If your child says they like a car as a gift for their birthday or other holiday, you may not be sure if they mean a handheld car or one they can get in and maneuver on their own.
Both are popular with kids. Let’s go over the handheld options first. Construction vehicles always top the bestseller list, and this year’s no different. Consider the Toystate Caterpillar Construction Mini Machine 5-Pack, which includes a dump truck, bulldozer, and more. This is one of the top vehicle toys listed online.
The Melissa & Doug Car Carrier is a unique vehicle toy because it’s a large 18-wheeler that carries four smaller cars on it – just like you’d see on the highway when new cars are being shipped to a dealership!
Cars aren’t the only kind of vehicle that your child can hold and play with, though. The Battat Take Apart Airplane ranks high on the bestseller list for toy vehicles. Your child can disassemble it and then reassemble the plane for fun play!
There are other planes ranking well too – such as the Fisher-Price Little People Lil' Movers Airplane and the Disney PLANES Figure Play Set, which includes Dusty, Ripslinger, Bulldog, Ishani, Rochelle and El Chupacabra.
Cars and planes are two types of vehicles that will always be popular, but don’t forget ships! Fisher-Price Disney's Jake and The Never Land Pirates - Jake's Musical Pirate Ship Bucky is ranked really well online – and customers love how durable and interactive this toy is.
Don’t forget the RC versions of toys you can get. In addition to popular RC helicopters, there’s a new brand of RC toy called the Kid Galaxy Morphibians. These work on pavement, dirt and sand, or water – and you can get them as a shark, gator, killer whale, stingray or other versions.
The odyssey flying toys like the New Odyssey Lily Ball UFO with Gyro are great toys for 14 - 15 year old kids. This UFO comes equipped with LED lights to give it a real UFO look and for night time flying.
Of course, there are other more traditional RC cars you can look into that rate high, including the Maisto R/C Rock Crawler – which have excellent capability for off-roading maneuvers.
Robotic toy pets are never going to be exactly the same as a real pet, but with the advancements in technology, and the reality of robotic pets, you may be pleasantly surprised by the positive outcome and response from your child. We have more information on robotic toy pets here.
If your child wants to find something good to ride in or on this year, then consider the PlasmaCars that are available in different colors – and don’t require any motors or power to have fun!
There are tons of ride on toys – from those suitable for a tiny toddler to those perfect for older kids who can handle motorized power and faster capabilities. You need to choose carefully, as your child grows out of the popular Little Tykes Cozy Coupe to something like the Razor Dune Buggy that reaches speeds of up to 10 mph.
Whenever you’re buying ride on toys, whether it’s a vehicle or something like a pogo stick or roller skates, make sure you invest in a safety helmet, knee pads and elbow pads so that your child doesn’t get hurt.
Children get a thrill out of copying and imitating the grown up actions of their parents. In particular (it would seem), anything that could be deemed dangerous is definitely on their radar. Luckily, what better way for your children to express their pent up energy and desire to be just like their parents than with the ability to drive their own car, pilot their own plane, or even sail their own ship?
Remote control toys (aka: rc toys) boast a huge fan base from the dedicated hobbyist who spend thousands per year towards their hobby of choice, to those just starting out or simply looking for a less complicated, less expensive alternative. With a huge range of RC toys available, it's easy to find one perfectly suited for either you or your child, that will potentially captivate their interests for years to come.
When choosing your RC vehicle, it's important to recognise the difference between the various types of RC toys including those designed for serious hobbyists, more advanced skill levels and those which are suitable to your child. Hobby grade RC toys typically are very expensive and require a massive amount more maintenance, time and skill than even many adults can cope with.
Toy grade RC toys typically cost much less, are far less complicated and often designed with your child in mind. In addition, assembly is typically not required and the amount of maintenance required is minimal, making them perfect for your child.
It's best to think about the controller when purchasing your RC toy. The last thing you want is for your new boat at the bottom of the lake, or plane stuck in the top of a tree, so keep controllers simple when choosing your new RC toy. The best style of starter controller would be one equipped with basic left, right, forward, back functionality in the form of sticks.
Controllers can vary depending on the vehicle and can range from the standard buttons or sticks to even a 'pistol' style. It's also a good idea to remember that helicopters and airplanes are typically much harder to handle than their land based counterparts, although smaller indoor helicopters can be purchased.
Think about the space available to you, when buying your new RC toy. The last thing you want is to buy a brand new RC plane and not have anywhere to fly it, or a boat with nowhere to sail. Take into account what space you have freely available to you, to use your new RC toy.
If you plan on using your new toy indoors, you may want to take a look at an RC hovercraft or even robots that stay in a small area and perform tricks without requiring a large, open space.
Thinking about your child's patience may also be a good idea when selecting your new RC toy. If a long wait is frequently required whilst the battery recharges, your child might lose interest and become bored, something we want to avoid at all costs. Battery run time's are normally displayed in the item description or on the packaging and longer run times can be expected with less intensive or fast vehicles.