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2018-12-05 by Melissa & Doug

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Looking for the best, most educational toys this holiday season? The American Academy of Pediatrics just released a clinical report titled “Selecting Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era.” In it, the authors recommend toys that inspire hands-on engagement, imaginative play, and rich interaction with parents and caregivers as the best choice. They say traditional toys (not electronic) are the ones pediatricians should be recommending to parents, as well as featuring in their waiting rooms.

The report went on to state that high-quality toys in categories such as pretend play (dolls, cars, housekeeping), hands-on/manipulative play (blocks, puzzles), arts and crafts, language and letters, and physical play can facilitate caregiver-child interactions, peer play, and the growth of imagination. At Melissa & Doug, for more than 30 years we’ve believed in the power of imaginative, child-led play, and we’re proud to offer a wide variety of toys in each of those categories mentioned in the report.

Here’s our age-by-age round-up of the best toys and gifts for kids this holiday season!

The Best Toys and Gifts for Toddlers
The Best Toys and Gifts for 2-3 Year Olds
The Best Toys and Gifts for 3-4 Year Olds
The Best Toys and Gifts for 5-7 Year Olds
The Best Toys and Gifts for 8 Year Olds

Best Toys for Toddlers

The Best Toys And Gifts For Toddlers

The best toys and gifts for babies and toddlers are those that stimulate their senses, inspire hands-on exploration, and help them discover more of their world. Here, we have compiled 10 of our favorite skill-building toys and gifts for 1- and 2-year-olds. The best part? These are gifts that both kids and parents will love – kids because they are fun, parents because they look great, last for years, and develop essential skills!

  1. First Play Pets Wooden Bead Maze
    First Play Pets Bead Maze

    First Play Pets Wooden Bead Maze
    Age: 12+ months
    Why it’s great: A classic first toy, this pet-themed wooden bead maze inspires kids to explore the twists and turns of the pathways while learning animal names, colors, and shapes.
    Sweet detail: Suction cups keep the maze secured to tabletops, high chairs, or wood floors!
    Skills at play: Fine motor development, color & shape recognition

  2. First Play Wooden Jumbo Knob Safari Animal Puzzle
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    First Play Wooden Jumbo Knob Safari Animal Puzzle
    Age: 12+ months
    Why it’s great: Babies and toddlers will delight in matching pieces to pictures on the sturdy wooden puzzle board.
    Sweet detail: The oversized noses double as easy-to-grasp knobs!
    Skills at play: Fine motor development, color recognition

  3. First Play Roll & Ring Ramp Tower
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    First Play Roll & Ring Ramp Tower
    Age: 12+ months
    Why it’s great: Kids will have fun dropping a car at the top of the tower and watching as it makes a chime ring at each turn!
    Sweet detail: Cars flip over at the bottom of each ramp as they zoom to the next one!
    Skills at play: Fine motor development, color & shape recognition

  4. First Play Friendly Frogs Pull Toy
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    First Play Friendly Frogs Pull Toy
    Age: 18+ months
    Why it’s great: These friendly frogs will follow kids anywhere as they maneuver the sturdy rolling wooden pull toy all around!
    Sweet detail: The frogs appear to chase and race each other!
    Skills at play: Gross motor development, color & shape recognition

    Best Gifts That Wow for Toddlers

  5. Turtle Ball Pit
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    Turtle Ball Pit
    Age: 9+ months
    Why it’s great: This friendly turtle comes filled with 60 squeezable, multi-colored balls that are easy to grasp, toss, and roll. It also features holes to push and pull balls through, crinkling feet, squeaking button, textured ring, mirror, silky fabric tags, and attached soft ball rattle.
    Sweet detail: When zipped up with balls inside, the turtle doubles as a pillow!
    Skills at play: Sensory development, gross motor development

  6. Beep-Beep & Play Activity Toy
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    Beep-Beep & Play Activity Toy
    Age: 9+ months
    Why it’s great: This sit-in play car features a clicking steering wheel, light-up dashboard, rear-view mirror, and an engine that plays music when the key is inserted.
    Sweet detail: There’s even a cup holder on the side!
    Skills at play: Sensory development, fine motor development

