Teens and Tweens can be hard to shop for. Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by HLN to show off toys full of “girl power” as well as toys for older kids, including toys to inspire girls. For more on the products featured in this segment, check out the items below, and for a full rundown of the best toys of the year, check out our complete holiday toy guide.


nerf-rebelle-flipside-bow_hasbroNerf Rebelle Flipside Bow (Hasbro)

  • Take aim and launch into action-packed fun with this bow! Kids can go on fast-paced adventures and join with friends in competitive play.
  • The Flipside bow has two 5-dart drums that flip around for 10-dart fast blasting.
  • Kids can pull the string back and release it to send a dart flying through the air up to 80 feet. Fire five darts from one drum, pull the flip-trigger to rotate the second drum into position, and launch five more darts!
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Target, Amazon, Walmart, Kmart

mighty-makers-directors-cut-building-set_knexMighty Makers Director’s Cut Building Set (K’NEX)

  • Film the next big movie with Lily and her dog, Zoom, with the Director’s Cut Building Set.
  • Build the stage where the video shoot takes place. Once filming has ended, rebuild the stage into a theater to watch the final cut!
  • Have a mobile phone, or small tablet? Kids can film your own movie by building the device stand to hold your phone or tablet, and watch it back with your friends and family!
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP: $34.99
  • Available: Toys R Us, Amazon

kurio-watch_kd-group1Kurio Watch (KD Group)

  • This Bluetooth smartwatch is made specifically for kids and features a sleek, modern design with smooth rounded edges,  an adjustable soft silicone band, and a responsive touchscreen with excellent resolution.
  • Features an alarm, calculator, music and video players, front-facing camera, activity tracker, and mini games that detect precise wrist movement thanks to its built-in accelerometer.
  • Kids can also message friends and family via other Kurio or Android devices, all within a safe distance using Bluetooth technology.
  • When connected to a parent’s smartphone, Kurio Watch also becomes a hands-free way for kids to take phone calls.
  • Parents can also enter vital ICE (In Case of Emergency) information, including blood type, any allergies and an emergency contact.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Walmart, Amazon

mario_quadcopterNintendo MarioKart 8 Quadcopter (Carrera of America)

  • Mario has his own quadrocopter with anti-gravity mode!
  • Based on MarioKart 8, it features a six-axle gyro system for flight stability, a protective cage for the rotors, and 2.4 GHz technology for up to seven minutes of flight.
  • It has beginner and advanced modes, and a rechargeable battery.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $99.00
  • Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us