FamilyFun's 2013 Toy of the Year Awards

Duct-Tape Doggie Fashions

FamilyFun?s 2013 Toy of the Year Awards

A plain stuffed pooch and its pup get gussied up with kid-made outfits. The materials? Pretty paper, stickers, and colorful strips of the world's most versatile tape. The pets' favorite pattern? Houndstooth, of course., $22, Ages 6 and up

Dolphin Cruiser

FamilyFun?s 2013 Toy of the Year Awards

Set a course for high seas adventure with this posh, whimsically detailed two-story Lego Friends vessel. It's outfitted with a detachable deck, waterslide, Jet Ski, and -- tester fave -- its very own dolphins., $69.99, Ages 7 and up

Sew Cute!

FamilyFun?s 2013 Toy of the Year Awards

Stitch up a half dozen yummy- looking stuffed doughnuts with this super-easy sewing kit. Our testers tell us that the decorative glitter glue is truly the icing on these cakes. Toys"R"Us and Hobby Lobby stores, $12.99, Ages 8 and up

Bejeweled Frenzy

FamilyFun?s 2013 Toy of the Year Awards

The bling's the thing in this frenetic card-game version of the addictive app. Players race to match gems, compile card sets, and rack up points. Our testers were bedazzled: "This has become one of our favorite games to play as a family," reports an enthusiastic mom. 2 to 4 players., $14.99, Ages 8 and up

Nancy B. Microscope

FamilyFun?s 2013 Toy of the Year Awards

Madame Curies-to-be can zoom in on the world within our world with the help of this 400x microscope. The superbly written activity journal outlines experiments, from scrutinizing the cells of an onion skin to comparing salt and sugar crystals, that demonstrate the instrument's dual nature: it's a light scope (for seeing through materials) and a dissecting scope (for viewing the surface of objects)., $39.99, Ages 8 and up

Marker Maker

FamilyFun?s 2013 Toy of the Year Awards

Bye-bye, basic blues and same-old greens. Using this kit's three inks, kids can blend their favorite shades from a mixing chart or dream up a personalized palette of concoctions, for 16 custom markers. Refills sold separately., $24.99, Ages 8 and up

Make Clay Charms

FamilyFun?s 2013 Toy of the Year Awards

This quirky jewelry kit includes materials for making dozens of tiny bracelet charms, including animals and sweet treats. Kids mold the trinkets from nine colors of clay, bake them, add facial features, coat them with a fast-drying glaze, then show them off on a silver chain. Dare we say charm-ing?, $21.99, Ages 8 and up

Snap Circuits Sound

FamilyFun?s 2013 Toy of the Year Awards

With a whopping 188 projects, this electronics set opens up kids' minds -- and ears -- to the wonders of sound science. From easy-to-assemble circuit boards, aspiring engineers can build a haunting optical theremin (a musical instrument), distort recorded voices, and control echos with light. One thing parents didn't hear: "I'm bored.", $84.95, Ages 8 and up

Fluxx: The Board Game

FamilyFun?s 2013 Toy of the Year Awards

Change is the name of this strategic game, an adaptation of the popular card sets. The basics are simple: move playing pieces around the tiled board per instructions on your cards, trying to collect goal cards. But since each player's turn can shift the rules, dramatic twists are frequent (and fun!). 2 to 4 players,, $30, Ages 8 and up

St. Malo

FamilyFun?s 2013 Toy of the Year Awards

A game where the goal is to be the best city planner? Yup, trust us -- and our testers. Players roll the dice and choose elements to add to their dry-erase city-board, such as merchants, churches, walls to keep out the pirates, and more. "It's like a computer strategy game without the computer!" raved one family. 2 to 5 players,, $34.99, Ages 9 and up

Originally published in the November 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine

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