primo Toys – Cubetto Coding Toy

Best Children's Toys

There’s currently a strong educational focus on teaching children coding, and as a result, lots of new toys, apps, and games are available to encourage and assist with this. The Cubetto is a premium product but it’s the best we’ve found, teaching children the basics of coding in a simple, age-appropriate, playful way.

Montessori-approved for children aged three and up, it takes coding off the screen and into the real world using blocks and a wooden control panel to create programs. They use these to navigate Cubetto (a little wooden robot) through magical worlds.

It does require a bit of adult help for children to get started but they find it fascinating. Though pricey, deserves a mention for its clever way of teaching coding without screen time. We think it would be great for primary school children of any age and we loved playing with it too.

Pros
Excellent coding guide for little math geniuses
Easy to master
Good quality materials
Cons
Needs adult assistance for the first few times

Lamaze Stacking Starseeker

Best Children's ToysBabies love Lamaze toys and this new spaceship has all of the usual bright patterns, textures, crinkling, squeaking noises and teething toys that Lamaze is known for, to stimulate the senses.

It also separates into four parts that baby can stack up, take apart and put back together again, encouraging fine motor skills. It fascinated many, holding their attention for longer than any alternative toy. Suitable for babies from six months up.

Pros
Soft high-quality  materials
Safe for children of any age
Cons
This toy is made of fabrics only

Hape Wooden Shape Sorter

Best Children's Toys

If you are looking for a long-lasting high-quality puzzle toy, this one’s the right one for your baby.   Made of solid and layered wood, every surface is smooth and every corner rounded, the screws are all inset, the paint is bright, colorful and perfectly applied. This is solid, dropping it will not damage this toy the wood varies but on the wheel is 3/8ths of an inch thick, the head ¾” and the body 1” thick.

Shape sorters promote hand-to-eye coordination and problem-solving skills – they’re one of those toys that every child should have or play with at some point. The shapes come in a variety of easy-grip textures all of which stimulate senses for younger babies too. Suitable for ages six months to three years.

The bright colors will immediately caught the attention of your baby and bring smiles and curiosity to play and learn new things.

Pros
A must have toy for building cognitive skills
Sturdy, excellent quality and durability
Cons
Offers nothing more than a puzzle-based solving game

LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart

Best Children's Toys

Who doesn’t love ice cream? LeapFrog’s popular push-along ice-cream cart offers hours of role-play fun but also encourages learning with numbers, colors, memory and sequencing skills. Children follow the orders for six animal customers using cards provided, which, when slotted into the till speaks their order.

A “magic” ice-cream scoop that recognizes colors and flavors, naming them as the child scoops. The cart plays sound effects and music when it’s pushed and also has a cute little bell to press when an order is completed. This will occupy young children for hours.

It’s recommended for ages two to five years but we think younger children will also be fascinated by it.

Pros
Once mastered, very easy to play with
Teaching the basics of colors and numbers.
Boosting memory and sequencing skills
Cons
Might be hard for the baby to get a hold of at the beginning.

Fisher-Price Little People Caring for Animals Farm

Best Children's Toys

This new Little People playset focuses on developing emotional intelligence. From feeding chickens to placing a blanket over the cow for bedtime, children learn about the importance of kindness and helping others by taking care of the animals on the farm.

Developmental points aside, it’s also a great little set-up with lots to do – doors to open, bells to ring, songs and noises which aren’t too loud or annoying to listen to. Children, aged 15 months and three years, adored it and it was actually big and interactive enough for them to play alongside each other. It folds up for easy storage and requires barely any assembly. Suitable from 12 months up.

Pros
Learning about the importance of kindness
Helping others by taking care of the animals
Learning about the animals in general
Cons
Many small pieces included

Magformers 26 Piece Rainbow Set

Best Children's ToysThese colorful magnetic shapes enable little ones to build constructions, shapes, and patterns using their imagination. They encourage independent creativity as well as developing hand-to-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Available in different pack sizes, neon LED sets, with wheels and in various themes, this is a good starter set to then buy add-on sets for, if required.

