Teaching patience and a balanced perspective to a youngster can be a brain teaser for many, dare I say most, parents. Toys that encourage learning that type of behavior are too few and sometimes plain boring. The Groovin' Balance Board ($98) may teach a tot a thing or two while providing them hours of pleasure. Children can learn to balance and play a labyrinth game all while strengthening their core muscles.

At $98, most parents will only want to buy one so taking turns will be mandatory. But if the lessons go according to plan, sitting out and waiting a turn will be a piece of cake.