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The best preschool toys

Looking for toys that will excite your preschooler? Here are 14 picks to keep your child happy and entertained this holiday season.

By Leah Rumack & Amy Valm

The best preschool toys

The best preschool toys

Play for Preschoolers

Bring all the fun from the classroom home this holiday season! Your preschoolers will love playing with these educational and innovative toys by themselves and in groups. 

A version of this article appeared in our November issue with the headline "Toy Guide: Preschool," pp. 104-105.

The best preschool toysPhoto: Daniel Harrison

Cogsley

Comes with a set of 30 plastic chips that Cogsley uses to teach his little human friends letters, counting, words and even manners! He sings and dances too.

Ages: 3-6
VTECH, $45

Where to Buy? Sears.ca

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Chameleon Crunch

"Perfect for family game night!”
~ Tammy, mom of four kids, ages 1-6

Ages: 4+
Mattel, $30
Where to Buy? Shop.Mattel.com

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Candy Construction

“This comes with a great instruction book with lots of building ideas.
~ Kim, mom of Evan, 4

Ages: 4+
Learning Resources, $40
Where to Buy? learningresources.com

The best preschool toysPhoto: Daniel Harrison

Spider-Man Stunt City Playset

Lights up and makes sounds as Spider-Man saves the world.

Ages: 3+
HASBRO, $70
Where to Buy? hasbro.ca

The best preschool toysPhoto: Daniel Harrison

Brok the Brachiosaurus

Talks, roars and transforms into a car too!

Ages: 3+
VTECH, $50
Where to Buy? walmart.ca

The best preschool toysPhoto: Daniel Harrison

Puppet on a Stick

“This became a staple in our puppet shows.”
~ Dimi, mom of Yianni, 6

Ages: 4+
Educational Insights, $9
Where to Buy? educationalinsights.com

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Barbie the Princess and the Popstar Tori Doll

By day she's a princess in a long skirt, but by night she's a rock star with a funky oufit and pink hair. 

Ages: 3+
Mattel, $33
Where to Buy? shop.mattel.com

The best preschool toysPhoto: Daniel Harrison

Build a Bunch

Your kid will stretch the boundaries of their imagination with this playful "Build a Bunch" which allows for limitless combinations and fun. 

Ages: 3+
K'nex, $30
Where to Buy? KNEX.com

The best preschool toysPhoto: Daniel Harrison

Paper Bag Monsters

Make some scary, crafty puppet friends. 

Ages: 3+
Alex Toys, $12
Where to Buy? alextoys.com

The best preschool toysPhoto: Daniel Harrison

Mobigo2 Touch Learning System

"Great for the car." 
~ Tammy, mom of Lincoln, 4

Ages:  3+
VTECH, $70
Where to Buy? toysrus.ca

The best preschool toysPhoto: Daniel Harrison

Pretties Princess Castle

Ages: 3+
Play-Doh, $30
Where to Buy? Hasbro.ca

The best preschool toysPhoto: Daniel Harrison

Quickest Attack Armor Bat Pod

The bad guys are going to run when they see Batman coming in this! Attack armour snaps on and off. 

Ages: 4+
Mattel, $30
Where to Buy? shop.mattel.com

The best preschool toysPhoto: Daniel Harrison

Little Mommy Doctor Mommy Doll

The perfect little patient, she says "ahhh" for the tongue depressor, her head glows red when she has a fever and she kicks when you check her reflexes. 

Ages: 3+
Mattel, $65
Where to Buy? walmart.ca

The best preschool toysPhoto: Daniel Harrison

Da Vinci Automobile Set

"Awesome for creative play. He loves building things, and this has a lot of fun configurations." 
~ Heather, mom of Elliot, 3

Ages: 3+
Manhattan Toy, $55
Where to Buy? manhattantoy.com

The best preschool toysPhoto: Daniel Harrison

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The best preschool toysPhoto: Daniel Harrison

This article was originally published on Oct 24, 2012
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