Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht joined Family Circle Magazine for another installment of their “25 Days of Toys” to talk about the best do-it-yourself toys that kids will love. 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 holidays, check out our complete holiday gift guide.


  • Expanding the ever-popular Gemmies line, the Gemmies Sparkle Loom is a new craft activity that lets kids create 3-D objects and wearables out of TPR bands and Crystals on a Loom.
  • With an endless amount of possibilities, creating vibrant and unique accessories to wear, and creations to showcase, has never been this much fun!
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Target, Toys “R” Us


  • Kids can create their own constantly evolving sandscapes by filling the observation tank with sand and water with this 3D Motion Sandscape kit.
  • Ages: 12+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Michael’s


  • The IDO3D Print Shop is a battery-operated tech device that provides a simple-function 3-D printing experience for kids.
  • From jewelry to vehicles, construction bricks to collectibles, fashion accessories to figures and more, the IDO3D Print Shop empowers kids to imagine and create any 3-D object they desire or to clone those they already own.
  • Without the need for complicated 3-D modeling software, the 3D Print Shop builds objects in just minutes using 3-D printing ink, LED light, and a “Formula 4D” system, designed to form and then reform molds into any shape.
  • Press desired object into the mold and create an exact replica in a variety of different colors in just one minute.
  • Each 3D print shop includes one 3D Print Shop machine, numerous assorted 3D Printshop accessories, assorted 3D Ink cartridges, and the infinitely reusable “Formula 4D.”
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart