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16 New Toys Your Kids Need Right Now

You may have never actually attended the annual Toy Fair, but we promise it has big impact on your life. The reason: It debuts all the toys your kids will be begging for this year. We stopped by the four-day event in New York City to test out the hottest new items and were wowed by all the cool and incredibly fun low-tech toys out this year. Check out the 16 toys, games and crafts guaranteed to make your kids ditch those iPads and smartphones—for a little while, anyway.

Melissa & Doug Round the Rails Train Rug Set and Round the Ranch Horse Rug Set

If space is an issue, these rugs are the perfect solution. Imaginations run wild with the colorful scenes, animals and train cars. Plus, it's easy to roll up and take along for trips. Ages 3 and up. MelissaAndDoug.com

My Fairy Garden by Patch Toys

Already popular in the U.K., this do-it-yourself garden is as magical as it is practical. Ages 4 and up. PatchProducts.com

Legos

The kid favorite has over 300 new products this year, but here are two especially noteworthy lines. There is a new set of Lego Super Heroes Mighty Micros, including Hulk vs. Ultron, Captain America vs. Red Skull, and Batman vs. Catwoman. The best part is that each box has two characters and two vehicles.

There is also Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, which include cool building sets and a new animated series based on the beloved blockbuster. Lego.com

Mighty Minds

This may be the most underrated toy out there. It is one of the few toys that teaches kids how to both build and solve puzzles. Check out the Magnetic Mighty Minds version that you can take on the road. Ages 3 and up. MightyMind.com

Dr. Eureka by Blue Orange Games

Kids mix molecules to create a formula by moving colored balls from one beaker to the next. Sounds simple, sure, but the game actually requires a very steady hand and is quite fun. Ages 8 and up. BlueOrangeGames.com

Jenga Giant

If your kids like Jenga, they are going to LOVE this update, which is eight times bigger than the original. Structures can be built higher than four feet, which makes for some pretty dramatic falls. Ages 10 and up. Jenga.com

Tug and the Tooth

This will do for the Tooth Fairy what Elf on the Shelf did for Santa. Tug is an adorable tooth pillow that comes with a book about a little girl who loses her tooth. The perk for parents: Whenever your child loses a tooth, it goes right in Tug's little backpack, which makes it easy to find in the middle of the night. All ages. TugandtheTooth.com


My First Sing-Along Puzzles by The Learning Journey

This could be the most engaging puzzle out there with versions offering "Itsy Bitsy Spider," "Old MacDonald," "Wheels on the Bus" and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." Ages 2 and up. tlji.com

Stanley Jr. Building Kits and Real Tools for Kids

If you have a little DIY guy or girl, they will love the easy-to-follow instructions. Pick from a bird feeder, dump truck, race car and more. Ages 5 and up. ReevesIntl.com

Love 2 Learn Elmo by Hasbro

This latest version of Elmo talks to kids and encourages them to develop good habits, like washing their hands and using the potty. If you download the accompanying app, you can program Elmo to know your child's name, her favorite things, give her praise when she does something well and much more. Hasbro.com

Play-Doh Town

To celebrate the brand's 60th birthday, they have created an entire city with characters, buildings and activities.

Crayola Jewelry Maker

A jewelry maker that produces baubles so cute and stylish, even parents will want to wear them. Bonus: It's an awesome slumber party activity. Ages 8 and up. crayola.com

Crayola Air Marker Sprayer

You can use your Crayola markers to make truly impressive works of art. Includes super cool stencils. Ages 8 and up. crayola.com

Moodsters

The first line of its kind, Moodsters teaches kids how to recognize, understand and manage their feelings and emotions in a fun and meaningful way. It's a great way to help them build strong emotional intelligence (EQ). TheMoodsters.com

Eraser Clay by Sculpey

This oven-bake clay kit turns your kids' colorful creations into real, usable and incredibly awesome erasers. Ages 8 and up. Sculpey.com

Super Girl Heroes by Mattel

This series of super heroine action figures are the most cool and empowering dolls we have seen in a long time. Maybe ever! It's about time. origin.dcsuperherogirls.com

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