The Top Toys of 2017

Make your kid’s wishes come true with help from toy expert Laurie Schacht, a mom of three, who is the president and chief toy officer of Adventure Publishing Group and founder of The Toy Book and The Toy Insider.


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Digiloom (WowWee)

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Friendship bracelets—plus anklets, headbands, bookmarks and more—get a tech upgrade with this app-enabled weaving machine. Kids custom-design or choose a pattern on the app, then weave their creations with the Digiloom machine.

to see how it works.

$50, ages 8+


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Smooshy Mushy Pets (Redwood Ventures)

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Mini, scented and slow-rising (post-squeeze) cute collectibles that come with a bestie for double the squish. Pet is pre-wrapped with its pal to bump up the surprise factor!

$10, ages 5+


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Exit: The Game (Thames & Kosmos)

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Experience escape room games without leaving home! Every version—the Pharaoh’s Tomb, the Secret Lab and the Abandoned Cabin (each sold separately)—includes a detailed story to test players’ reasoning while fostering teamwork.

$15, ages 12+


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Who’s the Dude? (Identity Games)

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Charades gets bro-ified with the addition of the life-size inflatable Dude. Players pick a card, then partner with the doll to act out the assigned scenario.

$25, ages 16+


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The Original Fidget Cube by Antsy Labs (ZURU)

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This stocking stuffer puts a new spin on the popular plaything with buttons, dials and switches. Even sweeter: The six-sided cube fits in the palm of your hand as you push, press and fidget away.

$13, ages 3+