If you are looking for the best toys for your kids this Christmas, don't miss this Gift Guide for Tweens! I am sharing my favorite (non-electronic) toys that I know your children will love. My kids have and approve of everything in this guide.
I received some of the items included in this gift guide for review. I only included the ones I liked.
Ahhh....tweens. Nothing quite prepares you for them, does it?
One minute you have this sweet little kid who wants to hang out with you every waking second, and the next they are closing their door or barely acknowledging you while they are engrossed in a video game.
If your kids are anything like my boys, they are obsessed with all things digital.
As someone who makes a living online, I spend quite a bit of time glued to a screen. So I guess they get it honest!
Still, as a Mom, I feel that it is my job to pry them away from those screens as much as possible.
I have put together a gift guide of toys that have been successful for our family accomplishing this.
I am assuming that your have already given you tons of ideas for video games (as well as things like Lego's and other highly popular toys) and that you are looking for something unique to throw into the mix.
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Roller Coaster Challenge
If your kids are as roller coaster obsessed as mine are, they are going to love building coasters with Roller Coaster Challenge. They can attempt to solve 40 different roller coaster challenges and then when they think they have constructed a successful ride, push their car down the track. Great for the child that loves problem-solving.
One of my favorite things about this toy is that it is something all three of my kids can play together. Skye loves playing this with the boys so much that she asked for an add-on pack for her 5th birthday.
Shadows in the Forest
If you asked my kids what their favorite toy in this Gift Guide for Tweens is, it would be Shadows in the Forest. All three of my kids - from five to thirteen - will happily play this game together for more than an hour. It is an immersive play experience with a unique twist - you play it in the dark! One player moves the LED lantern around in search of Shadowlings. (FYI, Shadowlings are mysterious little guys who avoid the light.) . The lantern illuminates the forest and trees, and in doing show casts real shadows on the gamer board. The rest of the players work together, and strategically move their Shadowlings to stay out of the light.
One of my biggest goals with my boys right now is to stay connected. Doing things that involve learning something fun together is a great way to do that. They love to eat, and so baking together is a natural progression. This Baking Class book is just perfect to keep us on track. I'll have to say, they are pretty competent in the kitchen and I'm sure their wives are going to thank me some day.
Color Cube Sudoku
Color Cube Sudoku is a brain game that re-imagines the classic Sudoku puzzle using colors instead of numbers. You flip and arrange the nine color cubes until no colors repeat in any row or column. There are over 2 trillion ways to position the cubes, making this came a challenge.
Crystal Growing Lab
This Crystal Growing Lab is a fun science experiment lets your tweens create a nightlight display of their grown crystals so that they can enjoy the results of their experiment for years to come.
Epic Lego Adventures
My boys already have enough legos. Epic Lego Adventures is a fabulous book that inspires them to create new projects with what they already have.
Make Your Own Movie Kit
Get their creativity going with this Make Your Own Movie kit. It is amazing how the same kids who have nothing to say when it is time for creative writing can come up with an entire storyline when making a movie is in the cards.
I got these Modarri cars three years ago for the boys, and they were a huge hit. These allow them to design, build and drive completely functional cars. They are even sturdy enough for outdoor play.
Rock Tumbler Kit
If your kids are the kind that has to pick up every rock they see when you go on nature walks, they are going to love this Rock Tumbler Kit. It allows them to make their rocks shine like professionally polished stones.
My boys love to play Laser Chess. (And I love that they aren't playing video games instead. Laser Chess is a two-player strategy game that combines the fun of laser beams with the spatial thinking skills of chess. Players take turns moving mirrored pieces around the board. At the end of the turn, players fire a laser. The beam bounces from mirror to mirror. If it hits a non-mirrored surface of any piece, that piece is removed from play. If you illuminate your opponent's king, you win.
Do you have a tween? I would love to know what you would include in your Gift Guide for Tweens! Leave a comment below.