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MetroKids parents' picks for play: the best toys of 2012

For the 22nd year, MetroKids asked readers to diligently play with some of the year’s most popular and interesting toys. The reviews are in. After months of sifting through hundreds of submissions and narrowing our choices, these toys emerged, parent and kid approved! Click on the categories below to see MetroKids parents' picks on the top toys of 2012.

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Want more?
► For more top toys of the year, check out the 2012 NAPPA Awards for best toys.
► To find recommendations for fun, educational toys, read our article, Toys that teach.

 

For playing pretend >>

 

Toys for thinking >>

 

Twists on classics >>

 

Fun puzzle games >>

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