With the holidays near, kids’ wish lists are starting to fill up — fast. But with all the games, puzzles, dolls, action figures and STEM toys out there, you might be struggling to narrow down your shopping list to the very best gifts for the special kid in your life. That’s where Walmart’s Top Holiday Toys list comes in. Like Amazon’s highly anticipated toy list, Walmart makes its own predictions for the holiday season’s must-have toys each year. And just like we do at the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Little Lab, Walmart has real kids test the toys too, so you can be sure you’re getting something that has a special sign off by toddlers, tweens or teens themselves.
Below, you’ll find our favorite selections on Walmart’s 2021 list (to see the full list, head over to Walmart’s site). And consider yourself warned: A lot of the items on this list are already selling out pretty quickly, so if you see something you like — grab it now!
If you’re looking for more kid-tested, parent-approved toys, make sure to check out Good Housekeeping‘s list of the best new toys of 2021, as well as our lists of age-by-age toy recommendations. You can also look back at our 2021 Toy Awards to see the best of the best from this year’s toy tests.
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4-In-1 Ultimate Learning Bot
This toy comes in three pieces, which can played with on their own or stacked together to make a robot! Either way, kids will be delighted with over 120 songs, sounds and phrases about letters, numbers, shapes and colors.
Hover Pup Dance and Follow Learning Toy
With a push of a button, this pup will start to move and light up, encouraging gross motor skills. What’s really neat is that the toy has a motion sensor, which helps the puppy avoid obstacles and stop moving when picked up.
This kit comes with two pounds of sand and over 10 tools that kids can use on the sand to mix, shape, scoop and squeeze.
“Extra” Doll and Vanity Playset
Older kids and tweens will especially love this set that features a working mirror and lights. Along with the doll, it comes with over 45 accessories, including a rolling clothing rack, hangers, hair extensions and clothing.
Megalodon Monster Wash
Just like a real car wash, the color-changing truck will go through a power wash, cleaning brushes and spin dry with this three-foot-long megaset.
Kids will learn how to be their baby’s top doctor as they care for her as she actually sneezes and moves her hands. Her forehead will even light up if she has a fever.
This best-selling easel has a magnetic dry-erase and chalkboard surfaces. It will encourage their imaginations, spelling and numbers.
‘Raya and The Last Dragon’ Color Splash Toy
Kids can dip the dolls in warm water to see fun color reveals for Raya’s shirt and Sisu’s body. Sisu’s tail is also two feet long and her tail sways back and forth.
Galaxy Explorers Mega Mystery Rocketship
As a Walmart Exclusive, this Ryan’s World toy features lights and realistic rocketship sounds. Of course, in true Ryan’s World fashion, it comes with over 15 hidden surprises.
Tie-Dye Deluxe 22-Piece Styling Head
Little ones can create their own tye-died scrunchies and ribbons for Barbie, then style her hair with the fun accessories they created.
Sweet Jammiecorn Interactive Plush
This unicorn will make fun noises and sounds during the daytime, but when it’s time for bed, just press her horn and she’ll fall fast asleep with you.
Galactic Snackin’ Grogu
PrintCam Digital Camera and Printer
Kids can snap pictures, review them on the screen and then print them out on printer papers that have awesome designs. They can print up to 80 photos (including selfies thanks to the flip camera) with one roll of paper.
More color-changing toys! This time, it’s the Rainbow High car and no water is needed. All kids have to do is press a button and they can turn the convertible into any of the eight colors.
Sorry Board Game
This isn’t your average Sorry game. It’s actually life-size (5 feet-by-5 feet!). It comes with the giant pawns as well, and can be played inside or outside.
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