  7. Mine to Love Baby Dolls
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    Mine to Love Baby Dolls
    Age: 18+ months
    Why it’s great: The 12-inch Mine to Love baby dolls feature soft, cuddly bodies, a removable outfit and matching cap, and eyes that open and close. Choose Gabrielle, Jenna, or Mariana, each with a different skin tone.
    Sweet detail: The dolls can suck their thumb or the included pacifier.
    Skills at play: Social-emotional development, empathy

  8. First Play Chomp & Clack Alligator Push Toy
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    First Play Chomp & Clack Alligator Push Toy
    Age: 12+ months
    Why it’s great: The three alligators click and clack as kids push this colorful wooden toy!
    Sweet detail: Three wooden buggy beads can be slid and spun for extra fun!
    Skills at play: Gross motor development, sensory development

  9. Big Roscoe Vanilla Teddy Bear
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    Big Roscoe Vanilla Teddy Bear
    Age: 3+ months
    Why it’s great: Covered in ultra-snuggly cream-colored plush, Roscoe has an oversize huggable body that kids will love all year round.
    Sweet detail: Touch the velvety nose!
    Skills at play: Social-emotional development

    Best Stocking Stuffer for Toddlers

  10. Soft Activity Book
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    Soft Activity Book
    Age: All
    Why it’s great: Squeaking, crinkling cloth books, such as Itsy Bitsy Spider and Wild Animals, are durably constructed to last through playtime, story time, and the washing machine, too!
    Sweet detail: Adorable artwork will inspire vocabulary-building conversations!
    Skills at play: Language & letters, sensory development

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The Best Toys and Gifts for 5-7 Year Olds
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Best Toys for 2-3 Year Olds

The Best Toys And Gifts For 2-3 Year Olds

The best toys and gifts for 2- and 3-year-olds are those that inspire imagination, encourage hands-on exploration, and keep kids coming back for more! Here, we have compiled 10 of our favorite toys and gifts for 2- and 3-year-olds. Children at this age are little sponges, and these are the toys that will reward their curiosity again and again as they come up with their own unique ways to play.

  1. Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks
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    Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks
    Age: 2+
    Why it’s great: This 40-piece set of lightweight yet sturdy cardboard building blocks will inspire kids for hours of constructive fun! Made from extra-thick, premium cardboard, these blocks are easy to assemble and feature a wipe-clean surface.
    Sweet detail: The red blocks hold up to 150 pounds!
    Skills at play: Gross motor development, problem solving

  2. Wheels on the Bus Sound Puzzle
    Wheels on the Bus Sound Puzzle

    Wheels on the Bus Sound Puzzle
    Age: 2+
    Why it’s great: Kids will love singing along as they lift the six puzzle pieces to hear the different verses of the classic children’s song!
    Sweet detail: Song lyrics are included on the back of the puzzle board.
    Skills at play: Fine motor development, problem solving

  3. Slice & Bake Cookie Set
    Slice and Bake Cookie Set

    Slice & Bake Cookie Set
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: This wooden play set includes everything kids need to “bake” a pretend playtime treat. The 12 wooden cookies can be sliced with the knife and placed on a cookie sheet. There are toppings and a kitchen mitt, too!
    Sweet detail: Cookies store in a durable dough tube.
    Skills at play: Creative thinking, problem solving

  4. Wooden Railway Set
    Wooden Railway Set

    Wooden Railway Set
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: With more than 130 pieces, including a roundhouse engine shed, trees, workers, traffic signs, magnetic-tipped cranes, two bridges, and more, this set will put kids on track for imaginary adventures!
    Sweet detail: Includes easy-to-follow instructions for four different track configurations. (Also – it’s compatible with all popular wooden railway systems.)
    Skills at play: Creative thinking, problem solving

