Christmas shopping is exciting, we choose toys for our children and imagine the big smiles coming to their faces on Christmas morning. Every year there are new and exciting inventions, and 2014 is no exception! We want to help you find the right gift for your child to enjoy. We’ve looked through the toys hitting the top of popular charts and we’ve marked down the ones we think will bring the most fun for kids ages 5-12.
This age is great as the majority of toys can be used by this age group. They are old enough to understand more complicated games, they can focus longer and put more creativity into what they do. The world opens up with more technologically advanced items bringing lots of opportunities to learn. We found toys to encourage your child’s development and creativity allowing them to grow through play.
Oakville Kids Top Toys this Christmas
LeapFrog’s new Educational Active Video Gaming System easily takes a spot on our list! The system uses a motion-sensing camera that allows one or more children to play using only their bodies. Kids jump, dance and move through a library of 100+ educator-approved games and videos. The system teaches core skills like reading, mathematics, science and problem solving. The games adapt to each child’s level, starting with age then automatically adjust during play. This is great because it won’t leave your child frustrated.
Now for a more old-fashioned game. Creators of the popular “Settlers of Catan” have made an introductory version of the world for ages 6 and up. Players slip into the role of pirates who need hideouts, the first player to create seven hideouts wins! The whole family can enjoy this strategy based game of building, collecting resources and acquiring gold. Game is for 3-4 players and takes about 30-40 minutes to finish.
Snap Circuits Alternative Energy Kit
This educational toy starts the conversation about green energy and creates little electricians. Learn about new energy sources by building any of the 125 projects. Create working electronic circuits combining over 40 parts, like a solar cell, LEDs, windmill, hand crank, FM Radio, Analog Meter and more. Project includes a full-color manual and separate educational manual. This toy is compatible with the Snap Circuits family of electronic learning kits.
Vectron Wave 2.0
The Air Hogs Vectron Wave is a hovering toy that uses your hand as the controller! Command flight with just a wave of your hand, then do advanced moves using your feet, knees and shoulders. Use the catch sticks to toss it with a friend. The altitude sensing technology allows it to easily glide above obstacles. It’s lightweight foam construction allows it to bounce off of walls and ceilings, and the durable frame means it is damage resistant even if it does crash.
Sew Cool Machine
Get crafty with this revolutionary threadless device! Perfect for a first time experience with sewing. The machine includes patterns and pre-cut shapes for purses, pouches, characters and more. This toy encourages focus, imagination and hand-eye coordination. Plus you can leave your child to it and not worry about them getting pricked.
Happy Christmas Shopping, Oakville!