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Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Snap Circuits Jr. Discovery Kit at Amazon
“There are more than 100 projects to build”
Best Drone: Newest Mini Pocket Drone at Amazon
“Perfect for first-time operators, but also has cool features for experienced pilots.”
Best Robot: Ozobot 2.0 at Amazon
“This teeny, tiny robot is just one cubic inch, but it does some pretty big things.”
Best Game: Djubi Classic at Amazon
“It’s great for the backyard, beach, park or wherever you want to have an active good time.”
Best Multipurpose: Hamper Hoops at Amazon
“This over-the-door basketball hoop is the cleanest game in town, and there are no losers.”
Best for Harry Potter Fans: LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Kit at Amazon
“Bring Hogwarts Great Hall to life.”
Best Tech: Echo Dot Kids at Amazon
“All of the great benefits of an Echo but with parental controls.”
Best Video Game: The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame at Walmart
“Ninjago for Xbox game brings their favorite movie to their fingertips.”
Best Outdoor: flybold Slackline Kit at Amazon
“Have your child perfecting their balancing skills all in the comfort of your backyard.”
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Best Overall: Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit
Light up his life with this incredible, award-winning electronics discovery kit. There are more than 100 projects he can build with more than 30 color-coded circuit components, including wires, switches, an alarm circuit, speaker and music-integrated circuit. Projects include cool things like making a photo sensor, a flashing light, a voice-controlled lamp and an adjustable volume siren. There’s no need for tools, as all of the parts snap together on the plastic grid.
Easy-to-follow directions with large, colorful pictures allow him to explore and complete projects himself without the need for adult help. Once he’s mastered the basics, he can experiment and build his own electronic devices, and extra kits can be purchased to add on and take projects to the next level. This kit is a great way for kids to develop important STEM skills while having fun.
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Best Drone: Newest Syma X20 Mini Pocket Drone
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, nope, it’s this cool little drone. It’s perfect for first-time operators, but also has enough cool features to make it fun for those with more experience. It’s easy to manipulate and can be flown up, down, forward, backward and even do a 360-degree roll. The sky is truly the limit to what this thing can do. An automatic take-off-and-landing feature ensures the drone will return to the place it took off. An altitude hold mode can keep it at a predetermined height.
The drone runs on a built-in, rechargeable battery, and for every 50 minutes of charging time you get about five minutes of flying time. The controller runs on four AAA batteries, which aren’t included. Extra blades are included as is a screwdriver for the battery compartment.
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Best Robot: Ozobot 2.0 Bit Starter Pack, the Smart Robot Toy
This teeny, tiny robot is just one cubic inch, but it does some pretty big things. Kids are straight up fascinated by it as they can control it with colors. With special markers, they can draw OzoCode color codes on paper or a tablet screen to send the robot moving at their command.
This starter pack includes the robot, a charging cable, four markers, skins and stickers to customize their robot, and more than 20 games and activities. Once they’ve mastered the color-coding basics, there’s an Ozobot website and apps that allow them to take their coding skills even further. Mazes, maps, entire cities—there are no limits as to where they can take their Ozobot.
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Best Active: Djubi Classic - the Coolest New Twist on the Game of Catch!
They may not be able to pronounce it (it’s joo-bee), but they’ll love to play it. Not your average game of catch, Djubi Classic takes it to the next level of fun. There are no mitts in this game, but instead each player gets a paddle that has both a launching hook and a catching net. You aim, pull back on one of the balls, which are attached to the launching hook via a loop, and fire. The other player then attempts to catch the ball in their net, and back and forth you go. The balls can fly up to 100 feet, so you can cover some serious space too.
Each set includes two rackets and two foam balls. It’s great for the backyard, beach (bonus: the balls float!), park or wherever you want to have an active good time.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Best Multipurpose: Hamper Hoops
He shoots, he scores, and mom wins! This over-the-door basketball hoop is the cleanest game in town, and there are no losers. He has fun throwing his dirty clothing through the hoop instead of leaving it all over the floor to pile up, and mom marvels at the lack of mess. There’s a backboard to bounce items off of, and the bottom is a detachable laundry bag so you can take off the whole thing and haul it to the laundry room, or you can unzip the bottom right into a laundry basket. Slam dunk.
It fits right over any door, and is a great way to encourage skills on and off the court. Now, if only it would teach them to do their laundry too.
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Best for Harry Potter Fans: LEGO 75954 Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Building Kit
Whether he is into Harry Potter, Legos, or both this 878 piece building kit will pique his interests. He can bring Hogwarts Great Hall to life all in the comfort of his home with this new hot toy that includes 10 mini figures that will allow him to recreate his favorite scenes once he is done building.
This set is intended for 9 to 14-year-olds because it is complex and time-consuming. When built the hall will measure 14" x 11" x 7" giving him plenty of space to play around with. Reviewers comment that this is both fun to put together and enjoyable to play with. Many commented that the whole family got in on the action.