2019: Top 35 Toys for Kids of All Ages


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Spring has officially sprung! With the change in season, many of us here at ellie have been on our spring cleaning Konmari grind. (Or at least we’re trying!)

While we appreciate the new season as a reminder to clean up and clear out, it’s also an opportunity to update and replace toys that have served their purpose. For the growing people in our lives, new developmental stages may mean new toys to support learning, emotional development, and fine motor skills.  

Whether you’re looking for outdoor toys, birthday gift ideas, or just something special, we’ve got you covered. Here is our 2019 favorite toy picks for kids of every age. Our list includes top trenders like STEM toys, cause-and-effect- toys, and toys containing a surprise.

As a bonus, we’ve included our favorite age-appropriate books as well!

ellie’s Favorite Toys By Age Group

Toys for Babies (6 to 18 months)

Mo Trent Sorting and Stacking Blocks An ellie member got this educational shape stacking toy as a first birthday gift, and her little one still loves it just as much at 18 months old.

Pull and Sing Puppy This interactive puppy introduces numbers, colors, and parts of the body. Pull the puppy by the cord to activate music and sounds and see the puppy's legs move. Three colorful buttons promote fine motor skill development.

Peekabo Zoo So much to love about this one! This nesting toy encourages cognitive development and open play. Perfect for the high chair when you need a few more minutes to finish dinner but everyone is hungry!

Squeeze and Switch Silicon Bath Toys The perfect first bath toy. These squishy, twist to open squirt able bath toys are easy to clean and prevent mold from growing inside. Sized for little hands to hold, the squeeze and switch bath toy helps stimulate baby's sense of sight, sound and touch.

Fat Brain Toys Tobbles Neo These wobbly, stackable spheres are great for sensory exploration, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination. Their contoured texture and playful curves invite little fingers to explore.

Music toys for 6 - 18 months

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes A music toy that is easy to take with you and baby to keep them entertained.

Kick and Play Piano This is a fun take on the traditional play mat. We love how it incorporates songs about animals to encourage early learning.

Books for 6 - 18 months

Dear Zoo This lift-the-flap board book is a classic and one of our favorites. An ellie mom’s daughter loved bringing it with her to the zoo and matching the animals in the book to those she saw on the trip!

Jojo’s House This adorable set of six little books comes in a box which can also serve as a mini dollhouse. Each short book is named after a different part of the home (kitchen, bedroom, garden, garage). A cute little cardboard Jojo bunny also comes with the set.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear We love this classic book because of its singsong text and brightly colored pictures of our favorite animals. This book really holds our infant’s attention.

Toys for Toddlers (1.5 to 3 Years):

Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog A 2019 Amazon Toy of the Year finalist, Spike the fine motor hedgehog builds skills with chunky, peg-shaped pieces that fit into holes in his back. Colorful quills help kids develop color recognition, sorting, and counting skills.

Magnetic 3D Building Blocks An amazing toy for the future architect in your life. These 3d building blocks teach color, geometrical shapes and 3D forms, numbers, magnetic polarities and architectural design.

Kids Toy Lawnmower Great for spring-time outdoor play. Kids can pretend to mow the lawn and even fill the mower up with gas.

Roll and Play: Your Child’s First Game Roll this big plush cube, select a card with the matching color and act out the activity shown like 'Make a happy face' or 'Roar like a lion'. This toddler game encourages creativity, active play, and gross motor skills. Fun to play as family!

Crocodile Creek Puzzles We love age-appropriate puzzles because they encourage patience and independent play. They’re great for keeping kids entertained while you’re putting a younger sibling to bed or making dinner.

Little Tykes Bounce House Always a big hit, this inflatable bounce house is surprisingly easy to put up and take down and can even be used inside on cold or rainy days. Perfect for active play outside for those warm spring days!

Books for 1.5 to 3 years old

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why  Using an interactive question-and-answer format and content grounded in a child's immediate world, the Big Book of Why delivers lively information, hands-on games, simple recipes, crafts, and more. This book is a great intro to the full series of Nat Geo Little Kids First Big Book Series.

