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Best Toys for Kids Boys and Girls 2013 Review
Top Rated Toy Ideas for Kids 2013
As the weather warms up and we head once again into the spring and summer seasons, now is the time when many parents look for ways to encourage not only learning in their growing children, but also ways in which they can interact and immerse themselves in imaginative play.
Many years ago, it was easy for children to come up with an endless variety of playtime events and characters as kids throughout the neighborhood came together to have fun outside, whether they were riding bikes, pulling each other in red wagons, or just hitting the ball around at the local park.
This generation of kids seems to be more isolated, staying indoors in front of the television, watching dumbed-down programs or playing video games for hours. But, alert parents are on the lookout for play things that will take the place of these digital babysitters, and get their children interacting and playing with vibrant imagination once again. The following list of toys and play sets will help guide parents as they search for appropriately fun and educational items to fill the minds of their children year-round.
Best Toys for Little Boys and Girls 2013
Action Figures and Kids Toys
Any fan of Dr. Who will love pretending to be him with the replicated sonic screwdriver. Just like Dr. Who, your child will be able to open any standard or electronic lock, enabling him to explore and escape the bad guys if needed, all in make believe, of course. The Tenth Doctor's sonic screwdriver's most notable feature is the hidden ultraviolet pen and light, which allows for secret messages to be written with the pen nub, and revealed using the light.
Buzz Lightyear Action Figure
The biggest thing about the Talking Buzz Lightyear action figure isn't that it stands 12" tall, but the actual voice of the character from the movies. 15 phrases are available as Buzz talks with your child, using familiar words from his favorite films. If this isn't enough, watch as he presses buttons to activate the arm lasers, the wing flashers and the wings themselves, allowing Buzz to swoop down on his enemies using a full wingspan.
Dolls for Girls 2013
With the Monster High School Play Set, your little girl will have many things to do. The fold up set has six different play areas that are essential to having fun during a day at high school, from the Creepateria to the casketball court, the hallways and front entrance to the school, and what Monster High School would be complete without the Mad Science classroom? Everything from creepy sporting events to school dances and science experiments can be imagined here.
Best Barbies for Girls
Barbie lovers everywhere will want to add the Katniss Everdeen doll to their collection. Katniss is the lead character from the hit movie The Hunger Games. This Barbie comes complete with the outfit worn by the actress, Jennifer Lawrence, in the movie, and even has her own bow and arrow set, along with a quiver for storing her arrows. And what Katniss Barbie doll would be complete without the mockingjay pin? Never fear, it's here too.
Best Art Toys for Kids
Parents are probably worried about the mess their youngsters will make if given tubes of paint to play with. Not to worry with the Crayola Washable Fingerpaint kit, which comes with the four primary colors of blue, green, red and yellow. The tubes are spill proof with their flip top caps, and the creamy texture of the paint helps teach the necessary motor skills children will need.
Carola Colored Pencils
The best thing about Crayola's Twistables Colored Pencils is that they don't need to be sharpened, which means no more messy shavings all over your kids' floor. While younger kids can use these colored pencils, they might not grasp the concept of twisting the pencil to increase the lead amount, but for older children, this is a coloring lover's dream come true.
Top Rated Electronics for Kids 2013
Just like the tablet for adults, the LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer has apps and ebooks. Children can learn music, read books, play games and explore their world with the vast content library that can be accessed from LeapFrog. There is even a front-and-back camera so that your child can create their own videos, even cartoons using the Cartoon Director app. The supply of creativity is seemingly endless!
Best LEGO Walkie Talkies for Kids
Just like their namesake counterparts, these LEGO Walkie Talkies are durable, being able to be dropped with no ill effects in their condition and function. These are so much fun, with nearly a one mile range, that it shouldn't be surprising that adults as well as kids will enjoy playing around with these old-time favorites.
LEGO Building Blocks for Boys
The only limitations with the LEGO Ninjago The Golden Dragon playset is your child's imagination. Three figures come with the set: Lloyd the golden ninja, and the scout and warrior from Lord Garmadon's forces. Lloyd is able to ride the golden dragon, big at 13" long and 5" tall. Fly the golden dragon past the catapult launching missile attacks at LLoyd and blast the enemies with the dragon sphere for hours of fun.
