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Top Gift Picks for Older Kids (ages 8 years and up)

2013-12-16 by Amy Mascott

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This holiday season–or any day!–gift picks post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.

Top Gift Picks for Older Kids (ages 8 years and up) *Learn about some top gift picks for older children, ages 8 years old and up, on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

It’s no secret that often our “big kids” turn to the “little guys’” toys when offered the opportunity.  Of course, many little ones tend to gravitate towards older children’s toys, too.  And there’s no hard and fast rule that says certain toys are for children under or over a given age.

But what are my favorite Melissa & Doug toys for older kids? As a parent and educator, I definitely have my top choices, and so do my own kids, who are 10, 8, and 6 years old.

Here are our top Gift Picks for Older Kids, in no particular order:

Top Gift Picks for Older Kids (ages 8 years and up) *Learn about some top gift picks for older children, ages 8 years old and up, on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

Available in a range of themes, kids will totally fall for the Dinosaur-themed Dino Dusk Set, Space Mission Set, Mystical Unicorn, Under the Sea, and more.

Top Gift Picks for Older Kids (ages 8 years and up) *Learn about some top gift picks for older children, ages 8 years old and up, on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

  • Scratch Art: Scratch Art is fascinating for kids. It’s a reverse art–creating by scratching away–so they love it!

We love each and every set–the Light Catcher Deluxe set, a Holographic “Scratch & Sparkle” set, and the Neon Combo just to name a few!

Top Gift Picks for Older Kids (ages 8 years and up) *Learn about some top gift picks for older children, ages 8 years old and up, on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

  • Sticker Sets: These sticker sets have been known to keep crowds of kids busy and focused for long stretches of time, and every single child is proud to share his or her finished sticker scene!

Whether it’s the Puffy Sticker Sets, the Reusable Sticker Sets, or the Make-A-Face Sticker pads, kids of all ages love to sit down for some open-ended free time to create!

Top Gift Picks for Older Kids (ages 8 years and up) *Learn about some top gift picks for older children, ages 8 years old and up, on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

  • Puzzles: Oldies but goodies, puzzles are a hit for all kids.

Whether it’s a classic Wooden USA Puzzle, a Safari Floor Puzzle, or a 200- piece jigsaw puzzle, these are definitely super for cold winter days when families are stuck indoors.

Looking for more toy recommendations? Check out all of the Melissa & Doug baby toys or visit our blog posts on baby toys.

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