Everyone always wants to know what the hottest toy is this year, but the truth is that there are tons of fabulous toys out there on the shelves and finding the right toy for your child is more important than getting him or her that one “hot” toy. And because no two kids are the same, our Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht visited FOX Chicago to share some of her favorite toys that span categories from kiddie-tech to games the whole family will enjoy.

Twista_CalloutTwista (YVolution)

  • This bike grows with a child, transitioning from a training bike mode to balance bike mode.
  • Designed to develop kids’ balance and stability, making it easier to learn to ride a two-wheeled bike without the use of training wheels.
  • Ages: 18mos+
  • MSRP: $79.99

Fisher-Price S’getti Scatter Game (TCG)FisherPriceSgettiScatter

  • A love of learning starts with play!
  • Your meatballs are on a roll with the Fisher-Price S’getti Scatter.
  • Remove the s’getti strands without letting the meatalls fall.
  • Be the first to spill the meatballs and you lose.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $14.99

StrikeAPoseRGBStrike a Pose (R&R Games)

  • Strike a Pose is the hilarious freeze-frame party game that’ll get everyone up and playing.
  • In this game, you’re the Statue Collector and it’s your job to figure out who OR what the other players are posing as.
  • In a roomful of frozen friends, can you pick out the Zombie or the Bartender? The Eiffel Tower or the Grand Canyon?
  • Play between 3 and 14 players.
  • Ages: 10+
  • MSRP: $19.95

SchoolZone.LittleScholarLittle Scholar (School Zone)

  • This kids’ tablet it preloaded with over 200 educational apps, videos, songs, and e-books so there’s no need to buy additional apps.
  • Little Scholar provides users with lessons based on the “standard curriculum” subjects for preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders in math, reading, spelling, logic, geography, science, and creativity.
  • App Management Tool available for parents to tailor the content to fit learning needs of their children.
  • Features and 8-inch screen and rune a Google Android 4.2.2 operating system.
  • Ages: 3-7
  • $149.99-$199.99

SmartmaxFactoryWithCarSmartMax Factory with Car (SmartMax)

  • Build endless structures with strong, large pieces.
  • Promotes imagination and creativity.
  • Safe, high-quality pieces.
  • All SmartMax sets are compatible with each other.
  • Includes 28 pieces and a colorful building guide.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $49.99

BigHero6Big Hero 6 Deluxe (Bandai America)

  • Towering at 11″ with a soaring 18-inch wingspan, this arge and in-charge massive Baymax is ready to fly into battle using all of his great weapons and features.
  • Features 20 points of articulation, multiple lights, sounds other fun features such as a launching rocket fist.
  • Comes with a 4.5″ Hiro Hamada figure which can be attached to Baymax’s back and unlocks additional flying sounds.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $39.99

Disney Infinity Marvel 2.0Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (Disney Interactive)

  • Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is an all-new, super-powered play experience in the Disney Infinity toys-to-life video game franchise (which launched last year)
  • This year, more than 20 Marvel Super Heroes will join the Disney Infinity universe including Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Spider-Man, Hulk, and Rocket Raccoon.
  • The game features an enhanced virtual Toy Box where kids and families can use hundreds of Marvel and Disney themed items, locations, props and characters to create their own stories, as well as re-create their favorite movie and comic moments
  • Characters and power discs from Disney Infinity are forward compatible and can be played in the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Toy box.
  • Available for XboxOne, Xbox360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii-U, PC, tablets, and smart phones.
  • The game is rated E10+
  • MSRP is $74.99 for the Starter Pack

HexbugTonyHawkCircuitBoardsTony Hawk Circuit Boards (by HEXBUG)

  • Kids of all ages can unleash their inner pro-skater with Tony Hawk Circuit Boards!
  • Build the ultimate skate park by collecting and connecting all of the Circuit Boards ramp sets! Up to 24 Birdhouse authentic decks to collect.
  • Grind the rails, pull off the rock to fakie, or master your own series of gnarly tricks choosing between two ways to play – A) traditional finger board style or B) slap on the power axle and take-off with the remote control, turning on the turbo boost for accelerated ramp action!
  • To power on, push and roll the board forward and begin to play. To power off, simply push and roll the board in reverse.
  • The most hi-tech motorized skateboard yet – down to the rubber of the wheels, the width of the board, the texture of the grip tape and the look and feel of the ramp sets!
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $4.99 – $49.99

Zing_Air Storm Firetek BowAir Storm Firetek Bow (Zing Toys)

  • This new bow lights up the sky and sends arrows screaming through the air up to 145 feet.
  • Hook the whistle-screaming arrow into the safe and secure fast-load hoops, then pull back and watch the bow’s LED-activated power grip light up and the arrow go soaring.
  • Includes three Zonic Blaze whistling arrows.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $29.97