We know how it goes: the holiday season has arrived, so you're
in a race against time to find some gifts that a) your kids will
actually like; b) fit your budget; and c) can be bought, wrapped
and handed over to the munchkins sometime near the appropriate
So this year, we did the work for you. We visited 10 toy stores
in and around Chicago to find this holiday season's hottest items.
Best of all, every gift is less than $50, so you won't break the
bank in order to see that awed expression on your child's face.
Here are the results for Late Elementary (8-10
- Elizabeth Diffin
Move over, Dr. Dre - now kids can make their own Beats!
This kit allows kids to assemble headphones that light up and flash
to the music. While they follow along in the instruction book,
they'll also be learning about electricity and sound.
Science kits don't have to be frilly to catch girls' attention,
which is why we love these products that tailor science to the
female set without painting it pink. Each item comes with a
journal, so kids can write, draw and keep record of their
It could be a months until the neighborhood soccer fields dry
out, so bring the fun inside with this hovering disk. Play
traditional soccer or change it into life-sized air hockey or a
twist on bowling. Good for low-pile carpeting, wood floors,
sidewalks and driveways.
Can you direct a laser beam through a maze using your brain?
Sounds impossible, but that's the object of this mental workout
that features challenges for beginners to experts. Gives a whole
new meaning to "brain power."
It's true what they say: duct tape can do anything, including
making belts, jewelry, headbands and glasses. This kit comes with
everything your kid needs to make ducted accessories (especially
the easy-to-follow instructions).
It's never too early to start raising a handyman (or woman).
This kid-sized toolbox comes preloaded with a hammer, Phillips
screwdriver, handsaw, file, tape measure and safety goggles. Just
add a to-do list!
Which came first, the superhero or the coffeemaker? That's the
challenge of this game, where kids and parents attempt to arrange
events correctly based on when they took place. You'll learn a
little history and a little trivia-while having a lot of fun.
The perfect game for when you're waiting at a restaurant, the
doctor's office or a parking lot. Just roll the dice until someone
gets all their dice on the same number. Easy, fast-and anyone can
Your kids already know how to tell some pretty tall tales, but
this game redirects their creativity in a more positive direction.
Roll the dice and then come up with a story that connects the nine
images. We have a feeling hilarity will ensue.