For ages three upwards, satisfied parents report their children being completely absorbed by Magformers, playing in companionable silence for almost 45 minutes – unheard of.

Pros
Boosts cognitive skills
Motor skills and creativity improved
Memory improves
Learning about different shapes and objects
Cons
Might be hard for the baby to get a hold of at the beginning.

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach ’n Tag Movi

Best Children's Toys

After initially being a little freaked out, our three-year-old tester became obsessed with Movi. For pre-schoolers aged three to six years old he encourages children to follow directions; get moving through games; play and press buttons, and asks questions to engage critical thinking (for example: “What shape is a ball? Press red for circle or green for square”).

Movi’s facial expressions change during play and he can move 360 degrees. He’s educational, entertaining and fun.

Pros
A different kind of toy that will spark interest
Great way for your child to be more active in the constructive way
Cons
Might be hard for the baby to get used to this unusual toy at the beginning

Melissa & Doug Lacing Beads in a Box

Best Children's Toys

This is an excellent product for encouraging motor skills. Threading beads onto string is a milestone development for young children and these come beautifully packaged in a wooden crate. The bright wooden blocks are also excellent for stacking and the numbers and dots make it easy to throw in some casual counting and numbers work.

Parents report their children spending a good amount of time playing with the beads before threading them through the string to make “necklaces”. The only negative is that the box doesn’t have a lid, and it’s all too easy for everything to fall out when you’re tidying up.

Suitable from age three.

Pros
High-quality materials
Teaching shapes, colors and objects
Enhancing motor skills
Cons
Not very well packed so it might be difficult to store away

Orchard Toys Flashcards

Best Children's ToysRecommended for ages three to seven, we actually think these are suitable for around 18 months when children are saying first words and starting to develop their language, number, reading and recognition skills.

This pack contains 50 large double-sided flashcards featuring pictures, words and numbers. Children enjoy making games with the flashcards, hiding them around the room and then finding the one the adults named. A great value, fun and educational product.

Pros
Valuable educational toy
Long-lasting fun
Memory booster
Cons
The cards might tear and wear after a while

Interactive Football Table

Best Children's Toys

This is a new toy that will go down well with football-fan parents as well as kids. It is an interactive football table that also works as an educational toy, teaching numbers through scoring goals.

It develops language skills, hand-to-eye coordination and the understanding of cause and effect. That’s all before little ones use it as an actual football table. Suitable from 18 months.

Pros
Educational toy that teaches numbers
Develops language skills
Develops hand-to-eye coordination
Cons
Takes a little bit of practice and patience before the child can actually play with it

Playskool Heroes Star Wars Galactic Heroes BB-8 Adventure Base

Best Children's Toys

Open up this adventure base toy for a scene straight from the movie. With the simple press of a button, you can activate lights and sounds, but that’s not all the toy does! Kids can play for hours with the figurines, because each section of the toy features different things to play with.

Pros
Versatile and very amusing
Kids don’t grow tired of it easily
Cons
Too many different parts

LuvaBella

Best Children's Toys

This is the most advanced baby doll on the market. LuvaBella (or, the boy version, LuvaBeau) is so realistic. From accurate responses to feeding sessions, cuddling, playing, and more, each doll can expand their vocabulary as time goes on. Your little one will love nurturing this doll! It’s perfect training if a little sibling is on the way, too!

Pros
Long-lasting quality
Easy to play with
Cons
The child might get bored from it quickly

L.O.L. Surprise

Best Children's Toys

Kids are obsessed with unwrapping these balls filled with fun. Each ball comes with seven layers of surprises. At the very inside of the ball, there’s a little fashionable doll who’ll either smile, cry, or change colors. Collect them all!

