Toy Insider Editor-in-Chief Ali Mierzejewski stopped by CBS in Columbus to show off some great aspirational toys for kids who dream of becoming everything from a veterinarian to a football player. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best toys of the holiday season, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide.


  • What makes your pet tick? Find out what it takes to become a veterinary physician and the work that they perform for animals.
  • Simulate veterinary X-ray and sonograms with red and blue Lenses that reveal the insides of animals on four different posters.
  • Close up wounds and cuts with the soft plastic suture training skin, plastic surgical tweezers, needle, and thread.
  • Create a cat anatomy poster with paper parts, mold a plaster pup, and learn how to make casts for broken bones.
  • Kids can also mix and make gelly ticks and learn about the four common types of ticks and which ones can cause illness.
  • The kit includes four animal posters, a red x-ray lens, a blue sonogram lens, suture skin, a plastic curved needle, plastic tweezer scissors, a black nylon thread, a cat anatomy poster with fold out sheets, a dog blister mold, plaster powder, muslin fabric, a gelly tick blister mold, gelatin, a beaker, a stir stick, and instructions.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Target, Amazon


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  • The vet has moveable arms and can hold accessories, sit, or stand.
  • All the Schleich figures are lovingly hand-painted with detailed modelling and allow kids to learn while they play.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Available: Amazon, Barnes and Noble


  • Meet Sammy. This cute little peanut butter and jelly sandwich is actually a robot that teaches coding principles and skills to children in kindergarten through second grade.
  • You don’t need a tablet, smartphone, or computer to program this robot; programs are created by simply laying down a sequence of physical code cards.
  • As the robot drives over the code cards, an OID optical scanner on the bottom of the robot reads the code cards one by one and loads the program.
  • Next, place the robot on a grid made of map cards, and the robot runs the program.
  • This robot kit also teaches physical engineering and problem solving skills through a series of building and coding lessons.
  • A full-color illustrated manual guides users through the coding lessons and the assembly of different models.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $129.95
  • Available: Amazon


  • Create, Animate, and Share!
  • Stikbot Studio Pro one sets include a tripod, 2 stikbots (solid red and solid orange color), and a two-in-one stage green and blue screen.
  • With green screen, you can capture the best photo and video and save time editing.
  • Easily cut and edit footage to create the sequence you need by using green screen.
  • You can digitally recreate the background of your scene.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $13.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target


  • Conduct more than 20 fun experiments and simple chemical reactions for a fun, hands-on, interactive learning experience with the Discovery Extreme Chemistry Lab!
  • From fizzing and foaming eruptions, to glowing worms and galactic spheres, kids will love the opportunity to experiment and make their own crazy concoctions!
  • Along with the easy-to-follow instruction booklet is a colorful fun-fact illustrated poster that offers children additional insight into the science behind their creations
  • Ages: 12+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart


  • In NFL Showdown, two players go against each other on the gridiron as their favorite NFL teams.
  • Select a play card from your playbooks, try not to get stopped by the defense, and move your team down the field.
  • Push on for a touchdown or literally kick a field goal through the uprights using the game’s Flicker Kicker.
  • You can also use team-specific Big Play cards to gain extra yardage or make huge defensive plays.
  • NFL Showdown has two different sets of rules, one for young rookies and another for experienced pros, that allow anyone to jump in and play!
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP $19.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart