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NAPPA’s Guide to Holiday Shopping

Dec 12, 2017 03:04PM ● Published by Lori Coon

Palmetto Parent has rounded up a great selection of toys approved by the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) to help eliminate the stress of finding the perfect gift for your kids in their appropriate age category. Find the perfect gift her or him then create your list to and do your online search to purchase at the best price.  

By Elena Epstein

   

Make Play & Learning Fun


 In & Out Activity Table

 

A unique design features three ways to play. Twin tables open to reveal deep wells for sand, water, blocks, craft supplies, sensory water beads and more. A doubled sided tabletop with molded-in cup holders is great for crafting or snacking. For space saving storage the tables nest and stack. No assembly required. 

For ages 18 months & up

$69.99

simplay3.com

 

My Audio Pet

 

These are the cutest, tiniest and super powerful Bluetooth speakers. They offer Parable Wireless Stereo Technology, so you can use them individually or pair two together for an amazing stereo sound. They feature easy wireless connection to most smartphones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices, built-in mic for hands-free options, rechargeable battery for portable tunes wherever you go, and remote selfie function. 

For ages 5+

$29.99

myaudiopet.com

 

Teacher's Pet

An innovative classroom product that makes a great gift for your favorite teacher. Made from a proprietary microfiber blend, Teacher's Pet is a fun and useful whiteboard eraser designed by a teacher.

For Ages: for teachers & Kids ages 5-12

$16.99

http://teacherspet4u.com/i-want-one/

 

UNICEF KID POWER

An activity tracker that gives kids the power to save lives. The more kids run, jump and play, the more points they earn. Points unlock RUTF packets that UNICEF sends to malnourished children.

Ages 6+

$39.99

www.unicefkidpower.org

 

Squishmallows

Ready, set, SQUISH! Squishmallows make great couch pals, pillows, bedtime buddies and travel companions. Each one in the squad is adorable and huggable.

For all ages

$2.99 - $19.99

 Squishmallows.com

 

 Toys, Games & Puzzles

Teach My Yoga Mat Set - Hop and Learn 

Designed to encourage active learning through hopscotch and yoga. Your child can master the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors, while playing hopscotch and doing yoga. Using a yoga mat, spinner, bean bags and play tokens, your child won’t even realize they are learning.

For Ages 3+

24.99

www.teachmy.com

 

Eggsplorer Transformable Drone

A unique egg-shaped quadcopter that can open its wings to fly once activated by the touch of a button. When not flying, it can go back to it's egg form. This is an easy-to-fly quadcopter drone with flexible flying options via the headless flying mode, speed selection, and auto hovering.

For ages 8+

$29.99

www.amazon.com

 

TOMO 2 in 1 STEM Robotic Kit

 

An educational robot kit that teaches beginners about graphical programming, electronics and robotics through building and the use of smart devices. It can be assembled into 2 different robots: a tricycle or a self-balancing dicycle. Control, program and share via smartphones or tablets to explore the endless possibilities of robotics.

For ages 8+

$99.99

www.amazon.com

 

Nanea Doll and Book by American Girl

 

Nanea Mitchell, American Girl’s newest BeForever character, is a brave, determined girl growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1941. Nanea does her part to help and heal her community during wartime. Also included is a paperback of Growing Up with Aloha by Kirby Larson.

$115.00

Ages 8+

www.americangirl.com

 

GEO Salt Water / Solar Powered Robot

 

A STEM educational DIY robot kit that teaches young kids about the value of alternative energy sources and the science behind them. Kids can learn how to use alternative green energy sources to power up Geo and see the robot zip away from their fingertips. Educational fun facts are also included in the instruction manual.

For ages 8+

$19.99

www.amazon.com

  

The Learning Journey Match It! Spelling

A colorful set of three-letter and four-letter puzzle cards which provides children with an introduction to spelling. They can learn to spell by associating the object with the word and correctly assembling the puzzle pieces. The puzzles are self-correcting — only cards with the correct sequence will fit together.

For ages 2-4 

$11.99

www.tlji.com

 

Stuck On You Personalized Name Puzzles

These wooden name puzzles are a great way to enjoy learning. A fun and educational tactile toy that will improve kids alphabet recognition skills and help them learn their name while having fun.

Ages 2-4

$20-$35

www.stuckonyou.us

 

Marvel Spider-Man Homecoming: Official Movie Edition Spider Drone

 

Now you can help your favorite superhero watch over the city with your own Official Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Edition Spider-Drone, Powered by Sky Viper. With eight legs and a Spidey-suit-inspired style, this drone is an authentic replica of Spider-Man's new gadget in the blockbuster film.

For ages 12+

$79.99

www.sky-viper.com

 

Thomas & Friends Super Station

A fun multi-system track set with 3 levels of play. Children play with engines from Thomas & Friends™ Adventures, TrackMaster™, MINIS and Wooden Railway. It includes Thomas, Percy, James and Harold and holds over 100 engines with 35 feet of track!

