February 26, 2024

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For Nintendo Fans

LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Peach Starter Course

Super Mario Adventures with Peach Starter Course

For Nintendo Fans

LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Peach Starter Course

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Nintendo fans and devotees of The Super Mario Bros. Movie know that Princess Peach is where it’s at. With this set, kids can send Peach on all sorts of missions at home even if they don’t have a Nintendo Switch. First, they build out the course using interactive LEGO bricks. Then, they take the included Peach figure and send her through the obstacles — she has an LED screen in her face, and with the LEGO app, kids can keep track of her time and how many coins she collected. One Good Housekeeping kid tester loved building out the levels with harder and harder difficulty, then making her parents try to complete them! Ages 6+

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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This book ranked the highest of any picture books in the Good Housekeeping Institute’s tests. Kids loved reading about a girl name Jolie and her quest to convince her parents to let her grow strawberries. Told in the style of journal entries, there is plenty of real information in there about how to plant and maintain a garden. And, best of all, the publisher is a nonprofit! Ages 4+

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Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner

Fashion Punch Style & Stitch Loom

Fashion Punch Style & Stitch Loom

Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner

Fashion Punch Style & Stitch Loom

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Kids who are DIY-minded loved these kits, which make it easier to make friendship bracelets in different patterns with a loom, stylus and different design templates. Good Housekeeping kid testers really liked planning out their patterns and displaying their finished products.

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Best Creative Toy for 6-Year-Old Girls

Crayola Light-Up Tracing Pad

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Light-Up Tracing Pad

Best Creative Toy for 6-Year-Old Girls

Crayola Light-Up Tracing Pad

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This set has more than 100 images that kids can trace, and mixing and matching lets them make new creations every time. After they trace a basic sketch, they can color them in however they want. The set comes with one graphite pencil, 12 colored pencils, 10 tracing sheets and 10 blank sheets. Ages 6+

Collaborative Game

Stories of the Three Coins

Stories of the Three Coins

Collaborative Game

Stories of the Three Coins

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This game has a unique focus: It’s a storytelling game, and the object is for all the players to get the Traveler (a.k.a the main character of the story) to its happy ending. Each player takes turns choosing where they want the traveler to head next, and they all have to work together to get to the conclusion before the inkwell runs dry. In Good Housekeeping Institute tests, parents reported that this is a game older and younger siblings loved playing together. Ages 6+

Cute Accessory for 6-Year-Old Girls

Unicorn Nail Stickers

Unicorn Nail Stickers

Cute Accessory for 6-Year-Old Girls

Unicorn Nail Stickers

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For girls who love unicorns, rainbows and all things mystical and magical, these unicorn nail stickers are the perfect accessory. They’re strong and stay on for a couple of days even with hand-washing, but they’re not as permanent as nail polish so she can switch up her look every few days. No age recommendation given

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Fun, Interactive Toy

Got2Glow Fairy Finder

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Got2Glow Fairy Finder

Fun, Interactive Toy

Got2Glow Fairy Finder

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This lets kids search for fairies and “catch” them in the jar, where they can feed and play games with them. There are lots of different fairies to find and collect — and cool tips, like flipping over the jar to catch an upside-down yoga fairy — and they can even be “shared” between jars if you have a friend that has one. If they like it, they can also get the baby fairy finder and the pet finder, which are all compatible with the jar. Ages 5+

Trendy Toy

Disney Doorables Squish’Alots

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Disney Doorables Squish’Alots

Trendy Toy

Disney Doorables Squish’Alots

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This toy takes on so many current trends at once. They’re surprise collectibles, which are always popular. They’re miniaturized versions of Disney characters, making them part of the make-everything-mini craze. And, best of all, they’re squishy! When kids open the door, they’ll get either four, five or six squishable, adorable versions of their favorite Disney characters. There are 50 to collect in all. Ages 5+

Cute Way for Girls to Accessorize

Hype Hair Floral Frenzy

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Cute Way for Girls to Accessorize

Hype Hair Floral Frenzy

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Forget the hair salon: Your kids can add a flair to their hair from home. With the applicator, add fun paper flowers in a variety of colors or reusable sequin. With more than 250 hair accessory options to choose from your child won’t have trouble adding a fun touch to their locks. Ages 6+

