What comes between beach toy season and holiday toy season? Fall toys, of course. Even with no major holidays urging you to expand kids’ toy boxes, there are bound to be a few birthday parties or emergency “what will he play with on the airplane” purchases between September and Thanksgiving, right? So we’ve done our due diligence and scoured the internet for the best and most popular toys — so you don’t have to.
After much research (read: chasing kids around the toy store while they “test” some of these), we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the coolest toys out there for any age. From Melissa and Doug to American Girl to the next-gen Teddy Ruxpin and all the robotic wonders in between, these playthings are bound to spend very little time languishing in the toy box.
Which toys will top your favorite kids’ holiday wish lists? Only time will tell. I mean yes, OK, it’s only September, but it’s never too early to strategize, right?
A version of this article was originally published in September 2017.