Have you thought about what cool toys to get your kids, nieces, nephews, or vecinos? Have enough to do already? In this episode Latina homeschooling mom of 2, blogger, digital parenting expert, and founder of nyctechmommy, Monica Encarnacion and I share with you this holiday season’s hottest toys.
Join Janny Perez, The Latina Mom Legacy host and Monica Encarnacion as we talk toys for our annual Holiday Toy List! We'll cover our must haves this holiday season from bilingual toys, educational toys, creative toys, games, and even dolls. Plus, we'll let you know where you can get your hands on these toys and how to enter our annual giveaway. Asi que no te lo pierdas!
About Monica Encarnación
Monica Encarnacion is the author of the blog NYCTechMommy, where she writes about her family’s digital lifestyle and love of travel, and hopes to inspire families to live simple, live fun, and live life with tech.
- Former bilingual educator and technology teacher of 15+ years.
- As a digital parenting writer and freelance consultant she writes for top online publications like Common Sense Media, where she shares expert product reviews of bilingual books and apps for kids.
- She's also a lifestyle expert at Zulily and writes for Zulily's blog, The Find.
- Over the year's she's used her expertise as an educator and her experiences as a mom to collaborate with top toy brands and has written gift guides for some of her favorite toy brands including VTech.
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Bilingual Spanish Toy Recommendations:
For the retro loving mama this Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Busy Boombox is sure to bring a smile to your face and your little one's face. Smart Stages learning levels teach letters of the alphabet, counting in English and Spanish, colors, shapes, and opposites. I love that it's portable and has lots of knobs, switches, and slider that your little one can play with. It's also great because it'll grow with them. Perfect for 6 months to 36 months.
I love the Melissa and Doug Wooden Shape Sorting Grocery Cart especially for toddlers. When my daughter her favorite thing to play was grocery store. Unfortunately, we didn't have such a cool toy back then. This cart helps kids explore shapes, colors, problem-solving, imaginative play, and more with this sturdy wooden grocery cart push toy. It comes with 16-pieces including wooden cart with built-in matching game roller drum and cup holder, 2 wooden chunky puzzle boards, 12 wooden chunky shape-sorting/puzzle pieces, play coffee cup with lid. Perfect cuando vamos de compras!
The Bababoo company was created by 2 toy designers including a Latina from Uruguay that wanted to "combine playing and reading and inspire children’s imagination to live out great stories." The Tree House Play World set includes 31 pieces and provides a whole range of fun activities for little adventurers including figurines, train track, and treehouse. Perfect for ages 2 and over.The Leapfrog Magic Adventures Globe is perfect for the growing child. This interactive globe helps kids explore world geography beyond countries and their capitals. This interactive talking globe explores cultures, animals, habitats, and more through 5+ hours of BBC videos. I love that it also explores facts, has an LCD screen to display video and animations and will keep kids 5 and beyond entertained for hours.
Games & Puzzles
As a Colombian Latina mom, it's important that my Latino heritage is shared through books and toys with my daughter. As big Lego fans, the Lego Casa Madrigal 587 piece puzzle is perfect for Disney lovers, building fans, or collectors. On the outside it's the front of the house and on the inside it's more like a dollhouse with bedroooms, living room, and cocina. It also comes with 3 figurines, Abuela, Mirabel, Antonion, and Chispi. Come on Encanto fans! It's geared for children 6 and older.
My daughter was gifted the Creative Forts a couple of years ago and what a hit it was! Now the 3 in 1 Creative Fort is sure to be an even bigger hit. You won't have to use use bedsheets anymore. This all in one package is perfect for creative play. Creative Forts comes with 44 child-safe joint balls and 86 rods that simply twist and insert the rod into balls. Join together to connect to create a multitude of possible play structures. Package says 12 months and up, but I recommend for children over 4 years old.
Dominoes is such a fun game, but have you ever tried Mexican Train Dominoes? It's an opportunity to take the classic game to a next level. My daughter and I recently started playing this game and we love it. We even got my Bulgarian husband hooked. I love the carrying case so you can take it on the go or to abuela's house. Perfect for the growing child. Recommended ages 8 and up but I think you can go younger as long as they understand the rules of the game.
Charro Azteca Mexican Barbies
With a collection of Barbies representing different parts of Mexico, the Charro Azteca Barbies are sure to delight doll lovers and collectors. These hand crafted dolls come with their unique traje tipico or folkloric attire representing different parts of Mexico.
The Orijin Bees Dolls help children increase self-acceptance, love and confidence in your kids. These multicultural dolls for children represent various cultures and ethnicities. What a great way to instill kindness and affection in kids and promote representation and inclusion from an early age. The Orijin Bees dolls are eco friendly and non-toxic. Created by a couple's deep-rooted appreciation of African culture that they wanted to pass down to their daughter.
Talk about the coolest playhouse! Transform the giant Batman figure into the Bat-Tech Batcave playset with multiple levels of play. This Batman is over 33 inches tall and includes an exclusive 4” Batman action figure. This play set has various play levels including the Batcomputer an elevator to quickly move up and down the Batcave, the Armory, the Garage, Jail; and more! It also comes with over 40 phrases, sounds, and lights.
Magformers Amazing Construction 50pc Set
If your child loves construction or anything with cars, they may love the original and authentic MAGFORMERS. Build with 4 triangles, 14 squares, 3 rectangle, 2 Isosceles triangles and add construction characters, cranes, wheels, sirens and more! Your child gets to build their own construction vehicle. Great for creative play.
- by Hasbro -- Toy Foundation Toy of the Year Winner PLAYSET OF THE YEAR
ULTIMATE TOY ICE CREAM TRUCK
With this Play-Doh ice cream set, make treats with soft serve machine and scooping station, decorate with sprinkle maker, tools, and molds, and ring up customers at register.
Spark creativity with Play-Doh sets for girls and boys! This one comes with cones, dishes, stampers, molds, and other Play-Doh tools plus 12 classic modeling compound colors.
Built-in storage plus locking bin keeps it organized! Rim collects Play-Doh bits to easily sweep back into can.
Bill Nye's VR Science Kit. --- Toy Foundation Toy of the Year Winner STEAM TOY OF THE YEAR
I love this Abacus Brands Bill Nye's SCience VR Kit for making Science and STEM super fun for kids. This 50 piece set includes everything you need, like beakers, measuring cups, baking soda, paint brush and much more to dive in and experience the projects right out of the box, making it an ultimate kids VR toy set!
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox Fun Robot Building Set
If your child loves tech and loves Lego this is an awesome gift that will keep them entertained for hours. It includes 847 LEGO pieces that kids can build and rebuild into 5 cool multifunctional models including a robot, a cat, a guitar and more. It does require a tablet or phone to use as it works with the app. Get one of the best and most popular robotics toys for 7-12 year old boys and girls who love to tinker and learn about science.
If you found the blog post useful and want to see additional resources to raise bilingual Spanish children connected to their roots, see how Janny, the Latina Mom Legacy podcast host can help with more resources.