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Best Toddler Toys of 2012

Little People Disney Princess Sings Palace
Little People Disney Princess Sings Palace

Bryan McKay

The royal ladies get a Little People makeover for this interactive playset, which recognizes and responds to each doll. 18 months+, $50; fisher-price.com

 
Bubbles
Bubbles

Bryan McCay

Rubber ducks are so last season! Get more creativity during bathtime with these colorful orbs that stick to the tub and each other for an endless combination of designs. 12 months+, $18; booninc.com

 
Spin 'N Saucer
Spin 'N Saucer

Bryan McCay

Kids will have a blast on this UFO-shaped ride-on with 360-degree wheels that roll in every direction. 18 months+, $30; radioflyer.com

 
My Very First Games: Gitti Giraffe
My Very First Games: Gitti Giraffe

Bryan McKay

How many blocks can you stack on the giraffe's neck before they fall over? Your child is about to find out in this basic game that's a great intro to following rules. 2 years+, $36; habausa.com

 
B. Woofer Guitar
B. Woofer Guitar

Bryan McCay

Your tot rocker will get a kick out of jamming on this unique instrument. Not only does it play acoustic and electric, but it also howls when strummed! 2 years+, $24; target.com

 
Wobble-Along Elephant
Wobble-Along Elephant

Bryan McCay

Your budding walker can get in extra practice with the help of this sweet plush pet from the Parents toy line. 12 months+, $22; manhattantoy.com

 
Duplo My First Build
Duplo My First Build

Bryan McCay

Easy-to-follow cards show beginners how to set up this house and other structures—and give them the confidence to make their own. 18 months+, $25; lego.com

 
Kid O Sort-A-Shape House
Kid O Sort-A-Shape House

Bryan McCay

Match the pieces by color or shape to complete this mod home. 12 months+, $35; albeebaby.com

 
Whizz Down Mountain
Whizz Down Mountain

Bryan McCay

Our tot testers never got tired of rolling the cars down this spiral track, complete with flashing lights and sounds. 18 months+, $60; intplay.com

 
Wonder Glow Blocks
Wonder Glow Blocks

Bryan McCay

Classic wooden blocks just got a lot cooler, thanks to this high-quality glow-in-the-dark set. 2 years+, $23; wonderworldtoys.com

 
Alex Jr. Bop & Roll
Alex Jr. Bop & Roll

Bryan McCay

Save your pots and pans with this mallet-and-ball toy that puts your child's banging energy to good use. 12 months+, $39; alextoys.com

 
Puzzle Stacker: Square
Puzzle Stacker: Square

Bryan McCay

Add another level of play to this well-crafted stacking toy: Its pieces fit together in a variety of ways. 12 months+, $30; pkolino.com

 
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