We need to keep our kids’ bodies and minds healthy and active, these gifts encourage creative play of the non-digital variety.
Hot Wheels Ultimate Auto Garage
A new version of an old classic toy many of us parent knew and loved, this playset offers endless entertainment for fans of wheels. Parking for 35 vehicles, with a starter set of five cars and a helicopter included.
Matchbox Treasure Truck
Most kids might think treasure only comes to pirates or world explorers unearthing the secrets of ancient legends. Open their eyes to the possibilities in their own backyard, literally. This large-scale truck not only offers loads of fun, but a working metal detector.
Color Kaboom Airbrush Studio
This motorized airbrush studio gives a continuous and precise spray with ink tech that allows colors to appear boldly on black surfaces using included stencils.
Irish Fairy Door
Not every little one is enchanted by princesses, but fairies can reign — and roam — with the help of this magic portal wooden doorway. Powered by imagination (but helped along with virtual play prompts once a child registers their fairy’s name), add a touch of magic to the holiday.
Graphic Skinz Design Studio
“Wrap” or “skin” cell phone cases, key chains, jewelry, headbands/barrettes, small photo frames, toys, makeup compacts, or just about any object that fits into its suction chamber with a variety of included skins.
Disney Frozen Ice Magic Castle
This icy Elsa’s castle playset transforms with a magical light show, turns snow to stairs, sends an icicle chandelier spiraling downward, and makes the castle “grow” — while preserving the ability for creative play with kids’ favorite sisters.
Pottery Barn Kid’s Menorah
Explain the history to little ones and let them play along without worries over burnt fingers. Rotate the stars to turn them into flames in order to “light” each candle on this sweet child’s first menorah.
This multi-award-winning system of reusable, scaled model STEM-minded building kits from Ireland has been called “the new Minecraft”. Designed originally by architects for professional use and based on modern building techniques, once projects are completed, they can be taken apart to build something completely different.
From $69, www.arckit.com
Custom Superhero Action Figure
Imaginative play doesn’t have to mean long hair to brush or flouncy fashion, these heroes are certainly super in our book. Kids go online to build their own hero and can explore storytelling/writing through the 56-page product “adventure guide” handbook.