It's the time of year for making lists, and LB Toys has selected the following best toys of 2010, focusing on items that engage children and encourage active play. Can they be used in different ways? Will kids use their imaginations?
Drum roll, please...The 2010 Best Toys List:
Busy Bee Discovery Flower by Alex
Why We Love It: Colorful and interactive, each petal is unique , for little hands to explore. Ages 6m+
NooBoo Symphonic Stacker by Manhattan Toy
Why We Love It: Toddlers will keep busy, stacking (great for motor skills and problem solving) and listening to each ring’s unique sound (reinforcing cause-and-effect learning). Ages 2+
Cool Tools Box by International Playthings
Why We Love It: There is so much to do! Kids can sort the shapes, or use the tools to build. The tool box is a full activity station. The power drill makes realistic drilling sounds. Ages 18 months+
Jafaru the Giraffe, Zoobie Pets
Why We Love It: Zoobie Pets are soft, cuddly and versatile - Each pet is a plush toy, a soft pillow and a comfy blanket all in one – great for travel.
Safari Chunky Puzzle by Melissa & Doug
Why We Love It: Beautifully designed, durable wooden puzzle, with easy to grab pieces that also stand up for pretend play. Encourages hand-eye, fine motor, and creative expression skills. Ages 2+
Do-A-Dot Art, by Do-A-Dot
Why We Love It: A fun twist on painting, the Do-A-Dot Art set enables even the littlest artist to create master pieces, with many ages able to enjoy. We also love the very minimal mess! Washable, non-clog formula with sturdy felt tip applicators. Ages 3+
40-Piece Cardboard Bricks by Melissa & Doug
Why We Love Them: These bright, study cardboard blocks offer endless opportunities for open-ended play. Kids can build, balance, and use them with all their other toys. Encourages creativity and builds motor skills, Blocks come in several different sizes. Ages 3+
Create Your Own Pop-Up Book, by Creativity for Kids
Why We Love It: Encourages kids to use their imaginations and create, allowing them to showcase their masterpiece. Illustrated instructions include story starter ideas. Ages 5+
Slooh Workbook Vol#2 w/200 Minute Mission Card
Why We Love It: Teaches kids about space, and enables them to explore, going on educational missions and (this is so cool) use their PC to connect to three observatory site locations and view the heavens LIVE - take pictures, print out, and paste in your book. Ages 7+
Clue Classic Edition by Winning Moves
Why We Love It: It is so much fun! An enduring classic favorite that builds deductive reasoning skills.