Best Big Kid Toy Gifts for the Holidays

Water Bomber Jai Alai
Bryan McCay
Still don't know what presents to buy your big kid for the holidays? Check out these fun, affordable toys.
Peter Ardito
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

Peter Ardito
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

Peter Ardito
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

Peter Ardito
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

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

Peter Ardito
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

Peter Ardito
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

Peter Ardito
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

Peter Ardito
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

Peter Ardito
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

Peter Ardito
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

Peter Ardito
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

Peter Ardito
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

Peter Ardito
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

Bryan McCay
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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