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Yvolution.YVeloJrBalanceBikeY Velo Junior Balance Bike, Stage 1: Toddler (Yvolution)

  • This training bicycle helps toddlers learn how to steer and balance, while building the confidence they will need once they are ready for a more traditional bicycle with pedals.
  • Children are seated so that their legs can reach the ground comfortably. To get going, they simply walk to ride and then, eventually, run and cruise.
  • Children can easily and safely control when they stop by placing their legs firmly on the ground. A built-in steering limiter allows children to maintain control of how much they turn.
  • The Y Velo Junior Balance Bike has a single front wheel and two rear wheels, offering extra stability for early riders.  Its wide tires provide a steady ride across many terrains, taking kids from the sidewalk, to the boardwalk, to the soccer field.
  • As a child develops balance and assurance, Y Velo Junior Balance Bike grows with them. This first bike features an adjustable seat and handle bars, and it also becomes a single wheel bike when one of the rear wheels is removed.  As the child gets older, they can graduate to the larger Y Velo Balance Bike.
  • This bike has no training wheels or pedals
  • Ages: 18Mos.+ (max 40 lbs.)
  • MSRP: $59.99

rabbids.plungerblasterRabbids Plunger Blaster (McFarlane)

  • Command your wacky army of Rabbids with the Rabbids Plunger Blaster that has 15 unique Rabbids sounds: Bwaaah, burp, fart, flush, laugh, and scream your way into the unpredictable Rabbids world! Once you’ve mastered the Rabbids language, put the Plunger Blaster into prank mode and play a joke on your unsuspecting friends!
  • Ages 5+
  • MSRP:  $12.97

WickedCoolToys.VRUMVRUM (Wicked Cool Toys)

  • This is a great ride-on storage solution for families with little ones.
  • The VRUM product line will feature today’s top kids brands to include Spiderman, Ironman, DC Comics Batman, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Disney Princesses.
  • Each ride-on storage character is 18″W X 8″D X 12″H, has a dual purpose pull/carrying strap, a handle-bar for comfort and support, is safe and fun to ride, and perfect for being on-the-go.
  • Kids will love taking their favorite VRUM Ride-On Storage friends with them everywhere they go, and parents will appreciate the entire package of convenience!
  • Ages 3+,
  • MSRP $49.99

maui.wavehoopsMaui Toys Wave Hoops  (Maui Toys)

  • “Catch the Wave”. The Wave Hoop has a patented liquid core which makes hooping easier than a regular hoop.
  • Holographic colors are cool, and it’s a great fun way to be active.
  • Great for kids and adults.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP:  $4.99

InternationalPlaythings.PogoHop ’n Squeak Pogo Jumper (International Playthings)

  • Made from soft, durable foam.
  • Stretchy bungee accommodates any height and can support up to 250 pounds.
  • Built-in squeaker squeaks with every hop.
  • Pogo jumper has durable foam footholds and a comfort grip handle.
  • Great for indoor and outdoor play!
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $14.95

carrera.turnatorCarrera RC Turnator (Carrera)

  • Top speed 13mph.
  • Long 20-minute run time.
  • Charges in 80 minutes.
  • 360-degree all-around steering for precision.
  • Perform flip action stunts!
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP:  $119.99

pacificplaytents.jumpingsacksJumping Sacks (Pacific Play Tents)

  • Heavy-duty cotton canvas duct provides amazing strength and added durability for long-lasting use.
  • Gives children remarkable cognitive challenges and provides outstanding physical activity combined with cardiovascular benefits.
  • ‘Kangaroo’ front pocket can be used for games and added play value.
  • Set of four sacks with fun, bold colors, including red, blue, green, and yellow.
  • Stimulates kids’ imaginations while keeping them busy and active
  • Perfect take along for picnics, school outings, birthday parties, team building exercises, and much more!
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $59.99

nsiinternational.wubbleWubble Bubble Ball (NSI International Inc)

  • Just in time for spring and summer play, this durable lightweight real bubble ball looks and moves like a bubble but won’t pop.
  • It floats, wobbles, dribbles,jiggles and makes cool noises.
  • Kids can kick it, slam it, throw it, bounce it, smoosh it and smash it.
  • A unique thermo-stretch material makes it squishy, strong, and incredibly lightweight.
  • Use the battery operated air pump to easily inflate the wubble in two minutes.
  • Great for outdoor and indoor use.
  • Deflates quickly for easy storage.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP:  $19.99 with pump $12.99 without pump.

Hasbro.HydrostormNerf Super Soaker Hydrostorm Water Blaster (Hasbro)

  • More soakage, more distance, more power!
  • The most powerful motorized Super Soaker ever.
  • No pumping required to blast 25 ounces of water up to 30 feet. Just pull the trigger for a non-stop stream.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99

About the author

Deanna Atkins

Deanna Atkins

Deanna Atkins is the editorial assistant at Adventure Publishing Group. She helps the editorial team on leading trade magazines The Toy Book and The Licensing Book, and contributes online at,, and When she’s not trying to keep up with Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht, she can be found reviewing kids’ CDs, DVDs, and books while daydreaming about the upcoming How to Train Your Dragon sequel and reading the dictionary. Follow her on Twitter @Deeeannuh and keep up with her bi-weekly, sometimes funny commentaries on