Awesome Toys for Preschoolers in 2019

One group of children that we often overlook is our precious preschoolers – typically in the 3-6 year old range.  In this review we want to highlight 5 top preschool toys that we found which we believe will delight children will all types of interests.

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus

Think and Learn Rocktopus

Think and Learn Rocktopus

The first preschool toy in our review is one of the top-rated toys of 2019.  The Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus is a music-learning toy that gets kids interested in music while they have a blast at the same time.  Kids will explore fifteen instruments along with five musical styles.  There are three modes of play.  In the music mode kids will compose their own songs by handing the octopus different instruments and adjusting the tempo and the sound effect. In the Game mode kids will be led through different levels of musical gameplay.  And there also a math mode, which involves addition, subtraction, pattern skills.  All of these different options for play and learning make the Rocktopus a really awesome toy.

Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

Educational Insights Design & Drill

Educational Insights Design & Drill

Educational Insights Design & Drill

This really creative toy is geared towards the hands-on inclinations of young children.  With the Educational Insights Design and Drill children can get their hands on a kid-friendly translucent mini-drill, a hand screwdriver, or even a combination wrench.  With these tools the young builders can drill colorful bolts right into a see-through base, by either following the pattern card or creating their own designs.  The kit contains lots of components – including 120 big bolts in 5 colors, 3 bits (Phillips, socket, flathead), and 20 colorful pattern cards to follow.

Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

Doc McStuffins Baby All in One Nursery Pet Rescue Mobile

Doc McStuffins Pet Rescue Mobile

Doc McStuffins Pet Rescue Mobile

Many parents are well aware of the extremely popular line of Doc McStuffins toys and other products.  And for good reason – these toys, as well as the original TV show, are loved by kids.  This toy set, the Doc McStuffins Pet Rescue Mobile, continues the tradition of giving kids the opportunities to live out their desire to help others, in this case animals.  This set is designed for on-the-go care, and includes lights, music, phrases, play medical tools and other accessories.  If your child is a fan of the show or just loves animals and play, then this set would make a perfect choice.

Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

Little Tikes STEM Jr. Wonder Lab 

Little Tikes STEM Jr. Wonder Lab

Little Tikes STEM Jr. Wonder Lab

The Little Tikes STEM Jr Wonder Lab is the perfect set for kids that have that glint of curiosity in their eyes.  Even at 2-years old some kids are extremely inquisitive and curious.  This set introduces some of the elements of STEM with 20 fun, hands-on experiments, more than 40 playful sounds and phrases, and 20 lab accessories including test tubes, lab goggles and more.  You can look forward to hours of fun and discovery, which will also give your child a head-start in early education.  And even though this set is a little more expensive than others, that head-start makes it all worth it.

Recommended for ages 2-5 years.

Kid Trax Rideamals Scout

Kid Trax Rideamals Scout

Kid Trax Rideamals Scout

The last preschooler’s toy on our list is by far the most expensive, but the Kid Trax Rideamals Scout is worth considering if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary. Scout is the interactive ride-on pony with over 100 sounds and movements, and your child will never forget riding on him (or her). This incredible and adorable pony combines ride-on fun with interactive play, and it does this with fully motorized eyes, ears, head, and wheels.  Happy riding!

Recommended for ages 2-5 years.

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Toy Stores – Top Toys

Many stores such as Walmart, Amazon and Target release their annual list of hot toys for the holiday shopping season.  The stores themselves are not just guessing – they have the ability to predict the hot toys based on early buying patterns, such as for birthdays and other holidays.  So you have to take these lists seriously if you want to make sure your kids find the top toys waiting for them this year.

We  took a look at various store-based toy lists and we’ve picked out some products that we think will rise to the top of many kids’ wish lists.

LEGO Ninjago Building Kit

LEGO Ninjago Green Mech

LEGO Ninjago Green Mech

The latest LEGO movie Ninjago extends the popular dragon-based characters from the Ninja series.  This Ninjago Green Ninja Mech building kit has a fantastic 544 pieces and it puts kids right into the middle of the action.  This large figure sports a minifigure cockpit, articulated snapping jaws, posable body, and a wheel-activated swooshing tail.

