LEGO's new game line has been receiving great reviews. One of the most popular is the LEGO Minotaurus Game (3841). LEGO games allow you to build, play, and change the game. The rules are clear and simple, making this game great fun for the entire family. The Minotaurus game includes 1 buildable LEGO dice, 1 rule booklet, 1 building instruction booklet, and 12 LEGO minifigures. Recommended for ages 7 and up.
For the girls, the Alex Toys Friends 4 Ever Bracelet Making Kit allows them to make personalized bracelets for all of their friends. Set includes 4 color-coded looms, floss, beads, beading needle, step-by-step instructions and a handy carrying case that's perfect for carrying over to friends' houses. Makes 22 bracelets. Year after year, bracelet making is popular among girls in this age group and this year is no exception. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.
The ultimate spy tool, Spy Net: Secret Mission Video Watch is packed with high tech spy features. Includes a real working video camera and microphone to record video, audio and even photos. It also features a full color 1.4″ TFT screen to watch recorded videos and live playback and onboard memory to store your evidence and files. Recommended for ages 8 to 15 years.
Can you believe the Easy Bake Oven has been around for 45 years? I remember enjoying this when I was young and the popularity is still going strong. This classic light-bulb oven comes with yummy mixes and accessories for cooking up all kinds of sweet treats. The Easy Bake Oven is not only a fun toy that provides delicious snacks, but it also teaches important skills surrounding cooking and baking. In addition, there is a wide range of food accessories that you can purchase to add on to this basic kit such as Breakfast Delights, Dessert Pizza, and Ice Cream Sundae Delights. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
The Real Construction Deluxe Tool Workshop makes a great gift with over 120 pieces of tools, nails, screws, and kid wood. With real sawing, cutting and nailing build anything you can imagine. Also includes a project book. It is safe, easy to use and leaves no mess!
Recommended for ages 6 to 15 years.
The first full automatic Nerf Clip System blaster to date, the Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS is showing up on all the must-have toy lists this year. It features a pop-out bipod, which doubles as a handle, and a removable shield allowing players to transition to Attack Mode. This ultimate full auto clip system blaster comes complete with a Blast Shield Pop-Out Bipod, 3 Extended Clips, 1 Quick-Reload Clip and 60 darts. Nerf products are always a big hit among young boys. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Electronics devices, especially the Nintendo DSi, are very popular among both boys and girls in this group. Featuring 2 ultra-bright LCD screens for double the action, the DSi is also packed with more multimedia features than previous DS models. Now you can take and edit pictures, record and manipulate audio as well. The DSi is backwards compatible and supports over 800 games! There is no specific age limit on the Nintendo DSi, however, games do carry suggested age recommendations.
The Monster High dolls, including this Frankie Stein Doll, are all the rage right now. There is a complete Monster High doll line and all dolls are fully articulated so they can be posed in many different ways. Includes 1 doll, pet, accessory, diary, brush, and doll stand. If you have a Monster High fan in your house, I would purchase these early because they are already becoming hard to find at some retailers. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Although not a “toy,” I assure you the iPod Nano (8 GB) will pop up on many lists this year for kids in this age group. The newest Nano model features a 1.5 inch multi-touch color display, built in volume controls, built-in FM radio tuner with Live Pause, and up to 24 hours of music playback. This is recommended for all ages.
Loaded with 400 parts for endless building fun, the Knex Value Tub 400 pieces includes an instruction sheet to build 20 different models or you can use your own imagination. Unlike Lego, K'Nex allows for 3 dimensional construction and is perfect for building fans who are looking for something a little more challenging than basic Lego sets. Additional sets can be purchased as well. Recommended for ages 6 to 12.
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