Of course you should stay within budget, but with a little planning, you can get all that you need (or don’t need) this holiday season for your been-good-so-far little one. But for this year and into 2012, theTop 10 Toys for Kids include a variety of old and new, for young and old.
Let’s Rock Elmo! (18 months+): This little guy is quite instinctive, not only playing his own instrument and singing, but he is also able to tell which instrument a little one is playing and plays right along! There are up to six songs that can be sung and he comes with a microphone, tambourine and drums (additional instruments sold separately). A very cute toy for kids preschool age, and it looks to be the favorite for this year’s Christmas season.
LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Tablet (ages 4-9): This is the latest innovation in a lineup of very cool technology learning toys from LeapFrog, this one being sort of like a “kids iPad” – there are over 100 games available as well as digital books, videos, flash cards, a built in camera and camcorder. Truly an amazing toy that kids will have fun with and learn from a long time to come. It comes in Green and Purple.
Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster (ages 6+):This is perhaps the most advanced Nerf blaster yet in terms of its technology, having features such as an electronic scope and pulsating lights to assist with targeting. Different from many other Nerf toys, this blaster utilizes disks and has additional storage for more firing power. Be sure to buy the refills!!!
Air Hogs Hyperactives Pro RC Vehicles (ages 12-15):These are pretty special little hot rods, having the ability to upright themselves to maximize the amount of racing, and can be used inside or out. Remote control allows maximum control when racing, perform special stunts that defy gravity and reach speeds that are actually quite amazing, especially for toys!
Power Wheels Dune Racer Ride On (ages 3-7):This ride on car is known for having superior traction, not getting stuck on surfaces where others might. Large tires are partially responsible for this, along with excellent tire treading. The cab in this car is roomier than many, and it also has seatbelts. It will drive either 2 1/2 or 5 miles per hour, and also has a reverse gear. (Battery and charger are included.)
LEGO Ninjago Limited Edition Lightning Dragon (2521) (ages 8+): The theme of this toy is to set up and execute a rescue of the character “Sensei Wu,” and to retrieve the nunchucks that were stolen, all while avoiding the danger from the enemy helicopter and missiles. A creative building and adventure toys for LEGO fans this year.
Transformers Dark of the Moon MechTech Ultimate Optimus Prime (ages 5+):Coming from Transformers “Dark of the Moon,” this Optimus Prime character has a lot of kids pretty excited. He has electronic features such as noises and lights, and his “robot mode” is pretty amazing, Omega Combat Armor with Optimus Prime fitting inside.
Fijit Friends Toys (ages 6+): This is a series of mini interactive robot type toys that feature voice recognition with lifelike feel and movements. They seem to specialize in recognition of music as well, and can move right along with the rhythm, or play their own songs. Each one has more than 100 different responses built in. The different available characters include Willa, Sage, Serafina and Logan; accessory packs to go with them are also available.
Syma S107/S107G RC Helicopters (ages 14+): These little helis will fit right in the palm of your hand, and are specifically designed for flying indoors. They can fly for around 8 to 12 minutes per full charge, the charging time is around 25 or 30 minutes. Lots of fun for kids and adults too.
Animal Planet Air Swimmers R/C Flying Fish (ages 8-10): Coming in the form of either a clown fish or shark, these toys are inflated with helium to float, then controlled in the air via a remote control. It can be moved up and down and around at a full 360 degrees. It will bounce off walls and according to the product information it will not break and will actually stay inflated for a couple of weeks.