Because Play Matters Check out These Toys that are MUST haves for this holiday season from and other ways for kids to enjoy PLAY time!
If you’re in the market for Holiday toys which will keep your kids occupied and happy without needing to bury their heads in a screen of some kind the toys (and additional activities) I’m about to regale you with will keep you and your brood happily occupied indoors.
check out these adorable toys in various price points based on three very popular children’s shows – Bluey, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and Donkey Hodie.
As you’re probably aware, Bluey is an international sensation and among the most-watched series on TV (Disney) for kids – and their parents! Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood has been a kid- and family favorite for a decade, and Donkey Hodie, a delightful and funny puppet series, is a new favorite now in its second season on PBS KIDS.
All of these toys are designed to make the season – and everyday – bright for kids.
Description: Bluey and Bingo are ready to shop at Hammerbarn, their local home improvement store featured in the “Hammerbarn” episode of the popular animated series. The Hammerbarn Shopping Playset towers at nearly two feet tall with four stories, eight play areas and 12 play pieces. The supersized, lights and sounds shopping-themed playset also features an elevator that gives shoppers a “lift” to each department, among them: a garden center with interactive gnomes; a “lighting department” that lights up and plays more than 50 familiar phrases from the hit series accessible with the simple press of a paw button; a special flipping wall that reveals paint color chips; and a rooftop café to grab a sausage sizzle or pizza. When shopping is complete, place the cart on the return pole and watch it spin down to the ground floor. This expansive playset with all its fun features is something kids can spend hours “checking out.”
Suggested Age: 3+, MSRP: $69.99
Description: Create your own musical masterpieces with Bluey’s Keytar and pretend to play at a fancy restaurant just like in the show! Romance music is in the air as you use your imagination to make music using the keyboard or play along with 10 built-in melodies including the Bluey theme song. Make more than piano sounds, too! Transform the keyboard notes to sound like a guitar, Chattermax, Bluey’s sister Bingo and more by choosing from 10 instruments and sound effects. You can also hear from Bluey by pressing the button with her picture on it. Add the included strap and take the show on the road. Let’s boogie! Intended for ages 3-6 years. Requires 2 AA batteries. Batteries included for demo purposes only. New batteries recommended for regular use.
Suggested Age: 3-6 Yrs, MSRP: $24.99
Bluey Hugmees (Jazzwares)
Description: Grow your Squishmallows Squad with this Bluey Hugmees, a super-soft, collectible 10″ medium-sized stuffed animal.
Suggested Age: 0+, MSRP: $14.99
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Look who’s in the Skip Hop neighborhood! We teamed up with our friend Daniel Tiger from the popular series on PBS Kids, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” for a “grr-ific” adventure—and your little one is invited along for the ride! Featuring five cheerful Daniel Tiger phrases, sounds and the theme song from the show, this special edition Ride-On Toy grows with little ones in three stages of fun—from beginner to advanced walkers. Ride along with me, neighbor!
Suggested Age: 1-3 years, SRP: $70
This Ultra Jumbo Daniel Tiger plush is made with soft lycra velboa for super soft and squishable hugs!
This 20-inch extra large and super cuddly Daniel Tiger is the ultimate gift for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood super fans! Snuggle on up and give him a big hug! He comes with all of the iconic Daniel Tiger details: red hoodie, watch, and sneakers. He’s is oh-so-huggable!
Suggested Age: 3+, SRP $49.99 (Macy’s TRU fall 2023 exclusive)
Hi there, neighbor! Are you feeling sleepy? Now children can join Daniel Tiger as he prepares for bed, modeling his tigertasticbedtime routine: bath time, PJs, brush teeth, story and song, then off to bed! This bedtime toy set includes a 7-inch Daniel Tiger with moveable arms and legs is dressed in his classic red hoodie and sneakers along with his blue trolley printed pajama set and snuggly tiger-printed blue blanket.
Suggested Age: 3+, SRP $19.99
Introducing the adorable Donkey Hodie plush, the perfect companion for any child. Made from soft and high-quality materials, this plush is designed to withstand all playtime cuddles. Donkey Hodie is the title character from the popular show of the same name, and children will love reenacting their favorite scenes with their new friend by their side. Standing about 14” tall, Donkey Hodie has bright yellow fur and an engaging smile.
Suggested Age: 0+, MSRP: $14.99
16″ Purple Panda Plush (Jada Toys)
Description: Introducing the lovable Purple Panda plush, Donkey Hodie’s best friend in the popular Donkey Hodie series and a wonderful cuddly-soft companion for any child. Made from soft and high-quality materials, this plush toy is designed to “bear” all playtime hugs. Children will love reenacting their favorite Donkey Hodie scenes with Purple Panda by their side. Standing about 16” tall, Purple Panda has vibrant purple fur and a friendly smile.
Suggested Age: 0+, MSRP: $24.99
Bottom line: Take the time to really get to know your children’s interests. If children love blocks, get some or create them out of boxes and contact paper. If they love art, give them a spot with their own art table with supplies. If children love to read, go to the library and check out books each week. Use car time together for singing, talking and playing games.
According to Laurel Bongiorno, president-elect of the Vermont Association for he ability to learn how to solve problems, make judgments, build social skills and learn math, science, readingthe Education of Young Children, play is how young children make sense of their world. Open-ended play provides children with time and language.
Check out Ms. Bongiorno’s best bets:
Two to 4 years old: Playing with blocks, Legos, play dough, finger- and easel-painting. Playing in water fill the sink with bubbles running around the yard, walking the dog and dramatic play scenarios.
Five to 7 years old: More board games, outdoor games like Red Light/Green Light, cooking, woodworking with parents. Whether you’re collecting miniature My Little Pony Equestria Girls dolls, taking the cutest FurReal Friends dog for a sunny stroll, or going for a ride in the Littlest Pet Shop shuttle – there is something for every kid this season.
Eight to 10 years old: Open-ended art experiences; clay modeling and spin-art. Elaborate play scenarios, board games, cooking and athletic games like wiffle ball, frisbee and pick-up soccer. Older kids will really enjoy Crafting a family gratitude banner- one that has a pocket for each member of the family, a pocket for all the world and a pocket for paper and pen. How it’s sewn doesn’t matter, but even a banner made of paper can create the same appreciative tone within the household.
Because Play Matters Check out These Toys from and tell us which is perfect for the kidlet in your life? And check out these 10 great play dates for parents and kids