The kit include four additional mini-figures The Green Ninja, Wu, Garmadon and Charlie, as well as an array of weapons.

We really like these LEGO building kits that kids can actually play with, rather than static kits that you pretty much put on a shelf and stare at.

K’NEX Thrill Rides Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set

K’NEX Thrill Ride Roller Coaster Kit

There are over 430 pieces in this exciting K’NEX Thrill Rides Roller Coaster building set.  After you receive the satisfaction of completing your build you then get to actually run the air-powered car around the track.  This looks like a really fun set similar to other K’NEX building sets such as the giant Ferris Wheel.

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox – Building and Coding

LEGO Creative Toolbox

With the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox you and your child can build one of five multi-functional robots and control them with the easy-to-use coding blocks on your tablet.  LEGO has come a long way into creating a robotic building set that combines technology education with the fun of building and reaching the final creation.  

This set is recommended for ages 7-12 years old.

Nickelodeon – Paw Patrol – My Size Lookout Tower

Nickelodeon – Paw Patrol – My Size Lookout Tower

The Nickelodeon Paw Patrol Lookout Tower is more than two and a half feet tall and features interactive lights and authentic sounds. Hear each character’s signature phrase with the press of a button.   There is also a rotating periscope and a central elevators that takes the mini-figures up and down.  And finally there are vehicle launchers along the base – ready for some exciting fun.

This set is recommended for ages 3 and up.

Lulu Jr. My Comic Book Making Kit

My Comic Book Building Kit

Enough with the high-tech toys and building kits.  This is the very unique My Comic Book Making Kit. Okay yes – it is technically a building kit, but in this case it gives you various tools to help you create your very own 18-page full-color comic book.  This kit will boost your child’s creativity and give them a sense of self-esteem when they’ve completed their book.

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

 

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New LEGO Sets for 2016

Year after year the LEGO company keeps kids enthralled and entertained by creating building sets that are relevant to the hottest trends.  2016 is no different – there are many new LEGO sets representing popular movies and other fun themes, as well as well-loved LEGO series like City and Friends.  Both kids and adults have a nice selection of sets to choose from this year.

Doctor Who LEGO Set

Doctor Who LEGO Set

Doctor Who LEGO Set

We absolutely love this Doctor Who LEGO set.  It is the perfect gift for Doctor Who fans of all ages, and great for parents to pass on that Doctor Who love to their kids.  The central element (of course) is the TARDIS which measures over 4 inches high.  The set is actually the control room and includes Clara, Daleks, and a Weeping Angel.  This set was designed by a Doctor Who fan-designer, which makes it even cooler.  Recommended for ages 10+.
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LEGO Ghostbusters Set

LEGO Ghostbusters

LEGO Ghostbusters

One of the hottest movies of 2016 was the remake of the 1980’s classic Ghostbusters.  The Ghostbusters Ecto 1 & 2 LEGO Set features both the Ecto 1 vehicle as well as the Ecto 2 motorbike.  The vehicle has a removeable roof and seats for 4 Ghostbusters heroes.  There are also some weapons such as the 4 proton packs, a proton sidearm, and an ion shield gun.  5 mini-figures are included in this set. Recommended for ages 8-14 years.

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LEGO Friends Amusement Park

LEGO Friends Amusement Park

LEGO Friends Amusement Park

The LEGO Friends Amusement Park set continues the hugely popular Friends line of building sets.  There are an amazing 1124 pieces, which are used to construct an amusement park with many different functional attractions including: roller coaster, ferris wheel, drop tower, entrance booth, and dining area.  Four mini-dolls are included as are other accessories.  This is a great set for kids in the 8-12 year old range.

