The holidays are somehow almost here, and in these stressful times, a lot of us are looking forward to a little normalcy and celebrations at year’s end. And what better way to feel good as a family than watching the kids rip the paper off their presents?
If you’re a busy parent (find us a parent that isn’t busy!), you might not be sure what the most wanted toys are this year, so we talked to kids of all ages (and their parents) for what’s on their “nice list” this holiday season, and we shared their classic and surprising toy asks below.
As one of the most asked for gifts for decades, this epic free building kit from LEGO will have your little ones overflowing with ideas and challenge their imagination. Open ended construction toys stimulate creativity and problem solving, and did we mention how much fun executing their own concepts can be?
If your kids love big noises and lots of power, let them release the beast with this interactive truck that actually breaks out of its own package with a roar! This wild toy brings big fun by transforming from a truck to a wild beast with retractable claws, glowing red eyes and powerful noises.
Keep young aspiring bakers busy with this classic, which is a perfect transition from playing with pretend food to helping in the kitchen. Easy-Bake works just how you remember, from spooning the dough into a mini baking pan, to sliding it through to bake and the final, tiny sweet treat that comes out the other side.
This wacky and fun flamingo named Sherbert is interactive, and your child will love talking to it and making it wiggle and dance. You can also feed the hot pink bird his favorite food, for a giggle-worthy good time.
“Anything Bruder,” says 3-year-old Graydon’s mom Lindsey. He’s very focused, she says, on “the new Bruder excavator,” which has big, powerful rubber tires, making it great on hard surfaces or for digging in the dirt.
“She’s all about galaxy lights for doing TikToks,” says Cheryl, mom of Cadence, 13, who is on trend with her holiday wish for a fun projector. Project a swirl of stars and auroras on your ceiling and walls for a cool background for making videos, or to soothe your little ones to sleep.
Baby Yoda is still a thing with kids of all ages, and this interactive toy has all the sounds and movements they know from the show. Want to see him use The Force? Just pat his head three times and he’ll raise his arm and close his eyes to release The Force just for you.
“Whoa, big truck!,” says JP, the 2-year-old son of Yahoo Life’s beauty director Dana Oliver. According to Dana, her toddler currently loves all things construction. “He’s obsessed with pointing out the differences between crane, excavator, bulldozer and dump trucks. This larger-than-life toy truck features a crane that he can crank up and down, tiny storage compartments for his countless blocks and even flashing lights and horn sounds that he can turn on and off… sometimes to my dismay. Still, I love watching his mind work as he tinkers around with this toy.”
Nine-year-old Harper’s mother told us, “She’s all old and cool, so, it’s more about projects than toys! She gets Kiwi Crates for crafts and she loves them.” KiwiCo. crates offer a monthly subscription service that sends an age appropriate project for your kids to complete. Recent projects include a succulent garden made of felt and handmade soap, so fun!
This fun crafts kit box comes with everything a budding visual artist needs to foster creativity and problem solving —they’ll build a hot air balloon, lace up rainbows, make their own bracelets and much more with this cheery kit.
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