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Best new toys for early elementary kids under $50

Pong, gummies and axe throwing. Toy makers know how kids want to learn and play. Check out the toys below and find more gift ideas for other ages in our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Rainbow Gummy Candy Lab by Thames & Kosmos, $19.99

Kids can be scientists and bakers as they learn how to make – then eat – their own gummy creations. The molds and ingredients are included in the box. 

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

Smart Farmer by Smart Games, $24.99 

In this solo game, kids have to move animals around the board and fence them in. It’s not a one-and-done, either, as the instructions get harder as the player ages.

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

Door Pong by Fat Brain, $24.99 

Invented by a kid, the ping pong ball attaches to any doorway so that there’s no setting up a table to play ping pong. Great on days when the weather prohibits outdoor fun. $24.99

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

World Colors by Faber-Castell, $8.99

This new set of coloring pencils includes a grouping of blendable neutrals to help create any skin tone.

Available at: Becky & Me Toys, Moore Toys & Gadgets and *play

4D Chef by Professor Maxwell, $39.99 

Use any phone device to hook up to the VR glasses. Kids will learn not only how to cook but the science behind it (like what is gluten). 

Available at: Building Blocks Toy Store 

Last Mouse Lost by Fox Mind, $9

A strategy game for two players that is almost as addictive as popping bubble wrap.

Available at: Moore Toys & Gadgets

Perfect Petzzz, $39.95

These fun pets come with an adoption certificate, the necessities to keep them happy and they breathe like real pets. But, without all of the “mess” that a kitten or puppy can produce.

Available at: Building Blocks Toy Store 

Axe Throwing by Toy Smith, $24.99 

No, there are no real axes involved. But your youngster can learn to hit a target with a light-weight projectile that attaches with Velcro. 

Available at: Building Blocks Toy Store 

Splurge! Yogibo Beanbag Chair, 9.99

NullGreat for kiddos and gamers, the smaller beads make for a comfier fit. Bonus for parents is the washable outer shell.

Available at: Building Blocks Toy Store and *play


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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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