Toy Insider Senior Editor Maddie Michalik joined News 12 in Brooklyn to show off some of the best new toys to prepare young kids for preschool. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.
Babies learn numbers, counting, and shapes through the Koala’s lights, songs, and phrases. Climb the palm tree to discover that it grows squares, triangles, and circles. When Counting Koala meets up with other Linkimals friends they all light-up, talk, sing, and play together! Hands-on play, including a bat-at roller ball, shape spinner, and push buttons help strengthen babies’ fine motor skills, while the exciting interactive content helps introduce cause and effect.
Encourage kids to wear a face mask with fun designs inspired by some of their favorite characters. Each mask features a contouring nose strip and three layers of protection including a protective fabric layer, filter layer, and a soft inner layer. To wear the face mask, place the side with the nose piece upward. Hang the ear loops on the ears. Press the nose piece to fit the bridge of the nose, then press the nose piece and pull the end of the mask to the lower jaw. Adjust the mask so that it covers the bridge of the nose to the lower jaw. For every box purchased, donations will be made towards COVID-19 relief efforts. Licenses include: Barbie, Hot Wheels, Ryan’s World, Paw Patrol, Blue’s Clues & You!, Harry Potter, Batman, Trolls, Minions, Jurassic World, Hello Kitty, and more!
Blockaroos were developed by teachers and are the easiest construction toy for preschoolers ever developed! Blockaroo Blocks are a new way to build. These soft foam magnetic blocks click together like magic, rotate 360-degrees, and always attract to each other, creating a multi-sensory experience. They also float which means that this unique construction toy doubles as the ULTIMATE Bath toy! Because they’re water safe, Parents love that they can easily sanitize these blocks in the dishwasher!
This puppy features head movements, paw buttons, songs, and real-time responses to help teach babies about animals, food, feelings, letters, and numbers. It features three levels of play to grow with babies: babble, talk, and music.