Friday, February 18th, 2011
This year’s annual Toy Fair, held at the Javits Center in New York City, didn’t disappoint. Parents.com and Parents magazine editors saw everything from a life-sized Lightning McQueen of “Cars” built out of LEGOS to the original Power Rangers striking a pose to a court jester juggling fuzzy toys.
Walking the floors, we came across some unique and wonderful new toys and games, plus updates of childhood classics. Here are some standout new toys and products for toddlers/preschoolers and big kids:
Toddlers and Preschoolers
Learn & Laugh Baby iCan Play Case (Fisher-Price; $14.99; Age 6-36 months) – Now you can entertain your tot with the iPhone without worrying about it being drooled on, dropped, or damaged. This rubber, colorful case locks the iPhone in place while covering it with a protective plastic film.
Hideaway Country Kitchen – (Guidecraft; $240; Age 3+) What parent wouldn’t want a kitchenette that folds easily for storage? This wooden kitchen folds up to a depth of 6” and still has functioning knobs, a removable sink, and a pull-out oven rack.
Brush with Genius (Colorforms; $14.99; Age 3+) – Invented by a PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, this unique brush allows kids to make colorful drawings that then comes to life with sounds.
Figit Friends (Mattel; $49.99; Age 6+) – These squishy, voice-activated dolls easily captivate. They dance, sing, respond to commands—and are much cuter than Teletubbies. Figits come in four colors with distinct personalities (see picture above).
Glow-in-the-Dark Hexbugs (Innovation First; $11.99 each; Age 3+) – While these are estimated for ages 3+, their small size seems more appropriate for older kids. These entertaining racecar-like bugs have a glow-in-the-dark Galileo theme and constellations on their backs. They entertain kids who love fast-moving toys while also teaching them about astronomy.
The Klutz Guide to the Galaxy (Klutz; $19.99; Age 8+) – Perfect for summer nights, boys and girls can chart constellations, explore the moon’s surface, and learn about meteors. The guide also comes with a collapsible cardboard telescope, a special flashlight, a map to steer the stars, and more.Add a Comment