Hello Kitty Cupcake Cafe
Hello Kitty turns 40 this year (yep, that's right!), and she's still going strong. Her latest venture: a cute, pint-size café with coffee pot, fabric canopy, and cookware.
Cartwheel Kids. Ages 3 to 8. $80
Kids can take this sweet scooter for a ride around the block, then remove the hobby horse (cleverly disguised as part of the scooter) for a trot around the yard.
Razor. Ages 3 to 6. $44
This line of monster-themed storage gear caught our eye. Wall pockets, bins, desk sets, and even under-the-bed boxes all invite kids to put away their belongings.
P'kolino. Ages 3 to 10. $12.99 to $40
Hand Sign Alphabet A-Z
Simple -- and simply lovely. These 26 tiles have the alphabet on one side and the corresponding American Sign Language picture on the other.
Plan Toys. Ages 3 to 6. $30
This new line is the perfect stepping-stone between Duplos and Lego sets, with a mix of larger and regular-size bricks. Themed sets include ponies, castles, police, and superheroes.
Lego. Ages 4 to 7. $12.99 to $49.99
Teach kids to program, not just play, video games! We love this new tech toy, which comes with retro-cool game software, blocks that kids use to control the movements in the game, and a hardware tray for sequencing the blocks.
Digital Dream Labs. Ages 4 and up. $119
Crafting, creativity, and construction all come together in these animal-themed building sets. Kids add prepunched paper pieces (treetops, flowers, and more) or make their own extras to extend playtime with the line's critter figurines.
Mega Brands. Ages 4 and up. $4.99 to $29.99
Robots were everywhere at Toy Fair this year. This guy stood out for sheer fun: kids race to balance mini 'bots on Tipster before he starts spinning and sends the whole lot flying.
WowWee. Ages 5 to 10. $49
Lazer Pitch Baseball
With just a touch of the bat's button, this adjustable remote-control pitching machine helps players practice their hitting and catching skills by launching plastic balls up to 25 feet.
Diggin' Active. Ages 5 and up. $49.99
Fire-Blastin' Dusty Crophopper
This hero crop duster, a tie-in to the upcoming Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue movie, scoops up plastic water balls to put out fires. Mattel. Ages 5 to 10. $49.99
We saw lots of toys emphasizing STEM -- science, technology, engineering, and math -- education. This line of kits stood out for their kid-pleasing wow factor and parent-pleasing price.
Be Amazing Toys. Ages 6 and up. $10 to $20
Put a canister of brightly colored compound in a stylus, squeeze the trigger, and pipe out designs that will harden overnight. Think cake decorating meets hand-held 3-D printing!
Hasbro. Ages 6 and up. $3.99 to $19.99
Wizz Worx Wind-Up Walking Dinosaurs
Kids can create their own walking cretaceous critters by molding soft, claylike material around a plastic frame, which houses the mechanics.
University Games. Ages 6 and up; $9.99
Crayola Virtual Design Pro Collection
Using an awesome array of markers, pencils, and their own craft materials, kids design a cool car or fashion-forward outfit in a booklet. Use the free app and software to scan the creations, then see them in virtual action on the track or runway. Fashion and car versions sold separately.
Crayola. Ages 6 and up. $39.99 each
Disney Magical World
This game for the Nintendo 3DS is a little like Animal Crossing (a popular video game) meets Disney World (a popular theme park, in case you didn't know!). Players can interact with virtual Disney characters (Daisy Duck, Goofy) while they decorate their cafes and go on adventures.
Nintendo. Ages 7 and up. $29.99
Players swap hands back and forth in this quick-paced game, taking tempura and passing pudding as they aim to collect the highest-scoring foods and card combinations.
Gamewright. Ages 8 and up. $12
Make Your Own Washi Tape Stickers
There's a hundred feet of the pretty paper tape in this sweet kit, perfect for easily layering, tracing, and trimming into a bevy of removable stickers, including owls, apples, dogs, and more.
Klutz. Ages 8 and up. $16.99
ATC Chameleon Dual Lens Camera
Strap this sturdy camera onto outdoor gear, such as a bike handlebar, then swivel one lens to face the action and the other to catch your kid's reaction. The result? A dual-screen playback of awesomeness!
Oregon Scientific. Ages 8 and up. $79.99
It's My Biz
These crafty kits have everything to help kids go from simply making crafts to taking their crafts to market. The business plan: create, learn basic entrepreneurial skills, and set up shop!
Fashion Angels. Ages 8 and up. $19 to $34