Add these toys to your holiday shopping list and your kids will squeal with joy (and you might enjoy playing with some of these too!).
Does your 3-year-old need a new plush toy that makes funny noises when you squeeze its tummy? Then the Sing-a-ma-jig might be for you. Or, perhaps your 4-year-old daughter is looking for a new capsule toy, in which case you should pick up some Squinkies. These are just two items on Time to Play magazine’s list of the most wanted toys of 2010 — they were chosen by the editors as the most popular, most fun and the most anticipated gifts for the holiday season.
“Over the past year, we’ve looked at and reviewed literally thousands of toys,” the magazine’s editors wrote in the list’s introduction, “and the ones you see here are the best of the best — the ones everyone will be talking about in the weeks leading up to the holidays.”
Aside from cool stuff like the Air Hogs Moto Frenzy radio controlled motorcycle (for boys ages 8 and up), assorted Lego games (boys and girls, 7 and up), Disney’s Princess and Me dolls (girls, 5 and up), and the Leapster Explorer educational handheld video console (boys and girls, 4 and up), there are items for mom and dad to enjoy, like the Loopz skill-and-action party game from Mattel.
“There’s seven different games, and it’s quite addicting,” Time to Play editor Jim Silver says of the Loopz. “It’s a high-tech game, and we think it’s going to be really hot.”
Another hot toy has to be the Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS Blaster, a battery-operated Nerf dart gun that takes whole clips of 18 and fires them off machine-gun style (boys and girls, 8 and up, but also clearly fun for adults as well). Not to mention the Paper Jamz toy guitar series (boys and girls, 5 and up), Real Construction model building set (boys and girls, 5 and up) and, of course, the Tonka Chuck & Friends Chuck Stunt Park, combining the “Chuck” and “Tonka” lines for kids (3 and up) to design their own stunts using the popular truck character.
“One of the hottest toys of the last few years has been ‘Chuck, My Talking truck,’” says Jim Silver. “He does so many tricks, it’s so much fun for young kids, and … also for adults!”