2011 Gift Guide: Grade-Schoolers

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Future artists, architects, and race-car drivers can get their start with these playthings. Plus: Piggies, Squinkies, and a pogo stick!

2011 Holiday Guide sponsored by: FashionPlaytes, where girls are fashion designers
 
Lazer Stunt Chaser
Lazer Stunt Chaser
Price: $47.95
The coolest (and fastest) remote control car we've seen in a long time, this speedster literally chases the laser controller. It also can flip over (plastic ramps are provided) and keep going on its differently-colored backside. Buy now »
Deluxe Floor-Standing Wooden Easel
Deluxe Floor-Standing Wooden Easel
Price: $79.99
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This double-sided wooden easel offers young artists a dry-erase board and a chalk board, as well as spaces for all the supplies they'll need. Buy now »
OgoBild Pod
OgoBild Pod
Price: $36.95
The Pod is another innovative creation from the minds of Ogo. The oversize pieces can be formed into structures that kids can roll, bounce, or kick. And with the addition of a sheet, the OgoBild Pod becomes the perfect play fort. Well worth a look. Buy now »
Razor BoGo Pogo Stick
Razor BoGo Pogo Stick
Price: $64.99
From the people who make the popular Razor scooter comes a 21st-century pogo stick. (Yes, the fad is back.) Its patented bow-assist spring is based on technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University. For ages 6 and older, up to 140 pounds. Buy now »
Butterfly Treasure Box
Butterfly Treasure Box
Price: $14.99
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This keepsake box, which kids can decorate with glittering stickers, will become a cherished home for their treasures. Buy now »
Don't Let the Pigeon run This App!
Don't Let the Pigeon run This App!
Price: $6.99
Our app of the year features the overenthusiastic star of Mo Willems' wildly popular Pigeon books. Willems himself helped deisgn this app, which allows kids to draw the pigeon, talk to him, and interact with his stories. This one gets it right. Buy now »
Hot Wheels Wall Tracks
Hot Wheels Wall Tracks
Price: $29.99
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This is the one kids are craving this year. The seemingly gravity-defying tracks are easy to assemble, won't damage your walls, and can be hung a variety of ways. Buy now »
Teacup Piggies Snowmobile
Teacup Piggies Snowmobile
Price: $30.89
The single cutest toy we saw this season. This fuzzy pig snowmobiles in style with goggles and a knit cap. But they're not enough – he still sneezes, when you tickle his nose. Buy now »
Draw the DC Universe
Draw the DC Universe
Price: $13.59
Fans of Batman, Superman, and their superhero friends can create their own original adventures this drawing guide (pencils included). Buy now »
Quallop
Quallop
Price: $11.69
A fast-paced, crisscross card game, Quallop offers players a new challenge: Be the first to put four shapes in a row as your opponents try to block you. Buy now »
Paint Your Own Name Plate
Paint Your Own Name Plate
Price: $13.99
FREE SHIPPING OVER $65
This kit comes with two porcelain plates and 12 paints. Kids can bake the colors on and then hang the plates on their doors. (Hopefully neither will say, "Keep Out.") Buy now »
Squinkies
Squinkies
Price: $6.99
They're back! The makers of the tiny collectible toys stores could not keep on shelves in 2010 say they've boosted the supply this year. They've also added new designs, from Marvel superheroes and Hot Wheels to Barbie and Hello Kitty. Buy now »
Phineas & Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension
Phineas & Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension
Price: $13.99
So funny, so smart, and so positive, Phineas and Ferb is a cartoon that can be enjoyed by every generation. The boy inventors' first full-length movie is an animated DVD well worth having. Buy now »
License Plate Game
License Plate Game
Price: $19.99
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A road-trip toy with no pieces to lose, this game helps kids learn about the states and recognize license plates as they travel. Buy now »
Stack & Sort Butterfly
Stamp Art
Price: $17.15
Another winning art kit from Klutz, Stamp Art comes with a stamper kids can customize to create any number of ink-triguing designs. Buy now »
Inkoos Mini Plush Dog
Inkoos Mini Plush Dog
Price: $13.81
Inkoos are adorable. Let's make that perfectly clear. But kids can also decorate them with the special markers included with this kit. And after trying on one design, an Inkoo can be cleaned and decorated again.
Buy now »
Stomp Rocket Ultra
Stomp Rocket Ultra
Price: $22.49
FREE SHIPPING OVER $65
This is the big one. Stomp on it just right and the soft rocket can soar 200 feet in the air. That's about 10 stories. A surefire backyard hit. Buy now »
Flip to Win Hangman
Flip to Win Hangman
Price: $12.99
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An ingenious and sturdy all-in-one game from our partners at Melissa & Doug, this Hangman set comes with flippable wooden letter tiles and a write-on, wipe-off pen for nonstop word play, at home or on the road. Buy now »
 

 

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