This time of year isn’t just about handing over gifts, it’s also about spending quality time together. These presents let you do both—grandkids will love them, and you'll both have a blast playing.
Perfect for fashionistas-in-training, this activity set originally launched in the ’70s. Kids can mix and match design plates to create a unique outfit, then use the rubbing tool to transfer an outline of the ensemble to a sheet of paper for coloring. Grandparents will love helping create a full portfolio of gorgeous designs, and the carrying case will let kids transport this back and forth from home with ease.
This model remote control helicopter is the smallest in the world at just 2.3 inches. The teeny, tiny plane offers big fun in a little package, ready to take flight indoors or out. Flying this copter takes skill, time, and patience, so it’s perfect for grandparents who are looking to have some fun with their older grandkids.
Nothing gets kids and adults laughing together like a good old-fashioned food fight, but that can get a bit too messy! Pie Face is a simple game that ends with—you guessed it—a pie in the face—and a lot of laughs! All you need to add is the whipped cream. Spin the spinner to see how many times you have to turn the handles, put your face in the frame, and the whipped cream will launch at random. Kids will love it, and you might find yourself enjoying it, too!
Get outside and find some cool terrain, or really get creative and build your own obstacle course, because the Rock Crawler 3XL can tackle anything you put in front of it. In fact, get two of these awesome remote control trucks and race alongside your grandkids (up to eight racers can play together). The hobby-grade controller makes this awesomely easy to steer and you can control this from 164 feet away!
Who doesn't still love to color? Well, with this beautiful set, now you can enjoy relaxing time coloring right alongside your grandkids. Each Color Escapes kit includes oversized sheets of paper filled with 12 different designs, 50 colored pencils, and a set of fine-line washable markers. Though the kits are designed with adults in mind, the lines are thick enough for kids to color, too. If you want get kids their own special coloring book, click here to find some best selling coloring books for kids on Amazon.
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There’s no quality time quite like story time, and the Storytime Theater brings this classic tradition into the 21st century. Download the free companion app, set up the included projector, and watch the scenes you read come to life on the wall. Kids can listen and read along with these tales that feature their favorite Disney characters.
Building with Legos is fun for kids, but it can also be really therapeutic for adults. Yes, this is a splurge item, but couple the benefits of building with the excitement of the new Star Wars movie, and we have a match made in heaven. You and the grandkids will have great conversations about a galaxy far, far away as you build up the ultimate iconic Star Wars ship. With more than 1,300 pieces, this will definitely be an ongoing project you can come back to during multiple visits.
If none of the toys mentioned hits your fancy, keep these two things in mind if you'd like to buy gifts for your grandkids that you can both use together:
1. Think about when you were young: What were your favorite toys? So many classic toys you grew up loving are back in new and refreshed ways, giving you a great opportunity to share your experiences with your grandkids.
2. Think about things you and your grandchild both like to do. Are you both creative? Do you love to play games, or are you both looking to live life in the fast lane with some turbo-charged cars? Choosing toys that are based on things you both already love will ensure you know you’re getting something you will be excited to play with together.
About the Toy Insider Mom: Grandparents.com Contributing Toy Editor Laurie Schacht, aka The Toy Insider Mom, scours the toy aisles to find the best and hottest toys out there for kids. She is also CTO (Chief Toy Officer) of Adventure Publishing (The Toy Insider, The Toy Book, The Licensing Book and The Big Toy Book).
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