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13 Toys We Love for 2013

2 Jan

Our resident toy experts share their favorite new toys for 2013 and even explain why they will make for a whole new year’s worth of fun!

Nail Art Fashion Effects

Nail Art Fashion Effects

Toy Expert Susan says, “This easy-to-use set of press-on nails feature a trendy crackle design and use a water-based polish that’s easy to clean up!”

Wobble Deck Extreme

Wobble Deck ExtremeA lover of all things “toy,” Connie says, “This fun, interactive balance game keeps kids engaged, entertained, and even helps them develop balance and coordination skills!”

Candy Construction Building Kit

Candy Construction Our digital guru Chelsi loves playing with the Candy Construction Building Kit alongside her niece and nephew. She says, “It gives them the opportunity to build ‘sweet’ designs using just their imaginations or by making the ideas from the included booklet into reality!”

Squishy Science

Squishy Science Jon, our webmaster and dad of two, loves that the Squishy Science kit is equal parts gross and great for learning. The cool, squishy organs even help kids study the human body.

Light-Up Air Power Soccer Disk

Air Power Soccer DiskToy Expert Susan says, “This super-awesome hovering ‘soccer’ disk features colorful LED lights and is perfect for encouraging active play indoors and out!”

Stick & Stack Zoo Animals

Stick and Stack Zoo AnimalsAccording to new mother, Laura, these soft, engaging animals stick together with Velcro and even include chimes and rattles to engage her adorable little son.

Eco-Friendly Pink Dump Truck

Eco Friendly Pink Dump TruckToy Expert Connie, says “This truck is tough and pretty all in one! It’s even earth-friendly, since it’s made from recycled milk cartons.”

Zoo Kids Owl Rolling Luggage

Zoo Kids Owl Rolling Luggage

The loving father of 5-year-old Zoey, our designer, Van, says, “My daughter loves this suitcase. It’s easy for her to roll along, and even easy for me to carry, because it comes with an adjustable strap for me to use when she gets too tired to keep pulling.”

Lay N Go

Lay N Go Lay N Go 2

Jennifer, the loving mom to one messy boy, says, “This solution is such a lifesaver when it comes to easy LEGO clean-up! All I have to do is ‘cinch’ it all up when my son is done playing.”

Jungle Head Lamps Monkey & Frog

Jungle Head Lamps

Toy Expert Susan says, “These cute, stylish, and fun-to-wear head lamps will certainly brighten things up this year!”

Felt Mosaic

Felt Mosaic

Toy Expert Susan also loves this beautifully crafted mosaic building set and how it all stores in one box for easy clean up!

Rody Horse

(Available in both red and pink)

Rody Horse RedRody Horse Pink

Experienced mother of two, Rosanna, says “This classic toy will entertain children for hours while also helping them to learn balance and coordination.”

Lacing Pony

Lacing PonyToy Expert Connie says, “Colorful and creative, this wood-and-felt lacing toy helps children develop fine motor skills and let’s them customize their pony with colors.”

Check out what else is new to our extensive toy collection at!

More Holiday Hits for Kids

13 Dec

Have you checked your shopping list twice?

Plump up those holiday stockings with a few of these fabulous favorites from Kaplan Toys!

Wahoo Puppies™

This puppy never sheds and never gets tired! This toy promotes balance and coodination while providing hours of giggles and fun! Includes pump.

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LEGO Tipper Truck

Help the LEGO workers load the rugged Tipper Truck with rocks and haul to the construction site! This truck features a 3-way lifting function and tons of accessories.

Lego City Truck


Help Anakin Skywalker defend against the evil Sith on board the Sith Nightspeeder. Watch out for their flick-missiles! Set includes 3 minifigures: Anakin Skywalker, Asajj Ventress and Savage Opress, 4 lightsabers and weapon. Twin pods are detachable.

LEGO Sith NighspeederWobble Deck Extreme

Wobble Deck Extreme features four fun balance games that challenge the mind and body! Games include: musical statues, coordination and reaction, and memory match. Helps to develop cognitive skills.

Wobble Deck ExtremeWobble ExtremeMadame Alexander Dolls

Madame Alexander’s Favorite Friends wear the trendiest outfits and love to play and pretend. Body is crafted from child-safe vinyl with full articulation at the neck, shoulders and hips for posing.

