Toy Insider’s Chief Toy Officer Laurie Schacht joined Fox 61 in Connecticut to show off the best new toys to help manage their emotions during these trying times. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.
Mindful Maze boards support social-emotional learning (SEL) and mindfulness through a hands-on, easy-to-use tool. Kids develop mindfulness and self-management skills with fun, colorful graphics that encourage them to experiment and find their favorite. Set includes three double-sided breathing boards with indented finger paths that incorporate tactile prompts for inhaling, exhaling and pausing to guide the child through the breathing exercise from start to finish. Guided breathing exercises include the Rainbow Breath, Square Breath, Star Breath, Laddered Breath, and more.
In partnership with the sleep and meditation app Calm, this line of puzzles includes six different zen landscapes. It comes with a 30-day subscription to the Calm app, which pairs a puzzle scene with related meditation audio.
Birthday cake isn’t only for birthdays — it’s for playtime! Kids can stretch and squish this birthday-cake inspired compound and decorate it just like the dessert with sprinkle-like mix-ins for colorful and textured fun.
The four pop-apart avocados feature emoji-style faces that spin and change to help babies identify different emotions. Build color and matching skills with the avocados’ colorful interiors. Also includes a storage crate.
Kids can play peek-a-boo with this sweet, snuggly baby in plush! The soft fabric body and soft vinyl head are perfect for little hands to grasp. Features a plush outfit with peek-a-boo hood and soft applique on belly. Choose from Llama, UniCat, and Sloth. There are three skintones to choose from. Easy to clean and crafted of baby-safe materials. Each is washable and measures 12 inches tall.