Best Toys for Preschoolers 2018
The Singing Machine Kids Pedestal is intuitive, easily syncing to a phone to play any song. Testers giggled over “hilarious sound effects,” and a mom-daughter I Am Moana duet melted our hearts. 4 years+, $90.
Fisher-Price’s Think & Learn Rocktopus has “enough arms for kids to share” as it introduces the sounds of instruments. Even toddlers were able to create original songs! 3 to 6 years, $60.
Kids wanted “more!” of the Brio World Smart Engine Set With Action Tunnels, surprised that it “changes direction” and loving its “beeps and lights.” We had to (gently) pry the engine from a few small hands. 3 years+, $90.
With reverence. That’s how kids approached the Our Generation Horse Trailer. Everything about it was deemed “realistic,” including the brand’s “gorgeous” horse. 3 years+, $70 for trailer, $35 for horse, $25 for doll.
Kids liked to feed treats to furReal Ricky, the Trick-Lovin’ Pup, but the biggest delight was realizing “he poops!” One mom raved: “My son is usually scared of moving toys, but he loved Ricky.” 4 years+, $130.
With modern touches like solar panels, a laptop, convertible furniture, and an OMG pool slide, Barbie’s Dreamhouse is “a winner” that keeps kids “so entertained,” moms said. 3 years+, $200 (dolls sold separately).
Small testers spotted the 32-inch-tall Disney Princess Playdate Rapunzel by Jakks Pacific from across the room and fell in love—hard. One girl kept returning to the doll’s side, unable to part with it. 3 years+, $60
Turtle Toy Box
One young at-home tester made Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Epic Sewer Lair Playset, from Playmates Toys, home base for the turtle brothers plus a place to keep his dinos and dragons. 4 years+, $120.
Remote-control cars are always a win, but Disney’s “sleek” Incredimobile Remote Control Vehicle seemed to make all the little ones channel Dash and his super ride! 3 years+, $40.
When the Party Popteenies Double Surprise Popper, from Spin Master, spewed out confetti and keepsakes, parents saw a bit of a mess. Kids saw nothing but fun. At this price, we’re with the littles. 4 years+, $10.
Stuffed With Stuff
One of YouTube’s hottest unboxing stars has offered up Ryan’s World Giant Mystery Egg, a hit with our testers because there were “so many toys to open!” Moms admitted it kept kids “really occupied.” 3 years+, $40.
All The Things
Parents say Rainbocorn is “easy to open” and kids “gasped” at a toy that hits all the marks. An egg to crack open! Reversible sequins! Unicorn horn! The plush comes with a teeny baby too. 3 years+, $25.
Pomsies, by Skyrocket, are furry, purring pals that kids can wrap around a wrist, a backpack, or (our personal fave) their ponytail. 4 years+, $15.
Kitties, unicorns, giraffes! Twisty Petz transform in seconds from beaded bracelet to creature and back again—mesmerizing kids as if they were a secret, silent fidget toy. 4 years+, $6 each.
Roaring Good Time
Kids lined up to take Dynacraft’s Jurassic World Triceratops 6V Plush Ride-On for a spin, easily working the foot pedal. Parents had “no worries” because the beast goes nice and slow! 3 years+, $149.
Melissa & Doug’s Fill & Roll Grocery Basket Play Set was a hit with the pretenders in the group (i.e., every preschooler there). The “healthy” faux food elicited real parent smiles. 3 years+, $25.