October 2015 | Vol. XIV - No. 10
Our Top Ten Toys of 2015
TDmonthly Magazine is excited to announce our Top 10 Toys of 2015. TDmonthly sees thousands of products across dozens of categories every year, but these are our picks for the top specialty toys, best gifts for kids, best educational toys, and more that we've seen in 2015. With the holidays coming up, our Top 10 Toys of 2015 are also great holiday gift ideas for kids of all ages. But because we saw so many cool new toys this year, our Top 10 Toys of 2015 has been expanded to 25. Take a look at our Top 10 Toys of 2015 below - and as a bonus, 15 more of the best toys for kids we saw this year - listed below in no particular order.
Over the years, the magic of Star Wars has always lived on screen and in our imaginations. Thanks to our advancements in technology, we’ve made it possible to bring a new part of Star Wars: The Force Awakens into your home. Meet BB-8 - the app-enabled Droid that's as authentic as it is advanced. BB-8 has something unlike any other robot - an adaptive personality that changes as you play. Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when you give voice commands. Set it to patrol and watch your Droid explore autonomously, make up your own adventure and guide BB-8 yourself, or create and view holographic recordings. It’s now possible to explore the galaxy with your own trusty Astromech Droid by your side. BB-8 is more than a toy - it’s your companion.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37406 (added 9/30/2015)
Rockin Rody by TMI TOYMARKETING INTERNATIONAL INC.
Other products from TMI TOYMARKETING INTERNATIONAL INC.
This is the Rody Horse with a support base for a rocking motion and is ONLY sold with a Red or Yellow Rody. The rocking base is detachable for hopping and bouncing and even more fun and play. It allows the Rody to grow with your child. The Rody Base is sold separately as item #8000. Maximum sustainable weight up to 100 lbs.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37364 (added 7/31/2015)
Girls can build their very own unique structures with the Roominate Chateau! Using the included building pieces that easily snap together, girls can tap into their imaginations to design two-level structures, bunk beds, balconies, a house on wheels, and other endless possibilities. Teaches important STEM skills: hands-on problem solving, spatial and fine motor skills, self-confidence, and creativity. Electrical circuits enhance designs so girls can watch their creations come to life with real movement, including spinning windmills, carousels, lamps, and more. Included in this 131-piece set are 8 wall/floor panels, 52 furniture building pieces, 32 connectors, 4 arches, 4 wheels, 2 axles, a motor, string of 4 lights, 2 switches, 2 battery packs, a screwdriver, doll, pet, and 20 sheets of craft paper. Requires 4 AAA batteries, not included.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37399 (added 9/30/2015)
Discover the sand that shimmers in your hand! The all-new metallic Kinetic Sand assortment comes in shimmering Silver and Gold! And with 1lb of Metallic sand the creative possibilities are endless. This soft and stretchy sand easily cleans up while delivering non-stop fun! It's squeezable sand you can't put down. Feel the difference with Kinetic Sand!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37361 (added 7/29/2015)
Sew Softies™ Sea Creatures by THE ORB FACTORY LIMITED
Other products from THE ORB FACTORY LIMITED
Make a cute Crab, funky Fish and 8-armed Octopus. Dive right into your sewing lesson with this splashy sea creature collection. Sew Softies™ teaches children how to sew using kid friendly components, like oversized needles and pre cut fabric pieces with the holes already made.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37398 (added 9/30/2015)
Can you make a paperclip float? What are magnetic fields? How does a compass work? These astonishing activities will reveal the fascinating world of magnetism. Success is guaranteed as you discover the power of this invisible force. Contents: 2 Ring Magnets, 1 Bar Magnet, 1 Packet of String, 1 Compass, 1 Washer, 1 Galaxy Map, 1 Fizz Token, Detailed Instruction Manual.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37385 (added 8/31/2015)
Aurora’s® popular Sea Sparkles™ line features seventy trend-setting styles of enchanting and trend-forward mermaid dolls and sea-friend plush that make a splash with families wherever they go. Their newest collection of 6 mermaids called Sea Shimmers™ have long-flowing doll hair infused with shimmering mylar, sparkling crowns and new outfits.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37379 (added 8/25/2015)
Kids First Level 1 - Automobile Engineer by THAMES & KOSMOS
Other products from THAMES & KOSMOS
Read the funny story of two inquisitive kids and build simple models of the vehicles they encounter on their comical trip to the supermarket with their dad. Along this roundabout journey, the kids build various vehicles to help the people in their town solve problems and complete tasks. As you follow the story, you can build models of the 10 vehicles in the story. Large, colorful plastic building pieces make it easy for small hands to put the models together.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37414 (added 9/30/2015)
Twinkle Collection (Twinkle Floppy Fawn, Twinkle Hedgehog, Twinkle Standing Fawn, Twinkle Polar Bear and Twinkle Owl) – Special Glitter fibers knitted in the plush make this lovely collection Magically "Twinkle"
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37356 (added 7/29/2015)
Contains a set of pre-cut colourful foam boards, a set of plastic cases, gears and wheels, a motor, a screw, stickers and detailed instructions. (Also required two 1.5 V AA batteries but not included. The battery cover needs to be fixed with a cross-head screwdriver.) Learn how motors work. Connect a simple circuit to build this amazing Tractor with a lightweight but sturdy body. Have fun exploring basic mechanics. Easy-to-build! No screws are needed!
