8 New Toys You Should Know About

These next-gen toys are super-cool, educational, send positive messages, and most important – kids want to play with them.

Meddy Teddy

Who: If they love stuffed animals...

What: It's as soft and cuddly as a normal teddy bear, but Meddy Teddy has an internal system that lets him get into yoga/meditation poses.

When: Created to inspire kids to lead more mindful lives.

Where: meddyteddy.com

Candylab

Who: If they love cars and trucks (and you like midcentury-modern design)...

What: Heirloom-quality vehicles modeled after '60s American cars and trucks made of solid beech wood.

When: They're $$ but make a lovely bookshelf display once kids are over playing with them.

Where: candylabtoys.com

Flow & Phreeze Yoga Game

Who: If they dig Twister...

What: This Twister-ish game (for toddlers - grownups) is so fun, they won't even realize you're teaching them relaxation, building strength, and calming their minds.

When: Before you pass your neurosis onto them.

Where: chiuniverse.com

Girls & Co

Who: If American Girl dolls are their jam...

What: This new cast of characters all have backstories that include – get this – intelligence and ambition (you know, like their moms). Plus, they're well-made and super-cute.

When: Plant the seed early.

Where: girlsand.co

Arrow Smart-Kart

Who: If they (or let's be honest, you) like go-carts...

What: A swanky electric-powered vehicle is loads of fun for kids but can be controlled by parents via smartphone (think emergency break, max speed).

When: Once they're no longer enthused by the battery-operated ride on.

Where: actevmotors.com

Wonderhood

Who: For the Magnatiles-obsessed...

What: Building sets created to fill the void of STEM toys geared towards girls, they inspire creativity by not coming with step-by-step instructions.

When: These provide endless entertainment, and boys love them too.

Where: wonderhoodtoys.com

Square Panda

Who: For toddlers who love video games (and the iPad)

What: This award-winning system lets you pull the old switcheroo and turn the iPad into a phonics lesson (and kids love it).

When: Start as early as age 2.

Where: squarepanda.com

Boulding Blocks

Who: If they are into hardcore Legos...

What: This perfect cube is part educational puzzle, part art, and part design – and offers kids 6+ (adults love this one too) endless building opportunities.

When: Turn that kid of yours into an architect.

Where: bouldingblocks.com

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