Anatex's claim to fame is its award-winning Rollercoaster toy: a maze of wires and moving beads that has been a doctor's office waiting-room favorite since the 1980s. Founded in 1982, Anatex has expanded its line of educational toys over the yeras to include play cubes (ornate wooden blocks decorated with games), magnetic tables, school furniture and more. The University of Southern California business school has recognized Anatex for its innovative marketing strategy, which involves promoting toys through the American Academy of Pediatrics.
We always try to pick out the most fun toys for our kids (we want the playroom to be the happiest place on earth), but we love it when a toy combines fun with learning. From letters to new languages, the items here all have an educational component (we have books, too!). Our top picks: A play mat made of connecting letters, and toy instruments for mini musicians.
Hand-knit dolls, stacking rings, and more sweet surprises they’ll love
Stock up on serious fun: play tents, ride-on cars, and more
Up-all-night essentials for a slumber party win