Edutaining Kids .COM                        2009 Holiday Gift Guides for Kids
Guide to Children's Products for Fun & Learning

 

   Gift Guide: Kids 5 to 8 (2014)

 
 
 

Children in early elementary grades are learning all kinds of new skills—they are starting to take off in reading, learning new math skills, discovering their world in new ways, and refining their skills in art. Plenty of products are available that are fun enough to give as gifts, yet still manage to encourage budding academic skills. When it comes to toys and software, any parent will agree that there are wiser choices than others—toys that entertain and educate at the same time are ideal. Often, though, some of the best gifts are toys that inspire imagination and pretend play. So, while electronic teaching aids can be fantastic, a set of markers or paints are priceless. We've included topnotch software, activity sets, books, toys, and audio products that kids will love receiving, and adults will feel good about giving.

Here are our Top Ten picks for gifts, as well as other super gift choices and hot trends.

 

Top Gifts
for Kids Ages 5-8

10+ TOP PICKS

2014 EDITION

 

Slideshow of our Top Picks for Toys for Ages 5-8:

Ordered List:
1 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition

We love this tablet. The Galaxy Tab 3 can be run in standard mode, and it's the same Galaxy Tab 3 that adults use. In kid mode, there are nice parental controls and preloaded kid-friendly apps with the option to acquire more. You can load up this tablet with apps from Google Play, for example, or the Samsung Kids Store.  It's fun right out of the box. We love the carry handle that turns into a tablet stand and stylus version, although the other version with the orange bumper is good as well. For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition (7-Inch with Carrying Case and Stylus) or Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition (7-Inch with Orange Bumper Case)


LeapFrog's Leapster GS Explorer

This new and exciting learning game system is not only fun, but educational as well. The Leapster Explorer is jam-packed with preset games, but also has many downloadable features and apps to add more to the experience. This new version of the Leapster Explorer even includes a camera that is able to both take pictures and record videos. The games can help your child learn everything from reading to geography, but are also engaging so children have fun as they learn. Be aware though, the add on games can be pricy at times. Altogether though, the Leapster Explorer is satisfying and keeps children entertained.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: LeapFrog LeapsterGS Explorer ]

 

Cranium Hullabaloo

Hullabaloo is a high-energy game with so many variations of gameplay that it always stays fresh. Kids learn about shapes, words, and colors, as well as develop listening, cooperation, and strategic skills. The Hullabaloo itself is quite sturdy and attractive, requiring AA batteries. It's easy to understand the rules quickly, especially so for kids with its additional oral instructions.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Cranium Hullabaloo]

 

Lego Minotaurus Game

Kids strategize, using their Lego blocks to block their opponents in this intriguing family game that gets kids thinking! It's clever and changeable (rules can be modified to suit your kids' interests, talents, and attention spans), which keeps gameplay very fresh over time. There are total setbacks in the game that makes it better for kids over 7, which happens to be the manufacturers' suggested age. 

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy:  LEGO Minotaurus Game (3841) at Amazon.com]   

 

 Shape by Shape by ThinkFun

Addictive for young puzzle lovers, this set also helps develop essential math and problem solving skills as kids play. Highly recommended!

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: ThinkFun Shape By Shape ]

 

Fun Explorers Rocket Ship by KidKraft

  How fun is a multi-level rocket ship play house? This one will set children's imaginations to the moon! It comes with a working elevator and a number of important figurines, such as astronauts, space vehicles, aliens, and more. Kid testers loved it. Very cute!

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Kidkraft Fun Explorers Rocket Ship Set at Amazon.com]   

 

2

EyeClops (Bionic Eye by Jakks)

This educational toy acts as a microscope with images that appear in their full magnified glory on the television screen. Kids will be actively searching for things to magnify -- coins, fabric, their own skin. The toy is battery-powered, and set-up is easy -- it plugs into the A/V jack on your TV. It's tricky for little ones (they'll need help focusing), but great fun nevertheless!

