With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I’d share one of my favorite websites when it comes to shopping for toys.

Toys should be fun, imaginative and educational.

I’ve been referencing for new and innovative toys since my older son was just a baby. The website lists toys by several categories: age, best sellers, new releases, interests, and the list goes on. It makes it helpful when I have a type of toy in mind such as “science” or “music”. The “age” category is also helpful in narrowing down the options when I’m shopping for birthday presents.

I’m a believer in leveraging the opportunity to teach children through play and most of the toys that I buy have to serve two purposes: entertain but educate. Fat Brain Toys lists items that do both. I like using this website as a starting point since I know the listed toys will fit the bill.

Here are a few recent acquisitions for our playroom, by age. These toys are not gender specific:

4 year old:

-Imaginarium Marble Race

-Stomp Rocket Junior

-Melissa & Doug See and Spell Phonics Puzzle


9 month old:

-Tobbles Neo

-6in. Oball with Rainstick Rattle

-Illumination Station by Sassy (opted for the sound one over the light)


Good luck to you with all your holiday shopping for your little ones!