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The 32 Hottest Children's Toys for the Holiday Season

These great gifts entertain, delight and pack some educational benefits.

Not sure what to get for the the kids on your list this holiday season? To help make your children's gift shopping easier, we've rounded up 32 of the best playthings for all kinds of kids. These toys and games, just right for toddlers to tweens, are certainly super fun. But they also pack a slew of other benefits. From a work bench that helps develop finer motor skills to a rad Rocktopus that teaches instrument sounds and math, these toys give your kids so many boosts—in so many ways.

Spin Master Hatchibabies

Hatchibabies

Once the creature is born, kids can teach it to talk to and play exciting games with it.

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Just like the super-popular Hatchimals from last year, these toys have a creature inside that will eventually hatch from its shell if cared for, and will respond to being fed, burped, tickled or snuggled. The main difference: your kiddo will have no idea if the creature inside is a boy or girl, which makes the hatching even more exciting. To take care of the new baby, the toy comes with a rattle, hairbrush, bottle and cuddle buddy ($60, target.com).

Infinifun My First Yoga Mat

Infini Fun My First Yoga Mat

Get ready and stretch!

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Kids as young as 2-years-old can learn to do basic yoga poses and learn more about body parts with this toy. Yoga instructor Bitsy guides them in placing their hands and feet on the non-slip mat's soft, touch-sensitive pads ($50, amazon.com).

Little Live Pets Rollie My Kissing Puppy

Rollie My Kissing Puppy

There's no picking up after this dog; just hours of play.

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Is your little one not quite ready for a pup? Although this one won't run to the door when your kid gets home, it does have some charming features that are similar to the real thing; it can give your kid a kiss, can lick and can wag its tail ($55, target.com).

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus

Think & Learn Rocktopus

This toy can be set to one of three modes: music, math or game.

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This toy will have little ones grooving in no time. It comes with 15 pads assigned to a different instrument sound that Rocktopus announces and plays when the pads are placed in his "tentacles." Kids can also use the pads to compose their own song, do math and more ($60, amazon.com).

L.O.L. Surprise! Eye Spy Series Under Wraps Dolls

L.O.L. Surprise! Eye Spy Series Under Wraps Dolls

The case doubles as a purse and is also the perfect place for your kiddo to store her new doll.

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This toy is a mystery in a mystery: After unwrapping the case, kids will see a doll in disguise, and will have to remove it, and dress her in a new outfit and in fashion accessories hidden in secret in compartments in the case, to figure out her true identity. Contains 15 surprises, like a spy glass, secret message sticker and bottle ($15, amazon.com).

Elfbox [Sponsored]

Elfbox

Expect to see brands like Tegu, HABA, Hape, Brio and Manhattan Toys in your little one's box.

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Still figuring out what your child or family and friends' child needs in terms of the right toys? Let Elfbox help you find out, and save you a trip to the store. This new service will send you a curated gift box of developmental toys for children ages 1 through 5, using their child development experts to select the right combination of toys ($35-$75, elfbox.com).

Design and Drill My First Workbench

Design and Drill My First Workbench

Although this toy looks like it belongs in the garage, it's actually designed to teach kids STEM skills.

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By having kids create colorful patterns by hammering nails and drilling bolts onto the workbench, this set promotes the development of fine motor skills. When playtime is done, the pieces can be placed inside the storage drawer ($44, amazon.com).

WowWee Fingerlings Hugs

Fingerlings Hugs

The monkey's long arms can be connected for hugs.

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Kiddos will love interacting with the stuffed animal version of the original Fingerlings monkey, since it responds to touch, motion and voice, and has over 40 sound effects. It can even return kisses and repeat what your kid says ($30, target.com).

Leap Frog Safari Learning Station

Leap Frog Safari Learning Station

The top part of this toy can flip down for seated play.

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Babies 6 months and up will learn about numbers, shapes, colors and more with this learning station. Other cute features include a ball drop, and a small screen that reacts and play sounds when any of the buttons at the top are pressed ($50, target.com).

Crayola Scribbles Scrubbies Playset

Crayola Scribbles Scrubbies Playset

Just make sure your child uses washable markers; six are included with this set!

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Washing up is part of the fun with this toy. Once your youngster has finished drawing on the four pet figurines, she can bring them to the tub to give them a quick rinse (you'll have to supply the water), so they're ready to be colored for next time ($20, amazon.com).

Pocket.watch Ryan's World Mystery Egg

Ryans World Mystery Egg

Ryan's toy line launched just last month.

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If your little one loves YouTube, chances are, both of you have seen the channel RyanToysReview. Well, now 6-year-old Ryan has his own toy line for your tot to review this holiday season, and this Mystery Egg is part of it. Inside are surprises your kid will be delighted to unwrap, like figurines, slime and putty ($85, walmart.com).

NERF Laser Ops Pro

NERF Laser Ops Pro

The blasters also work with an app so users can access real-life battle intel to help with their game.

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Laser battles feel even cooler due to the features in these blasters: hits get both light and sound effects, and lights on the back show health status and ammo capacity ($38, target.com).

Horizon Group USA Unicorn Ooz-os

Unicorn Ooz-os

Drop the slime into the activator mixture so your kid can create smaller orbs to pop for prolonged play.

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Using ingredients you already have at home, plus the materials in this kit, your kiddo can make colorful orbs that ooze slime when it's time to squeeze ($7, thepaperstore.com).

Really Rad Robots MiBro Remote Control RC Robot

Really Rad Robots - MiBro Remote Control RC Robot

Youngsters can even disguise their voice when sending messages through this robot.

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Calling itself a “Personal Prank Bot,” this hilarious device can be controlled to send messages, listen in on conversations and then transmit them back to your kid, carry things around the house on its tray, and yes, prank unknowing family members (but hopefully not you) ($40, target.com).

Baby Alive Sweet Spoonfuls Baby Doll Girl

Baby Alive Sweet Spoonfuls Baby Doll Girl

To make the baby's food, kids have to mix the powdered food packet with some water, and put the mixture in the manual blender.

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Little ones can take care of this baby doll by feeding her with a spoon, combing her hair and even changing her diaper when she's done a No. 1 or No. 2 ($25, target.com).

LEGO Creator Pirate Rollercoaster

LEGO Creator Pirate Rollercoaster

When your kid is done building, there are four minifigures who are ready to go for a ride.

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Perfect for an older kid with tons of LEGO-building experience, this 923-piece set has all your child needs to create an over nine-inch tall, fully functional rollercoaster, plus a cannon that fires water elements, a ticket booth and a balloon stand ($72, amazon.com).

RoseArt Creative Cafe Barista Bar

RoseArt Creative Cafe Barista Bar

The bar makes milk drinks that are chocolate or strawberry flavored.

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Energetic kiddos are the last people on Earth who need more caffeine, yet your child always begs for a sip of your latte because of the pretty designs. Instead, gift her this no-heat "bar," which allows kids to make cool latte art atop flavored milk drinks using a frother ($30, target.com).

Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck

Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck

The truck even has a working claw inside to help with missions.

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Fire trucks are always a popular toy for kiddos. This one in particular has some cool features, like a 2” extendable ladder, water cannons for extinguishing blazes, and a mini fire cart inside ($60, amazon.com).

Faber-Castell Creativity for Kids Sequin Pets Sparkles the Unicorn

Faber-Castell Creativity for Kids Sequin Pets Sparkles the Unicorn

It also comes with 15 removable felt stickers, so your kid can decorate her to look different each time they play.

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Your little one will love cuddling up to this stuffed animal; when he gives her a pet, her sequined back changes color ($25, learningexpress.com).

Air Hogs Supernova

Air Hogs Supernova

Give it a toss, and watch it float.

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This impressive, gravity-defying toy levitates mid air, and is solely controlled by your kids' hands rather than a remote. It can do over 30 moves and nine super tricks. The only con: it requires about an hour of charging for up to seven minutes of play ($30, target.com).

Dohvinci On the Go Art Studio

Dohvinci On the Go Art Studio

Although the designs are 3-D, they don't feel too heavy.

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This set, from by the creators of Play-Doh, allows kids to create art that pops off the page, using a styler (it looks like a glue gun but doesn’t need battery or heat) with different tips as their tool, and the Dohvinci—a substance almost like Play-Doh, but not quite—as their medium. The result: more intense-looking designs that dry down to a modeling-clay-like finish ($22, amazon.com).