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: EyeClops Bionic Eye Multizoom, Green]

 

3


Tag Reading System by Leap Frog

Designed for children just heading out on the road to reading (beginning readers), the Tag Reader (which looks like a pen or stylus) is a touch-sensitive reading device that "reads" specially designed storybooks to children. Activities that encourage word recognition, other reading skills, and general learning experiences are also incorpororated. Currently, there are over 20 books and games designed for the Tag Reading system, some of which are classics like The Little Engine That Could, and others based on popular characters like SpongeBob SquarePants. The leanring activities are leveled and automatically adjust to a child's responses. Downloadable content is available online and accessed using a USB key.

The Tag Reading System includes a rather generic reading book, and the other storybooks are available separately. As such, you will need to factor the additional expense of books into the overall price of the product. (Kids will definitely need and want more storybooks).

We like the leveling, interactivity, and concept of this product. Downfalls are overall price, if you factor in the purchase of additional storybooks, and only one user can be tracked at a time (kids can share the unit, but the leveling and reporting becomes mixed up that way).

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy LeapFrog TAG Reading System, Green ]



4


Balloon Lagoon

Balloon Lagoon, by the makers of Cranium, is a carnival "board game" (without the traditional board) that is truly exciting and educational at once. Best for kids ages 4-7, this game involves spelling simple words, unscrambling pictures, and more, all to the sounds of the merry-go-round musical timer. The object of the game is to collect the most plastic balloons the quickest. The game is battery-operated. Very fun! 

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy Cranium Balloon Lagoon]

 

5


Geomag

Young children are wild about magnets and about free-play building. This set combines these two kid-friendly activities. Geomag with Panels sets contain rods (one color per set), nickel-plated magnetic spheres (that never tarnish!), and colorful panels of different shapes for unlimited play ideas. Kids can make unique and imaginative structures of all kinds, including such things as spinning tops and simple shapes. It's an educational and fun activity for kids over 3 (small parts), and the possibilities are only limited by a child's imagination, and the number of pieces in the set! It comes in sets with different numbers of pieces. Although the sets with less pieces are fun, most kids will want more pieces. We recommend the 125-piece set.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Geomag Color Variety Game Set, 120-Piece Set at Amazon.com

 

Magnetic Mosaics Kids

This very creative kit is great for a relaxing "quiet time" activity. The set comes with a variety of templates that kids populate with half-inch magnetic cubes (they're foam) to create interesting designs. The mosaics are built on a tabletop easel. The only down side here is that there are not enough pieces to make more than one masterpiece at once, so it's not great for kids who like to display their artwork but would also like to start anew.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Magnetic Mosaics - Kids at Amazon.com]

 

6

 

Lego City Sets

Sets in the Lego City line are a perfect fit for this age group. Amongst others, we like Police Station, as it really is intricate with a whole slew of realistic details, as well as very rewarding to complete. Kids can put criminals in jail (the set includes two prison cells and even tiny handcuffs!), for example. There are three police vehicles included and little figurines. Need more Lego figurines? If your child owns more than one Lego City sets, he/she might benefit from having extra figurines. Try LEGO Community Workers Set, which is a set of community figures from a range of occupations with appropriate accessories.

[For user reviews, or to buy: LEGO City Police 60047 Police Station or all Lego City products at Amazon.com]

 

 

Automoblox Mini's

These smooth wood and plastic toy cars are all the rage! Automobolox Mini's are perfectly-sized customizable cars that come in a range of colors, shapes, and sizes. They have detachable wheels and windows so kids can create and recreate their own original vehicles; and they can also connect them together. The cars even come with their own VIN number. The quality of the wood and plastic vehicles is exceptional and the tires are real rubber. This particular set (pictured here) comes with one blue S9, one red C9, and one green T9.

