Here at Parents, we get the year's new toys sent to us months before the holidays (lucky us!) and invite kids of all ages to come in and give them a whirl (lucky them!). See which toys came out on top! 

By Jessica Hartshorn
September 22, 2015
fisher-price dance robot
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We've never met a talking toy like this: Speak into Fisher-Price Dance & Move BeatBo and he repeats your phrase to a danceable beat. It's hysterical!  $40

Playskool Play All Day Elmo
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For five of the last six years, this guy has made our list! The 2015 Playskool Play All Day Elmo knows when he's hugged or bounced, and leads games like "Red Light, Green Light," $60

Chicco Fit & Fun Mini Golf
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We like a sports set that doesn't require much adult help, and the Chicco Fit & Fun Mini Golf set delivers. Even tiny tots were able to sink a ball by themselves, $25

Haba Croco Kuno Dragon Crawling Tunnel
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Pop-open playhouses abound, but we love this variation: Haba Croco Kuno Dragon Crawling Tunnel, which had testers wiggling and giggling right through, $70

LeapFrog Number Lovin' Oven
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Kids gravitate toward kitchen toys, and LeapFrog Number Lovin' Oven bakes math into the fun with food divided into fractions plus phrases about time and temperature, $25

VTech Sit-to-Stand Ultimate Alphabet Train
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The caboose transforms into a separate wagon that your toddler can push or pull on the updated VTech Sit-to-Stand Ultimate Alphabet Train, and new counting, time, and letter games make this one educational ride, $50

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