Best Toys of 2017: Preschoolers

Check out Parents' picks for the best preschool toys of 2017!

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The Best Toys of 2017: Preschoolers

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Stable Buddies Unicorn 6V Plush Ride-On

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Stable Buddies Unicorn 6V Plush Ride-On

It’s a unicorn. That kids can ride. Enough said? Not by a long shot! Dynacraft’s Stable Buddies Unicorn 6V Plush Ride-On has a horn that lights up as it scoots along at 2.5 miles per hour-—safely slow but still a thrill. 3 years+, $150.

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Imaginext DC Super Friends Batbot Xtreme

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Imaginext DC Super Friends Batbot Xtreme

Tester kids (and even two staff dads) gasped and ran to Fisher-Price’s Imaginext DC Super Friends Batbot Xtreme. Of course they did! The super-tall electronic hero has punching fists,
a voice changer, firing projectiles, and more. 3 to 8 years, $110.

*Don't forget the Duracell batteries for this toy!

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furReal Roarin’ Tyler

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furReal Roarin’ Tyler

Hasbro’s furReal Roarin’ Tyler acts crazy-lifelike. We’re talking blinking eyes, wagging tail, swiveling head, ears that raise. Plus he shifts his weight so naturally that it’s as if Santa snatched him from a zoo. Tyler reacts to touch and plays with his wee chicken too. 4 years+, $130.

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Star Diner Restaurant

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Star Diner Restaurant

At Melissa & Doug’s Star Diner Restaurant, kids can take orders at the counter, “cook” in the kitchen, and, as one tester mom points out, eat their actual lunch at the table. 3 years+, $200 for diner, $30 for accessories.

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Enchantimals

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Enchantimals

Mattel’s Enchantimals seem inspired by Snapchat filters. They come in girl-and-pet pairs that are a just-right mix of weird and sweet, encouraging girls to stay goofy offscreen a little longer. 4 years+, $9.

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Magic Scene Creator

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Magic Scene Creator

Crayola’s Magic Scene Creator is low-tech but every bit as consuming as Candy Crush Saga. It invites kids to draw and use animation cards for silly scenes that jiggle and jump. 3 years+, $20.

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Luvabella

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Luvabella

Spin Master’s Luvabella wiggles like a live baby, minus the crying but plus the happy babbling which, we swear, evolves to sound more like words as she plays. 4 years+, $100.

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Slice & Toss Salad Set

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Slice & Toss Salad Set

Go ahead, chuckle at the organic kale. Then hit “buy,” because our preschool testers played with Melissa & Doug’s Slice & Toss Salad Set for 30 minutes straight. 3 years+, $30.

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Baby Alive Sweet Tears Baby Doll

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Baby Alive Sweet Tears Baby Doll

For kids who want to get real, Hasbro’s Baby Alive Sweet Tears Baby Doll has a nose that turns red and requires a wipe. She speaks English or Spanish and- asks for “Daddy” or “Mommy.” 3 years+, $50.

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Robo Alive Lurking Lizard

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Robo Alive Lurking Lizard

All Zuru’s Robo Alive Lurking Lizard does is run forward-—but that’s enough. We found him to be the most attention-grabbing reptile since the Geico Gecko. 4 years+, $15.

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Fairy Land Playset

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Fairy Land Playset

As if dollhouses aren’t magical enough, Lakeshore’s Fairy Land Playset enchants with posable sprites and diminutive furnishings that store in the little home. 3 to 7 years, $40.

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Pinkie Pie Swimming Seapony

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Pinkie Pie Swimming Seapony

When those hooves hit water (hello, bathtime!) Hasbro’s Pinkie Pie Swimming Seapony starts paddling. Adorbs. 3 years+, $25.

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PAW Patrol My Size Lookout Tower

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PAW Patrol My Size Lookout Tower

Spin Master’s PAW Patrol My Size Lookout Tower has a police truck for all those missions Chase and his buds accept. 3 years+, $100.

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Real Workin’ Buddies Mr. Dusty

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Real Workin’ Buddies Mr. Dusty

Jakks Pacific’s Real Workin’ Buddies Mr. Dusty sweeps up small toys in its path. Thanks, guy! 3 years+, $40.

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Dirt Bugs in a Jar

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Dirt Bugs in a Jar

Kids love bugs. Parents? Not so much. That makes Play Visions’ Dirt Bugs in a Jar—with sandy dough that looks like soil and toy insects to bury—genius. 3 years+, $13.

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