We sifted through Walmart’s top 40 holiday toys and found the 8 best ones

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are just a few months away! It may still feel like summer outside, but that doesn’t mean that it’s too early to start planning.

Walmart gave us a sneak peak into some of the hottest toys this year.

In a 12-hour event, they gave hundreds of kids were the opportunity to play with dozens of toys and narrow down which ones they preferred. The final list contains 40 toys chosen by kids across four categories: power brands, entertainment properties, collectibles and innovative items. To narrow things down a bit more, we asked moms in the TODAY office to pick toys from that list of 40 that they think will be at the top of their kids’ lists.

Here are our 8 favorite hot holiday toy from Walmart’s top 40 list, all chosen by TODAY staffers, who also happen to be moms:

Barbie DreamHouse, $179, Walmart

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Barbie DreamHouse


Standing at 3-feet tall and 4-feet wide, this dollhouse can truly become the house straight out of your child’s dreams. The three stories and eight rooms include a carport, home office, pool, working elevator, furniture, lights, sounds and more than 60 accessories (including a puppy!).

LEGO Creator Pirate Roller Coaster, $89, Walmart

LEGO Creator Pirate Roller Coaster


This LEGO set contains a functional roller coaster that kids can design themselves featuring shark carriages, a water drop and pirate-themed decorations. Prepare to scream as the four included figurines zoom under the skull arch and over the sunken galleon.

Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck, $60, Walmart

Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck


Help the Paw Patrol rescue team save the day with this Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck. The 2-foot extendable ladder, working sirens and flashing lights ensure little ones are ready for any danger that looms ahead.

Peppa Pig Fun Fair Playset, $35, Walmart

Peppa Pig Fun Fair Playset


Bring Peppa Pig and friends to life on the Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, game booth and fun house mirror.

L.O.L. Surprise House, $200, Walmart

L.O.L. Surprise House


Pre-order the L.O.L. Doll’s house of dreams now to ensure that you secure one of this season’s hottest toys in time for Christmas.

Fingerlings Hugs Doll, $70, Walmart

Fingerlings Hugs Doll


Fingerlings were some of the top toys last year, and their new huggable plush doll is set to be one of the biggest toys of 2018.

Air Hogs Supernova Hand Controlled Flying Orb, $37 (usually $39), Walmart

Air Hogs Supernova Hand Controlled Flying Orb


Control this gravity-defying orb with your hands, no remote control needed.

Cool Maker KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker, $30, Walmart

Cool Maker KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker


Long gone are the days of tying friendship bracelets by hand! Now, kids can easily create elaborate and colorful friendship bracelets with metal clasps, just by spinning the knob on this friendship bracelet maker.

Here is Walmart’s full list of the Top Rated by Kids Toys of 2018:

  1. Air Hogs Supernova
  2. Barbie DreamHouse
  3. Disney Princess Rapunzel Tower Vanity
  4. Drone Force Terra-Sect
  5. Fingerlings Hugs Doll
  6. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn 3-in-1 Smart Car
  7. Fisher-Price Little People Take Turns Skyway
  8. Harry Potter Wizard Training Wands
  9. Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage (preorder, ships on September 17)
  10. Hover 1 All Star Electric Self Balancing Hoverboard
  11. Imaginext Jurassic World Jurassic Rex
  12. Incredibles 2 Jack Jack Doll
  13. KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker
  14. L.O.L. Surprise House (preorder, ships on September 15)
  15. LEGO Creator Pirate Roller Coaster
  16. Little Live Pets Rollie My Kissing Puppy (currently out of stock)
  17. Little Tikes STEM Jr. Wonder Lab
  18. Lost Kitties
  19. Minnie’s Happy Helpers Sing & Spin Scooter
  20. Moj Moj Claw Machine
  21. Moose Toys Little Live Pets Wrapples
  22. Nerf Laser Ops 2 Pack
  23. New Bright Radio Control Trail Buster
  24. New Bright RC Radio Control Polaris (currently out of stock)
  25. New product from Hatchimal (hatching October 5)
  26. Num Noms Silly Shakes Activity Maker (currently out of stock)
  27. Paw Patrol Fire Truck
  28. Paw Patrol Ride-On Fire Truck
  29. Peppa Pig Fun Fair Playset
  30. PikMi Pops Super Flip (currently out of stock)
  31. PJ Masks Romeo’s Lab Playset
  32. Playmobil Hidden Temple with T-Rex
  33. Power Wheels Barbie Dream Camper
  34. Razor Ultra Spark Scooter
  35. Really Rad Robots Mibro (preorder, ships on October 15)
  36. Rideamals Scout Interactive Pony
  37. Ryan’s World Giant Mystery Egg (currently out of stock)
  38. Treasure X Single Pack
  39. VTech Explore & Write Activity Desk
  40. Zoom Tubes Car Trax