Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht shared interactive and educational toys for ages 6-8 with Grandparents.com’s Toy & Gift Finder. Unsure what to buy? Here are her suggestions:
There are so many backpacks to choose from….The reason we chose this Monster High Backpack from Mattel: it has everything parents/grandparents should look for. It’s lightweight, has padded straps and padded back for comfort and stability, has a roomy main section plus space for additional accessories, and is reasonably priced. The other thing that really sold us: the brand promotes an anti-bullying message that kids and adults will appreciate.
Now girls can express who they are and their personal style by decorating their lockers to fit their personality with Locker Rockers from Wish Factory! With four different themes “Glam Rock,” “Beach Crush,” “Bohemian Spirit,” and “Scribbles Beat”, collections include locker lamps, rugs, mirrors, wallpaper, and more.
Heroes and villains battle their way, spinning and crashing, Marvel BonkaZonks by Hasbro. Each BonkaZonks 4-PACK comes with three figures—featuring edgy art of favorite Marvel superheroes like Spiderman, Ironman and Wolverine—and one hidden figure, plus a stunt card with an online code to unlock more fun. The Face Case comes with four figures and display tray in kids character of choice.
Easy to understand, PlaSmart’s Hiccups offers frustratingly-good fun! Kids try to pass the ball sequentially from cup to cup without a hiccup. If they drop the ball, they start back at the beginning. Provides hours of fun for all!
La Dee Da by Spin Master is a new fashion doll based in the heart of New York City. Dee is the lead doll in the La Dee Da collection and she and her talented friends go to design school where they design outrageous outfits. Available separately: a La Dee Dah Sketchbook for girls to create their own fashion pieces.
The Encyclopedia Britannica U.S. Talking Puzzle from Tek Nek Toys has a voice that identifies the state name, capital city and nickname for each of the 50 states. With over 150 sound effects and learning opportunities, this electronic puzzle is sure to expand kids’ geographical knowledge in a fun way.
For girls who love to build and create, LEGO Friends Heartlake Stables is one of the most researched and exciting launches this year. Heartlake Stables is the adventures of 5 girls who live, work and play in Heartlake City. Includes 2 mini-doll figures, 2 horses, barn, stables and more. 416 pieces in all.