Best Big Kid Toy Gifts for the Holidays

Still don't know what presents to buy your big kid for the holidays? Check out these fun, affordable toys.

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Cap It Off Jewelry

Peter Ardito

Cap It Off Jewelry

Your little fashionista can design (and wear) her own funky line of bottle-cap bracelets, necklaces, and earrings with this crafty kit.

7 years+; $18; alextoys.com

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Sumoku

Peter Ardito

Sumoku

Trick your kid into practicing his math skills with this surprisingly addictive game that requires players to make matching multiples out of their tiles.

9 years+; $15; blueorangegames.com

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Scrabble Flash

Peter Ardito

Scrabble Flash

Line up the electronic cubes in different orders to create as many words from the assigned letters as you can before time runs out.

8 years+; $30; hasbro.com

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Creationary

Peter Ardito

Creationary

Our favorite of the build-and-play games, this one is Lego's spin on Pictionary. Use the bricks to build the image on the card while the other players try to guess what you're making.

7 years+; $35; lego.com

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Paper Jamz Guitar and Amp

Paper Jamz Guitar and Amp

Paper Jamz Guitar and Amp

Your kids (and you) will have a blast rocking out on these remarkably light-weight, paper-thin guitars. Play along to recorded songs, or go freestyle.

8 years+; $25 for guitar and $15 for amp; wowwee.com

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Make 'N' Break Challenge

Peter Ardito

Make 'N' Break Challenge

Race to see who can create the structures on the cards first in this fast-paced game. The catch is you can only pick up the blocks with the wooden tongs. Tricky!

8 years+; $30; ravensburger.com

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Air Hogs Hawk Eye

Peter Ardito

Air Hogs Hawk Eye

Take one-of-a-kind pictures and videos from up high as you fly this small RC helicopter cam.

8 years+; $65; spinmaster.com

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SpyNet Video Watch

Peter Ardito

SpyNet Video Watch

This working watch is also a camera in disguise. It lets kids record and play back video from their wrists!

8 years+; $50; jakkspacific.com

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Spy Video TRAKR

Peter Ardito

Spy Video TRAKR

Your secret agent-in-training can drive this remote-control vehicle on secret missions, such as monitoring enemies (or his big sis) on the handset's full-color screen.

8 years+; $130; wildplanet.com

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Rubik's Slide

Peter Ardito

Rubik's Slide

Has your little genius already solved the original cube? Kick it up a notch with this electronic version that twists, slides, and all around increases difficulty.

8 years+; $18; technosourceusa.com

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Hide and Eek!

Peter Ardito

Hide and Eek!

Memory for older kids, this numbers game also teaches kids about the concept of greater and less than.

8 years+; $14; gamewright.com

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Wind Up Workshop Robots

Peter Ardito

Wind Up Workshop Robots

If you have a hard time getting your son into crafts, check out this guy-friendly set. He can build his own robots that wind-up and move.

7 years+; $15; creativityforkids.com

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Razor Siege Caster

Peter Ardito

Razor Siege Caster

Those hard to manage caster boards just got a lot easier with this scooter, which comes with a handle bar to help with balancing.

8 years+; $99; razor.com

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Loopz

Peter Ardito

Loopz

Keep your wits about you and your hands moving to mimic the lights at an ever-increasing speed (think the next generation of Simon Says).

7 years+; $30; mattel.com

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Water Bomber Jai Alai

Bryan McCay

Water Bomber Jai Alai

The basket's handle is also a pump that can fill balloons with water to add another layer of play to the game.

8 years+; $20; intplay.com

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