Looking to have fun with some great holiday toys that won’t take too long to set up? Toy Insider’s Chief Toy Officer Laurie Schacht stopped by Fox 4 in Dallas to show off some great toys that are ready to play with right out of the box. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best toys of the holiday season, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide.


  • Aquabeads magically stick together with water! In 2018, Aquabeads will introduce new silver beads to its existing portfolio of solid and jewel beads.
  • The Glamorous Designer Set contains over 1,000 beads in 16 different colors and includes new silver beads, and comes ready-to-play with layout tray, template sheets, sprayer, and bead peeler.
  • The bead case has a beautifully designed lid to look like a glamorous jewelry box, and can be connected to the Beginners Studio and Deluxe Studio to create a multi-tiered case.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $24.95
  • Available: Amazon


  • Join Peppa and her family on a road trip vacation in their Transforming Campervan!
  • Set up camp by opening the van to reveal an oversized 2-story playset!
  • Extra-large campervan with sounds from the show.
  • Van opens and transforms into a double-decker home for 360° play.
  • Bed turns into a pool.
  • Front door opens for easy access.
  • Oven front spins to show 3 different meals.
  • Peppa and George’s van seats are removable for additional outside seating.
  • Pieces fit inside campervan when playtime is over.
  • Age: 2+
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: Target and Walmart


  • The new Dolce Afghan Hound, from MAGFORMERS LLC, is designed specifically with newborns and young children in mind to awaken auditory and tactile senses, and provide Baby with a new best friend!
  • The soft plush dog is designed with beautiful multi-colored velour fabric, a bead rattle in its tummy  ,and a squeaker in its nose. The crinkled feet and mirror in the Afghan Hound’s feet will help improve hand-eye coordination as well.
  • Dolce stands for Develop, Observe, Learn, Create, Educate—and this plush collection will surely support child development in a fun and entertaining way.
  • Age: All ages
  • MSRP: $29.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, JCPenny, Specialty


  • Shimmeez are sparkly, shimmery, two-toned sequin plush.
  • They come in three sizes ranging from a backpack clip to an 8-inch and 14-inch plush.
  • When you run your hand over the shimmering sequins, the color changes for a magical effect.
  • Kids can create their own patterns and designs among the sequins.
  • Age: 6+
  • MSRP: Backpack Clip $3.99; Medium Plush $8.99; Large Plush $16.99
  • Available: Walmart Target, specialty stores


  • Ethereal and elegant, the Folkmanis Barn Owl is ready to roost with you.
  • Features a feathery plush body accented with exquisitely printed wings.
  • Movable head, beak, and wings bring this bird to life.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $43.99
  • Available: www.folkmanis.com


  • This large, full-body puppet features soft pink plush, feathery wings and a charming face with wide-open eyes and extra long lashes.
  • Create puppetry magic with movement in the mouth, all four legs, wings, and ears.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $69.99
  • Available: www.folkmanis.com


  • Treasure X combines classic “you dig it” play with the trends of collectable action figures and “extreme” unboxing.
  • With 10 levels of discovery, opening every Treasure X package is an adventure! Every Treasure X pack includes a treasure map, X-Marks coin, X-Cavator digging tool, a buildable figure embedded in “stone,” and a treasure chest.
  • Kids can find “bronze” treasure, “silver” treasure, a booby prize, or REAL gold-plated treasure!
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart


  • Create a fizzing reaction to excavate six real gemstones with Discovery Galactic Fizzing Dig!
  • This hands-on activity comes with three excavation tools and three Fizzing Digs.
  • Use a combination of water, the mallet, and the chisel to unearth your gemstones.
  • Use the included magnifying glass to take a closer look at the patterns and colors within each gorgeous stone!
  • Kit Includes: three Fizzing Digs with two gemstones in each, mallet, chisel, magnifying glass, and easy-to-follow instructions.
  • Age: 12+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Michaels


  • New packaging for 2019
  • Introduce your young child to the world of Spirograph®!
  • Jumbo-sized, easy-to-use gears are perfect for smaller hands.
  • Everything packs neatly away inside the storage case.
  • Handy storage case doubles as a drawing desk.
  • Set also includes 5 washable markers, 24 pages of design paper and handy instruction and idea guide.
  • Age: 3+
  • UMSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Amazon, Specialty retailers


  • Are you ready for a battle between lizards? Introducing Tic Tac Tongue from YULU! Be quick to lick!
  • Put on the lizard mask and get ready for a game of skill and speed. One player flips over a number card. The other two players face off to knock down the correct insect card. The lizard that knocks down the most insects the fastest wins!
  • Each Tic Tac Tongue game comes with four lizard masks with washable mouthpieces and tongues, 10 target cards, 10 game cards, and game rules.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $17.99
  • Available: Target