Best School-Age Toys of 2012

Our gift to you this holiday season is a stress-free shopping guide for the hottest playthings of the year. They topped our kid testers' wish lists!

YBike Explorer

YBike Explorer

Bryan McCay

Pedal across pavement, grass and other terrains in this go-kart. Steering is easy once your kid gets the hang og the right and left handlebars. 5 years+, $190; fatbraintoys.com

Race Through Space

Race Through Space

Bryan McCay

Morph family game night into a galactic challenge. After each round of play, the bottom of the board is moved to the top to shake up your strategy. 6 years+, $20; ravensburger.com

Air Hogs Adventures: Fire Rescue

Air Hogs Adventures: Fire Rescue

Bryan McCay

Shoot "water" missiles to put out fires and give cars a lift with this RC helicopter, which is simpler for younger pilots to fly because it's tethered to the playset. 5 years+, $35; airhogs.com

Marker Airbrush

Marker Airbrush

Bryan McCay

Even kids who don't usually like coloring or drawing will want to give this awesome hand-powered sprayer a try. It lets you make funky designs on paper or clothing. 6 years+, $25; crayolastore.com

Speed Climbing Spider-Man

Speed Climbing Spider-Man

Bryan McCay

Wow your children with this remote-controlled, gravity-defying superhero that actually climbs walls! 6 years+, $40; Hasbro.com

Monster High: Create-A-Monster Design Lab

Monster High: Create-A-Monster Design Lab

Bryan McCay

Your kid can customize the look of her doll with this goth-style tattoo parlor. 6 years+, $40; amazon.com

K'Nex Angry Birds

K'Nex Angry Birds

Bryan McCay

Little fans of the app can build scenes to knock down in the real world with bird launchers. 5 years+, $12 and up; knex.com

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