Top toys for preschoolers

Hot Dots Jr.—Ace the Talking Teaching Dog, Educational Insights Inc., $39.99; age 3 and up. The electronic dog supports learning by pointing to correct answers on cards that focus on fundamental literacy skills. She lights up, gives a verbal “good job” and occasionally vibrates for added kudos.

Ace the Talking Teaching Dog

MobiGo Touch Learning System, VTech, $59.99; age 3 and up. “Edu-gaming” at its finest! Touch screen and slide-out keyboard accompany a clear voice and excellent video quality. Insert cartridge and start playing and learning. More games can be downloaded from the website.

MobiGo Touch Learning System

Sing-a-ma-jigs!, Fisher-Price, $12.99; age 3 and up. Oozing with personality, these plush characters make you smile and brighten your mood! Push their tummies and they talk and sing in goofy chipmunk-like voices. Each has a different pitch so that they can sing in harmony.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Zoobies, $40; age 5 and up. Snuggle up to this beloved bug from Eric Carle’s classic tale while reading! Exquisitely soft, the caterpillar plush toy opens up to a comfy pillow and unzips to reveal what he really ate: a warm, fuzzy blanket!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar plush

For toddlers and up: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus … And More Stories by Mo Willems, Scholastic Media/New Video, 2010; 49 min.; $14.95; age 2-5.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

For toddlers and up: Look Out World Here I Come! New York, Look Out World LLC, 2010; 30 min.; $19.95; age 2-5.

Look Out World Here I Come! New York

For toddlers and up: Meet the Sight Words DVD Boxed Set, Preschool Prep Company, 2009; 108 min.; $39.97; age-5.

Meet the Sight Words DVD Boxed Set

For toddlers and up: Wimzie’s House—A World of Enchantment, Mill Creek Entertainment, 2010; 4 hours, 10 min.; $9.98; age 2-5.

Wimzie’s House—A World of Enchantment

Tag Reading System, LeapFrog Enterprises, 2008; $39.99; age 4-8.

Tag Reading System

Beautiful Oops!, by Barney Saltzberg; Workman Publishing, 2010; $11.95.

Beautiful Oops!

Owl Kids; $29.99 for one-year subscription; $45 for two-year subscription.

Chirp Magazine

Heads, by Matthew van Fleet; Simon &Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2010; $16.99.


The Peter Yarrow Songbook: Song for Little Folks, by Peter Yarrow, illustrated by Terry Widener; Sterling Children’s Books, 2010; $16.95.

The Peter Yarrow Songbook: Songs for Little Folks

Swim! Swim!, by Lerch; Scholastic, 2010; $16.99.

Swim! Swim!

A Cow Says Moock, Alastair Moock, Moockshake Music, 2010; $15; age 2-10.

A Cow Says Moock

Eat a Bowl of Cherries, Rhythm Child, The Rhythm Child Network, 2009; $15; age birth-6.

Eat a Bowl of Cherries

Funky Fresh and Sugar Free, Sugar Free Allstars, Wiser Music, 2010; $12.97; age 3-10.

Funky Fresh and Sugar Free

Jungle Gym, Justin Roberts, Carpet Square Records, 2010; $16; age 3-9.

Jungle Gym

The Kids Are All Id, Randy Kaplan, Randy Kaplan Music, 2010; $12.99-$17.99; age 4 and up.

The Kids Are All Id

Swimming in Noodles, Jim Cosgrove, Hiccup Productions, Inc., 2010; $13; age 3-8.

Swimming in Noodles

Ranky Tanky, Rani Arbo, Mayhem Music, 2010; $15; age 3 and up.

Ranky Tanky

Take It Outside, The Okee Dokee Brothers, Okee Dokee Music, 2010; $15; age 3-9.

Take It Outside

For more on the season’s must-haves, return to our 2010 Toy Guide or check out the following “best-of” lists:

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