The best toys for kids in 2020, according to kids

Tanya Edwards
·4 min read
Best toys for kids, according to kids
Be sure to check Santa's "nice list" for the holidays! Here are the best toys for kids, according to kids. (Photo: Getty Images)

The holidays are somehow almost here, and in these stressful times, a lot of us are looking forward to a little normalcy and celebrations at year’s end. And what better way to feel good as a family than watching the kids rip the paper off their presents?

If you’re a busy parent (find us a parent that isn’t busy!), you might not be sure what the most wanted toys are this year, so we talked to kids of all ages (and their parents) for what’s on their “nice list” this holiday season, and we shared their classic and surprising toy asks below.

LEGO Classic Bricks and Plates

LEGO Classic Bricks and Plates. (Photo: Walmart)
LEGO Classic Bricks and Plates. (Photo: Walmart)

As one of the most asked for gifts for decades, this epic free building kit from LEGO will have your little ones overflowing with ideas and challenge their imagination. Open ended construction toys stimulate creativity and problem solving, and did we mention how much fun executing their own concepts can be?

The Animal, Interactive Unboxing Toy Truck with Retractable Claws and Lights and Sounds

The Animal, Interactive Unboxing Toy Truck with Retractable Claws and Lights and Sounds. (Photo: Walmart)
The Animal, Interactive Unboxing Toy Truck with Retractable Claws and Lights and Sounds. (Photo: Walmart)

If your kids love big noises and lots of power, let them release the beast with this interactive truck that actually breaks out of its own package with a roar! This wild toy brings big fun by transforming from a truck to a wild beast with retractable claws, glowing red eyes and powerful noises.

Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven Baking Star Edition

Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven Baking Star Edition. (Photo: Walmart)
Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven Baking Star Edition. (Photo: Walmart)

Keep young aspiring bakers busy with this classic, which is a perfect transition from playing with pretend food to helping in the kitchen. Easy-Bake works just how you remember, from spooning the dough into a mini baking pan, to sliding it through to bake and the final, tiny sweet treat that comes out the other side.

Little Live Pets Gotta Go Flamingo

Little Live Pets Gotta Go Flamingo. (Photo: Walmart)
Little Live Pets Gotta Go Flamingo. (Photo: Walmart)

This wacky and fun flamingo named Sherbert is interactive, and your child will love talking to it and making it wiggle and dance. You can also feed the hot pink bird his favorite food, for a giggle-worthy good time.

Bruder Caterpillar Small Excavator

Bruder Caterpillar Small Excavator. (Photo: Bruder)
Bruder Caterpillar Small Excavator. (Photo: Bruder)

“Anything Bruder,” says 3-year-old Graydon’s mom Lindsey. He’s very focused, she says, on “the new Bruder excavator,” which has big, powerful rubber tires, making it great on hard surfaces or for digging in the dirt.

BlissLights Sky Lite Laser Star Projector

BlissLights Sky Lite Laser Star Projector. (Photo: Urban Outfitters)
BlissLights Sky Lite Laser Star Projector. (Photo: Urban Outfitters)

“She’s all about galaxy lights for doing TikToks,” says Cheryl, mom of Cadence, 13, who is on trend with her holiday wish for a fun projector. Project a swirl of stars and auroras on your ceiling and walls for a cool background for making videos, or to soothe your little ones to sleep.

Star Wars the Child Animatronic Edition

Star Wars the Child Animatronic Edition. (Photo: Hasbro, Inc.)
Star Wars the Child Animatronic Edition. (Photo: Hasbro, Inc.)

Baby Yoda is still a thing with kids of all ages, and this interactive toy has all the sounds and movements they know from the show. Want to see him use The Force? Just pat his head three times and he’ll raise his arm and close his eyes to release The Force just for you.

Driven by Battat Jumbo Crane Truck

Driven by Battat Jumbo Crane Truck. (Photo: Driven by Battat)
Driven by Battat Jumbo Crane Truck. (Photo: Driven by Battat)

“Whoa, big truck!,” says JP, the 2-year-old son of Yahoo Life’s beauty director Dana Oliver. According to Dana, her toddler currently loves all things construction. “He’s obsessed with pointing out the differences between crane, excavator, bulldozer and dump trucks. This larger-than-life toy truck features a crane that he can crank up and down, tiny storage compartments for his countless blocks and even flashing lights and horn sounds that he can turn on and off… sometimes to my dismay. Still, I love watching his mind work as he tinkers around with this toy.”

Kiwi Doodle Crate

Kiwi Doodle Crate. (Photo: Kiwi Co.)
Kiwi Doodle Crate. (Photo: Kiwi Co.)

Nine-year-old Harper’s mother told us, “She’s all old and cool, so, it’s more about projects than toys! She gets Kiwi Crates for crafts and she loves them.” KiwiCo. crates offer a monthly subscription service that sends an age appropriate project for your kids to complete. Recent projects include a succulent garden made of felt and handmade soap, so fun!

The Kids Craft DIY Crafts Kit Box

The Kids Craft DIY Crafts Kit Box. (Photo: Etsy)
The Kids Craft DIY Crafts Kit Box. (Photo: Etsy)

This fun crafts kit box comes with everything a budding visual artist needs to foster creativity and problem solving —they’ll build a hot air balloon, lace up rainbows, make their own bracelets and much more with this cheery kit.

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