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What are your kids asking for this year? Mine sometimes don’t know what they want, and even when they do I love to throw in a few gifts that they wouldn’t expect or don’t even know they want. Here are some of our faves this year.
Tiki Toss is more than a game, it invokes a lifestyle. Take a break and have some fun. Made of 100% bamboo, the Surf editions take the player back to island time, while the Football editions bring the competitive feeling of routing for your favorite team. $30+
Hydro Strike was a watery blast in the 80’s and is here to make a splash in 2018! In this head-to-head pinball game players need fast flipping fingers to shoot the ball into their opponent’s goal. When players score, their opponent gets a surprising spray of water to the face. $15
OOLY Writing and Art Set
The best gift you can give a young child is the gift of self expression. She'll love the large amount of colorful writing supplies in this Brighten My Day Writing and Art Super Set. Included in this gift set for girls are colorful gel pens, graphite pencils, DIY erasers and much more. She can write and draw Yummy Yummy Scented Glitter Gel Pens, Rainbow Mechanical Pencils, Sweet Things Graphite Pencils and Switch-eroo Erasable Markers. Also included is a DIY COver White Paper Sketchbook, Creatibles DIY Eraser Kit and a Mighty Pencil Sharpener. Suggested for ages 8 to 12. $50
Adventure Force Thermal Tracker
The Adventure Force Thermal Tracker by Buzz Bee Toys provides unbeatable target protection. It's heat-seeking scope detects a heat source up to 60 feet away, and its crosshairs will turn red when on target! Coupled with blasting power of up to 100 feet, your opponent's escape is near impossible. The rail adapter allows for complete customization - offering the ability to add or interchange parts with other brand's accessories or place this scope on other brand's blasters. Includes blaster, 10 long distance darts, 10 count dart clip, heat-seeking scope and rail adapter. $25
Test your code-cracking prowess with Mastermind, "the challenging game of logic and deduction." The codemaker sets a code of four colored pegs--choosing from yellow, red, orange, blue, green, or white--and conceals it behind a flip-up shield. Your mission: replicate the code in 10 moves or fewer. With each of the codebreaker's attempts, the codemaker uses red and white key pegs to offer cryptic clues about color and position. Mastermind is for two players 8 and up. $10
Scratch & Draw Patterns
Lose yourself in 20 intricate, terrestrial, designs of spirals, tangles, and geometric patterns. You can copy the examples or make variations as you create your own personalized drawing. $10
Untamed Raptors - Brand new species!
My kids love fingerlings and especially the Untamed Raptors! Two new species are now available: The first are the UNTAMED Sabre Tooth Tigers: Meet Silvertooth & Bonesaw, fierce and unpredictable creatures that know friend vs. foe. In untamed mode, they’ll roar like hungry tigers! In tame mode, they play like kittens. But handle with care because this duo is complete with ferocious fangs, snapping jaws and gripping claws. The second are the UNTAMED Dire Wolves: Meet Midnight & Blizzard, interactive and ferocious wolves with snarling fangs, snapping jaws and gripping claws! In untamed mode, they will howl at the moon! In tame mode, they nuzzle and play like puppies! $15
Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes
Let the kids unplug with this kid powered toy! Simply stomp to launch stunt planes (Looper, glider and Wildcat) designed by aeronautical engineers to perform a variety of amazing stunts. The looper plane performs giant loops, glider plane soars up to 100 feet and Wildcat plane does all kinds of crazy tricks. Adjust the angle of flight with the adjustable launch stand, fly into the wind or with the wind and change how these planes fly
Recommended for ages 5 and up. $30
I Spy Games
Everyone in this house loves I Spy challenges. These games from Scholastic are a lot of fun. In I Spy Eagle Eye, players use their eagle eyes to spot an item on their card that's also on their game board. The first to find it and ring the bell wins the round! This game encourages visual discrimination, observation and memorization. For 2 to 4 players, recommended for ages 5 and up.$15 I Spy Dig In is the great game of frantic finding! Kids practice literacy, coordination, and social skills as they race to match the images on their cards with objects from the bowl. $15