Best Toys of the Year

Best Preschool Toys of 2013

Green Toys Ferryboat

Green Toys Ferryboat

Green Toys' latest eco-friendly creation, made from recycled milk jugs, makes a great bath toy but is equally fun on dry land. 3 years+, $25; greentoys.com

B. Toys Magnetic Alphabetic

B. Toys Magnetic Alphabetic

This pretty set from B. Toys reinforces the letters as your child matches them to the board and uses the pictures as clues to each letter's sound. 3 to 5 years, $19; target.com

Wild Republic Dino Express

Wild Republic Dino Express

Give your kid two things he likely loves--dinosaurs and trains!--in Wild Republic's zippy and affordable little toy. 3 years+, $15; amazon.com

Hasbro Chasin' Cheeky

Hasbro Chasin' Cheeky

The monkey is a moving target in this ring-toss game from Hasbro; the kid who gets all of his rings on first pulls out the banana and joins Cheeky in a bottom-shaking dance. 3 years+, $25; toysrus.com

Plan Toys Gone Fishing

Plan Toys Gone Fishing

This set from eco-friendly Plan Toys is easy to travel with; take turns with your child catching six colorful fish on the soft "pond." 3 years+, $20; usa.plantoys.com

Hasbro Cuddles, My Giggly Monkey

Hasbro Cuddles, My Giggly Monkey

This FurReal Friend has the appeal of both a baby doll and a pet monkey. She loves to "drink" from the banana bottle and get swung around. 4 years+, $80; hasbrotoyshop.com

Wonder Forge Shipwreck Beach Treasure Hunt

Wonder Forge Shipwreck Beach Treasure Hunt

Based on Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Wonder Forge's game exercises your tot's memory and his body as he searches the house for treasure. 3 years+, $20; walmart.com

Radio Flyer Ziggle

Radio Flyer Ziggle

Wiggling her hips and moving the handlebar helps your child power Radio Flyer's super-fun new ride-on. 3 to 8 years; $50; radioflyer.com

IKEA Huset Doll Furniture

IKEA Huset Doll Furniture

Barbie-size dolls can live like the rest of us, with IKEA furniture! The box this living-room set comes in has cutouts to make the clock and accessories. 3 to 7 years, $13; IKEA stores

Disney Princess Ultimate Dream Castle

Disney Princess Ultimate Dream Castle

Buy the $4 Magic Mirror app for iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Hot spots unlock games onscreen. 3 years+, $190; shop.mattel.com

PopAR Construction Machines 3D Book

PopAR Construction Machines 3D Book

Watch vehicles come alive with the free Popar View app; just point your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Android device at the pages. 4 to 14 years, $20; popartoys.com

DC Super Friends Batcave

DC Super Friends Batcave

With the free Imaginext DC Super Friends Batcave app on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you can reveal fun games and videos. 3 to 8 years, $40; amazon.com

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