Hot Holiday Toys 2014

What's on Your Preschooler's Christmas List?

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Thinking about helping Santa with that holiday gift list? Here are the hot holiday toys for 2014. White Packert

Has your preschooler started making a wish list for the winter holidays? Most likely, and it is probably full with more things you can count. Whether you want to save or splurge on your holiday shopping, there are a whole bunch of choices out there. Our top choices for the hot holiday toys of 2014 run the gamut.

It is important to remember that toys, while obviously designed for having fun, are an important part of a preschooler's development. They educate, stimulate a little one's imagination and teach important social skills. When purchasing toys for any preschooler, be sure to check the age guidelines -- not important for just safety reasons, but also to make sure the toy isn't too young, which could cause a child to get bored easily, or too old, which could cause them to become frustrated because they don't completely understand how to use it.

Check out our list of age-appropriate, hot holiday toys for 2014. Note that some toys may be appropriate for an older preschooler (aged 5) and not a younger one (aged 3). Other toys may appeal to the younger set and not the older one. Choose what is best for your child.

For more ideas, check out our Gift Guide for Preschoolers.

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Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart

Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart
Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart. Disney Jr.

Time for your checkup? With the Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart, it sure is! Featuring characters from the popular Disney Junior show, the Get Better Talking Mobile Cart includes everything your preschooler needs to make sure every stuffed animal and toy in your house is in tip-top shape. Includes a motion-activated siren that lights up and plays the "Doc Mobile" song, a working ladder, a light & sound EKG, otoscope, thermometer, bandage sticker dispenser, working CB radio, and a gurney and patient seat!

The Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart is appropriate for kids ages three and up. Two AA batteries are required, and not included.

LeapFrog LeapTV Educational Active Video Game System

LeapFrog LeapTV Educational Active Video Game System
LeapFrog LeapTV Educational Active Video Game System. LeapFrog

While it is possible that you have a video game console in your house, the LeapFrog LeapTV Educational Active Video Game System is designed with young children in mind. There are over 100 games and videos to choose from that offer a variety of ways to play -- educational, dancing, jumping, and more. Designed for kids ages 3 to 8, the games focus on important academic areas including reading, math, science, and problem solving, and then adjust learning based on your child's responses.

Games are sold separately. The unit includes: console, motion-sensing camera, camera mount, transforming controller with wrist strap, HDMI cable, 16GB of memory and built-in Wi-Fi for downloads. An Internet connection is required.

Requires 2 AA batteries. (Sold separately.)

Fisher-Price Imaginext Supernova Battle Rover

Fisher-Price Imaginext Supernova Battle Rover
Fisher-Price Imaginext Supernova Battle Rover. Fisher-Price

If space is the place for your little one, then the Fisher-Price Imaginext Supernova Battle Rover is a must-have. At almost three feet long, and over a foot high, this toy is huge. But there is so much to do! Featuring over 200 sounds and phrases, kids can go on an imagination journey that is out of this world. Includes a removable space shuttle, removable tech pieces, four projectiles, a small vehicle, three space trooper figures and more.

Seven "AA" batteries are required and not included. The rover is appropriate for kids ages 3 to 8.

Disney Frozen Castle & Ice Palace Playset

Disney Frozen Castle & Ice Palace Playset
Disney Frozen Castle & Ice Palace Playset. Mattel

Frozen fans who want to act out all the action from Disney's animated film, will love the new   Frozen Castle & Ice Palace Playset. The set, which consists of Anna's Arendelle castle Queen Elsa's magical icy palace includes furniture and an Olaf figure (other figures sold separately). Olaf can slide down the mountain, cook on a magical stovetop and more. 

The set is appropriate for children ages 3 and up.

Hot Wheels Super Loop Chase Race track set

Hot Wheels Super Loop Chase Race track set
Hot Wheels Super Loop Chase Race track set. Mattel

The race is on with the Hot Wheels Super Loop Chase Race track set. Kids can launch multiple cars (one is included) at high speeds and watch them race through a three-foot-tall loop. For those who want to go faster, there is a shortcut, but watch out! You may crash! The set can be used on its own, or combined with other tracks. The set can also be secured to the wall for more high-flying fun.

Requires 4 D batteries which are not included. Includes 3M Command Strips to secure the track to the wall for support. Appropriate for kids ages 4 and older.

