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Hottest toys 2009

Melissa Chapman and her brood of three live in the urban concrete jungle of NYC. She writes Kids in the City Kids in the City a weekly column and blog for the Staten Island Advance, contributes to SheKnows, Time Out NY Kids Time Out N...

Top toys for Christmas

Are you looking for the hottest toys this Christmas?With Black Friday literally days away if you're a mom, you're probably making your list and checking it twice to ensure you get your kids toys they'll actually play with rather than smile at and proceed to shove in the back of their overstuffed closets never to be heard or seen from again. Well not to worry; we've combed through all the countless dolls and board games to bring you a list of our hottest toys for 2009. Just don't forget to print this list out before you embark on your holiday shopping spree.

Top toys for ChristmasToys for kids two to four years old

Pet Care Center: This bright colored plastic pet carrier perfectly stores Melody, a cuddly and huggable plush puppy and her accessories. Kids can feed her, listen to her heart, trim her nails, and give her cuddles and when they open the pet carrier door they’ll hear Melody's theme song.

Miss Brittany's Organic Fun Dough: Little kids love to make stuff with play dough and this kit has everything they need including; three 7 oz containers of fun dough, a 100% organic toddler apron featuring the logo "Organically Awesome!", a child sized made in the U.S.A. wood rolling pin, and four made in the U.S.A. wooden shape stampers.  The dough not only smells really good but is also 100 percent organic and chemical free!

UNO Moo!™: This game features simplified UNO® game play and 28 adorable farm animal figures.  The object is to be the first to get rid of all your barnyard animals by matching colors and figures to get your animals in the barn.  When the players are down to one figure – they must yell “UNO Moo!”  The first player to successfully move all of their barnyard animals into the barn wins!  The game comes in a barn-designed case, which doubles as storage, and is equipped with a handle.

DJ’s Sing-A-Long Keyboard: With this keyboard kids can play four instruments and hear different sounds like; the flute, whistle, guitar and saxophone. When they press all the keys they’ll even hear one of the Baby Genius characters, DJ’s, hilarious giggly laugh! And they can also record their masterpiece to play back and hear again and again.

Colonial Candle nightlights: These unique nightlights featuring designs like; a Yellow Ducky Night Light, 1-2-3 Lift Off! Rocket Shimmer Night Light and Enchanted Princess will assuage any child’s fears of the dark, with their whimsical designs.

Find out here what toys boost your child's creativity.

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