[For user reviews, or to buy: Manhattan Toy Automoblox Mini's 3-Pack at Amazon.com]

 

 

CitiBlocs

These building blocks may not look as snazzy as other building sets, but that's one of the reasons why we love them! Kids are only limited by their imaginations with this set of wonderfully designed and manufactured blocks. Included in the set pictured here are 200 pieces--enough to truly inspire children of all ages. Other sets are available, whether you want to start smaller or add to your existing collection.

Not only are they more affordable, but they're also the blocks kids turn to time and time again. Why? They're simple, well-balanced, and kids aren't limited by colors and awkward shapes when they are building their architectural "masterpieces". (If your kids do like colored blocks, they are also available). Sometimes less is more.

[For user reviews, or to buy: Citiblocs Natural Colors Precision Cut Building Blocks (200 Piece) at Amazon.com]

 

 

7

Window Art

This fun and easy art activity is appropriate for the whole family. The premise of Window Art is simple, but the results are nothing short of fabulous: slip an included plastic sheet over one of the book's pages of templates, use a black squirt-bottle to trace the outline of a design, then fill with more squirtable color. Each design--whether it's a family of colorful bugs, an ice cream sundae, or a collection of underwater creatures--takes about 24 hours to dry. Once set, the design becomes "clingable"--ready to display on any window of the house. The results are positively vibrant. Your windows (and view) will never look better.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Window Art (Klutz) at Amazon.com]

 

Glow Dome

The Crayola Glow Dome offers a great way for kids to let their imaginations run wild and experience their drawings come to life. This rotating, glow-in-the-dark dome lets kids see their artwork painted on the walls in neon, glowing colors. (Kids are actually drawing on the globe or dome itself.) As soon as the lights go out, they experience a new creative world, that allows kids to put a spin on their usual artwork, inspiring more excitement in their creations. While the thrill of it might not last forever, it's certainly a fun experience while it does last.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Crayola Glow Dome at Amazon.com]

 

 

 

8


Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL

The Nintendo 3DS is the latest handheld system from Nintendo (the Nintendo DS Lite mentioned below is still a good system, but the 3DS is the latest). It's backwards compatible with the DS, meaning it can play every DS game in addition to the newer 3DS games.

The Nintendo 3DS boasts improved graphics, a robust e-shop with digital downloads of full games, and some extra features. And, of course as the name implies, it has 3D capabilities. Games specially designed for the 3DS can be played in 3D without the need for special glasses. The intensity of the 3D can be adjusted to taste with a slider, and it can be turned off completely, as some of our testers have opted to do. Note that the 3D element is NOT recommended for children ages 7 and under, and some kids older than 7 find it disorienting and choose not to use the feature. The Nintendo 3DS XL includes larger screens. Although this can make it slightly less portable than the original version of the 3DS, it is far from unreasonable and can be more appealing to younger children due to easier visibility.

To buy, or for more information: Nintendo 3DS - Aqua BlueNintendo 3DS - Cosmo Black, Nintendo 3DS - Flame RedNintendo 3DS XL Black/Black, or Nintendo 3DS XL - Blue/Black at Amazon.com]

 

Nintendo DS Lite

The Nintendo DS Lite is a super improvement on the DS. This lighter, brighter, and more compact edition of a fabulous portable gaming system drew ooh's and ah's from our kid testers. It comes in Coral Pink, Polar White, and Onyx Black. Of course, many girls love the pink version. Like the DS, the DS Lite features dual screens, wireless features, a touch screen, stylus, and microphone. It's more interactive than the GameBoys (for example, with one game, kids can blow into the unit to create bubbles onscreen; in another (Nintendogs), they can speak commands to their virtual puppies).

Should you buy a DSi? If the kids don't play GameBoy games, then no. Stick with the DS Lite. If not, and you like the idea of having a camera in the DS, then go for the DSi. Our kid testers still play GameBoy games, and don't want to "upgrade" as a result!

