Tuesday, December 12, 2017

#HGG2017: Hottest Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Stockings may be my favourite part of Christmas, likely because they were always such a big deal at our house growing up. Lots of small surprises - toys, candy, chocolate, and always a toothbrush and new underwear. I keep these traditions going with my boys now. Here are a few stocking stuffers we think you will enjoy this year.

Zing Toys has a number of fidget and skill toys under their EDP (#EveryDayPlay) brand that would make great stocking stuffers. Tumbstix are pretty much exactly what they sound like - small sticks that roll, stop, stall, do tricks, and light up. They come in either red, green, or blue, and while easy to play with, they are challenging to master. Zing Dama is a palm-sized version of the ball-in-cup game. It has three different sized skill cups, for different difficulty levels, and both the ball and the rings light up. Again, this one is all about learning and finessing a variety of tricks, and comes in red, green, or blue. Michael's favourite of the ones we tried is the Metal Chuckz. These are the new version of Thumb Chuckz, with a patented metal coating that is actually quite soft and light. You can learn and create tricks with these, or just fidget with them, as Michael does. Metal Chuckz come in Gold, Silver, Onyx, and Copper. These are all recommended for ages 4 and up.

More great fidget toys are available from Zuru, the makers of the original Fidget Cube. The Fidget Cube is available in a variety of colours and designs, and provides a different fidgety activity on each of its six sides. Michael relies on fidget devices to help him think and stay focused. This cube is particularly good for him as it has variety, keeping the fingers interested. There are things to click, roll, glide, and flip, keeping restless hands busy. Fidget Cubes are available at Walmart, ToysRUs, and Mastermind Toys.

Perhaps my favourite fidget toy is Zuru's Tangle. This one is a classic that I started playing with probably 20 years ago. This is the original fidget toy, and provides great motor and sensory stimulation. It comes in four styles, including metallic, sparkle, classic, and "crazy" (multi-coloured). You can twist them, shape them, randomly fidget with them, wear them as a bracelet, whatever! Tangles are available at Walmart for about $5.

PlayTape from InRoad Toys is a must for the stocking of any fan of playing with cars and trucks. This is a roll of tape designed to look like a road that you simply unroll, tear, and stick to create a track of your own design. It adheres to any flat surface, comes up easily with no residue, and is recyclable. Want curved corners for your tracks? You could fiddle with smaller pieces of the tape, or you can purchase curve packs to use with the rolls. This would be great to have on hand while visiting friends and relatives over the holidays - instant roads for your child's toy cars wherever you find yourselves. PlayTape is available in Canada at Walmart stores, in black, red, and blue. MSRP $4.97 for a 30 foot roll.

Hexbug Gladiators are the newest fun from Hexbugs. These guys will battle each other, and they come with customisable battle armour and weaponry. They come in a variety of designs, are recommended for ages 3 and up, and have batteries included. There are good guys and bad guys in this line, so you might want to choose carefully. You can also purchase a battle arena or battle stadium for your Gladiators. Purchase Gladiators online from Hexbug.com for $8.99 each.

Disclosure: I received complimentary review product. No financial compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own, or those of my family.

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