When it comes to giving gifts, it’s always a challenge to figure out what kids really want. Don’t fear, we’ve got you covered with this massive list of gifts for the elementary-age kids on your list. From art kits to STEM projects, from synthesizers to walkie talkies, it’s all here to make your job easier. Scroll through for what’s hot this year!
Dreamworks Dragons Hatching Toothless
Agitate baby Toothless until he's ready to hatch! Watch for the light-up eyes, that you can see through his eggshell, rock it to make him growl, tap to hear him tap back, clap and he'll respond.
Buy it on Amazon, $44.99.
Klutz LEGO Make Your Own Movie Activity Kit
Combine two kid faves—LEGO bricks and stop motion—to make a movie featuring your LEGO Minifigs. The included props and scenery along with the instructional booklet will get you started.
Buy it on Amazon, $15.19.
Create a 3D design using yarn with this kit that makes the most adorable narwhal to hang in your grade-school kids' room. Thread the Y'Art pen and color the numbered spaces; yarn magically clings to the Grip-N-Stick Y'Artboard for an easy art project.
Find it on Amazon for $14.81.
E-Blox Circuit Blox Lights N’ Motion
Kids can discover how lights, alarms, motors and switches work while building fun projects with this kit. Using 25 transparent plastic spacers, children can build a dazzling display of colorful lights that light up in different colors and dance when you play music or speak to it (among other projects).
Buy it here, $32.99.
Discovery Prehistoric SLIMYGLOOP Dig
Discover hidden dinosaur bones as you dig through a slimy substance. Once you've gathered all the bones, assemble them into a 3D dinosaur figurine.
Available on Amazon for $15.95.
Klutz Maker Lab Candy Science
Press your own jelly beans and learn the science behind candy making with this sweet STEM-focused set.
Buy it on Amazon for $24.53
There's something so satisfying about the tactile nature of Foam Alive; kids love it. Foam Alive looks like it's melting, but you can also crush it, bounce it and mold it. Parents will love that it's easy to clean up and doesn't stick to the furniture.
Get yours on Amazon, $4.89.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak
Become part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter by using the free app to create movies. Make yourself disappear when you shroud yourself in this magical cloak!
Available at Target for $26.49.
Moving Creations with k’nex®
Moving Creations with k’nex® comes with nine builds that encourage kids to embrace their inner engineer and develop their STEM skills. As they play, they’ll come across step-by-step instructions, fun facts, two “think bigger” challenges and 18 experiments, for a total of 27 exciting activities.
Buy it on Amazon, $39.99.
Orbit Obstacle Avoidance Drone
Like the greatest of dodge ball players, this small drone avoids obstacles all on its own with the help of infrared lasers. With this built-in avoidance technology you can manipulate the drone's flying pattern with your hands as if you're playing a game of Frisbee in the future.
Buy yours here for $39.99.
World Happy Map
Your little learners can explore the world with this awesome laminated map that teaches kids about geography and more. Great for travel, this map promotes storytelling and will help kids understand their connection to the world.
Available here for $19.95.
Hatchimals Wow, Llalacorn 32" Tall Interactive with Re-Hatchable Egg
With the largest Hatchimals egg ever, you can hatch a pink or purple Hatchimals Wow in only five minutes. Then, extend the egg play and hatch again and again—each time llalacorn wakes up, she'll be in one of 10 surprise moods!
Get yours here for $49.97.
Let It Fly! Game
Come on, don’t be shy! This is the game where you splat the fly! This two-player game will have you dodging flies in no time. Pick whether you want to be the Attacking Player or the Blocking Player, and take your position. The first player to get the WIN icon wins that round.
Available at Target, $19.99.
PLAYMOBIL Furnished School Building
Class is in session, and this furnished school building comes equipped with everything you need to hit the books. Students can stash their gear in the lockers before heading up the stairs or elevator to the classrooms where the digital clock alerts everyone that it's time to begin.
Buy it on Amazon for $129.99.
DIY Tank Kit from The Grid Kit
Assemble this realistic-looking tank out of only cardboard with The Grid Kit. Pop the pieces out on the dotted lines, assemble and glue. Perfect for builders, and easy to transport in your suitcase, The Grid Kit sets come in all sorts of designs like dinosaur, giraffe, butterfly, elephant and dragon. Once you've assembled them, they are fun to paint and display!
Buy one here, $15.
BlipBlox Toy Synthesizer
The Blipblox is more than a toy, it is a completely new way for kids (and adults) to explore electronic music. Colorful buttons, knobs and levers encourage creative play, while spacey sounds and flashing lights keep kids engaged in STEAM/STEM learning. No need to connect a phone and no software to download—just turn it on and start having fun.
Buy it here, $189.
Alex Spa Bathaccino
Mix your perfect bath with this adorable set that comes with bath bombs and bath confetti. With fun scents like strawberry surprise and lavender chill, this is just the relaxing gift that you need to get you through the holiday season.
Buy them here, $19.25 for two-pack.
VTech KidiGo™ Walkie Talkies
Keep in touch anywhere with these kid-safe, two-way radios featuring a digital connection that's clear and keeps kids’ conversations secure, preventing other walkie-talkie users from listening in or chatting with them. Children can also send messages back and forth by choosing from preset animated messages using the large, backlit LCD screen. The walkie talkies also include four two-player games for real-time gaming between devices.
Buy a pair on Amazon, $34.99.
Kalamata's Kitchen Food Adventure Book Trio
Little foodies will love this book set that takes them on a worldly ride through food. You’ll receive the first three books in Kalamata’s adventure series; each one includes an exclusive recipe from the chefs for you and your budding chef to try together.
Buy it here for $39.95.
