Guest Post & Giveaway! Toy Recs by Age from Red Jellies Founder, Kimberly Stephens

[Note: This is a guest post written by Kimberly Stephens, founder of Red Jellies, a fully independent review service that helps you discover the very best books and toys on the market.]

Everyone wants to give thoughtful children’s gifts, but many of us don’t have time to spend wading through product reviews or shuffling their kids through the mall.

That’s where Red Jellies comes in! We provide truly independent, easily accessible advice on knockout children’s items based on our rigorous product research and testing.

Our mission is to help you find quality gifts without spending a gazillion hours typing “best toys for X-year-olds” in Internet search engines or losing hours of time reading online product reviews. We scour the market so you don’t have to.

To get you started, we selected a few of our very favorite toys by age. For even more gift ideas sorted by age, category, or product type, check out the Red Jellies website.

All kinds of easels, reviewed!

Best Toys for New Babies
Teddy Bear
Gund
MSRP: $25
Why We Love It: Ultra soft, super cute, 18-inch teddy bear. This Gund plush makes for an adorable nursery decoration and eventual first lovey.

Pirate Rattle & Teething Set
Yookidoo
MSRP: $16.95
Why We Love It: With a crinkly pirate’s hat, interesting stripe pattern, and (pleasantly!) musical parrot, this rattle and teething set is stimulating and engaging.

Interactive Books
Varied
Why We Love It: High contrast books like My Dreams stimulate infants. I-spy and cause-and effect books like Each Peach Pear Plum and Touch the Brightest Star engage older babies and toddlers. Also recommended: Where Is Baby’s Belly Button?, I Kissed the Baby!, and That’s Not My Duck.

Best Toys for 1-Year-Olds
Spinagain
Fat Brain Toys
MSRP: $29.95
Why We Love It: This crowd-pleasing stacking toy helps develop eye-hand coordination. The fast spin is an extra (mesmerizing) bonus!

Baby Stella
Manhattan Toy Co.
MSRP: $20
Why We Love It: 15-inch, super soft doll with embroidered features, removable clothes and diaper, and a magnetized pacifier. Perfect first doll.

Ultimate Alphabet Train
vTech
MSRP: Around $50
Why We Love It: Great for riding or pushing, this colorful toy train is perfect for little ones one the verge of walking. Includes alphabet blocks, a walkie-talkie, and a storybook that teaches singalong songs.

Best Toys for 2-Year-Olds
Wooden Farm Magnets
Djeco
MSRP: Around $24
Why We Love It: Adorable magnets spark creative play and develop gross motor skills as little ones move them around to create farm scenes. Highly durable.

Tea Set
Green Toys
MSRP: $29.99
Why We Love It: Durable, lightweight tea set for four encourages pretend play. Made from recycled materials. Dishwasher safe.

Camper Van Playset
Indigo Jamm
MSRP: $50
Why We Love It: Camper van, interior table, and detachable surfboard offer a variety of pretend play possibilities. Four peg figures and a dog. Pricey but high quality.

Best Toys for 3-Year-Olds
Day at the Beach
Build & Imagine
MSRP: $39.99
Why We Love It: Awesome building and pretend play combo. Use illustrated magnetic pieces to design the surf shop and cafe. Comes with two characters and 42 magnetized accessories.

Mini Deluxe Scooter
Micro
MSRP: $89.99
Why We Love It: Let’s get moving! Littles steer this well-made scooter by leaning in the direction they want to go. Smooth ride. Adjustable T-bar height. Develops balance and coordination.

Fire Chief Costume
Melissa & Doug
MSRP: $29.99
Why We Love It: Cute costume inspires independent and cooperative play. Well-made, durable, and machine washable.

Best Toys for 4-Year-Olds
Color-a-Cape
Great Pretenders
MSRP: $21.99
Why We Love It: A great art project that leads to dramatic play.

Castle Logix
Smart Games
MSRP: $26.99
Why We Love It: A beautiful 3D wooden puzzle that promotes problem solving and spatial reasoning. With 48 challenges of varying difficulty, it continues to engage kids as they grow.

Hisss
Gamewright
MSRP: $13.99
Why We Love It: Draw cards and match colors to complete the most snakes. Boosts matching, spatial logic, and turn-taking. Great first game.

Best Toys for 5-Year-Olds
Quadrella Xcellerator
Hape
MSRP: $149.99
Why We Love It: Different colored blocks have different functions, encouraging spatial reasoning and logic as little engineers construct marble runs. Includes model design suggestions.

Gobblet Gobblers
Blue Orange Games
MSRP: $24.99
Why We Love It: A twist on the classic tic-tac-toe game: larger pieces can “gobble” smaller ones! Builds memory and strategic thinking. Quick play.

