The Toy Fair 2020 in NYC
This past week was the Toy Fair in New York–this is the biggest toy show in the Western Hemisphere! I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend and learn about all the coolest toys to hit the shelves this August! Check out some of my favorites for kids under 8 years (There certainly are some amazing collector toys and gaming toys for older kids and adults, but that wasn’t my focus being a mom of tots).
Favorite overall STEAM toy
Circuit Explorer by Educational Insights was by far my favorite STEAM building system. I got to meet the creator of Circuit Explorer, Ric, who took us through the fun behind this amazing building and learning toy! The Circuit Explorer is also compatible with lego-like toys for building. Kids learn how to complete a circuit and make a spaceship turn on or shine light. This toy is expected to hit shelves in August. Check out the video!
Best new foam toys
Best Coding Toys
Our family owns and loves Botley, but now he is new and improved, with a user friendly remote and some more intricate coding opportunities for older and more experienced kids.
For younger kids, there are the adorable Coding Critters that can even kiss (a feature made possible by magnetic noses!). These Critters are in the shapes of animals and come as a set.
Best Green Toy Craft kit
Such a great idea to turn trash into art! These Re, Cycle, Me craft kits give parents a boost to create fun craft projects with milk cartons, paper rolls and water bottles.
Best Books with Plushy Toy Set
Best Wooden and Non-toxic Toys
German toy manufacturer Haba puts a new spin on classic wooden toys this year. All their wooden toys are made in Germany and they are known for safe craftsmanship made free of lead another other contaminants that will last generations.
Hubelino building set with slides
This building set’s blocks are the same dimensions as legos, so can actually be compatible with your child’s existing toys. This is the first building set I’ve seen with these type of slides–very fun! Hubelino is actually owned by Haba, and all toys are made in Germany as well.
Best STEM Experience Toys
This globe is a unique Augmented Reality toy used with the Shifu app that gets kids to learn about other countries, cultures and animals through interactive play! I just loved this globe that works with the Orboot app that creates an adventure for kids from the comfort of home! See my instagram post with exactly how it works here–so much STEM fun!
Mega Cyborg Hand
Cyborg Glove by Thames and Kosmos is a robot glove that can be built by kids. Kids get to build their own robot glove and can use it to grip using hydraulic joints. So awesome!
This is a new company created by pediatricians and psychologists that teach kids about the human body in a very creative way. Below is an adventure where kids learn about healing. Kids 4-7 build Kids get to make their “wound” seen below and then get to “fish out the germs!”
Best Board Game for All Ages
A board game for every generation! This game is one I would love to get, as there is trivia for grandparents, parents and children without exclusion; in addition the questions are family friendly. Of course this was created by a mom. Genius!
Must have bath-time toy
The MOLUK Plui Rain Cloud Tub Toy has actually been around for a bit, but I think is such a fun addition to bath time, water tables or the kiddie pool. It works simply by water pressure, so there is no needs for batteries! Check this out–how fun!
Best New Riding Toy
Check out the adorable new Vespa scooter from Best Ride On Cars! This would be any kid’s dream!
Best child invented Toy
Fat Brain Toys has brought on this ingenious toy created by a 12 year old boy who wanted to play his favorite ping pong with his sister who was special needs. She was unable to play traditional Ping Pong, which lead to the creation of Door Pong. I am so glad Fat Brain Toys picked this up, I am certain it will do very well in the toy market.
Most loved Nostalgic Toys
I grew up with Care Bears so I am completely smitten with these. I love the new “robotic” Care Bears that move their heads and light up. Each Care Bear has its own personality and sounds. So cute.
Do you remember these fluffy planets when we were children? I do. I got to meet the creator of the nostalgic Hug a Planet who now lives in Vermont and ships all over the world. Can I say, we all need to share more love to each other and our mother Earth by hugging a planet!
Tonka–our favorite trucks that get work done
Can I just say how much we love Tonka trucks? We still have trucks that my husband played with as a child, so they really are made tough. Here I am with another NY mom blogger, Gloria, from Living La Vita Mama Blog. Check her out friends!
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