Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht joined Family Circle magazine’s “25 Days of Toys” to talk about toys that encourage creativity and put new spins on classic toys. 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.



  • Viral sensation Nimuno Loops collaborated with Zuru’s Mayka Toy Block Tape construction brand to revolutionize the way construction bricks are played with.
  • Mayka Tape transforms virtually any surface into a base for construction toy bricks and figures.
  • One side features a bendable, flexible surface with a toy block pattern that is compatible with LEGO toys and other toy construction brands and can be cut to any desired size. The other side has a re-usable adhesive backing to allow builders to construct on nearly any object, around corners and on curved surfaces to make 3D creations.
  • The line features 10 base colors and three core sizes: Small (3.3 feet), Medium (6.6 feet) and Large (6.6 feet).
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: Small: $6.99 Medium: $9.99, Large: $14.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart


  • An original storage solution for kids’ toys to help transform a child’s room or play space into a themed hot spot. Available in a range of popular licenses, including Disney-Pixar’s Cars, the chair features colorful themed graphics to bring the property right into a child’s room.
  • The seat opens up to reveal a roomy storage compartment for toys. When closed, it is a comfortable seat for resting. The chair seats up to 150 lbs.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Amazon


  • Crayola Color Wonder Magic Light Brush lets kids create colorful art without the mess.
  • Color Wonder paints are clear and only work on Color Wonder special paper— it won’t color on skin, carpet, or furniture. The Magic Light Brush lights up to match whatever paint color kids are using.
  • The set comes with six classic colors and 18 sheets of Color Wonder paper
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart,