20 Best Toys for Girls

by Amy Hogan

20 Best Toys for Girls
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Girls just want to have fun. That’s a fact. So you’re going to need a lot of toys to keep them entertained from birth to college. Besides the fun aspect, there are a billion other reasons to stock up on different types of toys for children at every stage of their development, from babies to teens to young adults. Even newborns can benefit from toys that stimulate all of their senses and encourage their motor skills through exploration.


20 Best Toys For Girls




As babies get bigger so does their interest in the world around them, and their toy selection should evolve and grow right along with them. It’s important to remember that little girls aren’t necessarily only interested in baby dolls and play kitchens. They like dinosaurs, robots and race cars, too! LEGOS and building blocks and magnetic tiles are always a great gift for girls. In fact, developmental experts and pediatricians all agree that introducing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts to little girls at a young age is beneficial to their futures by encouraging an interest in careers in math, science or technology. Toys that sneak in an educational lesson are a great way to get more bang for your buck when you’re shopping for toys for girls.


But then again, there are plenty of playthings and games that are purely for fun and laughs. If your daughter is crafty and creative, there’s an array of art kits and make-your-own slime sets available, while other imaginative types will spend hours making believe with Barbie inside her three-level dreamhouse. Yes, that’s right there are still some classic toys that are as great for girls today as they were when you were little, but there’s also a whole new world of high-tech toys and gadgets to get to know.


Ready to get serious about play? Check out Parenting’s picks for the 20 best toys for girls:


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SKIDEE Scooter for Kids with Folding Seat


We love this scooter so much since it can grow up along with a kid. The lightweight ride, made of aluminum alloy, is super sturdy and features a foldable seat that toddlers can safely sit on and play. As they get bigger, it can be folded up and out of the way for effortless scooting. Developmental experts sing the praises of scooters for how great they are at teaching kids balance at an early age. Parents are also impressed with how easy this scooter is to carry, since it’s inevitable that young riders are going to get too tired to keep trekking.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
My kids are obsessed with this scooter. The handle bar goes up and down, so it’s perfect for my 4 year old and 8 year old. They love the sitting or standing options and that it lights up when you ride it!

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Klutz Make Your Own Soap Science Kit


This award winning kit is a fabulous way to get girls interested in science. It comes with easy-to-follow, detailed instructions on how to make your own clean creations in fun shapes like cupcakes, cat faces and stars. Girls can even personalize the scent with coconut and papaya fragrances. Parents like the bonus information that’s included about the chemistry of clean and easy-to-do science experiments.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I love this kit! It is so cute and a child can feel like they are doing the craft themselves. Everything pictured you can make with what they provide.

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Cool Maker Airbrush Styling Studio


Girls can set their creativity free with this airbrush hair and makeup salon. It comes with five colors of washable makeup sticks to create limitless customized looks. It’s a top pick with our little lady testers because of the colorful extensions, gems and eye color stickers included. It’s perfect for slumber parties and sleepovers, but it’s also a great toy to hide away for a rainy or sick day, when you really want to keep a little girl entertained for hours. Playing with the mannequin’s hair is a great way for girls to flex their imaginations while working on their motor skills and concentration.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
The airbrush works very well with stencils available for cute styles. It comes with rhinestones to bedazzle and make your doll sparkle. The hair extensions make for a fun accessory. There is a sponge to wipe off the face for countless looks.

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FurReal StarLily My Magical Unicorn


StarLily comes from the enchanted forest to charm girls of all ages. The soft, poseable unicorn plays music and moves. She interacts with adoring little ladies and revels in being petted, hugged and held. Watch as she responds to affection with a flutter of her majestic wings and a flashing of the light in her horn – those are just two of the over 100 sound and movement combinations she has to offer. This musical, magical unicorn is a gorgeous addition to any stuffed animal collection. Princesses and parents agree that StarLily is a cool toy for girls.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
She was given as a gift to my youngest for her 6th birthday. She was an instant hit! Her sisters (ages 9,10 and 11) are still fighting over it too.

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3D Pen for Kids and Adults


The art toy of the future is now available and affordable for every young artist. The Drikis painting toy smart kit comes with 6 colors of the special plastic building material filament, stencils and a PVC drawing board. This is the ultimate way to invigorate young imaginations and let curious sculptors and crafters take their creations to whole new dimensions. The pen is the perfect size for young hands to grip. It’s easy to load and the ceramic nozzle has an anti-scale design to keep fingers safe.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
3D Pen for kids is a best toy to develop their creativity, imagination and bring their ideas into reality. My boy and girl love pen 3D because they can make all kinds of stuff on their own. It's super easy to use and it's not to bulky.

