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Top 70 Toy Innovations in May

From Educational Electricity Kits to Plastic Pizza Frisbees

— May 29, 2016 — Life-Stages
The top May 2016 toy ideas include a range of low-tech and high-tech toys that range from highly entertaining to extremely educational. There are plenty of kits that are designed to teach kids the basics of electricity, programming and physics, as well as ones that challenge kids to tap into their inner maker by learning to create something from scratch using their own two hands.

With the summer season fast approaching, there are a number of toys that are now being released to encourage outdoor play. As of late, these kinds of toys are reviving activities like fishing and archery that require skill.

Another prevalent theme in these toys is nostalgia, which can be seen in playthings that reintroduce old characters and concepts in an entirely new way for a younger generation.
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Activity
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Friendship Fashion Kits
Friendship Fashion Kits
The ALEX Toys DIY Tie Dye Fashion Kit is Designed for Best Friends
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71
Smartphone-Controlled Building Blocks
Smartphone-Controlled Building Blocks
The 'BlueSmartControl' Lego System Offers Enhanced Control
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70
Funky Friendship Jewelry Kits
Funky Friendship Jewelry Kits
The Beados Gems Friendship Jewelry Kit Includes Ample Supplies
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69
LEGO Grand Tourer Cars
LEGO Grand Tourer Cars
The Porsche 911 Technic Model Features Individual Assembly Sections
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68
Revamped Retro Games
Revamped Retro Games
'Connect 4 Twist & Turn' Gives a Classic Game a Modern Update
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67
Collaborative Kite Kits
Collaborative Kite Kits
Seedling's Box Kite Kit Can Be Customized by Creative Kids
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66
Sailing Ship Kites
Sailing Ship Kites
This Nostalgic Toy is Designed for a New Generation of Outdoor Enthusiasts
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65
Emotive Pixel Toys
Emotive Pixel Toys
PIXL Characters Display Their Personalities on a Small 8-Bit Display
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64
Plush Talking Toys
Plush Talking Toys
This Tinky Winky Toy Talks To You When You Press Its Tummy
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63
Cute Code-Teaching Robots
Cute Code-Teaching Robots
The 'Root' is a New Robot for Learning How to Code and More
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62
Transparent Rocking Horses
Transparent Rocking Horses
The H Rocking Horse is Made from Three Pieces of Transparent Plastic
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61
Creative Friendship Journals
Creative Friendship Journals
This Friendship Activity Book Encourages Kids to Value Relationships
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60
Cooperation-Promoting Board Games
Cooperation-Promoting Board Games
The Feed the Woozle Game Encourages Children to Work Together
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59
Two-Player Dress-Up Toys
Two-Player Dress-Up Toys
The Melissa & Doug 'Abby & Emma' Dress-Up Set Provides Hours of Play
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58
Virtual World Building Blocks
Virtual World Building Blocks
The Minecraft LEGO Set Brings the Blocky Digital World to Real Life
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57
Plastic Pizza Frisbees
Plastic Pizza Frisbees
This Toy Disc is Designed to Look Like a Realistic Cheesy Fast Food Pie
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56
Metropolitan Cardboard Puzzles
Metropolitan Cardboard Puzzles
This Retro Puzzle Toy Celebrates The Spirit of London
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55
Physics-Teaching Kits
Physics-Teaching Kits
The Physics Simple Machines Kids Science Kit Teaches the Basics of Physics
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54
Cooperative Dice Games
Cooperative Dice Games
The Lucky Dogs Dice Game Encourages Players to Work Together
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53
Bounty Hunter Action Figures
Bounty Hunter Action Figures
These Movie Action Figures Represent Tarantino's Hateful Eight
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52
Kid-Friendly Festival Accessories
Kid-Friendly Festival Accessories
This Feather Crown Kit Helps Kids Make a Concert-Ready Accessory
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51
Literary Giant Toys
Literary Giant Toys
Roald Dahl's Big Friendly Giant is Being Sold as an Interactive Plush Toy
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50
Transformative Play Slides
Transformative Play Slides
This Two-in-One Fisher Price Slide Doubles as a Toy Rocker
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49
Folklore-Inspired Kites
Folklore-Inspired Kites
The Handmade Flying Dutchman Ship Kite is Crafted from Bamboo and Nylon
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48
Tablet-Top Racing Games
Tablet-Top Racing Games
The Pocket Racing Game Lets You Place a Toy Car On Your Tablet Screen
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47
Share-Encouraging Swings
Share-Encouraging Swings
This Deluxe Platform Swing is Designed to Hold Two Swingers at Once
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46
Retro Toy Cars
Retro Toy Cars
The Hot Wheels Retro Style Toys Include Classic Chevrolets and Toyotas
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45
Nostalgic Film Board Games
Nostalgic Film Board Games
The 80s Labyrinth Movie is Reimagined With Character Pieces and Cards
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44
Nostalgic Rodent Toys
Nostalgic Rodent Toys
This Danger Mouse Toy Celebrates the Revival of a Classic 80s Character
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43
Whimsical Plush Toys
Whimsical Plush Toys
This Popples Talk Plush Doll is a Modern Take on the Furbie
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42
Timeless Toy Chests
Timeless Toy Chests
This Noddy Toy Chest Features Eight Classic Books and a Puzzle Poster
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41
Kid-Friendly Yoga Games
Kid-Friendly Yoga Games
Thinkfun's 'Yoga Spinner Game' for Kids Teaches Flexibility and Balance
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40
Randomized Paper Toss Games
Randomized Paper Toss Games
The Gomipakkun Wild Trash Can Game Enhances Kids' Motor Skills
