By Julie Terrone, Senior Toy Editor
Looking for gifts for kids over age 6? Check out our list, starting with some stocking stuffers. Enjoy our Holiday Gift Guide for Boys and Girls Ages 6 and Up!
Quick Attach Microscope: This attaches directly to your media device, aligning the microscope lens with your camera’s lens. Take science on the go to entertain children. Just turn on your camera and zoom up to 30x magnification using your device’s digital zoom. The microscope enhances what you are viewing, and your device’s camera can take pictures and record video. My kids are a big fan of this and they use it to scope out the strangest things. You would be amazed at what something looks like when it is magnified! Microscope works on Apple iOS and most Android devices. Ages 6+
Get it here: https://amzn.to/37MVMEM
Holiday Specs: Create holiday magic right in front of your eyes. Great for holiday parties. These featherweight, holographic 3D lenses give the viewer the WOW factor as they magically transform ordinary Christmas lights, city lights, streetlights or any bright single point of light into one of ten different dazzling holiday images. Just put the glasses on (fit over existing glasses), view any distant point of light and enjoy the 3D imagery featuring an array of holiday designs, such as: snowflakes, reindeer, Santa, candy canes, elves, ornaments, gingerbread men, snowmen, angels and Christmas stars.
Buy here: https://amzn.to/36UbIWF
Safari Ltd.com allows children to discover the frontiers of their imagination with dinosaurs, fantasy, wildlife and much more. There is no limit to your imagination so let the adventure begin. There are many great ways to reinforce learning and remind children about the importance of science and history.This educational toy company’s mission is to teach children the importance of nature and its conservation through the joy of play. We are a big fan of these hand-painted, detailed figures and have used them in school projects because of their authentic replication of the real thing!
Here are a few examples of new products that are available:
Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly: this 4 piece life cycle shows what butterfly eggs look like and where they are layed (on a specifically chosen milkweed plant leaf), the caterpillar hatches, then encases itself in the chrysalis and then emerges 2-5 weeks later as a beautiful butterfly. Each piece is lead free and is a great replication of this natural process. In this Safariolgy Theme, there are 5 different life cycles to choose from.
Ancient Fossils: The Dinosaur Footprint is from the Jurassic age. This item is also lead and phthalate free. This Safariology Theme has 4 different examples of dinosaur fossils. Buy here: https://amzn.to/36T72Ar
The Army Men Group TOOB: this collection of 6 men dressed in Army green uniforms are each positioned differently for hours of great reenactment play. My son loves to strategically place his men and create a battle field.
Battroborg 2 pack Battling Robots with Battle Arena (Green and Red Colonel Clubber and Scaldor): This is the Rock em’ sock em’ for this generation, but with way cooler controls and lights! Battroborg uses the handheld, Wii remote–style controllers to have a boxing match between two robots. Let me you this game is a workout! Players punch their arms in the air and see the same movement played out by the mini ’bots.
Your motions control the battling robots that bring players center ring, or retreat if you are getting beat. There’s strategy involved in the timing and combination of punches needed to knock out an opponent: moving forward is accomplished by a series of right/left punches while a series of same-hand punches spins your fighting cyborg in a circle. Knock out your opponent by serving up five contact punches to the head. Train your robot to battle by taking it to boot camp where you can master the art of combat by taking on the 4 stationary training drones to punch.
You know the damage your robot is receiving by the change of color in the head’s LED light. The lightening-fast, 2.5 GHz WiFi frequency means immediate pairing and real-time response, on-board speakers emit a sound each time a punch hits its target. An LED meter on each robot keeps track of punches and lets you know how close you are to a win. Requires 8 AA Batteries (not included). Robots recharge in 20 minutes. Ages 6 and up.
SKYLANDERS SWAP FORCE Starter Kit: What a great game! Skylanders SWAP Force is the latest adventure in a series of exciting games that explore the magical world of Skylands. The innovative idea of changing the tops and bottoms of characters to better utilize their skills is genius! Now if you need a AIR character but you wanting the firing capabilities of one of your other favorite characters, now you can have the best of both characters. The magnet that hold the character’s upper body and lower body is strong and stable enough to hold the part in position, while remaining incredibly easy to remove.
Introducing 16 New Swap-able characters, creating 256 new possibilities – now your new power is your choice. All characters from Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure and Skylanders Giants are compatible! The graphics are high resolution and give a crisper picture which allows you to experience the game better. The starter kit comes with a new Portal of Power which connects to you gaming console via USB, so no more dead batteries since the portal is charged by the connection! WELL worth the money.
Starter Pack Includes:
- 1 Video Game
- 1 Portal of Power
- 3 Skylanders Figures
- 1 Skylanders SWAP Force starter pack
- 3 Character Stickers
- 3 Trading Cards
Available for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 game consoles.
HMDX-JAM XT Extreme Wireless Speaker: This Bluetooth, rechargeable, wireless speaker is great for on the go listening. The fold out carabiner clip allows you to clip the HMDX Jam XT to most clipable surfaces. Don’t worry if you drop it, splash it or get it dirty, it’ll still work just fine. The rugged outer protector prevents damage to the internal components. The rubber cover prevents the micro USB charge port and the audio-in jack from being exposed to the elements. The Bluetooth range is a little less than 30′ feet as the package claims (it worked when my Bluetooth phone was 27 feet away from the speaker in my house).
