PARENTS Magazine Names The Best Toys Of 2020
Local & National News | November 02, 2020
45 Winners Narrowed From 500, Tested In Homes Across the Country

PARENTS released this year's list of Best Toys, recognizing the 45 top new playthings for every child in 2020. Selected by the editors following a months-long research process complete with kid-testing, the list of winners is available now on and in the December issue of PARENTS magazine, available November 6.

"In 2020, families found themselves sheltering at home with limited childcare, and so PARENTS set out to find them new toys to keep their kids engaged, entertained and playing independently—without screens! Our vetted list of nearly 50 toys promises to make the winter months of social distancing more fun for everyone," says Julia Edelstein, PARENTS magazine Editor-in-Chief. "And, we're thrilled to debut this list just in time for the holiday season to help make shopping for gifts a little easier."

PARENTS editors consulted with experts and had 60 families across the country test toys from a pool of more than 500 new products to determine the 45 winners. With options for kids of all ages, the toys on this year's list are screen-free, sustain interest, please parents and cost no more than $100.


  • Baby Doll: Madame Alexander Sweet Smiles
  • Build-It Set: Playmobil RC Crane with Building Section
  • Car Tower: VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Corkscrew Tower
  • Companion Doll: Healthy Roots Dolls Zoe
  • Marble Run: Haba Pi Gauss Cannon Marble Run Set
  • Puzzle: Ravensburger King of the Dinosaurs
  • RC Vehicle: Spin Master Monster Jam Megalodon Storm  
  • Rescue Vehicle: Lakeshore Learning Real-Action Fire Engine
  • Train Set: Thomas & Friends Talking Thomas & Percy Train Set


  • Baby Shark: WowWee Pinkfong Baby Shark Dancing DJ
  • Blue's Clues: Just Play Blue's Clues & You! Dance-Along Blue Plush
  • DreamWorks Trolls World Tour: Just Play Color Poppin' Poppy
  • The Mandalorian: Mattel Star Wars The Child 8-in. Basic Plush
  • Sesame Street: GUND Bedtime Elmo With Light-Up Flashlight


  • Bluey: Bluey's Family Home Playset
  • Frozen 2: LEGO Disney Anna and Elsa's Storybook Adventures
  • Marvel Avengers: Hasbro Marvel Bend and Flex Action Figures
  • Paw Patrol: Spin Master PAW Patrol Ultimate Police Cruiser
  • PJ Masks: Just Play PJ Masks Transforming 2 in 1 Mobile HQ


  • Fun Reveal: Skyrocket Blume Petal Pets
  • L.O.L. Set: MGA L.O.L. Surprise! Clubhouse Playset
  • Plush Surprise: ZURU Rainbocorns Sweet-Shake Surprise
  • Hidden-in-Slime Prize: Treasure X Sunken Gold Shark's Treasure


  • Cool Gadget: iPlay, iLearn Flynoculars
  • Craft Kit: Crayola Paper Flower Science Kit
  • Jewelry Kit: Just My Style All-in-One Jewelry Carry Case
  • Magna Tiles: Caterpillar Magna-Tiles by CreateOn
  • Science Kit: Thames & Kosmos Ooze Labs: Colorful Crystal Lab


  • "Baby" Play: Fisher-Price Little People 1-2-3 Babies Playdate
  • Baby Toy: Skip Hop Bandana Buddies Activity Toy LLama
  • Best Fix-It Toy: Tomy John Deere Build-a-Buddy Value Bundle
  • Dino Adventure: Schleich Large Dino Research Station
  • Fantasy Playset: Lakeshore Learning Under-the-Sea Mermaid Palace
  • Pretend Pet: Little Live Pets Lil' Dippers


  • Board Game: PlayMonster Trailz
  • Silly Game: Vango Toys #UpsideDownChallenge Game
  • Suspense Game: YULU Popcorn Poppin'


  • Activity Table: Lamaze 3-in-1 Airtivity Center
  • Ride-On: Kid Trax Silly Skaters Unicorn Inflatable Ride-On
  • Rocker to Rider: Mobo Wobo 2-in-1 Rocking Kids' Balance Bike
  • Starter Sports: VTech Count & Win Sports Center
  • Water Table: Step2 Ball Buddies Adventure Center


  • Full Kitchen: Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Grow-the-Fun Garden to Kitchen
  • Just the Java: Skip Hop Zoo Bark-ista Set
  • Mini Set: LeapFrog Yum-2-3 Toaster

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