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
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
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
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
Handcrafts meets robotics when kids get to sew a sweet felt 'bot with this kit.
Seedling, Price not yet determined; Ages 8 and up
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
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
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
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
Backyard quarterbacks can call the plays -- and point them out -- on the embossed football.
Franklin Sports, $24.99; Ages 7 and up
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
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
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
Using oversize interlocking cardboard cutouts, young makers can build an original large-scale sculpture.
Craft-Tastic, $39.99; Ages 6 and up
Using a spiral silicone mold, young designers can craft curved cuffs, rings, and more.
Alex, $30; Ages 8 and up
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
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
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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