Best Toys for Girls 2011

Best Toys for Girls 2011

Each year during the holidays and for special occasions, parents and grandparents alike go in search for the perfect gift for the young ladies in their lives.

Use the following list to save you some time and a potential  headache as you start shopping for the girls on your list this holiday season.

1. Crayola Model Magic Jewelry Studio

Crayola Model Magic Jewelry Studio
Every girl loves to wear jewelry, so what better toy than one that allows her to custom-make her own accessories? The Crayola Model Magic Jewelry Boutique gives the user all the tools needed to create beautiful, “hand-made” jewelry.

Little ones tart by forming unique charms and beads using Crayola’s Model Magic, and then use the included jewelry spinner to string the resulting pieces into a wearable bracelet or necklace. Perfect for making personalized gifts for friends, the system is ideal for children ages 6 and older.

2. Cloud b Twilight Constellation Night Light, Turtle

Cloud b Twilight Constellation Turtle
Ease your little girl into a dreamy sleep with the Twilight Constellation Night Light of the Turtle design made by Cloud b. Each plush, stuffed Twilight Turtle features a hand painted soft plastic shell for a naturalistic design.

Place this nightlight turtle in a dark room to project a room filled with star designs that include the Big Bear and Big Dipper. Along with the soft turtle, which is appropriate for ages 3 and up, you’ll receive a colorful Start Guide and storybook that explains the life of Twilight Turtle.

3. Kidkraft Suite Elite Kitchen


Kidkraft presents the Suite Elite Kitchen, a retro-style miniature kitchen that will rival the play kitchens of little girls everywhere. Your little chef will love using her refrigerator, microwave, and oven that each opens just like the real thing to prepare and store her play food items.

An actual chalkboard on the refrigerator allows her to jot down her ‘grocery list,’ while the realistic touch pad on the microwave will encourage her imagination. The stove features two raised burners as well as functional knobs. As a parent, you will love the durability of the unit; made from solid wood, it is built to withstand years of use.

4. LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet (Pink)

LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet
LeapFrog introduces its Pink LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet inspired by the popular electronic tablets used by adults. This child-sized tablet has all the bells and whistles of the adult version, including 2GB of memory, a 5-inch touch screen and a built-in camera that doubles as a video recorder.

However, the main focus of this kid-friendly tablet is its educational value, which is why you will find more than 100 available cartridge games and built-in apps such as Art Studio and Story Studio. Encourage your child to learn with the game-like approach provided through the LeapPad curriculum which is age-appropriate for children 4 to 9 years old.

For more information please check our detailed review of LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet

5. Barbie – The Princess

Barbie - The Princess
Dolls attract the attention of all girls, and one in particular — Barbie steals the show every single time. The latest creation of Mattel is the Transforming Barbie Princess Blair featured in the Barbie Charm School animated film. Unlike traditional Barbie dolls, Princess Blair’s appearance can be transformed right before your little girl’s very eyes. With the push of a button on her back, her skirt shortens as well as lengthens.

Instead of a cloth top, Princess Blair’s blouse is a clip-on plastic piece that easily pops on and off. Her legs are made for posing, so your child can transform the Barbie into the different poses as seen in the film. Princess Blair Barbie is safe for ages 3 and up.

6. Sesame Street Let’s Rock Elmo


If the young lady in your life a huge fan of Sesame Street’s Elmo (as many are), then the Sesame Street Let’s Rock Elmo is a must-have this holiday season. This version of Elmo features all the tools for rocking out the crowds including a microphone, a tambourine, and a two-drum set.

Battery-operated Sesame Street Let’s Rock Elmo ‘magically’ identifies what object to play when equipped with each one. Sporting a cool rocker-inspired concert shirt, Elmo sings six different songs. Let’s Rock Elmo is appropriate for ages 18 months and up.

7. Barbie Pink 3-Story Dream Townhouse


Another Barbie dream toy for every little girl is the Barbie Pink 3-Story Dream Townhouse. Featuring intricately decorated rooms including an outdoor patio with a functional Jacuzzi and even a working manual elevator, this Barbie Townhouse is amazing.

The 2 ½-foot tall doll house comes with more than 55 home décor accessories such as a flat screen TV with remote. Barbie’s Dream Townhouse even has battery-powered lights in the chandeliers, refrigerator and tiki torches, as well as sounds in some parts of the townhouse. The special girl on your list will no doubt spend hours on end prancing her Barbies through the high-end play town house intended for ages 3 and up.

 8. Fisher-Price Barbie Grow With Me 1,2,3 Roller Skates


Fisher-Price and Mattel have combined forces to create the Grow With Me 1,2,3 Roller Skates in bold pink. Teach your child, age 2 and up, how to roller skate using the quad-style skates. She can even wear the skates over her regular shoes for ease and comfort.

The 1,2,3 feature on these skates indicates the different settings from level one where the wheels are locked so the child can learn to move on them to stage two where the wheels only move forward. Once she is comfortable with these levels, she can graduate to level three where she can move as she pleases.

 9. Vtech – Kidizoom Spin & Smile Digital Camera – Pink


Vtech’s Kidizoom Spin and Smile Digital Camera in Pink will turn your little princess into a snazzy photographer. In fact, you may want to borrow it for yourself! Featuring 2.0 megapixels, 4x zoom, video recording with sound and a self-timer, this camera is perfect for beginner photographers.

The camera has round rubber grips on the sides to help your little one keep a handle on the unit. Designed for the young user, the camera also has five games, a rotating lens for self portraits, and the ability to add visual effects as well.

 10. Orb Factory Sticky Mosaics: Jewelry Box


Give your child a functional as well as decorative toy with the Orb Factory’s Sticky Mosaics Jewelry Box. A fully assembled box comes unadorned with a butterfly stencil. Decorate the box by affixing more than 1000 self-adhesive shimmery foil and shiny gems to the numbered mosaic squares of the butterfly.

Ideal for ages 5 and up, your child will have a blast with this arts and crafts project that she’ll be able to use for years to store her treasures and pieces of jewelry.

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