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Drograce Waterproof Kids Camera


Future filmmakers will be tickled pink by this digital camera, which is ideal for kids, thanks to its sturdy construction. They’ll love watching their motion pictures on the built-in LCD screen and personalizing their photos with 40 frames. The HD camera installs easily into a waterproof, protective case that they can use to help capture all of their action shots and stunts. It’s a whole lot of kid-friendly technology in a tiny little, pretty pink camera.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Great outdoor/underwater photos and videos! This is a fantastic camera for my 7 year old. It's easy to use, sealed well for underwater, and priced right for what you get.

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Barbie Dreamhouse Playset


This dream abode for Barbie measures 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide, and features 2 stories, 8 rooms and a working elevator to meet all of Barbie’s needs. Girls will have a blast discovering all of the dream house’s hidden features, including a couch that transforms into bunk beds and a coffee table that flips to reveal another bed. The play set includes 70 pieces and accessories, plus realistic lights and sounds to make Barbie and all of her friends feel right at home.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
So awesome! Bigger than I expected. So easy to put together. I found a video from Barbie on YouTube that explains it. The gift was for my 4 year old but my 11 year old loves it.

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Magformers Smart Set


Girls can build anything and everything they can dream up with this 144-piece magnetic building set. In addition to the dozens of triangles, squares, pentagons and rectangle shapes, which are crafted out of ABS plastic and neodymium rare-earth magnets, there are also XL cruiser car pieces and other accessories that are all compatible with other Magformers. Girls of all ages agree these are the best magnetic tiles for building animals, airplanes, windmills or whatever else their hearts desire.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
These are great because it doesn't matter what age or what level you are at, anyone can use them. So it enables my 3, 5, and 6 year old each to play contribute in different ways. I love spending time with my kids but this make play time fun for even me, no pretending!

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Our Generation Deluxe Beach House Set with Clarissa Doll


Any moment can become a day at the beach with a little bit of imagination and this cool doll set. The 88-piece collection includes a Clarissa doll and her beach house, lifeguard chair, boogie board and a complete vacation wardrobe! The best part? The beach house has a working star ceiling projector and makes lifelike ocean sounds. The set is compatible with any 18-inch doll and is suited for girls ages 3 and up.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
When you compare the price of something like this to going to the American Girl store, you are getting WAY more bang for your buck with our generation. These dolls are adorable and the attention to detail in all the accessories is impressive. I would definitely recommend any OG products to anyone who has kids who love to play with dolls.

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Kids Adventure Jumbo Blocks


Little ones and bigger girls can take their creativity to new heights with these gigantic building blocks. The set includes 192 safe, vibrantly colored interlocking blocks. The design and durable plastic make them a breeze for little hands to manipulate, but their large size also makes them a hit with bigger kids who want to build forts and reading nooks for a little privacy. Parents love that these big blocks are easily cleanable and perfect for passing down from sibling to sibling.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
We bought these for our girls 2 & 4 years for Christmas. We got the 192 pieces set and I'm so glad. We really wanted the kids to be able to build life sized forts. These are really nice quality. Great purchase open ended fun for hours at a time.

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L.O.L. Surprise! Bigger Surprise


If you know any girls who are hooked on unboxing toys, then this is a must-have for them! This ultimate L.O.L surprise toy features more than 60 surprises just waiting to be unwrapped. It’s got everything from the sassy or bratty little girl figurines to all of their accessories and favorite things. There’s even pets and awesome animal stuff, hair brushes, face masks and stickers galore! Little girls’ creativity will run wild as they dream up drama for their L.O.L. dolls.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
My granddaughter loves these and I do too. They are just the cutest thing! We have lots of fun playing with them together.

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Poopsie Slime Surprise Unicorn


Girls can take their slime-making game to mythical heights with Poopsie. Half the fun is finding out which surprise unicorn is hiding inside. And then you get to feed it and make it a special drink before shaking it up and putting it on the potty to poop out a glittery batch of slime. Surprise! Yes, this is exactly the kind of toy that little girls love these days. You’ll be the coolest parent at the play date thanks to Poopsie and the 20 magic surprises that come along with it.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Unboxing was the fun part! Each item was in a separate package labeled with what was inside. There was unicorn food, a magic dust (glitter), a measuring cup, shirt, diaper, keychain, a brush, a cup, a spoon to feed with, and of course the toilet.

