FamilyFun's Toy Fair Favorites

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Each year at the annual International Toy Fair, our editors look at hundreds of new games, puzzles, dolls, play sets, and more. Here's what we chose as this year's FamilyFun Toy Fair Favorites. The 20 winners were selected for their creativity, trend-setting potential, value, and fun factor.

Anteater Antics

Each player dons a plush anteater headband, then tries to pick up ants using the snout in this hilarious game.

Melissa & Doug, $29.99; Ages 4 and up


Building and crafting are entwined, thanks to these versatile plastic pieces covered in tiny, interlocking bristles.

Spin Master, $24.99; Ages 5 to 8

Classics Line

These "no instructions necessary" building brick sets encourage kids to use their imagination to create designs.

Lego, starting at $14.99; Ages 4 and up

Compose Yourself

Kids play maestro as they select cards that feature musical notation and plug them into a smart device, then hear an orchestra play back their score.

ThinkFun, $14.99; Ages 6 and up

Crayola Creations Thread Wrapper

This absorbing craft toy lets kids customize accessories, such as sunglasses, headbands, and pens, by covering them with colorful thread.

Crayola, $24.99; Ages 8 and up

Create Your Own Robot

Handcrafts meets robotics when kids get to sew a sweet felt 'bot with this kit.

Seedling, Price not yet determined; Ages 8 and up

Dino Sand Glove

Young paleontologists can use this plastic hand shovel, shaped like a dinosaur skull, to excavate fossils or have fun at the beach.

Haba, $14.99; Ages 3 to 8

Geometrics House

Kids can arrange -- and rearrange -- the four modular compartments of this wooden house, then set up the furniture and two figures for lots of play value.

Hape, $60; Ages 3 to 8


This 76-piece building toy combines wooden poles with flexible silicone connectors, suction cups, and geometric shapes.

Fat Brain Toys, $44.95; Ages 3 and up

Kids First Aircraft Engineer

Preschoolers get an early introduction to the STEM trend as they build flying toys, such as a plastic helicopter.

Thames & Kosmos, $19.99; Ages 3 to 6

Minions Singing Sound Pad

Gru-ve to the music of this mini keyboard that features the vocal stylings of Despicable Me characters.

Skyrocket Toys, $19.99; Ages 3 to 8

Playbook Flag Football Set

Backyard quarterbacks can call the plays -- and point them out -- on the embossed football.

Franklin Sports, $24.99; Ages 7 and up

Play-Doh Millennium Falcon Playset

Use the Force to shape and mold the classic modeling compound with one of our favorite Star Wars toys.

Hasbro, $19.99; Ages 3 to 6

Smart Start Line

Super-cute puppies and mice help teach kids their letters and numbers in this series of early-learner games.

Patch Products, starting at $20; Ages 3 to 5

Super Genius Line

This new line puts a twist on the classic matching game as players try to pair equations with their answers or words with matching pictures.

Blue-Orange Games, $12.99; Ages 5 to 8

The Freeform Building Kit

Using oversize interlocking cardboard cutouts, young makers can build an original large-scale sculpture.

Craft-Tastic, $39.99; Ages 6 and up

Ultimate Bake & Shape 3D Jewelry

Using a spiral silicone mold, young designers can craft curved cuffs, rings, and more.

Alex, $30; Ages 8 and up

Unbored: Disguise Kit

Based on the popular book Unbored, this set includes all the necessary disguise gear (beards, glasses) for kids to go incognito.

MindWare, $34.95; Ages 6 and up

Upcycling Craft Kits

Using the accessories in these kits, kids can turn old T-shirts and plastic bottles and bags into fashionable home decor and jewelry.

Fashion Angels, $17.99; Ages 8 and up

View-Master in Collaboration with Google

This new digital update of the iconic toy lets kids see virtual reality tours of a variety of places, including a prehistoric world and modern San Francisco.

Mattel, $29.99; Ages 7 and up

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