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Hottest toys 2009

Melissa Chapman and her brood of three live in the urban concrete jungle of NYC. She writes Kids in the City Kids in the City a weekly column and blog for the Staten Island Advance, contributes to SheKnows, Time Out NY Kids Time Out N...

Top toys for Christmas

Are you looking for the hottest toys this Christmas?With Black Friday literally days away if you're a mom, you're probably making your list and checking it twice to ensure you get your kids toys they'll actually play with rather than smile at and proceed to shove in the back of their overstuffed closets never to be heard or seen from again. Well not to worry; we've combed through all the countless dolls and board games to bring you a list of our hottest toys for 2009. Just don't forget to print this list out before you embark on your holiday shopping spree.

Top toys for ChristmasToys for kids nine years and older

Whiplash: This scooter with a twist, part scooter and part wave®, will give tweens a self propelled, revolutionary ride.  A flexing deck and handlebar fuse together to provide riders with a cool, side to side, whip-like ride and provides enough momentum to self-propel – so much so – riders’ feet never need to touch the ground. The folding handle also provides for easy travel and storage.

The Discover Electronics Kit: This electronics kit is super easy to use but with the standard components that electronics engineers use and will teach kids to learn how to harness the power of electricity!  By providing real electronics and easy to understand graphical instructions it makes it easy to learn the basics and gives kids the parts and knowledge to create their own fun DIY projects.  The kit contains; switches buttons, diodes, capacitors, transistors, regulators and a breadboard - containing over 130 parts.  It has easy to use diagrams to teach kids how to make their creations come to life.

Toys for girls nine years and older

Style Six fashion activity kits: With Style Six embellishing tools, girls can design and customize almost any item in their wardrobe. Style Six Silk Screener: With this kit girls can layer on cool and trendy printed graphics to t-shirts and other fashion pieces. It includes silkscreen devices, paint bottles, blotter, roller, masking board, stencil sheets, supply tray, and a garment separator. Style Six Airbrush: This allows little fashionistas to embellish anything from tees and tanks to jeans with a motorized Blopens® airbrush that sprays on vibrant colors. The Airbrush set includes a motorized airbrush, fabric Blopens, and assorted stencil designs. Style Six Gem Decorator: Girls can use this kit to turn ordinary items into extraordinary masterpieces by applying colorful rhinestones, ribbons and more! The Gem Decorator includes a gem decorator device, rhinestones, ribbon loops, and ribbons.

Toys for boys nine years and older

EyeClops Mini Projector: This mini projector weighs 2.8 pounds and fits in the palm of one’s hand. Tweens can hook it up to all their favorite gadgets and project a 60 inch image indoors or outdoors of their favorite movies, TV and video games.

Mindflex: This game features a headset that reads one’s brain waves and a levitating foam ball. The game begins when tweens strap on the headset and alternate between concentrating and relaxing their mind enough to move the foam ball throughout the game’s obstacle course. The game’s obstacle course can also be customized into many different configurations.

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