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Toys!  Toys!  Toys!  Wish lists and Christmas gifts never looked so good!  You can spark your child’s creativity and love of learning with KCFM’s 2011 top toy picks in different age-appropriate categories:  babies, toddlers, school-age, and big kid.  Check out this season’s top-rated toys that are both kid-tested and parent-approved!



Get back to the basics with these precision-cut wooden construction blocks. Your child will make connections with math and science while creating fantastical worlds from their imagination. The sky’s the limit with this toy!  (3+ years, $21.95; citiblocs.com)

Let’s Rock! Elmo

Jam with Elmo! Elmo rocks out while using his microphone and two instruments – a tambourine and a drum set. Dressed in a concert-style tee and programmed to sing six songs, Elmo and your child will spend hours of rockin’ fun jammin’ together!  Elmo also interacts with other LET’S ROCK instruments (each sold separately).  (18+ months, $69.99; hasbro.com)

Poppin’ Park Bounce n’ Ride 

Get your child bouncing, scooting, and riding on this fun-filled toy. Whether your child bounces on the seat in stationary mode or scoots it along for ride-on fun, this toy makes sounds and plays music for hours of enjoyment.  12+ months, $29.99; hasbrotoyshop.com)

Build & Store Block & Activity Table

The perfect toy for inspiring artists and engineers!  Your child will spend hours building, drawing, and creating masterpieces on this multipurpose table.   With storage areas and removable block plates, it works with Lego and MEGA Blocks.  (3+ years, $109.99; Step2.com)

Boogie Bus

A new twist on a classic school bus toy!  With a press of the driver’s head, this bus moves and drives itself, then stops to collect more passengers.  The auto-off not only saves batteries, but mom’s patience.  (18+ months, $14.99; Justb-bYou.com)

Constructive Eating Mealtime Set

Calling all picky eaters! This unique toy makes mealtime an adventure with these fully-functioning utensils that come disguised as construction-site vehicles.  Each set includes a Fork Lift Fork, a Front Loader Spoon, and a Pusher with a Constructive Eating plate that houses each tool. (12+ months, $19.99; constructiveeating.com)


The Crayola Bead & Jewelry Boutique

Create one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry. This unique spinner allows your child to fashion fun and fabulous handmade pieces by mashing small amounts of Model Magic and spinning them into beads and baubles. (6+ years, $19.99; Crayola.com)

Air Picks

Rock out with no strings attached! Electronic guitar pick plays notes from famous rock guitar songs, while you control the pace as you strum fast or slow.  The sound quality and fun factor is off the charts with this toy. (6+ years, $11.99; Air-Picks.com)

Spot It!

Spot it and you win!  Kids can spot matching images on the play cards with up to seven others or have fun on their own.  With a sharp eye and some speed, your child can become a Spot It master. (6+ years, $11; blueorangegames.com)

LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Tablet

Take edu-gaming to a whole new level with this innovative toy! Use this game to help your child learn more about a broad curriculum including reading, math, science, geography, art, music, and language. This tablet also has a built-in  camera and video camera. (4+ years, $99;  leapfrog.com)

Bloco Aqua & Pyro Dragons

Create your own water and fire dragons.  Your child will be mesmerized for hours while rotating and stacking 235 high-density foam and plastic pieces to create mystical creatures and fantastical adventures.  (6+ years, $34.99; FatBrainToys.com)

Fijit Friends

BFFs! This cute, squishy robot has a light-up face that recognizes 30 keywords and responds with 150 phrases as well as tells jokes and dances. She’ll even recognize and respond to your child’s voice for hours of fun! (6+ years, $49.99; mattel.com)


Lego Alien Conquest: UFO Abduction

Take me to your leader!  Your child will enjoy this Lego UFO adventure set that has a tractor beam that illuminates. This kit comes with three alien defense unit soldiers, a farmer with pitchfork, and an alien trooper. (7+ years, $29.99; Lego.com)

MindFlex Duel

Think it!  Move it!  Believe it!  This toy will astonish your child as it reads brain activity and uses this energy to move a little blue ball through an obstacle course.  Your child can battle another player or play solo to flex his mind muscle.  (8+ years; $89.99; Mattel.com)

Animal Planet Air Swimmer Shark

A totally original and unique radio-control toy – a flying shark!  This giant flying toy is five feet long and can be controlled in a 50-foot range.  Discovery Kids also makes a bright orange Clown Fish version. (8+ years, $49.99; ToysRUs.com)

Simon Flash

The Simon Says game is taken up a technological notch with this electronic game!  There are four games your child can play with this new twist on an old favorite.  Challenge yourself or your friends while using skills of memory, logic, and quick thinking.  (8+ years, $29.99; Hasbro.com)

Glow-in-the-Dark Lab

Bring out the scientist in your child.  With up to 20 cool, glow-in-the-dark experiments, your budding Einstein can create lava lamps, glowing slime, and super slime glow balls.  The kit contains a black light, ink, molds, polymers, glow sticks, and more supplies. (7+ years, $24.99; SmartLabToys.com)

For more top-toy picks, you can visit www.FatBrainToys.com or www.top-toy-kids.com. ;

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