Top Christmas Toys for 2012: Part 1 

We are very excited to share with you the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association’s Best Christmas Toy List for Kids!  This isn’t just the 10 best gifts – this is a list of the 21 best gifts for 2012, including the hottest Christmas toys for kids of all ages and families of all shapes and sizes!
Our first installment of the list includes early learning toys, pretend and play toys, and some very unique building toys.  Let’s get started!

Tobbles Neo
If you are looking for a fun toy for babies, look no further than the Tobbles Neo by Fat Brain Toy Company.  Young minds will revel in stacking, toppling, and discovering with six colorful, uniquely weighted pieces with stacking base that are gratifying to hold, weighted to invite investigation, and likely to be the shining star of the toy room! This exciting educational baby toy is for little ones ages 6 months and up.

Roll & PlayThere are lots of great toys for toddlers, but did you know that there wasn’t a game designed specifically for toddlers?  It was true – until now! Roll & Play by ThinkFun is the very first game designed specifically for toddlers! Toss the big plush cube and look at which colored side faces up. Choose a matching color card and perform the simple activity for an interactive first game experience! What a great game for toddlers learning color matching! For ages 18 months and up.

Puppets on a Stick
Oversized Puppets on a Stick from Educational Insights will inspire kids to pretend and play with free dramatic license!  Their silly faces and movable mouths will inspire great achievements in the world of imaginative puppetry! Plus, they are just darn fun for kids of any age.  Ages 4+.

 Build a Road

The Kidoozie Deluxe Build-A-Road with Elevator is one of the most perfect building toys for kids who love designing and assembling as much as they love racing! The kit features 15’ of flexible track, two battery powered cars, and a car elevator for racing on multiple levels. With a ramp, turn-around and 2 multi-directional connectors filling out the set, your young racers will be designing and building nearly any configuration they can dream up! Age 3+.
 E-Rangers Headquarters
Are you  ready for an interplanetary adventure? Let’s head  into outerspace with the Playmobil® Future Planet range! Join the E-Rangers at their ultra-modern and environmentally friendly command center. Shoot the KO cannons to disable your enemy's vehicles. Charge up the solar panel and watch as it powers a large fan! The E-Rangers Headquarters pretend and play set for kids features a detachable roof and changeable transparencies. It is also equipped with a light beam gun, five characters (including a robot), a convertible racer that changes into a propeller or a jet-car racer, and multiple accessories. This is one of the coolest toys for kids ages 7 and up.

Nanoblock PianoYou will watch in amazement as these miniature-sized Nanoblock instruments take shape with every piece you add! Imagine assembling between 100 and 180 nano blocks with a finished product that fits in the palm of your hand.  Collect the Violin, Grand Piano, Drum Set, and Gold Electric Guitar to create your own tiny band set. These highly detailed Nanoblock Instrument building sets are fun to assemble, and you’ll have a unique display when you’re finished building! These are some of the most remarkable toy building sets for kids ages 8 and up.

 Zoob Challenge
Are you ready to take the ZOOB Challenge? The 25 challenges included in this set are based on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills, so kids will be learning and developing their problem solving capabilities while they’re having a great time! There are no right or wrong answers, and the kit doesn’t provide any hints, only the challenges.  You’ll do your best to build whatever type of contraption you need to solve the challenge using the 174 ZOOB pieces included. Begin with a ramp, catapult, zip line, trampoline, or something altogether different that doesn’t even yet have a name!  As wonderful for a single person to dig into as it would be for a group who can put their heads together to come up with something inventive. This is one of the most innovative kids building kits that we’ve found for everyone ages 8 and up.
That is it for our first installment of the best kids Christmas gifts for 2012.  Up next will be something perfect for Artists, Scientists, and anyone who likes to play games!
Thank you for reading!