Holiday Gift Guide - Page 22 - Toys for Kids (2)

Holiday Gift Guide
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Toys for Kids (2)

fosters creativity and imagination. Plus, mimicking everyday chores helps teach responsibility and boosts self-esteem. No wonder this pint-sized cleaning set remains a No. 1 selling toy from Melissa and Doug. The six-piece sturdy wooden set includes broom, mop, duster, cleaning brush, dust pan and storage holder. Dustpan snaps on to all handles. All pieces are sized for kids. Available at The Pied Piper located in The Village of Cross Keys.

 

8 SKEEBALL

Ages 4+

 

The classic arcade game is now available from Buffalo Games in a home version – perfect for game night or anytime. The foldable, wooden base makes it perfect for on-the-go fun. Set includes five balls and four scoring hoops. Play a solo game to beat your high score or invite others to join in on the fun. Available at aMuse Toys with two locations in Quarry Lake and Fells Point.

 

9 FIDDLE FACES

Ages 5+

 

Fidgeting can improve brain focus. These funny character faces, which can hang on a backpack, feature buttons, switches, gears, rollers, spinners and more. So, flip, push, click, swivel, spin and roll the newest version of a fidget toy. Available at Greenspring Station’s Wee Chic.

 

10 LUCHADOR THUMB WAR

Ages 5+

 

This toy takes thumb wrestling to a new level. Go one-on-one to claim the thumb wrestling championship. Kit includes one thumb wrestling ring and four thumb masks or “costumes.” Available at Greenspring Station’s Wee Chic.

 

11 PINBOX 3000

Ages 7+

 

Build your own pinball machine. From Cardboard Tech Instantute, this toy allows a child to design, build and decorate. Set your own theme and play. Available at Shananigans Toy Shop in Roland Park.

 

12 ELECTRONIC RETRO SPORTS VIDEO GAME

Ages 8+

 

The handheld, portable video game comes in four sport versions: baseball, football, soccer or hockey. Made by Basic Fun and licensed by Mattel, this toy brings back childhood memories for parents who grew up with the original toy in the 1970s. An electronic classic for a new generation. Now with improved sound effects. Batteries included. Available at Shananigans Toy Shop in Roland Park.

 

13 NINJA LINE

Ages 8+

 

Train like a Ninja with the patented Slackers Ninja Line Introductory kit from B4 Adventures. It’s a backyard, outdoor hanging obstacle course. This kit comes with seven hanging obstacles that allow the versatility of moving the obstacles farther apart as skills improve. Includes nylon rope monkey fists, monkey bar holds and gymnastic rings with textured grip. Change the order of the obstacles to create endless patterns. Easy installation and take down means that you can take your training with you to the park, a friend’s house or where you desire. Comes with storage bag for easy portability. Available at aMuse Toys with two locations in Quarry Lake and Fells Point.

 

14 SHADOWS IN THE FOREST

Ages 8+

 

Game of strategy from Think Fun offers a thrilling, immersive play experience that brings a twist to game night – you play in the dark. Promotes cooperative play, strategic thinking, light and shadow physics. Winner of Techlicious Best of Toy Fair and National Parenting Product Award. Available at Shananigans Toy Shop in Roland Park.

 

15 DELUXE MAGIC SET

Ages 8+

 

Amaze friends with professional tricks for the beginning illusionist from Melissa and Doug. This toy offers easy to perform, classic magic that kids love. The set comes with 52 pieces including vanishing coin, disappearing ball, magic coin box, great escape, secret silks, magic numbers prediction, vanishing zone and money maker. Easy to master tricks encourage confidence and help develop fine motor and hand-eye coordination. Available at The Pied Piper located in The Village of Cross Keys.

 

16 PIPEROID PAPER PIPE ROBOTS

Ages 10+

 

Paper craft has been a part of Japanese culture since the Edo Period, and this toy brings it into modern days. Made in Kyoto, each package contains perfectly rolled paper pipes (straws) that, with precise cutting, kids can transform into characters and animals. The cat series yields white, black, Siamese, calico or orange tabby. The dog series offers pug, corgi, French bulldog, beagle or miniature dachshund. This toy ignites the passion and excitement of building something. All that’s needed is a pair of scissors. No glue required. Winner of Good Design Award. Available at Shananigans Toy Shop in Roland Park. •