Looking for some great toys for kids to help beat the brain drain ahead of back-to-school season? Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by Better Connecticut in New Haven to talk about some great toys to help kids transition from summertime to school time. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for our complete rundown of the best gifts for the season, check out our Spring and Summer gift guide.
Go for a friendly spin with the GearZooz GearBuddies Lion & Mouse.
Kids can connect the Smart Gear mouse and turn the handle to watch the gears spin. Placing the mouse on the lion’s back triggers fun phrases and stories. They can also turn the handle gear to hear a melody, then turn the handle faster and faster to speed up the melody.
Press the light-up button to hear fun stories, or roll the lion to hear playful sing-along songs.
Then, mix and match with other GearZooz playsets (sold separately) for more gear-rific fun!
Send paper planes soaring through the air with the VEX Robotics Crossfire Airplane Launcher. This STEM kit promotes basic engineering skills through the process of simple snap-together assembly. Pump the handle and watch as your paper plane astonishingly soars over 30+ feet!
Bill Reese has been production director at The Toy Insider since 2014. A former editor at Playbill and graduate of SUNY–Purchase, he spends most weekends rooting for the New York Red Bulls pro soccer team and playing with his little boy Jonah.
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