Explorer Express (Discovery Toys) is a soft, colorful playset with ten different pieces. The two to five year old can create their own activities while developing language and motor skills $29.98. 800-426-4777.
Follow the Lights Keyboard (Mattel) is a colorful, easy to use large keyboard to help your 18 months to five year old learn music. This keyboard will grow with the child as will their love of music. $30 /800-524- TOYS.
Sesame Street Wooden Railway (Strombecker-Tootsie) A complete wooden layout plus some of the favorite characters of the ever popular show will provide long lasting dramatic play for 3 to 6 year olds. $50 / 800-944-TOYS.
Puzzle Truck (Darda/Heroes) A bright wooden puzzle of basic shapes within the truck are a great value for 2 to 8. $35/ 800-638- 1470.
Toobers & Zots (Hands On Toys) Bright colored foam tubes bend with the child's imagination for young builders 3 to 7. $30/ 800-500-4699.
LapTop Smarts (Tiger) Educational value and many activities for 6 to 10 including math, reading and puzzles. $50/ 708-913-8100. Action Strike Bowling (Today's Kids) A great way to get exercise and improve coordination for a group of 3 to 6 year olds. $26/ 800-258- TOYS.
Megascope (Wild Planet) Your young naturalist 5 to 10 will enjoy using this combination telescope and microscope to closely examine the great outdoors. $18/800-247-6570.
Baby So Beautiful (Playmates) A great value of a doll that will provide 3 to 8 year olds a chance to nurture and express a lot of affection. $20/714- 739-1929.
Sand Expressions (Crescent Cardboard Co) Children 5 to 12 can learn to express themselves by making something of lasting use like the map of the USA that can be framed. $15/800-595-5544.
These are great gifts not only for the holidays,but will give your child the extra benefit year-round of having new gifts that encourage active, educational and creative activities. For specifics on the entire "100 Best Children's Products" please refer to "Dr. Toy's Guide" on the Internet (http://www.drtoy/com/). Happy holidays and let's play!
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