Madame Alexander Monkey LoveBest friendz outfit

Owl Luggage

Zoo friends roll along for travel fun! Little kids will love rolling through the airport or to Grandma’s with their own Zoo Owl luggage. Sized perfectly for carry-ons and overnight trips, Zoo luggage is sturdy enough for everyday use or distant journeys.

Owl LuggageGirl with Owl Luggage

Ladybug Neckrest

Tiny travelers rest easy with cozy Zoo pals. Featuring our signature Zoo animals in plush velour, our neckrest is sized perfectly for young travelers, easy to tote along for family trips or quick jaunts. Little ones will feel at home no matter the destination, with their own Zoo pal along for the ride!

Ladybug Neckrest

Turbo Twist Car

Remote control car features bright flashing lights as it flips, twists, and spins! Contains a patented technology with 360 degree rotating front axle that allows your car flip, tumble, roll, dance & do wheelies. Each car contains 6 LED lights that change color with translucent tires/wheels that light up. Tires are made of durable translucent rubber and can be used indoor and outdoor.

Turbo Twisters CarTurbo Twisters RC

Mini Golf Course

Introduce children to an exciting new game as they learn cooperative play, increase eye-hand coordination and muscle skill. Snap-together course can be easily designed to create a variety of setups. Track walls guide the oversized ball straight to the green. Each green includes a unique slanted action for easy putting.

Par 3 Mini Golf


This ball is unlike any other! You must first put it together, and then take it apart and design something else! The inspiration for the Y-Ball® is the skeletal truncated icosahedron, an orb-like geometric figure long admired for its beauty, more commonly referred to as a soccer ball. Here are a few popular ways to use it: Use it in a creativity workshop, Use it as a meditation aid to free your mind or just PLAY with it!


Happy Holidays!

Holiday Hits for Kids

3 Dec

Need a place to start before embarking on the adventure (and the headache) of holiday shopping this season?

Why not take a look at our greatest hits?

This popular collection of gadgets, gizmos, and whozawhatsits from Kaplan Toys is sure to cause children everywhere to jump for joy! (And parents may even feel the urge to dance a little jig, because these toys are educational, too!)

#1 : LEGO®



#2: Calico Critters™


#3: ZOOB®

ZOOB® toys allow children to build open-ended, imaginative creations!



#4: Corolle Dolls



#5: Elf on the Shelf

141421a#6: Crayola®


#7: Little People


#8: Madame Alexander


Not Your Average Blocks

12 Nov

Who says blocks have to all look the same? These fun, original block sets from Kaplan Toys help children develop fine motor skills, spatial relationships and cognitive problem solving skills (not to mention — they are LOTS of fun!)

Farm Animal Stacking Blocks

Children will love to stack and create their favorite farm animal or create a new one! (Item # 30539)

Sand Blocks

This set of 8 wood-framed blocks add a new look to block play! Set includes four square and four half circle blocks with sand-filled centers. (Item #46574)


Tobbles is made up of six uniquely weighted spheres which nest inside each other. The spheres wobble, spin, wiggle and stack. Excellent for teaching balance, proportion, color, structure while encouraging sensory exploration, hand-eye coordination, and visual-spatial awareness. (Item #30572)


This building set is a perfect way to introduce children to the spatial world of angles, color matching and creative, free-play designing! The perfectly nestable design of these blocks assures that there is no wrong way to build. The easy-to-grasp form of the blocks are built out of geometric shapes that nest, stack and come to life with every colorful design created. (Item #00419)

Build a Drop

These unique circular Edu-Foam puzzle pieces with printed surfaces stir the imagination in a new, abstract way! Set contains 27 pieces. (Item #141129)

Engineering Some Technology Fun!

19 Oct

From building batteries to constructing potato clocks, this collection of technology toys is perfect for boys and girls of all ages!

K’Nex Discovery Set

Introduce children to the K’Nex spatial building system with this set of 259 K’Nex Rods and Connectors. Students can build 20 different models from color-coded building instructions or create models from their own imaginations!

Enviro Battery

Use household materials like mud, lemons, and water to light a bulb, power a watch, and activate a music chip!

