Want to know what everyone else is buying? I researched the top toys and games sellers on Amazon today (November 25) to share with you. As with every holiday season, I’ll share this top ten toys list every Sunday through the holiday season.
Top ten toys on Amazon
LeapPad1 & LeapPad2 Explorers by Leapster, plus accessories
When talking toys and games, LeapFrog, year after year, always has at least one toy in the top 10. At the start of the season, LeapFrog takes the position of the top three items this year, plus a fourth item in 6th place. At the current Amazon price of $69.99, this is a great deal for a family looking to take their adult-pad back from the kid by giving her her own fun learning app. Because of this, I’m including all 4 products as the top of this year’s list.
Leticia posted a thorough review of the LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer (second most popular Amazon Toys & Games item) and shared that the biggest difference between that and the LeapFrog LeapPad1 Explorer Learning Tablet (current most popular) is that the 1 doesn’t have a reversible camera. If you can live without a forward facing camera, the LeapPad1 is a great deal.
You’ll also want to consider the LeapFrog LeapPad Carrying Case, green (Works with LeapPad2 and LeapPad1) (which fits both the LeapPad 1 and 2 and ranks as third most popular on Amazon tonight). And Leticia tells me “you need those LeapFrog App Center Download Cards!” so be sure to grab one or two (currently the 6th most popular in Amazon’s list of toys and games.)
Because I know you’re wondering, this year Little (age 3 and a half) will be receiving the LeapPad2 as her big Hanukkah gift.
I’ll admit that this surprised me–not because it isn’t a cool toy for kids ages 6 and up, but because during the demonstration of the toy at Time to Play Magazine’s Holiday Showcase I had to walk away because the toy is migraine inducing and I found it to be overstimulating. It is cool and creative but won’t be a gift under our tree this year because of the lights. Basically, it’s a pyramid-dome-like pixelated toy with a stylus. The stylus allows you to change the color as you create a picture on the dome. After creation, you can change settings to animate your image. There are also incorporated games.
This toy is not for sale directly on Amazon, but is a top sale all the same.
Yay! A little girl toy! We are so excited that the Little People/Disney cross-over continues this year and this Princess Songs Palace is definitely on Little’s list. At three, she loves playing with “my people” and princess-everything tops her list. Every time we’ve walked past the Little People Disney area at Target or Toys R Us, people around us are commenting on what a great job Fisher Price has done with this line and we whole-heartily agree.
This was sent to us as a sample and I love it because it’s small and simple enough to carry in my bag–making it great for a take-along-game where ever we are, be it a baseball game, hanging out during another kids’ practice or out to dinner. Spot it! is created for kids ages 6 and up, but we have adapted it to include our 3-year-old. Spot It is available in a variety of languages and themes–making it a game that works well for learning and a love of Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers (there’s even an ABC Spot It! game which preschool teachers will love). The low price and size makes it perfect as a stocking stuffer, add on gift or even a teacher gift.
Doesn’t every household in America (except for mine) already have HedBanz? Because for the 3rd year in a row, this game is in the top ten before the holidays. (In 2011 it was number 2 during Thanksgiving weekend and in 2010, when I started the list the week after Thanksgiving weekend, Hedbanz crept into the top ten the 3rd week of the shopping season. I still think it’s the lazy way to create the old ice breaker, but at three years in the most popular toys listing, maybe I am missing something?
Another repeat listed item, this baby Einstein toy has been making it’s way onto the Amazon’s most popular list every year that I’ve been compiling, and I do expect it to stay on the list through the season–it’s a great price and, really, babies don’t need too many toys at this age, so many gift an itty bitty toy for now, and grow into toys to give to baby throughout the year. At the price and size, it, like Spot It!, makes a great add-on or stocking stuffer.
Always a hot toy, the Lego Advent calendar is amongst the most popular toys and games this weekend, likely due to the many families remembering to grab it now before December 1.
My predictions for Amazon’s most popular 2012
As always, I expect the LeapFrog games to stay at, or near, the top of the list, taking up a few of the top spots. This year, I don’t expect many changes to the list, unless Amazon’s lightning deals are amazing and long-lasting. The Advent Calendar will surely fall off the list in 2 weeks, as families will no longer be interested in buying for 2012 (however, if they list it at a discounted price after December 1, make sure you scoop it up for 2013.)
I also expect the Crayola Light Designer to fall from the list–already not listed on Amazon, people likely stop searching for it. I referred to Time to Play Magazine’s price grabber that reports in which stores have it listed and am finding it to be dwindling. (Yes, it’s clearly a popular toy) but the more parents read the Amazon reviews, I do expect this game to be less popular. Only time will tell, so check back next Sunday to see how my predictions fare.
Most popular toys on Amazon, numbers 11-15
Honestly, I’m feeling that I cheated my readers a bit with this list. If you aren’t in the market for a LeapPad and accessories, than two-fifths of this list is worthless, so this week I’m listing items 11-15 on Amazon’s most popular list:
LeapFrog LeapPad2 Recharger Pack (Works only with LeapPad2) Sigh. Another LeapPad accessory.
Perplexus Maze Game by PlaSmart, Inc. We love this addicting toy, and really do believe that every home needs at least one. It’s been among the top ten for 2 years and is on my Independent Play Gift Guide.
LEGO Ultimate Building Set – 405 Pieces (6166) I love that this year my boys have said they no longer want LEGO sets–they have enough LEGOs and want to just create. This starter Ultimate Building Set will encourage creativity among LEGOs and, in my opinion, every four year old should start with this set.
LEGO Ninjago Ultra Sonic Raider Set 9449 Despite what I said above about not needing any more sets, my 7-year-old just commented, “whoa! Check out that Ninjago LEGO set!”
Razor A Kick Scooter (Pink) Hooray for outdoor toys making the list!
Because you’ve undoubtedly caught it, yes, we celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah each year.
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