20 Top Toys from Parents

You may have noticed the fabulous toys Parents has to offer at your local Target or on Target.com. Check out our top 20 picks.

  • Busy School

    With six sides of activities, including a school bus counter, spinning letters, and a bird count on a numbered tree, this toy is filled with levels of play that will grow with your child.

    Special feature: The Busy School is 21.5 x 20 x 19 inches, making it the perfect size for tots.
    For children: 12+ months
    Available at: Target.com, $169.99

  • Their Own Phone

    Is your little one always trying to play with your cell phone? Give him one of his own. This authentic-looking cell will record messages and play them back and is filled with fun sounds and songs.

    Special feature: The Record-a-Voice Cell Phone comes in assorted colors, just like Mom and Dad's.
    For children: 18+ months
    Awards: Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products (2006), Dr. Toy 10 Best Technology Toys (2006), NETS Canada Gold Star Award (2006)
    Available at: Target stores, $9.89

  • Bee Bop Band

    This gleeful band is composed of ant jingles, bee maracas, a caterpillar tambourine, ladybug bells, and centipede drumsticks. When your little one is done making music, she can tuck all the instruments right inside the drum for simple storage.

    Special features: She can tote around the band with the handy strap.
    For children: 18+ months
    Awards: Great American Toy Test Best of the Rest National Winner, Highly Rated by AblePlay for children with special needs
    Available at: Target stores and Target.com, $22.99

  • Art Cart

    Creativity can run wild with this art cart on wheels. Complete with a magnet chalk board and four baskets in which to store supplies, this is a toy your child will spend hours playing with.

    Special features: Tip the cart's cover to convert it into an easel.
    For children: 3+ years
    Available at: Target.com, $199.99

  • Animal Hospital

    Let your little vet set up his own animal hospital with three animals and realistic tools, including a stethoscope and pet vitamins.

    Special features: The animals' cages lock with corresponding colored keys.
    For children: 2+ years
    Awards: Today show Toy Test Winner (2004), Great American Toy Test Best of the Rest National Winner, Highly Rated by AblePlay for children with special needs
    Available at: Target stores, $22.99

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  • ABC Architecture

    Perfect for tossing, floating in water, or stacking, these building blocks will be a hit with your toddler.

    Special features: ABC Architecture includes nine different shapes plus molded animals and ABCs.
    For children: 6+ months
    Available at: Target.com, $19.99

  • Kitty Keyboard

    This is not your average keyboard. The Kitty Keyboard plays bells, organ, and banjo sounds. It also allows your child to play and sing along with 20 familiar songs, including "The Hokey Pokey" and "Yankee Doodle."

    Special features: Press the cat button to play seven funny cat songs.
    For children: 18+ months
    Awards: Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products (2007), Dr. Toy Best Video/DVD/High Technology Toys (2007)
    Available at: Target stores and Target.com, $29.99

  • Tubby Tugboat

    Make bathtime a blast with this interactive tugboat. Go fishing for multicolored fish and an octopus comb. The tugboat set also includes a floatable captain and three stackable cups.

    Special features: When the bath is over, tuck the pieces into the tugboat's cabin.
    For children: 6+ months
    Available at: Target stores, $17.99

  • Counting Pals

    These squishy blocks make counting fun. The 2-inch cubes are stackable, safe to chew, and will float in the tub.

    Special features: The blocks feature a number and animals perfect for recognition games.
    For children: 6+ months
    Available at: Target stores, $8.99

  • Little MD

    Your kid will want to be a doctor when she grows up after playing with the Little MD set. The kit includes 10 tools that fit perfectly inside the case.

    Special features: The stethoscope features a real heartbeat sound.
    For children: 2+ years
    Available at: Target stores and Target.com, $21.99

  • Electronic Keys

    The next time your baby reaches for your keys, give her these smooth, stainless-steel keys. They look just like Mom and Dad's!

    Special features: Push the five buttons to hear sounds like a car horn, ignition, and doorbell.
    For children: 6+ months
    Available at: Target stores, $9.99

  • Remote Control Racer

    This little racer is the perfect first remote control car for your toddler. It features an easy-to-use one-button control, and the car will automatically turn around when it hits an object.

    Special features: The car comes in three colors -- red, yellow, and green -- so your child can select his favorite.
    For children: 12+ months
    Awards: Today show Toy Test Winner, Highly Rated by AblePlay for children with special needs
    Available at: Target stores, $16.99

  • Magnet School

    This set not only features magnetized numbers (1 to 10) and letters (A to Z), but it also includes word-puzzle cards so your little one can practice letter and word recognition.

    Special features: For quick cleanup, all pieces store inside the old-fashioned lunchbox-style tin.
    For children: 18+ Months
    Awards: Dr. Toy Best Vacation Products (2007), iParenting.com Best Toy Award (2003), Highly Rated by AblePlay for children with special needs
    Available at: Target stores, $19.99

  • Ready, Set, Go!

    Your child will love pulling these flashy cars back and watching them zoom through your home!

    Special features: These spunky cars make noises little ones love.
    For children: 12+ months
    Available at: Target stores and Target.com, $16.99

  • Sing-Along Mike

    Have a budding singer in your home? She will become a superstar with the Sing-Along Mike. She can follow eight different prerecorded tunes, adjust the tempo, and amplify her voice.

    Special features: Your child can record her own song by simply pressing the record button.
    For children: 18+ months
    Available at: Target stores, $11.99

  • Alphablock Sorter

    Your baby will delight in these colorful, stackable blocks that feature numbers, animals, and shapes.

    For children: The Alphablock sorter comes with three see-though shakers and three textured teethers.
    Who's it for: 6+ Months
    Available at: Target stores and Target.com, $16.99

  • Fun, Cubed

    This six-side activity center will stimulate your baby. Activities include shape sorting and telling time.

    Special features: All the pieces fit neatly inside the center for easy cleanup.
    For children: 12+ months
    Available at: Target stores and Target.com, $22.99

  • Young at Art

    Your little one will love doodling on this magnetic sketchboard. He can even stamp bunny, dog, cat, and duck shapes with the four animal magnets, then clear his picture with a push of the ladybug knob.

    Special features: The drawing board is backed with a comfy beanbag lap desk and comes in a variety of colors.
    For children: 18+ months
    Awards: Dr. Toy Best Vacation Product (2005)
    Available at: Target stores and Target.com, $17.99

  • Mirror Pound-a-Ball

    Practice color recognition with this fun toy. Have your tot place the ball on the matching color chute and then hit it with the squeaky hammer to make it fall down the chute.

    Special features: A pinball-like spinning action keeps the balls speeding down the mirrored chutes.
    For children: 12+ months,
    Available at: Target stores, $17.99

  • Busy Zoo

    An animal alphabet spinner, a silly critter flip-flop puzzle, and patterned peak-a-boo doors are just a few of the imaginative activities on the Busy Zoo center.

    Special features: Squiggly tracks along on the top of the activity center are ideal for animal races.
    For children: 12+ months
    Awards: Dr. Toy Smart Play Smart Toy Product of Excellence Award (2006), Parents' Choice Seal of Approval (2006), American Baby Toy Test Winner (2006)
    Available at: Target.com, $49.99

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