Potato Clock

Generate enough electricity to run a digital clock powered by potatoes with this fun kit!

K’Nex Intro to Simple Machines: Gears

Build crank fans, egg beaters and more, while learning simple engineering concepts such as gearing up/down and increasing speed/force!


Now you can build your very own robot with a pull-back motor and eyes that light up as it rolls! Build four different designs of ZOOB-BOTS or create your own! Ideal for children 6 years and up.


Musical Toys for All Ages

28 Sep

Ring a bell, beat a bongo, or even break into song with these melodious musical instruments from Kaplan Toys!

Tag-A-Tunes Bells

Three chunky colorful bells make cheery tones by either tapping with a mallet or ringing the bells separately. Perfect for children 12 months and up.

30155 | $17.95

Big Button Sing-A-Long

Children will feel like a real singer as they pick up the microphone and sing-a-long to CD’s with this easy-to-use music machine for young children!

47989 | $108.95

Rhythm Bongos

Beat these bongos to make music of your own! Each of the two bongos in this set feature a wide, stable base with a clear top and textured swirled design. Each bongo makes a different drum tone. This set also includes a sheet of 2 songs of color coded music.

89148 | $19.95

Melody Snail

Young children will discover 8 different musical notes as they push the different colors on the snail’s back. The two straps on the back even allow it to be attached to a stroller or side of a crib.

85568 | $29.95

Mozart Magic Cube ®

Ideal for children of all ages! Create original music from 5 different instruments — French horn, flute, piano, violin and harp or play music from eight Mozart compositions. Large colorful buttons light up to the tempo of the music. Soft, rounded corners even make it easy for a baby to hold!

95882 | $34.95

Math Mayhem at Kaplan Toys!

4 Sep

From multiplication mastery to measurement magic, this kid-favorite collection of toys that teach is sure to be big hit with your child, while also helping them develop the important mathematics skills they need to succeed in school. Fair warning: These toys are so much fun, they may even ask to play with them on weekends!

Dino Math Tracks

Prehistoric pals make this award-winning math game fun! Kids roll the dice and move their dinosaurs around a delightfully illustrated game board, reinforcing counting, addition, subtraction and place value skills. Includes game board, 16 dinosaurs, cards, number die and instructions for various levels of play. For 2 to 4 players.

Item #: 22408

Price: $23.95

Learning Wrap Ups Multiplication Mastery Kit

Learn your times tables in just 10 days with this multiplication mastery kit! Set includes a workbook, Wrap-ups, and an audio CD!

Item #: 82822

Price: $19.95

Large Calculator Cash Register

Children will build basic arithmetic skills during dramatic play with this cash register! This solar-powered register even holds life-size bills. Item includes play money, plastic coins, play credit card, and activities.

Item #: 33007

Price: $39.95

Wooden Abacus

Wooden Abacus

Encouraging fine motor play while illustrating mathematical concepts with this wooden abacus!

Item #: 3636

Price: $14.95

Counting Tree

Children will start to grasp concepts of numerical value when they count the numbers of leaves and place them on the appropriate branch. Each of the four colors of leaves represents a different numeral and has the corresponding number of leaves. This tree is also durable and easy to clean. This toy is intended for children 3 years and up.

Item#: 81891

Price: $23.95

Measuring Worms

This bucket of measuring fun includes 72 squishy and colorful worms in six colors and four sizes, 1″, 2″, 3″, and 4″. Children can learn math concepts from patterning to geometry at different levels of difficulty with the included 32 double-sided activity cards.

Item #: 22371

Price: $16.95

Math Mat Challenge Game

Get kids to think on their feet! This interactive talking floor mat with fast and crazy quiz games makes learning math fun! Kids listen to the equation, do the math, and then step on the right answer. The game gets faster as their scores get higher!
Item #: 81935
Price: $39.95

Block by Block™

There are only seven pieces in this puzzle, so it should be easy. Right? Guess again! Sixty puzzle cards show 60 three-dimensional structures for players to replicate using the seven pieces. Each of the pieces, based on three or four connected cubes, is unique. Block by Block is an excellent way to develop and refine spatial perception skills. This toy is intended for children in Grade 2 and up.
Item #: 83042
Price: $14.95