The School Kid Holiday Gift Guide

kidizoomVTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX* [ $64.99 $57.99 ] – For the longest time Marcus has been begging and begging for a “steps” watch just like his sister (who has one for a school project) and he went nuts when he got the Kidizoom DX.  Not only does it count “steps”, it also has over 50 different clock faces, games, camera and video recorder, calculator, and much much more, making it way cooler than some simple “steps” watch!

platinumLeapFrog LeapPad Platinum Kids Learning Tablet
[ $129.99 $98.99 ] – What I call the junior to the new LeapFrog LeapPad Epic, this 7″ hi-res Wi-Fi learning tablet for kids still holds its own. Completely compatible with all previous generations of the LeapPad games and over 1,000+ LeapFrog games, books, videos and music.  It comes with 8GB of memory, front and back cameras & video recorders, music player and a kid safe browser.  Included is 6 bonus LeapFrog Imagicards and 10 apps right out of the box! Don’t forget to get your LeapFrog Digital Download Card from Amazon $20 for only $14.99! 

Unicef_KidPowerUnicef Kidpower Bands [ $39.99 ] – I am literally obsessing over these bands that encourage kids to get active. The more they move, the more points they earn, the more lives they save by unlocking therapeutic food packets for severely malnourished children around the world. Just in time for Star Wars The Force Awakens movie premiere, the first-ever Star Wars: Force for Change product, the UNICEF Kid Power Bands Star Wars Limited Edition in “Light Side” white and “Dark Side” black are now available exclusively at Target!

milesMiles From Tomorrowland Superstellar Blastboard [ $34.99 $27.99 ] – My five year old may be too young for a hover board but this is certainly the next best thing. The blastboard is great for Miles From Tomorrowland fans. The Superstellar Blastboard offers several different game modes to help improve balance and promote imaginative play. Your child will have a blast following Miles as they navigate through different missions. There is also a free play mode that allows riders to move to the beat of the music as they wish.

LittleLivePetsLilTurtleTankLittle Live Pets Lil’ Turtle Tank* [ MSRP $39.99 ] – My little guy LOVES turtles and would be thrilled to have one as a pet. While that’s not really an option for us, this adorable toy is equally as exciting. Little Live Pets are toys that are so life-like, you will have to do a double take to see that they’re not the real thing. These turtles come with a tank and can swim in water or walk on ‘dry land’. All the excitement of having a pet without the responsibility, this toy is perfect for the animal lovers in your house.

 

Marvel-Remote-Control-Hulk-Smash--pTRU1-20736914dtRemote Control Hulk Smash Vehicle* [ MSRP $69.99 ]-  Our boys love to watch Hulk flip over tables and slam into walls with his big arms leading the way. A new take on the average remote control car, The Hulk Smash vehicle can do high speed wheelies, flips and crazy spins and will always manage to land right side up with the help of his powerful arms. The car also has over 10 different phrases/sounds that my kids love to hear as they control his every move around the house. The Hulk Smash puts an exciting twist on the typical remote control toy car.

wild pets spiderWild Pets Spider Habitat Playset* [ $24.99 $19.99 ] – If you’re feeling bold and your child (like mine) is really into insects, another option for you is the Wild Pets Spider Habitat Playset. This creepy toy is loved by my kids and their friends (though, I’ll admit, I’m still a bit squeamish when the boys are playing with it). It is fascinating how realistic this toy actually looks (and moves) and my kids will be enjoying their successful attempts to scare me every chance they get.

bunchemsBunchems*[MSRP $24.99]- A simple concept turned into one of the hottest toys of 2015. Bunchems allow for children to get creative and have fun. Bunchems easily stick to each other and can become whatever your child imagines them to be. I suggest a mega pack which comes with 400 Bunchems ready to be squished and molded into various creations. (FYI: I have heard that this toy has a risk of getting stuck in long hair. My kids both have shorter hair and have not had any incidents with their Bunchems).

chocolate_penCandy Craft Chocolate Pen*
* [ $29.99 $24.99 ] – My kitchen loving and artist girl went bananas over this kit! Combining two of her most favorite things, cooking in the kitchen and drawing, she not only loved using the included molds but making her own free-formed designs on wax paper. Make sure to buy lots of refill packs, your child will be begging for more!

flipsies_sandyVTech Flipsies Sandy’s House and Ocean Cruiser Doll House* [ $41.99 $23.99 ] It’s hard to tell who loved this set more, mom or daughter. I definitely love how the entire line inspires kids to think about different career paths, from oceanographer to baker to doctor, your child will learn from the multiple interactive touch points all the world of possibilities out there for her. My daughter loved the 2 in 1 play set and her friends all enjoyed hours and hours of imaginative play.

americangirl_wsAmerican Girl by Williams Sonoma [ $12.99 – $59.99 ] – My girl loves to bake and she loves American Girl! What an awesome way to combine the two things she loves! This adorable line of American Girl inspired kitchen gear includes beautiful aprons, tools and even a spatula where 30% of the net proceeds from every spatula sold through December 31, 2015 will be donated to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and help provide healthy meals to children nationwide.

spyvideowalkieSpy Gear Video Walkie Talkie* [ MSRP $59.99 ] – What kid doesn’t love a little secret agent action.  We all from ages 2 and on, love this Video Walkie Talkie set which not only has walkie talkie functions but video as well.  The kids can get into super spy mode with a not included plugged in headphone for stealth video monitoring.

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