Elmer’s Colors Of course we love anything about elephants since the ellie app is named after an elephant herd’s oldest mother. The book is a great way to introduce colors to toddlers.

Cars and Things that Go This is a great book with lots to look at and explore. Kids can read this over and over and still find new things. Ask your little one to find the gold bug hiding on each page!

Toys for Preschoolers (3 to 5 Years):

Yellies! Voice Activated Spider Okay, this may be a controversial pick as far as parents are concerned, but kids love them. Voice and sound-activated, Yellies! respond to talking, yelling, clapping, singing, or even music. The louder you yell, the faster they go. Great for a birthday present, so long as you’re already friends with the parents.

Lost Kitties Kit Twins Toy This one is double the fun. Dig into the carton shaping compound and you'll find a pair of Kitty Twins inside two colorful scoops of shaping compound! Another great birthday gift.

Learning Resources Gears Another 2019 Amazon Toy of the Year finalist, this 116-Piece  activity set includes 46 colorful gears, special parts including a wrecking ball, propeller, square pillars, six-way axles, interlocking bases, a crank handle, and an activity guide. It introduces kids to simple mechanics: sorting, grouping, counting, designing, constructing, and puts physics into play with spinning gear movement!

Kinetic Sand Fun for ALL ages and can be played with inside or out. We love this one because of the affordable price and the play molds. You can also use plastic cups or bowls around your house to make more sand creations.

Hover Soccer Ball and Goal  Our kids absolutely love this hovering soccer ball set. Simple set-up and cushioning around the ball make it great for indoor play.

Books for 3 to 5-year-olds

The Day the Crayons Quit This clever story of a box of crayons gone rogue will get the whole family laughing at the letters written by the disgruntled crayons. Kids love to read this one again and again.

Pig the Fibber A great book from the Pig the Pug series. Kids will laugh out loud as Pig learns about the consequences of lying in this hilarious story. This one is a favorite if you’re a mystery reader at your kid’s school.

Little People Big Dreams An inspirational series of books that features famous historical figures as children.

Toys for Elementary Schoolers (6+ Years):

Crayola Light Up Tracing Pad Crayola’s light up art kit lets kids choose from over 100 traceable images, which helps guide their creativity in an interesting twist on the usual drawing from scratch. The twelve short colored pencils make coloring and embellishing the traced design smooth and easy.

My First Mind-Blowing Science Kit  Help your young scientist explore and learn the basics of science from chemical reactions to the use of science tools with this engrossing 20-piece kit!

L.O.L. Surprise! Bigger Surprise This toy of the moment is a big hit with fans of L.O.L. Surprise dolls. A pink sparkling hard plastic carrying case contains 60+ surprises, for tons of “unboxing” fun.

Lego Chain Reactions For the 8 and older set, this Lego kit introduces machine design and building. Kids have tons to explore with ten possible machines to build. We like that it comes with all the necessary parts and a clear instruction guide.

Crazy Forts For even more building fun, we recommend Crazy Forts. Children of all ages love building structures where they can play endlessly in worlds of their own creation. Simply connect the balls and sticks and cover the structures with bedsheets to create places where imaginations flourish.

Books for 6+ years old

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Highlights 50 women in STEM and their achievements. What else do we need to say?

Rosie Revere, Engineer Who doesn’t love a story about a kid with big dreams? It’s a good reminder to kids to always be true to themselves and not worry about what others think they should be.

Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild  In the 6th and most recent of the popular Dog Man series, the heroic hound is sent to the pound for a crime he didn't commit! While his pals work to prove his innocence, Dog Man struggles to find his place among dogs and people. Wildly funny and a great choice for both fans of the series and newbies alike.

The Last Kids on Earth: The Monster Box  This boxed set includes the first three books from the New York Times bestselling The Last Kids on Earth series. Full of black-and-white illustrations, cool inventions, and every sort of monster, The Last Kids on Earth Collection is the perfect gift for the kid who doesn't want the action (or the laughs) to stop!

Did you see any of your current favorites on our list? Anything great that we missed? Let us know in the comments.

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