For ages 3+ 

$99.99

www.toysrus.com

 

Marvel Swing & Sling Spider-Man

 

Swing, sling, flip and tumble with the new plush toy. Spidey has some amazing moves, he can swing in the air, hang upside down, tumble forward and backwards, and even do a 360 backflip then get back up. Press his foot, then pick him up by his webs. He even says fun phrases and plays the "Spider-Man" Theme Song.

For ages 3+

$39.99

justplayproducts.com

 

My Very Own Ice Cream Cart

Order up!   Kids can role-play as an ice cream server when they get behind the counter of this colorful ice cream cart.  Included are scoops of ice cream, cones, bowls, scoopers, serving spoons, coins, and a credit card to ring up the orders.

For ages 2+

$19.99

www.americanplastictoys.com

 

COOP Sports Battle Bounce

This intense outdoor game is played with two to four players divided into two teams. The objective of the game is to smack the ball across to your opponent, just like in volleyball. However, with Battle Bounce, you have to bounce the ball off the net first so it ricochets upwards towards an opposing player.

For Ages 8+

$29.99

http://coop-sports.com/battle-bounce

 

KidKraft’s Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen w/ Lights & Sounds

 

The play kitchen has realistic interactive features that bring the imaginative environment to life with burners that light up and a super fun ice maker that makes realistic sounds and flashing lights. Speckled granite style counter top, knobs turn an click, convenient storage space below sink, sink with faucet and taps that turn, stove-top burners have lights and sounds.

For Ages 3+

$229.99

www.kidkraft.com

 

ThinkFun: Roller Coaster Challenge Engineering Game

This thrilling engineering challenge helps players understand physics and logic concepts. Choose one of the 40 challenge cards, then set up the board as directed. Using the remaining pieces, players must build a working roller coaster that meets the build conditions specified on the challenge card.

For Ages 6+

$29.99

www.thinkfun.com

 

Monkeys Up Board Game

This is a fast pace game that will have you going bananas. Players compete to get the best score by flipping, switching, and stealing monkeys. You will find yourself laughing head over heels until all of your monkeys are up.

For ages 6+

$21.99

www.roosterfin.com

 

Marvel Spider-Man Mega City Play Set

 

Imagine swinging into action and saving the city with Spider-Man. At a towering 46 inches tall – nearly 4 feet –the set includes more than 20 features and 5 levels of play, from the subway to the bank vault and Peter Parker's secret lab. Hook Spider-Man up to the web zipline and watch as he swings into action to stop villains from using the exploding door to steal money bags from the bank.

For ages 4 + 

$99.99

www.hasbrotoyshop.com

 

 

 

Bath Bombs

 

With these bath bombs you can transform your bath with fizzy bubbles, fun color, and a fantastic fragrance. Learn the science behind creating the perfect fizz and make up to 12 colorful bath bombs in 5 different shapes.

For Ages 6+ 

$21.99

www.scholastic.com

 

Ben 10 Rustbucket Vehicle and Playset

The main vehicle seen in Cartoon Network’s new Ben 10 animated series, the Rustbucket is a 2-in-1 vehicle that transforms into a giant 3-level playset standing over 2 feet tall. Kids can create their own adventures with all of the Ben 10 Basic Figures, using all of the action features in the Rustbucket, including an alien transformation chamber, plasma blaster, “alien-vator”, grabbing claw, alien lab and more.

For ages 4+

$49.99

www.playmatestoys.com

 

Disney Junior Doc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery

 

Preschoolers can nurture and care for their baby dolls alongside Doc McStuffins with the All-in-One Nursery – an adorable role-play center full of exciting doctor features and accessories to explore. Use Doc’s portable electronic patient laptop to diagnose, featuring a light-up screen, sounds and lullaby music.

For ages 3+

$79.99

 www.JustPlayProducts.com

 

Groovy Blocks: 170 Piece Set

 

Put a new twist on conventional building blocks. The brightly colored grooved blocks and links slide together in multiple ways for open-ended creativity, while the color-coded links simplify the construction process.

For ages 4+

34.95

http://www.mindware.orientaltrading.com/groovy-blocks-170-piece-set-a2-13777824.fltr

 

Kidizoom® Action Cam 180

 

The 180° rotatable camera lets kids take photos and selfies from all angles, plus shoot videos with fun features like slow and fast-motion. Use the included accessories to mount the camera to a bike, skateboard and more while taking great action shots anytime, anywhere. Add the all-weather, water-proof case for use up to six feet underwater.

For ages 4+

$49.99

www.vtechkids.com

 

 

 

Tad's Get Ready for School Book™

Contains 12 pages of interactive learning and introduces ABCs, numbers 1-10, colors, animals, shapes, emotions, music and more. Touch the pictures on each page and the book will come to life with learning phrases and sounds. Press the music button to hear six learning songs and watch the light flash along. Then, practice telling time by turning the hour hand on the clock.

