Tired of hearing the same old songs on your toddler's play things? Trade them in for this year's batch of cool new toys we found at the recent 2010 Toy Fair for the 2-and-under set, available now or later this year.
1. Baby Genius Swivel 'N Sounds Phone:
No, it's not just another toy cell phone. The Swivel 'N Sounds Phone
is a camera phone that lights up and makes a realistic camera sound when your tyke snaps faux photos. But the coolest feature of all? Mommy or Daddy can record a message on the phone for baby to listen to again and again -- and again and again. Ages 18 months and up, $8, at Walmart stores.
2. Fisher-Price Follow Me Thomas:
Thomas celebrates his 65th birthday this year! For little train enthusiasts (who don't understand that trains aren't for eating) comes this toddler-friendly train. Point the light from the lantern and Fisher-Price's Follow Me Thomas
will chase it -- wherever it goes. Ages 2 and up, $44.99, available in August.
3. Mega Bloks Build 'N Play Kitchenette and Workbench: Mega Bloks
has created the ultimate block set. Both the Kitchenette and Workbench come with all the necessary gear for imaginary cooking (spatula, pan, plate, knife) or building (hammer, wrench, screwdriver). And moms will love that the wheeled base stores the whole thing. Ages 1 and up, $39.99, available fall 2010.
4. Learning Curve Dinosaur Train InterAction Figures:
Learning Curve Brands, Inc.
PBS's Dinosaur Train is quickly becoming a toddler favorite, and Learning Curve's
InterAction Figures will be on every fan's wish list when they arrive in stores later this year. The action figures each speak at least 40 real dinosaur sounds, facts and character phrases. You'll need more than one, though, since they interact with each other. So when Tiny comes flying by, Buddy will start talking, too. Ages 3 and up, $14.99-$19.99 each, available later this year.
5. Playmobil Large Zoo:
Playmobil's zoo comes with an elephant, giraffe, zebra, monkey, ponies, a lamb and too many accessories to name. Your 18-month old will be occupied for more than a few minutes with this amazing zoo.
Ages 18 months and up, $44.99.
6. Double Play Sports Basketball & Football Set:
It's never too early for sports, right? Now your toddler can practice his or her free throws and field goals with one toy. Step 2's Double Play Sports Basketball & Football Set
converts from a basketball hoop to a football field goal post. It comes with a basketball, football and field goal tee. Ages 2 and up, $49.99, available later this year.
7. Turbo Touch Speed Truck:
Kids who love Chicco's Turbo Touch cars
will drool for this amped-up truck. OK, they drool over everything, but they'll love this truck! They can zoom along with the truck or unfold it into a three-foot-long race track. The truck comes with one Turbo Touch car and stores up to five. Ages 2 and up, $59.99, available later this year.
8. Fisher-Price Sing-A-Ma-Jigs:
Squeeze these adorable little stuffed dolls
and they'll talk and sing, and, when you have more than one, they even harmonize to songs like "Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?" and "Home on the Range." Ages 3 and up, $12.99, available this fall.
9. EduShape Senso-Dot Sensory Balls:
It seems all kids have the original See-Me Sensory Balls
, and now come the Senso-Dot balls, in assorted colors. The balls, which come in a variety of sizes, are easy for little hands to grip and help with early sensory stimulation, hand-eye coordination and gross motor development. Ages 6 months
and up, $13.99 each for the 7-inch ball, available in April.
10. Gund Abby Cadabby:
Boys and girls alike can't get enough of Abby Cadabby's giggles and magic tricks. The newest Gund
doll from "Sesame Street," Abby talks and laughs and her wings flutter when tiny tots press her right hand. Ages 18 months and up, $40, available in August.
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