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6 Awesome Animal Toys

  • What preschooler wouldn't go completely nuts over Kota the Triceratops, a moving, roaring, leaf-chewing dinosaur big enough to ride? Just imagine the look on his face. (Hasbro, $239; 3 & Up

  • Boys and girls will want the Wheely Mouse, with its soft seat and ergonomic (read: comfy) handlebar. Multi-directional wheels let your little one motor this way and that. (Prince Lionheart, $70-$80; 18 Months & Up

    Puppy Love

    This sweet, soft Lizzie doll is destined to be your child's lovey for a good long time. She doesn't do dogs? It also comes as a kitty and a mouse. (Shop a similar style at Pottery Barn Kids, from $30; 6 Months & Up

  • In Animal Scramble, the giraffe gives clues (Which animal is green? Who roars?), and kids dash to tag the right animal. Bonus: Play with pals or alone. (Wild Planet, $27; 3 & Up

  • "Mom, let's get a lion!" Another option: the furry, realistic Alive Lion Cub. He opens his mouth and blinks his eyes when you hold him - and purrs when you pet him! (WowWee, $50-$60; 18 Months & Up

  • This zebra is made with organic rubberwood and water-based dye. His graphic stripes will grab your kid's interest; his bobbing head and wiggling tail will keep it. (Plan Toys, $20; 18 Months & Up