  5. Monster Bowling
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    Monster Bowling
    Age: 2+
    Why it’s great: The adorably wacky plush pins, with their touchable textures and design details, double as role-playing companions. Their weighted bottoms allow them to be set up in various formations as kids try to knock them down with the silly stuffed ball!
    Sweet detail: Includes a handy mesh bag for storage.
    Skills at play: Gross motor skills, resilience

  6. Wooden Doorbell House
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    Wooden Doorbell House
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: Kids will relish the opportunity to test their fine motor skills by ringing the four doorbells on this charming cottage and unlocking the four unique locks with matching keys.
    Sweet detail: Includes four play people!
    Skills at play: Fine motor development, problem solving

    Best Gifts That Wow for 2-3 Year Olds

  7. Chef’s Kitchen
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    Chef’s Kitchen
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: Easy to assemble, this play kitchen includes a refrigerator/freezer and ice maker, an oven and stovetop with dials that turn, a microwave with turning plate, a sink with moving faucet and handle, a grocery checklist, movable hooks, and ample storage. Budding chefs and home cooks are sure to enjoy years of make-believe meal-making!
    Sweet detail: Features an innovating working ice dispenser and two “ice cubes.”
    Skills at play: Creative thinking, problem solving

  8. Giraffe
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    Giraffe
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: At over four feet tall, this gentle giant will make a statement in a child’s playroom or bedroom. The lifelike details and markings, along with the quality construction, mean this playful pal will inspire imaginations for years to come!
    Sweet detail: Long, lovely lashes!
    Skills at play: Creative thinking

  9. Country Cottage Indoor Playhouse
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    Country Cottage Indoor Playhouse
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: This roomy and sturdy 4-foot-tall indoor playhouse is made of thick corrugate. The front doors and shutters open and close, offering a delightful home base for kids and their imaginary play. Other indoor playhouses include a Fire Truck, Food Truck, and Medieval Castle.
    Sweet detail: There’s a working mail slot!
    Skills at play: Creative thinking

    Best Stocking Stuffer for 2-3 Year Olds

  10. Farm Friends Hand Puppets
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    Hand Puppets
    Age: 2+
    Why it’s great: This set of four cuddly cute hand puppets (a sheep, cow, pig, and horse) are ready to play a starring role in your child’s frolicking farm adventures!
    Sweet detail: Sized to fit children and most adults
    Skills at play: Creative thinking, storytelling

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The Best Toys and Gifts for 5-7 Year Olds
The Best Toys and Gifts for 8 Year Olds
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Best Toys for 3-4 Year Olds

The Best Toys and Gifts for 3-4 Year Olds

The best toys and gifts for 3- and 4-year-olds are those that are educational (helping them learn the basics), inspirational (launching their imaginations), and creative (giving them opportunities for self-expression)! Here, we have compiled 10 of our favorite toys and gifts for 3- and 4-year-olds.

  1. Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set
    Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set

    Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: This 24-piece pretend play collection comes with two plush pets (dog and cat), and accessories galore for kids to examine and treat any ailment. The set was recognized by the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute for how it helps kids develop empathy.
    Sweet detail: There’s even a neck “cone” to keep pets from licking!
    Skills at play: Creative thinking, empathy

  2. Dust! Sweep! Mop!
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    Dust! Sweep! Mop!
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: Kids love imitating grown-ups, and this realistic 6-piece cleaning set will have them tidying up in no time!
    Sweet detail: The dust pan snaps onto any of the handles!
    Skills at play: Gross motor development, confidence

  3. Doctor Role Play Costume Set
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    Doctor Role Play Costume Set
    Age: 3
    Why it’s great: This set includes everything for young doctors to take on a care-giving role in their pretend play: a fully equipped jacket and face mask, stethoscope, reflex hammer, ear scope, syringe, and a name tag to personalize.
    Sweet detail: Stethoscope makes sound effects!
    Skills at play: Confidence, empathy

