Lite Brix Building Systems
These innovative light-up building construction sets feature vibrant, sparkling lights in each of their translucent bricks. Kids love building masterpieces by day, but they’ll really love showing off their creations at night. Each building system — such as the Cra-Z-Art Lite Brix Lumi-Port (Toys “R” Us, $55) — includes super bright LED light-up bricks that cycle through four colors, translucent pieces, a battery pack, and connector pieces that attach the Lite Brix to each other so the models can be built on different angles. Batteries required but not included.
Encourage kids to get crafty and creative with Kiwi Crate (kiwicrate.com, $20/month). Aimed at children ages 3-7, this creative company delivers crates containing all the necessary materials to create amazing projects and hands-on activities. Kiwi Crate offers a monthly subscription service as well as a Celebration Shop where you can buy individual crates. Check out the December crate entitled Antarctic Adventure, designed to encourage multi-faceted hands-on learning. And don’t miss their special holiday craft crates.
3-D Magnet Builders
Lakeshore Learning offers some amazing education products, toys and games for kids at school and at home. One of our favorite construction sets that will foster your child’s creativity and imagination is the 3-D Magnet Builders Starter Set (Lakeshore, $40). Kids can connect the builders at any angle, resulting in endless architectural possibilities. The starter set features 32 pieces in two shapes and four colors. Whether you have preschoolers, tweens or kids in between, they’ll love these magnet builders.
Superhero Cape Kit
Every child loves pretending to be a superhero. Little Bean’s Design Your Own Superhero Cape (Little Bean Shop, $40) allows kids to create their own superhero character and design a signature cape. The kit includes everything they need — the plain cape, craft glue and brush, felt sheets and shapes, stars, glitter glue, scissors, colored pencils and more. Geared toward kids ages 4-7, this kit will inspire your kids’ imagination to super heights.
Science and fun come together in this simple but cool crafty toy item. Goo-Hu (mygoohu.com, $9) involves two gooey compounds that when mixed together take on rubbery, bouncy flexible qualities. Your kids will love to create bouncing balls, cool racecars, little critters and more from this magical, moldable matter. You can find Goo-Hu at Target, Kmart and other stores.
Rubik’s Sort & Solve Puzzle
Inspire the imagination of little ones with toys that allow them to build, create or just problem solve. The Rubik’s Sort & Solve Puzzle (Toys “R” Us, $15) from Tollytots is a wonderful choice for babies ages 6 months and up. The stimulating shape sorter develops motor skills and color, number and shape recognition. The shapes push inside for easy storage.