Best new toys for late elementary kids under $50

Between games that make older elementary students think and learn strategy to building and creating, we’ve got you covered. Check out the toys below and find more gift ideas for other ages in our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Eraser Animals by Klutz, $12.99 

Build your own erasers with instructions and a little baking. They’re cute, and actually work as erasers.

Available at: Becky & Me Toys, Building Blocks Toy Store and *play

Pigasus by Brain Games, $14.99 

A card game with pairs that look nothing alike. Players have to figure out what makes a pair (a giraffe head, wings and bird feet matches a long-necked pelican).

Available at: Building Blocks Toy Store

Shashibo, $21.99 

First it’s a box, but can transform to make different shapes. This 3D toy is foldable, shapable and makes more than 70 geometric designs. 

Available at: Becky & Me Toys, Building Blocks Toy Store and *play

Ultimate Putty Challenge by Crazy Aaron’s, $24.99

Take putty to new heights with 10 games and putty included in the challenge. 

Available at: Becky & Me Toys, Building Blocks Toy Store and *play

Y’Art by Kahootz, $14.99 

Yarn is fed through a “pen” and kids can make art on a Velcro canvas. Lots of animals and designs to choose from. 

Available at: Becky & Me Toys, Building Blocks Toy StoreMoore Toys & Gadgets and *play

ICECOOL2 by Brain Games, $29.99

This penguin-flicking game is already a multi-award winner. The whole family will love to learn the strategy behind moving penguins over obstacles.  

Available at: Building Blocks Toy Store

Gumball Machine Maker by Thames & Kosmos, $39.99

Kids can add the mechanisms to make the gumballs drop – like a launcher or dominoes. Then change it up and go again. (Gumballs included!) 

Available at: Becky & Me Toys, Building Blocks Toy StoreMoore Toys & Gadgets and *play

Just One by Repos, $28

This cooperative game lets players think of just one word to describe another word. (Besides “yummy” try describing “chocolate” using other words.) $28 

Available at: Moore Toys & Gadgets

Splurge! Artie 3000, .99

NullKids can code a robot to draw and create art.

Available at: Becky & Me Toys, Building Blocks Toy Store and Moore Toys & Gadgets


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This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of Chicago Parent. Read the rest of the issue.

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