  4. Spin & Swipe Wooden Cash Register
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    Spin & Swipe Wooden Cash Register
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: Kids press the number buttons to see different counting pictures, then “pay” for the purchase with numbered coins to match the quantities.
    Sweet detail: The coins vary in thickness so only the 1 fits in the 1 slot, 2 in 2, and so on.
    Skills at play: Number sense, problem solving

  5. Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Counter
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    Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Counter
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: Kids can pretend to work at an ice cream shop, taking and filling orders. The wooden counter holds eight wooden scoops of different-flavored ice cream, six toppings, a scooper, tongs, and a wooden spoon.
    Sweet detail: The scooper first into a hole on top of the scoop to lift, stack, and release!
    Skills at play: Fine motor development, creative thinking, confidence

    Best Gifts That Wow for 3-4 Year Olds

  6. Fresh Mart Grocery Store
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    Fresh Mart Grocery Store
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: So many realistic details, including a hand-crank conveyor belt, a card-swiping machine, a keypad/calculator, and a cash drawer. Kids can take turns being the grocer or the shopper. Don’t forget the Fresh Mart Grocery Store Companion Collection to help stock the shelves and add to the playful purchasing experience.
    Sweet detail: The scanner really beeps!
    Skills at play: Creative thinking, confidence

  7. Deluxe Wooden Standing Art Easel
    Deluxe Wooden Standing Art Easel

    Deluxe Wooden Standing Art Easel
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: With a chalkboard on one side, a dry-erase board on the other, a paper roll holder, plastic storage trays, and four easy-grip clips, this easel has everything. Kids can hone their artistic skills and develop fine motor skills at the same time.
    Sweet detail: Features child-safe paper cutter
    Skills at play: Fine motor, creativity, confidence

  8. Learn-to-Play Piano
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    Learn-to-Play Piano
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: This colorful upright piano features 25 keys and two full octaves! Little ones will be inspired to make music and make memories!
    Sweet detail: Includes an illustrated songbook and color-coded key chart!
    Skills at play: Music, confidence

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  9. Water Wow On the Go Travel Activity
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    Water Wow On the Go Travel Activity
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: This paint-with-water coloring book includes four reusable pages and a refillable water pen. Kids color pages, let dry, and color again! It’s a great way to pass time in the car, at the restaurant, or anywhere! Various themes available.
    Sweet detail: Chunky water pen stores in the pad’s cover.
    Skills at play: Fine motor development

  10. Non-Roll Markers Set
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    Non-Roll Markers Set
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: This set of 12 vivid markers gives kids a rainbow of nontoxic and washable colors to work with! Best of all – they won’t roll off the table!
    Sweet detail: Fine-line felt tips perfect for little hands!
    Skills at play: Creativity, color recognition

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The Best Toys and Gifts for 8 Year Olds
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Best Toys for 5-7 Year Olds

The Best Toys and Gifts for 5-7 Year Olds

The best toys and gifts for 5-, 6-, and 7-year-olds are those that inspire them to tap into their imaginations, learn how to connect and play well with others, and express themselves creatively! Here, we have compiled 10 of our favorite toys and gifts for 5 to 7-year-olds.

  1. Suspend Junior Balance Game
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    Suspend Junior Balance Game
    Age: 4-7
    Why it’s great: This exciting balance game for one to four players will have everyone hooked right from the start! It’s sure to be a family game night staple!
    Sweet detail: Great for groups, but also fun to play alone!
    Skills at play: Resilience, social-emotional development

  2. Spy Role Play Set
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    Spy Role Play Set
    Age: 5+
    Why it’s great: Super sleuths will be all set for top secret missions with this set that includes a trench coat, fedora, “rear-view” sunglasses, a secret coded message card, decoder lens, and spy assignment guide!
    Sweet detail: The rear-view sunglasses let little detectives see what’s happening behind them.
    Skills at play: Creative thinking, problem solving

  3. Stainless Steel Pots & Pans Play Set
    Stainless Steel Pots & Pans Play Set

    Stainless Steel Pots & Pans Play Set
    Age: 3-8
    Why it’s great: The shiny, stainless steel cookware is just like the real thing, but smaller (5-inch diameter). Kids will love the realistic touch this set gives to their restaurant and kitchen pretend play!
    Sweet detail: Includes two hardwood utensils and a convenient storage rack!
    Skills at play: Creative thinking, social-emotional development

