Best Toys and Games in 2012


Ages 3 and 4

BabbaBox from BabbaCo

Ready for fun all in one box! Once a month, your mail carrier will deliver a gift box of fun that lasts all month. Themed box includes an art project, book, exploring activity and access to a smartphone app. The prep work is done for you-just answer the door when it arrives! BabbaCo, $29.99 a month; Ages 3 and up.

STRIDER ST-3 No-Pedal Balance Bike

Riding starts with balance and coordination-not dependence on training wheels-with this cool, pedal-less rider. Intuitive to use, and beginners gradually build skills needed to ride a traditional bike. Strider Sports, $110; Ages 18 months to 5.

Symphony in B.

A concert hall with the comforts of home and the sounds of a symphony! Place tall plastic instruments in the orchestra pit-in any order, on either of the two levels, to hear ever-changing music. B.Toys, $49.99; Ages 3 and up.

Tag Get Ready for Kindergarten

Each page of this book shines a spotlight on a different school-readiness skill with interactive Tag touch appeal. Different voices respond, teaching alphabet recognition, early math, emotions, seasons, months and more. Works with the Tag Reading System. LeapFrog, $13.99; Ages 3 and up.


Specifically designed for use with an iPad, game boards and play scenarios come alive with animation and sound. Easily download the free app, and it teaches you how to play. Never the same game twice! Identity Games, $59.99; Ages 3 and up.


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