Artie 3000 The Coding Robot
Say hello to Artie! This coding/drawing robot puts kids in control, and the easy-to-use drag and drop programming can be used on a Mac, PC or tablet. As kids tell Artie what to draw next, they learn skills like basic programming, geometry and math, while engaging the right side of their brains to create cool, colorful designs!
Buy it on Amazon for $54.99.
Plushy-obsessed kids will go wild for these adorable Slipperz from Moosh-Moosh. Incredibly soft and incredibly adorable, these slippers come in dragon, pug, sloth and even llamacorn designs, perfect for Christmas morning by the fire.
Buy them here, $14.99.
Klutz Mini Bake Shop
Put your creativity to the test with this oh-so-cute clay set that has you making teeny tiny donuts, cakes, cupcake and more. Let your clay dry overnight, and display your creations on the cake stand for everyone to admire.
Buy it on Amazon for $18.15.
My Audio Pet Penguin
This tiny friend will have you jamming to all your favorite tunes as he's both a penguin and a Bluetooth speaker. He comes with built-in rechargeable batteries so that you can take him wherever you go.
Buy it on Amazon for $26.91.
Dirty Pig is an easy-to-learn card game where the goal is to be the first player to dirty all your pigs. After all, a dirty pig is a happy pig. Getting your pigs dirty may be easy enough, but KEEPING them dirty is more of a challenge; rain showers and pesky farmers can clean your pig, spoiling the fun. Seeking shelter in a barn may protect your pigs, but you never know how long your pigs will remain dirty. If you can keep your pigs dirty (and happy), you win!
Buy yours here, $14.99.
The Alpha Kids Nail Polish for Girls and Boys
We love these nail polishes from The Alpha Kids because they acknowledge that it's not just girls who want to paint their nails. With these sets, all children are given the creative freedom to use their imagination, experiment with color and have FUN! Choose from fun colors like Go GO Green, Blaster Blue and Powerful Purple.
Get yours here, starting at $8.50.
White Sailing Ship Kite
Shaped like a classic galleon, this unique kite offers a little physics lesson with every flight: Ships' sails work on the same principle as airplanes' wings, propelling both along on the wind. Each kite is handmade by Balinese artisans from nylon and locally sourced bamboo. They're designed to soar, but they also serve as eye-catching decor in between flights.
Buy one here for $42.
GoCube Smart Puzzle
The new GoCube from Particula is the vintage Rubik’s cube reimagined and redesigned for the 21st century. The GoCube teaches players to solve a classic puzzle, sharpen their skills, and compete with cubers around the world. It consumes low power via its rechargeable battery and connects through Bluetooth to the GoCube app. The app provides a real-time display of the cube, analyzes movement and enables fun interactive tutorials so anyone can learn and enjoy cubing.
Buy it here for $79.95
Worldwide Buddies culture-in-a-box sets teach kids all about the customs and traditions that make various countries unique and special. The first Worldwide Buddies kit is full of Mexican treats—it includes a book, bilingual playing cards, a stuffed axolotl toy (the critically endangered underwater Mexican salamander) and various other games and activities that will keep kids entertained. All the books and toys are designed to spark curiosity and encourage learning, as well as skill development through play.
Buy one here, $46.
The Boolean Box is the build-it-yourself computer and electronics kit that lets kids code, build, invent and animate. Designed to grow with them, this set is geared toward girls eight and up but can be enjoyed by boys as well. No coding experience is necessary, you hook it up to your HDMI-enabled TV or monitor, and you're are on your way!
Buy on Amazon for $149.99.
Shore Buddies Stuffed Animal & Storybook Set
This is a gift you can feel good about giving! Shore Buddies And the Plastic Ocean is the story of five friends that are giving marine life a voice in fighting ocean plastic pollution. Find out what they discover in this illustrated children's book. Join Emma the Whale, Finn the Dolphin, Sammy the Seal, Shelly the Sea Turtle and Stephen Seagull in their journey to stand up against ocean plastic pollution. Learn what you can do to help save marine life and keep plastics out of the oceans. It comes with an adorable plush stuffed animal made from recycled plastic water bottles, and $1 from every purchase helps to save marine life.
Buy them here for $19.95.
Music Kit: Record & Remix Kit
After assembling the cardboard housing, kids learn what happens when making changes to a sound wave. They record sounds using the keyboard and are taught what happens when stretching and squashing the sound waves. Record music tracks in the online recording studio and share them with friends and family. Get hands-on with how microphones and speakers work, how music is produced and even learn some music theory along the way.
Buy one here, $34.99.
Dabble & Dollop Children’s 3-in-1 Bubbles, Body Wash and Shampoo Starter Kit
This interactive bath set allows children to mix and match scents and create their own bubble baths, body washes and shampoos. Founded by 20+ year personal care industry veteran and mother of three, Stephanie Leshney, Dabble & Dollop is custom formulated with a hand-selected suite of high-quality ingredients focused on fresh scents and mixability. Kids will love creating their own bath time recipes with their favorite scents.
Purchase it here, $39.99 for the three product starter kit.
SmartLab Toys Spy School Sneaky Surveillance
At spy school, kids learn how to use an array of sneaky spy equipment to complete secret missions and tackle surveillance changes while deepening their science knowledge and sharpening their observational skills. The kit includes 11 sneaky pieces, including decoy spy storage case with hidden compartment, decoy pencil box periscope, two-in-one spy scope and decoy yo-yo.
Purchase on Amazon for $19.99.
Schleich Caravan for Secret Club Meetings Play Set
This adorable set is perfect for young horse aficionados. There are endless opportunities for pretend play with the horse club that turns into a stable when the roof is removed. Can you find the secret compartment?
Buy it on Amazon for $50.31.
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