Best Toys of 2016: Big Kids

Here at Parents, we get the year's new toys sent to us months before the holidays (lucky us!) and invite kids of all ages to come in and give them a whirl (lucky them!). See which toys came out on top!

Best Toys 2016 Big Kids

Best Toys Li’s Lighthouse Lookout Jeffrey Westbrook
One of a series of affordable DIY sets, GoldieBlox Li’s Lighthouse Lookout is a quick and satisfying build that comes with its namesake character. 6 years+, $15.

Best Toys Hasbro Gaming Pie Face Showdown Jeffrey Westbrook
Next level: In Hasbro Gaming Pie Face Showdown, two players each hit a button as fast as possible. The slowpoke gets whipped cream in the face! 5 years+, $25.

Best Toys Diggin Mega Rocket Jeffrey Westbrook
You just throw Diggin Mega Rocket, okay? No fancy tech. The inflatable is really tall—6 feet—yet throws easily and far for a superior game of catch. 6 years+, $17.

Best Toys Spin Master Hatchimals Jeffrey Westbrook
We predict Spin Master Hatchimals will be the “It” toy, mixing the thrill of a blind box with electronics and nurturing play. Kids hold and touch an egg to get the creature inside to peck its way out. It reacts with sounds and eyes that glow through the shell. By the time it finally breaks through, it’s an Instagrammable moment for sure! Kids then “raise” a Hatchimal from baby to toddler to kid. 5 years+, $60.

Best Toys My Life As Doll Jeffrey Westbrook
If you’re wondering where the boys are when it comes to 18-inch dolls, look no further than these new dudes who are joining the My Life As line. 5 years+, $28 each.

Best Toys Mattel Hot Wheels Star Wars Carships Death Star Revolution Race Track Set Jeffrey Westbrook
Toy cars, meet the hot movie franchise! Mattel Hot Wheels Star Wars Carships Death Star Revolution Race Track Set lets kids launch light-side or dark-side vehicles into orbit around the Death Star. Yes, there’s an occasional exciting collision! 5 years+, $50.

Best Toys Hasbro Furby Connect Jeffrey Westbrook
It’s back and really is better than ever because the Hasbro Furby Connect receives updates from an app, giving it new features all the time. Also, it comes with a sleep mask that lets you give Furby a well-deserved rest. 6 years+, $100.

Best Toys American Girl WellieWishers Jeffrey Westbrook
Bridging Bitty Baby and Girl of the Year, American Girl WellieWishers, who each have a backstory about kindness, are made for schoolkids learning to navigate friendships. 5 to 7 years, $60 each.

Best Toys Activision Skylanders Imaginators Jeffrey Westbrook
Skylanders fans will go gaga for Activision Skylanders Imaginators. Players create highly customizable characters in the game, name them, and play them; they can even order a playable 3-D figure of their design. It all starts by putting a creation crystal on the portal. There are new Sensei figures as well. 6 years+, $75.

Best Toys Crayola Color Spinout Jeffrey Westbrook
The throwback Crayola Color Spinout uses up to three markers at a time to create geometric masterpieces, a nice little break from all those coloring books. 6 years+, $15.

Best Toys Lego City Fun in the Park—City People Pack Jeffrey Westbrook
Sixteen figures in Lego City Fun in the Park—City People Pack include a baby in a stroller plus a dog and a hipster. Among the 157 pieces are a croissant and a soccer ball. It’s like they know us. 5 to 12 years, $40.

Best Toys Ravensburger Buggaloop Jeffrey Westbrook
A Hexbug in a board game? That’s crazy! Players try to move a piece across Ravensburger Buggaloop while the bug lurks underneath; when the spastic crawler finds its way onto the game board, havoc ensues! 6 years+, $30.

Best Toys Space Scooter Jeffrey Westbrook
Already a hit in Europe, Space Scooter debuted in the U.S. this year. Speed can be controlled by foot-pumping the board instead of pushing off, which allows a rider to go slow (riding next to a walking friend) or fast (when it’s time to zip). 8 years+, $149.

Best Toys Rule Your Room Kit Jeffrey Westbrook
Inventors and makers find inspiration in the littleBits Rule Your Room Kit. Kids can use the pieces to arm their diary with a burglar alarm, for instance! 8 years+, $100.

Best Toys Spin Master Jeffrey Westbrook
Assemble a robot! Spin Master Meccano Micronoids are what Erector sets have become. You don’t just build; you program a creation to move and dance. 8 years+, $40 each.

Best Toys Stick Stack Jeffrey Westbrook
Wonder Forge Stick Stack is a mesmerizing tabletop game that challenges players to pay attention to the colors as well as the precarious balance as they take turns putting down pieces. 8 years+, $17.

Best Toys Batmobile Jeffrey Westbrook
Kids adored the Spin Master Air Hogs Remote Control Batmobile, which zips faster than many RCs and just bounces off of walls and obstacles. It has to pause for charging, but when it races, it’s a thrill. 10 years+, $60.

Best Toys Battle Drones Jeffrey Westbrook
Though they sound fierce, MGA Entertainment Air Wars Battle Drones are simple flying fun as far as our testers are concerned. They flew them side by side rather than battling; after all, having two means not having to take turns. (Or, charge one while the other goes!) 8 years+, $110.

Best Toys Heel Wheel Jeffrey Westbrook
Razor Jetts Heel Wheels turn sneakers (youth 12 to adult 12) into skates. But wait...they also send off sparks! Our testing shows that they need some practice to master but that it’s worth it. 8 years+, $40.