Girls LEGO Set 2013
There is a lot of activity going on at the Heartlake Stables, with the LEGO Friends, Mia and Katharina. When these two young ladies aren't practicing for the competition by jumping their horses Bella and Niki, they are cleaning the stables, feeding and grooming their horses, and getting water from the well. There is time for relaxing in the hayloft, sitting down to a good book about -- what else? -- horses.
Boys Car Toys
What child, boy or girl, doesn't like taking things apart and putting them back together again, if only to see how things work? With the Take-A-Part vehicle Building toys this is entirely possible. The best thing for adults is that this activity will require very little input from them as their children use the battery operated screwdriver to explore vehicles from airplanes and cars to trucks and heavy equipment vehicles.
Hot Wheels for Boys
There isn't a boy anywhere on this planet who hasn't reveled in the joy of owning a Hot Wheels collection, and the Hot Wheels 20 Car Gift Pack is just the idea for starting or adding to those collections. While the styles of each model car collection might not be the same, there are enough variety that your son will not be disappointed when he receives his first, or his latest, collection of Hot Wheels cars.
Board Games for Kids
Based upon the original classic children's "first game", Candyland - The Kingdom of Sweets Board Game is something even preschoolers can learn to play quickly. There is nothing to read on the board, it is all based upon matching colors and symbols as players race to be the first Gingerbread subject to rescue the king of Candyland. There are pitfalls and traps to avoid, but the colors and characters will fascinate children for hours.
Top Rated Board Games for Kids
Adding classic superheroes to a classic board game is an enticing combination for winning the hearts of children everywhere. Chutes and Ladders Superhero Squad lets kids play as one of their favorite superheroes from the Marvel Universe, going up ladders and sliding down chutes as they compete to be the first to the top. This is a great idea for a themed birthday party.
Best Learning Toys
Get all the wee ones together to form a five-toddler band, with the Hohner 5-Piece Toddler Music Band set. This handy storage box contains a wave-style sea drum, a xylophone, and bells and rattles in basic shapes. Nothing is left out of your child's excitement as they create beautiful music together.
Top Rated Teaching Toys for Kids
Who doesn't remember playing school as youngsters? Every kid wanted to be teacher, presenting lessons to friends. This set of teaching supplies could even be used on imaginary friends like stuffed animals. Nothing is left out, as this set includes a clock and hall pass, as well as all the learning utensils and even a map and pointer. When the pretend school day is done, everything folds up into a convenient carrying case.
Preschool Toys for Kids
Boys and girls both will not have a complete childhood without taking a classic Big Wheel out for a ride, and the Radio Flyer Big Flyer is certainly up for the task in carrying your child through the hills and sidewalks of your neighborhood. Wide-set tires allow for more stability and traction, and real chrome handlebars give this updated design great personality.
Toys for Learning
Everything is included in this interactive toy to help children build math skills as they use this cash register to pretend running stores. The drawers contain life-size pretend money, from bills to coins, and a reader can be used to scan coupons and a plastic credit card. The transaction display rings up transaction details so kids can learn how to count money, make change and interact with each other just like adults do in the big world.
Top Rated Remote Control Toys & Cars 2013
The Parrot Ar.Drone comes loaded for amazing flights that can be controlled simply by downloading apps the iPad or smartphone. The coolest feature of this flier is the HD video camera for taking pictures and video of your flight in clear quality. You can even connect with other fliers in your area to share videos. Don't worry about crashing your copter and ending your fun. This unit comes fully repairable, with instructions and replacement parts available on the manufacturer's website.
Remote Control helicopter Toy for Kids
This lightweight RC helicopter might seem like a flimsy waste of money, but when you realize that the single propeller blade and strong rotor make it the only RC helicopter that can fly in a light wind, then your money is well-invested in this little machine. It is also suitable for safe flying indoors. The LCD display on the remote allows for easy following of your bird in flight, and its response is quick.
© 2013 Bob Miller