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37384 (added 8/31/2015)
Gears! Gears! Gears!® Sweet Shop by LEARNING RESOURCES INC.
Other products from LEARNING RESOURCES INC.
Get creative and build with the Sweet Shop Building Set! Mix, match and create your own beautiful, spinning sweet shop! Set includes: colorful gears, cupcakes, lollipops, ice cream cones, gum drops, and more! Parts are all interchangeable, allowing for endless combinations and designs. Let your imagination grow!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37341 (added 7/2/2015)
Jewel EcoAquarium™ All in One Kit by FUNOLOGY INNOVATIONS LLC
Other products from FUNOLOGY INNOVATIONS LLC
The largest self-sustaining, low maintenance EcoAquarium™, with everything necessary for proper care: 4" x 6" Jewel EcoAquarium tank, choice of 2 African Dwarf Frogs OR 1 Betta Fish (NEW!),Lucky Bamboo plant, special Living Gravel™ Filter, Colored Gravel, Decorative Rocks with a Black Plastic Base.
PLUS a Care Pack: (Dip Net, Water Extractor, & 1 package of specially formulated pelleted Frog Food)
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37380 (added 8/26/2015)
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Real Holograms - You can make holograms right in your own home or classroom! Step-by-step instructions make the hologram process easy, educational, and fun!
Litiholo C-RT20 film is a holographic film for making holograms with no chemicals and no development processing.
Everything you need to make real 3D laser holograms - it's so simple, you could be making your first hologram in about an hour! Best of all, with the Litiholo "Instant Hologram" Film Plates, you spend all your time making holograms, not developing them.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37342 (added 7/6/2015)
SPECTACULAR, QUICK, KALEIDOSCOPIC ROLLING CUBE GAMES
30 COLOR CUBES – 6 COLORFUL GAMES!
Imagine 30 of the most beautiful, multi-colored cubes you’ve ever seen. Fun to hold, fun to ROLL, and Spectracube includes rules for SIX different games, from fast to strategic, to satisfy all fans of rolling dice game action!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37200 (added 2/4/2015)
Seventy-five million years ago, there really were sea monsters, and this long-necked Elasmosaurus from was one of them. Wild Safari® Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life were created for the dinosaur lover in all of us. Each Safari Ltd® hand painted figure is designed to stimulate the imaginations of children of all ages.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37352 (added 7/20/2015)
Nello is a magic object and versatile, open-ended toy that quickly becomes an indispensable accessory for countless play activities, indoors and outdoors. It is a color puzzle, a nesting toy, a marble run, a floating island in the bath or a sand toy at the beach. You can roll, spin and swing the rings, throw and catch them. Use them as targets for games like tiddlywinks or as beautiful props for role and pretend play. Nello is made from high-quality, food-grade HD-PE, 100% recyclable.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37360 (added 7/29/2015)
Pickles to Penguins is the quick-thinking picture-linking party game! Don't fret if the party gets frantic - the guests are probably just having a blast playing Pickles to Penguins - the frantic party game where you link the pictures to win. Get rid of your cards the quickest by figuring out what your cards and the cards in play have in common. Do they share a colour? Are they both things you find in a salad or bring to a party? Exercise your lateral thinking abilities, but don’t be too hasty or you may have to pick up penalty cards for stretching a connection too far. Take a deep breath and let the chaos begin! Hundreds of pictures, but how many can you link together?
