4 new toys kids will be begging for

Imagination builders

Play-Doh, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, has stepped up its game with the new Play-Doh Town. The cute playsets come with fun little figures and encourage kids to make up stories about their pretend town. Playsets range from a firehouse to a pet shop, and figures include a police officer, hairdresser and even a pizza boy.


Sneaky learning

Avoid the summer brain drain with a new interactive reading game, Ooka Island, for kids in pre-K to second grade. The kids become the heroes in the 24-level adventure when they try to find missing books. The game also includes 85 ebooks to help kids learn to read or become more confident readers. Parents even get weekly progress reports.

$7.99 monthly; one year plus a collection of Ooka Island books, $149.99.

Light up the sky

We know kids love rockets, and we recently discovered a kid-friendly version perfect for night-time fun—Jump Rocket LED Night Shotz Rockets from GeoSpace. With just a foot stomp, the light-up LED rockets shoot up to 100 feet in the air (don’t worry, they have soft foam noses).


Wet, silly fun

Your kids probably begged for Pie Face! over the holidays. This summer’s must-have game is Zing’s new water roulette game, Wet Head. Simply fill with water and take turns pulling out the plugs. The Wet Head Challenge app even lets players capture the drenching and share their videos on YouTube or social media.


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