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March 22, 2023

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Top Toys of 2022 (Editors’ Picks!)

WOW your Christmas with the hottest toys of the season.

It gets tough buying those top toys for kids who seem to have everything. Keep it fresh and find that just-right toy for your kiddo with our EDITOR PICKS!


AGES 0 – 2

Toothpick Cable and Ripple
12+mos; $20 each
Toothpick is a lovable 15” bear. His slender body and playfully floppy limbs make him perfect to take wherever you go!

Mattel Fisher-Price DJ Bouncin’ Beats
9+ mos; $59.99
Bounces to life with colorful lights, motorized spring action and over 75 songs, sounds and phrases to teach your little one numbers, etc.

Hot 20 Top Toys for Holiday 2022: Squishmallows 16-Inch Buddy Squad

Jazwares Squishmallows 16-inch Buddy Squad
12+mos; $34.99
Each Squishmallow has its own unique story and whimsical aesthetic; comes in a multitude of different characters including a panda, unicorn, duck and more. 

Fox in a Box
0+; $36.58
Emory the Fox is ready to play and sing with baby in this modern plush take on Jack in the Box.


Jazwares CoComelon Boo Boo JJ Doll
12+ mos; $34.99
Have CoComelon fans? This sweet doll will teach them how to cure boo-boos from the head, shoulders, knees and toes! 

AGES 3 – 4

Hasbro Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Ultimate Ice Cream Truck Playset
3+; $94.99
The ultimate ice cream truck playset with a life-size kitchen giving kids a big space for big imaginations; 27 tools and soft-serve station, customize the creations with the sprinkle maker, tools, candy molds and more.

Moose Toys Bluey Ultimate Lights & Sounds Playhouse
3+; $89.99
A deluxe playset featuring three stories, seven rooms for adventures and 15 play pieces, plus lights and sounds; makes for the perfect backdrop for recreating scenes from your family’s favorite Bluey episodes.

Spider-Man 3-Foot Trampoline for Toddler and Kids by Delta Children

Spider-Man 3-Foot Trampoline
3+; $79.99
This Spider-Man 3-Foot Trampoline for Toddler and Kids by Delta Children is a fun way for kids to play with their favorite web-slinging superhero.

PAW Patrol Rubble X-Treme Truck
3 – 6; $35.99
A truck featuring epic transformations like in the show! Disengage the trailer to be in two places at once.

Air Hogs Flippin’ Frenzy
4+; $48.49
Kids can get into a frenzy with the rotating arms for tons of 360 spinning tornado action. 


Stanley Jr. Take Apart Cement Truck
3+; 24.99
Littles will learn to nurture their curiosity by taking apart and putting back together their truck as many times as they want.

Mini Chef Playset 4 in 1

Tasty Jr. Mini Chef Playset
3+; $64.99
Wow your kids with this elaborate 4 in 1 Chef set. Our Tasty Jr. chef set includes an oven, toaster, blender and mixer along with pretend food that will get your kids cooking in no time.

Barbie Dreamhouse
3+; $199.99
Three-stories of dollhouse fun; features 10 indoor and outdoor living areas, cool lights and sounds and 70 working accessories. 

Playmobile Wiltopia Animal Care Station
4+; $109.99
This play set provides important educational information about our planet, animals, nature, geography and sustainability via on-line apps and QR codes.

AGES 5 – 7

5+; $16.99
A new take on action figures. The 13-inch, fully articulated figures lets kids build, transform and battle; re-build and battle over and over again.

Moose Toys Akedo Triple Strike Tag Team Arena
6+; $49.99
Battle with up to three Akedo Warriors at once. The new controller lets you rotate and tag or switch between three warriors; more than 40 sound effects; two exclusive Akedo warrior figures and more. 

American Girl Truly Me DN65 Doll & Book - Red Hair & Blue Eyes - 18" Doll -

American Girl Truly Me Doll
5+; $115
The impressive 18-inch doll (comes with outfit, shoes and book) has a fabric lower torso, movable vinyl arms and legs and eyes that open and close. Choose your own from the 40 doll collection with a range of skin tones, hair types and accessories.

Valor Kick Scooter
5+; $99.99
The smallest folding full-size scooter is designed to fit your big life and take you anywhere and everywhere.

Tonka Mighty Monster RC Steel Dump Truck
5+; $69.99
This durable RC truck comes with 4-in-1 monster action including motorized hauling and dumping, kid-powered front plowing and epic, 360° monster stunts. Control your truck from up to 100 feet away!

Disney Tablets Pebble Gear
5+; $99.99
These themed tablets come with games, apps and parent controls.


Jakks Pacific AirTitans Jurassic World Massive Attack T.Rex R/C
8+; $129.999
More than six feet long! It fully inflates in 20 seconds, moves and attacks with 2.4 GHz full-function controls and includes more than a dozen sound effects, a rechargeable USB battery and more. 

LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Peach Starter Course
6+; $59.99
Launch the Lava Bubble to topple Lemmy from a tower; help Peach ride the swing set and earn digital coins; get building steps with the LEGO Super Mario app and more. 

Cool Maker Stitch N’ Style Fashion Studio; Spin Master
8+; $39.99
This all-in-one fashion studio features a thread cartridge and automatic sewing sensors. Kids can get creative with the easy-to-use machine by using water to magically apply the included prints to their creations.

Nintendo Switch Sports
10+; $39.99
Your sports-lover can swing, kick and spike her way to victory with a collection of sports that puts her right into the action. Play together in-person or online with friends and family; turn real-world actions into in-game movements.

Thames & Kosmos Ultra Bionic Blaster
10+; $39.95
Construct an air-powered robotic glove that launches safe foam darts; learn about pneumatics and more cool mechanisms while assembling the blaster with over 100 pieces; no batteries or motors required.







About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra.