The holiday shopping season is upon us. With more fun toys, games and tech to choose from than ever, we’re offering up a few favorites from the National Parenting Product Awards. But this is a mere sampling!
The Photo Puzzlemania puzzle book from Highlights ($12.99, highlights.com, ages 6+) features puzzles created from vibrant photographs. Kids will be busy for hours solving “hidden pictures,” “matching,” “check and double check” and “hidden in plain sight” puzzles.
Show your little ones how gaming used to look with Arcade1Up ($299, arcade1up.com). Each adorable four-foot cabinet includes three to four classic games, such as Asteroids, Centipede, Rampage and Galaga.
The ultra-modern Razor Power A2 Electric Scooter ($199.99, razor.com, ages 8+) is tiny but mighty. This foldable ride can hit speeds up to 10 mph and the charge lasts 40 minutes.
The DIY Kano Computer Kit Touch ($279.99, kano.me, ages 6+) helps kids learn to code, digitally finger paint, hack Minecraft and create music and art, thanks to its block-based coding editors, touchscreen, keyboard and creative tools.
With the Science Academy: Squishy Ball Lab ($24.95, mindware.com, ages 8+), little scientists can make squishy slime stress balls, two oobleck stress balls and a mesmerizing mini relaxation jar.
Let the musical fun begin with Jooki ($199, jooki.rocks, ages 3+), a smart player that lets parents pre-select music and stories, but uses ToyTouch Technology to give kids the chance to choose which playlist to listen to.
Little wizards learn to code as they flick and swish through more than 70 challenges with The Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit ($99.99, kano.me, ages 6+). The build-it-yourself wireless wand will make kids feel like part of the Wizarding World.