Hey, baby (or toddler or preschooler), what’s your sign? No, seriously. When it comes to picking out playthings for your kids, astrology can be an off-the-charts way to help you narrow down the choices—after all, as parents we’re always on the lookout for toys that speak to our kids’ natural interests. Here’s a snapshot of the personalities and preferences of each sun sign, along with some fresh ideas for toys that are sure to delight.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Capricorns are perfectionist who love to make mom and dad proud. But golly, your little tike can be hard on himself. One way to avoid piles of your kid’s torn-up art projects? Get a easel with a dry erase or chalk option. Capricorns adore family and traditions and thrive on having regular family game night. They’re also known for their ambition and love to pretend they’re at work, making role play toys a good choice.
Toys for Capricorn kids
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel
Transform your child’s room into a true artist’s studio. It features a chalkboard, dry erase board and painting easel all in one.
Buy it: For ages 9+, $67, Amazon.com
Real Working Cash Register
Enterprising kids can ring up the fun with this working cash register, and work on their math skills in the process, thanks to the built-in calculator and digital display.
Buy it: For ages 3 - 9, $37, LakeshoreLearning.com
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Creativity runs deep in your mini Aquarian. Her mind never stops moving, she thrives on new and varied experiences, and the ideas and projects are nonstop. Your Aquarian kiddo also possess a great deal of discipline, so don’t worry if she remains on the playroom floor for hours molding clay, building and rebuilding structures or taking apart a toy. To stoke your child’s creative streak, go for arts and crafts and building sets.
Toys for Aquarius kids
Edushape Corrugated Blocks
Lightweight and durable, Edushape blocks make for the perfect early block set for burgeoning engineers and architects. And with endless options through open-ended play, they’re sure to get your child’s creative juices flowing.
Buy it: For ages 18 months+, $60, BedBathandBeyond.com
Quercetti Kaleido Gears
Get your little one’s mind whirring with this educational building set. She’ll have tons of fun figuring out how to put the gears together and delight in seeing them spin.
Buy it: For ages 3 - 5, $33, Amazon.com
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
What a snuggle bug you got there! Pisces children just love to be cuddled and cared for—and they give it right back too. Your child is an old soul who’s brimming with helpfulness and the need to take care of others, including pets. Pisces kids are also dreamers who love to jump feet-first into fantasy and make-believe play, so toys like teepees or playhouses will be thoroughly enjoyed.
Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy
Give in to your kid’s pleads for a puppy with Little Live Pets. This little toys moves, feels and responds to head-pats and tummy-rubs just like the real thing—except without the mess.
Buy it: For ages 4+, $45, Walmart.com
Forest Friends Teepee
Light up your little one’s world with the Forest Friends Teepee. Not only is it an ideal hideaway for pretend play, but it also comes with twinkly lights to brighten your child’s playspace, day or night.
Buy it: For ages 4+, $139, MagicCabin.com
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Your wee Ram is not a laze-about kind of kid: Almost from the start, constant activity and energy rule her world. (A word of advice: Babyproof early.) To keep up with all that stamina, lots of outdoor action is a must. Aries kids are also sharp-minded and excel at puzzles and games. But since they get easily frustrated, make sure the toys you get are age-appropriate.
Toys for Aries kids
Little Tikes 3 Feet Easy Store Indoor Trampoline
When romping around outside isn’t possible, opt for this indoor mini-trampoline, which can be easily folded for toting to grandma’s house too.
Buy it: For ages 3 - 6, $53, Amazon.com
Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack Wedge Stacking Toy
Wow your little one with this colorful, classic stacker. From shiny surfaces to rattling beads, there’s plenty for him to explore and discover.
Buy it: For ages 6 - 18 months, $10, Amazon.com
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Yes, your Taurus child is bullheaded, but he’s still super sensitive with quite a sweet disposition. Because Taurus is an earth sign, your baby Bull adores the outdoors, whether digging in the garden, playing in the park or walking in the woods. Taurus kids also love to listen, dance to and play music—and their ability to remembering tunes will amaze.
Toys for Taurus kids
My First Craftsman Garden Set
This eight-piece set comes with a toy lawn mower, wheelbarrow, watering can, rake and shovel and three other gardening tools, encouraging green thumbs to get outside and play.
Buy it: For ages 5 - 7, $30, Walmart.com
B. Toys Meowsic Keyboard
Budding musicians will have a blast with this mini piano, featuring a microphone for sing-alongs, a recording option to play songs back and silly cat sounds for giggles.
Buy it: For ages 2+, $20, Target
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Gemini is the sign of the Twins, so your child naturally buddies-up with friends and thrives in social settings. Also, being of two minds means she’s probably got several projects going on simultaneously. If your child is still a tiny baby, be warned: Geminis are ruled by Mercury, the communication planet, and are quite the chatterboxes. This also means your child will likely have a knack for foreign language, so bolster that natural ability with some bilingual toys.
Toys for Gemini kids
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Multi-Activity Table
If you can’t stand stepping over your kiddo’s many in-progress projects, consider adding this table to the mix: The double-sided play surface mean kids can get wrapped up in multiple activities at once, and built-in drawers offer plenty of storage.
Buy it: For ages 2+, $100, Amazon.com
VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone
Now your little chatterbox can babble away on his very own smartphone. With light-up touch-screen featuring educational apps and a music mode that plays sing-along songs, your Gemini will have plenty to talk about.
Buy it: For ages 3 months - 3 years, $13, Amazon.com
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
The moon rules the sign of Cancer, which means moodiness and sensitivity are part of the deal. It’s a good thing that comfort items like loveys make your child feel secure. Cancer kids may be shy and prone to tears, but they’ll make it up with plenty of sweetness: Cancers love their mamas! After all, home and family are especially important to this water sign. That tendency toward affection is reflected in the way your little one plays, favoring dolls and stuffed animals that he or she can care for.
