Best Toy Guide

If your house is anything like my house, there’s arguable millions of toys in the toy room. Half of them are spread out on the floor and have tiny pieces and the other half sit on a shelf and never get played with. Whether your looking to start your own play room, to get a gift for a child, or just for fun, this guide will help you find the best toys for kids, things they will actually play with and be able to learn or use their imagination.

The best toy for girls ages 5-10 are American Girl dolls. They are quite pricey, in the $100 range, but they are made from very high quality materials that are made to last. Many dolls last for them to pass on to their kids. They are fun to read about (each one comes with a historical book with the doll in the story), learn about, and to dress up and play with their friends. There are many off brand dolls and doll clothes that can be purchased for a fraction of the price. Target sells an Our Generation Doll for $30 and Little Adventures sells 18″ doll clothes for $16.

The best toy for boys ages 3-5 is Thomas the Train. Thomas the train toys are also made from high quality wood, metal, and plastic. A train table makes pretending with Thomas very fun and there are endless possibilities to cities and towns you can create with the tracks and cars. Thomas teaches responsibility which is very important for little boys.

Another brand that is wonderful for kids is Melissa & Doug. They make wooden toys and puzzles for all ages of children. From lacing shapes to arts & crafts, you can’t go wrong with getting your kids these toys. They also make amazing gifts that are appreciated for years and passed down to younger siblings. Best of all, they are very reasonably priced. They can be found at your local stores, or Amazon sells a large variety.

Babies are very easy to buy toys for. Babies love bath toys and books. The best books for babies are board books that don’t have pages that can be ripped. Open and close the flap books are great and books with bright colors and interesting rhymes are perfect for babies. You never want to buy toys for babies that can be choked on.

Toddler are just learning how to get around. Push toys are great to help them stay steady and to be more mobile. You should make sure not to get toys for toddlers that could possibly be choked on as they still put a variety of things in their mouth.

Older children are great at playing pretend. A great toy for kids of this age are dress up clothes. Little girls like to dress up as their favorite princess and pretend they are going to marry a handsome prince. Little Adventures has a great line of princess dress up costumes from Sleeping Beauty to Belle and best of all they are machine washable and comfortable to wear and won’t itch your child. Little boys usually like to dress up as race car drivers or superheroes. Some may like to dress up like Harry Potter, a wizard, or a prince. Make sure you find a good quality costume that won’t fall apart. Plastic costumes are out, they fall apart or break after one or two wears.

Last but not least, don’t forget the building toys. Blocks like Imaginariom marble runs and Legos can provide hours of creative fun and play. Building a school, a house, or anything else can provide fun for the whole family and can be done together if wanted. Make sure if there are babies in the house, not to get the small Legos because they can be choked on.

2009 Toy Guide

Every year there are new toys that come out to help children’s imaginations grow. 2009 has proven to be a great year in terms of exciting new toys from stuffed animals to learning toys, to building sets, check out this guide to the latest and greatest toys of this year.

Elmo is one of the hottest new toys of 2009. He talks, he sings, he laughs he dances. Many children enjoy watching Sesame Street and look forward to the last 20 minutes which is Elmo’s World. This darling toy has been a hit in 2009.

Another big hit with little kids has been the ride on animal toys. From horses, to dogs to dinosaurs, your child can ride on an animal while it neighs, barks, or roars and moves around. While these ride on toys can run you $100-$500, they provide hours of fun for your little guy or gal.

For girls, one of the top toys is American Girl dolls. Most girls ages 5-10 know all about them. With their beautiful hair and darling historical outfits and books, they are all the rage. Other 18 inch dolls and clothes are also available for lower prices.

Barbie dolls are popular as well as princesses. Princess dress up costumes from fancy Cinderella dresses to Sleeping Beauty costumes and accessories can provide years of dress up play and fun for your Disney fanatic.

For boys, Magnetix are in right now. From roller coasters to galaxys, your child can create nearly anything with these creative toys. Legos are also very popular with boys and they can make and create anything with them. They spend hours working on Lego projects.

A Build a Bear wearing boy clothes is also a great gift for young boys. Build a Bear items are inexpensive, quality and provide hours of cuddly fun for your little animal lover at home.

Older children also like to play and create. For 10+ try an art set, scrapbook, digital camera or other creative items to help them learn and grow. At this age, many children like to read books, listen to music, and watch DVDs. Ear piercing is a popular gift for girls ages 10 and over.

Don’t forget the babies. Babies like to play with toys too. While they are not very old, they do need attention. A lullaby glowworm is a great gift for babies and it provides a nightlight as well as a song to help your little one go to sleep.

Whether you have a baby, toddler, young child, or older child, this guide should help you find the hottest new toys in 2009. Many online retailers will offer sales and free shipping on their toy websites, so check them out before heading out to your local super store. Best of luck finding a great toy for every child in your family!