Have your elementary-aged kiddos been extra nice this year? Reward them with these new (and awesome!), notable toys and games this holiday season. From a hand-motion controlled drone to an adorable rescue “pet,” we’ve got the best gifts for kids ages six to eight this year. Keep reading for the scoop.

Scruff a Luv's Mystery Rescue Pet

We’re not going to lie: These unloved and abandoned pets look a little rough out of the box when they come to you with matted fur and indistinguishable features, but with your kiddo’s TLC, they turn into some pretty adorable dogs, cats, or rabbits. Watch them lovingly wash them, brush and dry their fur, and give them a name tag. This isn’t just another stuffed animal—it’s a mission of love for the kids and a total parenting win for us.

Find it on Amazon, $40.95.


Harry Potter LEGO Hogwarts Express

Who needs a magic spell for when you could give them this Harry Potter LEGO Hogwarts Express? Thank goodness for us, the folks at LEGO have caught on to the fact that Harry P. is still the coolest kid around, and they’ve brought some serious creativity to this set. It comes with a removable side panel and roof, plus railway bridge, Platform 9¾, Ron, Hermione, Remus, the Trolly Witch and Harry Potter himself. With 801 pieces, this set will keep them busy all winter break long.

Find it on Amazon for $69.

Destroy This Book in the Name of Science: Brainiac Edition

The latest in the Destroy This Book series is a totally interactive workbook that really does invite kids to tear it apart: pop-out models, step-by-step science experiments and lessons in everything from optical illusion to the discovery of radium (includes making a mini Marie Curie!). The black and white pages also call for a creative side: kids can color to their heart's content while learning tons of useful facts. Endless hours of entertainment, but don't be surprised when your kid starts correcting his teacher. 

Get it on Amazon for $9.20.

KD Interactive Aura Drone with Glove Controller

This drone is unique because it is controlled with a glove that the user wears, instead of the typical joystick that comes with many drones for elementary-aged kids. Pilots can take-off and land the drone by the press of a button, and comes with a height lock to ensure that they don’t soar to the sky and never return. With a speed cap, this drone is also easy to use indoors. And let’s be real. There is a serious cool factor that comes by using your hands—like a force field—to maneuver the drone through the air!

Find it on Amazon for $79.99.

photo: Kidvelope

Kidvelope Mission Adventure Game: Space Rescue

What if you could not only gift your kids with an awesome activity kit but also an interactive game designed to help them connect with friends and relatives far away? Thanks to Kidvelope, you can do just that. You order the kit for your child and they work together with “players” of their choice to help solve challenges and complete the mission, all through hands-on creative activities (like secret messages written on space slime), online interactions, back-and-forth mail and phone calls. The best part? It’s easy to follow and exciting to play. It’s a perfect mix of offline, creative problem solving and using technology to connect. An excellent way to stay in touch with long-distant grandparents!

Try it today from kidvelope.com,$21.95

smART Sketcher Projector

Give your little artists wings with the smART Sketcher Projector and proprietary app, which teaches kids how to sketch like a pro. It comes with learn-to-draw pictures, and the app allows users to project favorite pictures onto the sketch pad. Step-by-step instructions guide small hands through the entire process. Use the smART Sketcher for improving handwriting (or for helping younger brothers and sisters learn how to form letters and numbers), and don't forget the expansion pack options that include colored pencils, crayons and markers, themed pictures, letters, numbers and spelling activities, display frames and professional artist tools.

Find it on Amazon for $57.80.

photo: Electra Bicycle Company

Kids’ Sprocket Bike by Electra Bicycle Company

While the concept of giving a new bike to a kiddo for the holidays might not be novel, per se, we couldn't pass up letting you know about these amazing new bikes in juicy colors and well-designed frames from Electra Bicycle Company. The new Sprocket line from this esteemed bike company patented comes with Flat Foot Technology®—available on most models—that ensures proper leg extension and no tippy-toe stops, kid-sized saddles, handlebars and grips, and an adjustable frame that accommodates major growth spurts. Choose between the 16" (with removable training wheels), 20" and 24" models, and then grab your dust cloth. The gaming console's going to need it. 

Find it at REI from $259.95.

Elenco Bric Structures Snap Circuits

Calling all budding engineers, architects, and city planners! The Elenco Bric Structures Snap Circuits allow you to electrify your designs, adding movement, light, and tons of creativity to the project. Build a bridge? Add a circuit that turns it into a drawbridge. Create a house? Wire it! The possibilities are endless.

Find it on Amazon for $38.99.

My Gnome on the Roam Adventure Kit

My Gnome on the Roam Adventure Kit is a suitcase of memories waiting to be unpacked. It comes with a copy of the My Gnome on the Roam Award Winning Story Book, a family adventure journal filled with blank pages, a colorless ready-to-be-painted gnome and a magical pen, all beautifully packaged in an adorable suitcase that kids awe about. The kit is designed to encourage families to Explore, Create and Connect and to add adventure to their everyday lives. You can see all details as well as worksheets, downloads, games, articles, the link to their 15 Minute Adventure for Busy Families app and more on their website at mygnomeontheroam.com.

Get it at mygnomeontheroam, or on amazon, $29.97

photo: Osmo

Osmo Super Studio with Disney’s Mickey Mouse & Friends.

