Updated: Oct 9
This is always the hardest age group for us to create guides for. The are existing that toy phase, yet that are still kids! This list of toys is unique, educational, and keep your growing kids off screens!
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1. Trestle Tracks: Mandy has tried a few marble tracks and this one is the solid winner! It doesn't take up too much floor space, allows kids to build and use their engineering brains, and the pieces are solid. Charlie got this for his birthday and he loves it. Mandy went ahead and threw out her original marble run. Also, comparted to GraviTrax, Trestle Tracks is much more user friendly.
2. Remote Control Truck: Another birthday win with this remote control truck. Mr. Toy Tester did all of the research and found that this "hobby" truck was the best option. It is flexible and can climb but also has the speed kids love. It is also a great size. Kids can easily transport but it isn't too small.
3. Custom Jacket: These jackets are custom designed and the patches are hand-picked! We were blown away when we came across this company in the spring of 2022. What kid doesn't want a custom jacket that highlights their personality and interests? You work closely with the owner to create a jacket that is perfect for your kid.
4. Ninja Station: Who doesn't want an outdoor Ninja set? This set is awesome because it can work for kids all the way up to teens. It's easy to install and has a variety of attachments for the slack line. Charlie and Caroline are obsessed with their kit. We also love that this set is manufactured in the United States.
5. Jewelry Kit: These kits are a great way to keep kids busy! This set comes with 7,200 pieces! It has a great variety of colored clay beads, letters, smiley beads, and other charms.
6: 3D World Puzzle: If your kid wants to try something besides LEGO, these 3D puzzles are super cool! The pieces are numbered and you intersect them to build a 3D creation. We have built the Eiffel Tower, Castle, and World. It's also a cool toy to display in a kid's room.
7: Spring Bots: This is such an awesome STEM toy! You build robots and they are powered by kinetic energy. This kit allows you to build 3 robots. Models include a race car that drives up to 60 feet, a robot that walks up to 20 inches, and a countdown timer that counts down up to 6 minutes. The models are powered by a mainspring, the main device found in old-fashioned clocks.
8: GoTrax Electric Scooter: We love the brand GoTrax! We have found their quality and features to be excellent. GXL V2 is the Gotrax most classic, mature, and reliable electric scooter. It can travel up to 12 miles. Max speed for this scooter is 15.5mph and it can hold up to 220lbs.
9: Pierced Earrings: These earrings come in the cutest designs and colors. We love that the backs screw on so no more losing earrings and backs. They also offer a monthly subscription. This would make for such a fun monthly gift for your kid. All earrings are surgical grade stainless steel, hypoallergenic, lead & nickel free, and 18k gold plated.
10: Snow cone Machine: This is a fun toy/activity that kids can enjoy all year long. Mandy has this one at her house and Charlie and Caroline love! It's easy for kids to load the ice and manually pull down to create yummy, soft ice. This snow cone machine has great review and its's awesome that it's stainless steel.
11. Origami Book: This book comes with everything you need to make fun origami creations. It is filled with 20 different projects and hundreds of papers ready to fold. A unique gift and craft for you pre teen.
12. Razor Scooter: This scooter is so fun to zip around the neighborhood on. We love the retro vibe and color. This is battery powered and can be easily charged and recharged for years to come. This comes with a powerful 24V battery and can reach speeds up to 15mph. ALWYAS use your safety gear!
13. Saving Bank: This award winning educational toy is intended to teach kiddos the value of saving, spending, and organizing their money. Color coded acrylic lids make saving, spending, and sharing a much simpler concept to understand. Highly rated on Amazon.
14. Caboodle: You remember Caboodles right!? This vintage inspired toy is perfect for makeup, toiletries, craft supplies, you name it. Pre teen girls always have knick knacks to store, so give them somewhere to put them.
15. Geode Kit: National Geographic has come out with a really fun geode cracking kit. This kit includes 10 natural, premium geodes, safety goggles, 2 display stands, and a detailed instruction and learning guide. Crack these open and watch the wonder on your kiddos face when they discover the beauty inside.
16. Tumble Track: Due to the variations in thickness and pressures, air tumbling tracks can be bouncy and safe to land on. It is also the best gift for teenagers to practice gymnastics or tumbling. This one on Amazon has tons of good reviews and is a great size for the price. It also includes the air compressor, repair kit, and carrying bag.
17. Sensory Swing: If you can be a little handy, this hanging sensory swing is a blast. This kit comes with everything you need to give your kiddos a unique sensory experience. The price point is excellent and this is a totally unique gift that will blow your kids mind.
18. Penny Board: This 22 inch skateboard is perfect for a beginning skater. We love toys that get our kids moving and outside. We loved this galaxy design but they also come in a variety of colors and patterns. Pick a unique one that fits your child's personality.
19. Jellyfish Lamp: This jellyfish lava lamp is the perfect accessory for any pre teen's room. The best part is they get to put the jellyfish in the lamp and create something that is unique for them. This lamp offers 20 different color changes with a portable remote.
20. Loombot: This is the Loombot from Fat Brain Toys. We love toys that are crafts for this age group. This kit comes with everything you need to become a knitting pro. You can knit hats, scarves, and more with this knitting tool. Just crank and watch the magic happen.