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May 28, 2024

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Top Toys of 2023 (Editors’ Picks!)

WOW them this Christmas with some of 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



Strider 2-in-1 Rocking Bike
This highly rated bike is meant for kids as young as 6 months old (when the Rocking Base is attached;  it’s similar to a rocking horse). Detach it when your child is older (18 mos. – 5 years) to let’em ride. Top-notch quality, easy to assemble, little ones will figure out how to climb on it themselves and will stay on it for long, watching TV or just hanging out and rocking!


Skip Hop Activity Center | $142
You need a lot of spots to put your baby before the crawling begins and this activity center is a life saver. Little ones enjoy stretching their legs and playing with the items before them. It converts to a toddler table when you’re ready; keep Baby busy, happy, comfy and sound.

VTech® Baby Prop & Play Tummy Time Pillow™, Walmart Exclusive

Prop & Play Tummy Time Pillow
Birth+; $29.99
Keep your little deer developing and discovering from tummy time to toddler! Strengthen neck, back and tummy muscles with this comfy tummy-time fawn that baby can lie on as they explore colors, textures and more.


LeapFrog ABC's & Activities Wooden Table, 1 of 11

ABCs & Activities Wooden Table
6+ Months; $69.99
Sit on the floor to explore the Activity Center and its twisty bead maze, turning gears and musical book page. When crawlers become cruisers, insert the Activity Center into the table top to encourage standing and walking. As little ones turn into toddlers, flip the Activity Center over to the Letter Center side to find touch-sensitive pictures that encourage kids to discover letters, words and phonics.



Kian Spaniel (GUND)
1+ Years; $22
This 10” plush pup will melt in your arms with its shaggy copper-colored fur and long, floppy ears! The pup poses in an adorable upright sitting position that’s perfect for display.



Match & Learn Cookies
1+ Years; $17.49
Little pastry chefs can pretend to make and bake 26 yummy-looking letter cookies. Press each colorful cookie into the tray to hear letter names, letter sounds, colors and flavors. Now you’re cooking!


AGES 3 – 4

Woom2 Original Bike
woom.COM | $399
An innovative and ultralight 14” children’s bike designed for all-round use by children ages 3 and older. The woom 2 provides kids a seamless transition from a balance bike to a pedal bike without training wheels. At 12.3 lbs, the woom 2 is one of the world’s lightest pedal bikes. In no time at all, kids intuitively learn the skills they need to ride: balancing, resting their feet, and pedaling.  (The woom 2 arrives with a coaster brake as per CPSC requirement).



Sesame Street Elmo Slide
Ages 2+; $49.99
This interactive feature plush will have little ones off  their feet, dancing and singing along to the super-catchy “Elmo Slide” song that’s become a viral sensation! Elmo Slide also plays the “Elmo Says” game, like “Simon Says,” where Elmo tells kids to follow his directions.



Rainbow Learning Lights Mixer
2+ Years; $29.99
Just like everyone’s favorite countertop appliance, this stand mixer includes a tilting head, spinning paddle and detachable mixing bowl. Little bakers can make more than 40 pretend recipes for cookies, cupcakes, pies and more.



Build-a-Slice Pizza Cart
3+ Years; $59.99
This food cart has everything needed to run a small pretend pizza business including six toppings, a pizza cutter, plate, cheese shaker and more. Ding! Ring the bell to hear a customer’s order and explore colors, shapes and food names.



Monster Jam Grave Digger Trax
3+; $45.11
With its unique body design and rugged treads, you can pull off epic Monster Jam stunts. This all-terrain RC lets you ride in the dirt, over rocks, on grass and even on water.


Barbie Dreamhouse
3+; $224.99
Three-stories of dollhouse fun; features 10 indoor and outdoor living areas, cool lights and sounds and 70 working accessories.

AGES 5 – 7

Build ‘n Race – Racing Set 6.2 Slot Car Racing
Slot car racing meets toy block building! Customize your race car then create the racecourse of your dreams. A great starter set for kids ages 6 and older, included is a Build ‘N Race Red Truck and a Blue Car. Once a kid gets started with slot cars, there’s no stopping’em. Great for Christmas morning!


Kinetic Sand Deluxe Beach Castle
5+; $14.99
Build and customize the ultimate sandcastle with two and a half pounds of Kinetic Sand Beach Sand. This set features everything you need to create a unique sand kingdom including a multi-tier tray for dynamic beach builds and 10 new, multi-purpose tools and molds to decorate your kingdom.



Magic Adventures Telescope
5+ Years; $99.99
Young astronomers will be amazed at what they can see with up to 110x zoom on this real telescope. Activate 100+ amazing videos and images, courtesy of NASA and the European Space Agency that deepen space knowledge by exploring the solar system, the Moon, star life cycles, constellations, space discoveries and more.



Lite-Brite Touch
Ages 6+; $29.99
Kids can get into a frenzy with the rotating arms for tons of 360 spinning tornado action.



Cool Maker PopStyle Bracelet Maker
7+; $14.99
You’ve never made bracelets like this before! No knots, clasps, or cuts. Choose from 170 gorgeous beads, place them on the elastics and pop the top to reveal your custom bracelet.


Tech Deck 25th Anniversary Pack (Tech Deck)

6+; $11.99
Ride, flip and grind down memory lane! This special anniversary pack has 8 ­fingerboards with the coolest graphics and shapes from Tech Deck’s 25-year history.



Sky Viper Vector Stunt Plane
Ages 12+; $70.99
Advanced auto flight stabilization makes flying a breeze by automatically compensating for environmental changes like shifting winds. Perform amazing loop and barrel roll stunts with one touch of a button. Vector Jet flies up to 35 mph with a 600 feet range.



Cool Maker Stitch N’ Style Fashion Studio; Spin Master
8+; $61
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.


K’NEX Marble Coaster Run
Ages 8+; $49.99
The ultimate building set for aspiring engineers and thrill-seekers! This innovative new set allows you to build a fully functional marble coaster from the ground up. With over 500 pieces and multiple template builds, this model kit is perfect for all skill levels from beginner to pro.


Faction Havoc Gel Bead Blaster
Ages 14+; $69
action features high performance Gel Blasters that use Bluetooth, GPS, and Cloud Server technology to create an interactive arena in a park or your neighborhood! Connect through your smartphone to the free Faction Battle app, then choose a game mode, pick teams, keep score, track your stats and more.


LaScoota Kick Scooter
8+; $79
It’s not the scooter you grew up with. At LaScoota, design meets function. We’ve built premium features into every scooter, from our signature suspension technology to a safe and secure folding system.








About the Author

Michael Aldrich

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