  4. Roll, Wrap & Slice Sushi Counter
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    Roll, Wrap & Slice Sushi Counter
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: This beautifully made set includes all kids need to set up their own sushi shop. Lay the wooden sushi pieces on the felt nori strips, stick them together with the self-stick tabs, roll with the sushi mat, then slice and serve with ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce!
    Sweet detail: The included chopsticks provide an extra fun challenge for kids who don’t already know how to use them!
    Skills at play: Fine motor development, creative thinking

  5. 4-in-1 Game Rug
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    4-in-1 Game Rug
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: Roll out this rug and let the games begin! The design includes four classic board games: Tic-Tac-Toe, Checkers, Nine Men’s Morris, and Solitaire. It also includes 36 double-sided wooden play pieces and game instructions.
    Sweet detail: Store play pieces in the included mesh bag!
    Skills at play: Problem solving, social-emotional development

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  6. Star Diner Restaurant
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    Star Diner Restaurant
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: It’s twice the fun – with a restaurant dining area on one side and a kitchen on the other! Kids can take turns ordering meals, prepping them in the kitchen, or serving them to customers. The Star Diner Restaurant Play Set is a nice companion piece with its 41 realistic pieces.
    Sweet detail: Booth side includes jukebox with spinning dial and coin to drop in slot!
    Skills at play: Creative thinking, confidence

  7. Snacks & Sweets Food Cart
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    Snacks & Sweets Food Cart
    Age: 3-7
    Why it’s great: It’s a rolling, reversible cart offering either a hot dog or an ice cream menu, and it’s fully stocked with assorted play food pieces, from pretzels to ice pops and condiments to cones!
    Sweet detail: Double-sided, write-on menu lets kids set prices!
    Skills at play: Creative thinking, problem solving, confidence

  8. Folding Medieval Wooden Castle
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    Folding Medieval Wooden Castle
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: This hinged wooden castle, featuring a dungeon, working drawbridge, and removable turret, folds open for royal adventures!
    Sweet detail: There’s a trap door!
    Skills at play: Creative thinking, storytelling

    Best Stocking Stuffers for 5-7 Year Olds

  9. Water Wow On the Go Deluxe Water-Reveal Pad – Animal Antics
    Water Wow On the Go Deluxe Water-Reveal Pad – Animal Antics

    Water Wow On the Go Deluxe Water-Reveal Pad – Animal Antics
    Age: 5+
    Why it’s great: This paint-with-water seek-and-find activity book will keep kids busy and entertained as the color in each animal scene and discover hidden pictures with the red lens. It’s great for when kids are traveling or anytime!
    Sweet detail: The chunky water pen conveniently stores right in the cover of the spiral-bound book!
    Skills at play: Fine motor development, problem solving

  10. Wooden Stamp Set – Baby Farm Animals
    Wooden Stamp Set – Baby Farm Animals

    Wooden Stamp Set – Baby Farm Animals
    Age: 4+
    Why it’s great: Kids can use the eight detailed baby farm animal stamps to create little scenes or embellish their own artwork.
    Sweet detail: The four-color ink pad features washable, nontoxic ink.
    Skills at play: Fine motor development, creativity

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Best Toys for 8 Year Olds

The Best Toys and Gifts for 8 Year Olds

The best toys and gifts for 8-year-olds are those that inspire them to express their creativity, use their imaginations, and serve as an enticing alternative to screen time! Here, we have compiled 10 of our favorite toys and gifts for 8-year-olds.

  1. Deluxe Magic Set
    Deluxe Magic Set

    Deluxe Magic Set
    Age: 8+
    Why it’s great: With 10 easy-to-master, yet spellbinding tricks, kids can put on an entertaining performance for family and friends! They’ll gain confidence as they practice and perfect each trick!
    Sweet detail: Tricks store neatly in a solid wood box!
    Skills at play: Hand-eye coordination, confidence

  2. Tic Stac Toe
    Tic Stac Toe

    Tic Stac Toe
    Age: 8+
    Why it’s great: This 3-D version of Tic Tac Toe takes the classic game to new heights! Try to get four Xs or Os in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, and use blocker pieces to foil your opponent!
    Sweet detail: Winner of the Teacher’s Choice Award and Creative Child magazine’s Game of the Year award.
    Skills at play: Problem solving, cognitive thinking

  3. Wooden Pirate Chest
    Wooden Pirate Chest

    Wooden Pirate Chest
    Age: 6-8
    Why it’s great: This hand-stained chest with a bejeweled skull lock, an eye patch, bandanna, and golden coins is the perfect place for kids to store their treasures!
    Sweet detail: Includes a velvety loot bag and secret compartment!
    Skills at play: Social-emotional development

  4. Suspend
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    Suspend
    Age: 8+
    Why it’s great: Kids will be instantly hooked on this game of tricky hangs and steady hands! Each time a bar is added, the balance shifts, the difficulty changes, and the incredible midair sculpture transforms!
    Sweet detail: It’s as much fun to play alone as with a group!
    Skills at play: Problem solving, confidence, social-emotional development

  5. Multi-Craft Weaving Loom
    Multi-Craft Weaving Loom

    Multi-Craft Weaving Loom
    Age: 6+
    Why it’s great: This adjustable wooden loom with an oversize needle and 91 yards of rainbow yarn will inspire hours of crafting as kids choose to make one of the included designs or come up with their own.
    Sweet detail: An illustrated book shows how to make four crafts or three colorful animal tapestries!
    Skills at play: Hand-eye coordination, creativity

    Best Gifts That Wow for 8 Year Olds

  6. Deluxe Puppet Theater
    Deluxe Puppet Theater

    Deluxe Puppet Theater
    Age: 3-7
    Why it’s great: This wooden puppet theater is the perfect place for kids to experiment with imaginative storytelling. Puppet play is a great way to develop confidence and storytelling skills!
    Sweet detail: There’s a clock with movable hands and a chalkboard panel for playbill information!
    Skills at play: Storytelling, confidence

  7. Victorian Dollhouse
    Victorian Dollhouse

    Victorian Dollhouse
    Age: 6+
    Why it’s great: This classic dollhouse with Victorian details will be a home for kids’ imaginations as they imagine life taking place in the uniquely designed rooms. Add dollhouse furniture and a doll family for even more fun.
    Sweet detail: Hand-painted shingles, scroll-cut accents, and ornate window frames!
    Skills at play: Social-emotional development, empathy

  8. School Time Classroom Play Set
    School Time Classroom Play Set

    School Time Classroom Play Set
    Age: 3+
    Why it’s great: This set has everything kids need to set up a fun classroom for pretend play, including a drop-down desk, 150 reusable stickers, 12 pattern blocks, bell, timer, lesson plan guide, storybook, and more!
    Sweet detail: Two reusable double-sided boards and two dry-erase markers allow for endless play!
    Skills at play: Social-emotional development, communication, confidence

    Best Stocking Stuffers for 8 Year Olds

  9. Flip-to-Win Hangman Travel Game
    Flip-to-Win Hangman Travel Game

    Flip-to-Win Hangman Travel Game
    Age: 6+
    Why it’s great: This is a perfect on-the-go version of the classic word game!
    Sweet detail: Includes a self-storing dry-erase marker and eraser
    Skills at play: Language & letters, confidence

  10. Secret Decoder Activity Book
    Secret Decoder Activity Book

    Secret Decoder Activity Book
    Age: 6+
    Why it’s great: This take-along activity book will keep kids entertained on the go as they try to solve a case using the Seek & Find lens to spy hidden clues. Includes 18 pages of activities!
    Sweet detail: There’s also a Spy Pen kids can use to magically reveal more hints!
    Skills at play: Problem solving, cognitive development

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