2013 Holiday Toy Guide

Here are our favorite new toys for Preschool

Don't forget to check out our lists for Baby and Toddlers, Early Elementary and Tweens, plus great stocking stuffers!

 

Our Top Pick for Preschool: Playskool Show Cam

Children’s digital cameras have come a long way, as proven with the Playskool Show Cam. This user-friendly 2-in-1 digital camera and projector provides plenty of giggles as young photographers take snapshots before adding fun animations to the images. It’s easy to switch to projection mode to present a slideshow. No software is required to upload photos to a computer. Ages 3-7. At major retailers. $59.99 

If you’re looking for a good low-tech game, look no further than Keekee the Rocking Monkey from Blue Orange Games. Kids work together to help Keekee juggle all 24 balls while he balances on a giant banana – this is easier said than done! The suspense builds with the addition of each ball. Great for developing motor skills. Ages 3 and older. At amazon.com. $24.99

Kids will have fun finding the right outfit for their critter in the Raccoon Rumpus game from Educational Insights. Roll the dice and find the outfit that matches, like a costume with a blue top (there are color and clothing dice). Roll an underpants and loose all your costumes. Also doubles as a memory game. For 2-4 players. Ages 3 and older. At amazon.com. $14.99

Young fans of the Disney Movie “Planes” will adore the interactive Disney Planes Wing Control Dusty Crophopper Radio Control Plane. Although this is not a flying toy, it’s entertaining in wide open spaces on hard floors. By tilting the left and right hand-held transmitters, a child easily controls Dusty’s every move. Dusty calls out many phrases like “Bank Left!” or “Bank Right!” Ages 3 and older. At major retailers. $39.99

The possibilities are endless with the Smartmax Lighthouse Magnetic Discovery set. This 27-piece set includes varying chunky plastic pieces with built-in magnets, balls, and two light-up pieces. It allows children to collaborate to build all kinds of 3-D structures. Ages 1 and older.
At amazon.com. $59.99

Easily assemble the B. Teepee from B. Toys, and your child will have a magically lit retreat with stars projected all around. Two or three kids can fit comfortably inside the space, or use it for quiet reading. An included lantern provides a light show. Ages 3-8. At Target. $35


Imagine I Can’s Roll & Bowl Anywhere from Manhattan Toy is a compact, take-with-you game pack that includes wooden mini-bowling pins and ball and a marbles with an obstacle course. Parents may need to help younger kids with the bowling pins. Ages 3 and older. At manhattantoy.com. $20

 

Children can use the 170 stickers and paper shapes – mustaches, beards, hats, crowns, scuba gear and more – in Silly Me Photo Booth from Alex Toys to create alternate personas or just goofy faces. Pose for a close-up in a photo booth or in front of Mom’s camera. Ages 4 and older. At Toys ‘R’ Us. $14.30