Top Trends in Toys This Holiday: Learning and Creativity!

The following is a sponsored post. While I was compensated for it, the thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own and in no way were influenced by the company. 

Do you know what I love more than a toy that promotes learning and creativity? Not much. In fact, we worked hard to be sure that the things under our tree will provide months and even years of discovery and fun -- the kind that will build a valuable foundation for future knowledge!

We tapped zulily’s resident toy expert Kenji Yoshinari for a list of trends to keep in mind as you scour the zulily Toy Shop for the perfect gifts that will both entertain and educate your child this season. Kenji’s tips are: 
  • Use the Force to make sure you give the hottest toys! With the upcoming December 18th premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’re sure Star Wars toys and apparel will be flying off the shelves this holiday season. Make sure to purchase early so you don’t miss out!
  • Look out for open-ended building toys. Giving kids the opportunity to let their imagination run wild and not be constrained by instruction manuals is the heart of this hot trend.
  • Switch from STEM to STEAM. Adding the ART component to STEM gives you more ways to introduce creativity and fun to your children’s world of educated play.
  • Customize Your Play! Make the play experience meet who your child is – from personalized rockers and ride-ons, to a doll that looks just like your child.

In additoin, Retro, classic play remains a top trend. Brands and toys that bring back memories of days gone by are at the top of everyone’s list this season. Do you remember your first learning toy? Wouldn't it be cool to gift a newer version of that same play experience to your own kids. (Or even gift to YOURSELF?)

We are also thrilled to see so many breakout toys this year (new to the market for the first time, in many cases!). Our faves include:
  • TEGU Classroom Kit – combine art and education for a great gift. Green Toys – teach your child to care for the environment with these eco-friendly toys. They are easy to maintain, dishwasher safe and don’t require batteries. 
  • Build-Your-Own (Customizable) 18” Dolls from Madame Alexander – Customizable and hands-on building, this toy covers off on two top toy trends! 
  • Razor Crazy Cart Spinning Go Kart & JoyBay Pink Swing Car – These toys are perfect for kids on the go. 
  • FINIS Mermaid Swim Fin – a fin-tastic choice for kids who love the water!
What fun learning toys will Santa bring you this year? Be sure to check out Zulily for those last-minute requests. And shop through the New Year for awesome selection and great savings on high-quality items for the entire family!