Pros
Children will love it because it’s filled with excitement
Many different collectibles inside
Cons
Small parts that might get lost

Yeti In My Spaghetti

Best Children's Toys

Yeti In My Spaghetti is a silly and simple game that the entire family can enjoy. Lay the spaghetti strands over the red bowl, and place the Yeti on the top. Each family member will pull out a spaghetti, one by one, until the Yeti falls into the bowl!

Pros
Family fun for all ages
Cons
It’s fun but might get boring after a while


Reeves Big Dig Ride-On Crane

Best Children's Toys

Know a little aspiring construction worker? He or she will go crazy for this sand-digger seat that levers, pivots, and dumps sand just like in the working world. Whether on the beach or in the sandbox, they’ll love maneuvering this “heavy-duty” construction tool.

Pros
Boosts motor skills
Teaches sense of space and creativity
Cons
Has to be played with outside

LEGO Boost

***Editor’s Choice***

Best Children's Toys

This robot can be built-up and animated via coding. Your kid will spend hours playing with it (and learning!) because there are five different versions to be built: Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, Guitar 4000, M.T.R. 4. (a truck), and Autobuilder, an automated production line.

Pros
Children can boost their coding abilities
Mathematical skills booster
Memory enhancer
Motor skills booster
Cons
Needs adult supervision at the beginning

Enchantimals Lorna Lamb Doll

Best Children's Toys

Kids can’t get enough of these whimsical characters. These new dolls from Mattel are as cute as they are enchanting. Collect them all! Plus, there’s a panda treehouse (instead of a dollhouse) that really brings the Enchantimals toy line to a new level.

Pros
Children can learn plenty about the animals
Boosts motor skills in younger children
Cons
Can get tired of it easily

Mommy Please Pretend Food Kitchen Play Set

Best Children's Toys

This is by far the coolest food set. If your little chef has the best time ever in his play kitchen, he’ll go nuts over this 125-piece food set. Your future Sunday mornings are looking pretty good, Mom and Dad! Roll up your sleeves and get ready to eat.

Pros

Children can learn all about food
Teaching them basic bonton of eating and serving

Cons
Plenty of different small parts

Watch Ya’ Mouth Family Edition

Best Children's Toys

Stretched out smiles are the best smiles. Kids love the simple concept of the game: Do your best to speak out certain phrases while wearing a cheek retractor. Get ready for some really hard belly laughs.

Pros
Kids love the simple concept of the game
Lots of laughter for the whole family
Cons
Requires more people to play

Hape Checkout Register Kid’s Wooden Pretend Play Set

Best Children's Toys

This wooden toy is every kid’s dream come true! Your kid will soon become a natural at ringing up orders and making change. Plus, this toy is non-toxic. Cha-Ching!

Pros
Boosts memory skills
Teaching children how to count
Teaching resposibilities
Can play for hours
Cons
Plenty of small parts in the pack

Meccano MeccaNoid G15

Best Children's Toys

Is your kid into building? What about tech? Kids have a blast assembling this robot that comes in hundreds of pieces. Don’t lose a piece — when the robot is built, your kid will learn so much about coding with her new friend.

Pros
Children can boost their coding abilities
Mathematical skills booster
Memory enhancer
Motor skills booster
Cons
Needs adult supervision
Plenty of small parts

Air Wars Battle Drones

Best Children's Toys

Let your kids show their battle skills in the sky. Kids (and adults!) go crazy for this intense action-filled game. It’s easy to build up skills too, with three different speed settings and four pre-programmed attack moves.

Pros
Fun for the entire family
Can be navigated in and outside
Cons
Needs adult guidence and supervision

Anki Cozmo

Best Children's Toys

Bring a new member of the family home! The Anki Cozmo robot is packed with enough personality to keep the entire family entertained with fun games and spunky reactions. The coolest part? Your kid will be able to learn about coding while playing with the little guy, too.

Pros
Children can boost their coding abilities
Mathematical skills booster
Memory enhancer
Motor skills booster
Cons
Needs adult supervision at first

 

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