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Top 65 Youth Ideas in March

From App-Oriented STEM Kits to Diversely Shaped Dolls

— March 19, 2016 — Life-Stages
The March 2016 youth trends reveal that companies are taking note of the changing values of millennial parents. Not only are today's toys more rooted in education, but there is also a new focus on diversity and inclusivity.

While educational toys are nothing new, the March 2016 youth trends reveal that companies are moving beyond teaching basic concepts to fostering more specialized skills. Indeed, today's toys go beyond reading, writing and counting to focus on skills such as coding and entrepreneurship. Some examples of modern education-oriented toys include app-oriented STEM kits, code-teaching toy robots and empowering entrepreneurial toys.

In addition to education, millennial parents also place significant value on inclusivity. Brands such as LEGO have embraced this message by introducing wheelchair-using characters that children with disabilities can relate to. Doll companies such as Barbie and American Girl have also made an effort to highlight diversity by producing characters of different shapes, sizes and ethnicities.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Childhood Adventure Games
Childhood Adventure Games
The Knights and Bikes Game is Set In the Late 1980s
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64
Child-Tracking Wearables
Child-Tracking Wearables
This Wristband Helps Parents Keep an Eye on Their Children at All Times
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63
Girl-Targeted Printing Programs
Girl-Targeted Printing Programs
This Northern Illinois University Program Supports Girls in STEM
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62
Miniature Sprinkler Sets
Miniature Sprinkler Sets
This Kid-Friendly Sprinkler Helps Children Stay Cool in the Summer
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61
Childhood Investment Programs
Childhood Investment Programs
Sesame Ventures is Offering to Fund Start-Ups that Support Learning
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60
Peer Performance Apps
Peer Performance Apps
The 'Watch Me Learn' App Encourages Peer to Peer Feedback in Child Athletes
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59
Interactive Film Experiences
Interactive Film Experiences
This Screening of the Muppet Movie Invites Kids to Sing Along
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58
Child-Centric Mountain Bikes
Child-Centric Mountain Bikes
These Carbon Fiber Mountain Bikes Are Designed For Children
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57
Ice Cream Truck Toys
Ice Cream Truck Toys
Shopkins' Ice Cream Toy Truck is a Food Business Playset
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56
Kid Fantasy Ads
Kid Fantasy Ads
Museum of Childhood's The Imaginary Friend Collection is Fun and Playful
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55
Child-Ridesharing Apps
Child-Ridesharing Apps
The HopSkipDrive App Lets Kids Get Rides From Trusted Adults
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54
Bedtime Math Apps
Bedtime Math Apps
The Bedtime Math App Encourages Kids to Enjoy and Not Hate Math
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53
Kid-Safe Citronella Stickers
Kid-Safe Citronella Stickers
This Insect Repellent for Kids Can Be Used on Outdoor Gear & Textiles
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52
Mitten Pockets Hoodies
Mitten Pockets Hoodies
The Toasty Time Hoodie Has Built-In Mittens Where Pockets Would Be
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51
Prosthetic-Building Workshops
Prosthetic-Building Workshops
The Superhero Cyborgs Workshops Let Kids Build Their Own Prosthetics
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50
Wheelchair-Using LEGO Charcters
Wheelchair-Using LEGO Charcters
This LEGO Figurine Represents a Step Towards More Inclusive Toys
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49
Nightmare-Thwarting Devices
Nightmare-Thwarting Devices
The 'Sleep Guardian Plus' Helps Reduce Children's Night Terrors
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48
Preloaded Junior Smartwatches
Preloaded Junior Smartwatches
The Kurio Kids Watch Provides Entertainment for Younger Users
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47
Vocabulary-Enriching Dolls
Vocabulary-Enriching Dolls
VTech's Baby Doll Toy Teaches Kids Words and Phrases
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46
Empowering Kids Shows
Empowering Kids Shows
The 'Ready Jet Go!' Program Encourages Girls to Explore Careers in STEM
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45
All-Terrain Toy Drones
All-Terrain Toy Drones
Takara Tomy's Earth Rider Flying Drones Conquer Land, Air and Water
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44
Obesity-Preventing Game Platforms
Obesity-Preventing Game Platforms
FITSKO Uses Playful Mobile Games to Encourage Fitness For Kids
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43
Multifunctional Web-Seated Swings
Multifunctional Web-Seated Swings
The Spider Web Playground Swing Has Multiple Options for Play
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42
Empowering Youth Dolls
Empowering Youth Dolls
These Diverse Dolls Aim to Inspire, Educate and Empower Young Girls
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41
Monster-Shaped Crayons
Monster-Shaped Crayons
These 3D-Printed Crayons for Kids Benefit Abused & Neglected Children
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40
Family Entertainment Theme Parks
Family Entertainment Theme Parks
The Mattel 'Play!' Entertainment Park Will Offer Fun Attractions
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39
Feminine Archery Sets
Feminine Archery Sets
The REBELLE PLATINUM Bow and Arrow Set Encourages Girls to Try Archery
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38
Selfie Singing Toys
Selfie Singing Toys
The 'SelfieMic' Combines a Selfie Stick with Karaoke
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37
App-Oriented STEM Kits
App-Oriented STEM Kits
The 'MudWatt' Classic STEM Kit Enables Kids to Learn About Bacteria
