Top Toy Trends For This Summer

What are some toys and games that you and your little ones will be excited to get your hands on this summer?

Adrienne Appell, toy trends expert and spokesperson for the Toy Industry Association (Inc.) (TIA), provided us with the inside scoop on the best “Little Learners” toys that were showcased at the Toy Fair 2012 event at the NYC Jacob Javits Center in February.


Roll N Play by Think Fun

First ever game for baby!  The plush colorful die matches a color card, which lets you know the simple activity to perform: “Make a happy face”, “Moo like a cow”.  The open ended play allows your child to shine, supports development, and introduces play patterns.

Ideal for ages 18 months and up


GeoSafari Planetary Mat by Educational Insights 


This mat is a fun, interactive way to learn about the planets in our Solar System.  When kids step on certain areas they get fun facts (example: What your weight on the moon is).  It also quizzes your child on the facts they’ve learned.  The planetary mat is an exciting way to initiate active, educational play.

For grade levels: 3, 4, 5 and up


National Geographic Line: Dinopedia Globe by Uncle Milton 








The Dinopedia Globe comes with a light-up T-Rex skull holder.  You child will discover and learn where dinosaurs grew up on earth.  It also includes a magnifier for close-up viewing.

For ages 3 years and up


Slime and Polymer Lab by Young Scientist Club 






This Ms. Frizzle science kit takes your child on a journey with The Magic School Bus as they explore slime and polymers.  Your ‘Young Scientist’ can make slime, goop, produce a snow eruption, and much, much more!  He or she will learn about creating and recording experiments with the 20 colorful experiment cards and a data notebook for writing down observations.

For ages 5 years and up

These products in the “Little Learners” category build cognitive and developmental skills at a very early age, transforming your little ones into well-rounded, lifelong learners.

Adrienne also shared with us more 2012 toy trends that fall under other categories, including: glow in the dark or light-up toys, musical toys that engage children from infants to teens, and toys that work with smart devices and apps; all of which provide your child with a more well-rounded learning experience, as the school year comes to a close.

For more information about toy trends from NYC Toy Fair 2012, please visit

Toy Industry Association™, Inc. (TIA) is the not-for-profit trade association for producers and importers of toys and youth entertainment products sold in North America.