Every year I begin Toy Fair the same way, strolling the aisle searching for the big trends and narratives of the show, and every year I end up gravitating to the same things: toys that I would buy for my kids right now. All my six-year-old wanted was news about Skylanders, so I found myself looking at toys that would appeal to my 21-month-old. These are some of the best toys I found for toddlers.
I fell in love with these smooth wood magnetic blocks at last year’s Toy Fair, and this year they’ve added mobility. The magnetic wheels pop right onto any Tegu blocks. These blocks don’t come cheap (car building sets are $38), so I’ve permanently put them on the grandparent wish list, and they came through with a set this past Christmas. We’ll need the wheels come birthday time.
Speaking of blocks I can’t afford, I love the shapes and colors of these new sets from Brinca Dada, which retail for $59. I need to stay far, far away from the Brinca Dada booth. Last year the thing I coveted most at Toy Fair was their super-deluxe Dylan House dollhouse. I still want it. (You know… for the kids.)