Here at GeekDad, our daughters typically play with the same toys and gadgets that our sons play with – and there is nothing wrong with that. Most of the time we promote constructive play such as that. However, I have been reminded that my daughter also likes things that are cute and pink.
In the spirit of that, I wanted to review some of the hottest toys that are targeted toward younger girls this year – in case there are any others out there who may be looking for similar ideas.
Just like Angry Birds, this is a toy that has been derived from a very hot mobile app game. My five year-old daughter has been playing with the app for about six months now and loves it. When she first saw the toys in stores, she went nuts! I had never heard of them, so she gave me the run down. Each Disney Princess has a pet – seems reasonable, right? Just as pets mirror their owners, so do the Disney Princess Palace Pets. There are ponies, puppies, bunnies, a tiger and of course kittens, (each of which belongs to a Disney princess) all with brushable hair and tons of accessories. If your child is into Disney princesses or even My Little Pony, then I don’t think you could go wrong with any one of these.
Who would have guessed that Doc McStuffins would become such a huge hit? Launched on Disney Jr. nearly two years ago, the Doc has really come into her own. Last year my daughter wanted a Doc costume, so my wife had to make one for her. This year, every other trick-or-treater was wearing the Doc’s signature lab coat and carried a stuffed animal. This year the toys have also become plentiful for the holiday season too. For the ultimate stuffed animal veterinarian in your home, I highly recommend the Doc McStuffins Get Better Check-up Center. This thing is just like the work center that little Doc uses in her own medical office.
The check-up center also includes all the equipment needed for taking care of your little one’s patients. It includes an otoscope, reflex hammer, syringe, roll of bandage stickers, two x-rays, a scale and a cell phone. It also includes a toy Lambie to act as a first patient! It has many interactive play elements also. The x-ray lights up, the Book of Boo-Boos talks and Lambie interacts with the different stations of the work center when placed there. Some assembly is required, but not much and it is recommended for children three years of age and older.
This kids’ tablet appeared earlier in the season in our Toy Gift Guide, but I did want to elaborate on it a bit more. While not targeted at just girls, it does have many apps and game cartridges that are. The InnoTab 3S is the brand new version of Vtech’s popular Wi-Fi learning tablet and it offers a wealth of fun, age-appropriate learning games for kids, plus new ways to play and learn. We have had ours since my daughter’s birthday a few months ago and love it – in fact we got my 9-year-old son one also.
Using VTech Kid Connect, my kids can exchange text messages and photos over Wi-Fi connection to each other and to our Android and iOS smartphones. My kids use this thing just as much as I use my iPad, so now I can use it again. They had claimed it as their own up until now. Kids are also not limited to the InnoTab apps for fun, they can even browse parent approved websites. The only thing I wish it had available was a Netflix app, but that is just me…
New InnoTab 3S’s also bundled with 20 pre-installed apps, a built-in camera, extra stylus and one cartridge game (others sold separately).