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Everyone Loves Axolotls

Axolotl Discovery Set

Axolotl Discovery Set

Everyone Loves Axolotls

Axolotl Discovery Set

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Are axolotls overtaking llamas and unicorns as everyone’s newest favorite animal? When kids see this set of figures, they just might be! They come from Schleich’s Bayala line, which adds magical elements to their already detailed figurines, and you get three axolotls in all. Ages 5+

Best STEM Toy for 6-Year-Old Girls

Ooze Labs: Soap & Bath Bomb Lab

Ooze Labs: Soap & Bath Bomb Lab

Best STEM Toy for 6-Year-Old Girls

Ooze Labs: Soap & Bath Bomb Lab

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This exciting DIY soap kit mimics a real science lab, so your 6-year-old girl can pretend she works at a bath products company. This STEM toy will help her learn about things like pH levels and acids while making real molded soaps and bath bombs. In total, it comes with 10 different experiments to play around with. Ages 6+

Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner

Lynette Fashion Doll

Lynette Fashion Doll

Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner

Lynette Fashion Doll

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With her pink and purple hair and white jeans, Lynette has style to spare! She’s part of The Fresh Dolls line of dolls, which is known for realistic face sculpts, real hair textures and many points of articulation to make lots of poses. Ages 3+

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Get Them Outside

Sunflower Garden

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Sunflower Garden

Get Them Outside

Sunflower Garden

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Kids can plant, water and grow their own sunflowers with ease! Budding gardeners will learn about the life cycle of plants by growing a sunflower pollinator garden. The set also comes with stickers to decorate the pot and a notebook to keep track of the flower’s progress. One parent tester said she had no luck with plants and was amazed at how easy it was to get the sunflowers to sprout. Ages 6+

Fast-Paced Game

Astro Trash Game

Astro Trash Game

Fast-Paced Game

Astro Trash Game

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This game is really high-energy: Each player is trying to clean up their planet by moving space junk to the planets to the left and right of them — but the players next to them are doing the same thing, and giving the junk right back. There’s a lesson in sustainability in there, but it’s also really fun! Ages 6+

Top Barbie Right Now

Barbie Cutie Reveal

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Cutie Reveal

Top Barbie Right Now

Barbie Cutie Reveal

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It’s one of the cutest Barbies yet: She comes clothed in a plush animal costume. Once kids remove the costume and see which Barbie you have inside, they can move on and unbox additional blind outfits and accessory pieces, including a pet, for 10 surprises total. And there’s a color-changing element, too, with makeup that reveals itself in cold water. Ages 3+

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Flippin’ Frenzy

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Good Housekeeping Institute experts found that the soft wheels on this remote-controlled car made them perfect for indoor use since they could roll over obstacles without damaging furniture or walls. This one is made for stunts, too — it can spin and flip, and just keep rolling. Ages 4+

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Great Birthday Gift

Gumball Machine Maker Lab

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Gumball Machine Maker Lab

Great Birthday Gift

Gumball Machine Maker Lab

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This kit lets kids build their own gumball machine — something they want in their room anyway. But then budding engineers can use the gumball track as a sort of marble run, and learn about concepts like force, momentum and gravity as the gumball speeds along. Ages 6+

For Indoor Activities

Ada Twist’s Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists

Ada Twist's Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists

For Indoor Activities

Ada Twist’s Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists

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She can take the lessons from Ada Twist, Scientist off the page or screen an into the real world with this book of STEM projects. There are more than 40 activities to do, including tracking phases of the moon, or building a vehicle powered by renewable energy. Ages 5+

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Best Outdoor Toy for 6-Year-Old Girls

Flickin Chicken

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Flickin Chicken

Best Outdoor Toy for 6-Year-Old Girls

Flickin Chicken

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If you want to get them outside and active, you have to make it fun! A favorite lawn game of the Good Housekeeping staff, Flickin Chicken ups the silliness factor of a throwing game like cornhole until you can’t help but laugh. But be warned: These chickens bounce! Ages 6+

Rainy Day, Indoor Activity

Rainbow Sandland

Rainbow Sandland

Rainy Day, Indoor Activity

Rainbow Sandland

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With this art kit, your 6-year-old can make sand art at home — just like she does at school and summer camp. But what makes this one even better is that it includes a mini unicorn and sticker sheet for even more decorating. The set also comes with a cap and glue so she can keep her work of art in place without making a mess. Ages 6+

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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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