Parents Magazine names best toys of 2020
Selected by the editors following a months-long research process complete with kid-testing, the list of winners is available now on Parents.com/BestToys and in the December issue of Parents magazine, available November 6.
"In 2020, families found themselves sheltering at home with limited childcare, and so Parents set out to find them new toys to keep their kids engaged, entertained and playing independently—without screens! Our vetted list of nearly 50 toys promises to make the winter months of social distancing more fun for everyone," says Julia Edelstein, Parents magazine Editor-in-Chief. "And, we're thrilled to debut this list just in time for the holiday season to help make shopping for gifts a little easier."
Parents editors consulted with experts and had 60 families across the country test toys from a pool of more than 500 new products to determine the 45 winners.
With options for kids of all ages, the toys on this year's list are screen-free, sustain interest, please parents and cost no more than $100.
The complete list of PARENTS' Best Toys of 2020 is presented below by category and on https://www.parents.com/fun/toys/kid-toys/best-toys-for-kids-of-2020/ Parents.com/BestToys.
TIMELESS TOYS Baby Doll: Madame Alexander Sweet Smiles Build-It Set: Playmobil RC Crane with Building Section Car Tower: VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Corkscrew Tower Companion Doll: Healthy Roots Dolls Zoe Marble Run: Haba Pi Gauss Cannon Marble Run Set Puzzle: Ravensburger King of the Dinosaurs RC Vehicle: Spin Master Monster Jam Megalodon Storm Rescue Vehicle: Lakeshore Learning Real-Action Fire Engine Train Set: Thomas & Friends Talking Thomas & Percy Train Set
LOVABLE CHARACTERS Baby Shark: WowWee Pinkfong Baby Shark Dancing DJ Blue's Clues: Just Play Blue's Clues & You! Dance-Along Blue Plush DreamWorks Trolls World Tour: Just Play Color Poppin' Poppy The Mandalorian: Mattel Star Wars The Child 8-in. Basic Plush Sesame Street: GUND Bedtime Elmo With Light-Up Flashlight
FAN-FAVE PLAYSETS Bluey: Bluey's Family Home Playset Frozen 2: LEGO Disney Anna and Elsa's Storybook Adventures Marvel Avengers: Hasbro Marvel Bend and Flex Action Figures Paw Patrol: Spin Master PAW Patrol Ultimate Police Cruiser PJ Masks: Just Play PJ Masks Transforming 2 in 1 Mobile HQ
BIG REVEALS Fun Reveal: Skyrocket Blume Petal Pets L.O.L. Set: MGA L.O.L. Surprise! Clubhouse Playset Plush Surprise: ZURU Rainbocorns Sweet-Shake Surprise Hidden-in-Slime Prize: Treasure X Sunken Gold Shark's Treasure
ART AND SCIENCE KITS Cool Gadget: iPlay, iLearn Flynoculars Craft Kit: Crayola Paper Flower Science Kit Jewelry Kit: Just My Style All-in-One Jewelry Carry Case Magna Tiles: Caterpillar Magna-Tiles by CreateOn Science Kit: Thames & Kosmos Ooze Labs: Colorful Crystal Lab
IMAGINATIVE PLAY "Baby" Play: Fisher-Price Little People 1-2-3 Babies Playdate Baby Toy: Skip Hop Bandana Buddies Activity Toy LLama Best Fix-It Toy: Tomy John Deere Build-a-Buddy Value Bundle Dino Adventure: Schleich Large Dino Research Station Fantasy Playset: Lakeshore Learning Under-the-Sea Mermaid Palace Pretend Pet: Little Live Pets Lil' Dippers
FAMILY GAMES Board Game: PlayMonster Trailz Silly Game: Vango Toys #UpsideDownChallenge Game Suspense Game: YULU Popcorn Poppin'
IDEAS TO GET ACTIVE Activity Table: Lamaze 3-in-1 Airtivity Center Ride-On: Kid Trax Silly Skaters Unicorn Inflatable Ride-On Rocker to Rider: Mobo Wobo 2-in-1 Rocking Kids' Balance Bike Starter Sports: VTech Count & Win Sports Center Water Table: Step2 Ball Buddies Adventure Center
FUN FAUX FOOD Full Kitchen: Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Grow-the-Fun Garden to Kitchen Just the Java: Skip Hop Zoo Bark-ista Set Mini Set: LeapFrog Yum-2-3 Toaster
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