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