This is our BIG week here in Smartyland – our annual holiday toy gift guide. We divvy ’em up by ages and our Smarty bloggers get to work helping Santa figure out who gets what. Today Smarty Caris reveals what her girls are crushing on as well as the rest of the 6-10 age group.
LOL and OMG EVERYTHING!
My girls are OBSESSED with these big eyed dolls and all of their accessories! They will play for hours changing their clothes and brusing their hair. The stories they come up with always entertaining. The glamper and surprise carpool is already in Santa’s bag, as I’m sure other items will be as well. The LOL dolls and pets (they come in little balls) make GREAT stocking stuffers. They even make boy dolls.
With all of the “screen time” our kiddos are getting these days with virutal learning blue light glasses are a must! There are so many fun versions out there right now. My girls are going to be so excited when they each find a pair in their stockings.
This is the gift I am the most excited about! What’s better than an activity that will get your kiddos outside AND get them moving?!? There are endless possibilities of accsessories and activities, so the “I’m bored” phrase should be minimized. I’ve even seen people put a post in their yard if they don’t have two trees to connect it. I cannot wait for all the challenges that are going to happen on this thing!
Y’all who doesn’t love a scrunchy?! (I am so excited they have made a comeback) Well what if you combined one with a scratch and sniff marker (another 80’s obsession) …. STRETCH and SNIFF hair ties!! They come in all different scents, like bubblegum and strawberry, and styles. They are even using them on masks. The best part is they actually hold my girl’s hair back and don’t pull it, which is a HUGE win in my house. Make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram @Scenties.
It’s hard to go wrong with LEGOS: it makes them use their brain, it’s a quite activity, and it keeps them buys for longer than 10 minutes. There are a TON of choices out there this year ranging from princess to Harry Potter to Minecraft. Any choice is bound to be a good one. Just make sure to watch your step #LEGOinjuriesarereal.
Changeable Building Brick Message Board with Letters and Magnetic Backing – Includes More Than 285 StoryBricks, Grey 10 x 10 Inch Square Size
With two budding readers in the house, this is the perfect way to practice their words! Bonus, it is SUPER CUTE!
National Geographic Break Open Geode kit – My daughter is getting into science class and loves exploring rocks and fossils. I think she is going to really dig (pun intended) this National Geographic Break Open Geode kit. It includes 10 crystal-filled geodes, safety goggles, display stands and learning guide to help her understand her cool finds.
This is a game that we play in the car ALL the time! I can’t wait to see the twins play “I spy” as a board game.
Kids’ Smart Watch. I’ve been looking at different options and I came across the Vtech Smartwatch that had good reviews. It teaches how to read time, takes selfies, has games and tracks activities. It comes in purple and blue colors, too.
One of the Most Popular Board Games for Preschoolers and Their Families
A game that disguises reading practice with fun! We are all in!!
My daughter has started to make loom bracelets with her friends in after school care and I think this year she’s due for her own Original Rainbow Loom kit. This is a great starter kit to help her learn how to make fun rings, bracelets and keychains. There are additional kits that allow for more colors and quantity, which may make for a good second gift, too!
For Kids Ages 3 & Up
Who doesn’t love a classic board game? Candyland is perfect – simple, and easy to navigate without parental guidance.
This might look like a game – but it is so much more. Simon is my secret weapon to help my little smarties build their auditory processing skills. They love it!
Our little Smarties loves to tell jokes. With a little guidance, they’ll be on their way to the Comedy Zone.
Portable Travel Scope for Adult Children, for the future astronauts in your house!
Set Up in 2 Minutes/Outdoor & Indoor Use. Is your little Smarty tennis obsessed? No access to a backboard, no problem – check out this tennis rebounder!
GALILEO Golf Net Golf Hitting Nets Training Aids Practice Nets for Backyard Driving Range Chipping Net with Target Carry Bag Outdoor&Sports
We recently started golf lessons with First Tee of Charlotte and it is no turning back. With the Galieleo golf net (especially because it has a target), after school play just became a lot more fun with your own private backyard range!
Blow Up Toys with Soft Football, Baseball & Inflatable Bat | Fun Games for Indoor, Outdoor, Backyard & Party Favor | Inflates to 5 Feet: This gift just screams fun!
Includes 6 Dice, Dry-Erase Scoreboard and Canvas Carrying Bag (Choose 2.5″ Dice or 3.5″ Dice). As a family, we love to spend time outside. And again, this is a great learning opportunity. You can incorporate so many math games with dice. I can’t wait to get these!
My elementary school had a tetherball set and we LOVED it. It was the most popular piece of equipment on the playground. It was so much fun – super for hand eye coordination!
Kids Walkie Talkies Upgraded Version with Integrated Button 22 Channels 2 Way Radio Kid Toy with Flashlight，Long Range Walkie Talkies for Outside Adventures, Camping, Hiking ,Best Gift Toys for Kids
These are fun! Little Smarties Jack & Christopher love to play cops and robbers, spy on daddy (as he is in the yard working), hide and seek, you name it. Walkie Talkies are the perfect communication tool to use during outdoor adventures.
You would think I had two WWF wrestlers in the house. It is constant. Why not take it to the yard with Banzai Bump N Bounce Body Bumpers!
Double the fun with – a Glow in the Dark & Capture the flag! This takes the classic game of capture the flag to a whole new level.
Juegoal 54 Pieces Giant Tumble Tower Blocks Game Giant Toppling Tower Wood Stacking Game with 1 Dice Set Canvas Bag for Adult, Kids, Family
This year, the gifts are all about quality family time being spent outdoors. My little wrecking crew love to build and watch their towers topple over. They are at the right age to introduce them to the strategic Tower Blocks game.
Kick it up a notch with this popular toy. Dueling Stomp Rockets allows for two people to compete at the same time.
A new twist on a favorite. Added wings make these glides go higher.