For ages 2+

$21.99

www.vtechkids.com

 

Piper Computer Kit

 

Educational DIY Computer that Teaches Coding Through a Minecraft-like Game

For ages 7-12

$299

www.BuildPiper.com

 

ReadySetz

A foldable photorealistic play scene with vibrant graphics and a variety of passages, stairs, doors, and ramps. Powered by imagination, it can be used with your child's favorite toy. No assembly required and folds away in seconds for easy storage.

Ages 4+

59.99

https://readysetz.com

 

UNBORED: Time Capsule

The kit is full of everything you’ll need to capture the important details of today including: a clipboard and 50 questionnaires, adjustable date stamp and ink pad, storage tubes, card protectors, coin bags, boxes with cotton batting, envelopes, a scrapbook and sheet of photo corners, assorted labels, tags, and more.

For ages 8+

$29.95

www.mindware.com

 

KaBlocks

 

Stack the soft, foam building blocks in an array of shapes, sizes and colors on the special platform to create crazy architectural feats—the higher the better. Then, simply jump onto the stomp pad to blast the structure apart.

For ages 3+

39.95

www.mindware.com

 

IDO3D 3D Print Shop

 

A battery-operated tech device that provides a simple-function 3D printing experience. Kids can create their own 3D object or clone something they already own.

For ages 8+

$59.99

www.redwood-ventures.com

 

 

 

The Wonder Crew

This doll combines the adventure of an action figure with the emotional connection of a stuffed animal to give children a best friend. This confidant sidekick comes with a superhero outfit, cape and mask, plus a matching cape and mask for the child because it’s “adventure through friendship!”

$24.99 - $29.99

Ages 3+

www.playmonster.com

 

Q-BA-MAZE 2.0: Extreme Rails

 

A unique system of colorful cubes that interlock to form a marble run. Configurations are unlimited allowing for unpredictable action when the steel marbles travel different routes. Developed by an architect, Q-BA-MAZE inspires creative play as you experiment with motion, stability, physics and art.

For Ages 6+

www.mindware.com

 

Pop-a-Balls™ Push & Pop Bulldozer™

 

This delightful bulldozer encourages movement and motor skills in little builders when the colorful balls are counted as they pop up through the chimney, into the scoop bucket and back again. Start pushing the chunky handle and watch the bulldozer come to life with poppin' balls and fun tunes.

12-36 months

$24.99

www.vtechkids.com

 

Zoo Jamz Stompin' Fun Drums™

 

Children will enjoy this fresh way to practice counting and develop coordination as they follow along with the melodies and sing-along songs or create their own rockin’ beats. Mini musicians will love stepping on the elephant bass pedal to see the elephant trunk move up and down and create a fun bass sound effect.

For ages 18 months-4 years

$39.99

www.vtechkids.com

 

Cozmo

 

Say hello to Cozmo, a gifted little guy with a mind of his own. He’s a real-life robot like you’ve only seen in movies, with a one-of-a-kind personality that evolves the more you hang out. He’ll nudge you to play and keep you constantly surprised.

Ages 8+

$179.99

https://anki.com/cozmo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Love

 

VTech Baby Beats Monkey Drum™

 

Two sensors rewards tapping with a variety of drum sounds and tunes. Light-up shape buttons to learn about animals, animal sounds and colors, and hear playful sing-along songs. Two learning modes encourage little ones to interact with the drum by asking them to find animals or colors, or to press the flashing light.

For Ages 3-24 months

$12.99

www.vtechkids.com

 

go-shins

 

Lightweight and soft rubber sock shoes for babies and toddlers. Non-slip, comfortable and cute designs. Machine Washable.

For ages birth-36 months

32.99

www.goshins.com

 

Pull & Discover Activity Elephant™

 

Twist the dial and little jungle explorers will learn about the jungle friends, what sounds they make, fun phrases and music. When they’re feeling tame they can press light-up buttons that encourage motor skills or match the blocks with the shape sorter to discover colors, animals and shapes.

For ages 12-36 months

$29.99

www.vtechkids.com

 

Yoee Baby

 

An adorable toy that helps babies develop all five senses while playfully connecting with parents and other caregivers. Featuring a teether, rattle, plush toy and signature synthetic feather tail.

For ages birth-24 months

$24.99

http://yoeebaby.com

 

GearZooz™ Roll & Roar Animal Train™

 

Children can create their own unique train by mixing and matching the 15 included gears while strengthening their fine motor skills and problem solving techniques. Put the Smart Gear™ animals on the pegs to learn about animals. Press the buttons to listen to different instruments or answer kid-friendly quiz questions and move the slider to explore different locations.

For ages 18 months-4 years

$29.99

www.vtechkids.com


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