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2014 Holiday Gift Ideas: Best Toys for Kids
by American Specialty Toy Retailing Association   |   December 8   |   0 Comments
Looking for a sure way to WOW them gift this holiday season? Check out the 2014 winners of ASTRA's Best Toys for Kids. Selected by neighborhood toy store owners, these expert picks will definitely make your kids squeal 'woohoo!'

Teeter Popper
Fat Brain Toys

Whether they rock it, roll it, sit in it or stand... kids want to move with Teeter Popper! “POP-POP-POP... POP-POP-POP!” Senses go for a ride every time they play.

Slack Blox
Brand 44 Colorado

Slackers Balance Blox is a popular Slackline concept. It improves kids' motor skills, concentration and body control.  It is fun and challenging and builds self-confidence.

Sands Alive! Deluxe Set
By Play Visions Inc.

Sands Alive! Irresistible new moldable sand compound! Mold it! Squish it! Anti-Bacterial, water soluble, never dries out.

Mini Micro Classic Kickboard Scooter
By Micro Kickboard

The Mini Micro is the quality choice in children's scooters. The kickboard design features 3 wheels, gentle steering and a low-to-the-ground deck, all of which make the Mini exceptionally stable for young children.

By Basic Fun, Division of the Bridge Direct, Distributed by Schylling

The popular classic 80's memory game now has a sleek new look. Updated design with new LCD counter that keeps track of high score.

Remote Control Machines DLX
By Thames & Kosmos

A souped-up version of the best-selling Remote-Control Machines kit! Build your own motorized vehicles and machines and control them with a wireless remote control unit.

Architetrix Constructor Set
By Hape

This set from Hape's Architetrix line has all you need to get started building in mind-expanding, unconventional ways!

LoopDeLoom - Weaving Loom Kit
By Ann Williams

Weaving just got fast and fun! Loopdeloom is an ingenious new loom design with spinning pegs that speeds up the weaving process and makes it super simple.

Grow N' Glow Terrarium
By Creativity for Kids

Grow 'n Glow Terrarium: • Two hot trends in one complete crafting kit. Turn this plastic mason-style jar into your own little habitat with real plants and tiny figurines.

By Fat Brain Toy Co.

Playful colors, fun sounds, fresh tactile experiences and super suction make the perfect toy! Meet pipSquigz, they're Fun Little Suckers!

Roller Derby
By Hape

Roller Derby keeps youngsters busy for many an afternoon of obstacle course fun! Release one of the brightly-painted wooden balls at the top of the Roller Derby course and watch as it makes its way down the mountainous course, jumping through holes and making pleasant noises its entire descent down.

Robot Turtles
By ThinkFun

The most backed board game in Kickstarter history sneakily teaches preschoolers the fundamentals of programming, from coding to functions, while making silly turtle noises!

By Fat Brain Toy Co.

Peek-A-Doodle-Doo is a charming and delightful game designed to improve concentration and memory skills. Unlike other memory-based games, with Peek-A-Doodle-Doo the game pieces are in constant motion which adds challenging, fast-moving fun!

Gravity Maze
By ThinkFun

This gravity powered logic maze is sure to put your visual perception and reasoning skills to the test. The colorful, translucent towers can be arranged in a plethora of visually stimulating structures but, for each challenge, you'll have to think carefully to build a path that will successfully carry your marble to its target.

Timeline - American History
By Asmodee Editions

In Timeline: America – History, players have hands of cards and take turns attempting to place the cards correctly into the growing timeline. Easy at first, but rapidly growing more difficult, Timeline: America – History will test your knowledge and help you learn the history of the nation.

KEVA Brain Builders
By MW Wholesale/Mindware

Approach KEVA from a whole new angle! Full-color cards include a 2-D building challenge on one side and the solution on the other. Manipulate your KEVA planks to successfully duplicate the balance, proportion, composition and geometry featured on each card.

Royal Princess Playhouse
By International Playthings

Easy to assemble castle is generously sized to fit 2 or more little princesses. Flap front door, 2 mesh windows, sturdy material to withstand hours of play. Carry case included.

HABA Doorway Puppet Theater

Raise the curtain and ignite the imaginations! This ingenious doorway fabric puppet theater has a telescoping rod to accommodate the doorway size.

Snap Circuits Motion

Snap Circuits Motion makes learning about electronics and its effect on motion…a SNAP! This all-new kit has everything you need to build over 165 amazing projects with more than 50 parts and pieces, including a lighted fan that changes colors as it spins, an air fountain, motion detector, a multi-use “merry-go-round”, mini car, and more.

Glowing Chemistry
By Thames & Kosmos

Explore the fascinating world of chemical reactions that produce light, called chemiluminescence. Mix up a magical blue light in a test tube using the glowing chemical luminol and other substances. With some cool chemical reactions, even coins and radishes begin to glow.

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