Barbie Dreamhouse

Barbie Dreamhouse

There's also an office, because Barbie likes to work from home sometimes too.

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Yes, this is a splurge, but considering Barbie's had so many careers over the years, like President, doctor and computer engineer, we think she deserves an epic house. This new version has eight bedrooms, an elevator, garage, and waterslide that leads into a 2nd-floor pool ($200, barbie.com).

Sky Viper Journey GPS Streaming Video Drone

Sky Viper Journey GPS Streaming Video Drone

The adjustable wide-angle camera lens makes it great for streaming videos.

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Thanks to the built-in GPS and ArduPilot firmware, this drone is easy to control, even for tweens who are likely beginners. Our favorite feature: users can direct it to fly back home with the touch of a button ($98, walmart.com).

KumiKreator Bracelet Maker

KumiKreator Bracelet Maker

Kids can add a clasp to the bracelet for a secure fit.

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Kiddos can quickly make up to 10 braided bracelets with intricate designs using this toy. They simply have to load different spools of thread onto it, and turn the handle around multiple times ($30, target.com).

Hot Wheels Ultimate Gator Car Wash

Hot Wheels Ultimate Gator Car Wash

To enter the car wash, kids have to crank up the elevator manually.

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As cars speed through the track for a car wash, a scary gator awaits nearby; seeing if it'll get caught in the creature's jaws is all part of the excitement ($70, amazon.com).

Minnie Brunch Cafe

Minnie Brunch Cafe

Avocado toast, anyone?

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This kitchen playset is full of sweet details, like a burner that sizzles, an oven with real clicking knobs, and a spinning waffle maker. But our fave has to be one of the 30 Minnie-themed accessories included: a coffee pot with liquid that disappears as you pour ($68, walmart.com).

Fisher-Price Imaginext Jurassic World T-Rex Dinosaur

Fisher-Price Imaginext Jurassic World T-Rex Dinosaur

Watch out: when angry, her eyes dilate and her mouth lights up red.

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Right out of the box, this dinosaur impresses with her 30" stature. But that's not all. Kids can control her movement using the handle on her back, and make her chomp on prey by pressing the trigger near her jaws ($99, amazon.com).

Hasbro Star Wars Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie

Star Wars Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie

Hans Solo's BFF is here to be a good bud to your kiddo.

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Kids will love playing with this interactive Star Wars toy, which features over 100 sound and motion combinations Not only does this Chewie speak in his native Wookiee tongue, he can raise his arms, change his facial expressions, move his head, dance, snore and close his eyes ($130, amazon.com).

Melissa and Doug Deluxe One Stop Shop Play Store Set

Melissa and Doug Deluxe One Stop Shop Play Store Set

The set also comes with a metal basket, play money and a credit card.

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On days in, kids can do grocery shopping or ring up customers at home in this charming shop, which comes with a shelf for displaying items, a cash register, a scanner that beeps and a hand-crank conveyor belt, plus 63 accessories ($180, target.com).

Thomas & Friends™ TrackMaster™ Hyper Glow Station

Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Hyper Glow Station

Gift this to your kiddo on Christmas Eve. Right when she's about to go to sleep, she can turn off the lights and watch the train tracks glow one last time before bed.

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With this 50-piece set, youngsters can build a track that glows in the dark in some spots. When Thomas sets off on his journey, turn off the lights and watch him go—even his trail will glow in the dark ($60, target.com).

Faber-Castell Creativity for Kids Make Your Own Holiday Snow Globes

Faber-Castell Creativity for Kids Make Your Own Holiday Snow Globes

Children can make accessories or decorations for their snow globe using the clay that's included.

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As an early gift for your youngster, have him or her make a Snow Globe using figurines, glitter, and clay to display around the house, and bring out for winter holidays to come ($18, amazon.com).

Primo Toys Cubetto Code & Colour

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Three cheers for STEM toys.

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Meet Cubetto, the friendly wooden robot toy, chosen by parents and teachers in over 90 countries to introduce kids to coding without screens. Teach your kids the basics of programming with tangible code and go on endless adventures this holiday season. You can now turn Cubetto into a drawing bot with the newly released Cubetto Code & Colour. Ages 3 to 7 ($250, primotoys.com).

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