Top Imagination-Inspiring Toys for 2012

Boy with a fire truck toy
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Boon Inc.’s GLO
There are no words for how insanely cool this GLO is at Boon Inc. gave this sleek, modern night light a genius element of play; when the three glowing spheres are removed from their stands, they become portable nightlights, allowing your tot to play a game of glow-in-the-dark catch, or become an astronaut who gets to sleep among the planets. Your toddler’s imagination will know no boundaries with this glowing wonder.

Tegu Magnetic Blocks
Blocks are, hands down, a timeless play piece; but the environmentally and philanthropically minded company Tegu upped the ante on traditional building blocks. Wooden, colorful, and magnetic, these blocks let your child channel their inner architect, building any structure they dream of. In addition to these awesome pieces, Tegu has added magnetic wheels to their collection too, giving vehicle creations mobility. Check out these amazing sets at, you won’t be disappointed.

Sail Boats by TWEET
Handmade from wood, fabric, and a healthy dose of whimsy, these sail boats will take you back to the days of floating paper boats down canals while imagining you were aboard a ship with Moby Dick. You had so much fun then, and by making a visit to TWEET at, you’re one step closer to letting magical little sail boats transform your toddler into a captain, a pirate, a mermaid, or a fisherman.

Cardboard Houses
A few years ago, Italian children’s designer Nume introduced their line of cardboard houses by allowing people to come use their creativity to personalize and decorate their own house. What better way to explore self expression by allowing your little one to draw on his or her own palace? Cardboard houses are catching, and with new structure designs like castles and astronomy towers, like the ones at, will spark your child’s creativity like never before.

Pizza Parlor
You really must go to to see this adorable pizza kit. Made out of 100 percent recycled milk cartons, this kit contains everything from crusts, toppings, sauce, and a pizza box. It’s everything your little one needs to open up a pizzeria and to start creating one-of-a-kind combinations.

There you have it – five for 2012 – toddler toys that take imaginative play back to the core of simplicity and fun.

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Top Imagination-Inspiring Toys for 2012

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  1. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    Interesting list. We’ll see if we can get her any on the list. We are eyeing on cloth books. She loves books but has tendency as well to tear them apart.

  2. Profile photo of Heatherly Heatherly says:

    Interesting names for these toys! We like Thomas the Tank Engine wooden trains too.


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