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Batman Killer Croc Sewer Smash LEGO Set

Batman Killer Croc Sewer Smash LEGO set

Batman Killer Croc Sewer Smash LEGO set

Batman is always a popular topic for gift-giving.  Kids just love super heroes.  So this Batman: Killer Croc Sewer Smash building set should be a big hit.  There are 759 pieces, which combine to form a Bat-Tank and the killer croc’s Battle Chomper.  There are also weapons and mini-figures included.  This fun set is recommended for ages 8-14.

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NINJAGO LEGO Set – Samurai X Cave Chaos

LEGO NINJAGO Set

LEGO NINJAGO Set

The NINJA and NINJAGO line of LEGO building sets may not be widely known, but many kids know the sets from the TV shows.  This Samurai X Cave Chaos building set is pretty cool.  It features 1253 pieces which are used to build an opening skull entrance, inventor launchpad, buildable jet and laser prison.  It comes with 8 mini-figures.  Recommended for ages 9-14.

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LEGO Angry Birds

LEGO Angry Birds Set

LEGO Angry Birds Set

This LEGO Angry Birds King Pig’s Castle building set turns the hugely popular game app, and movie, into a really fun toy that kids can get their hands on.  It’s got 859 pieces and this includes 5 Angry Birds figures and tons of accessories.  It’s getting really good reviews, which we always love.

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LEGO Star Wars TIE Fighter vs. A-Wing Starfighter

LEGO TIE Fighter vs A-Wing Starfighter

LEGO TIE Fighter vs A-Wing Starfighter

Finally any list of LEGO sets would be incomplete without a Star Wars set.  We are in the midst of a multi-year resurgence of Star Wars popularity around the globe.  Episode 7 was released in 2015, followed by Rogue One in 2016.

The LEGO TIE Fighter vs A-Wing set features Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter as well as an A-Wing Starfighter.  These fighters can battle using spring-loaded shooters, and the set also includes accessories such as Darth Vader’s helmet and 4 mini-figures.  The fighters are very detailed, and are great for role-playing by imaginative kids. Recommended for ages 9-14.

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Tegu – Best Educational Toys

tegu-pocket-setWhat is Tegu?  We at Hot Toy Guide wondered the same thing when we first discovered them a few weeks ago.  The simplest way to describe Tegu is that they are well-design wooden construction pieces that attach magnetically to each other.  The best thing is that the magnets are inside the wood, not exposed.  This makes the pieces safer, more aesthetic, and longer lasting.

Other Advantages to buying Tegu

Although Tegu toys are clearly well designed, premium products (and which come with a higher price tag) they are made with social responsibility in mind.  When you buy a Tegu product you are given the opportunity to direct a portion of the proceeds to two Tegu initiatives: reforestation and education for the impoverished.  Tegu products are made in Honduras, from non-endangered wood.  The company is dedicated to be a good corporate citizen.  They are so transparent with their operations that they even invite people to visit the manufacturing site in Honduras.

42-Piece Tinted Set

Tegu - 42 Piece Set

Tegu – 42 Piece Set

The Tegu 42-piece tinted play set is a great starting point.  It offers enough pieces to build some interesting objects, but not too much to break your bank.

8-Piece Pocket Set

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Tegu 8-Piece Pocket Set

This 8-Piece Tegu travel set has enough pieces for some casual playtime when you’re on the go, such as in a car or on a plane.  The handy carrying case keeps everything together (and it looks great too).

Tegu Skyhook Block Set

tegu-skyhook

Tegu Skyhook

Not all Tegu sets are free-form construction sets.  The Tegu Skyhook is a mini-helicopter that enhances the play experience of the other Tegu construction sets.  It’s a fun addition that kids will love.

Other Tegu Sets

There a tons of other Tegu sets to choose from.  Here are a few more, but you can easily search on Amazon for more Tegu Sets.

52-Piece Natural Set

52-Piece Natural Set

Tegu Robo Block Set

Tegu Robo Block Set

130-Piece Classroom Set

130-Piece Classroom Set


 

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