Happy Saturday! Bringing you the last installment of my Kids Gift Guide today and this one is special because it’s new territory for me. The previous two Kids Gift Guides featured items I’ve tested or known enough about the age range to give my seasoned two cents.
Let’s dive into the gadgets and gizmos hitting the shelves for children ages 6 and up priced under $50. These are some genuinely neat toys that may have mom and dad clamoring to take a turn.
Yep, that’s the name of this hot holiday toy. Box and Balls and the concept of the game is about as simple as the name. However, if you want to keep your kids and their friends entertained for a few hours, this is a unique and entertaining way to do it. The toy includes 8 bouncy balls to roll, bounce, or toss into one of the 8 nesting wooden boxes. Additionally, each box comes with a game idea to improve hand-eye coordination, spatial skills, and inspire creativity.
I’m lightweight hyped about this toy. It’s a Nerf Gun meets Hot Wheels meets Hollywood stunt. Okay, maybe not quite Hollywood. Kids can challenge friends to a stunt competition or play totally solo creating their own blasting action with the ramps and obstacles. The set comes with 2 blasters and 4 foam car and rings up right around $30.
The Little Seamstress Sewing Kit is recommended for children age 8+ and just may be the perfect gift for the budding fashionista. This denim design studio comes complete with six projects [and instructions], fabric, bows, and buttons, pins and a sewing machine. Check out more fashion-inspired gifts in the shoppable widget below.
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While Chemistry was never my strong suit, getting a second stab at it through my kids has me all kinds of excited. I love this product because it teaches the importance of patience and waiting for good things to grow. The crystal growing lab comes complete with everything the little scientist needs to mix, grow, and appreciate rose quartz, amethyst, blue calcite, quartz geode, and more.
Just when you have come to terms with Pokemon and maybe even learned a thing or two, they bring out a new battle card game. Mecard is the Pokemon of 2018. While I don’t quite understand the thrill [or attraction], players push their
Snap Circuits Jr. has actually been on the parent-approved Christmas list for awhile. It was a hot toy last year and is still holding strong for a top STEM-intro toy for kids. Children can build over 100 experiments with 30+ electronic circuits. No tools required, however, if your child is younger than 8, parental assistance may be helpful. Drop a comment below if your kiddo has received this. Each year I debate whether or not Santa should bring this for Noah.
You may be thinking, for a girl that barely passed science, she sure does recommend a lot of STEM gift ideas. The Toy of the Year award-winning Gravity Maze Marble Run logic game looks like science even I could handle. The goal is to create a maze that will carry a marble from start to the target tower. The game is complete with 60 challenge cards and crystal clear instructions [I’ll be the judge of that!]
Let’s hear it for the girls! If you aren’t already familiar, GoldieBlox is the world’s first girl engineer character. Isn’t that a little mindblowing? The Builder’s Survival Kit comes with a diary of inventions and 11 build ideas. There is an entire series of GoldieBlox kits and sets to make sure she doesn’t stay the only girl character in STEM related products. Check them out in the shoppable widget below.
Truthfully, I can’t say Beyblade without the addition of an eye roll. Beyblades have taken over my house. Everything Noah touches turns into a spinning top ready for battle. That being said, we’re buying this one and our son will be over-the-moon. The Switchstrike Battle Tower includes 2 right-spin launchers and Beyblade burst switch strike right-spin battling tops. If I lost you, don’t worry…it’s gibberish to me too.
As stated in the graphic, this gift is fun for the whole family. This “toy” teaches kids the fundamentals of the game [and maybe their mom learns a thing or two as well] while also getting them moving outdoors. The set includes enough gear for two teams of 5 players each and a mini playbook as well as printed plays on the football itself. Adding to cart for the Canfield fam.
I have witnessed the LOL obsession by way of a friend and let me just say, the thirst is real. Y’all these LOL thing-a-ma-jigs are everywhere and I don’t know a little girl that doesn’t pine for them. I am filing this one under “parents just don’t understand”, but if you’ve got
In the same breath, move on over LOLs, there’s a new hot toy in town and she’s interactive. These stage 5 clingers react to touch, communicate emotions through the light up eyes, and throws out a beat for the occasional freeze dance party. Are we setting our girls up for a let down in the emotional communication department down the road? Surely. I dare you to communicate to your significant other with only your eyes. Please, tell me the anticipated results of that study in the comments below.
Oh come on, you didn’t really believe I’d leave a LEGO set
There’s more! I am building up the Holiday Shop on my website for gift ideas galore. So while this is the last of the three Kids Gift Guides, you can always check back here for more ideas and inspiration.
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