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39
Play-Oriented Wall Decals
Play-Oriented Wall Decals
The Decowall Wall Sticker Set Lets Kids Play without Damaging Surfaces
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38
Tabletop Soccer Toys
Tabletop Soccer Toys
This Multi-Player Toy Encourages Collaborative Fun
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37
DIY Insect Robots
DIY Insect Robots
The 'Antbo' Insect Robot Can be Assembled and Programmed by Anyone
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36
DIY Archery Kits
DIY Archery Kits
Seedling's Adventurous Toy Set Lets Kids Design Their Own Bow and Arrow
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35
Friendship Bracelet-Making Kits
Friendship Bracelet-Making Kits
The My Friendship Bracelet Maker Helps Kids Make Shareable Crafts
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34
Oversized Competitive Games
Oversized Competitive Games
The Kick Croquet Outdoor Game Features Larger Components
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33
AR-Enabled Dinosaur Board Games
AR-Enabled Dinosaur Board Games
The Dino Mundi Triceratops Adventure Board Game is Interactive
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32
Inclusive Boy-Focused Dolls
Inclusive Boy-Focused Dolls
The 'Melanites' Toy Company Creates Toys for Boys of Color
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31
Educational Electricity Kits
Educational Electricity Kits
The Squishy Circuit Kit Teaches Kids About Electrical Basics
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30
Architectural Bathtub Toys
Architectural Bathtub Toys
WATERSCAPE Lets Kids Build Floating Cities in the Tub
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29
UV Protection Playpens
UV Protection Playpens
The Graco 'Pack 'n Play Sport' Baby Playpen Offers a Safe Place to Play
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28
Transforming Tablet Toys
Transforming Tablet Toys
The Xiaomi 'Soundwave' Tablet Shifts from Device to Roboti
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27
Adult-Oriented Board Games
Adult-Oriented Board Games
'Odious Lists' is an Outrageous Spin on a Classic Party Game
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26
Mechanical 3D Puzzles
Mechanical 3D Puzzles
The Ukrainian Gears is a Dimensional Puzzle That Offers an Added Challenge
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25
Two-Child Play Trikes
Two-Child Play Trikes
This Two-Seater Tricycle Bike Encourages Friends to Take Turns
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24
Emotional Intelligence Robots
Emotional Intelligence Robots
Povi is a Storytelling Toy That Sparks Thoughtful Conversations
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23
Tech Maker Subscription Boxes
Tech Maker Subscription Boxes
'Creation Crate' Offers a Tech Education Subscription Service
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22
DIY Mask Kits
DIY Mask Kits
This Retro Toy Kit Lets Children Create a Personalized Superhero Mask
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21
Dissected Superhero Figurines
Dissected Superhero Figurines
These Justice League Dolls Showcases the Heroes as Partial Skeletons
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20
Bouncy Backyard Waterparks
Bouncy Backyard Waterparks
The Magic Time Titan Falls Inflatable Water Slide and Pool is Expansive
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19
Pom-Pom Maker Toys
Pom-Pom Maker Toys
The PomPom Wow Helps Creatively Customize Personal Items
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18
Toy-Incorporating Game Platforms
Toy-Incorporating Game Platforms
The 'Yibu' Gaming Platform Blends Real World Toys with Digital
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17
Wooden Camera Toys
Wooden Camera Toys
These Retro and Handmade Toys Encourage Imaginative Play
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16
VR Board Games
VR Board Games
'Mask of Anubis' Combines Virtual Reality and Gaming
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15
Paper Puppet Kits
Paper Puppet Kits
These Eco-Friendly Toys are a Modern Take on a Retro Design
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14
Intuitive Juvenile Fishing Rods
Intuitive Juvenile Fishing Rods
This Self-Casting Fishing Pole Launches Lures 30-Feet in Distance
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13
Transforming Pop-Up Books
Transforming Pop-Up Books
This Transformers Pop-Up Book Features Paper Autobots and Decepticons
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12
Boomerang Remote Control Toys
Boomerang Remote Control Toys
The Air Hogs 360 Hoverblade Operates in an Unexpected Way
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11
DIY Doll Kits
DIY Doll Kits
Seedling's Personalized Doll Toy is Reflective of a Young Maker Culture
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10
Kids Balance-Training Kits
Kids Balance-Training Kits
The Kids Slackline Kit Encourages Children to Train with One Another
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9
Indoor Playground Toys
Indoor Playground Toys
'Solo' is a Small-Scale Indoor Playhouse with a Slide, Ladder & Chalkboard
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8
Adaptable Wood Toy Designs
Adaptable Wood Toy Designs
TransBlock is a Sustainable and Imaginative Plaything for Preschoolers
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7
Youth Doorframe Gyms
Youth Doorframe Gyms
This Home Gym for Kids Can Be Set Up in Any Interior Doorway
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6
Four-in-One Child Scooters
Four-in-One Child Scooters
The Chicco Ride On Scooter Converts to be Fun for Multiple Age Ranges
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5
Storybook Rabbit Toys
Storybook Rabbit Toys
These Collectible Peter Rabbit Toys Introduce Characters from the TV Series
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4
Transformational Hoverboard Carts
Transformational Hoverboard Carts
The 'HoverCart' Turns an Electric Hoverboard into a Go-Kart
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3
Social Skill-Developing Games
Social Skill-Developing Games
The 'Say and Do' Social Skills Game Gets Kids Ready to Interact
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2
Home Jungle Gyms
Home Jungle Gyms
LimiKids' 'Pegasus' Includes a Ladder, Monkey Bars and More
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1
DIY Cardboard Toys
DIY Cardboard Toys
MacoshDesign Created Downloadable Templates to Make Eco-Friendly Toys
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