This is one of my favorite events in the Chicago area of the year. I just love going to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair because I come from a family full of “gamers”. I call all of us gamers in my family even if some are just card gamers or board gamers. I grew up loving games and educational toys and that is why I love checking out the Chicago Toy and Game Fair every year.
This year I have been especially excited because my son Raiden is finally old enough to have fun and try out some of the fun games and toys. The fair was a huge hit and even though we didn’t stay the entire day we were there for many hours testing out a wide variety of different toys and games. Many were for little kids though we did check out some toys and games for us as well as for our son.
Top 3 Chicago Toy & Game Fair Picks
Magformers is our number one pick from the Toy & Game Fair because it was the most well liked by everyone in my family. It was a fun toy to build with for the whole family. My hubby loved building giant balls and buildings with the Magformers while the toddler loved to destroy them! I do believe that as my toddler gets older he will figure them out more and will fall even more in love with them. This is definitely on our list of presents to get him for his birthday early next year.
We loved that it really is an any age type of toy. Older toddlers will love building with these magnetic blocks just as much as a teenager would love them. I think they will also make a great party toy for all the kids to play and build with.
#2. Green Toys
Our second pick is Green Toys because it was Raiden’s favorite stop. I think we played at the Green Toys booth three times respectively while we were at the fair. Raiden loved all of the toys that they had out to play with and I loved that the toys were all made out of recycled milk jugs. It made me happy to know that we were using recycled plastic. We walked out with one of their Firetrucks and my hubby also just bought my son their Tug Boat off of Amazon. I wish we had bought it at the show, but we didn’t think of it.
Another reason why we love this product is because it comes from a small local company. We love shopping small and love when small shops make amazing products and these toys are definitely are high quality, durable toys.
#3. Science Ninjas
Our third pick is not one for my toddler, but a winner because it is a great homeschooling game as well as just a great educational game made by Science Ninjas, Valence Plus. My sister is a high school Chemistry teacher and because of that we spent plenty of time at the Science Ninjas booth. The original game is something that I could actually learn Chemistry from and I have always been pretty Chemistry illiterate. The new game that will be sold within the upcoming weeks is great for advanced Chemistry students and looks like it will also be a blast to play.
My sister walked out with four copies of the game for her students and is excited to play it with them in the upcoming weeks. Her students love games and when they are this interactive and educational you can’t pass them up. In addition just like with number two we love that this product comes from a small business and we love that it also comes from a new inventor! It is so exciting to find new products that are fun.