Best Big Kid Toy Gifts for the Holidays
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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