March 3, 2024

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Trendy Collectible Toy

Disney Doorables Squish’Alots

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Doorables Squish’Alots

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Disney Doorables Squish’Alots

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Kids love things that squish. Kids love their favorite characters. Put them together, and you’ve got these adorable, collectible figures. Open the door to reveal either four, five or six cute-ified versions of Disney characters — there are more than 50 to collect in all. Will they find a rare one? Ages 5+

Gardening Toy

My Fairy Light Garden

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My Fairy Light Garden

Gardening Toy

My Fairy Light Garden

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Kids can plant real seeds around the border of this play set, and watch as a garden magically grows. Then, a fairy and a unicorn figure can frolic around the flowers, across the bridge, into the light-up mushroom house (it turns on when you blow on it) and past the working water pump. Good Housekeeping Institute parent testers say this has just the right amount of features so it encourages open-ended play, but still has enough to keep kids interested. You can also use the bridge to connect this with other My Fairy Garden sets.

Best Bath Upgrade

Mystical Animals Bubble Bath Bomb Set

Mystical Animals Bubble Bath Bomb Set

Best Bath Upgrade

Mystical Animals Bubble Bath Bomb Set

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One of these bath bombs is all they’ll need to level up their tub time. There are so many sensory experiences in one bomb: It fizzes, it turns the water colors, each one has a different fragrance and — best of all — there’s a surprise, squishy toy inside. Ages 3+

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Best STEM Toy for 5-Year-Old Girls

GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope

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GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope

Best STEM Toy for 5-Year-Old Girls

GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope

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Bindi Irwin lends her voice to this talking microscope, which comes loaded with more than 100 scientific facts. The slides feature 60 beautiful full-color images, and you can switch it to quiz mode to see how much your kids retain. And if you want to make it a set, you can also get the GeoSafari Jr. Talking Telescope. Ages 3+

Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner

Magic Mixies Magical Misting Crystal Ball

Magic Mixies Magical Misting Crystal Ball

Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner

Magic Mixies Magical Misting Crystal Ball

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Good Housekeeping kid testers were truly wowed after they followed the magic instructions included with this toy, filled the crystal ball with an enchanted mist and conjured a Mixie out of this crystal ball. (Parents, though, warned that the mist smelled like a rock concert.) After it’s summoned, the Mixie can tell fortunes, play games and do spells. If kids wanted to delve into the Mixie world further, they could also collect the smaller Mixlings cauldrons ($7 for a two-pack), which come with figures that have their own powers. Ages 5+

For Animal Lovers

Scruff-A-Luvs Cutie Cuts

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Scruff-A-Luvs Cutie Cuts

For Animal Lovers

Scruff-A-Luvs Cutie Cuts

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They can groom, shave, trim and pamper their plush pet to perfection with the Scruff-A-Luvs Cutie Cuts kit from Little Live Pets. It’s the full salon experience, with clips, a comb, a collar and nail polish in tow. As they play, kids will practice nurturing and develop empathy while they care for their pets. Our Lab experts found this Scruff-a-Luvs update took something we already liked and made it even better! Ages 4+

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Good Housekeeping Toy Award Winner

VTech Marble Rush Corkscrew Rush Set

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Marble Rush Corkscrew Rush Set

Good Housekeeping Toy Award Winner

VTech Marble Rush Corkscrew Rush Set

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Elevate a traditional game of marbles with this cool set that lets kids explore STEM concepts like gravity and momentum and build a bunch of different track configurations. Kids can play alone or with others to create exciting stunts for their marbles to do. Ages 4+

Trendy Plush

Living on the Veg Mushroom Plush

Living on the Veg Mushroom Plush

Trendy Plush

Living on the Veg Mushroom Plush

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Mushrooms are having a moment, so why wouldn’t your 5-year-old want to snuggle up with one? Each Living on the Veg character has its own personality and backstory. Right now, it’s just the “fun guys” but expect them to produce — get it? — more veggies, like corn and radishes, later this year. Ages 2+

For the Eco-Conscious

Wiltopia Rainforest Night Light

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Wiltopia Rainforest Night Light

For the Eco-Conscious

Wiltopia Rainforest Night Light

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Not only is this a Playmobil set that kids can use for imaginative play, it’s also a real, working nightlight that illuminates a rainforest scene. Kids can change out the acrylic plate to switch between two nature-themed backdrops, and it also makes soothing rainforest sounds. If they like the vibe, they can get more of Playmobil’s Wiltopia collection, which has many sets — including an anteater care set, a manatee-watching boat, and an animal rescue quad — that have themes of environmental stewardship and taking care of animals. Ages 4+

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Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner

Fashion Fidgets

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Fashion Fidgets

Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner

Fashion Fidgets

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Good Housekeeping Institute testers loved popping, twisting, pulling and spinning all the fidget features included in these surprise collectible dolls. There are 18 different dolls to collect in all, and each one has at least three fidget features to experiment with. Ages 5+

Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner

Magic Potion Science

Magic Potion Science

Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner

Magic Potion Science

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Blowing up a balloon without using your mouth. Growing a crystal wand. Conjuring up a mysterious bubbling potion. Is it magic? It feels that way, but it’s really science! This set comes with all the materials a 5-year-old needs to do five astounding science experiments that will amaze their family and friends. Ages 4+

Fun Family Game

Mad Tea Party Game

Editor’s Choice

Mad Tea Party Game

Fun Family Game

Mad Tea Party Game

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In this family game, players must stack different sizes of cups on a tipsy table, which makes for lots of toppled tea towers (and laughs from all involved). If your child needs to work on fine motor coordination (and their nerves), this is the game! Ages 5+

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Best Coding Toy for 5-Year-Old Girls

Coding Critters

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Coding Critters

Best Coding Toy for 5-Year-Old Girls

Coding Critters

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Sneak in some science with these cute critters that help kids learn the basics of coding. These animals are a great screen-free way to introduce STEM principles, critical thinking, problem-solving and other skills as kids go through story-based adventures and challenges. They come in different animal shapes, and now there’s also MagiCoders, which come in the form of mystical beasts like dragons and unicorns. Ages 4+

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Foil Fun

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They can create their own sparkly art scenes without paint, without glue and — yes! — without loose glitter. With this set, kids just select a puffy sticker and rub a special, sparkly foil onto it, and the shimmer transfers without any mess! They can then stick the stickers onto different backgrounds. There are a few themes to choose from, including animals, unicorns and princesses, dinosaurs and outer space. Ages 4+

Good Housekeeping Kids’ Book Award Winner

I LOVE Strawberries!

I LOVE Strawberries!

Good Housekeeping Kids’ Book Award Winner

I LOVE Strawberries!

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When the Good Housekeeping Institute testers finished evaluating books, this story had the highest rating of all the picture books. It’s energetic and fun, telling the story of Jolie, a girl who wants to grow her own strawberries. Her journal entries detail how she convinces her parents to let her try, showing her determination, and then how she plants and maintains the garden, so there’s so me STEM learning as well. Ages 4+

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Cool Room Decor

Daisy Lounge Flower Pillow

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Daisy Lounge Flower Pillow

Cool Room Decor

Daisy Lounge Flower Pillow

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They’ll feel like a fairy curled up onto flower petals when they lounge on this oversize, 35″ floor pillow. (There’s also a medium size for $15.) It comes in five different colors, and the petals have a velvety texture to them. No age recommendation given

LEGO Classic Creative Pastel Fun Bricks Box

Classic Creative Pastel Fun Bricks Box

LEGO Classic Creative Pastel Fun Bricks Box

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Kids who are into building with LEGO bricks can follow the instructions to build a cloud, an ice cream cone, a dinosaur, a cat and or a robot, all in a cool, pastel color scheme. Then, they can use the bricks — more than 300 in all — for open-ended construction and build whatever they want! Ages 5+

For Unicorn Lovers

Pastel Unicorn 3-D Puzzle

Pastel Unicorn 3-D Puzzle

For Unicorn Lovers

Pastel Unicorn 3-D Puzzle

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Once the unicorn fan in your life puts this puzzle together, it’ll look great as a piece of decor in her room. It’s made from recycled cardboard and printed with vegetable inks, and comes flat packed for easy shipping. Ages 3+

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If They’re Not Over ‘Encanto’ Yet

Encanto Necklace Activity

Encanto Necklace Activity

If They’re Not Over ‘Encanto’ Yet

Encanto Necklace Activity

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This kit comes with five rubber necklaces that kids can use to make jewelry featuring their favorite characters from Encanto. There are also symbols and charms, like the all-important butterfly, and beads they can use to complete the look. Threading the materials onto the necklaces will help them with their fine motor coordination. Ages 3+

Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner

Got2Glow Baby Fairy Finder

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Got2Glow Baby Fairy Finder

Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner

Got2Glow Baby Fairy Finder

Now 52% Off

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Kids can use this magic device to find and collect baby fairies, including rare ones. Once they’ve been spotted, kids can play games with their fairies, feed them and then head off to find more! They can learn more about their fairies through an app, or transfer them to a Got2Glow Fairy Finder jar if they have one. Ages 5+

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Senior Parenting & Relationships Editor

Marisa (she/her) has covered all things parenting, from the postpartum period through the empty nest, for Good Housekeeping since 2018; she previously wrote about parents and families at Parents and Working Mother. She lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, where she can be found dominating the audio round at her local bar trivia night or tweeting about movies.

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Chief Technologist & Executive Technical Director

Rachel Rothman (she/her) is the chief technologist and executive technical director at the Good Housekeeping Institute, where she oversees testing methodology, implementation and reporting for all GH Labs. She also manages GH’s growing research division and the analysis of applicants for the GH Seal and all other testing emblems. During her 15 years at Good Housekeeping, Rachel has had the opportunity to evaluate thousands of products, including toys and cars for GH’s annual awards programs and countless innovative breakthroughs in consumer tech and home improvement. 

 

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