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The Top Toys of 2017

  • Digiloom (WowWee)

    Digiloom (WowWee)

    Digiloom (WowWee)

    Friendship bracelets—plus anklets, headbands, bookmarks and more—get a tech upgrade with this app-enabled weaving machine. Kids custom-design or choose a pattern on the app, then weave their creations with the Digiloom machine.

    Watch this video to see how it works.

    $50, ages 8+

  • K’NEX Thrill Rides Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set (K’NEX)

    K’NEX Thrill Rides Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set (K’NEX)

    Thrill Rides Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set (K’NEX)

    Kids may think they’re just having fun building this 2 ½-foot tower of loops—including glow-in-the-dark tracks and an air-powered coaster car—but they’re also honing their STEM skills.

    $80, ages 9+

  • Smooshy Mushy Pets

    Smooshy Mushy Pets (Redwood Ventures)

    Smooshy Mushy Pets (Redwood Ventures)

    Mini, scented and slow-rising (post-squeeze) cute collectibles that come with a bestie for double the squish. Pet is pre-wrapped with its pal to bump up the surprise factor!

    $10, ages 5+

  • VRSE (Skyrocket)

    VRSE (Skyrocket)

    VRSE (Skyrocket)

    VRSE brings virtual reality (VR) to the masses with an immersive and interactive reality gaming platform at an accessible price. Dive into Jurassic World to fight off a hungry T. rex and velociraptors, or enter Gotham City to become Batman and defeat the Joker (each sold separately).

    $59, ages 7+

  • Exit: The Game  (Thames & Kosmos)

    Exit: The Game  (Thames & Kosmos)

    Exit: The Game (Thames & Kosmos)

    Experience escape room games without leaving home! Every version—the Pharaoh’s Tomb, the Secret Lab and the Abandoned Cabin (each sold separately)—includes a detailed story to test players’ reasoning while fostering teamwork.

    $15, ages 12+

  • SoundMoovz (Cra-Z-Art)

    SoundMoovz (Cra-Z-Art)

    SoundMoovz (Cra-Z-Art)

    Get kids moving, grooving and making beautiful music with bands (worn on wrists or ankles) that are programmed through an app to trigger more than 400 motion-activated sounds. Kids can go solo or compose in a group and even record their tracks.

    $80 for a 2-band set, ages 8+

  • Who’s the Dude? (Identity Games)

    Who’s the Dude? (Identity Games)

    Who’s the Dude? (Identity Games)

    Charades gets bro-ified with the addition of the life-size inflatable Dude. Players pick a card, then partner with the doll to act out the assigned scenario.

    $25, ages 16+

  • The Original Fidget Cube by Antsy Labs (ZURU)

    The Original Fidget Cube by Antsy Labs (ZURU)

    The Original Fidget Cube by Antsy Labs (ZURU)

    This stocking stuffer puts a new spin on the popular plaything with buttons, dials and switches. Even sweeter: The six-sided cube fits in the palm of your hand as you push, press and fidget away.

    $13, ages 3+

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