Seemingly overnight babbling babies turn into curious, opinionated toddlers on the move. Whether they love to sing or seek, make or make believe, build or play on the go, we’ve rounded up 17 of the hottest new toys of the season to help the tots in your life have all the fun as they grow and learn. Read on for gifts and gadgets they’ll love.
Butterfly Dress-Up Kit
Toddler and dress-up are a match made in imaginary heaven. Let little ones really spread their creative wings with this darling new Butterfly Dress-Up Kit from Treehouse Kid & Craft. As these felt wings shimmer, orange pom-pom antennae will help imaginations soar. A sweet storage sack is also included when toddlers (and wings) need a rest.
Available at treehousekidandcraft.com, $30.
Sing & Play Happy Penguin
Many a two-year-old loves to sing, dance, clap, or some version of all three at the same time. Wild Republic’s Sing & Play Happy Penguin, who is always ready to play and sings If You’re Happy and You Know It, makes for a perfect dancing partner.
Available for pre-order at amazon.com, $29.99. (Will ship on Nov. 1 and is available for Prime).
LEGO DUPLO Gentle Giants Petting Zoo
Little dinosaur fans will love this new LEGO DUPLO set, inspired by Jurassic World (which also happened to be one of the biggest movies of 2018). Included are a Gray Mitchell figure, two baby dinos, camera, and authentic Jurassic World setting. (Shown here with LEGO DUPLO T-rex Tower).
Available at shop.lego.com, $19.99.
Yookidoo Jet Duck - Create a Pirate
Talk about one cool duck. With 15 accessories and its very own water cannon, this duck indeed jets around the tub. Kids can maneuver its cannon and feet for different swimming effects and store everything easily with its own clip-on cup. And there’s a whole Jet Duck Family made for ages two to six, for years of bathtub fun.
Available at amazon.com, $27.95.
Wooden Pear Peg Puzzle
This is a peg puzzle—and a pear—little hands can really sink into, from its sustainably harvested wooden baseboard to seven naturally stained pieces. Handmade in Germany, this is an instant heirloom.
Available at bellalunatoys.com, $35.
With Educational Insights’ Tail Trails, toddlers will love hiding and seeking with these three adorable kitties. One large die is easy to roll for picture prompts for different hiding spots, and there are three ways to play to keep tots on their toes.
Available at amazon.com, $19.99.
Garden Friends Dough Activity Set
Green Toys and Sesame Street are helping little green thumbs bring a whole garden to life any day of the year with butterflies, critters and flowers galore. As for the flour in this dough, parents will love knowing it’s organic. No toxins in this garden!
Available at greentoys.com, $24.99.
Infinifun My First Yoga Mat
For little movers with ever-increasing body awareness, yoga is a great way to hone balance and coordination and work on fine motor skills while learning little yogi poses in the process. Tots won’t be able to resist this interactive yoga mat's cute touchpads and multiple game modes.
Available at amazon.com, $49.99.
There’s a Bear On My Chair
Toddlers probably have big opinions by now about the books they want to read (again and again, in many cases). There’s a Bear On My Chair was published this year from Nosy Crow, and we think it’s one of the best new kids books of 2018. Its rhymes, relatable frustration with sharing and a fun twist at the end are sure to make it a new favorite.
Available at amazon.com, $7.99.
Playskool Friends Sesame Street Feed Me Cookie Monster Toy
New from Hasbro, little ones can feed cookies to, sing along with, and hear Cookie Monster’s hungry tummy rumble. He makes a fun (and hungry!) companion for any little Sesame Street fans. As Cookie Monster himself says, “Om nom nom!”
Available at hasbrotoyshop.com, $29.99.
Sago Mini Walk & Play Finger Puppets
Harvey the dog and Jinja the cat will help keep little hands occupied as they hopscotch, ride, skateboard and walk these darling puppets all around town. Their size also makes this a great toy to store in a bag or a pocket to keep toddlers occupied on the go. (Recommended for ages 2 to 3.)
Available at amazon.com, $14.99.
First Play Frolicking Frog Wooden Pull Toy
New from Melissa & Doug, toddlers will want to hop to it with this adorable frog doing the same right by their sides. As tot pulls, froggie jiggles and jives forwards and backward and opens and closes its mouth. Ribbit!
Available at amazon.com, $18.69.
We’ve come to know and love HABA USA’s My Very First Games series of board games designed with two-year-olds in mind. And cleaning up after playtime is definitely a skill little gamers will need to learn. Make it fun and cooperative by tidying up with Tomcat Tiptop! One to three players can help him put away his toys, or play a matching version of the game.
Available at habausa.com, $15.99.
Fisher Price Think & Learn Rocktopus
Set this rocking DJ to “music,” “math,” or “game,” and two-year-olds get to call the shots—and what toddler doesn’t love that? That’s right, they can control the beat, add in sound effects, and swap out one of 15 instruments. No wonder it’s already one of our picks for the hottest holiday toys of 2018!
Available at amazon.com, $59.97.
Tegu Travel Pals
Traveling with a toddler? Be sure to check out Tegu’s line of Travel Pals, available in six-piece portable sets. Let imaginations soar with a Hummingbird, Jet Plane, or Spaceship, or sail with a Whale or a Tugboat. (There’s also a cute Kitty version.) And the best part is that these magnetic wooden blocks can also transform into anything else a toddler’s traveling mind might think up. Tegu is known for quality toys so these will carry them through many imaginative years.
Available at amazon.com, $19.99.
Two-year-olds are not only learning how to sing their ABC’s, but also how to recognize uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and shapes—all included in this darling bee-themed kit from Learning Resources. A portable carrying case makes for easy cleanup and transport for spelling bees on the move.
Available at learningresources.com, $19.99.
Tonka Mighty Builders Mighty Rig Case
Trucks or construction?! How does a toddler choose!? With the new Tonka Mighty Builder’s Mighty Rig Case from Amloid, toddlers can have their trucks and construction sites too, thanks to this fun 25-piece playset that’s stored in a rig-errific carrying case. This set—complete with a working crane, building blocks, as well as block-fit dump truck, figure, ramps, and other construction accessories—also mixes and matches with other Tonky Mighty Builders playsets, like the Tire Track Set.
Available at walmart.com, $19.97.
— Jennifer Massoni Pardini
Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, all items were available for purchase.
All images courtesy retailers.