As a private school consultant, I have the privilege of meeting many Manhattan, Brooklyn and Westchester families in their homes.  These are the toys and media that many of them tell me their children love:

Preschool and Kindergarten

Magna-Tiles 

Everybody’s favorite building toy.  Expensive, but always used.

Lego Duplo Bricks and More

The biggest set ever.  Get it with world figures for extra fun.

Apples to Apples

The game of hilarious comparisons.  Truly amusing.

Blokus

Game that develops spatial thinking, a good skill to have.

Spot It

Fun matching game.  If your child beats you, don’t blame me.

Elementary School

New Moon Girls Magazine

Unique, ad-free magazine and safe  social network for learning and creative self-expression.  Great alternative to Facebook.