Toys for Cancer kids
Angel Dear Grey Bulldog Blankie
This super-soft lovey is the perfect security blankie for your sensitive child; the cashmere-like material invites plenty of snuggles and the animal character will soon become baby’s best friend.
Buy it: For ages 0+, $13, AngelDear.com
Baby Alive Sweet Tears Baby Doll
This dolly is a great gift to encourage your child’s nurturing side. Kids can fill her juice box with water to feed her, wipe her red nose when she has the sniffles and dry her real tears when she’s in need of some soothing.
Buy it: For ages 3+, $35, Amazon.com
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Your little lion is often smiley and happy, but Leo is the sign that rules drama, so watch out for monster tantrums (your child’s emotions are firmly on his or her sleeve!). Your Leo’s affinity for the dramatic, however, can be a ton of fun during playtime. Once your kiddo sees what gets a reaction out of you, he’ll certainly be featuring it in regular performances. Keep things like a kid-size microphone and a large variety of dress-up clothes on hand. And since Leos have a strong courageous streak, be sure that dress-up bin has plenty of super- and everyday hero options.
Toys for Leo kids
Daniel Tiger Sing Along with Daniel
Let your star take center stage with this sing-along musical toy. Kids can record themselves belting out favorite tunes using the working microphone, and play it back for their most avid fans.
Buy it: For ages 3+, $30, Target.com
DC Super Hero Girls 21 Piece Dress-Up Trunk
For those with a flair for the dramatic, this role-play trunk has everything needed for a super-fun time: dresses, capes, masks, tutus, accessories and more.
Buy it: For ages 3+, $30, Amazon.com
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Virgo children are known for their sharp intellect, with a particular affinity for precision and efficiency. And thanks to their attention to detail, they tend to spot things no one else sees, so puzzles and I-spy-it games are right up their alley. One thing tidy Virgos hate the sight of? A mess—so if you make household clean-up tasks fun, your child will be your very best little helper.
Toys for Virgo kids
Spot it Jr.! Animals
The race is on as kids scramble to spot the matching creatures from among a jumble of symbols and get rid of all their cards first. You can even take the fun on the road, thanks to the nifty travel size.
Buy it: For ages 3+, $11, MindWare.com
Melissa & Doug Spray, Squirt & Squeegee Pretend Cleaning Playset
Get your kids to help out around the house—and actually have a blast doing it—with this cleaning kit. They can fill the spray bottle up with water and scrub away, then check off their chores on the reusable to-do list.
Buy it: For ages 3+, $20, Amazon.com
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Libras are represented by the Scales of justice, so it’s no shocker they’re natural-born peacemakers. But when it comes to decision-making, weighing all the options equally can slow them down, so don’t offer them too many toy choices at once. Your child’s innate sense of balance and harmony also greatly impacts her artistic sensibilities. Venus, the planet of beauty, ensures that your little Libra loves creating beautiful things, so arts and crafts activities are always a sure bet.
Toys for Libra kids
My First Crayola Double Doodle Board
With this two-in-one art board, blossoming artists can create crayon designs on one side and mess-free gel paintings on the other.
Buy it: For ages 2 - 4, $10, Amazon.com
Magnetic Creation Station
Libra kids will totally be drawn to this magnetic construction set—as they build sculptures from the magnetic base, each metal piece becomes magnetized, offering new and exciting ways to create.
Buy it: For ages 4 - 7, $30, LakeshoreLearning.com
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Intuitiveness runs deep in your Scorpio child, thanks to the sign’s ruling planet Pluto, which represents the subconscious. That, plus your child’s immeasurable curiosity, makes him especially good at sleuthing and problem-solving. As you may have noticed, no one asks “Why?” more than small Scorpios, so guessing games are bound to be big hits. But be warned—your child has a tendency to focus in on one subject to the extreme. For instance, your Scorpio doesn’t just dig dinosaurs, he knows every last fact about them, which makes interactive learning toys perfect for these kiddos.
Toys for Scorpio kids
The Lake Side Collection Touch & Learn Science Tablets
An interactive educational experience like this is sure to wow little learners. Kids can click on screen touch points to learn fun facts and take quizzes about their favorite subjects.
Buy it: For ages 3+, $14, Lakeside.com
Scorpios won’t get enough of this classic guessing game. Each player chooses a mystery character, and then using yes or no questions tries to discover the other player’s character of choice.
Buy it: For ages 5 - 7, $10, Walmart.com
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Once your wee Sagittarius can walk, watch out! She craves outdoor adventure and isn’t the least bit afraid of getting dirty. Because Sags are known for being self-reliant, let your kiddo carry her own I-can-do-it-myself backpack, stuffed with adventuring supplies. They’re also naturally sporty, so games and playsets that get them up and moving are A+ options. Sagittarius kids are generally free spirits who dislike rules, so they’ll also appreciate plenty of toys that encourage open-ended play.
Toys for Sagittarius kids
Little Tikes 3-in-1 Sports Zone
Let your little Sag burn off some energy with this sports set, sure to be a slam dunk. Kids can play basketball, soccer and bowling, all the while honing their motor skills and coordination.
Buy it: For ages 6 months - 3 years, $50, Amazon.com
Skip Hop Zoo Little Kids & Toddler Backpack
Any Sagittarius kid would leap at the chance for an adventure. Send her off in style with this adorable pack, complete with a roomy compartment, an exterior pocket to stash a water bottle and an insulated pouch for trail snacks.
Buy it: For ages 3+, $20, Target.com
Published December 2017