Fossil Hunter Lottie
Arklu
MSRP: $24.95
Why We Love It: Calling all paleontologists! This high quality doll is ready for the dig. Small size convenient for travel. Bonus that Lottie looks like a kid (no makeup, jewelry, or high heels).

Best Toys for 6-Year-Olds
Go Go Gelato
Blue Orange Games
MSRP: $19.99
Why We Love It: Little shop owners must plan ahead to match their customers’ gelato orders by passing scoops between cones. Great beginning logic game with sweet components.

Rollerblades
Phoenix
MSRP: $64.99
Why We Love It: High quality inline skates for youth rollerbladers. Adjustable length allows skate to grow with your little one’s feet.

Fort Building Kit
Fort Magic
MSRP: $129.99
Why We Love It: Little adventurers build the forts they’ve always imagined with this high quality kit. Excellent for planning and motor skills. Note: Fabric not included. Use blankets or sheets.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win your choice of one toy from a selection provided by Red Jellies, simply leave a comment below telling me what item tops your child’s holiday gift wish list. (Easels, marble runs, math games, and more are among the selection from which the winner can choose for a prize that’s age appropriate for their child.) Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! This giveaway will run through December, 17, 2017, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

49 Comments

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49 Responses to Guest Post & Giveaway! Toy Recs by Age from Red Jellies Founder, Kimberly Stephens

  1. Kate D.

    A scooter tops by 2 year old’s list!

  2. Eva

    The fort building kit is not In their list but it would probably be on top if they knew about it. Looks awesome!

  3. Brianne

    My son entered pk-3 this year & now loves playing school at home — his only two requests for Chanukah this year were a desk and a whiteboard easel to make his bedroom more like his classroom! Thanks for all of your great & very helpful posts!

  4. Lane Windham

    Stuffed animals!

  5. Michele

    Castle Logix looks really cool!

  6. Jason Wenrich

    Anything Spirit for my daughter and trains for my son

  7. Alexis

    My daughter wants a robot dragon this year.

  8. caroline

    Thanks. Bookmarking the site. I hope they expand their “showdowns” section. Easels are at the top of our list.

  9. Laura

    Legos, Legos, Legos!

    But one of the best gifts we ever got was magnatiles!

  10. Wen

    the scooter!!! Is a most this holiday for me ya toddler!!!

  11. Wen

    The scooter!!! made it to the wish list of my toddler this year !!!

  12. Rebecca

    Archery set for my 7 year old.

  13. Sandy

    My boy would love the rollerblades so fun

  14. Kathleen

    They both want a dog…yikes!!

  15. Emily

    My 7-year-old loves any type of building or space-related toy.

  16. Sara Burnett

    A toy car she can “drive!”

  17. Clara

    Fort building kit.

  18. ShellyMcK

    My three year old wants a trumpet. Not sure he’s going to get it.

  19. Barbara Sacks Singer

    My 6 year old is all about Pokemon but I think the Fort Building Kit would be awesome!

  20. Nicole Reo

    My kids would love an easel! 🎨 ❤️

  21. Julie

    A real working magic wand. 🙂

  22. Laura

    One of my daughters wants a sewing machine and my other daughter wants a telescope.

  23. Amy Hutchison

    Lego Friends set

  24. SCarlock

    A newborn doll made the top of the list for my daughter.

  25. Melinda

    My 4 year old loves board games, Hisss would be a hit here!

  26. Sonia Mena

    Fort Building Kit

  27. Kelly D

    My daughter wants stuffed animals and my kids love to build so maybe the fort building set.

  28. Margaret

    My little guy would love that fort building kit!

  29. Holly

    My four-year old son wants a Paw Patrol Sea Patroller.

  30. Robert Millwater

    Doll House

  31. Jenn Feliciano

    spinagain toy!

  32. Karen hoerst

    My almost four year old twins want more magnatiles for Christmas, and my six year old loves experiments and slime!

  33. Teryn Phan

    My sons love to build things so the Quadrella Xcellerator would be perfect for the family to build together!

  34. esti

    The Marble Run & Castle Logix both look great!

  35. Alison

    My girls are older and into nail polish and accessories, but they still like building toys, games and sensory-focused items like putty and fidgets. And we are always watching out for fun things for their younger nieces and nephews. It’s all good. 🙂

  36. Erin

    My almost 4 year old loves anything with wheels and blocks. The castle logic would be perfect for him.

  37. Piper

    My 6 year old would love the rollerblades!

  38. Rose

    Fort building kit

  39. Veronique Dufresne

    Little carpenters tool box play set 🙂

  40. Heidi

    My 6 year old is all about furniture and accessories for her American Girl dolls this year.

  41. Samantha Wentling

    My daughter wants musical instruments

  42. Jessica Gipson

    I love the Fort Building Kit, for my 7 year old daughter.

  43. Abigail

    My son loves any and all building sets!

  44. Carrie H.

    All three of my boys are about scooters and bikes this year.

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