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Early Years Toys Of The Year

  • The best toys of the year are here! These 15 games and toys are educational, fun and perfect for kids from 0-5. The best part? You have a chance to win all of these mom-tested toys! Visit parenting.com/toys to find out how to enter our giveaways for the Early Years Toys of the Year and the School Years Toys of the Year once a day until December 14!

  • Stack and Discover Blocks
    These may as well be baby magnets. They weigh practically nothing and are covered with realistic animal images, fun textures, and attention-grabbing graphic designs. (3 months and up; $11, babyeinstein.com)

    "She rolled over for the first time trying to reach the blocks!" --Heidi Stoll, mom of Charity, 3 months, Dimondale, MI

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  • Citiblocs
    This 200-piece pine building set lets kids make surprisingly complex structures without glue, slots, or little pieces. (3 and up; $45.31, amazon.com)

    "CitiBlocs kept him busy for days. He could build whatever he wanted -- the possibilities are endless." --Phyllis Duncan, mom of Chanceler, 5, Henderson, NV

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  • Mouse Match
    Will your mouse match the color of the cheese when he comes out of the tunnel? Simple rules and short rounds make this game a win-win. (4 and up; $19.99, fundexgames.com)

    "He would have played with it all night if I'd let him." --Rachel Skau, mom of Jason, 4, Clinton, CT

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  • Sweetie Belle's Gumball House
    Is there a preschool girl who doesn't dig My Little Pony? This set is a delight, with a musical elevator, cupcakes to "bake," and an oven that lights up! (3 and up; $29.99, hasbro.com)

    "It kept my very energetic child mesmerized for hours." -Sarah Osborn, mom of Therese, 5, Kensington, MD

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  • Matchbox Rocky the Robot Truck
    He talks, he dances, he even snores! This dump truck with a (lovable) attitude entranced our testers. (3 and up; $59.99, mattel.com)

    "He played with this toy nonstop for 24 hours. His excitement was contagious!" --Jennifer Markiewicz, mom of Jordan, 4, Arlington, TX

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  • Blocksters Block Spot
    A portable busy box and blocks in one: The concept wowed our testers. (1 and up; $22.99, playskool.com)

    "She loves stacking the blocks and putting them back in the carry case." --Marisa Gallic, mom of Faith, 22 months, Warren, NJ

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  • Funky Farmyard Funny Face Mirror
    Babies love to see their reflection, so this sweet deluxe rattle is a lifesaver in the car. (Birth and up; $9, skiphop.com>)

    "Between the rattle, plush covering, squeaker, and mirror, it's perfect for holding a baby's attention." --Belinda Hock, mom of Christopher, 4 months, Chatham, NJ

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  • First Pops and First Snaps
    A modern take on the classic pop beads! Our testers liked the sturdy storage buckets, too. (6 months and up; $18 each set, alextoys.com)

    "Those two buckets are the first things he pulls from the toy box every morning. He is always playing with his Pops and Snaps." --Terry Garcia, mom of William, 12 months, Sayville, NY

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  • Chimp and Zee Silly Socks
    Laundry may be a downer for you, but with this game, it'll be the best part of your preschooler's day. In this funny variation on Go Fish, your kid matches socks while trying to avoid the...giggle!...underpants. (3 to 5; $24.95, amazon.com)

    "We adore Silly Socks! When we finish a game, Brynn and Megan do a 'Silly Socks happy dance.'" --Christina Connor, mom of Brynn, 3, and Megan, 4, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

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  • Color Wonder Fingerpaints and Paper
    Clear finger paints? Genius! The color appears only on the special paper, not clothes, carpet, or couch. (3 and up; $6.99, crayola.com)

    "She was fascinated by how clear gel made colors. She couldn't wait for Daddy to get home to show him." --Lisa Kramer, mom of Victoria, 4, Richardson, TX

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  • Uno Moo!
    The farm animals in this engaging, easier version of UNO for a younger age group charmed our testers. (3 and up; $19.99, mattel.com)

    "He wants to play it every day, usually multiple times a day. Plus, it helps teach colors, which I like." --Nicole King, mom of Colton, 3, Charlotte, TN

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  • Alive Mini Cub
    This little panda makes lifelike movements and sounds. (3 and up; $19.99, wowwee.com)

    "She cradled it,petted it, and fed it when it squealed, gurgled, or growled. It was exciting to see the caretaker come out in her."--Sherri Brown, mom of Caeley, 4, San Diego

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  • Automoblox Minis
    The quality of these cars with interchangeable parts was a big selling point for our testers. (3 and up; $30 for a set of three, manhattantoy.com)

    "He loves that he can make one very long car! He only stops playing to get a snack." --Tammy Prince, mom of Alexander, 3, Point Roberts, WA

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  • Text & Learn
    Your child can exchange text messages with Scout the puppy. With luck, it'll distract him from your phone. (3 and up; $21.99, leapfrog.com)

    "It not only teaches letters, but it sounds out words and gives examples of how the word would be used." --Ruth Angrand, mom of Talia, 3, Marietta, GA

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  • Drive, Chip, & Putt Golf Trainer
    With lots of different ways to play, this sporty pick grows with your little swinger. (2 to 6; $24.99, littletikes.com)

    "Aidan goes back to it over and over again. I especially like that he can play with it indoors or out. He loves sports, so this is a great addition." -Jennifer Mignano, mom of Aidan, 2, Ridgefield, CT

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