Amazon recently announced the toys they anticipate being the hottest for Christmas this year. The Good Housekeeping team also weighed in on which toys are going to be the most popular. Based on their recommendations, we’ve accumulated the top 10 educational toys for kids that you may want to find at your local stores or online before they disappear.
Crayola Color Chemistry Set for Kids
For $24.97, this set from Crayola transforms your child into a scientist thanks to the 50 experiments. Adult supervision is recommended.
Melissa & Doug Examine and Treat Pet Vet Play Set
This vet kit is for ages 3 and older, offering a wide-variety of veterinary tools for $25.49. The Good Housekeeping toy experts liked that this set helps kids practice empathy and caring while they play.
Melissa & Doug Scoop and Serve Ice Cream Counter
This fun-filled ice cream scoop set is priced at $39.95 and is great for hand-eye coordination and also creative play. The 28-piece wooden set includes an ice cream counter, eight ice cream scoops, six toppings, two cones, cup, scooper, tongs, wooden spoon, and six $1 bills so kids can learn the basics about running an ice-cream shop with their friends.
Ozobot Bit Coding Robot
Ozobots are award-winning robots that can teach your kids about coding through coloring on a tablet. Depending on the colors and designs they use, the Ozobots will follow commands. Whether it’s Evo or Bit, these app-connected robots get kids coding and loving robots with the stroke of a marker. Prices start around $46.
Kano ‘Harry Potter’ Coding Kit
Thanks to the release of Fantastic Beasts 2, a ton of new Harry Potter-inspired toys are hitting the market in 2018. This STEM option teaches kids to code a wand that responds to their movements. Priced at $99.
LEGO ‘Harry Potter’ Hogwarts Great Hall Building Kit
Harry Potter lovers and kids aged 9 and up will love this building kit! For $99.99, this Hogwarts building kit was a huge hit. It comes with a potions room, treasure room, sorting hat, and the Mirror of Erised so they can take Harry and friends on their wildest adventures yet.
Osmo Genius Kit
For $89, the Osmo Genius Kit is a good excuse for screen time. The kit offers up fun games on the iPad to promote math, spelling, and other learning skills. There are a many positive reviews circulating around this hot toy, but some parents do think that the ads were a downside.
littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit
Another STEM toy, Good Housekeeping loved the variety of projects offered in this Hero Inventor Kit. With 18 projects, your kids will likely enjoy this toy for the long, winter months. Some of the more advanced projects even let them practice coding. This kit is priced at $149.00.
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox
This kit won the 2017 Good Housekeeping Toy Award last year and is believed to be another hot toy for this upcoming holiday season! For $159.95 and for kids aged 7 and up, this LEGO toolbox is packed with over 840 LEGO pieces as well as a move hub and interactive motor.
Coding is a hot toy topic for this holiday, and Cozmo is one toy that will help kids fall in love with it! If your kids are new to coding, this friendly robot will let them explore and interact, play games and more. Cozmo is for kids 3 years and up, priced at $179.99.
Are you ready to start shopping for the perfect educational toy this holiday season? View the complete list at that highlights toys at all price points and all ages. Happy Holidays from all of us at the Association of Childcare Physicians!