Top Specialty and Learning Toys of 2010

After a whole year spent searching near and far for the most wondrous wonders and marvelous marvels, it’s finally here—the holiday season! We’re ready with a list of unique toys that make perfect gifts for kids of all ages. These are the best of the best and meet the 3 crucial requirements of a Great Growing Tree Toy:


A) Special B) Educational and C) Ridiculously Fun!


So if you’re in a holiday rush or just looking for some gift-giving inspiration, check out these top new toys of 2010. And don’t forget that we offer free shipping on orders of treasures over $89!


The Baby and Toddler Bunny Teething Blanket from Dandelion Toys is not only adorable, it’s made from luxurious, organic cotton. Healthy for babies and for the environment, this teething blanket makes our list for its comforting softness, engaging crinkle texture that provides a sensory experience for babies and for its practicality. Does the phrase “machine washable” mean anything to you? Ages Birth and Up.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Soft Book reinvents the classic children’s book from Eric Carle with ribbons, tags, crinkle panels, rattles, squeak sounds, flaps and a reflective mirror. The story is still all there but babies can chew and manipulate this soft book. Toddlers will love listening to the story of transformation and looking at the beautiful illustration. Ages 9 Months and Up.


Brilliant Start Light and Sound Walker

Check out what Early Learning Centre Toys brought us this year! The Brilliant Start Light and Sound Walker grows with kids. From its uses as an activity ring with lights and sounds for babies to later use as a sturdy and colorful walker, this toy does not stop teaching little ones. Ages 9 Months and Up.


This year we found a cute friend for our Little Hands Learn to Dress Monkey–introducing the Little Hands Learn to Dress Kitty! She’s a colorful plush dressing toy for toddlers that allows them to practice 11 different dressing skills. Kids will have fun learning to snap, lace, button, zipper and more! Ages 18 Months and Up.


Sometimes I wonder if the Y-Bike is so popular because of this cute picture. But then I remember that this Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winning foot-to-floor ride on toy is a great way to show kids the skills they’ll need to ride a grown-up bicycle! As they push along with the Y-Bike, kids gain dynamic balance, bilateral coordination, physical self confidence, and gross motor skills! It also doesn’t hurt that it comes in bright green, blue and pink. Ages 18 Months and Up.

Pink Y-Bike


Calico Critters are some of our most popular toys for preschoolers and young children. These sweet animal families all have removable clothing and pose-able limbs. Our favorites from our 2010 collection are the Calico Critters Persian Cat Family and the Caramel Cat Family! These furry felines are sure to be a hit. Ages 3 and Up.


Kids will love serving up slices of the delicious Tiered Special Occasion Cake Set from Melissa and Doug. This pink and white wooden cake set is sliceable with lots of wooden decorations and two pretty cake toppers. Like all Melissa and Doug pretend play food, the Tiered Special Occasion Cake Set features Velcro that makes a satisfying crunch when sliced. Ages 3 and Up.


Watch kids discover the joy of writing with the Create Your Own 3 Bitty Books Kit from Creativity for Kids! Featuring 3 blank hardback books, a book holder and markers, this project is perfect for inventive minds. Ages 3 and Up.


We’re super excited to offer the Playmobil School Building this year! The School Building is packed with accessories and ready to play. It comes with teachers, students, desks, classroom materials and more! Plus there are cute collectable expansion packs like the Gym, Woodshop and Crossing Guard that make the Playmobil School Building even more fun throughout the year! Ages 4 and Up.

Playmobil School Building


Kids get to practice their reading and counting skills while having a blast with the Zingo 123 Game from ThinkFun! Zingo 123 has received both the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award and the Parents Choice Gold Award for its excellence. Zingo 123 is like traditional bingo only more fun and educational! Ages 4 and Up.


The Morphibians Killer Whale Remote Control Toy is powerful on land and in the water! Kids can steer it through puddles, mud, dirt and grass. Watch as this Killer Whale themed amphibious vehicle take on any terrain! We love that Morphibians toys help kids develop logic, spatial thinking and fine motor control skills. Ages 5 and Up.


Elenco Robotics Kit

Our Elenco Robotics Kit fascinates adults and children alike! It features three large insectoid bots to build and observe. The Robotics Kit explains how the robots work in a kid friendly way that kids—it’s the ultimate technological gift! Ages 8 and Up.


The Fashion Angels Magazine Editor Tote is an awesome creative accessory! Complete with two blank magazines to create, a layout stencil, headline stickers and more, the Magazine Editor Tote is the ultimate tool for designing a fashion magazine. Ages 8 and Up.


This year’s high energy party game is Anomia! In Anomia, players face off against each other when they have matching game cards, forcing them both to blurt out something that belongs in that category. The first player to blurt out a correct answer wins the other player’s card and continues to draw cards. Anomia is a fast paced game that gets very silly as players memories buckle under pressure! Ages 10 and Up.


Everyone is attracted to the magnetic Yikerz Game! We love that this game is played unlike any other. It’s a game of skill that requires players to challenge the forces of nature by placing magnetic pieces on a game board while avoiding collapse. It’s a cool puzzle -like challenge that will get families and friends stuck together like magnets! Ages 14 and Up.


And that concludes our top toys of 2010 list! Happy Holidays!

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