NOTE: The better bet is to get the Nintendo 3DS (immediately above) as it is backwards compatible. The 3DS can play all DS games (not GameBoy Advance games) and boasts more features.

To buy, or for more information: Nintendo DS Lite Metallic Silver, Nintendo DS Lite Polar White, or Nintendo DS Lite Coral Pink and Nintendogs Labrador Retriever & Friends at Amazon.com]

 

 

9

Pretend & Learn Cash Register (by Learning Resources)

Playing store is a classic childhood activity that keeps children busy for hours at a time. Pretending they are grown-ups, kids imitate both the customer and the cashier, and playing with a realistic cash register adds an exciting and educational element to the fantasy. Of the many toy cash registers on the market to choose from, the Pretend & Play Cash Register is a particularly sensible choice with its real solar-powered calculator as its keypad. The large, attractive buttons allow even preschoolers to start feeling comfortable with the basic workings of a calculator. As children grow, this cash register provides an excellent introduction to the world of math and helps kids learn practical calculator skills. Along with these skills, they also develop social and vocabulary skills as they model real-world grown-up behavior. A scanner and scale are also featured in this innovative toy. The coin reader identifies both play and real coins, helping kids get comfortable with the names of coins. Children can use the cash register for real-world calculations. Kids can even use the register to handle real money for a garage or lemonade sale! This toy offers hours of pretend play and practical math lessons at the same time.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Learning Resources Teaching Cash Register at Amazon.com]

 


Zingo!

The classic game of Bingo has been made a little zippier and more child-friendly. Zingo! features a dispenser filled with tiles, called a Zinger. When kids slide the dispenser, out pops two tiles with images on them. The first child to shout out the object (as long as it matches with a picture on their card) gets the tile. The zingo cards are two-sided—the yellow side makes for a less competitive game than the red side! This is a great feature that allows families to decide whether they want to have a more relaxing or a competitive game.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Zingo at Amazon.com]

 

10

  Blokus

This Mensa-approved brain game not only exercises kids' thinking skills, it's a whole lot of fun. The rules are simple, but the gameplay is nevertheless very clever. Children need to strategize in order to succeed at this game--a skill that helps them across the curriculum.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy Blokus Classic ]

 


More Excellent Choices:

 

  Furby

The plush, interactive Furby made toy history when it initially launched during the 1998 holiday season, sparking phenomenal demand and a legendary buying frenzy. An all-new evolved Furby is more technologically advanced, allowing for enhanced interaction through voice recognition. In addition, the toy is larger than before, and has a fully flexible beak, expressive eyes, and movable ears and eyebrows that allow the toy to communicate through expressions. And, as a nod to Mom requests, the new Furby now has an off switch so the chatterbox toy won't break into song or story-telling mode during the middle of the night!

The all-new Furby is driven by Hasbro's new Emoto-Tronics, a combination of advanced robotic technology, puppetry and realistic lifelike reactions and movements. Advanced voice recognition allows Furby to react based on how a child interacts with it, adding a new level of technological sophistication. Now, the FURBY creature can "listen" and respond based on his "mood." With the toy, kids learn how to speak 'Furbish', Furby's native language. Furby is currently hitting store shelves in the U.S. with four different fur combinations, including grey and pink, all-white, black and white, and cream and brown, with additional fur combinations due out later this year. Furby will also come with a variety of eye colors, including various shades of brown, blue and green. For more information, user reviews, or to buy Furby: Furby Toys

 

 


Barbie Pink 3-Story Dream Townhouse

While it's not an especially original set-up, the Barbie 3-Story Dream Townhouse will certainly please pink-loving, Barbie-loving kids! This one has a working elevator, some sounds and lights (such as a working doorbell and flushing toilet), and tons of accessories including furniture and kitchen doo-dads. And, since it's designed for Barbie, it is of course scaled to Barbie dolls' size. Keep in mind that it has to be put together by an adult with a screwdriver, and requires some batteries, so make sure you have these things (and the time) to avoid disappointment once the gift is opened.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Barbie Dream House at Amazon.com]