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36
Online Privacy Children's Books
Online Privacy Children's Books
The Educational Literature for Kids Focuses on IoT Security
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35
Civil Rights Era Dolls
Civil Rights Era Dolls
This Historical Doll Teaches Young Girls About the Civil Rights Movement
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34
Bankruptcy Board Games
Bankruptcy Board Games
Monopoly Ultimate Banking Challenges Players to Make Others Go Broke
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33
Superheroine Toy Sets
Superheroine Toy Sets
The 'Girls Night Out 5-Pack' Features DC Superheroines and Villainesses
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32
Throwable Paintball Toys
Throwable Paintball Toys
The 'Goblies' Paint Toy Teaches Kids to Make Biodegradable Paint Balls
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31
Flexible Toy Car Tracks
Flexible Toy Car Tracks
Lionel's Mega Tracks Create Courses for Cars That Defy Gravity
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30
Motorcycling Superheroine Toys
Motorcycling Superheroine Toys
This DC Superhero Action Figure is the 'Deluxe Batgirl of Burnside'
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29
Empowering Entrepreneurial Toys
Empowering Entrepreneurial Toys
Fashion Angels' 'It's My Biz' Toys Inspire Careers in Business
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28
Hoverboard Barbie Toys
Hoverboard Barbie Toys
Mattel's Star Light Adventure RC Toy Takes Barbie to New Heights
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27
Health-Conscious Kids Menus
Health-Conscious Kids Menus
The Ruggles Green Menu Introduces Children to Healthy Eating Habits
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26
Supernatural Teenage Games
Supernatural Teenage Games
The Oxenfree Game is a Unique Coming-Of-Age Adventure
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25
Diversely Shaped Dolls
Diversely Shaped Dolls
The Latest Barbie Fashionistas Line Boasts Curvy, Tall and Petite Models
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24
Balance-Practicing Toys
Balance-Practicing Toys
The Monkey Business Sports Stilt Walkers Let Kids Fine-Tune Motor Skills
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23
Custom Toy Printers
Custom Toy Printers
Autodesk and Mattel Relaunched the 'ThingMaker' as a $300 3D Printer for Kids
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22
DIY Drawing Robots
DIY Drawing Robots
Makers Toolbox Teaches Kids to Create a Functional 'Scribbler Robot'
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21
Kid-Friendly Snack Subscriptions
Kid-Friendly Snack Subscriptions
This Service Allows Parents to Create Custom Snack Boxes for Kids
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20
Digital Note-Taking Devices
Digital Note-Taking Devices
Boogie Board's Jot 4.5 eWriter Simplifies Digital Drawing and Writing
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19
Toy Marketplace Apps
Toy Marketplace Apps
KidsTrade is a Toy App That Allows Children to Swap Games and Goods Safely
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18
Solar-Powered Bottle Toys
Solar-Powered Bottle Toys
This Solar PET Bottle Car Teaches Kids About Electronics and Upcycling
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17
Growth-Accommodating Desks
Growth-Accommodating Desks
The VIVO Children's Heigh Adjustable Desk Grows with Children
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16
Code-Teaching Toy Robots
Code-Teaching Toy Robots
The Kamibot Robot Makes it Easier to Teach Kids to Code
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15
App-Connected Racetrack Toys
App-Connected Racetrack Toys
This Bluetooth Race Car Toy Works Alongside an Accompanying App
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14
Balancing Monkey Robots
Balancing Monkey Robots
Spin Master's Zoomer Chimp That Crawls and Balances on Two Wheely Feet
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13
Movie-Inspired Coffee Cups
Movie-Inspired Coffee Cups
This Colorful Children's Cup Features Oversized Ears for Handles
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12
Kid-Friendly Go-Karts
Kid-Friendly Go-Karts
The 'Arrow Smart-Kart' Gives Children the Opportunity to Experience Driving
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11
Swimming Turtle Toys
Swimming Turtle Toys
This Little Live Pets Toy Comes to Life on Land and in Water
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10
Barbecue Board Games
Barbecue Board Games
This BBQ Game Challenges Kids to Expertly Handle Simulated Sizzling Food
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9
Realistic Male Dolls
Realistic Male Dolls
The Dad Bod Ken is in Response to the Latest Line of Barbies
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8
Colorful Play Tablets
Colorful Play Tablets
Boogie Board's Scribble n' Play eWriter Lets Kids Doodle in Color
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7
Smart-Connected Dollhouses
Smart-Connected Dollhouses
The 'Hello Barbie Dreamhouse' Features Wi-Fi and Voice Recognition
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6
Fishing Boat Toys
Fishing Boat Toys
This RC Boat Can Catch Fish Up to Two Pounds
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5
Edible Blowing Bubbles
Edible Blowing Bubbles
These Candy Bubbles Taste Like Cherry, Grape, Bubble Gum or Tutti Frutti
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4
Kids Sneaker Showrooms
Kids Sneaker Showrooms
This Sketchers Kids Showroom Displays the Entire Line
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3
Tablet Loom Toys
Tablet Loom Toys
Wooky Entertainment's 'iLoom' Uses Tablet Technology for Bracelet-Making
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2
Luxurious Kids Clothing Lines
Luxurious Kids Clothing Lines
The 'Balmain Kids' Line is Inspired by the High-End Designer Label
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1
Mind-Stimulating Classroom Designs
Mind-Stimulating Classroom Designs
This Kindergarten Interior is Designed with Learning Zones
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