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Time is of the essence with this game that’s been around for decades. Girls can test their skills against friends as they race to beat the clock while fitting all 25 unique shapes into their proper place. Beware: If you take too long, the game board pops and the pieces go flying. It’s a great brain bender for girls’ growing minds, but it’s also a fabulously fun party game. And it’s adaptable for younger players by simply not using the timer. That’s why Perfection is one of our picks for perfect games for girls.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
One of the best all time games. Got this game years ago and lost it. Found it at Walmart and ordered it. We have game night ever Friday and this is the one they always want to play. Still the best game ever!

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Disney Princess Enchanted Cupcake Game


You’re cordially invited to a cupcake party with your favorite Disney Princesses. But first you have to get all the ingredients together to bake the perfect batch of sweet treats! Little girls will get the giggles racing to bake up the most little cakes before the clock runs out of time. It’s a great game for helping with physical dexterity, creative expression and much more.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
My granddaughter liked this so much that I had to buy another for my other granddaughter. They are both 5 and love the toppings for the cupcakes.

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American Girl WellieWishers Camille Doll


This American Girl doll is our pick for the best way to introduce the popular dolls to the luckiest little girl in your life. Camille is a big fan of the sea and its soothing nature. She’s a great friend who’s always happy to listen, and her tie-dye-print skirt shows that she’s a happy hippie at heart. She’s guaranteed to become a little girl’s favorite doll and new best friend. And parents can relax because she’s made of durable vinyl and plastic that can withstand even the most adventurous of playdates.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I seriously recommend if you have the money to buy this doll. Her hair is amazing , falls beautifully, has the most cutest little features and it’s extremely durable. Would buy this line again with no thought.

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DIY Slime Kit


It’s slime time! This kit is jam-packed with enough supplies to keep the slimy fun going for days. Girls love making the goopy stuff, and they have 12 colors of crystal slime and 10 bottles of assorted glitters and sequins and so much more to personalize their creations. The safe, non-toxic stuff is great for rainy days, birthday parties and is a parent top pick for making sick days stuck inside the house much more bearable for everyone.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
The colors were bright and bold, the add ins were fun and a nice variety, we had a GREAT time doing this. I highly recommend this set to anyone looking for rainy day activities, sensory exploration, arts and crafts, school projects and activities, or gifts.

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Wonder Workshop Dash Coding Robot


Welcome to the future of fun! Girls go gaga for this voice-activated coding robot that has the capability to navigate around objects.The best part? Dash arrives fully charged and ready to roll, which is a blessing on birthdays and special occasions, when the last thing little ladies want to do is wait to play with their new toy. Kids can give Dash voice commands through one of the five free included apps. This is a great STEM toy for introducing the fundamentals of technology to your tots. The only thing that would make Dash better is if he could fetch Mom and Dad their morning coffee.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
As both a creative lead and tech developer, my personal standards for these types of devices is quite high and this little thing has not only met every expectation and promise, but exceeded them.

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IQ Builder Smart Sand


Therapists and educational professionals are all fans of this unique molding material. It’s easily shapable and moldable, which helps with strength, motor skills and sensory perception. Parents like that it’s not nearly as messy as regular sand or most modeling materials. This kit comes with three different colors of Smart Sand, shaping tools and a play mat and storage container. It’s great for snow days and sick days and will keep your creative kiddos entertained for years.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Well packaged, lots of sand, three colors, many different molds and a big mat for the kids to sit and play on! Kept my nieces busy for hours & kept them away from the electronics! Definitely recommend this one!

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SmartGurlz Maria Doll with Siggy Coding Toys


As seen on ABC’s Shark Tank, Maria is way more than just a fashion doll. She’s an award-winning toy that engages girls ages 5 and up with the basic concepts of coding and programming languages. The doll pairs with a kid-friendly app so she can be easily programmed to follow paths and complete obstacles and tasks. Little girls will love learning about STEM concepts with this adorable, interactive doll..

What Reviewers Are Saying:
We give the doll the full 5 stars because it is such a cool concept and a terrific way to increase the numbers of women drawn to coding and entering the STEM field, including my daughter, who envisions a future as an engineer thanks to programs and educational toys like these.