One of my favorite things to do each year is to walk the aisles of the New York Toy Fair. With more than 400,000 square feet of exhibitor space packed with hundreds of thousands of toys, what's not to love?
But the true importance of the New York Toy Fair is that it is where the year's toy trends begin to emerge, revealing what kids are going to be asking for in coming months. So, if you ever wanted to be the coolest dad, aunt or grandma around, consider this list a cheat sheet.
This year, connected toys continued to be major players, with inventors finding new ways to incorporate smart devices and apps into play. Products that encourage ultra-creative play were also prevalent, with toys going as far as a child's imagination will take them. And get ready for a new era of dolls -- this year's entries look real, act real and even have huge career aspirations. They are more than just dolls -- they can be an inspiration for your kids.
Just remember, prices are subject to change. And be sure not to break your budget buying every item on your child's wish list. High credit card balances can hurt your credit scores. (You can see how your credit card balances are impacting your credit scores for free on Credit.com.)
With that in mind, click ahead for a look at what items your kids are sure to be asking for in 2016.