Give 'em what they really want: Top holiday toy picks for babies and kids.

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They may tolerate a sweater from grandma or some socks in their stocking, but what kids really look forward to on Christmas morning are new toys.

Here are some picks that will keep them happy — maybe even for a few months or years to come.


It’s the hot subject area and, well, this is Seattle, so tech toys are pretty much a must-have this Christmas. Get them hooked young with the Technology will Save Us DIY Electro Dough Kit ($29 at, which teaches about circuits via playdough that’s hooked up to LED lights and buzzers. Ages 4 and up.

They can build a humanoid or dog robot — or invent their own layout — with the Ubtech Jimu Robot Kit ($150 at Target). Use the app’s preprogrammed functions to move the robot, or program your own. Ages 8 and up.

She can build her own dollhouse — complete with a trap door, zipline, balconies, bridges and secret spots — with the Goldie Blox Invention Mansion ($48 at More than 350 pieces create a foundation in architectural design. Ages 6 and up.


Recognize these toys? They may remind you of your own, and you’ll probably want to get in on the fun.

Star Wars has never been hotter, and the Revell Rogue One AT-ACT Cargo Walker ($20 at Target) brings home the excitement of the latest movie, “Rogue One,” in a no-tools-required, snap-together kit that moves, lights up and makes sound. Ages 6 and up.

The throwback style Lego City Fire Engine ($50 at the Lego store and has modern upgrades, like an elevating and rotating ladder and “water-shooting” hose. Ages 5 and up.

The Barbie Fashionistas Style Statement Doll Set ($40 at probably doesn’t resemble your old group of Barbies, and viva la difference. This girl squad comes in different sizes and ethnicities — but all are dressed to kill. Ages 3 and up.


Give them some new buddies this year. Since you’re starting early you might be able to score the season’s hottest toy, a Hatchimal ($50 at Fred Meyer and other major retailers). The cute little creatures start in a shell, which cracks open the more your child plays with it. After that, the fun continues as the Hatchimal grows up and learns to walk, dance, play games and repeat sayings in its own voice. Ages 5 and up.

Disney’s latest lead is a teen who sails across the sea to save her people. Kids can reenact the tale with the Moana Starlight Canoe and Friends ($42 at Target), which includes Moana, her friends Pua and Hei Hei and her canoe that rocks and projects starlight. Ages 3 and up.

It may not look friendly, but the Meccano Meccasaur ($70 at, which your child builds and brings to life, responds to petting and gives yes/no answers. It can even be programmed to guard your kid’s stuff with a mighty roar. Ages 10 and up.


Blocks are fun but unstable, and click-in toys are stable but usually made of plastic. Enter Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks ($65 for a 24-piece set at Clover, Ballard), which are sustainable-wood blocks with small magnets that keep kids’ creative structures firmly together with style. Ages 3 and up.

Kids can create thousands of combinations from the three cars in the Modarri Combo Pack ($35 at Toys R Us). The cars come apart with an included hex wrench kids will enjoy using. Ages 8 and up.

Let their imaginations bloom with The Manhatten Toy Company’s MiO Collection (starting at $10 at Clover), an adorable and modern modular dollhouse system you can add to over time.


You’ll both love the super-cute Land of Nod Emoji Baby Play Mat ($79). The faces feature different sensory elements such as a rattle, squeaker and crinkly texture. And just imagine the photos! All ages.

Help them work on large motor skills with the Plan Toys Cone Sorting Rocket ($31 at Bootyland Kids, Wallingford), made with chemical-free, replenishable rubberwood. Ages 18 months and up.

Don’t underestimate the power of a puppet. The Cate & Levi Bunny Wool Puppet ($25 at is sure to get their attention with its cute looks, and you’ll feel good knowing it was handmade from premium reclaimed wool.