Battery is rechargeable and lasts up to about 4 hours. The sound and volume were good and loud. The buttons on the thing are hard to press. I think this is by design, so they don’t get bumped and accidentally turn on. You’ll know when you have pressed them, though. It’s a good, heavy speaker; package includes a short charging cable for use with a computer or USB charge port. It comes in five different colors and makes a fairly decent tech gift. There is an instruction card and be sure to register this product which includes a 1 year limited warranty.
iHome iBT29BC Bluetooth Color Changing Dual Alarm Clock FM Radio with USB Charging and Speakerphone:
WOW! This little speaker puts out a well-balanced, clear, crisp sound! It is a pleasant tone with a surprising amount of power in a little package. The speaker has a built in rechargeable battery. Cable for charging speakers and connecting to audio sources is included.
Connect this to any audio source including: all MP3 players, smartphones, tablets, and computers, e-readers, laptops, as well as other audio sources featuring a 3.5mm line-out jack! You can connect multiple speakers via line-in jack for more incredible sound. There is a power and charging LED indicator. Average battery life: 2.25 Hours. My kids think it is so cool and love using it!
iHome eKids Over-the-head Earphones: These ekids headphones are very comfortable, have padded ear cushions, padded and adjustable headband and In-line volume control. The sound is so clear, detailed and rich. My son is so happy with these. It works with all music players and has a 1 year limited warranty. This is one of many characters available in the ekids Earphone collection for boys and girls. The quality is excellent and this product is definitely recommended! My 6 year old uses these earphone even though the product is intended for ages 9+.
Furby Connect Here is a great way for a child to see how you treat a creature will shape of its personality! The more fun you have with it, the friendlier it will become. Sing, tickle, feed it with your finger and it will respond.
- Explore the Furby Connect World app and discover surprises together
- The Furby Connect friend gets updates with the app and learns new phrases
- This Furby friend expresses with more than 150 colorful eye animations
- Make Furby sleep just by putting the included sleep mask on
- Includes 1 Furby Connect friend, sleep mask, and instructions
- NOTE: Refer the Instructional Video from the image section before use which is highly essential.
- Requires 4 AA alkaline batteries (not included)
Where to buy: https://amzn.to/3oAmM18
Vehicles of Mass Destruction:Wow this is a boy or man’s dream R/C. Bring a blast of fire power to the R?C category for boys who love to fire weapons. These products are made from good material with high quality. Now the controls are at their finger tips with a powerful remote operated weapon that shoots hard, fast and far! My boys had so much fun with these two R/C vehicles. They created a battle zone and used their imaginations, competed and played their story out in a back yard battle for hours. There is precise steering over ANY terrain, a joystick style controller armed with switches and light up fire buttons:
- The Missile Striker: These enormous foam darts have a stiff front that aids in making them aerodynamic. and can be shot more than 65 feet. This R/C machine is tons of fun. My 11 year old was able to steer and launch the foam darts to his target with ease. He had a ball playing with this toy, was able to attack on the move and fire 1 of 3 long range missiles with precision (after a few tries at getting used to the controller) at a time. The controller had dual joysticks used to drive the treads. It took him a while to figure out that when he pushed both ‘sticks forward or back to make the Striker do the same; alternate angling moves it left or right or enables a quick spin clockwise or counter-clockwise. He had a great time battling his older brother in a backyard mission of mass destruction. Runs on batteries, not included. Ages 8+ COST $59.99 available now at Toys R Us.
- The Cannon Commando: Now for over-sized speed, this giant cannon can rapidly fire 16 small foam missiles at a rate of one per second more than 50 feet in an all out assault. My younger 6 year old son chose this R/C as his weapon of mass destruction in his battle with his older brother. This vehicle is easier to use. He tracked his target (the camp site and missile striker his younger brother was controlling), he armed his weapons, aimed his battle machine and FIRED!. He loved the fact that the tank’s maneuverability turns on a dime 360° to spin and shoot. The tread traction is great and allows for navigation over dangerous terrain. He was also able to use the adjustable trajectory for maximum targeting capacity and firing range by using his hands to angle the weapon since this function cannot be made on by the controller. Runs on batteries, not included. Ages 8+ COST $59.99 available now at Toys R Us.
Hex Bug Nano V2 Gravity Loop: This is an 18 piece set and includes 1 nano bug . You can create an endless loop for your nano to climb. This is a new breed of nano hex bug because the head allows for horizontal navigation, the legs allow rapid movement and the body with its redesigned exoskeleton and advanced technology gives gravity defying Nanos the ability to climb up tubes. You can play with this set alone or combine it with other Hex Bug sets for a even more fun. COST: $19.99 Warning: choking hazard, small parts ages 3+
Hex Bug Nano V2 Helix 180° : This is a great 40 piece set which allows your Hex Bug to climb vertically and twist through a vertical tunnel. The a micro robotic creature that reacts to its environment or that you control, an innovative battery powered, high-tech toy. You can play with this set alone or combine it with other Hex Bug sets for a even more fun.Fun for all ages! Warning: choking hazard, small parts ages 3+