Best baby and toddler toys of 2022

Learning Resources Peek-a-Bird Learning Buddies

$30

Chirp, chirp! Looks like new friendships are about to hatch. Five colourful birdhouses seek five colourful birdies looking to get cozy. As kids configure their birds—each one with a different facial expression to assist with emotional recognition—and houses, they can count and learn the colours and shapes while stacking ’em up high or low.

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Mastermind Toys Stacking Wooden Rocks

$40

Rocks are one of nature’s greatest hits, all different and all special. The irregularity and uniqueness of each brightly painted “rock” prompts balance and concentration in tots as they stack them into one-of-a-kind shapes and patterns. The 30-piece set can also be used to help babes ages three and up to identify shapes and colours while teaching basic counting in the process.

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Createon Magna-Tiles CoComelon Bedtime Songs

$50

Need some assistance with the bedtime routine? This collab between iconic Magna-Tiles and YouTube cutie JJ of CoComelon can certainly help. Assemble the magnetic, illustrated tiles into different structures while singing along to the lyrics on each piece. Plus, you can create a glowing star kaleidoscope with your own LED tea light when it’s time to pull up the covers.

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Lego Duplo Rescue Fire Station & Helicopter

$120

When an emergency strikes, the team at the fire station is ready to jump into action. The two-storey slide is a speedy way to get to the ground. Depending on the situation, opt for the rooftop helicopter or take the truck— equipped with a hose, ladder, tools and a working siren with lights—to extinguish any problem. Heroic missions can really take it out of you; thankfully, there’s pizza and a bed back at the station. Don’t forget to close the garage door before you turn in.

Tried & Tested: “This is a great toy for kids who are into building. And I love that it comes with vehicles. It’s a two in one.” Laurence, dad of two

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Mastermind Toys Stacking Wave Puzzle

$15

Break the mould on traditional puzzles with this fluid wooden set that can be played with in a handful of ways. Eight smooth, rounded-edge pieces take on a wave-like appearance and can be used for colour sorting, stacking or, you know, as a puzzle.

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Learning Resources Pia the Fill & Spill Piñata

$30

Counting and identifying numbers is a real party when Pia the Piñata is around. The festive donkey offers an exciting way to develop and strengthen fine motor skills. How? Little fingers need to grasp the colourful, textured plastic “candies,” numbered one to 10, to fill her up. Once Pia’s tummy is opened, they’ll all spill out, creating a frenzy of pincer-finger exercise.

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VTech Kick & Score Playgym

$60

This isn’t a regular play mat. No, this is a jungle-themed, multi-use gym, complete with dumbbell rattle—can you even?! The functionality takes a cue from baby, transforming to meet their needs. Your babe starts by lying on their back on the soft surface and kicking at the suspended toys, then advances to tummy time and grabbing at the ball. Once they’re ready to sit up and engage their core, little ones can tap into the learning panel that’s eager to chat about animals, shapes and colours, building their language skills.

Tried & Tested: “This was easy to put together and well laid out. My son had no difficulty understanding how to use the various options of the toy.”  – Allison, mom of one

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Skip Hop Explore & More Grow Along 4-in-1 Activity Walker

$85

What’s better than one toy? Four toys. There’s more to explore in this interactive walker that can be used from six months to four years. First, your seated babe will be surrounded by sensory switches that clack, click and spin, and a light-up keyboard. Next thing you know, they’re ready to cruise along on non-skid wheels to a soundtrack of over 15 songs and sounds. When you convert this toy to its final stages, a shopping cart or stroller, your toddler will be able to ferry around their most precious cargo.

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GLOBBER Explorer Trike 4-in-1 Deluxe Play

$240

Another go-as-you-grow toy, the Globber Explorer has four modes of play. Babes ages 10 months to three years can putter around in the infant trike configuration. As the milestones hit, the guided trike with push-bar handle, followed by the training trike, are ready to roll. Last, but certainly not least, convert this sleek tricycle into a well-earned balance bike. Our favourite part? There are no tools needed.

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Fat Brain Toy Co. Dimpl Pops Deluxe

$35

What makes popping things so darn satisfying? Not sure, but if you and your crew love bubble wrap, then you’ll adore this high-quality, reusable palette studded with 25 soft sensory bubbles. Pop, poke and press them over and over again. It’s totally portable, and wipes clean with a wet cloth.

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B. Toys Rainbow Stack N' Sort Wooden Puzzle

$25

Shape-sorting, but make it aesthetic. With 14 pieces in total, this pretty wooden puzzler has plenty to teach young ones. Circles, triangles, squares, pentagons, hexagons, rectangles and stars coach shapes. Easy-grab pieces will educate on colours and assist with developing fine motor skills.

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