Whether you want to pique your child’s curiosity with an educational gift, or you just want to provide him with the opportunity to have fun, PARENTGUIDE News has a vivacious variety of picks for this holiday season. The best part? We’re giving away every, single item in this gift guide at win.parentguidenews.com! Visit the website for details and chances to win these eye-catching toys.
Bold and Bright
Children who love to draw will be delighted to see their creations come alive with the Crayola Digital Light Designer, available at www.crayola.com. The 360-degree, dome-shape Designer uses LED technology to provide tots with a surface on which to draw, animate creations, and play games. Its mesmerizing lights and ability to spark imagination make this toy a great asset on any wishlist.
Fostering Family Time
The heartwarming mission of Cooper & Kid, founded with the help of Kickstarter, is to support dads in their parenting journey. The brand offers subscription-based The Cooper Kits, which feature curated boxes of materials to create projects. Father and child may try their hands at making things, like a catapult and biplane, while learning all about how they work from the other provisions in The Cooper Kit. Discover more at www.cooperandkid.com.
Smile for the Camera
For the budding photographer in your life, PLAYSKOOL presents the innovative SHOWCAM, a digital camera and projector. Children ages 3 and older will enjoy snapping holiday scenes with this device and then instantly sharing their results on the nearest suitable surface. The camera and projector was specifically built for little hands and comes with a variety of fun features, like the ability to add sound effects. Head to www.hasbrotoyshop.com to file this gift in the “purchased” pile.
Tablet for Tots
With the InnoTab 3S, a Wi-Fi-enabled learning tablet, you no longer have to sacrifice your beloved device for your child’s entertainment. It comes equipped with VTech Kid Connect, an app that connects kids with their parents and friends, and a kid-safe Web browser. Children ages 3 through 9 will enjoy this enriching tablet, available at Toys “R” Us.
Need for Speed
Does your kid enjoy zipping, zooming, and revving? The Silverlit Mercedes Benz SLS AMG has all of the thrills an adventurer could want. Controlled by Bluetooth with any “i-Device,” the sports car zips and zooms through a number of speed settings as it twists and turns. Children ages 8 and older will also want to revv up the noise with the sports car’s high-tech speaker system that can stream music. Start your engines at www.silverlit.com.
If your youngster craves a cell phone, but isn’t quite ready to have one, you’ll want to check out the PlayMG, a pocketable, Wi-Fi, app-gaming system for kids. Available at www.playmg.com, the device comes with two games, a camera, stereo capability, and more.
Quirky and Cute
By now, your family has likely experienced the curious charm of UGLYDOLL plush creatures. Fans of the stuffed monsters are sure to also enjoy UGLYDOLL: GOIN’ PLACES! (VIZ Media) by Travis Nichols, a graphic novel that takes readers on a voyage through the Uglyverse. Kids can tag along with characters like Wage and Ice-Bat as they travel through time and space. Start your child’s journey at www.uglydolls.com.
Introduce the world of PLAYMOBIL® to the next generation with the PLAYMOBIL Large Furnished Hotel. The dwelling comes with a working elevator, furnished rooms, figures, and many other scene-setting accessories. Jumpstart your child’s imagination with this set, available at www.playmobil.us.
Mechanics of Fun
For the tinkerer in your life, littleBits offers an electronic building toy that makes science and technology accessible and enjoyable. Comprised of modules that snap together to make simple circuits, littleBits Exploration Kits enable young inventors to produce power, light, sound, and pulse. These elements are then used to create a Morse code machine, a glow-in-the-dark puppet, a bubble flute, and other electronics. Open the gateway to tech exploration at www.littlebits.com.
Wish for Fish
Kids who are ready for a pet may be delighted with The AquaFarm, which the whole family can cherish. Offered at www.backtotheroots.com, this fish tank is self-cleaning and actually grows food. The closed-loop ecosystem comes with all major components and a discount coupon for a fish friend.