Christmas Gifts – Children Ages 6 and Up
Santa’s always on the lookout for just the right toys every Christmas season, and this year is no different. Here are some great Christmas gift suggestions for ages 6 and up that offer educational fun, encourage physical activity and hopefully won’t find themselves in the bottom of the “pile” a few short days after Christmas like so many toys do!
Legos are great gifts for a wide range of age groups. They’ve been around a long time and have withstood the test of time and have A+ ratings from kids! There’s a huge selection of packages to choose from and the great thing about Legos is their ability to stimulate kids’ imaginations and creativity.
Blast off with the 494-piece LEGO City Space Center. Designed for children ages 6 to 12, this space-themed set will stretch imaginations to the outer limits. Prep the astronaut for launch, fuel the rocket and adjust the engines, get mission control ready, and then activate the elevator to load the astronaut into the cockpit. Start the countdown for sending this adventurous crew into space! The launch pad has a lot of details, including an “elevator” to go up and down.
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Lego Architectural Series
Here’s a really cool series from Lego that features prominent buildings around the world. Now kids can not only have fun – they can learn too!
Santa’s been delivering Crayola® toys to kids worldwide for years. And this year should be no exception with all the fantastic products to spark creativity in kids of all ages!
The Crayola Glow Station gives you the power to create amazing illustrations with light! Use the light wand on the glow canvas to make luminous freehand drawings, or use the included stencils to make shimmering shapes and scenes. Your drawings will magically disappear over time, allowing you to create new light-art again and again.
Good for little kids and big kids. Who doesn’t like to doodle? A must buy for the creative side of a child. This makes a great gift for a niece, nephew or grandchild!
The Crayola Color Explosion Glow Station has now received the triple crown of hot holiday toy awards: the Hot Dozen award from Toy Wishes magazine joins the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award and the Family Fun Magazine Toy of the Year Award.
Children can learn reading comprehension, vocabulary, and phonics while interacting with animated characters. The InnoTab offers a variety of games and activities that keep your child happy, learning, and occupied for hours.
Update and Customize Through Your Computer
Just like an adult’s touchpad device, the InnoTab syncs to any Mac or PC with the included USB cable. Once you connect it to the web, you can easily download games, e-books, apps, and other fun activities from VTech’s Learning Lodge. Parents can also use the Learning Lodge to stay abreast of their kid’s progress on a variety of educational lessons and milestones. (Requires 4 AA batteries not included).
Kids will love this! — just like Mom’s! (It also comes in blue.)
The Ultra can access more than 800+ apps, games, eBooks, videos, music and more from LeapFrog’s library (there is an additional cost for downloads.) There are 11 apps included with purchase that include Photo Fun Ultra, Art Studio Ultra, Pet Pad Party, Pet Chat and more.
This tablet has both front and rear cameras plus a video recorder for hours of entertainment and the 9 hour rechargeable battery lets kids explode their creativity!
The classic game of Horseshoes has just been re-invented and re-energized with new power-boosting catapult launchers and free flying foam horseshoes. Hitting ringers is now a fast-paced, long distance shoot-out! The Horseshoes can fly over 10 feet but no need to worry because the soft foam is table/furniture safe! Set includes 2 catapult launchers and 6 foam horseshoes.
If you want to get your kids away from endless hours in front of the tv playing video games, this is a great game to get them up and moving — the whole family will enjoy playing!
A great game for family get togethers, beach parties or just in a playroom, Twister Hoopla will entertain all ages. It’s Twister with a twist, no mat is involved, just hoops and spinners (dual spinners for different moves). With its compact play pieces, this would be an easy game to take on vacation or to the beach, great fun for all.
Get tangled up in the fun with these awesome rings and five different ways to play!
Easy to understand, but difficult to master, this games is 24 notched rubber-tipped wire pieces that hang from a table top frame. As each new piece is added to the sculpure the balance changes and the difficulty increases. With four different play levels from beginner to expert, Suspend makes a fantastic “family game night” for the entire family.
Melissa & Doug toys have won dozens of awards and have often been featured in the national media. You can expect outstanding quality in all their products.
What girl wouldn’t love her very own beachfront mansion? This detailed dollhouse features 4 rooms, 2 balconies and even a manually operated elevator! Over 4 feet tall, this house is built to accommodate 12-inch dolls like Barbie and Bratz.
Each room is brightly decorated with wallpaper images and decorations and it’s inspired by real-life mansions with details like a printed stainless-steel refrigerator, a printed flat-screen TV that attaches to the bedroom wall with Velcro, and an elevator that kids can move between the first and second floors. Silver stairs connect the second and third floors. The pink-and-white toilet has a button that makes a flushing sound when pushed, and the lamp in the living room lights up.
It includes 14 pieces of furniture – a kitchen table with two chairs, a bed with matching nightstand, a chaise longue and palm tree for the balcony, and a sofa with coffee table.
The bottom section doubles as extra storage and will even fit Barbie cars!
This is one totally awesome dollhouse that any little girl will love! Recommended for ages 3 – 15 yrs.