Toys, toys and more toys.
That, in a nutshell, is what makes being a kid fun. Well, that and not having any bills.
On that note, here is a list of recommended toys for kids of all ages in case you’re looking for some gift ideas. In addition to toys that are a hoot to play, this list also includes a few that double as learning tools to boot.
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We also tested every single toy in this list before giving them our seal of approval.
Whether it be for birthdays, holidays or simply a reward for doing their chores and homework, there’s definitely something here for every child from toddlers to teens.
(Note: This guide will be regularly updated as we test more products. Note that pricing can also change depending on existing sales such as Black Friday or Christmas.)
Magic Adventures Microscope
Toys that are fun and educational are like having your cake and eating it too. LeapFrog’s Magic Adventures Microscope definitely takes the proverbial cake when it comes to that.
Geared toward kids ages 5 to 7, the Magic Adventures Microscope boasts up to 200 times magnification. That makes it a bona fide microscope despite looking like a toy. The Magic Adventures Microscope comes with several slides that allow aspiring young scientists to get an extra close look at flowers, animals, food, minerals and other various samples. It also comes with reusable slides and a large sample tray for items that you find in and around the house.
It’s definitely a great way to encourage kids’ curiosity and get them interested in the STEM field.
Get it during a sale and you can get it for just $63, which is a great deal.
Swagtron zip board
What do you get when you cross a skateboard and hoverboard? The answer would be the Swagtron Zipboard, an electric boosted board that tries to give riders the best of both worlds.
The Zipboard comes with two wheels that are located in the middle of the board to provide a different feel from the typical four-wheeled electric skateboard, allowing for tight turning and 360-degree tricks. It also comes with self-balancing technology as well as training wheels that can be popped up on its edges for riders who need to familiarize themselves with the Zipboard.
The Zipboard can go as fast as seven miles per hour and its built-in LifePo battery has a range of three to five miles. It can also support riders up to 160 pounds, making it great for older kids and teens as well (The Zipboard is recommended for kids age 6 and older). Other features include a built-in Bluetooth speaker that can connect with your phone in order to play music as well as LED lights and a front headlight for added safety at night.
Get it during a sale such as Black Friday and you can get a $90 discount off its full price.
Beyblade Burst QuadDrive Cosmic Vector 4-in-1 Battle Set
The box might say age 8 and up but it isn’t unusual to see college kids and even folks in their 30s playing Beyblade. In that sense, it’s kind of like Pokemon.
For the Beyblade Burst QuadDrive Cosmic Vector Battle Set, happiness apparently comes in fours. The included mini-arena or “Beystadium” — no relation to the Queen Bee, Beyonce — comes with four levels of varying heights, which leads to different positions for battling Beyblade tops. Meanwhile, the new 4-in-1 tops (this set comes with two of them) can be reconfigured into four different modes to prioritize different strategies such as attack or stamina.
Trust us, all that technical mumbo-jumbo makes perfect sense to your kids, at least if they play Beyblade. Add an affordable price and the Beyblade Burst QuadDrive Cosmic Vector Battle Set makes for a great gift for any Beyblade fans in your household.
Gabby’s Dollhouse Cook with Cakey Kitchen Set
Fans of the TV show from DreamWorks can cook up some imaginary fun at home with the Gabby’s Dollhouse Cook with Cakey Kitchen Set.
This dollhouse-style kitchen stands more than 3 feet tall and comes with a stove, a sink with a dish rack and a toy refrigerator. It also comes with 10 kitchen accessories such as pans, cups and drawers as well as nine food pieces like milk, pasta and veggies.
Add one Cakey figure as well as several sound effects, phrases and music and you have a kid-friendly set that’s cookin’. We’ve also seen this set go on sale for 25% off at retailers such as Walmart, Amazon and Target.
The Gabby’s Dollhouse Cook with Cakey Kitchen Set is recommended for children ages 3 and older.
Power Up 4.0 RC Paper Plane
Paper or plastic? How about both?
The Power Up 4.0 RC Paper Plane is another toy that also doubles as an educational tool for the young and young at heart (you know who you are). The kit comes with a frame and motor for the flying RC as well as paper airplane templates that you can use for its wings. Creative types, however, can come up with their own wing designs using thick paper, cardboard, foam, balsa wood — any material, basically, as long as the weight is kept below 20 grams. This makes the Power Up 4.0 RC Paper Plane great for teaching concepts such as aerodynamics, physics, design and creative thinking in addition to RC hobby flying.
The Power Up 4.0 is also more accessible than typical drones as it doesn’t require a license to operate or registering with the Federal Aviation Administration. Controlling the plane is also done via an app that can be installed on a smartphone or tablet.
We’ve seen the Power Up 4.0 base kit go on sale for $69.99.