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37359 (added 7/29/2015)
Like his cousin, the award-winning Tranquil Turtle, Tranquil Frog transforms any room into a serene oasis. Glowing in a relaxing lily pad green, the shell projects a magical underwater light effect and plays the soothing sounds of ocean waves and a seaside serenade. The total effect provides for a calm and relaxing environment giving children a peaceful night’s sleep. Tranquil Frog features a 23-minute timer with auto shut-off to ensure complete darkness during deep sleep, as recommended by pediatricians.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37326 (added 6/19/2015)
Whether he's flaked out on a rock or scurrying under one, there's no mistaking the extraordinary Folkmanis® COLLARED LIZARD puppet. Visually stunning and surprisingly soft to the touch, this wonderful North American creature comes to life with movable head, mouth, forelegs and tail!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37338 (added 7/2/2015)
With Bachmann's new re-positionable track play tape, kids can turn any surface into a railroad for their toy trains! Can be used on all floors including carpet, or to create crazy tracks that go up and down walls.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37234 (added 2/16/2015)
The new Calin Ballerina features the same sweet-smelling baby doll you know and love, this time in a beautiful little ballerina outfit. The tutu is a one-piece, so you won't lose anything, not even the adorable ballet slippers.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37235 (added 2/16/2015)
With this kit, kids can create an arcade out of electrical circuits - and then have fun playing with their creation! It's like two toys in one. Combining lights, sound, and motion, this is the most elaborate Snap Circuits kits yet!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37228 (added 2/14/2015)
Welcome baby with gifts from the newest range by Moulin Roty: Mademoiselle et Ribambelle. Imagine the forest and all of the fairytale characters who can be found there. Imagine an owl singer, a little opera mouse, a gentleman otter and a rabbit - Monsieur Lapin – who is always late. This happy crowd is gathered around the delightful Mademoiselle at the edge of the wood to enjoy the show! Enter Madame Chouette The Activity Owl. Marvel at all of the surprises that await baby while admiring her pink ensemble with a yellow cotton polka dot tutu lined with tulle. Place this precious owl near baby and wait for her to discover a baby owl squeaker hidden in a tummy pocket, a detachable plastic ring rattle filled with colorful beads, large super soft wings with crinkle paper and a small mirror. Adorable! Look for other items in Mademoiselle et Ribambelle such as musical Owl and Monsieur Otter, squeaker toys, buttery-soft loveys to comfort baby and mousey rattle. Imported Exclusively by Magicforest.
· Hours of fun, learning and companionship to a little one
· Mirror helps with self-awareness
· Ring Rattle for grasping, sound and visual stimulation
· Crinkle paper for teaching cause and effect, sound recognition
· Baby Owl squeaker tucked into Mamma’s front pouch will teach object permanence and help with motor skills
· A variety of soft fabrics offer sensory experience for baby as she explores all sides of Madame Chouette
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37289 (added 3/31/2015)
Galaxy Glow 'N The Dark Stars Series by PACIFIC PLAY TENTS INC
Other products from PACIFIC PLAY TENTS INC
Space, the final frontier! Inspire future scientists with this themed galactic tent, tunnel and space station.
- Dome Tent ($59.99) -- turn off the lights and ponder the planets that magically appear
- Tunnel ($39.99) -- mix and match the tunnel with the tent or play
solo with this glow-in-the-dark toy
- Combo Junction ($129.99) -- Like the International Space Station floating above, this Combo Junction is made-up of connecting pieces that make an out-of-this-world adventure daytime or nighttime.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37281 (added 3/24/2015)
Your Babblebaby™ doesn't talk yet...but it does have a language of its own! When you talk to your baby it will talk back! Babblebabies™ uniquely responds to your voice with over 80 different real baby sound combinations including babbles,coos,cries, and giggles! It’s designed to be the perfect baby doll for little parents.This baby has light skin, blonde hair baby and blue eyes.It looks, feels, and sounds like a real baby.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37232 (added 2/15/2015)
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Writer's Bio: Justina Huddleston graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College with a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing in 2009. After graduating she was the on-site director of the Boston Children's Museum gift store for a year, selling educational, developmental, and creative activity toys that tied in with the museum's exhibits. Justina also interned at children's book publisher Candlewick Press before moving from Boston to Los Angeles, where she is now Editorial Director of TDmonthly Magazine. Read more articles by this author
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