Best Toys for Preschoolers in 2015

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! 

Toddlers love to pretend and explore, so there is no doubt they will adore these gadgets and gizmos!

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This remote-control hero flips around impediments by waving his big arms in a circle; our testers gleefully followed Jakks Pacific Hulk Smash like it was one of the craziest things they'd ever seen, $70

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Spin Master Bunchems! are an innovative art form—soft, small burrs that kids stick together to make cool creations, $25

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Girls in our testing room went straight for the Mattel Barbie Color, Cut, and Curl Deluxe Styling Head eager to try nail art and neon clip-ins. Parents take note: She comes in three shades of skin and hair, $30

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Master builders, unite! With 790 pieces, Lego Classic Large Creative Brick Box is the most vast, open-ended collection in years, $60

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Mesmerizing movement! Fisher-Price Spinnyos Giant Yo-ller Coaster lets your kid direct spinning discs around a track. They'll crash through barrels and bounce back up, seeming to defy gravity, $50

Enhanced graphics elevate the huge catalog of learning games on the Android-based LeapFrog Epic Kids' Tablet, $140

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This toy got no downtime on testing day! Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center begs for stuffed animals to visit as patients, and several kids can share the "office," $80

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A kid holds a stamp to a glowing color on Crayola Color Wonder Light-Up Stamper then it works on Color Wonder paper (but nothing else in your house). No ink to dry, and you can switch colors anytime, $25

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No, it doesn't pop! Players win International Playthings Buddy's Balloon Launch game if they make the balloon lift off when it's their turn to crank the arm, $20

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We like that Lakeshore Learning Fully Furnished Adventure Treehouse —in addition to being sturdy and good-looking—attracted both boy and girl testers wanting to play "family." Sweet! $50

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Fans of the Nick Jr. TV will love the Spin Master Paw Patrol Patroller which is long enough to fit all their favorite characters inside (doubling as toy storage), $60

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Puppet fun: We bet parents will slip a Hasbro Jurassic World Chomping Velociraptor head on their hand as soon as their kid lets go of it, $20

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Our testers couldn't get enough of wielding a kiddie drill to make patterns with Educational Insights Design & Drill BrightWorks; at least one mom went home with the deets to pass along to Santa, $40

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Hasbro FurReal Friends StarLily, My Magical Unicorn is a new FurReal star. She's big, with blinking eyes, fluttering wings, a glowing horn, and a berry to "eat," $120

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