 

 

Hyper Dash Extreme

There's nothing quite like a toy that gets kids moving while they learn. Hyper Dash by Wild Planet looks simple but actually includes multiple game modes and levels to appeal to a wide variety of children's ages and skill levels. Kids hold on to the electronic "tagger" and listen for instructions--as simple as finding a certain color or number or as challenging as solving a subtraction exercise. Then it's a mad dash to find the correct target. The game can be played outdoors or indoors in a spacious room. Fun and educational!

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Hyper Dash Extreme]

 


The Shrinky Dinks Book

We love Shrinky Dinks! But we weren't impressed with the Shrinky Dinks oven that we tested. A more economical way to make shrinky dinks--a delightfully fun art activity for kids--is to get the book, The Shrinky Dinks Book. You may want to purchase a refill kit at the same time (it contains 8 plastic sheets). You will have to bake the artwork in the "big" oven, but baking is brief and accurate this way. Excellent activity! Children trace objects onto the included special plastic sheets (this book is brimming with great things to trace), and then fill them in with color. Once baked, they magically shrink and harden.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: The Shrinky Dinks Book or Extra Stuff for Shrinky Dinks (Klutz Extra Stuff) at Amazon.com]

 

 

Window Art and Christmas Window Art

Whether it's the Christmas-themed book-activity set or the original version, children love Window Art. These books provide children with both the inspiration and the tools to create beautiful stick-on decorations for the window (or any glass surface, for that matter). Window Art is a fun and easy art activity the whole family can enjoy. The premise is simple, but the results are nothing short of fabulous: slip an included plastic sheet over one of the templates found in the book's pages, use a black squirt-bottle to trace the outline of a design, then fill with more "squirtable" colors. Each design—whether it's a family of colorful bugs, an ice cream sundae, or a collection of underwater creatures—takes about 24 hours to dry. Once set, the design becomes "clingable"—ready to display on any window of the house. The results are positively vibrant—your windows (and view) will never look better. The Christmas edition contains designs featuring Santa, stockings, icicles, whimsical animals, angels, and more. They range in difficulty from basic to intricate.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Window Art (Klutz), Christmas Window Art, and Window Art Deluxe Refill Set at Amazon.com]

 

 

 

 



Talking Clever Clock

Learning to tell time can be rather complicated. A learning aid that helps make the lessons fun is always welcome. This battery-operated toy clock helps reinforce and teach time, both analog and digital. Time-telling drills are included. 

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Talking Clever Clock at Amazon.com]

 

Magnext

Many kids love building toys, and their brains love them too! Magnext is a special magnetic construction toy that is safe, well-built, and innovative. There are a number of different Magnext sets available, including gravity-defying cars (the Spheron line), rollercoasters (the iCoaster set), and “special parts” sets that allow kids to build such things as submarines, jets, and a whole lot more.

It’s best to start with a basic or starter set and then build upon it with a special parts set. If you know your child is going to be especially fond of the rollercoaster set (called the iCoaster), go for that set. It has plenty of nice features, and actually adds cool sounds to the creative mix. There is a girls’ Magnext set also available–it’s the same system, but with pastel colors. Recommended for kids ages 6 and up.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy Mega Brands Magnext iCoaster ]

 

Coin Count-y

This book offers a uniquely educational and practical activity for kids. Coin Count-y allows children to sort their coins, slip them directly into the slots of the pages, and accumulate over twenty dollars in the process. The book offers children an educational experience as they learn to attach value to coins. Kids sort coins into the appropriate slots, learning as they do the difference between pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. The book lets kids know how much they have saved when they have filled up a page. Slots are found in the book's paths and jars, and a "store" helps children learn how to sort coins to make enough money to "buy" something fun.

