Summer’s Hottest Toys by Age (0-13)

20120724-203407.jpgEvery month, I’ll recap the hottest toys for kids ages 0-13 based on Amazon popularity and, of course, will throw in personal choice picks culled from my own gifting that month. So whether you’re looking for a birthday gift, new sibling gift, graduation present, tooth fairy surprise or just want to make someone’s day special, here’s what’s cool right now for itty-bitty newborns to the toddler set, for preschoolers to grade schoolers, all the way up to tweens and (*gasp*) early teens. Then toys are not cool. Try these other guides on skulls and spikes instead.

NOTE: Prices listed are the manufacturer list price, and do not necessarily reflect the current purchase price on Amazon (read: AMZ is possibly cheaper–and always changing–so don’t let sticker shock stop you…check it out and see).

Ages 0-1

Vtech – Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker ($37.99)

Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether ($25)

Baby Einstein Bendy Ball ($6.99)

Cloud b Twilight Constellation Night Light, Turtle ($32)

Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse Blue ($16.99)

Ages 2-4

Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Blocks ($9.99)

LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer, Green ($99.99)

Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow Kit ($14.99)

Baby Spring Float Sun
Canopy, Colors May Vary ($29.99)

Ages 5-7

Nerf N-Strike Maverick - Colors May Vary ($14.99)

Nerf N-Strike Maverick – Colors May Vary ($14.99)

LEGO Ninjago 9450 Epic Dragon Battle ($119.99)

Angry Birds: Knock On Wood Game ($19.99)

63″ x 33.5″ King Kool Lounge ($11.99)

Spot It ($13.99)

Ages 8-13

Rory’s Story Cubes ($9.99)

LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965 ($139.99)

Alex Toys Friends 4 Ever Bracelet Making Kit ($26.99)

The Settlers of Catan ($42)

Intex River Run I ($22.50)

My July Toy Picks
Get Soaked: My kids loved the Nerf Lightening Storm ($29.99) and Super Soaker Electro Storm ($11.99) both were reviewed by Gizmodo as two of the best water guns of the summer (2nd and 3rd place, respectively–I know what you’re going to ask and #1 projects 40 feet vs. 25 which is prohibitive in a NYC playground) and if you’re not near a pool or lake it’s a great way to beat the heat.

Related Posts:
Tooth Fairy Gift Ideas
Gifts That Say Congratulations
Gifts For Theater Geeks
Gifts For Camp Care Packages

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