More than a rattle, this developmental milestone-maker taps into an infant's abilities from birth by introducing eye tracking through an innovative three-color changing light. SmartNoggin Toys, $21.99; smartnoggintoys.com. Ages birth and up.
All the glory without the glue! Everything's assembled for an afternoon of art. Create collages by placing doilies and fringed tissue anywhere on the sticky paper. Triangular crayons, shaped paper and stickers add to the options. ALEX, $16.95; alextoys.com. Ages 18 months and up.
LEGO builder-in-training! Oversized "menu" cards show kids how to build. The pictures have actual-size illustrations for children to match up and lay out the bricks before connecting them. The DUPLO bricks and accompanying object pieces help bridge the gap between constructive and imaginary play. LEGO, $24.99; LEGO.com. Ages 18 months and up.