Walk through any toy store and you’ll find shelves overflowing with the latest tech toys and play sets with teeny tiny pieces. These options may not be the most baby-friendly of the bunch.
Sometimes it can be difficult to find something age appropriate, but still exciting enough to keep the little ones entertained. Check out my favorite toys for tots and toddlers to impress even the pickiest of critics!
Elephants are intelligent animals, so this little guy will make the perfect companion for curious and developing minds. Babies can stack the fun colored rings onto the elephant’s trunk to hear him introduce colors, numbers, and shapes, or press the music note button on his trunk to hear playful songs. For a sniffly surprise, kids can push down on his tail to watch him sneeze, sending the rings tumbling off his trunk so they can start all over again. Gesundheit!
Turn your living room or backyard into an instant party with this bright and colorful inflatable bounce house. It couldn’t be any easier to set up, with a built-in pump that inflates in under 4 minutes (yes, for real) and auto-deflates for the quickest clean up of all time. Kids ages 3 to 6 can crawl in and out and jump safely surrounded by puffy side walls and mesh windows. To really turn it up a notch, throw the 50 included plastic balls into the mix for a bouncy ball pit wonderland. Good luck getting the kids to leave!
Jackie Cucco is a senior editor at Adventure Publishing Group. She writes and Instagrams for the Toy Insider and the Pop Insider, and contributes to the Toy Book. She's still not over the loss of Sirius Black and word to the wise: Never insult Albus Dumbledore in front of her. You can visit her pet bunny Peepers @thebigpeep on Instagram.
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