In today’s installment of Toy Insider and Family Circle magazine’s “25 Days of Toys,” Toy Insider Senior Editor Marissa DiBartolo and Family Circle Social Media Editor Sugey Palomares have tons of fun with three innovative games. 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.


  • This nerve-wracking bead-stacking game teaches kids about balance and weight while refining their fine motor skills.
  • Appealing to both children and parents, this strategy game is fun for the whole family!
  • To win Tumball, carefully place all your white beads on top of the suspended colorful balls using the wand. With every bead you add, the colorful balls become more unstable. If you push your luck too far or make one false move…TUMBALL!
  • You must add the fallen beads to your collection. Get rid of all your beads to win!
  • The package includes 14 colored balls, 24 white beads, 7 hangers, 4 wands, 2 assembly rings, 1 base, 1 arm, 1 hook, 1 ring and Instructions.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart, Meijer, Fred Meyer, Learning Express


  • Take strategy to a new level: it’s one thing to be double-crossed, but triple-crossed?
  • The goal: by game’s end, have more vertical and diagonal “three-in-a rows” than your opponent.
  • Unique design: the internal mechanism in the Triple cross tower makes this game unlike any other of its kind.
  • Boss of Triple cross: choose your moves wisely and you’ll be the boss of Triple cross!
  • What’s included: 1 plastic Triple cross tower unit with base. 2 sets of plastic colored discs (12 orange, 12 green) 8 plastic blockers (4 orange, 4 green) illustrated instructions.
  • Two players
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.95
  • Available: Amazon and Specialty Toy & Game retailers nationwide


  • Put on the lizard mask and get ready for a game of skill and speed.
  • One player flips over a number card. The other two players face off to knock down the correct insect card.
  • The lizard that knocks down the most insects the fastest wins!
  • Each Tic Tac Tongue game comes with four lizard masks with washable mouthpieces and tongues, 10 target cards, 10 game cards, and game rules.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $17.99
  • Available: Target