When the December issue of Good Housekeeping hits the news-stands next week they will reveal their  Best Toys of 2012 list. But here's a sneak peek at the toys that kids love the most, broken down by age categories.

A large group of kids from 3 to 13 got the chance to play with the newest toys on the market, while researchers observed. Most of the toys are priced at less than $25 and many of the top toys to reach the list are toys that can teach the kids while they play. .

Here is the list of toys that won out and their cost:

Good Housekeeping's Best Toys of 2012

Ages 3 and up:

  • Hexbug Hive Habitat Set ($35)
  • Techno Source Glow Crazy Doodle Dome ($20)


Ages 4 and up:

  • T.S. Shure ArchiQuest Architectural Elements ($30)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Playmates Shellraiser ($35)


Ages 6 and up:

  • Moose Toys Micro Chargers Loop Track ($20)
  • Crayola Marker Airbrush ($25)
  • Lego Friends Adventure Camper ($30)


Ages 7 and up:

  • Techno Source Codee ($8)
  • Playmobil E-Rangers Headquarters


Ages 8 and up:

  • Silverlit Porsche 911 Carrera ($80)
  • Brain Store ($45)
  • Wild Planet Night Sight ($40)
  • Hasbro’s Bop It! Smash ($23)


Ages 9 and up:

  • K’Nex Atomic Coaster ($71)


Ages 10 and up:

  • Ravensburger 3D Building Set ($26)