To show off some of the absolute best deals available this holiday season, Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht dropped by the Today Show for some serious playtime with hosts Kathie Lee and Hoda along with some small, but very special, guests. You don’t want to miss out on gifting these fabulous toys!

Dynacraft.MinionsCoupeMinions 6V Rocket Car (Dynacraft)

  • Minions fans can zip around the neighborhood in this Minions 6-Volt Speed Coupe.
  • This 6V ride-on comes equipped with a sound equipped horn and Minions graphics.
  • Don’t miss out on this great holiday item for your child!
  • Ages: 3 to 8
  • MSRP: $149



Yummy Nummies Sundae Maker (Blip Toys)

  • Yummy Nummies Mini Kitchen Playset – Sundae Maker includes: 1 playset, 1 kitchen magic tray, 1 instruction sheet, 2 strawberry ice cream flavor packets, 1 fudge glaze packet, 1 sprinkles packet, 2 spoons, 1 measuring scoop, 1 dropper, 1 mixing bowl, and 2 sundae dishes.
  • Disposable cooking utensils for easy clean-up
  • Makes 8 Mini Sundaes!
  • Delicious strawberry ice cream flavor.
  • Decorate with fudge and sprinkles!
  • No freezing required!
  • Food made in USA
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $ 19.99

BridgeDirect.StrawberryShortcakeToddlerDollStrawberry Shortcake Toddler Doll Gift Set (The Bridge Direct)

  • This Strawberry Shortcake doll & toddler dress gift set is a great gift for your little Strawberry Shortcake fan!
  • The set includes Sweet Beats Strawberry doll in her rock star fashion and a matching toddler dress that fits sizes 2 to 4T.
  • With multi layer skirt and sequined bodice, as well as arm/leg warmers, this pretend play dress lets your little one relive Strawberry’s on-stage performances as part of the Sweet Beats Band.
  • Only available at Toys R Us.
  • Ages: $3+
  • MSRP: $49.99

56035 Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck OOP 2Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck (Moose Toys) 

  • The Shopkins family is growing with all new Season 3 characters and playsets!
  • Kids can wheel around their Shopkins friends on-the-go with the new Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck.
  • The Ice Cream Truck has a ton of secret storage compartments and fun places to display their collections.
  • Kids can grow their collection with exclusive Shopkins characters and new exclusive shopping bags.
  • The Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck promises imaginative and engaging play.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $19.99

Sky Sprinter Roller Coaster Building Set (K’NEX)KNEX.SkySprinterRollerCoaster

  • KNEX’s tallest Roller Coaster ever!
  • Build with 797 K’NEX pieces including classic rods, classic connectors, and track!
  • Use the included blaster motor to shoot the red coaster car to a height of 7 feet!
  • Then watch it wind it’s way down the track to complete it’s journey!
  • For more fun, download instructions for an exclusive 2nd coaster.
  • Models can be built one at a time.
  • Requires 3 “C” batteries (not included).
  • Rods and connectors Made in the USA.
  • Ages 9+.
  • MSRP: $129.99

Wind Power V3Wind Power 2.0 Science Experiment Kit (Thames & Kosmos)

  • Build wind-powered generators to energize your electric vehicles and charge your rechargeable batteries!
  • The wind spins the turbine, which turns an electric generator, which in turn charges your rechargeable AA batteries (not included).
  • You can then use those wind-charged batteries to power the model vehicles you build.
  • The six models include a glider, sail car, jet car, tractor, racecar, and tricycle.
  • This kit includes two styles of wind turbine blades and a gearbox with three different gear ratios for experimenting.
  • You can adjust the angle and number of wind turbine blades to make best use of the wind, to make the LED light up brightly, and to charge the rechargeable battery as fast as possible.
  • Explore this amazing, free source of renewable energy and store the electricity you generate for use in practical applications!
  • 40-page color instruction book. 133 building pieces.
  • Recipient of the Dr. Toy Best Green Toy Award.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $49.99

Storybook Pillow (Blip Toys)Blip.StorybookPillow

  • The Storybook Pillow is where bedtime and story time become one!
  • Soft full-color pages tell your favorite licensed stories and the fluffy pillow material makes it great for sleepovers, naptime, travel, and playtime.
  • The Storybook Pillow is great for reading as a family during story time or for young readers who are just learning.

kuriosmart_blue_kdinteractive_01Kurio Xtreme 2™ featuring Kurio Motion 2.0 (KD Interactive)

  • Kurio Xtreme 2 is the safest, most fun, full-featured Android™ tablet built especially for kids!
  • It combines a modern, sleek design, and the most advanced tablet technology with a kid-tough bumper and shatter-proof screen protector, so it’s built to withstand even the most extreme play.
  • Includes 18 exclusive Kurio Motion body-movement-controlled games that will have kids up off the couch—running, jumping and dancing in front of their tablets.  All-new Kurio Motion 2.0 multiplayer games let kids play cooperatively and competitively in playground games like baseball and tug of war, and extreme sports like rafting and paragliding.
  • Xtreme 2 is fully loaded with more than 60 apps (a $300 value) for out-of-the-box play, and with parents’ permission, kids can access millions more apps through the Google Play store.
  • Includes a free lifetime subscription to Kurio’s robust parental controls and Kurio Genius internet filtering system, which is updated daily.  Parents can set time controls, manage apps and determine web access for up to eight user profiles.
  • Also includes Kurio SOS, Kurio’s live, instant 24/7 customer care service that offers free, unlimited live chat sessions with a tech expert—and Kurio’s technicians can actually remotely takeover the device and resolve any issues that may arise.
  • Xtreme 2 also has a kickstand built in, and can connect to the family TV through the HDMI port.
  • Available in blue at retailers nationwide.  A pink edition will be available exclusively at Toys“R”Us stores and
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $129.99

Sky Viper HD s670 Stunt Drone (Skyrocket Toys)


  • Got a need for speed? Then the Sky Viper s670 Stunt Drone is your drone of choice!
  • With high-performance speeds of up to 16 MPH, the Sky Viper s670 Stunt Drone is fast, agile, and extremely durable.
  • Soar through the skies or navigate indoors. Flying the Sky Viper s670 Stunt Drone is easy!
  • The Sky Viper One-touch Stunt Button performs barrel rolls on-demand and in multiple directions!
  • The drone’s Four-Blade Advantage maximizes the drone’s stability to combine swiftness with precision piloting.
  • Adjustable sensitivity allows pilots of all levels to experience the maximum in control and precision!
  • The SkyViper s670 is built to last. Its super-tough Duraflex frame is designed to be strong enough to withstand nearly any flight sustained impact!
  • The quick-charge 350 mAh 3.7V LiPo battery helps the drone spend more time in the air and less time on the ground attached to a charger.
  • Explore the skies with a long range spread spectrum transmission of up to 200 feet away.
  • Ages: 12+
  • MSRP: $49.99

About the author

Christopher Braun

Christopher Braun

Christopher Braun is the editorial assistant at Adventure Publishing Group. He is a recent transplant from Ohio, and spends the bulk of his free time reading, running and exploring his new home in New York. When he’s not at home or in the office, he’s on a park bench somewhere, enjoying fresh air with his nose deep in a novel or magazine. With a lifelong interest in literature and art, Christopher loves any toy that helps kids share their creativity and imagination with family and friends. He thinks coloring books and crayons are necessary for a fulfilling life and no home is too small for a craft closet. To keep up with Christopher, follow him on Twitter @chrisjamesbraun.