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HVP December 2016

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32 Hudson Valley Parent n December 2016 P lay is the work of children, after all - and kids and toys go together like peanut butter and jelly. What adult doesn't want to help make a child smile? Our readers submitted their top toy choices for kids along with pho- tos of the youngsters in their lives enjoying their favorite playthings. If you're still searching for a special gift for a young person in your life, check out our list below – broken down by age to help you make the best of the bevy of toy choices out there. For more details, read the complete listing at toys. Most-loved toys for kids Skye, 9 Everett, 4 Chris, 7 6 MONTHS1 YEAR Stuffed animals (especially ones that make noise) Balls Books: (especially cloth) Shape Sorters Chunky Puzzles Sophie the Giraffe Musical Toys Stacking Cups Blocks Walk and ride-on toys Activity Tables 13 YEAR Push Toys (like the popcorn pusher or other walking toys) Cozy Coupe (and ride-ons like the Step2 Roller coaster, Balance Bikes and other ride- on push with your feet toys) Balls Books Balance Bike Cars and trucks Play Kitchen and play food Train Sets Mini Trampoline Little People Sets (like the farm and prin- cess castle) Doll Strollers Doll Houses Musical instruments Pretend Play/ Dress up (which includes toy vacuums, lawnmowers, shopping carts, etc.) Blocks Play Houses Ball Pits Sticker Books Wooden Puzzles Magformers or Magnatiles 46 YEARS Dolls (especially American Girl dolls, Bitty Babies, Barbies and Princess dolls). Doll House (The Fisher Price Loving Family Doll House has been popular for years) Stuffed Animals Ride-ons (like the Plasma Car, Strider Bike and others) Hot Wheels Blocks (Bristol blocks and Lego Duplos are popular choices) Music instruments Arts and Crafts Supplies (Play-Doh is one of the most popular, crayons, markers - just don't forget an easel) Books Electronic Learning Systems with Leap- Pad, Innotab and Kindle Fire (some of the most popular systems) Imaginext Play Sets Pretend Play (a huge category that includes everything from Play Kitchens and food to cleaning supplies) Dress up Clothes Doctor and Veterinary Sets Legos Floor Puzzles Dress up clothes Train Sets John, 9 months

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