Christmas is fast approaching and you may be feeling the rush to find that perfect toy for your little one before Santa’s scheduled arrival. Between television commercials and YouTube videos, it may be difficult to narrow down what exactly you should get for your child. Rest easy, because this list is going to lay out the hottest trends in the toy world for 2018:
If these little interactive finger puppets sound familiar, it’s because they were last year’s hottest toy as well! The past year has shown a growth in design and choice when it comes to these robotic pets. This is good news for the consumer, since that means you can likely find older “models” at discounted prices. So instead of shelling out for the purple unicorn, you can likely find a good deal on last year’s pink monkey.
Also, you are less likely to get trampled trying to get your hands on one – there are plenty in stock!
These finger-sized animals are completely interactive and programmed to react to your child. They also have realistic movements such as blinking and tail-wagging.
Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus
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This toy may look like simple light-up game, but what it actually does is teach your child the process of coding. It features 15 musical instruments, 5 musical styles, and 3 play modes: Math, Music and Game.
You can even download the free Rockopus app to record your little one’s creations and create cool music videos!
Pomsies Patches Plush Interactive Toy
If Fingerlings seem old hat, them Pomsies is perfect for you! Pomsies is the newest interactive toy that communicates with your child when it is cold, tired or hungry.
And it does so with the most adorable noises ever! Pomsies features over 50 cute sounds and uses touch sensors to know when it is being picked up, hugged or pet.
Its twist and lock tail transforms Pomsies into a fashionable accessory that can be worn on your little one’s backpack, wrist or hair!
The price is right on this toy, with a tag of only about $15-$20.
Klutz Lego Make Your Own Movie
This is the perfect toy for Lego lovers, budding filmmakers or both! The characters, scenery and free app make it easy for young and older children alike to create amazing stop-go animation!
The toy includes an 80 page guide as well as tutorials available through the smartphone app. Set the stage with 10 pre-written movies or get creative with original masterpieces.
Children are at liberty to write the script, plan a set design, create a storyboard and include sound effects.
Melissa & Doug Wooden Scoop and Serve Ice Cream Counter
I could go on and on about how amazing Melissa & Doug products are – from their natural and safe wood design to their encouragement of imaginative play. But I just did, so now I’ll talk about this particular set.
This 28-piece pretend play ice cream counter includes wooden table top counter, 8 flavours of ice cream, 6 assorted toppings as well as cones, dishes, tongs and an ice cream scoop.
Your little one can take orders with reusable menu and pay with play money. Like all of their products, it’s a perfect way to develop your child’s imaginative play!