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We’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite toys that keep kids active—both physically and mentally. We also like to focus on gifts that encourage social skills and spending quality time together. Here’s what we’ve come up with.
1. Combine technology and sports with this exciting invention.
The futuristic Hover Ball glides over smooth surfaces on a cushion of air as kids kick it back and forth. LED lights make playing with the Hover Ball even more exciting at night. The sides of the ball have non-marking foam pads that make the toy easy on feet and on walls. This awesome contraption is great for team competitions or solo use.
2. Gift a wide variety of athletic options for a very reasonable price.
The Pro-Ball Set has a soccer ball, a football, and a basketball that can be used inside or out for hours of fun and exercise. All three balls are designed for small hands and are made of soft but durable plastic. Get kids moving and playing at a young age to instill healthy habits and good coordination. This variety pack gives plenty of options to keep kids occupied in a positive way. This set is perfect for a sunny day, but works just as well inside.
3. Let kids show their nurturing side with this fun new pet.
A Hatchimal is a fun new pet that starts its life inside an egg. Owners can hear its heartbeat and feel it kicking when they tap on the shell. Once it’s time to hatch, the Hatchimal pecks itself out of its egg. Then it’s time to teach him or her to walk, talk, and dance. Kids will learn important responsibilities as they raise their Hatchimal and the Hatchimal’s interactive games mean they won’t get bored anytime soon.
4. For those kids who have more energy than they know what to do with, here’s a suggestion.
A Pogo-It from Little Tikes provides hours of challenging and exciting exercise. Pogoing improves balancing skills, endurance, and strength. It’s similar to an old-fashioned pogo stick, but has a few updates, like allowing kids to earn points based on how long they can jump. For extra safety, don’t forget a helmet.
5. For a more traditional pogo experience, Kidoozie has you covered.
The Pogo Jumper helps young children develop their hand-eye coordination, balance, and dexterity. They’ll gain confidence as they master this classic toy over time. The handles and base are cushioned to prevent accidental bumps and bruises. The bottom is specially designed to not leave scuff marks on floors. The Pogo Jumper has a weight limit of 250 pounds, so everyone can get in on the fun and competition.
6. Washing the dog isn’t always the most enjoyable task, but this board game makes it a lot more exciting.
Soggy Doggy is one of the most unique new games around. Players try to race around a miniature bathtub where a very wet dog threatens to shake himself dry at any moment. If a player makes it around the loop before getting soaked, they win. But every time someone gets splashed, they have to start over. This cute game is equal parts suspenseful and hilarious.
7. Here’s a colorful, healthy, and eco-friendly way to get around.
Razor has been making wildly popular scooters since 2000, but the Party Pop Kick Scooter takes the phenomenon to a whole new level. The deck features 12 multi-color LED lights that pulsate in a mesmerizing way. This scooter is designed for children 6 and up and comes with a six-month limited warranty. A safety pack with a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads will protect your little daredevil from any accidental tumbles.
8. This is what would happen if you combined a trampoline with a Frisbee.
The Mezo OGODisk Set from OGOSport is an addictive multi-functional toy. You can throw it like a traditional frisbee, but that’s just the start. You can also bounce tennis balls off it to launch them far into the air. The set comes with two OGODisks and a ball, so you can create and play badminton-style games by using the disks to bounce the ball back and forth. This water-friendly product floats, so they’re great for pools or the ocean. The OGODisks even work as a great way to bounce water balloons high into the sky.
9. Doing makeup together can be a great way to bond.
This washable makeup set has everything you and a young friend need to play dress up. The set has four blush powders, two glitter lip glosses, three eyeshadow powders, two lipsticks, and two nail polishes. It all fits snugly in a glittery silver cosmetic bag, so it’s easy to take for sleepovers or vacations. All included products are safety-tested and wash off easily.
10. Give a gift the whole family will love.
The Hot Potato Passing Game from Ideal is designed for two to six players. The spud plays a musical tune as it’s passed from hand to hand. When the music stops, whoever’s holding the tater gets a potato chip card. Get three cards and you’re out. It’s as simple as games get, but you’ll have tons of fun as you pass the hot potato as quickly as possible.
11. If you know a budding magician, here’s a great set to get them started.
The My First Magic Set has 20 easy-to-learn magic tricks to dazzle audiences. An included DVD and instruction book guide young tricksters through the necessary steps to become master illusionists. The set comes with a variety of props, including the necessities for a ball and vase trick, a drawer box, and a magic paint can. And, of course, a magic wand is included.
12. Give a unique way to communicate with friends and family.
These walkie talkies from Little Pretender have a two-mile range with crystal-clear sound. Users can choose from three channels, and a child-friendly design makes them easy to operate. These high-quality walkie talkies have a durable but lightweight build. They’ll improve communication skills and kickstart imaginations in ways no smartphone can.