How exactly does the new Osmo Super Studio with Disney's Mickey Mouse & Friends work? In a nutshell, kids draw on a pad, near their iPad, answer a series of "yes" or "no" questions, and the Osmo Super Studio brings their sketches to life—exactly as they've imagined it. And, once they've created these live animations, they continue to help to shape the storyline with tools, toys, scenery and snacks—among other things they can dream up—to bring into their unique world.

Find it on Amazon for $19.99. Requires an Osmo Creative Kit for iPad (base included), on Amazon for $34.82. 

Electronic Music Inventor Kit by Little Bits

Just when you thought a kid with an electronic guitar couldn’t get any cooler, they created this: a guitar set that kids build, program, and customize all on their own. With an accompanying app, this inventor kit suggests over 12 activities with step-by-step instructions—including how to re-build your guitar into a set of air drums using the same littleBits electronic blocks that make a synth guitar. It’s totally splurge-worthy.

Find it on Amazon, $99.

Poof Breakaway Ballz

These may be the ugliest toys you’ll ever spend money on, but what they lack in aesthetics they make up for in fun. Each ball is made up of eight coated foam puzzle pieces that fit together to form the shell for a bouncing ball surprise on the inside. In order to get to the surprise, kids get to do what they do best: throw, bounce, and squeeze the exterior ball to break it apart. Once you’ve gotten to the prize, you can re-assemble and reuse the exterior ball time and again. The puzzle pieces can also be mixed and matched with other Breakaway Ballz to create mashed up monsters.

Find it on Amazon, $12.

Crayola Crayon Melter

Parents, put up your hair dryers! Now you can create cool works of art using melted crayons. With a low-heat tip and quick-dry technology, even kids can have fun making melted art with this device that’s reminiscent of a hot glue gun that operates with crayons instead of glue. And because this works best on thicker paper—think construction paper, poster board, foam board, and cardboard—it just might be the thing that takes that upcoming school project to the next level.  

Find it on Amazon for $19.97.

Don't Step in It!

Yes, it’s potty humor, but it’s also pretty hilarious. This game comes with a moldable clay-like compound that players form into piles of you-know-what that are placed along the game mat. Players must navigate the mat, blindfolded while trying to avoid stepping in “it.” While the concept may be gross, the giggles are undeniable.

Get it on Amazon for $14.25.

Playmobil Aquarium Building Set

The folks at Playmobil have done it again. This aquarium building set includes three figures, three seals, colorful fish and sea creatures, a bucket with fish, coral, recycle bins, feeding time clock and other accessories—plus a tank that can be filled with real water—for endless interactivity. Add-on animal sets include hammerhead sharks, turtles, octopus and others so you can continue to add to your aquarium long after you’ve built it.

Buy it on Amazon for $59.95.

Egged On

Players take turns picking plastic eggs from a carton and cracking them on their heads—hoping against hope that the one they picked isn’t the one that’s filled with water. Hilarious and suspenseful, players spin the spinner, follow the commands and press their luck. The last player left in the game wins.

Find it on Amazon for $11.

Ella & Mila Mommy & Me Nail Set

These eco-friendly nail polish sets come in pairings of colors that are totally on-trend for both mommy and daughter and are chip-resistant, quick-dry, and high-shine. They also contain no Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP), Xylene or Camphor, making it a seven chemical-free product—and for animal lovers, they’re PETA-certified.

Get it on Ella+Milla from $10.50.


This one’s going to be on all the lists this year. With 122 pieces that challenge kids to design and build race tracks that play with gravity, magnetism and kinetics, this toy has STEM written all over it. Luckily for us, it’s as fun as it is good for developing brains. With no “right” design, kids can literally reinvent their tracks, again and again, building spatial reasoning and planning skills as they go.

Find it on Amazon for $57.65.

LOL Surprise! Pearl Surprise

If you’ve got a kid in elementary school, you won’t be surprised because O-M-G L-O-L is so H-O-T! These plastic shells arrive with tiny, surprise dolls and an assortment of accessories. The line continues to grow, offering glam glitter dolls, water dolls, little sister dolls and more. This season’s hottest new LOL just might be the Limited Edition Pearl Surprise. To reveal what’s inside, you just drop the giant rainbow fizz shell into the water to reveal a special edition Tot and Lil Sister inside a Seashell Display.

Get it on Amazon for $29.99.

King Pong

We’re all familiar with the concept of this game, but thank goodness this family version will leave you with more laughs than headaches. Players try to empty the balls in their trays by bouncing them into a cube that has several openings on different sizes. The first one to succeed wins.

Find it on Amazon for $61.98.

Twisty Petz

There is really nothing better than a surprise pet that’s also a stylish accessory. Twisty Petz is a collection—there are over 70 styles—of kitties, ponies, pandas and more that morph from bejeweled petz into sparkly bracelets, backpack charms, and necklaces. With multiple finishes (think shiny and metallic for your rocker to pretty and pastel for your princess), there’s an animal, style and color combo for everyone on your list.

Find it on Amazon, 3-pack for $14.99.


Hatchimals have a new friend on the block—Hatchibabies! These babies (two new species: Ponette and Cheetree) arrive via egg, just like the original Hatchimals and sing a sweet lullaby as they are getting ready to hatch. Once hatched, kids find out if they have a boy or a girl, and they'll also get four baby accessories that are hidden inside the egg: a rattle, hairbrush, bottle and cuddle buddy. When your kid cares for her baby with the accessories, the Hatchibaby will respond with different sounds and movements. 

Available at amazon.com, $48.88. 

—Shelley Massey


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