School age kids might be hung up on the latest electronics, but we also found some great ways to play for boys and girls this holiday season! From games to playsets, art supplies and even the newest dolls, momstown minds has found the HOTTEST toys for kids age 5+ that will not only keep them busy and engaged but also help them learn through play!
Rainbow Loom has taken over playdates, school yards and sleepovers around the world! With a kit for $18.95, your child can use elastics to create bracelets, charms and necklaces! Refill elastics are only $3.99 (think stocking stuffer), making this a fun and economical craft for kids as young as 5! You'll be surprised at how much both boys and girls love to create and invent the hottest patterns!
Angry Birds Knock on Wood Game ($25) brings your child's favourite online game to real life. Play against friends to knock down the blocks and get the piggies! Great for hand/eye coordination!
LEGO City Coast Guard Patrol has the boys (and girls) going crazy for this latest set! With over 400 pieces to amuse the LEGO fans, once you build this amazing set, the imaginative play ideas are endless (retail $99.99)!
LEGO Friends Dolphin Cruiser have the girls covered with this fun boat to take the Friends on their newest adventures for under $100! The fun is in building it, but then using your Friends figures, you can continue the imaginative play! Best part? Cute dolphins! Buying additional LEGO Friend figures is easy and under $5 (perfect for stocking stuffers).
Crayola Marker Maker($20) and the Crayola Melt N' Mold Factory ($45) are a perfect gift for kids ages 8+! These two items are incredible for kids who love to get creative and crafty! We love that kids can create their own marker colours with Marker Maker and they can melt down crayons in an "oven" to make new multi crayons! Just imagine how cool your child's artwork will look now!
Skylanders Swap Force is a PTPA Winner and the must-have for older gamers in your house! With the third generation of the Skylanders line, these characters can swap abilities! Only $74.99 for all gaming consoles; includes the game, portal and three interchangable figures!
Equestria Girls are the newest expansion to The My Little Pony line. When the ponies are transformed into girls, they explore new adventures while still relying on their foundation of friendship. Individual dolls and sets for $20-$40.
Disney Infinity Starter pack will be the hit for many young gamers this season! With Disney characters that we all know and love, your child can explore new adventures or create their own stories! Only $75 for all gaming consoles. Additional characters are also available and new ones arrive regularly.
Easy Bake Ultimate Oven (8+) You already know we love to cook with kids at our Junior Chef programs, but now older kids can get baking with the new twist on a classic toy! Now in colours that appeal to both boys and girls, this toy allows your child to bake simple treats all on their own! Delicious! (Retail approx. $55)
Playmobil Cargo and Passenger Aircraft with Tower is one of the hottest toys on the shelves! Building on the success of their passenger plane, this set comes with the air traffic controller tower for real interactive play at $99.99 price point! Kids will love to put this easy set together in only a few pieces and play with all of their flight crew figures! Add to the set with figures that are under $5 - perfect for stocking stuffers!
One of the runaway hits this year was Despicable Me 2! We can't wait for it to hit DVD just in time for Christmas on December 10th! Here's a sneak peak! What a perfect stocking stuffer!