Pair this book with a little bag of coins to get kids started, and you have a truly unique gift.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Coin County: A Bank in a Book at Amazon.com]

 

Hot Trends:

 

 

 

 

Frozen, the incredible, heartwarming musical by Disney/Pixar, is a major hit for people of all ages. If your child loved the film, the Frozen dolls by Mattel are a sure to be a hit as well! These dolls are great in quality, with great attention to detail ensuring that the dolls very closely resemble the characters in the film. There are also a wide variety of other Frozen products such as figurines, costumes, and plush dolls that will surely please any child that loves Frozen as much as we do!

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy Frozen products, Disney Frozen Sparkle Anna of Arendelle Doll , and/or Disney Frozen Sparkle Princess Elsa Doll]

 

Bakugan products are hot stuff. Bakugan Battle Brawlers is a Japanese anime TV series television series featuring Bakugan, creatures that the battle brawlers have the power to wield. Plenty of products are available that allow kids to collect cards and battle with friends.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy Bakugan]

 

Bella Sara Trading Cards are addictive for horse-loving girls. Bella Sara is a trading card game with an online component. The cards are marketed toward girls and have images of illustrated horses with positive, inspirational messages on them. As with all collectible card games, cards can be traded or used to play games. Each card also includes a unique activation code which can be used to play online at the cards' website. Fans of the series will enjoy the Holiday Tin pictured here, which includes the special tin as well as 5 packs of cards, 4 of which come from the four established Bella Sara sets: First series, Second series, Ancient Lights, and Northern Lights.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy Bella Sara CCG Holiday Tin or all Bella Sara Products]

 

Webkinz are all the rage, and probably rightfully so. These collectible stuffed animals hold a code to unlock games on the Webkinz site. Kids use the plush animal's secret code to care for their virtual pet and play games (at a variety of skill/age levels). Quizzes do contain educational content. As well, as children earn "money" (KinzCash) in the Webkinz world, they learn about saving and spending it wisely (they buy furniture, food, and things for the pets' rooms). Daily news, contests, and events keep the experience fresh. KinzChat allows kids to safely chat with their friends. Be aware that kids will definitely want more than one pet, although owning more than one doesn't make game play much richer.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy Webkinz toys]

 

 

Littlest Pet Shop

They're adorable and most little girls love to collect them - Littlest Pet Shop figurine sets are unquestionably cute and unquestionably collectible. The smaller sets include two adorable pets and little accessories. The larger sets are playsets. Accessories include such things as a tiny hairbrush or cool sunglasses.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Littlest Pet Shop Toys at Amazon.com]

 

Littlest Pet Shop VIP's

Each plushie VIP (Virtual Interactive Pet) includes a unique code for online activation of games, activities, and more in the virtual Littlest Pet Shop world where kids have their own home and pets (good for a year). Littlest Pet Shop VIP's are quite adorable with their over-sized heads and eyes.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Littlest Pet Shop VIP's at Amazon.com]

 

 

 

 

 

Cabbage Patch Dolls: Kids & Babies

A blast from the past! The original Cabbage Patch doll frenzy occurred in the early 1980's. Many parents of today's children took part in the thrill of the dolls: each doll is entirely unique and comes with adoption papers that include a name and a birthdate. Kids loved them then, and they love them today. Many parents will be happy to know that today's Cabbage Patch dolls have not been "updated" with technology or anything of the sort. 

Cabbage Patch dolls were re-released last year. This season, they introduced Cabbage Patch Kids Babies, such as the one at right. These adorable dolls come with a kit of baby accessories (including a diaper), and they smell like baby powder!

Note that you can order these dolls through Toys R Us (see link directly below this description) by choosing a general description of the doll, such as "Blonde Hair Girl, Pink Sweatsuit", but because each doll is one-of-a-kind, the eyes, hair styles, and faces will be different than those shown. 

