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Best Toys of 2013

by Charli McKenzie


1 Paint Your Own Funky Rainboots

Two of childhood’s very best features collide in one great gift that turns a craft project into fashionable puddle jumpers. Ages 4-7. | MetKids | $26.95

2 Tetris Link

The classic video game goes delightfully low-tech. It’s just a bonus that Tetris also helps kids learn about shapes, color and strategy. Ages 6 and up. | MetKids | $29.95

3 Hello Kitty Airlines Play Set

Little imaginations will take flight on this adorable jet. Includes a cute carry-on, mealtime set and a mini passport for stamping fun. Ages 4 and up. | Kohls.com | $39.99

4 Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo

Warning: Adults may find themselves sneaking into their child’s rooms to snuggle — and we don’t mean with the kiddos. Because who doesn’t want a big ol’ hug from an oversized Elmo? Ages 18 mos. - 4 years | Toys ‘R Us | $49.00

5VTech KidiJamz Studio

The perfect pick for budding DJs. With 20 songs, 10 instrument sounds and a working microphone, we’re happy to report there is also an easy-to-find off button. Ages 3 and up. | Kohls.com | $59.99

6 Doc McStuffins Deluxe Get Better Checkup Center

The Doc is in! Doc McStuffins mania may have reached its peak with this new full-sized checkup center that comes with not only every tool your little MD might need, but a play doctor’s coat, notebook and stickers galore. Ages 3 and up. | Toys ‘R Us | $64.99

7 The Very Hungry Caterpillar Rocker And Gift Set

On Saturday, the Very Hungry Caterpillar ate through a pickle, one slice of cheese and pie, but he still has energy to take some lucky kid for a ride. This one’s a splurge, but sure to make young book-lovers very happy. Ages 2 and up. | MetKids | $149.95