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Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Kids

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Box of "tag: the art game," a Top 10 Holiday Gift for Kids, which includes art supplies and encourages players to paint, draw, and collage.The weather is cooling down and Christmas will be here before you know it. It is time that many people starting thinking of holiday gifts. FamilyFun magazine has announced its 24th annual Toy of the Year Awards, and after more than 1,000 hours of play, 20 screen-free toys have received the honor of making the list. My favorite part about this list is that none of the items require a tablet or screen. My favorite options are the ones that help our kids develop skills and creativity. Here are the Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Kids:

Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Kids with festive graphic elements on a red background.

  • Yeti In My Spaghetti - This snowman is in a serious pasta fix: remove the wrong noodle and he'll fall into the bowl! This adorable toy has been described as a modern-day version of pick-up sticks. Patch Products; $18; Ages 4 to 10; 2 or more players
  • Minion Singing Sound Pad - Kids communicate Minion-style with three sound modes-singing, laughing, and speaking. Or should we say: Baa! Bop! Bleep! Bye! Boo! Beep! Skyrocket Toys; $15; Ages 4 to 10
  • Shrink & Link Jewelry - Shrinky Dinks flashback! This jewelry kit uses the same pop-it-in-the-oven process to create glam pendants and rings. Klutz; $22; Ages 8 and up
  • Drop Zone Cargo-Release Glider - Kids set up flag targets, load the stunt pigs into the cargo hold, set the release timer, then launch the glider. If the calculations are correct, the porcine projectiles will hit the target.SmartLab Toys; $40; Ages 8 and up
  • Tag the Art Game - Budding artists spin a wheel, flip cards, and roll dice to determine what they'll add to a group piece of art. The set includes pastels, paints, glitter, tissue paper, and more. Who wins? Everyone, when the group declares the masterpiece ready for the fridge door. Tonni-Co; $40; Ages 8 and up
  • Unbored Disguises - As if two beards, five mustaches, four pairs of glasses, tattoos, sideburns, and eyebrows weren't enough, this fantastic box of disguises also includes an old-fashioned monocle. MindWare; $30; Ages 6 and up
  • Star Wars Pictopia - Which Star Wars character called Chewbacca a "walking carpet?" Which Jedi is a Twi'lek? Fans of the intergalactic franchise will be happier than a Wookiee in a wroshyr tree to take on 1,000 trivia questions like these. Wonder Forge; $20; Ages 7 and up
  • Lego City Demolition Site - This 776-piece set was a hit with our Lego-loving testers. Kids will spend hours building the condemned construction site, bringing it down with the wrecking-ball crane, clearing away the rubble, then doing it all again. Lego; $90; Ages 6 and up
  • Geometrics House - Ikea meets Frank Lloyd Wright in a modernist wooden dollhouse. Renovate in seconds by turning its three sturdy pieces, then rearrange the chic furnishings. Hape; $60; Ages 3 to 10
  • Wooden Rotisserie & Grill - Your aspiring pitmasters will love to skewer and sear some tasty BBQ on this tabletop grill set. The 24 pieces include a chicken, assorted vegetables, sauce for basting, and even a few shrimp to throw on the barbie. Melissa & Doug; $50; Ages 3 to 8

There's something for the builder, master of disguise, future artist, mini-chef, and even Star Wars fanatic in this year's Toy of the Year Awards. See the full list online at

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