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: All Cabbage Patch Dolls at Amazon.com]

 

coverNeopets!

The fantastic online "virtual pet" community, Neopets at neopets.com, is so popular that a merchandise line is now available. Even Hasbro and Thinkway Toys are producing Neopet toys. There's plenty to do at the site, and best of all, it's free! NeoPets are virtual pets that kids access online. Children feed their pets, offer them toys, collect Neopoints (the Neopia currency), trade with others in the community, play games, and more. The basic idea is to keep your Neopets happy and healthy, but there are many "other" things to do at the coversite. Kids can spend hours at the site, and now they can play with their pets offline with Neopets Plushies, interactive Neopets (the purple Shoyru is pictured here), and even a board game (pictured at right).

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: All Neopets Toys & Plushies]

 

 

Activity Kits: Butterfly Bedroom, and Two Glasses For You to Paint

Butterfly Bedroom is another kit that is best for children ages 5-7 (because of its simplicity) who love butterflies! The kit comes with gorgeous tuile butterflies that are ready to decorate with the included glitter paint and rhinestones, as well as a swag. The completed creations can be hung as a mobile or individually -- kids will be proud to decorate their bedrooms with these pretty butterflies.

Also from Creativity for Kids is a simple set that allows children to enjoy the fun and rewards of reverse glass painting. Two Glass Plates For You to Paint contains two glass plates (6 and 8 inches), a set of glass paints, a fine point art brush, and illustrations and instructions to get kids started. Kids paint designs on the back of the plates, get their parents to bake the plates, let the plates "cure" for six days, and voila! Beautiful and unique decorative plates that kids can actually use for their snacks, or proudly display.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Butterfly Bedroom Kit, Two Glass Plates for You to Paint or All Creativity for Kids products at Amazon.com]

 

U-Command Wall-E robot is a totally fun remote-controlled robot with eyes that light up, realistic sounds, and cool responses. Kids have the option to program a set of orders or simply send commands randomly. U-Command Wall-E is less than ten inches tall. The toy didn't make it to our top toys list because of its instability--it falls a little too often for our liking. Otherwise, the robot is great fun. Have lots of batteries on hand!

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy U Command Wall-E ]

 

FlyTech Dragonfly and Butterfly (by WowWee)

The Fly Tech DragonFly is a remote-controlled flying insect that kids have a fabulous (if brief) time controlling. Ideal for indoors, its elegant design prevents it from wreaking havoc in the household. Weather permitting, the dragonfly can soar through the air outdoors as well. It's not so elegant in windy weather, however, and of course not easy to control.

There is also a FlyTech Butterfly, designed to capture the interest of girls, although the Dragonfly does also appeal to many girls. It's prettier, but essentially the same toy with different wrapping.

Both toys need charging frequently. Fully charged, they last about 5-8 minutes before they need to go back onto their charger base. This actually helps extend the appeal of the toys, simply because kids don't have a chance to overdose on them! They are not as fragile as they look, but still need to be handled with care, of course.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: WowWee Robotic DragonFly - Green (49 MHz) Wow Wee Butterfly Indoor Outdoor Flyer: Pink]

 

 

 

 Need more gift ideas? See the current top sellers at Amazon's toy shop today (updated daily):

 

 

BestSellers in Toys (Updated Hourly)

Amazon's Holiday Toy List

 

 

See Also:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need more gift ideas? See the current top sellers at Amazon today:

BestSellers in Toys (Updated Hourly)

 


 Amazon's Holiday Toy List

 


Amazon's Holiday Toy List


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

BestSellers in Toys (Updated Hourly)


Guides to:  SoftwareVideos - DVDsBooksToysMusic,  & Video Games
Guides by Age:  ToddlersPreschoolersKids 5-8Kids 9-up, Families
Index to All Reviews    Index to All Articles
Shopping Guide   Family Internet Guide

What's New   Contact Us   About Us   Search
EdutainingKids.com Main