Little People Musical Preschool

Little People Musical Preschool
Little People Musical Preschool. Fisher-Price

For a little one who loves going to preschool every day, the Little People Musical Preschool is a great creative toy. The set, which includes figures Mia and Eddie, features a "magical" rug, pets and over 35 sounds, songs, phrases to help your child revisit all the fun that he has in preschool during the day.

Great for kids ages 18 months and up.

Wubble Bubble Ball

Wubble Bubble Ball
Wubble Bubble Ball.

If Santa is looking for a unique present to give to your preschooler this holiday season, the Wubble Bubble Ball should definitely be a contender. While it looks bubble and acts like a ball, this three-foot-tall sphere is actually made from an incredibly durable yet lightweight material, that allows kids to kick it, throw it, bounce it and more.

Depending on the ball you buy, some come with a pump that will properly inflate and deflate your Wubble.

Lottie Dolls

Lottie Dolls
Lottie Dolls Snow Queen. Lottie Dolls

Thinking about buying a doll for your preschooler? Take a look at Lottie Dolls, a unique entry in a crowded field. Geared at ages 3 to 9, Lottie Dolls encourage youngsters to "Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You," and have been designed by educators, parents, and experts to promote a positive self-image. Featuring a childlike body shape, no make-up, jewelry or high-heels, Lottie Dolls can stand on their own feet, without the assistance of the child who is playing with her. Available in over a dozen styles, there is also a "Finn" doll available.


PBS KIDS Produce Shape Sorter
PBS KIDS Produce Shape Sorter. PBS KIDS

If you are looking to include something more earth-friendly under your tree, consider the new line of toys and stuffed animals created by PBS KIDS and sold at Whole Foods Market. The line includes wooden toys and soft plush animals, all available for purchase at Whole Foods Markets nationwide in the retailer’s Whole Body department, or by visiting

Each item in the PBS KIDS toy line is made with safe, non-toxic materials and inks, and all packaging is made from recycled materials. Many of the toys are produced in the USA from sustainable materials, responsibly harvested from local communities. It includes:

  • race cars made from recycled milk bottles
  • colorful, wooden vehicles assembled by hand from local wood in Vermont
  • shape sorters and stackers that inspire a love for fruits and veggies
  • super soft plush animals made with phthalate- and PVC-free materials
  • organic t-shirts and infant onesies with vintage designs

All of the net proceeds will go back to PBS KIDS, while Whole Foods Market will donate one percent of total sales, up to $25,000, to Whole Kids Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving children’s nutrition and wellness.
The toys are appropriate for young children ages six months to three years.

V-Tech InnoTab Max

V-Tech InnoTab Max
V-Tech InnoTab Max. V-Tech

The latest offering in the kids tablet market is the V-Tech InnoTab Max, a tablet that offers over 650 games and activities that can be downloaded and purchased. Featuring a high resolution 7” multi-touch screen, the tablet includes Premium VTech Kid Connect, a service that allows children and parents to exchange voice and text messages, photos, drawings and fun stickers in real time between the tablet and a smartphone. Designed for kids ages three to nine, the tablet comes with 15 onboard apps including Premium VTech Kid Connect, My Magic Beanstalk, Movie Maker, Art Studio, Wonder Cam Max, E-Reader with Story Dictionary and more. It includes a built-in rechargeable Lithium battery, kid-safe Wi-Fi, and parental Controls that allow parents to manage their child’s apps, web access and tablet time, as well as view a progress log so they can follow their child’s learning development.

HideAway Pets

HideAway Pets
HideAway Pets. HideAway Pets

Does your preschooler have trouble settling in for a nap? HideAway pets offer little ones both a friend for play time and a cuddle buddy at nap time. There are six different characters to choose from -- Siberian Husky, Persian Kitten, African Lion, Snow Monkey, Hedgehog and Lop Eared Bunny -- and each comes with their own "Adventure Card" with their name and a fun fact about the animal. Appropriate for kids ages three and up.

Dream Cakes Game

Dream Cakes game
Dream Cakes!. Ravensburger

Ravensburger Dream Cakes – There’s something for everyone to love in this sweet bakery-inspired competition board game. Players work on multiple cakes at once and judge finished creations to earn blue ribbon points. Thousands of possible designs mean different delicious outcomes every time! Ages 4+, SRP $16.99

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